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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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.

05/27/2015

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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.

05/26/2015

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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.

05/22/2015

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Rand Paul Begins Filibuster On Senate Floor Against Patriot Act

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul took to the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon to filibuster against the Patriot Act.

05/20/2015

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., wait for an event in the East Room of the White House on July 23, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Patriot Act Renewal Divides GOP Establishment From Libertarian Conservatives

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill on Tuesday to renew several controversial surveillance programs under the Patriot Act, setting up a battle between libertarian-leaning Republicans and their hawkish GOP establishment colleagues.

04/24/2015

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Congressional Lawmakers See Advantages Of The ‘Do-Nothing’ Strategy

Congress has been on spring break for two weeks, officially doing nothing. Could be a useful strategy.

04/13/2015

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ACLU Goes To Court To Halt NSA Surveillance Programs

The U.S. government’s interpretation of its authority under the Patriot Act is so broad that it could justify mass collection of financial, health and even library records of innocent Americans without their knowledge, a civil liberties lawyer warned Friday at a hearing on a lawsuit challenging a federal phone-tracking program.

11/24/2013

Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., participates in a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Dec. 15, 2010 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Anti-Terror Lawmaker Wants To Scale Back Laws He Championed Due To NSA Overreach

He gave more surveillance power to U.S. government spies, railed against civil liberties advocates who warned about privacy abuses, and famously shut down a 2005 hearing to silence critics.

10/29/2013

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DOJ Declassifying Portions Of Secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Opinions

The Justice Department is declassifying portions of some secret court orders concerning the government’s authority to seize records under the Patriot Act.

09/05/2013

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper told Congress Wednesday that roughly 70 percent of the intelligence workforce — including staff from the CIA, National Security Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency — have been furloughed. (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Poll: Only 11 Percent Say NSA Now Less Likely To Monitor Americans’ Phone Calls

Despite President Barack Obama’s vow for greater “transparency” and tighter National Security Agency restrictions, only 11 percent of American voters think the government is now less likely to monitor their private phone calls.

08/13/2013

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