FISA extension, pro-immunity vote both fail

Congress still seems unable to move in any direction on new foreign intelligence surveillance act legislation, also referred to as FISA or the Protect America Act, or in some quarters, as the Act That May or May Not Include Retroactive Telco Immunity from Lawsuits Related to Past Warrantless Wiretapping (ATMMNIRTILRPWW, for short). The Senate yesterday could neither agree to approve a new act with telco immunity intact, nor agree to approve a 30-day extension for the current act, an extension that President Bush already has promised he would veto. The idea of a shorter extension also circulated, but right now, it's hard to imagine any kind of agreement being reached, even with a handful of days added to Friday's expiration date for the current FISA.

For more:
- read this report in The Washington Post

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- Bush to veto FISA extension Article 

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