Ben Jacobs, Sabrina Siddiqui, and Spencer Ackerman report:
For the second time in less than a year, US senators rejected a bill to abolish the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of American phone records.
By a vote of 57-42, the USA Freedom Act failed on Friday to reach the 60-vote threshold needed to advance in the Senate after hours of procedural manoeuvering lasted into the wee hours Saturday morning.
The result left the Senate due to reconvene on May 31, just hours before a wellspring of broad NSA and FBI domestic spying powers will expire at midnight.
Read more on The Guardian.