Resigned: D.C. Counsel Chairman Kwame Brown resigned last night after being charged with bank fraud Wednesday afternoon. The Washington Post reports that Brown's departure could allow Congress to question locally elected leadership.
Afghanistan: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited Afghanistan a day after a suicide bomber attack killed 23 civilians in Kandahar City, reports The New York Times. The visit comes amid strife over NATO airstrikes.
Pirated: Kim Dotcom, the Megaupload founder, has accused the FBI of illegally cloning data from his computer and then FedExed it to the U.S. Wired reports that the New Zealand government's lawyer said that "the relevant law only applies to physical material and not information."
Sentencing: Federal prosecutors argued in court papers that R. Allen Stanford should be sentenced to 230 years in prison over his conviction in a $7 billion Ponzi scheme. Bloomberg News reports that Stanford is to be sentenced next week in Houston.