According to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Senate vote on the tax deal legislation may come “sometime before midnight” tonight if he reaches an agreement with Senate Republicans to act before the 30 hours of debate time runs out at 12:30 a.m. If passed, the legislation moves to the House of Representatives, on whose floor it could be voted as early as Wednesday.

The court martial proceeding of Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin of Greeley, Colorado began today at Ford Meade, Maryland. Lakin is an army doctor who disobeyed orders to deploy to Afghanistan, alleging that his objection to follow the deployment orders results from questions over President Barack Obama’s citizenship.

Much to everyone’s surprise, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has announced his intent to run for a second term. His news came on the same day that Fox News predicted that Steele would declare that in fact he would not be seeking re-election.Fox News reported on Monday afternoon, “Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will speak with RNC members Monday evening in which he is expected to announce a decision about whether to make another run for the party chairmanship. A handful of well-placed and influential RNC insiders tell Fox News they expect Steele to announce he is not running for re-election.”

Government rules by command and not consent. The marketplace represents the rational valuation of things based upon mutual consent. Because the power of the state is a “jealous god,” when ordinary people try to create some sort of private protection against the caprice of politicians, government usually comes back with a lash. We see this in a number of ways these days.

Early last October police in Watertown, Wisconsin, were called to the local high school, where a school official had reported that a 17-year-old female student in his office was complaining of having been physically assaulted by another student.