Here is Mondays look at transparency-related news items, the weeks congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.

News Roundup:

  • Representative Charlie Rangel’s ethics trial kicked off with spectacle. (The Hill)(National Journal)($)
  • Blue Dog Democrat Heath Shuler says he’ll run for minority leader if Nancy Pelosi does not step aside. (The Hill)
  • Republican lobbyists are on the rise again, and Congress is courting many for new staff positions. (Politico)(Roll Call)($)
  • House Republicans are talking reform, but maintaining the Office of Congressional Ethics may not be part of the plan. (National Journal)($)
  • House Democrats have created a new leadership role to keep both Representatives Clyburn and Hoyer in office. (National Journal)($)
  • Conservative Senators are clashing over the subject of a Republican moratorium on earmarks. (Politico)
  • Senate Minority Leader McConnell says he now backs a conference-wide earmark ban. (Washington Times)
  • Junior Democrats want to change Senate procedures, including reforming the filibuster. (Washington Post)
  • Harry Reid will announce his pick to lead the DSCC on Tuesday. (Roll Call)($)
  • Successful lobbying by high-tech companies brought about the use of full-body scanners in airports. (Washington Examiner)
  • What issues will Oversight Committee chairman-to-be Darrell Issa investigate? (New York Times)
  • A look at Politico Pro, a for-pay reporting service that will launch in February 2011. (Politico)
  • The FEC asks Sarah Palin to explain some of SarahPAC’s spending. (Roll Call)($)
  • Republicans who won in the midterm elections spent less per vote than their Democrat opponents. (Roll Call)($)
  • Liberal donors are gathering to plan their funding strategy for 2012. (New York Times)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 11/15-11/19:

  • Rangel Ethics Trial, House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct AdjudicatorySubcommittee, 11/15, 9:00am, 1310 Longworth House Office Building.
  • Judicial/Executive Nominations, Senate Committee on the Judiciary, 11/17, 2:30pm, 226 Dirksen Senate Building, livestream.
  • Dodaro Nomination Hearing, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, 11/18, 2:00pm, 342 Dirksen Senate Building, livestream.
  • Afghanistan Reconstruction Contracts Oversight, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, 11/18, 3:30pm, 342 Dirksen Senate Building, livestream.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for 11/5 11/19:

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