“Christmas is not more important than this legislation.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) actually said that with regard to his effort to begin debate on the Senate’s renewal of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

At a press conference held Thursday afternoon, four of the leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees announced the completion of the compromise version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013.

One controversial portion of the NDAA bill passed by the Senate on December 4 didn’t make the cut, however, after the conference committee’s negotiations: the Feinstein-Lee Amendment (passed by the Senate 67-29) — which its authors said would have protected American citizens from indefinite detention.

House Speaker John Boehner offered his Plan B to the White House as part of the chess game being played over the fiscal cliff, indicating that tax increases are OK after all.

A resolution sponsored by retiring Representatives Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) requiring Attorney General Eric Holder to release all information related to President Obama’s death-by-drone program has failed to pass committee.

The fox has been put in charge of guarding the hen house.

Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) — author of the Enemy Expatriation Act — is leading the group of senators and congressmen working on a conference report of the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

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