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Patriot Filibuster?


Senate sources tell NRO they expect a filibuster within the hour on the reauthorization of the Patriot Act. Republican leaders tell NRO they do not believe they have the votes to overcome a filibuster. They believe nearly all of the Senate’s 45 Democrats will support the filibuster, joined by some Republicans — Senate sources believe GOP senators Larry Craig, John Sununu, and Chuck Hagel may be among those joining the Democrats. GOP leaders are not sure what their next move will be. There is talk of extending the life of the Patriot Act for three months beyond its Dec. 31 sunset date. One GOP source joked, “If you really want an extension, how about a ten-month extension. We’ll vote on it October 15, 2006.”


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