The Judge: From Republic to Police StateSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Mon, 05/23/2011 - 17:54
Washington Post: The news that congressional leaders have forged a plan for a four-year extension of key Patriot Act provisions means that half of the battle over renewing the counterterrorism surveillance law has been resolved.
The other half – rounding up enough votes next week to pass the measure before both chambers recess for Memorial Day weekend – is likely to be the tougher fight.
The fact that the Patriot Act is one of those issues on which views are not neatly split along party lines makes it somewhat hard to predict what will happen when the legislation reaches the floor of either chamber, and unexpected alliances and splits are often the case.
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