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Judge Smacks Down NSA Phone Data Collections, FDA Meddles with Antibacterial Soap, FBI Program Directs Potentially Violent to Mental Health Experts: P.M. Links

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  • Prove it!
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    Federal Judge Richard Leon apparently missed the National Security Agency's charm offensive on 60 Minutes Sunday night and ruled today that their mass phone record collection is likely unconstitutional.

  • The Food and Drug Administration is now meddling with anti-bacterial soaps, ordering manufacturers to prove that they're safe for long-term use.
  • The FBI claims it has helped prevent nearly 150 violent attacks this year by steering potential shooters to mental health professionals. The Associated Press story doesn't indicate what sort of evidence there was that an actual attack would have happened in all of these cases, though the FBI provided details of what was most likely the most obvious case of a potential shooter.
  • While protesters in Ukraine keep demanding the countries forge ties with the European Union, the country's president is heading to Russia instead, looking for a bailout of up to $15 billion.
  • Even though Reason's webathon is done, please keep us in mind if you win tomorrow night's nearly $600 million Mega Millions jackpot.
  • Two Saudi detainees who had never been charged with a crime were returned to their country from detention at Guantanamo Bay.

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