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Obama Asks Schumer to Revive Bill to Shield Reporters

Under pressure from lawmakers and journalism groups for the Justice Department’s subpoena of reporters’ telephone records, the Obama administration sought to revive a bill to help journalists protect confidential sources.

President Barack Obama’s staff asked Democratic Senator Charles Schumer to reintroduce legislation he co-sponsored in 2009 that would limit the circumstances under which the U.S. government could compel journalists to reveal information about their news gathering.