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NSA Surveillance Law Includes Section Allowing US To Ratify Nuclear Terrorism Treaties

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tucked into the surveillance bill that became law was a little-noticed section that will let the United States complete ratification of two long-stalled treaties aimed at stopping a frightening scenario: terrorists wielding […]


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McConnell’s Role In Surveillance Bill Bewilders His Friends

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reputation as a master deal-maker seems to have failed him as the Patriot Act lapsed.


Congress Sends NSA Phone-Records Bill To President

Congress approved sweeping changes Tuesday to surveillance laws enacted after the Sept. 11 attacks, eliminating the National Security Agency’s disputed bulk phone-records collection program and replacing it with a more restrictive measure to keep the records in phone companies’ hands.


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Either Way, No More NSA Collection of U.S. Phone Records

However Congress resolves its impasse over government surveillance, this much is clear: The National Security Agency will ultimately be out of the business of collecting and storing Americans’ calling records.


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McCain Rips Rand: ‘Higher Priority On Fundraising Than Security Of The Nation’

The National Security Agency suspended its controversial collection of Americans’ phone records as Congress grappled Monday with how to restore expired surveillance laws the government has used to track terrorists and spies.


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McConnell Accuses Paul Of ‘Campaign Of Disinformation’

The National Security Agency lost its authority at midnight to collect Americans’ phone records in bulk, after GOP Sen. Rand Paul stood in the way of extending the fiercely contested program in an extraordinary Sunday Senate session.


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Obama: ‘Handful Of Senators’ Standing In The Way Of The Patriot Act

President Obama says he expects the Senate to take action swiftly to extend key Patriot Act provisions before it expires Sunday at midnight.


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Paul: ISIS Created, Strengthened By Republican ‘Hawks’ Arming The Middle East

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said GOP “hawks” including Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are responsible for creating the Islamic State militant group and inflaming radical Islam by flooding weapons into the Middle East.


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Obama Urges Senate to Renew Phone-Records Program

President Barack Obama called on the Senate Tuesday to extend key Patriot Act provisions before they expire five days from now, including the government’s ability to search Americans’ phone records.


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Loretta Lynch: US Will Be ‘Less Safe’ If Congress Doesn’t Reauthorize Patriot Act

Attorney General Loretta Lynch believes the United States will be “less safe” if Congress doesn’t reauthorize the Patriot Act.