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4:03am

Fri May 23, 2014
Politics

House Passes Measure Reining In Government Surveillance

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:52 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

One year ago, President Obama called to reshape the fight against terrorism and for more privacy protections as the government intercepts new types of information. Just days later, the extent of data collection by the NSA would be revealed by Edward Snowden. Yesterday, the House passed legislation reining in government surveillance.

NPR's David Welna reports.

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4:02am

Fri May 23, 2014
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Obama Wants Guantanamo Closed But His Efforts Are Thwarted

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 8:48 am

It's been a year since President Obama renewed his pledge to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But more than 150 prisoners are still housed there.

4:01am

Fri May 23, 2014
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House Blocks Repeal Of Authorization To Use Military Force

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:52 am

Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California about efforts to end the nearly 13-year-old congressional authorization for the use of military force.

6:47pm

Thu May 22, 2014
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House Defense Bill: Military DREAMers Out, Climate Science Ban In

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 7:38 pm

GOP leadership decided against keeping an immigration-related provision in the defense authorization bill. But it allowed one banning the Defense Department from participating in climate change research.
Carolyn Kaster AP

House Republican leadership decided Thursday that it was inappropriate to insert a provision in the defense authorization bill allowing DREAMers — immigrants brought to this country illegally as children — to earn permanent residency by serving in the military.

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6:10pm

Thu May 22, 2014
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Sen. Isakson: Boggs Fight Won't Break White House Deal

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., speaks during a May 2013 Senate Finance Committee hearing.
Charles Dharapak AP

If the judicial nomination of Michael Boggs gets derailed, at least one of Georgia's senators says it won't unravel a deal the two senators entered with the White House to select seven nominees for the federal bench in Georgia.

"The deal was we agreed on seven nominees for seven judicial appointments and asked for all of them to get a hearing at the same time, and that was the deal," said Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia. "Everybody lived up to what they said."

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