The Supreme Court season begins today, with the nine justices set to hear dozens of cases, including one involving the rights of Guantánamo detainees. U.S. News's Emma Schwartz reported that Justice Department lawyers are trying to avoid taking the case. Up to one fourth of the department's own civil appellate staff recently opted out of handling the government's case against detainees' appeals.
Newt Gingrich will not be running for president, his spokesperson said over the weekend. The former House speaker said he could have been a contender and even had a website ready but has no regrets on skipping out on an unpredictable '08 run for the presidency.
After days of protests and then a violent silencing, Myanmar's junta leader, Gen. Than Shwe, has stalled a U.N. envoy another day. Ibrahim Gambari, the U.N.'s special envoy to Myanmar, wants to present the military leader with international demands for an end to the crackdown on the largest protests in two decades.