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Congress told of NSA surveillance reach years ago

Contrary to reports from many members of Congress claiming they were in the dark about the extent of the National Security Agency's surveillance efforts, newly declassified documents show that lawmakers were told about the bulk collection program in 2009.Full story

First Read Minute: Let’s Make a Deal

  President Obama visited Capitol Hill today to discuss his agenda with Democratic lawmakers ahead of Congress’ August recess, NBC’s Mark Murray and Domenico Montanaro report. Also in today’s minute, the latest in the NYC mayoral race as polls show Anthony Weiner has slipped to fourth place.

First Word: Obama rallies Democrats on Capitol Hill

The president discussed legislative strategies and his economic agenda with Democratic lawmakers just days before Congress will recess for a month. Full story

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  Obama meets with Congressional Democrats

President Barack Obama went to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to discuss strategy with Democrats before members of Congress left for summer recess. The president likely sought support for his economic plan and the upcoming budget showdown. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell and Buzzfeed's John Stanton join The Cycle

  Obama refocuses Congress’ attention on immigration

In addition to speaking with Democrats on the economy, President Barack Obama also highlighted the need to pass immigration reform. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the “Gang of Eight’s” plan would reduce the deficit by about $700 billion over the next 20 years. NBC Latino’s Raul Reyes

  Congress gears up for a break

Legislators will head out of town with budget issues looming and the end of the fiscal year fast approaching. Rep. Scott Rigell and Sen. Mark Warner join Andrea Mitchell Reports to explain they want Congress to forgo their recess and meet some deadlines instead.

  Is the situation in Egypt spiraling out of control?

Amb. Dennis Ross and The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg explain how the U.S. plans to handle civil unrest in Egypt.

  Obama meets with congressional Democrats

President Barack Obama is on Capitol Hill Wednesday, rallying the troops. His closed-door meeting with Democratic lawmakers comes one day after his “grand bargain” budget speech flopped with Republican leaders. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., joins MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts to discuss the meeting.

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