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N.S.A. And Other Matters Leave McConnell's Senate In Disarray

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 12:  U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pauses as he speaks to members of the media
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 12: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pauses as he speaks to members of the media after the weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon May 12, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Republicans held the weekly luncheon to discuss GOP agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The sleepy United States senators thought they were done voting. But then, around 1 a.m. on the Saturday before Memorial Day, Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky and presidential candidate, marched spryly to the Senate floor to let it be known that, no, he would not agree to extend the federal government’s bulk collection of phone records program. Not even for one day.

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