1. SCOTUS to rule on campaign finance, again. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of Shaun McCutcheon and the RNC. The Alabama resident is suing the Federal Election Commission over limits to total campaign donations. The case, which will not affect donation limits to individual campaigns, is set to be the most significant hearing on campaign finance since the Citizens United decision.
2. Warren Hill execution delayed. In Georgia, a federal appeals court halted the execution of death row inmate Warren Hill for at least 30 days. The delay came as the result of an emerging consensus among experts that Hill is mentally ill. Hill had already taken a dose of Ativan to calm himself when the postponement came, 30 minutes ahead of the scheduled execution.
3. Biden to wife: “If there's ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here... and put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house.” The Vice-POTUS shared self-defense advice at a Facebook town hall on Tuesday. Biden argued that assault weapons, like the AR-15, are harder to use than his weapon of choice: a shotgun.
4. Top Afghanistan commander to retire. General John Allen announced yesterday that he will retire, forgoing his nomination to become NATO’s supreme allied commander. It is unclear if Allen’s embroilment in the Patraeus affair scandal motivated the announcement. Allen cited the health of his wife as a factor in his decision.
Meanwhile, MTV hacked itself.
6. FCC to vote on Wi-Fi expansion. The FCC is expected to approve a series of measures later today that would pave the way for the “Gigabit Wi-Fi.” The changes would see Wi-Fi bandwith increase by 35%. What this means for you: Faster public internet.
7. With sequester a week away, let the blame game begin. Obama surrounded himself with first responders at a news conference on Tuesday, in which he blamed House Republicans for impending spending cuts. House Speaker John Boehner responded, arguing that the White House got us into this mess.
8. Second strike on Damascus in as many days. The Guardian has live updates on violence in the Syrian capital. Late Monday, at least 31 civilians (including 14 children) were killed in a bombing of the northern city of Aleppo. These strikes are the latest in a series that have left as many as 3.2 million Syrians in dire need of aid.
9. Tunisian Prime Minister resigns. Hamadi Jebali announced his resignation following unsuccessful attempts to form a new cabinet. Earlier this month, opposition leader Chokri Belaid was assassinated, throwing the country into chaos.
10. Bulgarian Prime Minister follows suit. Prime Minister Boiki Borisov announced that the Bulgarian federal government will resign in the wake of protests over high electricity costs.
11. SARS-like virus discovered. The coronavirus has infected 12 people around the world, six of whom have died. Experts do not expect the illness to pose a threat to the general population.