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  • Obama has directed Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who has been accused of lying to Congress, to head up a review of government surveillance programs.
  • New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said that “countless lives” have been saved by the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk program, which was recently ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.
  • North Carolina Governor Patrick McCrory has signed a bill that introduces strict photo identification requirements for voters. Civil rights groups have filed lawsuits in response.
  • Israel is going ahead with plans to build 900 new settlement housing units in East Jerusalem.
  • Facebook is buying the 12-year-old voice-based browsing company Mobile Technologies.

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