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Aug 1, 2013 12:51 AM by AP, posted by Kirsten Bennett

Obama invites lawmakers to discuss NSA concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan group of lawmakers will head to the White House Thursday to discuss their concerns about the National Security Agency with President Barack Obama.

Democrats Mark Udall of Colorado and Ron Wyden of Oregon, two senators raising the alarm about the NSA's sweeping surveillance programs, will attend. So will Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Diane Feinstein of California.

A Senate aide says the White House initiated the meeting and invited Republicans and Democrats from the House and Senate. The aide demanded anonymity because the meeting hasn't been publicly announced.

The White House had no immediate comment.

The meeting comes as lawmakers concerned about privacy are pushing to rein in the NSA's authority. Obama's national security team is arguing to keep its surveillance powers intact while acknowledging some limitations appear inevitable.

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