May Day edition.
Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, May 1, 2014.
1. Benghazi smoking gun? A retired U.S. general says it was clear early on the Benghazi attack was a hostile action that was not the result of protests. Air Force Brigadier Gen. Robert Lovell, who served at U.S. Africa Command headquarters at the time of the September 2012 attack, told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee the military should have done more to try and save four the four Americans who were killed. Lovell's testimony Thursday came as newly surfaced e-mails revealed the White House urged then-U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice to blame the incident on demonstrations over an anti-Muslim move during her appearances on five Sunday morning talk shows. Republicans are seizing on the new information to raise new questions about a potential White House cover-up. "This Benghazi story is about a foreign policy choice called the light footprint that caught up with this administration. It's about an administration that said no to additional security requests because they didn't want to be like Bush," said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). The White House is pushing back, saying Republicans are attempting to politicize a tragedy.
2. Big Data and privacy. The White House released its report on the country's big data network and its impact on the privacy of Americans. The review concludes that while big data is saving lives, taxpayer dollars and helping the economy, it can also infringe on privacy and lead to discrimination. The report's recommendations include enacting a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights and extending privacy protections to non-U.S. persons.
3. NBA owners. They are meeting to formulate the first steps in getting the Los Angeles Clippers out of owner Donald Sterling's hands. The move comes after voice recordings were revealed of Sterling making racist comments about African Americans. Three-quarters of the league's owners are needed to force Sterling to sell the team. Twenty of the NBA's 30 team owners are on record as backing the move. Several prominent names have surfaced as potential buyers of the Clippers, including Magic Johnson, Oprah Winfrey and film executive David Geffen.
4. MH370. The Malaysian government released its preliminary report on the investigation into Flight 370s disappearance. The report says it took 17 minutes for anyone to notice the jetliner disappeared from radar, and there was a four hour lapse between the time the plane went missing and the search and rescue operation began. No explanations were given for the time gaps. The report calls for real-time tracking of passenger jets when they are flying over remote areas. Flight 370 vanished without a trace 52 days ago with 239 passengers and crew aboard the plane.
5. G.W. on Jeb. Former President George W. Bush says he wants his younger brother Jeb to run for President in 2016. "I hope he runs, after all he's been an effective chief executive of a big state. I'm confident he can reach out to people that may at this point in the Republican Party doesn't listen them... I'm also pretty confident he won't be making any definitive decision until after the 2014 elections," Bush said in a CNN interview Thursday. The former president made his comments as he hosted several military veterans who are participating in the 4th annual Warrior 100K, a mountain bike ride for veterans seriously wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.