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Obama Calls Secret Monitoring Programs Legal, Limited

President Obama spoke for the first time about revelations that his administration has been continuing the monitoring of Internet communications and warehousing of cellphone records that began under President Bush. Obama defended both programs as necessary to keep the country safe and said Congress had been kept fully apprised.
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Despite Assurances, Civil Libertarians Blast NSA Programs

In a speech Friday, President Obama tried to assure the public that the National Security Agency surveillance programs that recently came to light are all legal and have proper oversight. That assurance is not putting everyone at ease. Robert Siegel speaks with Cindy Cohn, the legal director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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Russian Rockers Visit Washington To Lobby For Band Mates

Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot came to Washington to meet members of the Obama administration and Congress. The feminist activist band is hoping to persuade U.S. officials to visit two of their members in Russian penal colonies to highlight their plight.
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Black Americans Give Entertainment Options Failing Grades

People often talk about African-Americans and other minorities being subject to "food deserts" — areas where fresh, healthy, affordable food is hard to come by. The findings of an NPR poll suggest that we should be thinking about "popcorn deserts," too.
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Datapalooza: A Concept, A Conference And A Movement

Entrepreneurs, investors and data geeks descended on Washington, D.C., in pursuit of better ways to make health information useful for consumers. They urged bureaucrats to set the health data free.

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