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Proposal to extend ‘Patriot Act’ surveillance programs also blocked in Senate

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Legislation to extend for two months a program in which spy agencies sweep up vast amounts of data about Americans’ telephone calls was blocked in the U.S. Senate early on Saturday, adding to uncertainty about the future of the program.

The Senate voted 45-54 on the procedural measure to stop debate on the extension of provisions of the “USA Patriot Act,” falling well short of the 60 votes in favor needed to advance the measure. The legal authorities that allow the collection of so-called telephone “metadata” expire on June 1.

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(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Robert Birsel)


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Fox News guest calls for Obama testimony in Trump impeachment trial

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A Fox News guest suggested calling former President Barack Obama to testify in his successor's impeachment trial.

David Avella, chairman of the GOPPAC organization, appeared Monday morning on "America's Newsroom" to address claims by former national security adviser John Bolton, who said in his upcoming book that President Donald Trump explicitly tied Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe Biden.

Republican senators were reportedly blindsided by the revelations, which the White House knew about last month, and are signaling they may call Bolton to testify during the trial -- but Avella warned that would come at a cost to Democrats.

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GOP senators ‘feel blindsided’ administration had bombshell Bolton book and didn’t tell them – experts call it a ‘cover up’

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Republican Senators are angry and "feel blindsided" the White House did not tell them it had a draft copy of John Bolton's upcoming book before they defended President Trump's lies that he did not extort Ukraine. The New York Times late Sunday revealed it had obtained the unpublished manuscript in which Bolton writes that in August Trump told him he wanted to continue to withhold aid from Ukraine until they agreed to manufacture "dirt" on Joe Biden and Hunter Biden.

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‘She will lose my vote’: Maine voters tell MSNBC they’re ready to kick Susan Collins out of office

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MSNBC traveled to Maine this week to get a sense of how voters there feel about Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) -- and it looks like the moderate Republican is making a lot of people unhappy.

In interviews, both supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump's impeachment said they were upset with how Collins is sitting on the fence and wringing her hands about whether to call witnesses at the president's Senate impeachment trial.

"She will lose my vote when she runs again," pro-impeachment Maine voter Stevie Colburn tells MSNBC, although she also held out hope that Collins would agree to call witnesses and subpoena documents in the president's trial.

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