Director Baz Luhrmann turns 47 today. Gossip Girl's Matthew Settle is turning 40. Joe Bastianich, the restaurateur and partner of Mario Batali, is 41. Russian supermodel Eugenia Volodina is 25. Supreme Court Justice David Souter turns 70. American Idol contestant-turned-Broadway star Constantine Maroulis is turning 34. One of the Miller sisters, Princess Marie-Chantal, is 41. Rapper Doug E. Fresh is turning 43. Lakers head coach Phil Jackson is 64. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley turns 76. And Paula Jones is 43, although she probably shouldn't expect a birthday card from Bill Clinton.
Today's big story was Barack Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of David Souter. Predictably, America's punditry had plenty to say about this. We've sampled some of the prominent voices on the left and the right and compiled them for you.
Restaurateur Joe Bastianich turns 40 today. We're guessing lots of food (and wine) is in store this evening. Also celebrating: Director Baz Luhrmann is 46. Russian supermodel Eugenia Volodina is 24. Rapper Doug E. Fresh is 42. Supreme Court Justice David Souter is 69. LA Lakers head coach Phil Jackson is 63. Former American Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis is turning 33. And one of Bill Clinton's least favorite people in the world, Paula Jones, is 42.