Obama: More NSA Oversight But Spying Will Continue

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President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room in Washington, Friday, March 1, 2013, following after meeting with congressional leaders regarding the automatic spending cuts. (Charles Dharapak/AP)
President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room, March 1, 2013. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Update 3:15pm: At a news conference on Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama made it clear that he has no intention of stopping the daily collection of Americans' phone records, but he did promise more oversight of how those programs are carried out.

Hear the updated interview with Josh Gerstein, White House correspondent for Politico:

Advance reports say President Barack Obama will make a case for intelligence gathering by the National Security Agency and propose more checks on the agency's powers.

He's also expected to face questions on NSA leaker Edward Snowden and strained relations with Russia, among other issues at the White House this afternoon.

The news conference comes a day before the president and his family head to the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard for a nine-day summer vacation.


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Hear the earlier interview with Charlie Mahtesian, politics editor for NPR Digital:

This segment aired on August 9, 2013.


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