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Obama Faces Difficult Choices Amid Stream of Last-Minute Clemency Requests

December 29, 2016
Carrie Johnson | NPR
Dealing with a flood of last-minute pardon requests amounted to one of the biggest surprises of his presidency, George W. Bush once wrote.
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NSA Leaker Edward Snowden

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June 14, 2013
For the second time in three years, a National Security Agency contractor is accused of stealing information from the secretive government agency.

The Privacy vs. Security Debate, Supreme Court Rules on Religious Freedom & Internet Postings & Four New 2016 Candidates

June 5, 2015
Congress passes USA Freedom Act, Supreme Court decisions, and the race for the White House heats up.
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Familiar Swing to Security Over Privacy After Attacks in France

May 7, 2015
David Sanger | The New York Times
For two years after the revelations by Edward J. Snowden, Europe was awash in talk about American excesses in mass surveillance, objecting to how the National Security Agency swept up emails and phone conversations -- even of political leaders like Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany -- in an American electronic net that seemed to envelop the Continent.
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Snowden and supporters fear Americans will lose interest from ‘NSA fatigue’

August 14, 2014
NSA leaker Edward Snowden discloses in an extensive profile in Wired magazine that the U.S. government ran a top secret cyber-war program, which he claims could accidentally start a war. Gwen Ifill gets an update on Snowden and his latest revelations from the man who interviewed him, James Bamford of Wired.
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House passes bill to overhaul NSA data collection

May 23, 2014
Susan Davis | USA Today
The U.S. House sent a bipartisan message Thursday, voting to end the practice of bulk collection of phone records conducted by the National Security Agency. The surveillance of such "metadata" was revealed last year by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, prompting public disapproval and congressional anger from lawmakers who said the intelligence agency was not forthcoming with Congress about the scope of their surveillance efforts.
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'This Week': One Year After Snowden

May 12, 2014
Martha Raddatz | ABC News
Former NSA Director Keith Alexander and former counterterrorism adviser Richard Clarke on Edward Snowden's impact.
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Pulitzer Prize renews debate over controversial NSA surveillance reporting

April 15, 2014
Journalism's highest honor was awarded to The Washington Post and The Guardian U.S. for reporting that raised questions about privacy, surveillance and security, despite criticism about whether they should have published the stories in the first place. Gwen Ifill discusses this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners with Geneva Overholser of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.
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Edward Snowden: A whistle-blowing outlaw, now with a Pulitzer Prize to his name

April 15, 2014
Doyle McManus | Los Angeles Times
A few months ago, I wrote that it was wrong to try to classify Edward Snowden as either a whistle-blower or a traitor, because he’s a bit of each. Only now he’s a whistle-blowing outlaw with a Pulitzer Prize to his name.
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