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Senate Democrat lashes out at Obama Administration’s surveillance tactics

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Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) lashed out at the Obama administration on Friday in the moments after President Obama's news conference, saying it isn't listening to lawmakers' feedback about its surveillance programs.

"The administration hasn't listened at all," Merkley said on MSNBC. "We've asked for the rulings of the (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court ... about how it interprets the laws that Congress has passed to be declassified so that we can have a conversation with the American people about that."