President Obama and the First Lady welcome President François Hollande of France to the White House.
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President Barack Obama on Friday will call for ending the government’s control of phone data from millions of Americans, a senior administration official said. The move marks a significant change to the National Security Agency’s controversial bulk phone record collection program.
Obama will announce the move in a highly anticipated speech Friday morning at the Justice Department. However, the official said Obama will not recommend who should control the phone data and will instead call on the attorney general, intelligence community and Congress to make that determination.
A presidential review panel has recommended moving the data to the telephone companies or a third party. However, the phone providers have balked at changes that would put them back in control of the records.
The official insisted on anonymity because this person was not authorized to discuss the president’s decision by name.
Obama’s speech caps a months-long administration review of the widespread NSA surveillance program, made public by former systems analyst Edward Snowden. Obama had been widely expected to back mostly modest changes to the surveillance network at home and abroad, while largely leaving the framework of the controversial programs in place.
WTOP.com will carry the president’s speech at 11 a.m.
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President Obama and President of the Government of Spain Mariano Rajoy of Spain speak to the press after a bilateral meeting to discuss promoting economic growth and new jobs, support for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, cooperation within NATO, Latin America, shared challenges in North Africa and the Middle East, and other topics of mutual interest.
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Obama defends interim Iran nuclear deal
He acknowledged that obstacles remained but said “tough talk and bluster” did not guarantee US security.
The six-month interim deal struck in Geneva on Sunday saw Iran agree to curb some of its nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief.
The accord has been generally welcomed but Israel’s prime minister called it “a historic mistake”.
Some US senators also criticised the deal as too soft on Iran and have threatened to press for fresh sanctions.
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