This week, not only is Barack Obama and his family in Africa, but so too is George W. Bush, along with his wife Laura. The couple were renovating a health clinic in Zambia when they decided to gift us all with some rare post-retirement facetime. And President Bush took the opportunity to weigh in on the massive domestic surveillance scheme known as PRISM that began under his watch and remained secret until last month when information about the program, leaked by Edward Snowden, was published by the Guardian and the Washington Post. read more
1. David Petraeus, former CIA director, had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Now he's teaching a course at City University of New York. For $200,000. That's a public university by the way. That gig typically pays less than $3,000. read more
President Barack Obama met the latest allegations of U.S. spying with a shrug.
"Every intelligence service, not just ours, but every European intelligence service...wherever there's an intelligence service, here's one thing that they're going to be doing: They're going to be trying to understand the world better," Obama said. Intelligence gathering on allied nations, he suggested, is not just morally permissible but common practice. "That's just how intelligence services operate." read more
Borrowing costs for lower-income students shot up on Monday, jumping from 3.4% to 6.8% on subsidized Stafford loans from the federal government. For the average borrower, that means an additional $761 for every loan they take out through the program, according to Mark Kantrowitz, a financial aid expert and publisher of Edvisors Network. read more
The All In with Chris Hayes team puts out a daily call to the Twitter and Facebook communities for the “awesomest things” they encountered on the Internet.
Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie: Roommates? Best friends? If an upcoming New Yorker cover is to be believed, the puppets are a romantic couple. The image–by Jack Hunter, titled “Moment of Joy”–has gotten lots of praise, but some critics say it is undermining an LGBT milestone.