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British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomes President Barack Obama to the G-8 summit in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland,  on Monday, June 17, 2013. Leaders are expected to discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria, and free-trade issues. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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.