The US Congress spent yesterday packing up and heading home for mid-term re-election campaigns, having failed its most important job -- passing the annual budget. But even this deadlocked Congress is capable of doing what the Australian Labor Party cannot -- pass a mandatory ISP-based Internet filter -- and do so before the end of the year.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi will recall the current congress for a special lame-duck session later this year before newly elected representatives are sworn in, to pass last-minute reforms in case the Democrats lose power, as widely predicted in the polls. Among those reforms include a low-profile copyright proposal with bipartisan, almost unanimous support that just so happens to include censoring whole websites included on a government-run blacklist.