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We look at revelations about secret intelligence gathering. Also, a preview of today’s summit meeting between President Barack Obama and China’s Xi Jinping.

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Reporter's Notebook The US and China Try Personal Diplomacy 27 MIN, 20 SEC

The President came to California for fundraisers, a review of the state's implementation of the Affordable Care Act — and for his first meeting with China's new President, Xi Jing-ping. What's described as an "informal," "shirt-sleeve" summit will be held in Rancho Mirage, California. Sunnylands, the desert estate of the late Walter Annenberg, now provides a luxurious venue for elite convocations.

Guests:
Mark Lander, New York Times (@MarkLandler)
Douglas Paal, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (@CarnegieEndow)
Adam Minter, Bloomberg World View (@AdamMinter)

Main Topic PRISM, How Much Big Data Is the NSA Collecting and from Whom? 24 MIN, 3 SEC

On his way to meeting China's new leader today, President Obama stopped in San Jose to celebrate California's implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He ended up making a lengthy defense of the massive gathering of telephone records and Internet data, secret programs revealed in the past two days. The President said government access to Google, Facebook and other Internet records does not apply to "US citizens or people in the US." He insisted it's all approved and monitored by Congress and federal judges, but he conceded that privacy has been sacrificed for national security. We hear more about what's been revealed and how it might impact the so-called "shirt-sleeve" summit in the desert of Southern California.

Guests:
Robert O'Harrow, Washington Post
Michael Hirsh, National Journal (@michaelphirsh)
Sean Gourley, Quid (@sgourley)

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