US government back to business after debt deal

UN Expert Challenges Foundations of US Covert Drone War
Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

US government back to business after debt deal
Republican infighting continues, while president and Democrats express new unity

Senate Debt Deal Weakens Congress on Debt Ceiling
Capitol Hill talk regarding the Senate deal apparently includes a provision that would take away the Congress’ power to increase the debt ceiling. According to Politico, it looks like the buzz appears to be true.

Documents reveal NSA’s extensive involvement in targeted killing program

Obama Administration fights quick Supreme Court review of NSA program

Door May Open for Challenge to Secret Wiretaps

New EU rules to curb transfer of data to US after Edward Snowden revelations
Regulations will make it harder to move European data to third countries, with fines running into billions for failure to comply

MPs set to investigate Guardian’s involvement in Snowden leaks
Keith Vaz says home affairs committee to look at newspaper’s activities as part of inquiry into counter-terrorism

Extent of spies’ mass surveillance to be investigated in public inquiry
Intelligence inquiry begun after Edward Snowden leaks and Guardian revelations on GCHQ and NSA personal data sharing

Pierre Omidyar commits $250m to new media venture with Glenn Greenwald
Omidyar says decision to set up news organisation fuelled by ‘concern about press freedoms in the US and around the world’

Rebel infighting between Kurds and Al Qaeda kills more than 40 in northeast Syria

Israel and the Gulf Increasingly Nervous Over Iran-US Détente
As hopeful, albeit vague, statements about talks in Geneva between Iran and the great powers continued to issue from the Swiss city Tuesday, foes of détente between Washington and Tehran maintained their own high tempo of work.

U.S. says talks intense, serious after Iran hints at atomic concessions

Iranian man who survived execution must be hanged again, judges say
Morgue workers spotted that 37-year-old Alireza was alive a day after he was hanged for possessing crystal meth

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