Showdown on US Surveillance Programs
The U.S. is headed to a Sunday showdown over its clandestine national security surveillance programs, with a key Senate critic saying he will force the expiration of the law that authorizes monitoring of domestic calls made by suspected terrorists.
Senator Rand Paul, a 2016 Republican presidential hopeful, says he will use legislative rules allowing him to block efforts to expedite debate on extending the U.S. law that expires at midnight Sunday, Washington time, or approve reforms that have already cleared the House of Representatives.
U.S. President Barack Obama is strongly urging the Senate to approve the House-passed USA Freedom Act that would end bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, but let the NSA search the records held by phone companies on a case-by-case basis - a reform he said is only being blocked by "a handful of senators."
Kerry Ends Overseas Trip After Bike Accident
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry fractured his femur in a bike accident outside Geneva, Switzerland, and called off the rest of his four country trip.
Kerry was hospitalized Sunday after being flown by helicopter to a Geneva hospital following the accident.
The State Department said Kerry did not lose consciousness and is stable.
Paramedics and a physician were on the scene with Kerry's motorcade at the time of the accident.
Kerry will receive further treatment in Boston. A spokesperson said Kerry will be treated by the same doctor who performed his hip surgery.
He was in Switzerland for talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on reaching a nuclear deal before the June 30 deadline.