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Russia Invites U.S. To A 'Tank Biathlon'

This week's U.S.-Russia talks in Washington were intended to relieve some of the tension between the two countries, so the suggestion of a little friendly competition — under fire — wasn't out of place.
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Obama Reaffirms Support Of NSA Programs

Speaking at a White House press conference, the president acknowledged that some Americans might believe that the government can read their emails or listen to their phone calls. But President Obama insisted the programs are conducted lawfully, don't violate privacy rights and are critical to national security.
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Obama Outlines Surveillance Proposal

In a wide-ranging news conference before summer vacation, President Obama announced a series of steps designed to boost confidence that government surveillance efforts are not trampling Americans' privacy.
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Kerry, Hagel Aim To Ease U.S.-Russian Tensions

The U.S. secretaries of state and defense met their Russian counterparts for a day of talks in Washington on Friday. They hope to find common ground despite U.S.-Russian friction over the Edward Snowden asylum case.
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Obama Supports Some Senators' Call For NSA Reform

At his press conference on Friday, President Obama promised more transparency about the government's secret national security surveillance programs. The president expressed support for some reform efforts being considered in Congress and called for the release of more documents that explain how and why the surveillance effort works and whether it safeguards the privacy of Americans.
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Encrypted Email Services Shuttered Amid Snowden Investigation

Lavabit, an encrypted email service reportedly used by former government contractor Edward Snowden, ceased operations yesterday. In a message to users, the owner of Lavabit hinted that the company was the target of a request for information about customers from the federal government. He said he chose to shut down his service instead of becoming "complicit in crimes against the American people." Later in the day, another secure email service, called Silent Circle, also shuttered itself.
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Susan Rice's First Month On The Job Has Been A Doozy

Between unrest in Egypt, the controversy surrounding leaker Edward Snowden and the terrorist threat that led to embassy closures, it's been a busy month for Susan Rice. And this latest threat has deep personal significance for President Obama's new national security adviser.
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Obama Calls For Transparency In Surveillance Operations

In a wide-ranging news conference before summer vacation, President Obama touched on domestic budget disputes, the next Federal Reserve chairman and immigration reform. But the key issue was national security, and how to strike the proper balance between safety and privacy.
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President Faces Tough Questions On Latest NSA Leaks

Obama is appearing for his first news conference in more than three months and is bound to get asked about the latest reports attributed to leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
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Maj. Nidal Hasan: A Murderer or Martyr ?

The Barbershop guys talk about the trial of Major Nidal Hasan. He's on trial for a mass shooting at an Army base in 2009 and decided to represent himself. Some have wondered whether that is a wise move. The Barbershop guys weigh in.

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