Obama meets with lawmakers on surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has been meeting with congressional leaders today, as he considers changes to National Security Agency surveillance efforts.

People familiar with the White House review of those efforts say Obama is expected to limit spying on foreign leaders. He's also said to be thinking of restricting access by the NSA to the phone records of Americans. The White House says Obama is still collecting information before making final decisions.

White House staff members are meeting today with privacy advocates.

Documents released by former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. was monitoring the communications of several friendly foreign leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl). The revelations outraged Merkel as well as other leaders, and U.S. officials say the disclosures have damaged Obama's relations around the world.

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031-c-20-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)-"not the NSA"-AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports President Obama is closing in on a decision on how wide-ranging an overhaul to seek. (9 Jan 2014)

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029-v-36-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)--President Obama is nearing decisions on whether to rein in wide-ranging surveillance by the NSA. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (9 Jan 2014)

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APPHOTO WX111: FILE - This June 6, 2013 file photo shows the sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. President Barack Obama is hosting a series of meetings this week with lawmakers, privacy advocates and intelligence officials as he nears a final decision on changes to the government's controversial surveillance programs. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) (6 Jun 2013)

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APPHOTO WX110: FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during an end-of-the year news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. The president is hosting a series of meetings this week with lawmakers, privacy advocates and intelligence officials as he nears a final decision on changes to the government's controversial surveillance programs. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) (20 Dec 2013)

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