HOT BLAST: The Obama administration's tough line on journalists
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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the American Bar Association's annual meeting earlier this month in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the American Bar Association's annual meeting earlier this month in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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Writing in The New Yorker, Steve Coll considers an "Administration campaign to deter leakers in national-security cases by punishing them harshly and by acting aggressively to identify journalists’ sources." He writes:

In American courthouses this summer, a vitally important, yet much more subdued, struggle over the First Amendment’s scope is taking place between the Obama Administration and the press. At issue is whether the Administration will fulfill a recent pledge to end its heavy-handed pursuit of professional journalists’ sources. 

Meanwhile, here's the latest on the case from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. 
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