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When It Comes To Public Opinion, More News Is Not Good News For NSA

New public opinion polls show distaste for National Security Agency surveillance does not break cleanly across party lines. Despite the administration's attempts otherwise, one new study finds that the more people know about the NSA, the more they dislike it.
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CIA Pays AT&T For Data On International Calls, 'Times' Says

Government officials tell The New York Times that the phone company searches its records for international calls that may help identify foreign terrorists. In the process, the Times says, data about some calls made by U.S. citizens may also be collected.
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Lunch At The Pentagon: Hagel Meets With Military Personnel

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel oversees the U.S. military as it moves women to frontline combat. Every month, Hagel has lunch with rank and file members of the armed services to hear what's on their minds. This month, Steve Inskeep sat in on that lunch at the Pentagon.
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Outrage In Pakistan After U.S. Drone Strike Kills Taliban Leader

Melissa Block talks with Gibran Peshimam, political editor for The Express Tribune in Karachi, about reaction in Pakistan to last week's American drone strike that killed the Pakistani Taliban leader.
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A Controversial Week For The NSA

Several new developments put the NSA surveillance program into the spotlight this week. The U.S. had to explain why it eavesdrops on foreign leaders; The Washington Post reported that the NSA can tap directly into overseas servers of Google and Yahoo; and lawmakers have introduced legislation to rein in the program that allows NSA to gather phone data on Americans.
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Germans Warily Guard Their Privacy

Allegations that the NSA eavesdropped on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone created a diplomatic rift and revealed differences in how Americans and Europeans feel about privacy. To explore those differences, Weekend Edition host Scott Simon speaks with Gregor Peter Schmitz, correspondent with the German newsmagazine, Der Spiegel.
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The NSA Doesn't Think Your Joke Mug Is Funny

The latest twist in the unfolding National Security Agency surveillance story comes in the form of a coffee mug. The NSA filed a cease-and-desist order over a parody of their logo and now the affected artist is fighting back with a lawsuit.
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Pakistani Taliban Chief Killed In U.S. Drone Strike

U.S. and Taliban officials have told various news agencies that Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in the tribal North Waziristan region of Pakistan.
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Friday Political Mix: Democratic Jitters Over Obamacare's Woes

Obama administration officials try to calm congressional Democrats anxieties triggered by the flawed Obamacare website and insurance policy cancellations... Leaders of big tech firms want Congress to rein in the NSA... It just got harder to get an abortion in Texas.
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U.S. Spying Efforts Sometimes 'Reached Too Far,' Kerry Says

The secretary of state's comments are the sharpest to date from a top Obama aide. He also said, though, that "innocent people are not being abused" and that the intelligence gathered by the National Security Agency has prevented terrorist attacks.

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