US senator stages 10-hour talkathon opposing surveillance

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WASHINGTON D.C.: White House hopeful Rand Paul theatrically brought the Senate to a standstill on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), delivering a 10-hour, 30-minute speech seeking to end intelligence agency bulk telephone data collection from millions of Americans. The Republican senator from Kentucky said he launched his filibuster, a talkathon that stops other action in the Senate, to prevent powerful lawmakers from ramming through a two-month extension of the law that would reauthorize the controversial collection of phone data.

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