New rules: President Obama vows the development of new criteria for the use of drones in attacks against alleged terror targets, saying the United States is at a "crossroads" in the global fight against terrorism, The Washington Post reports. “As our fight enters a new phase, America’s legitimate claim of self-defense cannot be the end of the discussion,” Obama said in a speech Thursday. “To say a military tactic is legal, or even effective, is not to say it is wise or moral in every instance.” In today's New York Times: "C.I.A. to Focus More on Spying, a Difficult Shift." Reuters examines pending lawsuits around the country that are rooted in the government's targeted killing program. Obama in his speech called on the Justice Department to review its rules on subpoenas that target the media.
After Pat: From today's Chicago Tribune: "The lawyer picked Thursday to succeed Patrick Fitzgerald as Chicago's U.S. attorney is a former federal prosecutor best known for taking on corrupt politicians and powerful institutions such as the University of Notre Dame." The nominee, Zachary Fardon, oversees the Chicago litigation department at Latham & Watkins.
Confirmed: Sri Srinivasan, a top appellate lawyer at the U.S. Justice Department, will become the newest member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The National Law Journal has this report. The confirmation was the first for the prominent appeals court in seven years, NPR reports. The Wall Street Journal has this report on Srinivasan.