Senate confirms Jeh Johnson to lead homeland security
The senate Monday voted to approve former top Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson to head the Homeland Security Department.
December 16th, 2013
09:04 PM ET

Senate confirms Jeh Johnson to lead homeland security

By Ted Barrett, Senior Congressional Producer
The Senate broke another Republican filibuster on Monday in confirming former top Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson to head the Homeland Security Department.

The vote to approve Johnson, a key architect of President Barack Obama's anti-terrorism policies that have included stepped up drone use in terrorist hotspots, was 78-16.

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Judge: NSA domestic phone data-mining unconstitutional
December 16th, 2013
02:44 PM ET

Judge: NSA domestic phone data-mining unconstitutional

CNN's Bill Mears and Evan Perez

A federal judge said Monday that he believes the government's once-secret collection of domestic phone records is unconstitutional, setting up likely appeals and further challenges to the data mining revealed by classified leaker Edward Snowden.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said the National Security Agency's bulk collection of metadata - phone records of the time and numbers called without any disclosure of content - apparently violates privacy rights.

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