Pakistan's Disappearing Insurgents: The New York Times reports that the Obama administration is concerned by reports that thousands of political separatists and captured Taliban insurgents have disappeared into the hands of Pakistan’s police and security forces, and that some may have been tortured or killed. The issue threatens to become the latest source of friction in the often tense relationship between the wartime allies.
Constitution To Take Center Stage in GOP-Controlled House: For the first time in the House's 221-year history, the Constitution will be read aloud in the chamber when Republicans take majority control next week. Republicans will also require will that every new bill contain a statement by the lawmaker who wrote it citing the constitutional authority to enact the proposed legislation. Those moves come thanks to two new rules that have gained strong support by the incoming wave of tea-partiers, The Washington Post reports.
Loan Spigot Opens at Big Banks: The Wall Street Journal reports that some big U.S. banks are starting to increase their lending to businesses as demand for loans rises and healthier banks seek to grab customers from weaker rivals. After declining steadily for most of the past two years, the amount of commercial and industrial loans held by commercial banks inched upward during the past two months, according to the Federal Reserve.
O'Donnell's 'Phony' Federal Investigation: Christine O'Donnell, the Delaware Republican who led an unsuccessful Senate campaign earlier this year, says that a reported federal investigation into her finances is "phony" and based on "unsubstantiated allegations and rumors." USA Today reports that the FBI and federal prosecutors are looking into whether O'Donnell used campaign funds to pay her personal bills.