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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK

President Obama meets with privacy panel

WASHINGTON — Taking steps to temper public concern, President Obama held his first meeting Friday with a privacy and civil liberties board as his intelligence chief sought ways to help Americans understand more about the government’s sweeping surveillance efforts.

The five members of the obscure Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board huddled with Obama in the White House Situation Room, questioning the president on two National Security Agency programs that have stoked controversy after the extent of US phone and Internet records the government collects were publicly disclosed.

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