Words Is Words: The Director of National Intelligence, the occasionally honest James Clapper , says NSA is not stealing secrets from companies around the world. It's just borrowing them for a little while.
My Girl: Senator Elizabeth Warren says that the US Supreme Court is a “wholly- owned subsidiary of Big Business”. Not news, but nice to hear that at least one Senator is on our side.
En Passant: In case you were wondering, no, Italy hasn't had an economic recovery. Either.
Mission Creeps: Ambassador Rice: "Our overarching goal is to end the underlying conflict through a negotiated, political transition in which Assad leaves power.” So from punishment and deterrence to regime change, the menu grows. Yet John Kerry says the US effort will be “limited, very targeted, very short-term” because “we're not going to war.” She works for him, didn't get the memo.
Glad You Asked: If the employment situation is getting better and better, why are withholding tax collections declining?
The Parting Shot: