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Minnesota Judge Considers Sending ISIS Recruits To Halfway House

A judge told five young men who are accused of trying to join the self-declared Islamic State that he would consider transferring them to a halfway house if they participated in a rehab program.
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GOP Split Over Bill To Let Immigrants In U.S. Illegally Serve In Military

Some members of Congress would like to allow immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally when they were children to serve. But some Republicans are threatening to hold up a key defense bill over it.
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NSA Data Collection, Patriot Act Back In The Spotlight

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the NSA's bulk collection of phone data is illegal. Meanwhile, Congress is debating the fate of the Patriot Act. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to House Judiciary Chairman Robert Goodlatte.
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U.S. And Turkey To Train Syrian Rebel Forces

NPR's Scott Simon asks Robert Ford, former ambassador to Damascus, about prospects for Syria now that the U.S. and Turkey have begun training rebels. Ford foresees a "hard partition" of the country.
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Snowden Calls Ruling Against NSA 'Extraordinarily Encouraging'

The whistleblower, speaking from Russia, said the importance of the ruling against the U.S. surveillance program he helped uncover "can't be overstated."
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Appeals Court Rules NSA's Bulk Collection Program Is Illegal

The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records — which was revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden — is illegal.
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FBI Says It Sent Bulletin On Texas Assailant Hours Before Attack

Director James Comey says that Elton Simpson had attracted attention as someone who might attend the Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest, but that the bureau had no reason to believe he would attack.
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Senate Votes For Congressional Oversight Of Iran Nuclear Deal

The measure, which now goes to the House for consideration, enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support, passing by a 98-1 vote.
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China, India Surpass Mexico As Leading Sources Of New Immigrants To U.S.

A surge from Asia, and a decline in new arrivals from Mexico, change the outlook for U.S. demographics.
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NSA's Bulk Collection Of Americans' Phone Data Is Illegal, Appeals Court Rules

A three-judge panel said Congress did not intend to give the National Security Agency the authority to collect metadata about Americans' phone records in bulk when lawmakers wrote the Patriot Act.

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