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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:
- First came Thursday's news that the National Security Agency has been storing the records of all Verizon phone calls for years. That was followed by revelations that the NSA's been accessing computers at Microsoft, Google and other companies – through a program called "Prism" – a program's existence that the government confirms. There's been strong and swift reaction over what many see as privacy encroachment in the name of national security. Today, President Obama responded:
"In summary what you've got is two programs that were originally authorized by Congress, have been repeatedly authorized by Congress...there are a whole range of safeguards involved...and federal judges are overseeing the entire program throughout."
- China's president, Xi Jinping, is in the U.S. today for the start of a two-day summit with President Obama in California. While the two leaders will tackle a range of issues, the informal setting will also serve as a get-to-know-you meeting. But an interesting side-note is who will not be there. While Xi has his wife with him on the trip, Michelle Obama chose not to travel to California. Cheng Li, who covers China policy for the Brookings Institution, says it could be seen as a bit of a snub:
“Whether this is kind of a political gesture from the U.S., or this is part of a disrespect, people in China will think this may not be just a family matter."
- Here's a scenario: Pay a hundred dollars for the privilege of being made to stay up all night to do the hardest manual labor you've ever done. You'll also get yelled at the entire time. Does that sound enticing? For many people, it does. It's an event called Go Ruck. On a recent Friday night in Atlanta, this participant tells CNN what draws him in:
"When you want it as bad as you want to breathe, then you want it enough and soak it up here ."
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