Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Raffaela Wakeman
Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 11:51 AM

A few snow flurries have shut down the federal government, but they won't shut down the Lawfare news roundup---though it's a light news day anyway.

The New York Times and Washington Post report that the United Nations has rescinded its invitation to Iran to attend the Geneva II talks.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism released a study that shows that there were between zero and four civilian casualties from U.S. drones in Pakistan last year---a dramatically lower number than years past. Reuters has the story.

Ben flagged these U.S.A. Today/Pew poll results capturing Americans' feelings towards the telephone metadata program and Edward Snowden.

Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller of the Post discuss the many complications in the proposals President Obama outlined in his speech.

Need a break from Snowden-prompted debates? Over in Ukraine, government surveillance of citizens' technology takes a truly creepy turn, as reported by Andrew Kramer in the New York Times: anti-government protesters there are receiving text messages that read "Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance." Apparently, you don't have to click through a "terms of service" agreement to register for a mass disturbance?

The U.S. has offered to deploy a special envoy to help secure the return of jailed U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae from a North Korean jail. Here's Reuters with more.

Russian security officials are looking for a 22-year old female terrorism suspect named Ruzanna "Salima" Ibragimova in Sochi, the site of the 2014 Olympics. And the U.S. is prepping contingency plans, which include putting two warships in the Black Sea, writes The Hill.

In Beirut, a suicide bomber killed four people in a Shiite-dominated neighborhood, reports the Times.

Jennifer Medina writes in the Times about the challenge facing the new President of the University of California system, Janet Napolitano: the clash of priorities between UC's undocumented students---immigration reform---and her last gig, during which the government deported a record number of undocumented aliens.

Today's Washington Post editorial focuses on the need for cybersecurity legislation. I guess since Congress finally passed a budget, it's time to start complaining about all the other things to which it's not paying attention.

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