Patriot Act Extension Rejected in House

The House of Representatives narrowly defeated Tuesday a measure to temporarily extend  key provisions of the USA Patriot Act, the nation’s main counterterrorism law. The setback for House Republican leaders came after some tea party linked Republicans voted against the measure, and it fell seven votes shy of a two-thirds supermajority required under a procedure […]

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Obama Signs Patriot Act Extension

President Obama signed into law a measure to extend key provisions of the USA Patriot Act for one year, the Associated Press reported. The measure is the nation’s main counterterrorism law. The extension signed by Obama did not contain new privacy protections that had been advocated by some congressional Democrats; Senate Democrats had to retreat […]

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Congress Punts on Patriot Act Renewal

Three key USA Patriot Act provisions appear headed for a two-month extension, after House of Representatives leaders resisted a Senate plan to insert reauthorization of the expiring  provisions into a must-pass Pentagon spending bill. House Leader Nancy Pelosi argued that to accept inclusion of the provisions would lead to a “revolt on the left,” according […]

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Jockeying to Reform Patriot Act

A sizzling vignette about a Senate hearing and a meatier  piece about details of policy and politics combine to underscore the challenges facing liberals who want to curb the USA Patriot Act. Dana Milbank’s colorful column in the Washington Post entitled “Talking Transparency Isn’t the Same as Seeing it Through” needles Assistant Attorney General David […]

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