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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.

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.

United States Of Outrage: NSA, IRS Overreaches Spark Bipartisan Ire

Even in a starkly polarized era, there are still some issues that can draw together Americans from across the political spectrum and scramble ideological fault lines.

Poll: Americans, Chinese Harbor Mutual Suspicions

As President Obama and his Chinese counterpart prepare for a two-day summit in California, a new Pew survey shows that distrust between the two peoples is on the rise.

Is It A Surprise That The Government Is Monitoring Your Calls?

The White House says the NSA needs to collect citizens' phone records to protect the country from terrorist threats. But is it in our best interests or just another example of Big Brother? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

The History Behind America's Most Secretive Court

The revelations this week of surveillance of phone traffic by the NSA is the latest episode in the history of America's most secret court. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was created to address surveillance abuses revealed in the 1970s. Civil liberties groups complain the court is not providing enough protection against unwarranted surveillance.

Intelligence Community Mines Phone Records, Internet Data

Over the past two days, there have been revelations about the way the National Security Agency is gathering information for intelligence. While details of both programs are still coming out, the data collection practice appears to be legal. But it could be the beginning of something new in the intelligence community. And that is, the use of data to find patterns analysts might have missed.

Reports: NSA Mines Servers Of U.S. Internet Companies

News reports have been revealing massive data mining by the National Security Agency of American Internet and social media companies, including Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and Google. It was also reported that the agency is collecting Verizon phone records of millions of U.S. citizens. For more, Renee Montagne talks to Glenn Greenwald, the reporter who co-wrote the stories for the British newspaper The Guardian.