Since February, American intelligence has been crippled since the House Democratic leadership refused to allow a vote on a compromise bill and also allowed a temporary measure to expire. During that time, any terrorists anywhere in the world could escape surveillance by the simple expedient of communicating over the Internet.
Finally a new compromise has been struck and it includes House Democratic leaders, so there’s good reason to expect it will actually be voted on, and pass. Andrew McCarthy of National Review says it’s a good deal on balance. So does Phillip Carter of the Washington Post.
UPDATE: Actually, the House already passed the bill.