Last the week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) aimed at discovering the content of all electronic correspondence between Google and the National Security Agency (NSA).

The source of the controversy was a "highly sophisticated and targeted” cyber attack targeting Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists in 2010.

According to U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro, America is now fully prepared for a military strike on Iran. Unbeknownst to Shapiro, his remarks were recorded and aired on Israeli television on Wednesday night, though the comments were not meant to be heard by the general public.

Judge Katherine Forrest of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a preliminary injunction on Wednesday preventing the Obama administration from exercising the indefinite detention authority ostensibly granted the President by Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2011.

On Wednesday the Senate voted down five budget proposals, reflecting gridlock and unwillingness to face reality.  Four of the budget proposals were presented by Republican senators, while the fifth was based on President Obama’s budget.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is huddling with Senate Democrats to launch a joint effort to enact campaign finance reform. McCain told The Hill that he had "been having discussions with Sen. [Sheldon] Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and a couple others on the issue,”  noting, “I want it to be balanced and address the issue of union contributions as well as other outside contributions.”

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