A few items that caught our attention on Monday:
Democrats worry party is in denial about Obamacare impacts: Some Democrats are concerned that party leaders have brushed off concerns about the glitch-ridden launch of HealthCare.gov, underestimating the potential midterm consequences of the site’s failures, according to a Politico article.
Mark Zuckerberg criticizes NSA surveillance: Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Sunday that the government “really blew it” with the National Security Agency’s controversial surveillance tactics, adding that “I honestly think that they’re continuing to blow it in some ways, according to a Politico article.
Military examining stronger presence in Arctic region: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday introduced plans for the Pentagon to increase Arctic security, citing U.S. interests in climate change, energy security and northern sea lanes, according to a Defense One article.
Pentagon considering closure of all military commissaries: Defense officials have reportedly asked the Defense Commissary Agency to develop a plan for closing all of its stores that serve exclusively U.S. military personnel and their families in preparation for the Pentagon’s 2015 budget request, according to a Federal Times report.
Presidential nominations no slam dunk with new filibuster rules: Despite last week’s Senate vote to allow a simple majority to approve presidential nominees, Democrats must still compromise with the GOP to a certain degree if they want to swiftly approve Obama’s picks. That’s because the filibuster remains in place as a delay tactic, allowing Republicans to burn precious hours of floor time unless the two parties can agree to speed up the confirmation votes, according to a Politico report.
New legislation calls for “socially responsible” TSP fund: A new bill introduced by two Rhode Island Democrats would require the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board to add a “corporate responsibility index” to investment options, allowing federal employees taking part in the Thrift Savings Plan to contribute toward companies deemed socially responsible, according to a Federal News Radio article.
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