“President Barack Obama wants to see the nation’s classrooms transformed into digital learning centers and he is ready to ask federal regulators to use billions of dollars to pay for the broadband and high-speed Internet connections that will be needed to make it happen,” AP writes. “During a stop Thursday in Mooresville, N.C., Obama was expected to call on the Federal Communications Commission to use a program that funds Internet access in schools and libraries to bring these faster connections to 99 percent of students within five years.”
National Journal: “The National Security Agency is collecting the telephone data of millions of Verizon customers in the U.S., according to a Wednesday Guardian report, and the information collected could be incredibly revealing even if it doesn't seem so at first. That's because big data sets—even supposedly anonymized ones—can often be used to uniquely identify individuals.”
Former Vice President Al Gore (D) called the NSA collection “obscenely outrageous.”
Via Political Wire: "Two Internal Revenue Service employees in the agency's Cincinnati office told congressional investigators that IRS officials in Washington helped direct the probe of tea-party groups that began in 2010," the Wall Street Journal reports.
Attorney General Eric Holder told NBC’s Pete Williams he has “no intention” of stepping down.
By the way, former Congressman Allen West compared Holder to al Qaeda.