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Rand Paul pleads for conservatives to oppose the PATRIOT Act

WASHINGTON – Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) wrote to colleagues Tuesday voicing objections to the PATRIOT Act as it heads to the Senate for reauthorization, warning that it could turn America into a “police state.” Paul, a tea party favorite who was first elected last November, expressed opposition to warrantless searches…

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…