Bridgegate Investigations; NSA Surveillance Changes; Rep. Keith Ellison

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Friday, January 17, 2014

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has hired a former Giuliani associate to conduct an internal review of his office, while at the same time New Jersey lawmakers are busy issuing subpoenas for some of the governor’s aides. We’ll discuss the latest in these Bridgegate investigations. Then: Congressman Keith Ellison on being the first Black Muslim elected to Congress. Plus: the big job of providing Superbowl security in New York and New Jersey and an analysis of President Obama’s changes to controversial NSA surveillance techniques. 

Christie Calls In the Lawyers

Chris Christie has brought in a set of lawyers to investigate bridgegate. Andrea Bernstein, WNYC metro editor, talks about who's involved. Plus, she discusses her reporting on the Port Authority.


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Congressman and Muslim

Keith Ellison, U.S. Representative (D-Minn.), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the author of My Country, 'Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future (Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing, 2014), talks about his experience as the first Black Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress and as one of the organizers behind the 1995 Million Man March.


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Super Bowl Security

Jane McManus, reporter for ESPN New York, discusses how the region is preparing security for New York's first Super Bowl.


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Obama Curbs NSA Powers, but Keeps Data in Hands of Government

Coming on the heels of the Edward Snowden leaks, and a 300-page set of recommendations from a panel of presidential advisers, President Obama announced Thursday key changes to the NSA surveillance gathering -- but not the immediate end to the storage of metadata by the NSA. He called for an independent panel to advise the FISA court, and an end to the spying on foreign leaders unless there exists "a compelling national security purpose."

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An Update to Our List of What We Know the NSA Can Do. So Far.

The Brian Lehrer Show has been keeping a list of elaborate tricks the NSA can use to monitor communications and data around the world, revealed in the documents leaked by Edward Snowden. We update it whenever there are new revelations; contact us if we missed anything.

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