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The Supreme Court ruled Monday to stand behind an Indiana law requiring citizens to present an official form of ID to vote. The ruling is likely to lead to more such laws, though they only tend to pass in states where there is both a Republican legislature and governor. (New York Times and Politico)

The crippled Federal Election Commission, vital for the monitoring of fundraising efforts in campaigns, is part of the reason why new lobbying disclosure reports, aimed at opening the tracking of influence and advocacy, only further obstruct lobbying oversight. Many of the new disclosure features of such reports can't be enforced until the FEC is a full-strength commission. (Politico)

Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) sold assets of his oil services company (worth around nearly $6 million) to Key Energy Services for $12 million in late 2003. Six weeks earlier, an executive form Key testified during a Pearce-led hearing on natural gas. There is no evidence that Key benefited in any way from Pearce's position, yet Pearce's records show no proof of the sale, underlining the difficulties in monitoring financial disclosures by members of Congress. (Roll Call)