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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.

4 ISIS Leaders Reportedly Among 32 Killed In U.S. Raid, Airstrikes

The raid, carried out on Saturday by U.S. forces, killed Abu Sayyaf, a senior commander. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says three other leaders were killed in ground and air operations.

U.S. Troops Kill Senior ISIS Commander In Syria

The U.S. says that Abu Sayyaf, a senior leader of the self-declared Islamic State, was killed during a U.S. military operation authorized by President Obama.

All 8 Bodies Recovered From U.S. Helicopter Crash In Nepal

The bodies of six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese soldiers were recovered near the crash site in remote mountains northeast of Kathmandu where it was delivering earthquake relief aid.

The Man Who Keeps Tabs On U.S. Money Spent In Afghanistan

John Sopko says the Afghans still do a poor job of managing the billions they get from the U.S. and he has documented the abuses. Still, he supports the ongoing U.S. efforts there.

Drone-Like Device Puts White House On Lockdown

A person flying a small drone-like device too close to the White House was taken into custody. It's another in a line of security instances around the White House.

Ice Cold U.S., Russia Relations Put Strain On Nuclear Agreements

As relations between the world's two biggest nuclear powers deteriorate, the treaties and dialogue that kept Russia and the U.S. from nuclear war are fraying.