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Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 1:28 PM

DNI General Counsel Robert S. Litt will deliver an address on privacy, technology, and national security at Brookings tomorrow—register here.

Fall out from yesterday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on the NSA surveillance programs: members of both parties in the House are considering the elimination of one or more such programs from the NSA’s toolbox. Here’s the Post with more.  Over at The Hill,  Brendan Sasso covers remarks by one of the hearing’s witnesses,  Deputy AG James Cole. Catch clips of Congressman James Sensenbrenner’s remarks at the PostThe Hill tells us that Rep. Sensenbrenner, along with Rep. Zoe Lofgren, have urged the administration to allow Google and other companies to disclose details about data shared with the NSA.

Two of the Senate’s top Republican lawmakers, Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain, tweeted that they had a “productive” meeting with the President yesterday on national security issues.  Thank The Hill’s Justin Sink for tracking the pair’s Twittering.

Senator Lindsey Graham, by the way, wants the U.S. to boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics if indeed Russia eventually grants Snowden asylum, and continues to support the Assad regime.  A boycott would be a big blow to the games (and my quadrennial ice hockey watching binge).

Nick Bilton writes in the Times about three issues that revolve around our perceptions of surveillance: PRISM, the Trayvon Martin shooting, and Google Glass.  Give it a read.

Just in time for Friday’s oral arguments in Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta, Anwar’s father Nasser Al-Aulaqi penned this New York Times op-ed.  He makes the case for the U.S. government to disclose the reasoning behind the drone strikes that killed his son and grandson.

NPR delves into the details of how Ramadan will be observed at GTMO, interviewing Carol Rosenberg. Meanwhile, The Atlantic‘s Elspeth Reeve wonders where the GTMO detainees are getting all of that contraband from.

The Washington Post’s Julie Tate gives us the latest on the Bradley Manning trial.  Today Military Judge Denise Lind has declined to dismiss charges against Bradley Manning of aiding the enemy.

First U.S. government agencies, then American media, now top-notch research universities.  All three have reported that their servers were breached by–the believe—Chinese hackers. Read Richard Perez-Pena’s report in the New York Times.

The Times’s Jane Perlez writes on the latest Pew Global Survey, which asked some pointed questions about American and Chinese views of one another.  Each group trusts the other less than in 2011, and by significant margins.

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