(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Friday is expected to announced sweeping changes to U.S. surveillance efforts exposed by intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, whose disclosures raised questions about government overreach in fighting terror.
Obama will announce the end of the controversial NSA telephone metadata collection program "as it currently exists," a senior administration official told CNN.
Follow CNN's live blog for the latest updates in his speech, which is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. ET.
(CNN) – First Lady Michelle Obama, who turns 50 on Friday, tweeted out a photo of her new AARP card.
"Excited to join Barack in the 50+ club today… check out my @AARP card!" she wrote.
The first lady is celebrating the milestone with a big birthday bash Saturday at the White House that's sure to include a lot of dancing.
Michelle Obama 'fabulous' at 50: Has the big birthday changed?
(CNN) – A top adviser and longtime confidant to Hillary Clinton is defending the former Secretary of State against renewed attacks from Republicans over her leadership during the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.
Philippe Reines said on CNN's "New Day" on Friday that Clinton will stay out of the Benghazi debate as long as it has political undertones.
Washington (CNN) - When Rand Paul, a likely Republican presidential candidate, signed up for the photo-sharing app Shapchat on Wednesday, it set off a predictable round of mockery about the Kentucky senator.
Haha! chanted the Greek chorus of Internet snark. Look at this 51-year-old man signing up for the buzzy social media platform in a lame effort to win over The Youngs!
(CNN) - U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the current congressional session, ending his six-year term two years early.
The Oklahoma Republican, 65, has been battling cancer.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Friday will announce the end of the controversial NSA telephone metadata collection program "as it currently exists," a senior administration official told CNN.
Obama will say that he is ordering a transition of the current intelligence-gathering program to one that addresses concerns of privacy and civil liberties, the official said.
(CNN) – After a rocky rollout of President Barack Obama's health care law, a Democratic group is ramping up efforts to promote the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.
Organizing for Action, the political group that was formed from Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, is launching a monthlong digital ad campaign Friday, touting success stories under the health care law, with paid ads featured on social media and national news websites.