AP: "The Obama administration has given up more of its surveillance secrets, acknowledging that it was ordered to stop scooping up thousands of Internet communications from Americans with no connection to terrorism — a practice it says was an unintended consequence when it gathered bundles of Internet traffic connected to terror suspects. One of the documents that intelligence officials released Wednesday came because a court ordered the National Security Agency to do so. But it's also part of the administration's response to the leaks by analyst-turned-fugitive Edward Snowden, who revealed that the NSA's spying programs went further and gathered millions more communications than most Americans realized."
Buffalo News: "Air Force One was primed for takeoff this morning as President Obama prepared to leave for a two-day bus tour of upstate New York that will start with a speech this morning at the University at Buffalo’s Alumni Arena, where he will outline proposals to control the spiraling cost of a college education...Obama’s higher education plan will include both legislative proposals and administrative actions aimed at controlling college costs."
The Buffalo News’ Jerry Zremski: Barnstorming from Buffalo to points east Thursday and Friday, President Obama will be doing what he does best at a time of concern in some circles about things he might not do so well. Widely regarded as the one of the best campaigners of his generation as well as a brilliant public thinker, Obama swings into Buffalo amid slipping poll numbers and angst in Congress about the relationships he’s failed to build there. Once again, he’s taking his case to the people, this time to announce and tout a new plan that aims to keep college affordable. While it’s hard to say what will become of Obama’s higher-education plan once Air Force One goes wheels-up and heads back to Washington on Friday night, his supporters say he’s taking his case to the people once again for a very good reason. … Still, politicians and pundits agree that the trip is likely to do little to change the fundamental dynamic that’s leaving Washington paralyzed and the American public deeply frustrated. That dynamic is one set by a do-nothing Congress that, it often seems, the president wants nothing to do with.”
The New York Times obtained a draft of the president's proposal, that is "likely to cause some consternation among colleges," and "shows a plan to rate colleges before the 2015 school year based on measures like tuition, graduation rates, debt and earnings of graduates, and the percentage of lower-income students who attend. The ratings would compare colleges against their peer institutions. If the plan can win Congressional approval, the idea is to base federal financial aid to students attending the colleges partly on those rankings."
NBC News: "Beau Biden, the Delaware Attorney General and son of Vice President Joe Biden, underwent a complicated biopsy of a brain mass at the MD Anderson Cancer Center" in Houston. The vice president and his wife Jill released a statement: "Yesterday our son Beau underwent a successful procedure. He is in great shape and is going to be discharged tomorrow and heading home to Delaware. He will follow up with his local physicians in the coming weeks."
AP: " The vice president was scheduled to travel Thursday to Rhode Island to attend a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee and an event at Salve Regina University, and to Maine to headline a fundraiser for New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan. The White House said Wednesday that Biden will not attend any of those events...Biden is still scheduled to join President Barack Obama in Scranton, Pa., on Friday during the second day of Obama's bus tour, said White House spokesman Josh Earnest."
Roll Call: "President Barack Obama doesn’t favor changing marijuana laws 'at this point' but he also believes that federal law enforcement resources should not be focused on individual users, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Wednesday."
The Washington Post previews the March on Washington commemoration events.