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A.M. Links: White House-Appointed NSA Task Force Makes Recommendations, Senate Passes Budget Deal, Edward Snowden Isn't Taking Orders from Putin… Says Putin

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  • The White House-appointed NSA task force has offered President Obama 46 recommendations for bolstering accountability of the intelligence community, including not keeping a massive database of Americans' phone records. The president and Congress have said they will consider the recommendations … next year.
  • The Senate passed a two-year budget deal by a vote of 64-36, undoing the minor cuts enacted by the sequester.
  • Edward Snowden's latest revelations must have been planned before he landed in Russia, says President Vladimir Putin, who assures that a condition of Snowden's asylum was halting any anti-American activity.
  • President Obama will nominate Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to China.
  • Former NBA star Dennis Rodman returned to North Korea today in order to help train the national basketball team. And you thought he hit the peak of weirdness when he started wearing a wedding dress back in '90s.
  • The Secret Service is investigating a credit and debit card data breach that could compromise up to 40 million cards used at Target stores since Thanksgiving. Maybe that Black Friday shopping spree wasn't such a good idea.

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