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Obama likely to OK phone record changes

Washington (AP) -- President Barack Obama is expected to endorse changes to the way the government collects millions of Americans' phone records for possible future surveillance, but he is leaving many of the specific adjustments for Congress to sort out.

That's according to three U.S. officials familiar with the White House intelligence review.

Such a move by Obama would thrust much of the decision-making toward a branch of government that is deeply divided regarding the future of the surveillance apparatus. And members of Congress are in no hurry to settle their differences and quickly enact broad changes.

Obama is reviewing more than 40 recommendations from a presidential commission.

The officials insisted on anonymity because they have not been authorized to discuss the White House review by name.

Meanwhile, the National Security Agency has reportedly implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers overseas that allows the U.S. to keep tabs on the devices in an attempt to prevent cyber attacks. That's according to a report in The New York Times, citing NSA documents, officials and experts.

Access to the machines was gained through a secret process that uses radio waves.

 
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