Issa's Agenda: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) took swings at Obama administration officials yesterday in interviews with the press, saying during one exchange that Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. is "hurting the administration." Issa, the incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said of Holder: "If you're hurting the administration, either stop hurting the administration or leave." The Wall Street Journal reports the Republican majority that takes over the House this week is planning an effort to cut tens of billions of dollars in government spending in the next few months.
Bias Suit Proceeds: A federal judge in Philadelphia has refused to throw out a race discrimination suit against a local affiliate of Fox News. The Legal Intelligencer reports the case presents the question of whether uttering a racial epithet may be considered worse when spoken by a white employee than if it were said by someone of the targeted racial group.
Drinking and Judging: A New York state judicial conduct commission has recommended the censure of a state judge who made an illegal U-turn to evade a sobriety checkpoint and then insisted the police give him "professional courtesy" given his position as a judge, The New York Law Journal reports. The commission said a more appropriate sanction is suspension without pay, but the panel said that penalty was not available.
Crude Cuts: The New York Times examines how scenes cut from the documentary film "Crude" have taken on a new life in litigation against the oil giant Chevron. Chevron's lawyers persuaded a federal judge in New York to force the filmmaker to turn over the 500 hours of outtakes from the film.
Cellphones Behind Bars: The New York Times reports on the growing problem of illegal cellphones in the hands of prisoners. From the Times: "A counterfeiter at a Georgia state prison ticks off the remaining days of his three-year sentence on his Facebook page."