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The Obama administration moved on two fronts Friday to preserve the National Security Agency’s controversial spy programs, appealing a major ruling against the agency while winning permission from a secretive court to continue collecting Americans’ phone records.

The request to keep collecting phone records was made to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. These requests are made periodically — and have been made public ever since the NSA controversy erupted last summer — but this would be the first since two conflicting court decisions about the program’s legality. The FISA court approved the request.

The Justice Department on Friday also appealed the ruling of a federal judge who, in a major rebuke for the administration, said the National Security Agency’s data collection likely violates the Constitution. In its brief court filing, the department said it was appealing to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.