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Obama Defends NSA Programs Amid Meeting With China's Leader

President Obama meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping as details emerge about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. Obama defended the programs at an event Friday morning. Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro.
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May Unemployment Report Adds Up To Modest Growth

May was another month of steady but modest job growth. Employers across the economy added 175,000 jobs last month, in line with analyst predictions. The unemployment rate ticked up to 7.6 percent.
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Week In Politics: Sifting Through Surveillance

Robert Siegel speaks with columnist David Brooks of The New York Times and Jane Mayer, staff writer for The New Yorker about this week's big disclosures of data collection by the National Security Agency.
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U.S. Intelligence Requests Put Tech Giants In A Bind

In a secret intelligence program called PRISM, the government obtained access to troves of data from some of the largest tech companies in the country, including Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook. The government says the search was limited to foreign targets, not Americans or non-citizens living in the U.S. The intelligence operation potentially undermines the companies' pledge to protect customer privacy.
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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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