December 16th, 2013
08:40 PM ET

Judge: NSA phone data-mining unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of American's phone records is likely unconstitutional.

The data-mining program was revealed by NSA Leaker Edward Snowden.

Judge: NSA domestic phone data-mining unconstitutional

Snowden issued a statement in response to the ruling, saying "Today, a secret program authorized by a secret court was, when exposed to the light of day, found to violate American's rights. It is the first of many."

But a Justice Department spokesman says "... we believe the program is constitutional as previous judges have found."

They say, the ruling is being studied.

CNN's Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin is OutFront.

Filed under: National Security • News • NSA • NSA Leaker Edward Snowden
December 16th, 2013
08:31 PM ET

Budget deal divides Republican party

The bipartisan budget deal that easily passed through the House last week is now running into some opposition in the Senate.

There are not yet on the record the 50 votes needed to pass this bill - not to mention the 60 votes needed to begin voting.

According to CNN's vote count, there are currently 38 yes votes, with five Republicans joining 32 Democrats and one Independent.

CNN vote count: Budget deal nearing Senate approval, but not there yet

Last week, House Speaker John Boehner chided conservative groups who have opposed the deal and on Sunday, deal-maker Congress Paul Ryan weighed in on the internal GOP spat.

"I think John just kind of got his Irish up. He was frustrated that these groups came out in opposition to our budget agreement before we reached a budget agreement. I was frustrated, too. But I think these are very important elements of our conservative family. I would prefer to keep those conversations within the family," Ryan said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

The deal is expected to pass, but it's already caused a big split within the Republican party.

OutFront: Matt Kibbe is the president & CEO of Freedom Works, one of the conservative groups that opposes this budget deal; William Kristol is the editor of the Weekly Standard and Paul Begala is a democratic strategist and CNN political commentator.

Filed under: Budget Deal • News • Politics
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