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President Barack Obama speaks to the media about Ebola, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington before leaving for Wisconsin for a campaign trip. The president said the US can't be seen as shying away from battle against Ebola. Obama did not directly criticize quarantine policies for returning health care workers implemented in New York and New Jersey. But he says the response to Ebola needs to be sensible and "based on science," while supporting health care workers going overseas to fight the disease. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama gives Britain's Cameron sneak peek of surveillance reforms

The two leaders spoke on the phone Thursday afternoon, with the White House saying that Mr. Obama "updated the prime minister on the ongoing U.S. signals intelligence review and both leaders noted the intensive dialogue that the United States and United Kingdom have had on these issues, at all levels."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, where he talked about unemployment benefits. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 2,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 326,000, a sign that layoffs are weighing less on the job market and economic growth.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Reid backtracks over debt deadline

Hours after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that raising the debt ceiling was "not urgent" and could be put off until May, his spokesman clarified that the Nevada Democrat supports addressing the debt limit as soon as possible.