FROM THE BLOGS:
Tea Party shouldn't assault Common Core standards
The Washington Post's John Markell says the Tea Party should stop criticizing the Common Core state standards, objectives that have been adopted by 45 states to help guarantee American students receive the academic skills needed to reach their full potential.
Snowden worship should hold off
The Daily Beast's Michael Moynihan thinks Americans should "take a few breaths" and resist worshiping Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker.
Sebelius has too much power
The Washington Times' Jane M. Orient says the Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should not have the power to deny a child with cystic fibrosis a lung transplant.
GOP split between support and opposition with NSA and Obama
The American Conservative's W. James Antle III thinks there is a civil war brewing within the GOP and that the next few elections are important in discovering whose party it really is.
OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
President aware of whistle-blower, White House declines to make comment
The Hill's Justin Sink reports that the President has been briefed on Edward Snowden's claim to have leaked the National Security Agency surveillance programs, but the White House declines to make a comment.
Quinnipiac poll has Booker far ahead of competition in Dem. primary
A Quinnipiac University poll has Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker leading in the Democratic primary for New Jersey's special Senate election, claiming 53 percent The Hill's Alexandra Jaffe reports.