Democratic Wisconsin state senators who fled to Illinois in an effort to block a vote on Republicans’ budget-repair proposal could be in hot water if they don’t come back to work — the legislature voted to hold them in contempt and send law enforcement out to get them. Government-employee layoffs are also imminent if the missing State Senators do not return, according to Gov. Scott Walker.

The U.S. Army filed 22 new charges March 2 against Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, who is alleged to have been Wikileaks' source for a variety of intelligence data made public over the past year, including a charge of "aiding the enemy" that could carry the death penalty. Wikileaks is an internet whistleblower website that uses anonymous informants to publish secret information from the files of governments and large corporations, and has published hundreds of thousands of U.S. intelligence files about the Afghan and Iraq wars and U.S. diplomatic cables.

You�d never know President Barack Obama proposed a domestic discretionary spending �freeze� by looking at the 2012 budget he submitted to Congress. According to The Hill's Erik Wasson, Obama�s budget includes an 11 percent spending increase for the Department of Education and a 9.5 percent increase for the Department of Energy.

An important step was taken yesterday in Wyoming toward restoring the constitutionally protected right of Americans to keep and bear arms, as that state became the second in less than a year to enact legislation affirming the right of its citizens to carry a concealed firearm without a special government-issued license. Following adoption in the state Senate, the vote of the House in the Wyoming legislature approved the bill by a vote of 48–8 several weeks ago, and Gov. Matt Mead (photo, left) signed it into law on March 3.

In 2007, President George W. Bush signed into law an energy bill that included an amendment which banned the incandescent light bulb. The ban is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2014. Since the signing of the law, a number of Republicans have targeted the bill as another example of government overreach. One such Republican is Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann, who introduced H.R.5616 in 2008 to blunt the law passed in the prior year.