Surveillance program backers resisted basic oversight

At Reason's Hit and Run blog, Peter Suderman thinks that some members of Congress are to blame for the National Security Agency's decision to collect data from calls made by those using Verizon as their phone carrier.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signs law decriminalizing marijuana

FireDogLake's Jon Walker notes that Vermont is the 17th state to reduce penalties for having marijuana.

Patrick: I napped while Boston was on lockdown

Hot Air's Ed Morrissey highlights an interview in which Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) said he was sleeping while Boston was on lockdown during the manhunt to capture the two primary suspects of the Boston Marathon bombing.

NYC not ready for another Sandy

At Demos's Policyshop blog, Mijin Cha argues that the best way to prevent hurricanes is through infrastructure investments and climate change policies. 


Christie appoints NJ Attorney General Chiesa to fill Lautenberg's seat

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) appointed Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa (R) to serve as interim senator until the special election to replace Sen. Frank Lautenberg (R-N.J) is held, according to The Hill's Alexandra Jaffe.

Obama touts plan for high-speed Internet in nation's schools

President Obama said in a speech at a North Carolina middle school that he has instructed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand a program that would allow 99 percent of public schools to have high-speed Internet access within five years, The Hill's Brendan Sasso and Justin Sink report.