Politics

10:36am

Thu May 21, 2015
The Two-Way

'Fast-Track' Trade Authority Wins Key Test Vote In Senate

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 2:28 pm

The Senate has voted to limit debate on a bill that would grant the White House "fast track" negotiating authority and clear a path for the Obama administration's trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim nations.

Reuters says the 62-38 vote, which clears a filibuster hurdle, boosts "hopes for a deal that is central to President Barack Obama's strategic shift toward Asia."

Many Democrats oppose the Asia-Pacific treaty, saying free-trade deals cost U.S. jobs, but the White House maintains that U.S. producers need access to foreign markets.

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5:52am

Thu May 21, 2015
The Two-Way

Sen. Rand Paul Stages 'Filibuster' To Protest Patriot Act

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 12:04 pm

In an image from Senate video, presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday afternoon at the start of an almost 11-hour speech opposing renewal of the Patriot Act.
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Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET

Protesting the soon-to-expire Patriot Act, presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul held the floor of the Senate for nearly 11 hours late Wednesday in a filibuster-like speech railing against the law and the government's continued surveillance of Americans' phone records.

"I don't think we're any safer looking at every American's records," Paul said.

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5:32am

Thu May 21, 2015
Politics

Sen. Rand Paul Ends 'Filibuster' Over NSA Surveillance Program

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 5:08 pm

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On the Senate floor yesterday, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul started talking. He spoke for 10 hours about his opposition to NSA surveillance of Americans' phone records.

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4:00am

Thu May 21, 2015
NPR Story

Senate Panel Considers New Constraints On Fed's Emergency Lending

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 6:44 am

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4:34pm

Wed May 20, 2015
Middle East

Netanyahu Cancels Palestinian-Only Bus Plan Just Before Scheduled Start

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 6:17 pm

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