Immigration Reform: President Barack Obama will urge Congress to quickly push through an immigration reform plan that would make it possible for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States to gain citizenship, The New York Times reports. "This is so important now to both parties that neither the fiscal cliff nor guns will get in the way," said Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is a leader of the bipartisan talks.
Sidley's Millions: Sidley Austin has billed Tribune Co. nearly $105 million in legal fees and expenses for bankruptcy-related work on behalf of the Chicago-based publisher, The Am Law Daily reports.
Hacktivist Suicide: Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz is coming under fire following the suicide of Internet ddactivist Aaron Swartz, who hanged himself on Friday before he was set to face a trial next month for downloading millions of articles from JSTOR, a nonprofit academic database with a paywall, the Los Angeles Times reports. Swartz's family and girlfriend said in a statement that the RSS and Reddit founder's suicide was partially "the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach."
No Death Star: The Obama administration has shot down a petition that called on the U.S. government to build a "Star Wars" Death Star, The Washington Post reports. White House website, science and technology adviser Paul Shawcross said the $850 quadrillion price is too steep. Moreover “the administration does not support blowing up planets,” he said. And anyway, “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?”