Under pressure from a White House veto threat and its Republican leadership, the U.S. House yesterday barely defeated an effort to scale back the USA Patriot Act. On a vote of 210 to 210, the House rejected an amendment that would have limited the law by preventing the Justice Department from searching library and bookstore records to probe individuals' reading habits. The Los Angeles Times says the amendment was backed by a coalition of Democrats and conservative Republicans who believe the Patriot Act has gone too far in extending the federal government's law enforcement powers. The House . . .
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