"It used to be that 'checks and balances' referred to one branch of the government checking and balancing the other branches—like the Supreme Court deciding whether laws are constitutional. Now the NSA, the CIA and the White House use the term to refer to a secret organization reviewing the actions it has taken and deciding in secret by itself whether they were legal and constitutional," writes Andrew Rosenthal in the New York Times.
"'Journalist changes jobs' is not usually the kind of headline that merits much attention. But the news that Glenn Greenwald is moving from The Guardian to a new media venture, funded by a Hawaii-based billionaire with libertarian views, is something that the British and American governments have reason to worry about," writes Gideon Rachman in the Financial Times.
CFR's Daniel Markey proposes a new drone deal for Pakistan in this op-ed.
AFGHANISTAN: More than half of the twenty-six registered candidates for president in Afghanistan are expected to be rejected by the Independent Election Commission (Tolo News). A preliminary list of candidates will be released Tuesday.
Libya's Struggles Continue Two Years After Qaddafi's Death
Libyan prime minister Ali Zidan said he is "swimming against the current" in his efforts to build a government that can control nearly two hundred thousand militiamen (AP). Sunday marked the second anniversary of longtime strongman Muammar al-Qaddafi's death.
A network of informers and vigilantes paid $100 monthly by the government in Nigeria's Borno State have driven out militants from Boko Haram, Nigeria's Islamist insurgency (NYT), from the state capital from which the militant group emerged.