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House clears way for PATRIOT Act extension

The US House of Representatives voted Thursday night to clear the road for an extension of controversial provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act. The final vote was 248 to 176, largely along party lines. Just 4 Republicans voted against the extension, while only 15 Democrats voted for it. Under the…

Obama seeks longer PATRIOT Act extension than Republicans

Faced with a looming vote on a planned one-year extension of special powers authorized in the USA PATRIOT Act, the Obama White House did not object or propose reforms, as the president vowed to do as a candidate. The Obama administration instead asked Congress to grant those powers for an…

PATRIOT Act extension fails procedural vote, expected to return

A plan that would have seen the House of Representatives extend controversial provisions of the PATRIOTAct with little debate failed Tuesday night, as a group of Republicans joined a majority of Democrats in voting no. The House voted 277 to 148 for the PATRIOT Act extension — 23 votes short…

Dem’s PATRIOT Act extension would add judicial oversight

Bill would shift next extension away from election year Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced legislation to the Senate Wednesday that would extend expiring provisions of the controversial PATRIOT Act. “Congress now faces a deadline to take action on the expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act,” Sen.…

Congress quietly prepares to renew Patriot Act

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) has introduced a little-noticed bill that intends to once again renew controversial provisions of the Bush administration’s USA Patriot Act that are due to expire this year. When the act was first signed into law, Congress put in some “sunset” provisions to quiet the concerns of…

House Democrats vote to reject Obama-GOP tax cut deal

‘Just say no,’ caucus chanted before vote The House Democratic caucus on Thursday voted to rebuke President Barack Obama’s tax cut deal with Republicans in its current form. The non-binding resolution suggests that Democrats are unwilling to accept certain provisions and demand changes to the package. But the Democratic leadership…

Olbermann: Obama ‘goddamned wrong’ on tax cut extension

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann let the world know Tuesday that he is not a fan of President Barack Obama’s deal with Republicans to extend tax cuts for the richest Americans. Quoting Winston Churchill, the MSNBC host began his “Special Comment” by saying that the Obama administration had been “weighed in the…

Sanders, DeMint pledge to filibuster Obama-GOP tax cut deal

The US Senate’s most liberal and most conservative member have both come out strongly against the bipartisan compromise on tax cuts between President Barack Obama and Republicans. Self-avowed democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Tuesday evening promised he will “do whatever it takes” to prevent passage of the measure,…

Obama: GOP threatened ‘collateral damage’ if wealthy didn’t get tax cuts

President Barack Obama defended his tax cut compromise with Republicans at a press conference on Tuesday, saying the deal was necessary to prevent the American people from being harmed. Asked if he was “flip flopping” on the issue of extending tax cuts for the wealthy, which he vowed to let…

Sanders may filibuster Obama-GOP tax deal

RAW STORY UPDATE: Bernie Sanders, the only avowed socialist in the United States Senate, has hinted that he will filibuster the tax cuts extension deal President Barack Obama struck with Republicans on Monday. In an appearance on MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Show, Sanders, the junior senator from Vermont, said, “I’ve got…

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