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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:
- It's not always easy to see when something has changed. But in the immigration debate, yesterday's vote in the U.S. Senate gives us a pretty clear picture. Senators voted 82-15 to allow the so-called "Gang of Eight" bipartisan proposal to come up for debate. Activists on both sides of the immigration debate are hard at working pushing their message. Mark Krikorian has served as executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies since 1995. It firmly opposes legalization for undocumented workers:
"We have to prepare for this sort of thing for years – and have. Because at some point it was gonna come up."
- The man who leaked details of the U.S. government's secret phone and internet surveillance program is hiding out and speaking out. Edward Snowden talked to the South China Morning Post from a secret location in Hong Kong. He told the paper "I'm neither traitor nor hero. I'm an American." Tech companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft are asking the U.S. government to be more transparent about requests for data. In 2004 Nick Merrill was served with a national security letter that demanded he secretly turn over all sorts of information about one of his clients:
"I was extremely scared at that point. The letter was very heavy-handed. It referenced executive orders and it referenced part of the federal code. And I did my best to try to figure out exactly what it meant... My gut feeling was this is not legal and this is not legitimate. "
- Two weeks of demonstrations against the government in Turkey show no sign of ending. Today Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called a meeting with a coalition of protest groups, but only one member of that coalition showed up. Most declined, following a night of violent clashes with police. Middle East expert Fouad Ajami is a senior fellow at Standford University's Hoover Institution. He says there's a restless undercurrent in the Turkish population with Erdogan's rule:
"Society can put-up with a leader for many years. It can turn to him, it can need him, it can tolerate his eccentricity, and then something snaps. And it's really about that."
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