Sen. Rand Paul led an attack on the Patriot Act, NSA snooping, and a whole lot else from the Senate floor yesterday, in a 10+ hour filibuster-lite. Matt Welch offers up the highlights here; Nick Gillespie makes the case for mainstream Republicans to side with civil libertarians on this one; Scott Shackford explains what the stunt has to do with the new USA Freedom Act; and Brian Doherty decodes Paul's "dog whistle to the antiwar libertarians."
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