State Secrets: The Justice Department is getting ready to announce a revamped state secrets policy which would make it more difficult for government agencies to keep information out of the courts. From now on, agencies will have to convince the attorney general and a group of Justice lawyers that "the release of sensitive information would present significant harm to 'national defense or foreign relations,'" says The Washington Post.
Geithner Takes It to the House: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is expected to urge House lawmakers today to enact the Obama administration’s plan for overhauling the nation’s financial regulatory system, reports Bloomberg. In prepared testimony, Geithner said “time is the enemy of reform,” and that Congress needed to move on legislation before the end of the year.
Kennedy’s Replacement: The Massachusetts Senate approved a bill which would allow the state’s governor to appoint a temporary replacement for the late Edward Kennedy, the AP writes. The move could be a boon to Democrats, helping them restore their 60-seat majority in the U.S. Senate.
Google Delay: Google has asked to delay a hearing on its Google Books settlement so it can alter the deal to appease the Justice Department’s antitrust division. DOJ lawyers have voiced a good deal of concern over the deal, which they say could prevent Google’s competitors from entering the digital book market. Via The Recorder.