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Senate seat stop a federal shield law

Pennsylvania Republican Arlen Specter is sponsoring the Senate bill and fellow Republican Dick Lugar is a co sponsor; if Burberry Bags Black Friday Sale

But the Senate is where things get interesting and Minnesota's vacant Senate seat could come into play.

Dave Aeikens, a St. Cloud Times reporter who's president of the national Society for Professional Journalists, says the failure wasn't on the merits, but pre election politics. attorney who's working with the National Newspaper Association, calls it a "whole new ballgame" but some old demons lurk.

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Barring Texas Sen. John Cornyn's hope for a years long Minnesota stalemate, it's possible Al or Norm will get to Washington before a shield vote.

Babinski notes "things are not moving anywhere as quickly" in the Senate, as journalists and senators haggle over thorny shield law exemptions. The House bill compels sources to be divulged in limited national security circumstances; House GOP dissidents complained the exemption is too narrow. (This might be one circumstance where supporters defect, or backers such as Burberry Purse Value

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With the Democrats surging to 58 seats after the '08 election, a majority is all but certain. But a filibuster proof majority? Well, that's where Minnesota's vacant seat may come into play.

Last summer, Republicans successfully filibustered the legislation, which gives journalists and Prada Cahier Bag Black sources qualified protection in federal court, something they enjoy in every state court except Wyoming. In 2008, a party line 51 43 vote fell nine votes short of cutting off debate.

House passed what would be the first federal shield law to protect journalists' sources. The voice vote wasn't a surprise; the House passed the Free Flow of Information Act last year 398 21.

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all 58 Democrats hold together, that's 60 votes. But if anyone defects, Coleman or Franken could be the 60th.

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For more on the legislation, see reports here, here and here. The House GOP caucus has a well balanced summary here.

ultimate scope. Democrats and the new Commander in Chief may also support some adjustments.)

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Importantly, it doesn't matter who wins the seat, just that someone does. Aeikens says Norm Coleman is on record supporting a federal shield law, even though he voted to uphold the filibuster last year. Al Franken is also a supporter.

Is anybody or group organizing protest at the capital or elsewhere to tell ex senator Coleman to do the right thing (scratch that) the ethical thing? Ordinarily I hate protesting, fact I may never have marched in one but this is one movement I would be willing to consider heck I might even consider it if Franken was repeatedly appealing. Can't at least some of the elites in Minnesota politics tell Mr. Coleman to step aside for the good of the state? Good god I'll chip in an hour's pay just to help pay for a permit for such a protest. This almost is becoming a coup de tat (sp?) by lawyers.

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Because the Bush administration opposed the bill last year (are you shocked?), pro shield law forces had to get 67 votes even if they overcame the filibuster. This year, she notes, President Obama supports the bill, which knocks the number of Senators needed back to 60 (if there's a filibuster) or 51 (if not).

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The Senate bill, meanwhile, does not allow journalists to claim privilege for outtakes or other things "left on the cutting room floor," Babinski notes. Overall, though, she is "fairly confident" there will be enough votes to pass something.

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