An Arizona-style immigration bill passed the Mississippi State Senate on Tuesday and could have law enforcement officers checking the immigration status of persons during any lawful stop. The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported on Jan. 19, that in the Democrat-controlled House, Judiciary A Committee Chairman Ed Blackmon (D-Canton) said he’s not sure which committee will get Senate Bill 2179, so its fate remains unclear.

During a televised town hall meeting on Saturday, James Fuller — one of those wounded in the January 8 shooting in Tucson — threatened a Tea Party leader. Fuller, who was shot in the knee and back by Loughner, is now undergoing psychiatric evaluation.

phoneThe war over executive branch wiretapping is continuing, though there's one front where the executive branch appears to be losing: wiretapping congressmen. The Washington Post reported January 18 that the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the executive branch appeal in a congressional bribery case.

The Supreme Court is about to hear arguments in the case of FCC v. AT&T which could have significant negative impacts on privately-held companies as well as public and private corporations.  

House Republicans vowing to reform a number of items are turning their attention to the United Nations, preparing to continue an already long-raging battle on Capitol Hill over the financial cost of American involvement in the organization. As it stands now, the United States finances about 22 percent of the total budget of the United Nations.