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Friday, December 16, 2005

VICTORY! (For now)

The reauthorization of the worst parts of the Patriot Act went down in flames today:
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate on Friday rejected attempts to reauthorize several provisions of the USA Patriot Act as infringing too much on Americans' privacy and liberty, dealing a huge defeat to the Bush administration and Republican leaders.

In a crucial vote early Friday, the bill's Senate supporters were not able to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a threatened filibuster by Sens. Russ Feingold, D-Wisconsin, and Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and their allies. The final vote was 52-47.
For once, Hillary Clinton and Joe Lieberman were on the right side. The only Democrats voting to block the filibuster (and thereby extend the Patriot Act in its awful form) were Johnson of South Dakota and Nelson of Nebraska.

CNN called the vote a "huge defeat" to the Bush administration and a "blow" to Frist. HAHA!

Meanwhile, Senator McCain met W halfway on the torture issue, as this photo clearly shows:

Four Republicans joined in upholding the filibuster: Craig (ID),Hagel (NB), Murkowski (AK), and Sununu (NH). Majority Leader Catkiller Frist switched sides to join them at the last minute because Senate rules would then allow him to reopen the issue at any time.