Politics

3:45pm

Thu December 19, 2013
National Security

Do Recommendations From White House Panel On NSA Go Far Enough?

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 4:42 pm

A review panel convened by the White House released its report on surveillance by the National Security Agency Wednesday. Among concerns the task force has are NSA practices that some say deliberately weaken America's cyber security. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has been critical about surveillance activities, and Mark Rumold, staff attorney for the organization, tells Audie Cornish about the pros and cons of the panel's recommendations.

3:45pm

Thu December 19, 2013
National Security

Civil Liberties Groups Call For Obama To Enact NSA Changes

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 4:42 pm

Civil liberties groups are urging President Obama to follow through with the recommendations of his NSA review committee. The panel suggested limiting the spy agency's electronic surveillance.

1:55pm

Thu December 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Issues Year-End Commutations For Drug Crimes

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 3:28 pm

President Obama has commuted the sentences of eight people convicted of drug crimes, saying their terms were unusually harsh due to a system that treated crack cocaine as a more serious offense than powder cocaine.

The president also pardoned 13 others convicted of various other offenses.

The commutations come after the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, which is aimed at reducing disparities in the way the law treats cocaine possession.

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1:46pm

Thu December 19, 2013
The Two-Way

New Mexico's High Court OKs Same-Sex Marriage

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 5:22 pm

Gail Stockman, 60 (left), and Beth Black, 58, of Albuquerque, N.M., prepare to marry at a massive wedding in August, along with other same-sex couples.
Russell Contreras AP

New Mexico's Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that same-sex marriage is legal, validating initiatives in several counties allowing the practice in the absence of a specific state law.

The ruling on Thursday means that New Mexico joins 16 states and the District of Columbia in allowing gay marriage.

The Associated Press says:

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11:25am

Thu December 19, 2013
Economy

Why Congress Didn't Extend Unemployment Benefits

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