So, today, we see headlines such as this …..
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Republicans and Democrats engaged in a fervent round of finger-pointing Monday after inaction in the Senate led to the expiration of key counterterrorism programs including the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records.
Absorbing the heat was Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., the GOP presidential candidate who was able to gum up the works in the Senate and force those programs to lapse, for now, after lawmakers missed a Sunday midnight deadline.
Though lawmakers are likely to forge ahead in the coming days with legislation that could lead to those programs resuming, hawkish lawmakers warned that even a temporary lapse poses risks.
“We cannot go back to a pre-9/11 mentality,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., told Fox News, while predicting lawmakers will be able to pass a bill…
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