The House of Representatives failed on Tuesday night to extend three security measures in the post-9/11 Patriot Act, voting 277-148 to push the provisions through 2011, but failing to reach the required two-thirds majority, the Washington Post reports. For those doing math at home, that's sev ... More >>
The Patriot Act was supposed to expire on Sunday. But don't worry, folks: President Obama signed the reauthorization that was sent to him by Congress by last week, so it's still in effect for another year. That means roving wiretaps, records seizure, and "lone wolf" surveillance are good to g ... More >>
The Senate voted Saturday to extend the filing deadline for both federally-funded extended unemployment benefits and an additional six months of a 65% COBRA subsidy until the end of February. The current filing deadline is December 31 for both programs. One million of the nine million jobless ... More >>
Refugee camp, Afghanistan. Photo (cc) Tracy Hunter.
One the most disastrous and lasting consequences of the Patriot Act of 2001 and its extremely broad definitions of terrorism has been the impact on people seeking asylum in the United States. We wrote about a pretty extreme case last year, in wh ... More >>