First POST: Conclusions
BY Nick Judd | Friday, December 21 2012
Dear readers: First POST will be signing off until Monday, Dec. 31.
Straight to camera
- In a two-minute, 49-second straight-to-camera video posted to YouTube, President Barack Obama responded to petitions relating to gun control posted to the White House's We the People online petitioning site.
"I just wanted to take a minute today to respond and let you know, we hear you," Obama said, delivering what was perhaps the highest-profile administration response to a petition since using the first petition response to roll out measures related to student debt. Provided one doesn't count the one about the official White House beer recipe.
Obama had previously announced that Vice President Joe Biden would lead a committee to produce recommendations on gun violence by next month. In the video, he voiced support for measures like an assault weapons ban and tighter regulations on ammunition.
Around the web
Heritage Action and the Center for Law and Social Policy were on the same side against Speaker John Boehner's ill-fated "Plan B" legislation, which was relegated yesterday to the dustbin of history. During a press conference this morning, Boehner asked the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make the next move. No word on how NARAL Pro-Choice America feels about all of this.
Bonus: We're glad we're not the only ones who got a chuckle out of a quixotic House Republican effort in support of "Plan B."
Observers expect more administration action on cybersecurity next month.
Engage, a Republican digital firm, yesterday released an extended research report that aggregates all the data and analysis they could find about Obama for America's digital operation.
A three-agency online portal for Freedom of Information Act requests and the digitization of some reports related to online political ads are among OMBWatch's top transparency wins for 2012.
Transparency activist Waldo Jaquith has raised enough money on Kickstarter to obtain and repost for free all video of Virginia's legislative sessions, which have been recorded but are held back by the state unless would-be viewers pay a fee.
A new bill from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) would impose restrictions on capped data plans from Internet service providers.
A Wired article posits that the Russian intelligence community is hard-wired in to regional ISPs and, as such, can directly intercept traffic without showing a warrant first. This is presented as if the same accusations haven't already been leveled against the United States.