Sunday wrap

Who said what about whom?

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Merkel seen as key to Obama’s success at G-7

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Despite their sometimes strained relationship, the president needs the German chancellor’s help to advance his goals on Russian sanctions, climate change, and the passage of free-trade agreements in Asia and Europe.

Fox News’s Dana Perino launches absurd Twitter attack on NYT for running Snowden piece

Meanwhile, Fox News recently sought an interview with Snowden.

John Cusack says Obama is worse than Bush. But he’s just a guy with a boombox.

Liberals might not like Obama strongly, but they still like him.

Edward Snowden celebrates victory on surveillance in NYT op-ed

“We are witnessing the emergence of a post-terror generation.“

Column

Listen to Rand Paul

(Melina Mara / The Washington Post)

Others should stop the name-calling and debate his ideas instead.

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DOJ approved NSA targeting of foreign hacker ‘signatures’ under 2008 law

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Agency lawyers raised concerns that large amounts of Americans’ data could also be collected.

Morning links: Man charged with child endangerment for briefly leaving son alone in truck

Plus: Piling charges on Ross Ulbricht, Michigan police raid soccer mom’s home, and letting Edward Snowden come home.

A reality check on the future of government spying

There’s no reason to think Hillary Clinton or Republicans intend to restrict the NSA.

John Bolton tells it like it is on the NSA and Iran

The former ambassador to the U.N. talks about the NSA and Iran.