Morning Media Summary


Congressman says #Weinergate cybersecurity investigation vital in order to ‘ensure our national security’:
“Florida Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns is demanding an investigation into cybersecurity issues raised by #Weinergate, saying it is vital to “ensure our national security.””

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

Oil near $103 amid falling dollar, rising stocks:
“Oil prices hovered near $103 a barrel Wednesday in Asia as traders mulled whether a weakening dollar could help push crude back to 2 1/2-year highs.”

Insurance / Gambling:

Australian and U.S. Feds Working Together to Investigate Online Gambling:
“Online gamblers in Australia have been visiting the three big online poker sites that the U.S. Feds seized last month for years. Poker stars, Full Tilt and Absolute Poker are no strangers to gamblers down under even though Australian authorities have had their own version of UIGEA law longer than the US has. The Interactive Gambling Act in Australia prohibits the “provision of an interactive gambling service to the citizens of Australia. But it is estimated that unregulated online casinos pull in over $1 Billion a year from hundreds of thousands of online punters and gamblers in OZ.”

Health / Safety:

Woman With Bedbugs Denied Medical Treatment:
“Christine Lewis said she was just being honest with the nurse at Colorado’s Aurora Medical Center when she showed her the festering bites on her arms just before she was to have a spinal injection for her back pain.”


77,000 fed employees paid more than governors:
“More than 77,000 federal government employees throughout the country — including computer operators, more than 5,000 air traffic controllers, 22 librarians and one interior designer — earned more than the governors of the states in which they work.”

Limousine liberals? Number of government-owned limos has soared under Obama:
“Limousines, the very symbol of wealth and excess, are usually the domain of corporate executives and the rich. But the number of limos owned by Uncle Sam increased by 73 percent during the first two years of the Obama administration, according to an analysis of records by iWatch News.”

150 Economists Back US Republicans in Debt Fight:
“More than 150 economists back U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner’s call to match any increase in the debt limit with spending cuts of equal size, according to a letter released by the Republican leader’s office Wednesday.”


Lawsuit delays video gaming law’s implementation:
“Authorities say it will likely be some time before new legislation regulating video gambling in Illinois is implemented, since a major lawsuit was filed challenging numerous aspects of the law, said State Sen. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon.”


Embattled AFL-CIO big to step down from top job:
“A defiant AFL-CIO president Robert J. Haynes — who came under fire for his $72,000 salary as a Blue Cross Blue Shield director as well as the board’s controversial $11 million payout to a former CEO — told the Herald yesterday he’s stepping down from his post in October the same way he came in nearly 13 years ago: fighting for workers.”

Transportation/ Land Use:

China slows its runaway high-speed rail expansion:
“Speeding along at 206 mph, dairy products salesman Ji Qiyuan said he appreciated the convenience of the high-speed train that was getting him to this booming manufacturing center in a half-hour.”