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9:20 PM ET, June 7, 2013


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The Official Google Blog:
What the ...?  —  You may be aware of press reports alleging that Internet companies have joined a secret U.S. government program called PRISM to give the National Security Agency direct access to our servers.  As Google's CEO and Chief Legal Officer, we wanted you to have the facts.
Mark Zuckerberg  · 18,221,868 followers  —  I want to respond personally to the outrageous press reports about PRISM:  —  Facebook is not and has never been part of any program to give the US or any other government direct access to our servers.  We have never received a blanket request …
Nick Hopkins / Guardian:
UK gathering secret intelligence via covert NSA operation  —  Exclusive: UK security agency GCHQ gaining information from world's biggest internet firms through US-run Prism programme  —  The UK's electronic eavesdropping and security agency, GCHQ, has been secretly gathering intelligence …
Obama orders US to draw up overseas target list for cyber-attacks  —  Exclusive: Top-secret directive steps up offensive cyber capabilities to ‘advance US objectives around the world’  —  • Read the secret presidential directive here  —  Barack Obama has ordered his senior national security …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Dem.  Senator disputes Obama's claim that Congress was briefed  —  Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) on Friday disputed a claim President Obama made at a press conference only moments earlier, when the president said that every member of Congress had been briefed on the National Security Agency's (NSA) domestic phone surveillance program.
Republican lawmakers: NSA surveillance news to us  —  Several Republican lawmakers said they had not been briefed on the Obama administration's classified programs to monitor cellphone and Internet traffic.  —  That's in direct contradiction to President Barack Obama's assertion.
Discussion: American Spectator
Justin Sink / The Hill:   President: I could become NSA target
Dana Bash / CNN:   Udall: ‘I did everything’ to alert public to gov't snooping
William Saletan / Slate:
Stop Freaking Out About the NSA
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Manchin Seeks End to Widespread Anti-Terror Surveillance  —  President Barack Obama should end the broad surveillance of telephone calls and Internet usage, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said today.  —  “It bothers me, and I think it bothers you and every other American,” Manchin …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Manchin urges Holder to consider resigning
Discussion: CNN
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Soldier Told Not to Read Levin, Limbaugh or Hannity in Uniform  —  A veteran member of the U.S. Army Band said he is facing retribution and punishment from the military for having anti-Obama bumper stickers on his car, reading books written by conservative authors like Mark Levin and David Limbaugh …
U.S. News:
Texas woman arrested in ricin letters to Obama, Bloomberg: Officials  —  A Texas woman has been arrested in connection with the mailing of three letters containing a form of the poison ricin to President Obama, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, federal authorities said.
David Simon:
We are shocked, shocked...  Is it just me or does the entire news media — as well as all the agitators and self-righteous bloviators on both sides of the aisle — not understand even the rudiments of electronic intercepts and the manner in which law enforcement actually uses such intercepts?
Stephen Carter / Bloomberg:
Detroit's Van Gogh Would Be Better Off in L.A.  —  When the news broke that if Detroit goes into bankruptcy the city might cover some of its $15 billion debt by selling Detroit Institute of Arts treasures, the reaction was predictable and the language harsh.  —  The DIA's director, Graham Beal, called the idea “sickening.”
Discussion: Hit & Run and National Review
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Dershowitz To CNN: ‘Hearing Lot Of Lies’ From People Like Greenwald Who ‘Foment A Paranoid Streak’  —  Alan Dershowitz, professor of law at Harvard University, defended the Obama administration on Friday and excoriated those in the media who he says are disseminating a number of half-truths relating …
Fox News:
‘Uhhh...Uh...Uhhh....People!’  Obama at Total Loss for Words When Staff Forgets His Speech  —  President Obama strolled out to the podium today in San Jose, CA and was immediately at a loss for words.  Not only did the President not have teleprompter, his aides forgot his speech.
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Massive Government Spying Is The Result Of A Public Obsessed With Eliminating Terrorism  —  The revelations about massive National Security Agency snooping in Americans' phone records and Internet activities appear to be shocking, but they aren't.  —  The reason programs like these exist …
Andrew Blankstein / Los Angeles Times:
Three shot, suspect detained at Santa Monica College  —  The suspect was located in the school's library and was taken into custody.  —  Three people were wounded Friday during a shooting in the Santa Monica College area, law enforcement sources told The Times.
Obama speech-less  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama got off to an awkward and unusual start Friday morning as he took the stage to give a speech on health care reform.  —  Once he took the podium, he realized he didn't have anything to talk about.  —  “Good morning everybody.
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Maggie Fox / Vitals:
Get used to killer heat waves, CDC warns  —  People crowd at the beach at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, on June 30, 2012, as heat waves and thunderstorms hit the eastern United States  —  Think last summer was bad?  You better get used to it, federal health officials warned Thursday.
Daniel Engber / Slate:
Is There Plagiarism in Jonah Lehrer's New Book Proposal?  —  Yesterday, I reported that disgraced science journalist Jonah Lehrer had sold his new book on the power of love to Simon & Schuster.  In a follow-up story last night, the New York Times quoted the book's new editor, Ben Loehnen …
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
GLENN GREENWALD: The US Wants To ‘Destroy Privacy Around The World’  —  The journalist who took part in breaking two attention-grabbing stories on government surveillance charged that the United States is interested in destroying privacy all over the world.  —  “There is a massive apparatus within …
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Military benefits for same-sex couples to begin Sept. 1  —  The Pentagon plans to begin issuing identification cards to the same-sex partners of service members beginning Sept. 1, according to an internal personnel Web posting on Thursday.  —  The dependents' ID cards will entitle partners …
Discussion: Advocate, BuzzFeed and Business Insider
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Think Officials Knew About IRS Political Targeting  —  Majority disapproves of the way Obama has handled the matter  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Nearly six in 10 Americans believe that high-ranking IRS officials in Washington were aware the IRS had a practice of targeting conservative political groups …
Josh Harkinson / Mother Jones:
Exclusive: Leader of Anonymous Steubenville Op on Being Raided by the FBI  —  “They want to make an example of me, saying, 'You don't f**king come after us.'”  —  Deric Lostutter, the hacker formerly known as KYAnonymous  —  In April, the FBI quietly raided the home of the hacker known …
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Flatten the IRS?  —  The cartoon below brings up the question that has been on my mind since the IRS scandal first broke: might this be the opening for tax reform, or better still, a flat tax?  The arguments for a flat tax have long been not just simplicity but that it would be more conducive to economic growth.
Sen. John McCain / Politico:
The fishy deal on catfish  —  Catfish is one bottom-feeder with friends in high places.  In fact, they're about to hook two prominent U.S. senators into spending $15 million a year - permanently - to build a special Catfish Office inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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