By David Duberstein
Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, December 27, 2013.
1. Despite Record Highs In The Stock Market, Majority Of Americans Are Low On The Economy.
Friday morning, the Dow Jones and S&P 500 opened at record highs as stocks continue their recent rally. However, a new CNN/ORC poll released Friday indicates Americans had an overwhelmingly negative view of the economy. Nearly 70 percent of Americans say economic conditions in the United States are poor, while a little more than 30 percent of Americans rate the economy as good.
2. American In Abu Dhabi Gets One Year Prison Sentence.
Shezanne Cassim, 29, sentenced earlier this week to one year in prison after he posted a parody video that depicted a group of Dubai teens influenced by hip-hop culture. Cassim, a Sri Lankan born U.S. citizen from Woodbury, Minnesota, was working in Dubai at the time of his arrest. Appearing on New Day, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) says her goal is to bring Cassim home to his family, and notes that the United Arab Emirates prides itself on being “more open to the west.” Klobuchar adds, “They've got Google and Facebook offices. They're having the Rolling Stones come in February. I figure it Mick Jagger can play Abu Dhabi, these guys shouldn't be in jail for putting a video up.” </p>
3. NSA Scores A Victory.
Federal judge William Pauley of New York ruled that the National Security Agency’s collection of meta-data was legal, contradicting a ruling last week by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon that called bulk collection unconstitutional. Pauley said that “While robust discussions are underway across the nation, in Congress and at the White House, the question for this court is whether the government’s bulk telephony metadata program is lawful. This court finds it is.” Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr tells CNN, “We are pleased the court found the NSA's bulk telephony metadata collection program to be lawful.”