The Note: You Can't Always Get What You Want

Wal-Mart Watch scored some good local ink in the Democrat-Gazette over the weekend, which said the group, funded with seed money from SEIU and run like a campaign PR operation with Andy Grossman at the helm, "has a political savvy that's new for Wal-Mart critics." And nothing -- from Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton's art purchase to water cooler conversation -- is off-limits.

Politics:

Writes Robert Pear in the New York Times (who doesn't use the second word of this sentence lightly): "An authoritative new ruling by the Justice Department sharply limits the government's ability to prosecute people for criminal violations of the law that protects the privacy of medical records." LINK

"The criminal penalties, the department said, apply to insurers, doctors, hospitals and other providers -- but not necessarily their employees or outsiders who steal personal health data."

Former Massachusetts House Speaker Thomas Finneran was charged yesterday for lying to a federal appeals court about his participation in a legislative redistricting plan that would set minority candidates at a disadvantage. Finneran was once dubbed "King Tom" for pushing through legislative rules that would allow him to be speaker for life. Finneran served as head of the House from 1996 to 2004. LINK

The Hill's "Under the Dome" column has all the latest from the WHCA campaign trail. LINK

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