Arne Duncan Plays Awful Defense in Basketball

Duncan's effort on D as strong as the White House's/AP

Chris Hayes may disagree, but sports do matter. Obama and his aides played up the president’s supposed affinity for hoops in order to up his optics and boost his ego. However, facts are stubborn things, and the facts remain that our president’s administration just isn’t that good at basketball.

Championships are won and lost with defense. Last weekend’s USA Basketball National 3×3 tournament was the first time we got to see an Obama staffer, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, actually play against someone actually trying to win. The results were uninspiring.

Report: 4 in 10 Government Security Breaches Go Undetected

DHS, DOJ, DOD, EPA, NASA, Energy, State routinely hacked
DHS cyber security analysts / AP

A new report by Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) details widespread cybersecurity breaches in the federal government, despite billions in spending to secure the nation’s most sensitive information.

The report, released on Tuesday, found that approximately 40 percent of breaches go undetected, and highlighted “serious vulnerabilities in the government’s efforts to protect its own civilian computers and networks.”

McCain Challenges DOJ’s Redefinition of Sexual Harassment

Senator says using settlement to change policy ‘troublesome’
John McCain / AP

Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) is challenging the Department of Justice over its broadened definition of sexual harassment on campuses and questioned the agency’s authority to act without congressional authorization.

Free Speech Under Fire

Free speech advocate: New guideline on sexual harassment at universities threatens First Amendment
AP

The Obama administration’s Departments of Justice and Education earlier this month issued new guidance on sexual harassment on college campuses that is so broad it makes nearly every student a harasser, according to a nonpartisan group that specializes in campus speech codes.

Money on the Table

Government wastes billions by not listening to IGs, report says
Rep. Cummings, Rep. Issa / AP

Federal agencies are forfeiting billions of dollars by failing to implement the recommendations of their inspectors general, according to a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform report.