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US senator stages 10-hour talkathon opposing surveillance

US Senator Rand Paul speaks to supporters during the kickoff of the National Stand with Rand tour on April 7, 2015 in Louisville, KentuckyWhite House hopeful Rand Paul theatrically brought the Senate to a standstill, 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. Paul has made reining in government surveillance a key part of his presidential platform.

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