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WH: 'President's Record on Transparency Is Broad and Significant'

In a contentious press conference on Monday, White House press secretary Jay Carney was battered over reports surrounding the National Security Agency’s monitoring of phone records and the so-called PRISM program, which monitors internet activity from millions of Americans. Carney repeatedly maintained that the administration was happy to debate the issue of surveillance – “These are questions that should be asked,” he said at one point, and stated later, “That’s an excellent question” in response to a query about public access to information for debating privacy – but offered few answers. Jun 10, 2013 11:27 AM PT

NSA Leaker Holed Up in Hong Kong

NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who claimed to The Guardian (UK) that he doesn’t “want to live in a society” that keeps tabs on all of its citizens, fled to Hong Kong in order to hide from the US government. Jun 9, 2013 3:52 PM PT

NSA Leaker Supported Ron Paul, Believed Obama on Civil Liberties

The self-reported NSA leaker Edward Snowden apparently donated some $500 to Ron Paul’s presidential campaign in 2012. In 2008, he voted for a third party candidate, but he believed that Barack Obama’s presidency would walk back what he perceived to be the privacy rights violations of the Bush Administration. Jun 9, 2013 3:38 PM PT

Rep. Issa (R-CA): Cummings Wants to Stop 'Needed Congressional Oversight'

Following on the assertion of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning that the IRS scandal had been “solved” and that Congress should “move on,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) blasted Cummings. Jun 9, 2013 8:43 AM PT

'FALSE': Congress Denies Obama Claim 'Every Member' Briefed on Surveillance

On Friday morning, President Barack Obama defended his administration’s massive telephone records surveillance programs by explaining that “every member of Congress has been briefed on this program.” There’s only one problem: both Republican and Democrat Congresspeople say that isn’t true. Jun 7, 2013 5:20 PM PT

Republicans Focus Fire on IRS Involvement in Obamacare

After the Supreme Court’s decision labeling Obamacare’s mandate a tax, the IRS has become the crucial centerpiece of President Obama’s health care rollout. But with the IRS’ targeting of conservative non-profits, Republicans are calling into question the agency’s involvement in the application of Obamacare. Jun 7, 2013 1:41 PM PT

College Shooting Near Obama Fundraiser

According to local news reports on Friday, June 7, several people have been wounded including a gunman at Santa Monica College, just a few miles from President Obama’s fundraiser in the city. Secret Service was notified, but the incident did not disturb the event. Jun 7, 2013 1:18 PM PT

Poll: 58% Disapprove of Obama's Handling of IRS Scandal

A Gallup poll released on Friday shows that the American people believe that the IRS targeting of conservative non-profits was not relegated to low-level employees. A full 59 percent of adults, including 57 percent of independents and 43 percent of Democrats, believe that high-ranking IRS officials in Washington, D.C. were aware of the scandal. Overall, 50 percent believe that high-ranking Obama officials were aware, including 26 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of independents. Jun 7, 2013 12:45 PM PT

Obama: Privacy Invasions 'Modest Encroachments'

On Friday, President Barack Obama defended secret programs to monitor Americans’ phone calls, emails, and other internet activities, labeling them “modest encroachments” on privacy. “In the abstract, you can complain about Big Brother, and how this is a potential program run amok,” Obama said. “But when you actually look at the details, then I think we’ve struck the right balance.” Jun 7, 2013 11:23 AM PT

Obama: If People 'Can't Trust' Government, 'We're Going to Have Some Problems Here'

During his speech in San Jose, California on Friday, President Obama took one question from the press on national security monitoring of Americans. Without any sense of irony whatsoever in the aftermath of the IRS’ targeting of conservatives, the administration’s stonewalling on Benghazi, the Department of Justice’s targeting of reporters, the Department of Health and Human Services’ leveraging of private organizations for Obamacare public relations cash, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s secret email addresses, Obama unloaded this line. Jun 7, 2013 11:11 AM PT

Obama on Privacy Concerns: My Emails Could Be Targeted Too

On Friday, President Obama took one question at a speech in northern California. Naturally, the question was about breaking information that the Obama administration has been monitoring Americans’ communications, including email exchanges. Jun 7, 2013 10:38 AM PT

PRISM: 'They Quite Literally Can Watch Your Ideas Form As You Type'

When the UK Guardian reported on Wednesday that the Obama National Security Administration had been issued a blanket surveillance order allowing it to seize millions of Americans’ phone records, Obama defenders quickly assured Americans that the request seizures did not extend to the content of conversations. A new Washington Post report on Thursday, however, suggests that the Obama administration has the ability to do exactly that. Jun 6, 2013 4:42 PM PT

NYT: Obama Admin 'Has Now Lost All Credibility'

On Thursday, The New York Times officially fell off the Obama bandwagon. That doesn’t mean the Obama worship will stop. But the newest revelation that the Obama administration has been seizing millions of phone records leaves the Times with little choice but to publicly chastise its dream president. Jun 6, 2013 1:25 PM PT

Obama Admin Grabs Millions of Verizon Phone Records

According to a breaking report from the UK Guardian, Barack Obama’s National Security Agency has been collecting phone records of millions of domestic customers of Verizon under a court order obtained in April. The order requires Verizon to turn over phone records on an “ongoing, daily basis” to the NSA, both within the US and between the US and international sources. Jun 5, 2013 7:54 PM PT

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