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Under New Rules, NSA To Again Assess Americans' Phone Records

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 4:03am

The new rules rely on phone companies to collect the data. The altered approach was approved by the Senate on Tuesday, matching a version the House passed to update the Patriot Act.

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House Panel Questions Air Bag Manufacturer About Chemical Explosive It Uses

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 4:03am

Lawmakers wanted to know more about the recall of some 34 million vehicles that have potentially defective air bags made by the Takata Corporation. Congress wants to know what caused the problem.

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Why Jeb Bush Can't Bank On Faith Like His Brother Did

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 4:00am

Bush, who is likely running for president, is a firm Catholic. But that might not be enough for evangelical Christians in Iowa who see him as moderate and are looking elsewhere.

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Pro-Warren Group Disbands, As Senator Splits Again With Obama

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 6:06pm

A group pushing Elizabeth Warren to run for president moves on and "declares victory" in advancing her positions. But Warren is already on to new fights.

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Senate Advances USA Freedom Act, After Republican Leaders Fail To Amend Bill

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 4:21pm

The Senate voted Tuesday to advance a House-passed bill that would end the National Security Agency's bulk collection program. Edward Snowden also spoke via videolink to a conference in London.

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ABC News Report Is 'Very Disconcerting,' Former TSA Administrator Says

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 4:21pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with John Pistole about the report that found 95 percent of recent covert tests of airport screeners were able to get past security.

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In Several States, Abortion Waiting Periods Grow Longer

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 3:33pm

State lawmakers passed dozens of bills to restrict abortion this session. One trend: making women wait ever longer, up to 72 hours in some states, before having the procedure.

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Questions Remain About Airbag Recall After Takata Testifies Before House

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 3:19pm

Auto parts supplier Takata has agreed to modify the way it makes airbags. Takata and government safety officials were on Capitol Hill Tuesday to answer questions about the massive recall effort. Some 34 million vehicles need to have new airbags installed.

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NTSB, Amtrak Heads Testify Before Congress On Philadelphia Derailment

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 3:19pm

Three weeks after the deadly Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia, the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board and the head of Amtrak testified Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

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TSA Head Reassigned After Investigation Reveals Procedural Failings

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 3:19pm

The acting head of the Transportation Security Administration has been reassigned after a covert investigation found serious failings in security screening procedures.

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Who's The Candidate Of The Future?

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 3:08pm

People always say they want change in elections, but who represents that change? A new poll sheds some light on who does — and who does not.

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Senate Approves USA Freedom Act, After Amendments Fail

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 3:07pm

The Senate has approved the USA Freedom Act, which will alter the way U.S. agencies conduct surveillance and gather data. A final vote on the bill came late Tuesday afternoon.

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Was Recent IRS Data Breach Preventable?

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 2:05pm

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was called before a Senate panel to answer questions about a data breach revealed last month involving the accounts of 104,000 taxpayers.

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U.S. House Calls On Iran To Release American Political Prisoners

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 4:08am

Congress may soon pass a resolution calling on Iran to free several Americans being held prisoner there, and demanding information about a former FBI agent who went missing.

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Florida Lawmakers Convene Special Session To Wrangle Budget Issues

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 4:08am

Republicans who control the Governor's mansion and both chambers of the state legislature are at an impasse over the issue of health care and whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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Justices: Retailer Can't Refuse To Hire Someone Because She Wears Hijab

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 9:45pm

Samantha Elauf wore a headscarf to a job interview at an Abercrombie & Fitch store, and was denied a position because of it. On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that that was clearly wrong.

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Americans Say They Want The Patriot Act Renewed ... But Do They, Really?

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 4:13pm

A new poll says Americans want NSA data collection renewed. Yet another recent survey says Americans want better controls on what kind of data the government can collect. What's going on?

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Supreme Court Sides With Immigrant Caught With Pills In His Sock

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 3:53pm

The court ruled Monday that a law requiring the deportation of immigrants who violate any kind of drug regulation did not justify deporting a man who was caught with Adderall in his sock.

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Sen. Lindsay Graham Enters Crowded Field Of GOP Presidential Hopefuls

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 3:30pm

Republican primary voters rank foreign policy as their top issue in this election, and no one takes a more hawkish stance than South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham. Using that platform, Graham announced his intention to run for president Monday in the small town where he grew up.

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U.S. Criticizes China For Construction In South China Sea

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 3:30pm

China and the U.S. exchanged criticisms on the South China Sea over the weekend. So far, neither side appears willing to either compromise on the disputed waters, or to escalate the dispute.

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