Quick News of the Day

Important things you should know about that happened today:

– History was made today as Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd officially apologized to the Aborigines on behalf of the Australian people and government.

– The Senate voted to trash the constitution today, giving a no-questions-asked pardon to telecommunications companies that probably helped the Bush Administration break the 4th Amendment (before 9/11!).

These are the Democratic Senators that voted for telecommunication amnesty (boo! hiss!):

Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Evan Bayh (D-IA), Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Herb Kohl (D-WI), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ken Salazar (D-CO), Tom Carper (D-DE), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Jim Webb (D-VA), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Kent Conrad (D-ND), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

No Republican voted against amnesty, Senators Clinton (D-NY) and Graham (R-SC) didn’t vote at all.

More on this later.

– Today was the “Potomac Primary”. Obama swept.

– It looks like progressive champion Donna Edwards will defeat corrupt incumbent Al Wynn in the Democratic primary of Maryland’s 4th District. This is a huge victory for the progressive movement and for the citizens of MD-4.

edit: oh, how could I forget? U.S. Supreme Court Judge Anthony Scalia is fine with torture. Help me: I’m no law student; what part of “cruel and unusual” do I not understand correctly?

another update: Donna wins outright. Woot!

yet another update: The Writer’s Strike is over, the writers won, hooray!