Trending In Our News Feeds – White House uses secret emails, AP finds. After searching through hundreds of pages of government addresses, the Associated Press found members of the Obama administration use secret government emails. The AP requested the emails over three months ago, but many agencies have not responded. The Labor Department at first asked for $1 million for its emails. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed the existence of the emails yesterday, and assured the press all government email accounts are subject to oversight. However, some say the secret emails create problems for government transparency. “What happens when that person doesn’t work there anymore? He leaves and someone makes a request [to review emails] in two years. Who’s going to know to search the other accounts?,” said Kel McClanahan, executive director of open government group National Security Counselors.
Obama nominates three for powerful court. President Obama nominated three judges to fill openings in the D.C. Court of Appeals yesterday, in a move some say is meant to intimidate Republicans. The confirmation of the three judges, law professor Cornelia T. L. Pillard, lawyer Patricia Ann Millett, and judge Robert L. Wilkins, would put a majority of liberal judges on the second most powerful court in the country. The Atlantic Wire writes Obama is discouraging Republicans from filibustering his judges by making all three nominations at once. Filibusters are meant for special circumstances; filibustering three nominees at once would look ridiculous.
Assad retakes strategic town in overnight raid. Bashar al-Assad’s forces have captured the town of Qusayr in an overnight raid, according to a Hezbollah fighter. The raid marks the end of a two-week battle for the town. Qusayr is strategically important: The town lies on a supply route from Lebanon and links the capital of Damascus to coastal regions friendly to Assad.
Meanwhile, a UN panel released a report describing the atrocities in Syria. The report claims chemical weapons have been used, but does not point fingers. French Minister Laurent Fabius said Assad’s forces have used sarin gas against the opposition.
MLB looks to suspend 20 players in doping scandal. Sources told ESPN last night the MLB is looking to suspend 20 players, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, in what could be the largest drug scandal in American sports history. The MLB claims top players took performance enhancing drugs at Biogenesis, a Miami clinic. The clinic’s founder, Tony Bosch, will meet with officials on Friday to cooperate with the investigation. 100-game suspensions could follow within two weeks.
Apple loses patent case against rival. Can Apple catch a break? Following recent allegations of massive tax avoidance and charges of orchestrating an ebook price-fixing scheme, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled yesterday that Apple violated Samsung patents with certain models of the iPhone and iPad. If Obama doesn’t overturn the order within 60 days, Apple will have to stop selling older iPhone and iPad models made for AT&T.
Must Reads From PolicyMic – What Will the GOP Look Like in 2030? Definitely Not What It Looks Like Today (Miles Unterreiner) – If they want to win over millennials, Republicans have a lot of work to do.
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The Most Recent Victim Of the Scandal-Plagued White House? Joe Biden’s Beach Party (Lenny DeFranco, @ledefranco) – The last thing Obama’s scandal-ridden White House
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NASA and Google’s Quantum Computer Thinks Like a Human (For $15 Million) (Katherine Foley) – With a price tag of $15 million, this computer’s no MacBook Pro. By operating at a level smaller than even the most basic binary system, NASA and Google’s processor can model artificial intelligence.
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Are President Obama's Speeches Just… Tweets? (Brian Principato, @BrianPinDC) – Yahoo News analysis suggests White House speechwriters may be crafting the president’s statements for distribution on Twitter. Whether or not the claim is true, Obama’s speeches have been incredibly successful.
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12 Delusional Things 'The Bachelorette' Leads Us to Believe About Love (Elizabeth Monahan) – Week after week, thousands of Americans tune in to programs like The Bachelorette that distort our understanding of modern relationships.
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– How Google Glass is helping the visually-impaired to read (NY Times).
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