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  • Gov. John Kitzhaber, left, Klamath Tribes Chairman Don Gentry, center, and cattle rancher Becky Hyde, sign an agreement Friday, April 18, 2014 in Chiloquin, Ore., to share water on rivers through the tribes' former reservation and cooperate on restoring fish sacred to the tribes. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said he would introduce legislation next month in the U.S. Senate based on the agreement ending decades of conflict over scarce water in the upper Klamath Basin. Water was shut off to cattle ranchers last summer during a drought after the tribes were awarded senior water rights in the area. (AP Photo/The Herald and News, Steven Stilton)

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  • Illustration on James Clapper and the NSA by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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  • Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, said the National Security Agency "has knowingly acquired tens of thousands of wholly domestic communications  even though this law was specifically written to prohibit the warrantless acquisition of wholly domestic communications." (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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  • Bernie Madoff has high praise for Oregon senator

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  • FILE - This Aug.,16, 2013 file photo shows helicopters battling the 64,000 acre Beaver Creek Fire north of Hailey, Idaho. A bipartisan effort is underway in Congress to change the way the country pays to battle its most catastrophic wildfires. Lawmakers from Oregon and Idaho met with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Monday, March 17, 2014 to discuss the budget reform. (AP Photo/Times-News, Ashley Smith, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

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  • "We all know what's needed next is a long-term bill that rebuilds our broken infrastructure," he said last week.

    Obama to take executive actions on infrastructure this week →

  • Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, warns that Section 702 programs can amount to warrantless “backdoor searches” of Americans’ communications/ (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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