San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, CA)
A federal judge has rejected the Bush administration’s justification for warrantless wiretapping of suspected terrorists and ruled that federal agents had eavesdropped illegally on a U.S.-based Islamic charity.
While Obama made flying visits across the country to tout the new legislation, a number of key Democrats, who led the charge for healthcare reform, seemed to keep a low profile and are doing little to beat the drum.
California Healthline (Los Angeles, CA)
Attorneys general in a number of states are at odds with either their governor or state legislature over whether to join in a lawsuit being prepared by 14 states challenging the constitutionality of the new health reform law.
Washington Post (Washington, DC)
President Obama’s decision, announced Wednesday, to approve new oil and gas drilling off U.S. coasts for the first time in decades reflects a high-stakes calculation by the White House: Splitting the difference on the most contentious energy issues could help secure a bipartisan climate deal this year.
Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah)
In what is likely a bad omen for Sen. Bob Bennett, only about one of every five delegates from the last state Republican convention in 2008 were re-elected this year.