Edward Snowden

As Many #StandWithRand, Edward Snowden Sits Alone

Rand Paul launched an attempt to filibuster an extension of NSA surveillance powers Wednesday, but doesn't back clemency for Edward Snowden, the contractor who exposed the scope of the programs. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

If time heals all wounds, then Edward Snowden needs more time to get right in Washington.  

Snowden is exiled in Russia, having been charged with espionage and no sign that President Barack Obama will grant him clemency.  

Leahy Slams McConnell Push to Extend NSA Surveillance Authority

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy vowed to block efforts by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to extend authorization to collect phone and other records of Americans in bulk through 2020. The broadly worded Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act expires in June — and the provision has become extremely controversial particularly after the Edward Snowden relevations.  

Leahy, D-Vt., said there is a broad consensus that the bulk phone record collection must end, but the bill McConnell proposed Tuesday would simply extend the authority without changes: