Senate deal to protect news sources

The Obama administration, leading Denate Democrats and a group of news organizations have reached a deal on legislation Friday that would give more protection reporters that do not identify their sources, according to the New York Times.

Protection would also include unpaid bloggers that gather news.

Ben LaBolt, a White House spokesperson, noted that the Obama administration was "the first administration in history to support media shield legislation."

The Senate Judiciary Committee could take up the altered legislation next week, according to the Washington Post.

Under the bill, a federal judge would weigh the public's right to know versus national security claims made by the government.

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