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FISA Court Backs NSA Program Of Phone Data Collection

A special federal surveillance court has reaffirmed the constitutionality of a National Security Agency program that collects data about most of the nation's phone traffic. NPR's Larry Abramson reports that the court says the records of phone metadata are not protected by the Fourth Amendment.
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Alleged Navy Yard Shooter Got Clearances Despite Troubled Past

Aaron Alexis, who police say killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard, had a troubled service record and showed signs of mental instability. But the former Navy reservist's past did not prevent him from obtaining a secret-level security clearance or access card.
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How Can Latinos Get More Political Power?

Host Michel Martin kicks off a special broadcast in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, by looking at some of the biggest political stories - in particular those resonating with Latinos. Martin is joined by Democratic strategist Maria Cardona and syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette.
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Breaking Down Chemical Weapons, One Fact At A Time

As the U.S. and Russia announce a deal to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons program, we take a step back to look at where the weapons came from, what they're made of and how to get rid of them.
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U.S.-Russia Deal: Syria Has A Week To Detail Chemical Arsenal

Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the U.S and Russia have agreed on a plan to rid Syria of its chemical weapons by the middle of 2014. But the plan gives Syria only a week to detail its chemical arsenal.
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Cold War Flashback? Vienna Villa Alleged To Be NSA Post

Austrian news reports say a stately villa in Vienna serves as a sophisticated listening post that spies on the city's residents. But the U.S. and Austrian governments say the facility is merely for gathering open source information.
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Medea Benjamin's Anti-War Activism: Wearing Pink, Seeing Red

The possibility of U.S. strikes in Syria brought Code Pink protesters to Capitol Hill, holding signs and disrupting the proceedings. Leading them is Medea Benjamin, an anti-war activist who, as it turns out, didn't even like the color pink when she started the group.
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What Does The Future Of Crime Look Like?

The world is becoming increasingly open, and that has implications both bright and dangerous. Marc Goodman works to prevent future crimes and acts of terrorism, even those security threats not yet invented.
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New FBI Chief Says Budget Cuts Threaten Agency's Mission

In his first full week on the job, FBI Director Jim Comey expressed "intense concern" that sequester cuts could result in two weeks of furlough days for agents and the loss of 3,000 positions. He says it's a big national security worry.
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Challenging Obama, Putin Appeals Directly To Americans On Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unusual and direct appeal to the American people Wednesday night to reject President Obama's calls for possible use of force against Syria, using an op-ed in The New York Times to counter many of the arguments Obama made 24 hours earlier in a speech to the nation.

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