Here is Tuesday’s look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.

News Roundup:

  • A proposed Senate earmark ban failed this morning by a vote of 56 to 39, with eight Republicans voting against it. (Politico)(National Journal)($)
  • The House is expected to take up a censure resolution against Representative Charlie Rangel for his ethics violations. (The Hill)
  • Representative Rangel has been circulating a letter to his colleagues making the case against his censure. (The Hill)
  • The House could still issue a reprimand forRepresentativeRangel instead of censure. (Roll Call)($)
  • Vice President Biden will meet with Representative Darrell Issa to discuss the tracking of stimulus spending. (Politico)
  • House Republicans are discussing thepossibilityof term limits for leadership positions. (Roll Call)($)
  • Representative Pete Roskam will serve as Chief Deputy Whip, traditionally a stepping stone for higher office in GOP leadership. (Politico)
  • WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be charged under the Espionage Act for his group’s release of sensitive government documents. (Washington Post)
  • Countering the release of sensitive data, as in the WikiLeaks case, could stifle crucial information sharing. (NextGov)
  • The Department of Justice’s Inspector General has announced he will resign. (Legal Times)
  • No agenda has been set for the lame duck session. (Roll Call)($)
  • The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two legal challenges to Arizona’s public financing of election campaigns. (Washington Post)
  • A member of the Republican National Committee’s top panel plans to call for an investigation of RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s spending. (Washington Times)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 11/30:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for 11/30:

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