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Post-9/11 Panel Criticizes NSA Phone Data Collection

An independent panel created after the 9/11 attacks says bulk collection of billions of American phone records violates the letter and the spirit of the law.
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For World Superpowers, The Negotiating Table Often Had A Net

Melissa Block talks with Nicholas Griffin about his book, Ping-Pong Diplomacy, which explores the importance of the tabletop game in Chinese political history and foreign policy.
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U.S., EU Lift Some Iran Sanctions After Assurances On Uranium

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency report that Tehran has halted the highest level of uranium enrichment, a key part of the sanctions deal reached earlier this month.
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Privacy Advocates Unhappy With Obama's NSA Changes

President Obama laid out his ideas for reforming the National Security Agency's surveillance programs on Friday. In the wake of his speech, NPR's Lynn Neary talks with Cindy Cohn of the Electronic Frontier Foundation to understand objections that remain for privacy advocates.
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Congress Vows To Step Up To Surveillance Policy Challenge

If there was a consensus from Congress after President Obama's NSA speech Friday, it was that Congress itself must play a major role to play in the ultimate fix.
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Sen. Blumenthal On NSA Proposals: 'Going In Right Direction'

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut shares his reaction to President Obama's proposed reforms of the National Security Agency. Blumenthal has pushed for reforms of the courts established by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
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President Obama Proposes Reforms To NSA Surveillance

After months of debate about the National Security Agency, President Obama delivered statements on Friday about how the agency collects intelligence. He declared that advances in technology had made it harder "to both defend our nation and uphold our civil liberties." He also announced changes to surveillance policies.
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Week In Politics: West Virginia Chemical Spill And The NSA

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss President Obama's speech on NSA surveillance and the chemical spill in West Virginia
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Obama Outlines 'New Approach' For Phone-Data Program

Coverage of President Obama's speech Friday wraps up with analysis of his proposed steps to "transition" rather than end the NSA program.
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Obama Calls For More Transparency, Privacy Protections At NSA

Coverage of President Obama's speech about the National Security Agency continues with a look at some of the key changes he outlined.

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