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Finally, an issue Republicans and Democrats can agree on: The Justice Department went too far in secretly obtaining phone records from the Associated Press that covered parts of two months and more than 20 separate lines.The department says it needs the records to investigate how AP uncovered a story about a foiled terrorist bomb plot in Yemen. And White House press secretary Jay Carney was correct in saying "a balance needs to be struck" between two competing interests: the country's right to know and its right to be safe. But on this one, the Obama administration lost its balance and crash-landed.Here's Michael Steel, a spokesman for Washington's top Republican, House Speaker John Boehner: "The First Amendment is first for a reason.

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