The U.S. Senate approved a bill Monday by a vote of 69-27 authorizing states to require out-of-state sellers to collect and remit state and local taxes on sales made to in-state customers.

Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) is right: The only way to fix the "Obama phone" subsidy is to end it altogether. Then the other problems associated with the subsidy — corruption, crony capitalism, waste, and so on — become irrelevant.

The old food stamp program now called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is growing so quickly and costing so much that nibbling around the edges of it with bills such as those presented by Senator John Thune and Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) will have negligible effect.



Senate sources report that CISPA (the controversial Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act) likely will not come up for a vote this year.



The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill sponsored by Senators Jim Leahy and Mike Lee that would require law enforcement and government to obtain warrants before searching electronic communications.