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Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, December 13, 2013.
1. Reining in the NSA. An outside review panel appointed by President Obama is recommending changes in the way the National Security Agency conducts surveillance. Among the panel's 46 recommendation, is a call to end the mass storage of Americans' phone records by the government. The group instead wants to see that information turned over to and kept by private third-parties. The review panel also wants greater judicial review and more public transparency of NSA actions. Both President Obama and the NSA have been under fire since Edward Snowden leaked documents detailing the wide scope of the agency's snooping. The President is expected to announce a series of reforms in the way the NSA does business in January.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, calls for the full release of the IRS investigation transcripts and says if Chairman Darrell Issa won't release them, he will.
WH Adviser Dan Pfeiffer on the trio of controversy that hit the White House, and their plan for surviving the political storm.
Sen. Rand Paul say he believes "we're going to find a written policy that says we were targeting people who were opposed to the President."
Sen. Susan Collins (R) Maine said "It is absolutely chilling that the IRS was singling out conservative groups for extra review." She also said it was "disappointing" that Pres. Obama hasn't condemned the IRS action yet.