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10:30 AM ET, June 7, 2013

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Washington Post:
U.S. intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program  —  The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs …
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New York Times:
President Obama's Dragnet  —  Within hours of the disclosure that the federal authorities routinely collect data on phone calls Americans make, regardless of whether they have any bearing on a counterterrorism investigation, the Obama administration issued the same platitude it has offered every …
Guardian:
NSA taps into internet giants' systems to mine user data, secret files reveal  —  • Top secret PRISM program claims direct access to servers of firms including Google, Facebook and Apple  —  • Companies deny any knowledge of program in operation since 2007
ODNI Newsroom Feed:
DNI Statement on Activities Authorized Under Section 702 of FISA  —  The Guardian and The Washington Post articles refer to collection of communications pursuant to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  They contain numerous inaccuracies.
Wall Street Journal:
Thank You for Data-Mining  —  The NSA's ‘metadata’ surveillance is legal and necessary.  —  Well, another day, another Washington furor.  This one is over a National Security Agency phone data monitoring program, but unlike the other White House scandals there seems to be little here that is scandalous.
New York Times:
Anti-Surveillance Activist Is at Center of New Leak  —  After writing intensely, even obsessively, for years about government surveillance and the prosecution of journalists, Glenn Greenwald has suddenly put himself directly at the intersection of those two issues, and perhaps in the cross hairs of federal prosecutors.
ODNI Newsroom Feed:
DNI Statement on Recent Unauthorized Disclosures of Classified Information  —  The highest priority of the Intelligence Community is to work within the constraints of law to collect, analyze and understand information related to potential threats to our national security.
Washington Post:
Documents: U.S. mining data from 9 leading Internet firms; companies deny knowledge  —  “We have never heard of PRISM,” an Apple spokesman said.  “We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and any government agency requesting customer data must get a court order.”
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Collects Vast Data Trove  —  NSA Monitoring Includes Three Major Phone Companies, as Well as Online Activity  —  WASHINGTON—The National Security Agency's monitoring of Americans includes customer records from the three major phone networks as well as emails and Web searches …
Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
New York Times quietly changes published editorial to make it less damning of Obama  —  The New York Times edited its damning editorial condemning the Obama administration for collecting phone call data from Americans to make it less stinging shortly after the editorial was published online Thursday afternoon.
Washington Post:
The government needs to explain about the NSA's phone data program
Discussion: Business Insider
Dylan Byers / Politico:   N.Y. Times changes scathing editorial
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Clapper denied NSA surveillance before Senate panel in March testimony
Discussion: Hot Air, The Hill, Lawfare and Balkinization
New York Times:
U.S. Confirms That It Gathers Online Data Overseas
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Obama sponsored bill that would have made Verizon order illegal
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Leaks Overshadow Obama's Meeting With President of China
Discussion: New York Times and TechCrunch
BBC:
US spy chief Clapper defends Prism and phone surveillance
Discussion: New York Times and Guardian
Washington Post:
Documents: U.S. mining data from 9 leading Internet firms; companies deny knowledge
Allison Sherry / The Spot:
Sen. Mark Udall: I knew the NSA was spying, did everything but leak classified information to stop it
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Mediaite and Post Politics
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
President Obama's let's-have-a-debate defense  —  The Obama administration has a familiar refrain on the surveillance of Americans' telephone records: the president and his team are eager to have the debate.  —  Eager, that is, only after others have brought the tactics to light and the administration has spent years employing them.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
George W. Bush critics turn wrath on President Obama  —  A club of Capitol Hill liberals made life hell for George W. Bush in his second term.  —  Now the gang is back — and they don't care that this time the president is their guy.  —  In the last few weeks, some of the loudest anti-Bush voices …
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
George W. 'Bush's 4th term'
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Reuters:
Misfired 2010 email alerted IRS officials in Washington of targeting  —  (Reuters) - A misfired email from a U.S. Internal Revenue Service employee in Cincinnati alerted a number of Washington IRS officials that extra scrutiny was being placed on conservative groups in July 2010 …
Bloomberg:
Why Obama Keeps Losing at the Supreme Court  —  In cases before the Supreme Court last year, President Barack Obama's Justice Department relied on outlandish legal theories that pushed a constitutional interpretation of extreme federal power.  That posture led to unanimous losses in three …
Rupert Darwall / Wall Street Journal:
Global Warming and the Gipper  —  Critics of America's policy on carbon emissions accuse it of being a prisoner of free-market ideology.  On the contrary, it was the product of hardheaded pragmatism.  —  Might it be that it was Ronald Reagan and not Barack Obama who began to slow the rise of the seas?
Discussion: National Review
Governor Peter Shumlin:
GOV. SHUMLIN SIGNS BILL DECRIMINALIZING POSSESSION OF LIMITED AMOUNTS OF MARIJUANA  —  Vermont became the 17th state in the nation today to eliminate criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana when Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law legislation decriminalizing possession …
 
 
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Release Detail  —  June 7, 2013 - Schwartz, Best-Known …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Politico
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
Why Republicans Can Get Away With Ignoring Their Problems
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Red-blue divisions start with newborns' names; parents show partisan tendencies
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Matthew Arco / Politicker NJ:
Christie appoints Chiesa to fill Lautenberg's U.S. Senate seat
Reuters:
Al-Qaida leader Zawahri urges Syrians: Unite against Assad and bring down Israel-backing U.S.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
 Earlier Items: 
Aljean Harmetz / New York Times:
Esther Williams, Who Swam to Movie Fame, Dies at 91
Discussion: Hot Air
Lee Fang / The Nation:
Revealed: Letters From Republicans Seeking Obamacare Money
Discussion: The Impolitic and Crooks and Liars
The Daily Beast:
Susan Rice and John Kerry Will Battle For Obama's Ear
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Atheist Chaplains Would Call Fallen Soldiers ‘Worm Food,’ GOP Congressman Says (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Raw Story
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
In Gay Marriage Debate, Both Supporters and Opponents See Legal Recognition as ‘Inevitable’