Nation & World

December 13, 2013

First watch: Newtown anniversary, Lie of the Year, Beyonce's surprise

"Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief."

Tomorrow marks one year since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Bells will ring across the state 26 times at 9:30 a.m. to commemorate the 20 children and 6 adults killed.

PolitiFact has selected its lie of the year: "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it." "Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief," writes editor Angie Holan.

A group tasked with overhauling mass surveillance practices will submit its report by Sunday to the White House. Four sources familiar with its recommendations tell The Wall Street Journal that the task force will suggest the NSA end bulk collection of phone records.

Reading: Retired FBI agent was working for CIA when he went missing in Iran (Related: AP explains why it published the story)

Listening: Beyonce surprised fans this morning with a new album released overnight. The 14 songs and 17 music videos are selling exclusively on iTunes first, but will be available as a CD/DVD later this month.

Looking: There's snow in Cairo.

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