FROM Sean Gourley
PRISM, How Much Big Data Is the NSA Collecting and from Whom? On his way to meeting China's new leader today, President Obama stopped in San Jose to celebrate California's implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He ended up making a lengthy defense of the massive gathering of telephone records and Internet data , secret programs revealed in the past two days. The President said government access to Google, Facebook and other Internet records does not apply to "US citizens or people in the US." He insisted it's all approved and monitored by Congress and federal judges, but he conceded that privacy has been sacrificed for national security. We hear more about what's been revealed and how it might impact the so-called "shirt-sleeve" summit in the desert of Southern California.
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?
The airline electronics ban and what it means President Trump's Department of Homeland Security has banned all electronic devices larger than cell phones on some foreign airlines flying direct to the US. It's causing confusion as well as inconvenience. Is the motive really just increased security?
The President and America's infrastructure: Bait and switch? President Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure proposal may not be what it seems. We look at the prospects for much-needed improvements in roads, bridges and airports.