Wisconsin levee failing – As many as 100 homes could be affected by floodwaters in Wisconsin as forecasters anticipate the total failure of a 120-year-old sand levee along the Wisconsin River. The levee, near the city of Portage in Columbia County, began failing Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service's Milwaukee/Sullivan office.
"Once the levee completely fails ... it is unknown how far south the flood waters of the Wisconsin River will travel," the National Weather Service says.
Lawyer to the stars – It seemed Lindsay Lohan and her lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, were everywhere this summer. The scrape was minor, the coverage major. Lohan spent 13 days in jail for violating probation in a case involving a 2007 DUI arrest, and then got into more trouble for allegedly failing a drug test. And Holley, a former public defender who also worked on O. J. Simpson’s so-called defense Dream Team, was suddenly the “it girl” on the Los Angeles legal scene.
CNN.com Justice producer Ann O’Neill profiles Holley, a quipping quote-master (“There’s the OJs and the NoJs," she says of the types of clients she has had) who wears $695 red-soled Christian Louboutin pumps and talks about Living La Vida Lohan.
What is the Tea Party? – Depending on who was talking Sunday, the Tea Party movement is either an extremist force dividing Republicans or a group of disgruntled taxpayers setting the government on a proper course. The conservative political force has shaken up this year's congressional elections, backing candidates who defeated Republican incumbents and other mainstream GOP candidates in primaries across the country.
Sal Russo, chief strategist for the Tea Party Express – the most organized and visible of the movement's factions – told the CBS program "Face the Nation" the Tea Party movement reflects the "sentiment in mainstream America that Washington is broken." But not everyone agrees.
Obama and small biz – President Obama on Monday will sign a $42 billion bill to aid small businesses. The bill seeks to create thousands of jobs and will offer about $12 billion in tax breaks.
Last week, the House of Representatives approved the Small Business Jobs Act by a 237-187 vote. The measure is also expected to create 500,000 jobs, according to a summary of the bill from the Senate.