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AP Phone Records Legal Landscape

FILE - In this May 13, 2013, file photo, the screen on the phone console is seen at the reception desk at The Associated Press Washington bureau. The Justice Department's latest effort to examine who journalists are talking to _ the secret subpoena of Associated Press phone records from April and May of last year _ demonstrates how government investigators are guided more by policy and the judgments of high-ranking officials than by specific laws or, in this case, the need to satisfy an independent federal judge. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)