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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…

Napolitano warns of ‘heightened’ terror threat

WASHINGTON — The United States is facing “heightened” threats of attacks from extremists, possibly the highest since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the head of US homeland security told lawmakers Wednesday. “There is no question that we have made many important strides in securing our country from terrorism since…