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Sen. Rand Paul Stages 'Filibuster' To Protest Patriot Act

The Kentucky senator and presidential candidate opposes the collection of bulk telephone data and other surveillance measures that the government says are needed to combat terrorism.

Sen. Rand Paul Ends 'Filibuster' Over NSA Surveillance Program

Rand Paul voiced his opposition to the Patriot Act, which authorizes bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the government. Paul says collecting the records is an assault on civil liberties.

U.S. Releases Documents From 2011 Osama Bin Laden Raid

U.S. intelligence officials Wednesday released a collection of documents seized during the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Fall Of Ramadi Highlights 'Fundamental Failure' Of U.S. Strategy In Iraq

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with David Ignatius, columnist for the Washington Post, about how the U.S. miscalculated the vulnerability of Ramadi, Iraq, to takeover by the self-declared Islamic State.

U.S. Releases Documents Seized From Osama Bin Laden's Compound

Newly declassified materials include books, magazines and letters found during the 2011 raid on the al-Qaida leader's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Fall Of Ramadi Sparks New Criticism Over U.S. Strategy In Iraq

The fall of Ramadi, Iraq, to self-declared Islamic State militants has highlighted possible shortcomings in the U.S. strategy to fight the Islamic State.

As Congress Haggles Over Patriot Act, We Answer 6 Basic Questions

If you haven't been paying attention, here's a primer on the changes Congress is considering making to U.S. surveillance practices.


Lawmakers Divided Over McConnell's Desire To Extend Surveillance Plan

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to extend the provision of the Patriot Act that authorizes the NSA's bulk collection of phone records before it expires. Others want the program reined in.

Self-Declared Islamic State Takes Iraqi City Of Ramadi

NPR's Melissa Block interviews New York Times Baghdad bureau chief Tim Arango about how the self-proclaimed Islamic State took control of Ramadi, Iraq, despite American air support.

White House Says Fall Of Ramadi, Iraq, Is A 'Setback'

The Obama administration downplays the self-proclaimed Islamic State takeover of the important Iraqi city of Ramadi as Iraq emerges again as a major American political issue.