Morning Media Summary


Meet the Android Malware That Sucks Your Bandwidth:
“Mobile malware is still a fringe development, but it’s not inconceivable that you’d run into it. If you use an Android device, here’s one example of what it would look like.”

House Passes Amendment to Block Funds for Net Neutrality Order:
“The House passed an amendment Thursday that would bar the Federal Communications Commission from using any funding to implement the network-neutrality order it approved in December.”

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

Enzi introduces bill to repeal incandescent light bulb ban:
“On Thursday, Republican Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming introduced legislation to reverse a 2007 ban on incandescent light bulbs that is scheduled to take effect January 1, 2012.”

Sen. Inhofe turns tables on global warming ambushers – and gets it on tape :
“In recently released footage, a pack of global warming alarmists, led by journalist Mark Hertsgaard, attempt to surprise Inhofe after waiting an hour and a half outside a hearing of the Committee on Environment and Public Works.”

Insurance / Gambling:

Internet Gambling Law Delay:
“Jersey will have to wait a little longer before new laws on e-gaming are introduced.”

Health / Safety:

A Cure For Baldness?:
“A study investigating a new treatment for gastrointestinal disease had an unexpected side effect: It reversed baldness.”


Republican Amendment Would Strip Funds For Obama ‘Czars,’ Plus Elizabeth Warren:
“House Republicans are ramping up efforts to hamstring the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. One key amendment to the GOP’s 2011 budget plan seeks to strip federal salaries from President Barack Obama’s so-called “czars,” effectively removing them from their offices — as well as Elizabeth Warren, the consumer watchdog tasked with setting up the CFPB — while another would prevent the bureau from hiring any staff at all.”

House Votes to Overthrow ‘czars:’
“The House voted Thursday to dethrone nine White House “czars.””


Administration asks judge to tell the states that healthcare law isn’t optional:
“The Obama administration is asking a federal judge who struck down the healthcare reform law to clarify that states must still implement the overhaul as the appeals process plays out. “

Wal-Mart Security Employees Fired for Disarming Store Gunman:
“Four Wal-Mart employees have been fired after management said they violated company policy by disarming an alleged shoplifter who had pulled a gun inside the store.”

Will The Compact Clause Trump The Tobacco Settlement?:
“There’s a good backgrounder over at Balkinization on how the Supreme Court could invalidate the 1997 tobacco settlement as a violation of the Compact Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The author, Michael Greve, is the J.D. Searle Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, so liberals and pragmatists of all stripes can cue the laugh track. Another quixotic right-wing attack on established law, right?”


I Stand with Scoot Walker Rally (organized by American Majority):
“It’s time the voices of the Wisconsin people are heard.”

Support Wisconsin: Trumka storms Madison Tomorrow; Walker supporters to rally Saturday; a disgusted teacher calls out unions:
“AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka — refresh your memories of his violent rise to power here — announced that he’ll be storming Madison, Wisconsin tomorrow to join all the Hitler/Mubarak-sign toters and teachers ditching their jobs.”

Public Employee Union Protests Spread From Wisconsin to Ohio:
“In what union leaders say is becoming a national fight, protests against legislation to restrict public employees’ collective-bargaining rights spread from Wisconsin to Ohio.”

Walker: Wisc. GOP Won’t be ‘Bullied’:
“In an interview with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren tonight, Gov. Scott Walker emphasized that the thousands of protesters had not cowed Republican state legislators.”

Athens in Mad Town:
“For Americans who don’t think the welfare state riots of France or Greece can happen here, we recommend a look at the union and Democratic Party spectacle now unfolding in Wisconsin. Over the past few days, thousands have swarmed the state capital and airwaves to intimidate lawmakers and disrupt Governor Scott Walker’s plan to level the playing field between taxpayers and government unions.”

Transportation/ Land Use:

Will Massive Debt Derail China’s High Speed Train Plans?:
“Is China’s much-hyped and fast-expanding network of high-speed railways bracing for a slowdown?”