The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that governments can agree to choose which monuments to display in public parks without running afoul of the First Amendment. The unanimous decision prevents a small religious group, Utah's Summum, from forcing Pleasant Grove City, Utah, to place the group's granite marker in a local park that is already home to a Ten Commandments display.
Former Washington Gov. Gary Locke (D), the nation's first Chinese-American governor, is President Obama's latest pick as Commerce secretary, according to media reports. Two previous choices fell through. California Rep. Hilda Solis was confirmed Tuesday as Labor secretary, leaving Health and Human Services as the last cabinet slot still not at least provisionally filled.
Interim Illinois Sen. Roland Burris (D) said he will not resign even though Sen. Richard Durbin, his Illinois counterpart and the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, urged him Tuesday to do so. Burris has repeatedly changed the details about interactions with impeached former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who appointed him.