While the retirement of David Souter gives President Obama his first opportunity to shape the Supreme Court, it also gives Republicans an opportunity to decide how they intend to respond and whether their diminished numbers in the Senate can still make them effective.
There's also speculation that Arlen Specter could prove to be as much of a headache to his now-fellow Democrats than he was to his former Republican colleagues.
And there's a new mayor in Detroit.
All this in today's Political Junkie segment on NPR's Talk of the Nation.
Join host Neal Conan and me every Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET for the Junkie segment on TOTN, where you can often, but not always, find interesting conversation, useless trivia questions and sparkling jokes. And you can win a Political Junkie T-shirt! (You'll earn it this week!)
Last week's segment, with special guests Anna Greenberg, the Democratic pollster, and Frank Donatelli, the head of GOPAC, can be heard here.
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