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US Lawmakers Scramble to Avoid Lapse in Domestic Surveillance

U.S. lawmakers of both parties and in both houses say they are unsure how Congress will deal with the federal government’s expiring authorization for domestic surveillance in the fight against terrorism. Unless Congress acts, the National Security Agency will cease collecting Americans’ phone records June 1, the expiration date of the Patriot Act passed after the attacks of September 11, 2001. The law grants the U.S. government broad powers to probe and prevent terrorist...

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