February 9, 2011 Boehner was philosophical about losing the vote to extend several Patriot Act provisions. And he blamed Democrats, many of whom voted for the extension last year when the House was led by Democrats. This time they refused to give Boehner the victory.
National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, January 2010.
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February 9, 2011 House GOP leaders had their worst loss since taking over the chamber last month with the failure of lawmakers to pass an extension of parts of the Patriot Act. Some Tea Party lawmakers joined other Republicans and many Democrats to oppose the extension.
February 9, 2011 The case of a U.S. Embassy employee accused of murder in Pakistan threatens to spin out of control amid mounting U.S. pressure for his release and public anger over what is seen as another example of American impunity.
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