A.M. Links: Majority on Govt. Privacy Board Say NSA Data Collection is Illegal, Huckabee May Run in 2016, Texas Executes Mexican Citizen


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  • Three of the five members of a government privacy board reportedly think that the NSA's collection of telephone metadata is illegal and have said that the government should "purge the database of telephone records that have been collected and stored during the program's operation."
  • Texas executed a Mexican national yesterday despite the Mexican government saying that the execution would violate international law. Secretary of State John Kerry asked Texan officials to delay the execution.
  • Virginia's attorney general has said that state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and that he will not defend it in federal lawsuits.  
  • Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee might be considering a 2016 presidential run.
  • Russian law will allow authorities to spy on all communication in Sochi during the Winter Olympics.
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said "more could have been done" to plow the Upper East Side.

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