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Congressional Memo: Bluff Called, Mitch McConnell Misplays His Hand in Phone Data Fight

7 hours agoNews : NYTimes: News

In the struggle over surveillance powers, Senator Mitch McConnell is finding that some of the new, ambitious conservatives do not adhere to the old rules of operating on Capitol Hill.

How Mitch McConnell Proved Rand Paul Right

A part of the Patriot Act that the National Security Agency relied on to collect bulk intelligence on Americans expired just after midnight on Monday—and that’s just fine. This country is not any less safe; it may be a little more so, if one factors in the advantages of forcing the N.S.A. Show More Summary

Mitch McConnell Pushing Bad Amendments To Block Any Useful Amendments On Surveillance Reform

12 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

No matter what some are claiming, there are some important reforms in the USA Freedom Act. It doesn't go far enough, and the bill is far from perfect, but as a starting point it has some value. But with three provisions expiring last...Show More Summary

McConnell blocks Rand Paul amendments to NSA reform bill

13 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

We'll see how this works out for him. After completely bungling a strategy to avoid reforms to the Patriot Act, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided to finally allow the USA Freedom Act, a House bill that contains some reforms of the program, to go forward. Show More Summary

Patriot Act provisions expire as Rand Paul fundraises, rewrites history

18 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Three provisions of the Patriot Act expired at midnight, thanks largely to the obstinance of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Kentucky colleague, Sen. Rand Paul. McConnell's refusal to consider the USA Freedom Act which...Show More Summary

Morning Plum: In desperate bid to save bulk spying, Mitch McConnell badly miscalculates

As I expected, it increasingly looks as if the left-right alliance that rose up to stop NSA bulk surveillance is going to win a partial — but still very significant — victory. This could come in a matter of days. Late last night, key surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act expired, capping a string of […]

McConnell caves on NSA, Patriot Act provisions expire

In a rare Sunday session, the Senate voted 77-17 to begin debate on the USA Freedom Act, the House-passed reform bill ending the NSA's dragnet surveillance program, a major capitulation by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whoShow More Summary

Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid Pay Tribute To Beau Biden On Senate Floor

Senators paid tribute to Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's son, on the Senate floor Sunday during a rare session to debate reforms to the Patriot Act. A former attorney general of Delaware and Iraq war veteran, Beau Biden died on Saturday after a battle with brain cancer. Show More Summary

Did Rand Paul Outmaneuver Mitch McConnell?

Not that outmaneuvering Mitch McConnell is hard to do mind you. We’re just thankful that it’s someone on our side doing it for a change… McConnell and others had been

Rand Paul Vows That He Will Force PATRIOT Act To Expire

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Rand Paul plans to force the expiration of the PATRIOT Act Sunday by refusing to allow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to expedite debate on a key surveillance bill. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

Obama: 'Handful of senators' standing in way of Patriot Act

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blaming a "handful of senators" for stalled national security legislation, President Barack Obama said Friday that he has told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to take action swiftly to extend key Patriot Act provisions.

Midday open thread: Arctic ice at record low; Sandy victims blame Christie; Bush and the coal barons

Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Mitch McConnell and Snuggly the Security Bear Beg to Spy: What's coming up on Sunday Kos... The myth of lost manhood in America, by Mark E Andersen The white riot that burned Greenwood to the ground, by...Show More Summary

Cartoon: Mitch McConnell and Snuggly the Security Bear Beg to Spy

Is this the end of our domestic spying pal, Snuggly the Security Bear? Most likely not. Snuggly will probably still be in business and up to his usual tricks, he just may have to work with a huge telecom company or some kind of NSA-corporate...Show More Summary

After rare stumble, McConnell searches for Senate compromise over NSA

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sounded more like a salesman desperate to close a deal than the steely strategist he is known as in Washington.

Sunday Showdown in the Senate

“The Senate is heading for a tense and unusual Sunday showdown over the expiring antiterrorism surveillance powers of the National Security Agency, and Senator Mitch McConnell, five months into his tenure as majority leader, has a lot on the line,” [...]

Mitch McConnell's Patriot Act strategy leaves colleagues scratching their heads

The wheels fell of Mitch McConnell's claims of a new, effective Senate in the early hours of Saturday morning when a majority of Senators refused to be bullied into supporting his plan for a simple Patriot Act extension. That's leftShow More Summary

“Switch to Mitch” Better Than “Stand with Rand”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who once endorsed Paul’s presidential run, seems to be having second thoughts as he scrambles to maintain the existing power of the NSA

Kentucky Republicans look to put election review behind them

(AP) — In the complicated world of Kentucky Republican politics, Matt Bevin needs to step away from wrangling over endorsements with Mitch McConnell and turn his attention to locking in a victory in last week's GOP primary. ThursdayShow More Summary

After a massive NSA spanking, McConnell tries to regroup

The Senate did something remarkable in the early hours of Saturday morning; they defeated the politics of fear and defeated Mitch McConnell by refusing to go along with his plan to renew the Patriot Act's dragnet surveillance and to put the program in serious jeopardy of expiring at the end of this week. Show More Summary

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