McConnell's Role In Surveillance Bill Bewilders His FriendsSenate 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 PresidentCongress 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.
Either Way, No More NSA Collection of U.S. Phone RecordsHowever 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.
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.
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.
Obama: 'Handful Of Senators' Standing In The Way Of The Patriot ActPresident Obama says he expects the Senate to take action swiftly to extend key Patriot Act provisions before it expires Sunday at midnight.
Paul: ISIS Created, Strengthened By Republican 'Hawks' Arming The Middle EastRepublican 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.
Obama Urges Senate to Renew Phone-Records ProgramPresident 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.
Loretta Lynch: US Will Be 'Less Safe' If Congress Doesn't Reauthorize Patriot ActAttorney General Loretta Lynch believes the United States will be "less safe" if Congress doesn't reauthorize the Patriot Act.
Rand Paul Begins Filibuster On Senate Floor Against Patriot ActKentucky Sen. Rand Paul took to the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon to filibuster against the Patriot Act.
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.
Congressional Lawmakers See Advantages Of The 'Do-Nothing' StrategyCongress has been on spring break for two weeks, officially doing nothing. Could be a useful strategy.
ACLU Goes To Court To Halt NSA Surveillance ProgramsThe 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.
Anti-Terror Lawmaker Wants To Scale Back Laws He Championed Due To NSA OverreachHe 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.