Friday Morning News Roundup 3-21-2014

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  • President Barack Obama warned yesterday at a private home in Miami that Democrats “get clobbered” in midterm elections. Source: The Weekly Standard…

 

  • A parking ticket, traffic citation or involvement in a minor fender-bender are enough to get a person’s name and other personal information logged into a massive, obscure federal database run by the U.S. military. Source: Washington Examiner…

 

  • Microsoft on Thursday scrambled to head off a privacy storm after it was revealed that the software company had searched through the private email of a blogger it suspected of having received stolen software code. Source: Financial Times…

 

  • To the dismay of civil liberties advocates, a federal appeals court on Thursday unanimously upheld California’s law allowing collection of DNA samples from anyone arrested on a felony, citing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year backing a similar Maryland law. Source: San Jose Mercury News…

 

  • Away from the conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is quietly seeking a foothold in Latin America, military officials warn. Source: The Hill…

 

  • Michael Madigan, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, announced Thursday that he would direct the Democrat-controlled State Legislature to place a referendum on the November ballot that would raise taxes on millionaires by three percent. Source: Breitbart…

 

  • White House Press Secretary Jay Carney denied on Thursday a television news reporter’s day-old claim that reporters often “provide the questions to him in advance,” before his daily briefings, and that he sometimes provides answers on paper before taking the podium. WIthin hours, the Phoenix reporter at the center of a quick-drying controversy admitted she got the whole thing wrong. Source: Daily Mail…

 

  • Oregon’s botched Obamacare insurance exchange has lost its second director, as the state’s governor released a damning consultant’s report on the Cover Oregon marketplace, The Oregonian newspaper reported on its website Thursday. Source: CNBC…

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