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Oversight board concerned about NSA surveillance
(AP Photo - Cliff Owen)
By STEPHEN BRAUN
From Associated Press
June 19, 2013 3:07 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the group that President Barack Obama says will meet with him to discuss the National Security Agency's secret surveillance program is expressing concerns about the program and says the group will publish a report about its inquiry.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department violated its own rules when it secretly seized records for thousands of phone calls to and from journalists for The Associated Press as part of a leak investigation, the head of the company said Wednesday.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Robert Mueller on Wednesday urged Congress to move carefully before making any changes that might restrict the National Security Agency programs for mass collection of people's phone records and information from the Internet.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is hailing Frederick Douglass for his work to bring about equal justice, leading a series of tributes at the unveiling of a statue of the 19th-century orator and writer.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she now supports gay marriage, becoming the third Senate Republican to do so. Murkowski says she believes same-sex marriage will encourage family values.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators sought cost-cutting opportunities Wednesday in the Pentagon's $400 billion program for the next-generation F-35, a fighter jet with a troubled testing record that military leaders said America couldn't afford not to build.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry leaves Friday to visit seven countries on a trip focusing on global issues such as the Syrian crisis, Middle East peace and the West's standoffs with Iran and North Korea over their nuclear programs.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. foiled a plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange because of the sweeping surveillance programs at the heart of a debate over national security and personal privacy, officials said Tuesday at a rare open hearing on intelligence led by lawmakers sympathetic to the spying.
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