Despite rumors that there would be a politically charged halftime show and an ensuing boycott from the right, main act Lady Gaga delivered a tame performance, while corporate sponsors took bigger risks.
The long-awaited release of the guidelines provide "a timely reminder of the breadth of the powers that will soon be in the hands of another president," an ACLU spokesman said.
"One of the deadliest strikes against civilians in Yemen's yearlong war involved U.S.-supplied weapons," Human Rights Watch says.
Obama faces criticism over civilian deaths caused by the drone program, which is being denounced as having little oversight, a mounting death toll and results that can be seen as war crimes.
"The appetite to use surveillance drones in the domestic environment to collect airborne imagery continues to grow," an internal report states.
The Air Force has revealed that a force based in the Horn of Africa spent more than a year targeting Islamic State as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the undeclared war on the militant group in Iraq and Syria.
Politicians and most mainstream media pretend our drone wars don't exist. But new revelations by an anonymous source lay bare the details of these failed military operations.
Targeted killings carried out by unmanned drones, though still very controversial, have become a fixture of U.S. foreign policy. On Thursday, The Intercept published a report, "The Drone Papers," which gives the public a close look at the grim realities of drone warfare, based on information leaked by a plugged-in source.
In a troubling and unprecedented action, North Dakota has legalized police use of drones carrying “less than lethal” weapons. Warrants? None needed. Other states could follow unless laws are written to stop this chilling threat.
The New York Times on Wednesday reported details about American counterterrorism officials' use of drone strikes in countries such as Yemen, as well as the working relationship between intelligence agencies in the U.S. and the U.K.