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After Filibuster Scare, Senate Advances FISA Extension Bill

In a surprisingly close vote, the Senate advanced legislation Tuesday that would keep in place a key electronic surveillance tool the government says it needs to track terrorists, barely overcoming objections from a bipartisan group of civil libertarian-focused senators who wanted to add changes to the bill, CNN reports. By a vote of 60-38, the Senate defeated a filibuster of the bill that reauthorizes Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Senate now enters a 30-hour period of debate before holding a final vote later this week. Section 702 allows the U.S. government to collect communications, such as emails and phone records, of foreigners on foreign soil without a…