Patriot Act, security prompt GOP sparring in CNN national security debate
November 22nd, 2011
09:31 PM ET
3 years ago

Patriot Act, security prompt GOP sparring in CNN national security debate

Washington (CNN) - The Republican candidates for president outlined their visions for fighting terrorism and keeping the country safe during a CNN debate Tuesday held just down the street from the White House they hope to occupy.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the latest GOP frontrunner in this volatile primary season, sparred with libertarian-leaning Texas Rep. Ron Paul over the Patriot Act as the debate opened, with Gingrich calling for an even more robust version of the law.

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Members urge President's in-person signature
June 17th, 2011
11:36 AM ET
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Members urge President's in-person signature

(CNN)– Twenty-one House members are demanding President Obama re-sign the recently-renewed Patriot Act–this time, in person.

Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Graves sent a letter sent Friday to the White House–signed by the 21 members–calling for the President to abandon the use of autopen in signing bills passed by Congress.
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Rise of the machines: Autopen puts bill into law, and touches off debate
May 27th, 2011
12:42 PM ET
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Rise of the machines: Autopen puts bill into law, and touches off debate

(CNN) - Despite what we you learned in school, the president doesn’t actually have to sign a bill before it becomes a law. An automatic pen perhaps can do it for him.

That’s what happened Thursday evening when it came time to put President Obama’s John Hancock on the extension of the Patriot Act, a controversial set of anti-terrorism and law enforcement measures passed in the wake of 9/11 that was set to expire Friday.

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Filed under: Patriot Act • President Obama
Obama approves extension of expiring Patriot Act provisions
President Barack Obama makes a statement at the G8 summit in Deauville, northwestern France, on May 27, 2011.
May 27th, 2011
08:05 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama approves extension of expiring Patriot Act provisions

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama, who is attending a summit in France, directed the use of an autopen late Thursday to sign key provisions of the Patriot Act that were due to expire at midnight.

By a 250-153 vote, the Republican-led House agreed to extend the expiring provisions of the law passed after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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Filed under: Congress • Patriot Act • President Obama
Congress approves extension of expiring Patriot Act provisions
May 26th, 2011
08:45 PM ET
4 years ago

Congress approves extension of expiring Patriot Act provisions

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The U.S. House followed the Senate on Thursday in voting to extend three key provisions of the Patriot Act scheduled to expire at midnight, sending the measure to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

By a 250-153 vote, the Republican-led House agreed to extend the expiring provisions of the law passed after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. They deal with roving wiretaps, the tracking of alleged "lone wolf" terrorists and the ability of law enforcement officials to obtain any records they deem relevant to an investigation after securing an order from a federal court.

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Filed under: Congress • Patriot Act
House vote keeps Bachmann from Iowa appearance
May 26th, 2011
06:33 PM ET
4 years ago

House vote keeps Bachmann from Iowa appearance

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - A House vote on the extension of key Patriot Act provisions will keep Michele Bachmann from delivering a long-planned speech in Iowa on Thursday night.

The Minnesota congresswoman, who is considering a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, had been booked as the featured speaker at the Polk County Republican Party's annual Robb Kelly Victory Dinner in Des Moines.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann • Patriot Act
Rand Paul sounds off on own GOP leadership
May 26th, 2011
02:48 PM ET
4 years ago

Rand Paul sounds off on own GOP leadership

Washington (CNN)–Freshman Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who angrily squared off with the top Senate Democrat Wednesday, turned his sights on his own party’s leaders Thursday, accusing them of preventing a vote on his amendment to the Patriot Act that would require government investigators to get a court order before reviewing people’s gun ownership records.

The stand off had threatened to cause key post-9-11 anti-terrorism surveillance tools to lapse for several hours past midnight when those provisions of the law are set to expire.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • Patriot Act • Rand Paul • Senate
Tempers flare on Senate floor
May 25th, 2011
07:45 PM ET
4 years ago

Tempers flare on Senate floor

Washington (CNN)-In a rare public display of political and personal acrimony, freshman Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky squared off Wednesday with the powerful Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Tempers flared on the Senate floor over how many amendments Paul could offer to a measure extending the main anti-terrorism surveillance law enacted after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • Patriot Act • Rand Paul
Senate agrees to take up extending Patriot Act provisions
May 23rd, 2011
06:44 PM ET
4 years ago

Senate agrees to take up extending Patriot Act provisions

Washington (CNN) – The Senate voted Monday to take up legislation extending for four years key provisions of the Patriot Act, an anti-terrorism law passed after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The vote was 74 to 8, and signals the measure should easily pass later this week, although opponents indicted they may drag out the process.
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Filed under: Patriot Act • Senate