CongressFrom Ninthers, and Tenthers to the Second Amendment Foundation, it seems there’s an advocacy group for every amendment in the Bill of Rights. The inertia propelling these organizations has increased since the inauguration of President Barack Obama (see the story — perhaps apocryphal — regarding the increase in gun sales since November 2008).

In response to evidence that rank-and-file members and supervisors within the New York City Department of Sanitation intentionally refused to carry out their duties after the recent blizzard as a way to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s policies, the New York City Council is launching hearings on Monday January 10 into the matter. Prompted by the uncovering of damning evidence by Queens Councilman Dan Halloran, the Council is holding two citywide oversight hearings, as well as a series of public hearings to fully gauge the impact of the sanitation department and union’s failure to adequately respond to the crippling snowstorm.

Among the top priorities for some GOP House leaders is challenging a raise of the nation’s debt ceiling. On Thursday, House Republicans told the White House that its request to raise the debt ceiling, which currently stands at $14.3 trillion, will not be considered without federal spending cuts.

As the Obama administration is poised to enact a sweeping infringement of the right of Americans to keep and bear arms in the states bordering Mexico, the only thing which may stand in the way is not the Republican-dominated House of Representatives, but the Federal Paperwork Reduction Act.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is preparing to investigate the State of California for alleged failure to disclose information on its enormous public pension fund. The Golden State will be the second ever to have enforcement actions taken against it by the SEC, after New Jersey was charged with securities fraud last year. The SEC is attempting to make the case that California’s public pension funds were a risky investment and that California misled the investors about the risk. If the SEC is able to prove their case, it may have an impact on the financial reporting of other public funds. The New York Times reports:

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