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For China To Invest In Smithfield, Broader Review Needed

China's acquisition of Smithfield Ham will have to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which will assess the national security implications of the deal. The committee looks at the broader pattern of Chinese investment in the United States and what issues it raises. Revision of a bilateral investment treaty will be on the agenda for the summit of the U.S. and Chinese presidents.
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Mysterious Blob Hovers Over Local Ala. Weather Radar

Audie Cornish talks to atmospheric science professor Kevin Knupp from the University of Alabama, Huntsville, about an unusual blob that hovered on the local weather radar for nine hours earlier this week.
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Supporters, Opponents Of Gay Marriage Find Legality Inevitable

Robert Siegel speaks with Michael Dimock, director of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, about a new study on attitudes and beliefs about gay marriage.
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Section Of Patriot Act Allowing NSA Program Is Use To Debate

The National Security Agency attained Verizon's customer's phone records via Section 215 of the Patriot Act. That section has spurred some intense debate since 2001. Audie Cornish talks to Jeffrey Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center and a law professor at the George Washington University, for an explainer of this controversial law.
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Digging The Depth Of The NSA Phone Data Program

The White House and lawmakers are defending a secret program that collects data on phone calls made by ordinary Americans. It was revealed Wednesday that the National Security Agency obtained data on calls from Verizon, including calls made locally, inside the United States and calls between the U.S. and overseas. Officials defend the program as necessary for fighting terrorism. Robert Siegel speaks with NPR's Dina Temple-Raston about the program, its scope and civil liberties implications.

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