Obama From Wednesday's White House pool report in Hampton, Va.: "As POTUS left Anna's pizzeria, he hit a small handshake line near The Bus. It was a grip-and-go, polite but brisk, until the leader of the free world extended his hand to a middle-aged fellow at the end of the row. The guy was texting. He looked up for an instant, shook Obama's hand, and returned to his smartphone."
ON TAP THURSDAY:
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis will host a press conference with Facebook to announce an innovative partnership and resource to help Americans find jobs, featuring Facebook vice president of global public policy Marne Levine.
House takes first step toward legalizing online gambling: Supporters of legalizing online betting cheered Wednesday after an announcement late Tuesday that the House Energy and Commerce Manufacturing subpanel, under the leadership of Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), will hold a hearing on Internet gambling next Tuesday. The hearing will be on the issue of online gambling as a whole, but online poker supporters are particularly hopeful that the game will be legalized via legislation introduced in July by committee member Joe Barton (R-Texas).
Legislation from Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharFCC: Over 12,000 callers couldn’t reach 911 during AT&T outage Live coverage: Day three of Supreme Court nominee hearing Dems land few punches on Gorsuch MORE (D-Minn.) that would punish users for posting unlicensed copyrighted content online repeatedly could land pop singer Justin Bieber in jail, according to a group opposed to the bill.
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerObama to preserve torture report in presidential papers Lobbying world Overnight Tech: Senators place holds on FCC commissioner MORE (D-W.Va.) asked the Federal Trade Commission to probe the privacy risks of facial recognition technology.
The Department of Justice has reportedly brought in some hired guns to help with the AT&T/T-Mobile lawsuit, indicating the government is gearing up for a trial.