While most incoming members of Congress will get sworn in on the traditional timeline, there are a handful who will be sworn in immediately. This could alter the balance of power between the parties for the "lame duck" session.
Interestingly, there is a short, 39-page bill before the Senate that would allow us to save nature and get paid substantially for doing it. It is the CLEAR bill. It's simple, it works, and it pays you.
Starting the process of reining in the banks is the antidote to the bailout and to future bailouts -- both politically and in terms of better policy. And it's Republicans and Wall Streeters who are trying to kill it.
I am sure that Jonathan Alter's recent column in Newsweek, is as funny to the lobbyists of teacher unions as it is to me. The column is in fact not about Congress, but rather about Rep. David Obey (D-WI).
While PNCAA (the so-called "Internet Kill Switch" bill) seems to advocate a cross-sectoral approach to tackling cybersecurity threats, it doesn't use private sector best practices when establishing what is supposed to be a response to potential "cyber warfare."
The Wall Street reform effort enters a new phase on Thursday, as the conference committee between the House and Senate will meet to begin hashing out the differences between the House and Senate versions which have already passed.