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The USA Freedom Act: Bill to end NSA’s bulk collection of phone records advances

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bill to end the government’s bulk collection of telephone records got a unanimous go-ahead on Thursday from a second U.S. congressional committee, advancing the first legislative effort at surveillance reform since former contractor Edward Snowden revealed the program a year ago. The House…

Sen. Levin joins with Pentagon to fight change in sexual assault reporting

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday released letters from Pentagon officials defending the military’s system for handling sexual assault cases, fending off a fellow Democratic senator’s plan for sweeping changes to deal with the rise in sexual assaults. The…