McCain slams Putin
The Arizona senator wrote an op-ed to the Russian people in Pravda rebutting Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in The New York Times last week. McCain says Putin is destroying Russia’s reputation in the world.

Sudanese president wants to attend UN General Assembly
Omar Hassan al-Bashir has applied for a U.S. visa to attend the General Assembly, according to The New York Times. The International Criminal Court, which has accused him of committing genocide and other crimines in Darfur, has a standing warrant for his arrest. 

DOJ never investigated Judges’ complaints about NSA program
USA Today reports the Justice Department “never investigated repeated complaints by federal judges that the government misled them” about the National Security Agency's secret surveillance program. 

Netanyahu’s response to Rouhani interview
The Israeli prime minister, Ha’aretz reports, said the Iranian president put media spin on Iran’s nuclear goals “in order to allow centrifuges to keep on spinning.”


Senate proposes strategy to avert government shutdown
The Hill’s Alex Bolton reports the Senate found a way to fund the government without forcing Republicans to vote against language that would defund Obamacare. 

Rockefeller presses Zuckerberg on privacy
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), The Hill’s Brendan Sasso reports, is asking the Facebook CEO to do a better job protecting the privacy of Facebook users.