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White House: Proposal to defund secret mass spying not the product of an ‘open’ process

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The White House on Tuesday objected to a “blunt” proposal to rein in the National Security Agency’s secret mass surveillance operations.

In a statement released on Tuesday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said the Obama administration supported efforts to reform surveillance laws. A proposal by Michigan Reps. Justin Amash (R) and John Conyers (D), however, went too far.

“We oppose the current effort in the House to hastily dismantle one of our Intelligence Community’s counterterrorism tools,” Carney said. “This blunt approach is not the product of an informed, open, or deliberative process. We urge the House to reject the Amash Amendment, and instead move forward with an approach that appropriately takes into account the need for a reasoned review of what tools can best secure the nation.”

The bipartisan Amash-Conyers-Massie-Mulvaney-Polis Amendment to the annual defense spending bill would prohibit the use of funds pursuant to Section 215 of the Patriot Act. The proposal would effectively prohibit the NSA from collecting data that does not pertain to a person under investigation.

Earlier this year, NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the federal agency was indiscriminately amassing phone traffic data on innocent Americans. The surveillance program has collected data from nearly every American over the last seven years.

In a fact sheet released by Amash on Wednesday, the congressman said his amendment would only affect domestic surveillance operations. Though it would end mass surveillance, targeted surveillance of terrorist suspects would still continue.

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“NSA can continue to collect telephone metadata without a warrant and without probable cause that a crime or other statutory violation has been committed. The amendment simply requires that there be a reasonable connection between the documents sought and the person under investigation,” the fact sheet states.

UPDATE: The amendment was defeated Wednesday evening by a 217-205 vote.

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Melania Trump ripped for bragging about helping children while her husband runs concentration camps for kids

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Melania Trump was ripped on Monday for pushing her signature "Be Best" campaign against bullying while her husband, President Donald Trump, runs concentration camps for children along the southern border.

"Looking forward to collaborating with all of our #BeBest Ambassadors. Delighted to be working alongside so many people both inside and outside of government to better the lives of children everywhere!" Melania Trump tweeted Monday.

The response was some of the harshest since she wore an "I Don't Care" jacked to visit the border.

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Border Patrol blocking Americans from donating toothbrushes and diapers for detained children

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Donald Trump on the US-Mexico Border

On Sunday, Austin Savage and five of his friends huddled into an SUV and went to an El Paso Target, loading up on diapers, wipes, soaps and toys.

About $340 later, the group headed to a Border Patrol facility holding migrant children in nearby Clint with the goal of donating their goods. Savage said he and his friends had read an article from The New York Times detailing chaos, sickness and filth in the overcrowded facility, and they wanted to help.

But when they arrived, they found that the lobby was closed. The few Border Patrol agents — Savage said there were between eight and 10 of them — moving in and out of a parking facility ignored them.

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Michael Flynn’s legal team is making bizarre moves — signaling he’s still hoping for a Trump pardon

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When disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn recently hired a new firebrand lawyer, Sidney Powell, it suggested he could be maneuvering to change his legal strategy.

And on Monday, new signs emerged that his legal team is looking to shake things up. Flynn had another status hearing on Monday before Judge Emmet Sullivan as he awaits sentencing for charges brought by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

In the hearing on Monday, Powell, who had been publicly critical of the Russia investigation before joining Flynn’s team, requested a security clearance to review documents in the case. This was a surprising move, because the government said that there was no classified information in the documents it had turned over to the defense.

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