Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Short Takes

President Obama calls for penalties for off-shore tax cheats.

Republicans defend off-shore tax cheats.

Long Life — The Supreme Court will hear a case on life sentences for juvenile offenders.

Court’s in Sessions — The GOP picks Sen. Jeff Sessions to replace Specter as ranking member on the Judiciary committee. (TPM reminds us that Mr. Sessions got his start by “prosecuting three African-American voting rights activists on trumped-up charges of voter fraud.”)

Fiat also has its eyes on Opel.

Home building is “dead” in South Florida.

Hedging the bet — The Florida legislature is working on a compromise on gambling.

Two more flu cases in Florida, bringing the total to five.

Happy Cinco de Mayo.

Tigers lose to Twins.