The Note's Must-Reads for Tuesday October 29, 2013

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NSA SPYING ABC News' Jim Avila and Serena Marshall: " Obama Vows To Review, Rein In Intelligence Operations" President Obama today declined to say whether he was aware U.S. intelligence had been monitoring the German chancellor's cellphone as he chatted amiably with her four months ago. But in an exclusive interview for the launch of ABC News/Univision joint venture Fusion, Obama assured the U.S. people that national security operations are only being used to protect them and are being reassessed to make sure the National Security Agency's growing technical spying prowess is kept under control. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Siobhan Gorman: " White House Will Stop Spying On Allies, Feinstein Says" The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee promised a total review of all U.S. spying programs for the first time in decades, and said she expected that the White House would end all spying on leaders of allied countries. Such a move, which comes in the wake of revelations that the U.S. has been spying on world leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, would be a major shift in U.S. policy. LINK

USA Today's David Jackson: " White House: Review Will Address Global NSA Concerns" A key senator criticized the National Security Agency on Monday for spying on friendly foreign leaders and questioned President Obama over apparently not knowing about it for years. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee and is an NSA supporter, said she is "totally opposed" to collecting intelligence on leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel. LINK

The New York Times' Mark Landler and David E. Sanger: " Obama May Ban Spying on Heads of Allied States" President Obama is poised to order the National Security Agency to stop eavesdropping on the leaders of American allies, administration and congressional officials said Monday, responding to a deepening diplomatic crisis over reports that the agency had for years targeted the cellphone of Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany. The White House informed a leading Democratic lawmaker, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, of its plans, which grew out of a broader internal review of intelligence-gathering methods, prompted by the leak of N.S.A. documents by a former contractor, Edward J. Snowden. LINK

The Washington Post's Scott Wilson and Anne Gearan: "Obama didn't know about surveillance of U.S.-allied world leaders until summer, officials say" In the midst of the controversy over U.S. surveillance this summer, top intelligence officials held a briefing for President Obama at the White House - one that would provide him with a broad inventory of programs being carried out by the National Security Agency. Some of those programs, including the collection of e-mails and other communications from overseas, had already been disclosed because of leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. LINK

The Hill's Justin Sink: " Report: White House OK'd snooping on foreign leaders" The White House and State Department directly approved of surveillance of foreign leaders' phone conversations, intelligence sources told the Los Angeles Times on Monday. The revelation appeared to contradict an earlier report by the Wall Street Journal in which a senior administration official said the White House only recently learned about the surveillance efforts. LINK

HACKING THE WHITE HOUSE The New York Daily News' Adam Edelman: " President Obama's Twitter account compromised after Syrian group hacks into link-shortener" #Uh-Oh. President Obama's Twitter account was briefly compromised Monday after a shady online group hacked into the link-shortening service used by Obama's social media team. LINK

HEALTH CARE Politico's David Nather: " Obamacare and the limits of the wayback machine" The new Democratic talking point about Obamacare is full of optimism: After all, the launch of the Medicare prescription drug program was bumpy, too, but now the program is considered a huge success. It's true, and there are parallels between the two rollouts - but that doesn't guarantee that Obamacare will be vindicated in the same way, health care experts say. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO " Obama Reportedly Unaware NSA Spied On 35 World Leaders" LINK " NSA Scandal Grows, Obamacare Site Revamped" LINK

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