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In the months following the October 2001, passage of the Patriot Act, there was a heated public debate about the very provision of the law that we now know the government is using to vacuum up phone records of American citizens on a massive scale. Instead, the debate centered on something else: library records. Read more»

Democrats are mostly remaining silent on the new health law as they release advertisements in bids to retain their seats in Congress, NPR reports. Read more»

Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., (above) and Republican challenger Ron Johnson have made health-care reform and efforts to repeal it a centerpiece of their Senate battle.

In a debate Friday, Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., "accused Republican challenger Ron Johnson of wanting to replace the program with a system that puts insurance companies in control." Read more»

Democrats are gaining ground in campaign polling, but Republicans still hold a lead, buoyed in part by their stance on health care as the November midterm elections near. Read more»

55 percent of Americans rate the nation's health care system as good or excellent, compared with 44 percent in February and 35 percent when President Obama first proposed his health care legislation. Read more»