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A court has delayed the reauthorization of the National Security Agency's practice of collecting Americans' emails that get caught in surveillance of foreigners, according to the NYT.

The old argument is that the because foreigners under surveillance for links to terrorism or espionage knew the email addresses or phone numbers of certain Americans, those Americans were viewed as suspicious.

What warranted the change: Internet companies that assisted in the monitoring sometimes packaged suspect communications and shared them as a unit, even if not all were relevant to the surveillance. Even though a court issued a rule in 2011 that would limit NSA employees' access to those bundles, employees were accessing the bundled communications in unauthorized ways and the NSA brought this bungle to the court's attention. The court has reportedly delayed the reauthorization of the program.

Privacy advocates will rejoice: They've long argued dragging Americans into this surveillance is more likely based on what is said in conversations than who has sent or received communications.

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U.S. and NATO answer Putin in writing while bracing for Ukraine invasion

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Photo: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty

The U.S. and NATO provided Russia with written proposals on Wednesday to advance a "diplomatic path forward," even as they warned that Russia could invade Ukraine within days.

Why it matters: This is a delicate diplomatic balancing act. The U.S. and NATO want to show they're serious about diplomacy but unwilling to compromise on "core principles" — all without providing Vladimir Putin with an additional pretext for escalation.

The political leanings of the Supreme Court justices

Data: Martin-Quinn scores; Chart: Axios Visuals

The Supreme Court will continue to have a solid conservative majority even with Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement.

How to read the chart: An analysis by political scientists Andrew Martin and Kevin Quinn, known as the Martin-Quinn Score, places judges on an ideological spectrum. A lower score indicates a more liberal justice, whereas a higher score indicates a more conservative justice.

The front-runners for Biden's Supreme Court pick

Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson (left) and Justice Leondra Kruger (right) Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images and Lonnie Tague, US Department of Justice

Two highly accomplished Black female judges — Ketanji Brown Jackson, a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals; and Leondra Kruger, a justice on the California Supreme Court — are seen as the early front-runners to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

The big picture: Jackson is a powerful federal judge with a record that progressives feel they can trust. Kruger was a highly regarded litigator and has carved out a reputation for working well with conservative judges.