Legislative business for the second session of the 112th Congress begins in the House on January 17 and in the Senate on January 23. President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on January 24. With a number of important issues still unresolved, the combativeness of 2011 may be just a warm-up for what lies ahead, as lawmakers return to an even more partisan election year environment. Congressional Digest will be reporting on these and other topics in the year ahead.
The U.S. Supreme Court opened what is likely to be a closely watched and potentially explosive new term on Monday. The dominant theme of this, the sixth year of the Roberts Court, is the power of the Federal government and attempts to define its limits. Although there are some cases already on the docket that are sure to generate a great deal of interest, it’s the cases that the Court has yet to grant certiorari to, but may very well decide to consider, that are generating white-hot attention. Two cases that very likely will be taken up by the Court…
Violent video games, funeral protests, illegal immigration, and DNA testing are among the high-profile issues on the docket as the Supreme Court opens its 2010-2011 term today. Each case will have its turn in the limelight, but the real news is that, for first time ever, there will be three female justices seated on the High Court.