Friday morning docket: the juiced edition

The U.S. Supreme Court is in recess until the New Year. But across the street, Congress is still working to check off all the items on its to-do list before the year ends:

A bill that would boost federal judges’ pay for the first time in about two decades is making its way through Congress. (LT).

Sen. Edward Kennedy and a Democratic member of the National Labor Relations Board blasted the board’s recent decisions as anti-union, as the board’s Republican chairman defended it. (NYT).

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted for contempt citations against White House adviser Karl Rove and White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten for failing to comply with its subpoenas for information and testimony related to the 2006 firings of nine U.S. attorneys. (The Hill).

The U.S. Department of Justice filed an amicus brief in favor of an Indiana law requiring voters to present government-issued photo identification at polling places, a move that heats up an already fiery case. (TPM Muckraker).

Meanwhile, visa fees are going up, and we’re not talking about credit cards. (AP via USA Today).

Finally, DC Dicta is very, very sad about the Mo Vaughn allegation, but also very, very happy no players on the 2007 World Champion Red Sox team are on former Sen. George Mitchell’s list. ESPN’s Howard Bryant said the report would never have happened without the power of the federal government. (ESPN).

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