Taking the Fifth: Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner plans to assert her constitutional right not to answer questions from a congressional committee on Wednesday, Reuters reports. Lerner is the chief of the IRS tax-exempt unit, which targeted conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny.
Keystone Push: Canadian energy producers lobbying for U.S. approval of the Keystone XL pipeline are targeting undecided Democratic lawmakers in Washington in advance of a decision on the $5.3 billion project, Bloomberg reports.
Immigration Reform: A Senate committee approved a sweeping immigration reform bill Tuesday that would provide a path to citizenship for up to 11 million illegal immigrants, setting the stage for the full Senate to consider the landmark legislation next month, the Washington Post reports.
Candy Fight: Lawyers representing Michael Jackson's family cried foul after opposing counsel gave a bag of peppermint candy to the bailiff to hand out to the jury this week, claiming it could cause bias. The promoter and producer of Jackson's comeback concerts could be found liable for billions of dollars in damages if the jury decides the company is responsible for the star's death. The compromise: both sides can bring snacks for the jury, but they'll be placed at the bailiff's desk before jurors enter court so they have no clue who brought it, CNN reports.
On Appeal: A lawyer for former Goldman Sachs director Rajat K. Gupta argued that a federal appeals court should overturn his client’s conviction and grant a new trial because the verdict was tainted by the admission of erroneous evidence, The New York Times reports.