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Supreme Court rejects challenge to NSA program

Justices decline to hear petition

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday turned away an unusual challenge to a National Security Agency program that collects the telephone records of millions of Americans, as congressional critics of the data collection stepped up efforts to force more disclosure about the scope of the surveillance.

The push against the NSA on both the legal and legislative fronts reflected intensifying pressure being put on the extensive surveillance effort following the revelations by Edward J. Snowden, pressure that is running into stiff resistance from congressional leaders of both parties, as well as the Obama administration and courts.

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