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GOP senator blocks unemployment benefits extension: ‘Tough shit’

Republican Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) on Thursday night expressed his opposition to renewing unemployment benefits on the Senate floor with an unusually harsh message for its backers: “Tough shit.” Bunning repeatedly and single-handedly objected to an effort by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) to attain unanimous consent among senators for extending…

With no modification and little debate, Democrats send Patriot Act extension to Obama

Kucinich jeers: Congress is ‘complicit’ in violating Americans’ constitutional rights In the wake of congressional Democrats’ reauthorization and extension of the USA Patriot Act, few elected Democrats have been as vocal about the post-9/11 security measures as they were during the Bush administration. Leave it to stalwart House progressive Rep.…

Senate Dems abandon reforms, vote to extend Patriot Act

Unable to find the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster, Senate Democrats abandoned proposals to reform the Patriot Act and voted Wednesday night to extend key parts of the controversial security law to 2011. If the House approves the legislation as well, the Patriot Act — an omnibus…

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