NSA broke privacy rules. Washington Post: “The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents. Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by statute and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls.”
Violence continues in Egypt. NBC News: “Egypt’s military stepped up security around key sites on Friday ahead of “Day of Rage” mass protests involving Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. At least 638 people were killed and nearly 4,000 injured on Wednesday after Egyptian security forces moved in to clear sit-in protests by supporters of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement and Morsi, who was deposed by the military last month. Reuters reported that thousands of Morsi supporters were marching from northeast Cairo towards downtown chanting ‘down with military rule.’”
Are you better off? Politico: “It is almost impossible to find an establishment Republican in town who’s not downright morose about the 2013 that has been and is about to be. Most dance around it in public, but they see this year as a disaster in the making, even if most elected Republicans don’t know it or admit it. Several influential Republicans told us the party is actually in a worse place than it was Nov. 7, the day after the disastrous election.