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800 Years on, the Magna Carta for Our Time

Robin Koerner | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Robin Koerner

The Magna Carta is widely regarded as the document that marked the beginning of the Anglo tradition of constitutional liberty that would eventually lead to the writing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Take Two Polls and Call Me in the Morning

John K. Herr | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
John K. Herr

I'm writing you a prescription for a diuretic. If you have to go to the bathroom more, your speeches might get shorter. Also take some gingko biloba, for memory. I saw you in the debates four years ago. Good luck.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Americans Want The Next President To Rein In Government Surveillance

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) speech against the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' phone data may not have earned him many points among h...

Jason Linkins

Rand Paul's Yelling About The Freedom Act: Good For The Country, Or Good For His Brand?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

So that happened. On this week's podcast, we get excited about some sporting updates, get the lowdown on the newly passed "USA Freedom Act" and discus...

Free Speech, Facebook and the NSA: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

What remains to be seen is whether, when all is said and done, the powers-that-be succeed in distracting us from the fact that the government's unauthorized and unwarranted surveillance powers go far beyond anything thus far debated by Congress or the courts.

Privacy Protection and Security: We Can Have Both

Lanny Davis | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Lanny Davis

Americans don't want to have to choose between their privacy rights and protection from another 9/11, or at least maximum efforts to find terrorist threats before they become a reality. The answer avoiding this false choice appears to be the USA Freedom Act, one version of which passed the House of Representatives last week and is now under consideration by the Senate.

Loosening the Grip of Fear

Byron Williams | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Byron Williams

Now that fear appears to be ebbing, senators on both sides of the political aisle were willing to openly oppose aspects of the Patriot Act. Time has provided the elixir needed to the help the nation realize the balance between security and individual liberty is crucial.

NSA Surveillance Reform Bill Clears Hurdle In Senate

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

By Patricia Zengerle and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted to move ahead on Tuesday with a bill that would end th...

Rand Paul Stands Firm

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Rand Paul is leading on an issue that is near and dear to his political philosophy. You may not agree with where he's leading, and you may not think this is going to help him politically, but you've got to at least admit that he is showing leadership. And that, to me, is admirable.

Marina Fang

Bernie Sanders Reluctantly Admits He Agrees With Rand Paul On NSA Surveillance

HuffingtonPost.com | Marina Fang | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) may be on opposite sides of...

Patriot Games

William Bradley | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

I'm not a big fan of libertarians or libertarian Republicans, but Kentucky Senator Rand Paul deserves tremendous credit for his brinksmanship on the Patriot Act in forcing the U.S. Senate leadership to bend on the issue of the federal government's massive, once very secret, monitoring of our private communications.

Jessica Schulberg

Senators Finally Giving Edward Snowden Credit For Patriot Act Reforms

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When several key provisions of the broad, post-9/11 surveillance law known as the Patriot Act were up for renewal five years ago, the Se...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Kevin McCarthy Advises Senate To Pass NSA Reform Bill 'As Soon As Possible'

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy pressed the Senate on Monday to pass a House bill that would limit bulk data collection by the National Security ...

Freedom from the PATRIOT Act

Ivan Eland | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Ivan Eland

Many Americans have been heard to mimic the media's disdain for partisan gridlock in Washington, but because Congress and the president often do the wrong thing, it's often better when nothing is done.

Senate Debates Patriot Act Reforms As Deadline Looms

Reuters | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

(Updates with midnight deadline passing, inserts amendments, paragraphs 3, 5, 14-15.) By Patricia Zengerle and Warren Strobel ...

Rand Paul Vows To Block Patriot Act Extension

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Saturday that he would block the Senate from passing an extension of the Patriot Act, which is set to expire at 12:01 a...

Friday Talking Points -- Double Standards and Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with a rather loaded question: How much attention do you think the media should be paying towards a presidential nominee who is right now getting 13 to 15 percent support in public opinion polls of their party's voters?

The Sun Must Set on Mass Surveillance

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Timothy Karr

The Senate's pro-surveillance wing is scrambling to advance new legislation to restore the NSA's unchecked ability to spy on all of us. And they're in a rush. Authorization for the federal government's bulk collection of phone records is set to expire on June 1.

The NSA's Technotyranny: One Nation Under Surveillance

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Beware of what you say, what you read, what you write, where you go, and with whom you communicate, because it will all be recorded, stored and used against you eventually, at a time and place of the government's choosing. Privacy, as we have known it, is dead.

Ali Watkins

Huge Pieces Of The Patriot Act Just Expired. Here's What That Actually Means.

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Forget Edward Snowden. It was congressional dysfunction that brought down the Patriot Act. In a sensational late-night Senate session...

White House: No 'Plan B' If Congress Fails To Act On Patriot Act

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) - The Obama administration has no backup plan if the U.S. Congress fails to act on legislation that would extend certai...

Obama Urges Senate To Reach Deal On Surveillance Legislation

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged the U.S. Senate to resolve its impasse over legislation authorizing collectio...

Rand Paul: Obama Started NSA Bulk Collection And Can End It By Himself

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama was being "disingenuous" about his ability to override the National Security Agency...

Senate Blocks NSA Reform Bill With Patriot Act In Jeopardy

AP | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate struggled to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, rejecting both a Hous...

Loretta Lynch 'Very Concerned' Over Patriot Act Debate

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she's "very concerned" about what could happen if section 215 of the Patriot Act, set to expire June 1, is no...