Charlie Rose Interviews Obama - In an interview that aired Monday evening, President Barack Obama defended the National Security Agency's sweeping surveillance programs while once again insisting that Americans shouldn't worry that their government is snooping on them.
Obama told Charlie Rose that the NSA programs — brought to the fore by a series of bombshell reports published recently by The Guardian and The Washington Post — are part of the balancing act as president.
"The way I view it, my job is both to protect the American people and to protect the American way of life which includes our privacy," Obama said. "And so every program that we engage in, what I've said is "Let's examine and make sure that we're making the right tradeoffs."If, you missed it, you can watch entire interview here.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calf.)
Under details of the plans obtained by The Associated Press, women could start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later. The Washington Post has more here.
The president said in an interview with PBS's Charlie Rose that Bernanke has done an "outstanding job", but has "already stayed a lot longer than he wanted or he was supposed to."
The president's comments should fuel the widely-held expectation that Bernanke will not be seeking a third term as Fed chairman when his term expires at the beginning of 2014. TheHill.com has more here.
Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin said they would sign an agreement on securing and destroying nuclear material to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, replacing a 1992 deal that expired on Monday.
Obama and Putin met privately at the G8 summit to talk about pressing security issues and agreed to work together to protect, control and account for nuclear weapons.
"I think it is an example of the kind of constructive, cooperative relationship that moves us out of a Cold War mindset," Obama said after meeting with Putin. Reuters.com has more here.
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