Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has essentially told his fellow senators he won't allow amendments to the Patriot Act he disagrees with on the Senate floor. The May 25 statement on the Senate floor has resulted in a heated floor exchange and may require the Patriot Act to lapse for a few days before a final Senate vote is possible.
Senator Rand Paul may have temporarily set back efforts by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to pass the Patriot Act renewal long enough to allow the law to expire for a day or two before the Senate can take a final vote on the bill.
A Texas bill that would have made Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents liable for sexual assault when groping passengers without probable cause was pulled from the Senate floor after the Department of Justice sent a letter threatening to create what critics called a “no-fly zone” over the state by preventing flights to or from Texas airports. However, as will be demonstrated in a follow-up report by a colleague, there may well be "life after death" for this bill.
As if the White House did not already have the mainstream media in its back pocket, the Obama administration decided to create a position that ultimately counters any news story regarding the Obama administration that has anything less than a positive spin, adding yet another government job to the payroll.