Obama to Propose Unemployment Taxes: President Obama's proposed budget includes increased payroll taxes to help replenish unemployment insurance programs, The Wall Street Journal reports. The proposal would aim to restock strained state unemployment-insurance trust funds by raising the amount of wages on which companies must pay unemployment taxes to $15,000, more than double the $7,000 in place since 1983.
Mubarak Forms Reform Committees: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak set up a committee yesterday to recommend constitutional amendments to relax presidential eligibility rules and impose term limits, The Associated Press reports. The reform committee is one of several concessions Mubarak's government has proposed to appease the masses of protesters who have taken to the streets and called upon Mubarak to step down.
Assange Back in Court: The Associated Press reports that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's lawyers are arguing that there were serious irregularities in the way prosecutors built their sex crimes case against Assange. Assange's lawyers say prosecutors have rebuffed his offer to be questioned from London about rape and sexual misconduct claims by two Swedish women. The head of the secret-spilling website denies wrongdoing.
Judicial Vacancies Reaching Crisis Point: The Washington Post reports that federal judges have been retiring at a rate of one per week this year, driving up vacancies that have nearly doubled since President Obama took office. The departures are increasing workloads dramatically and delaying trials in some of the nation's federal courts.