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During an interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on a New Day program that aired on May 19, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he will do “everything humanly possible” to keep the Senate from passing a reauthorization of the Patriot Act.

 

After the Iraqi government’s security forces retreated from the city of Ramadi on May 17 — abandoning the important city of half a million people to the Islamic State (ISIS) forces — Shiite militia fighters from the Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) are preparing to join government troops and Sunni tribesmen to recapture the city.

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on May 14 introduced a bill that would extend until July 31 — without changes — the expiring surveillance authorities of the PATRIOT Act. McConnell placed his bill on the Senate Legislative Counter, a procedure called “fast-track” (known as Rule 14) because it avoids the lengthy committee process and allows legislation to be brought to the floor for a vote quickly.

Speaking before the internationalist Council on Foreign Relations in New York on May 13, Senator and presidential candidate Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) defended “America’s role as a security guarantor” for the world. While denying that he advocated making the United States “the world’s policeman,” Rubio said that America should “convene the world to take action” during international crises.

 

On May 12, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to abolish a program known as 287(g) — which allows federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents inside county jails and also permits sheriff's deputies to act as immigration agents in the jails.

 

During a recent interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said that — were he to be elected president — his first order of business would not be to repeal President Obama’s executive action granting amnesty to four million illegal aliens. Bush, who has not yet announced himself as a candidate for the Republican nomination in 2016, said that although he did not support the Obama administration's executive action — which he called unconstitutional — he would not remove it (presumably by another executive action) immediately after assuming the presidency. Bush said he would rather rectify the action as part of “meaningful” immigration reform legislation passed by Congress.

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin sat side-by-side with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Moscow’s Red Square on May 9, as the leaders of two of the world’s most powerful nations reviewed the Victory Parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany at the end of World War II.

 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York ruled on May 7 that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk collection of U.S. call records is illegal, stating that Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act cannot be legitimately interpreted to allow such bulk collection of domestic calling records.

 

In a last-ditch bid to save the Patriot Act, which has been condemned by many members of Congress for its overreaching authorization of domestic spying in the name of national security, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has postponed debate on the controversial law until the week of May 25, days before it expires on May 31.

 

Speaking in Las Vegas on May 5, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that her plan for immigration reform included a way to provide illegal aliens with a way to achieve citizenship.