Ugh. The president signed a four year extension of the USA PATRIOT Act.
Following the 250-153 evening vote in the House, the legislation to renew three terrorism-fighting authorities headed for the president's signature with only hours to go before the provisions expire at midnight. [...]
Obama said he was pleased the act had been extended.
"It's an important tool for us to continue dealing with an ongoing terrorist threat," he said after a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
This is one of those moves that just baffles me. When Rand Paul is on the correct side of this issue and the president is on the wrong side... Ugh.