Obama Continues His Stint as Bush 2.0, Crickets Heard Chirping
President Obama signed an extension of the Patriot Act late Thursday, just hours before the law's provisions were set to expire.
The Senate was able break through legislative gridlock and pass the bill Thursday night, sending it to Obama, who is in Europe, for his signature. The president was expected to use an automated signature to sign the bill into law.
The Obama administration had pressured Congress to approve the four-year extension before the Friday deadline, arguing that if it were allowed to lapse for even a short period of time, it could endanger natonal security.