Morning Media Summary


F.B.I. seizes web servers, knocks sites offline:
“The F.B.I. seized Web servers in a raid on a data center early Tuesday, causing several Web sites, including those run by the New York publisher Curbed Network, to go offline.”

Pentagon gets cyberwar guidelines:
“President Barack Obama has signed executive orders that lay out how far military commanders around the globe can go in using cyberattacks and other computer-based operations against enemies and as part of routine espionage in other countries.”

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

Gore Faults Obama on Global Warming:
“Former Vice President Al Gore is going where few environmentalists — and fellow Democrats — have gone before: criticizing President Barack Obama’s record on global warming.”

Gore promoting fewer children to curb pollution:
“The global warming debate has always been a touchy one for both sides, and when the world’s top global warming activist is talking about the size of population and how that contributes to the choices societies make, it might be worth taking note.”

Insurance / Gambling:

Venture Bets on Chance Online Gambling Comes to U.S.:
“U.S. Digital Gaming, a venture backed by prominent casino executives, on Monday is expected to name Jon Richmond, a former entertainment industry executive, as its new CEO—placing a bet that online gambling will become legal in the U.S.”

Health / Safety:

Feds look to regulate food similar to tobacco, with hopes of saving money on health care:
“The federal government has a growing interest in the eating habits of Americans for the same reason it has an interest in tobacco consumption, said Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.”

CBO, Pelosi unclear on Obamacare’s Medicaid glitch costs:
“As details about the new-found Obamacare glitch, that allows for more than 3 million middle-class Americans to qualify Medicaid surface, the Obama administration and key members of Congress are mum on several points.”


S&P restates political threat to U.S. AAA rating:
“The risks of the U.S. losing its prized triple-A rating over the medium term have increased as the country faces a political impasse and nears its debt ceiling, Standard and Poor’s said on Tuesday.”


ATF acting director may resign over Fast and Furious program
“Kenneth Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, is expected to resign under pressure, perhaps in the next day or two, in the wake of the controversy over Operation Fast and Furious, two senior federal law enforcement sources said Monday.”


Green Bay teachers upset by change calling for more work hours, less planning time:
“More than 100 Green Bay teachers dressed in red packed the School Board meeting room on Monday to say they feel betrayed by a recent school district directive that would require them to work longer hours and lose planning time.”

Union workers rally amid contract talks:
“Members of the state Service Employees International Union chanted and carried signs Tuesday at several rallies across Pennsylvania, demanding a fair contract amid continuing labor talks with the Corbett administration.”

Transportation/ Land Use:

Expert warns against parkway station for high speed rail line:
“BUILDING a “parkway” station in South Yorkshire for the high-speed rail line rather than in a city centre “probably won’t work” because of problems getting passengers to and from it, MPs have been told.”