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12:15 PM ET, June 8, 2013


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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Tech Companies Concede to Surveillance Program  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When government officials came to Silicon Valley to demand easier ways for the world's largest Internet companies to turn over user data as part of a secret surveillance program, the companies bristled.  In the end, though, many cooperated at least a bit.
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 or court order from any government agency asking …
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
U.S. Internet spying foiled plot to attack NY subways - sources  —  (Reuters) - A secret U.S. intelligence program to collect emails that is at the heart of an uproar over government surveillance helped foil an Islamist militant plot to bomb the New York City subway system in 2009, U.S. government sources said on Friday.
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.
New York Times:
Administration Says Mining of Data Is Crucial to Fight Terror
Discussion: Spectator
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Government likely to open criminal probe into NSA leaks: officials  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's administration is likely to open a criminal investigation into the leaking of highly classified documents that revealed the secret surveillance of Americans' telephone and email traffic, U.S. officials said on Friday.
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
As summit opens, Obama presses Xi on cybersecurity issues
Discussion: Politico
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
GLENN GREENWALD: The US Wants To ‘Destroy Privacy Around The World’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Intelligence for Dummies  —  Question for the day: Do you feel more secure or less secure, now that you know the government is keeping a gargantuan pile of information about everybody's telephone calls in the name of national security?  —  You have heard, I'm sure, that the National Security Agency …
Republican lawmakers: NSA surveillance news to us
Discussion: Twitchy and American Spectator
Justin Sink / The Hill:   President: I could become NSA target
Andrew Blankstein / Los Angeles Times:
Santa Monica gunman killed father, brother, sources say  —  The two bodies found in a burning Santa Monica house - the starting point in a shooting rampage - are believe to be the brother and father of the suspected gunman, law enforcement sources told The Times.
New York Times:
Four Dead in Santa Monica Shooting
Ellen Sturtz / Washington Post:
Why I confronted the first lady  —  Ellen Sturtz is a retired public servant and an advocate for LGBT equality.  —  When Barack Obama was running for President in 2008, I thought he was serious about protecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from workplace discrimination.
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Cleta Mitchell: How to Investigate the IRS  —  Cleta Mitchell, the attorney who helped expose the tax agency's abuses, has a road map for identifying the culprits.  It doesn't stop in Cincinnati.  —  Washington  —  The woman who helped expose IRS abuse of conservative activists has more news to share …
Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital in ‘serious condition’  —  Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a lung infection.  —  The former South African president is in a “serious but stable condition”, a spokesman for the current president, Jacob Zuma, says.
Afghanistan: three Americans and one Italian killed in separate attacks  —  Two US troops and one American civilian are shot dead while Italian soldier dies in separate bomb attack on armoured convoy  —  Three Nato soldiers and a civilian have been killed in two separate attacks in Afghanistan.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Jihad Watch
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
GOP Poll: Massachusetts Senate Race a Statistical Tie  —  A Republican polling firm has found that the Massachusetts special election for the U.S. Senate is in a dead heat.  Democrat Ed Markey, the longtime congressman, leads Republican and first-time candidate Gabriel Gomez by just a point.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama: Congress can pass immigration bill by the end of summer  —  President Obama on Saturday argued that the immigration reform bill being considered in the Senate would improve the nation's immigration system.  —  Obama made the comments in his weekly presidential address.
Discussion: CNN
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Mark Steyn / National Review:
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World News:
Turkey's prime minister invokes Allah, demands protests end immediately
Rush Limbaugh:
America in the Midst of a Coup d'Etat
Discussion: Belmont Club, PoliticusUSA and Nice Deb
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Dershowitz To CNN: ‘Hearing Lot Of Lies’ From People Like Greenwald Who ‘Foment A Paranoid Streak’
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Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Manchin Seeks End to Widespread Anti-Terror Surveillance
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The fishy deal on catfish
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Flatten the IRS?  —  The cartoon below brings up the question …
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U.S. News:
Texas woman arrested in ricin letters to Obama, Bloomberg: Officials
Discussion: The Raw Story