A.M. Links: Issa Apologizes to Cummings, Obama Calls Putin, NSA Apparently Cares About Civil Liberties


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  • Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif) has apologized to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) for his behavior at a recent hearing on alleged IRS abuses. Issa cut off Cummings' mic while the Maryland lawmaker tried to make a statement.
  • President Obama has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to seek a diplomatic solution to the Crimea crisis.
  • The Massachusetts Legislature passed a bill banning "upskirting" shortly after the state's Supreme Judicial Court ruled that an anti-criminal voyeurism law does not apply to snapping photos up women's skirts.
  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has said that legally required cuts to the defense budget pose "tough, tough choices."
  • The NSA's privacy and civil liberties officer said that civil liberties are a top concern for the intelligence agency. No, she really did.
  • Turkey's prime minister has threatened to ban Facebook and Youtube in order to stop political opponents from posting audio recordings that expose corruption in his inner circle.

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