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10 things you need to know today: January 18, 2014

19 Jan

The Fifth Column

The Week

Obama order changes to NSA data collection, Putin speaks to gays attending the Olympics, and more

1. Obama orders changes to NSA data collection
After six months of NSA-related controversy, the president called for significant changes to the agency’s collection of phone records in a speech Friday. “Effective immediately, we will only pursue phone calls that are two steps removed from a number associated with a terrorist organization instead of three,” Obama said. “And I have directed the attorney general to work with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court so that during this transition period, the database can be queried only after a judicial finding, or in a true emergency.” [The Washington Post]

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2. FLOTUS turns 50
Michelle Obama marked the big 5-0 with a birthday celebration at the White House Friday. “I have never felt more confident in myself, more clear on who I am…

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