FROM THE BLOGS:
Data mining is a direct violation of Fourth Amendment rights
Joseph A. Palmero of The Huffington Post writes that all of the NSA's data mining and domestic spying operations should concern any American who is worried about privacy rights today and for generations to come.
Virginia GOP attempts to identify concealed weapons carriers while they still can
The Daily Beast's Ben Jacobs thinks the GOP is being hypocritical in requesting the identities of those licensed to carry concealed weapons just before the bill, championed by Republicans, to protect their identities goes into law.
Obama takes a less than impressive stance against Chinese hackers
Right Turn's Jennifer Rubin thinks that President Obama has not done nearly enough to punish Chinese hackers and scare off other threats from Asia.
Former vice president predicted problems for Obama administration
Before President Obama took office for his first term, Dick Cheney predicted that he would keep many of the programs he spoke against in his campaign out of necessity. According to The New Yorker's Patrick Radden Keefe, Cheney was absolutely right.
OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
Plan B pill to be made available to girls of all ages
The Hill's Sam Baker reports that despite previous objections, the Obama administration has agreed to make over-the-counter sales of the "morning after" pill available to teenagers.
Light saber cane causes delay at airport for Chewbacca actor
Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew was held up at airport security in Denver last week because of his unusual light saber cane. He and his cane were eventually allowed to board the flight, according to The Hill's Keith Laing.