Just a heads up: Thursday morning the full U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on the constitutionality of Virginia's partial birth abortion ban law. Although the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that similar laws are constitutional, a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit twice has ruled that Virginia's law is unconstitutional. We will be there to watch the hearing and will post our impressions shortly after. (The historic courthouse is less than a block from our office.) One thing we will watch is the demeanor of former delegate and Virginia Supreme Court Justice Steven Agee, the court's newest member.