A.M. Links: Attempt in Congress to End "Signature" Drone Strikes Fails, FAA Late on Commercial Drone Rules, UN Launches Drones in Congo


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    Three members of the House Intelligence Committee proposed an amendment to the latest intelligence authorization act that would ban "signature" drone strikes, which kill individuals based on their activities without confirming their identities. It failed 3-7.

  • The FAA will not be ready to release rules on commercial drone use by September 2015, as required by law. Senator Ed Markey, meanwhile, doesn't want Amazon to start using drones to make deliveries until the FAA establishes privacy rules.
  • House Democrats will be briefed on the Obamacare website today by a deputy senior advisor from the White House and a bureaucratic head from the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • The SEC has dropped the idea of requiring publicly-traded companies to disclose to shareholders their campaign spending.
  • The CEO of the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei says the company will "exit" the US market over claims by some American lawmakers that the firm helps China spy on Americans. The CEO said it wasn't "worth it" for the company to get in the middle of US-Chinese relations.
  • The United Nations has launched two drones in the Congo to monitor rebel activities near the eastern border of the country.
  • Investigators in Egypt are considering putting the former president, Mohammed Morsi, on trial for alleged links to jihadists.

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