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Patriot Act deal

Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan report in Politico:

Top lawmakers in the House and Senate reached a deal to extend the Patriot Act for four years, a week before key provisions were set to expire, top aides in both chambers say.

The pieces of the law that allow the government to compel businesses to release records, issue roving wiretaps, and monitor so-called "lone wolf" terror suspects were set to run out on May 27. The outline of the deal between Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) still needs to pass both chambers in the next seven days to avoid a lapse in the law.

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