Democrats in the House and Senate endorsed a
major expansion of warrantless electronic snooping over the weekend -- the "Protect America" act, also know as "FISA modernization". Apparently the nugatory existing constraints on warrantless wiretapping were felt to be far too much of a burden for the Secret Police, and so Repubs and Dems came together for a joyful shower of largesse
on what is referred to, drolly, as "the intelligence community."
Gory details available here.
The vote in the Senate was 60-28, with 12 "not voting". Democratic "yeas" were Bayh, Carper, Casey, Conrad, Feinstein, Inouye, Klobuchar, Landrieu, Lieberman, Lincoln, McCaskill, Salazar, and Webb. Missing in action were Boxer, Dorgan, Harkin, Johnson, and Kerry.
In the House, 41 Democrats crossed the aisle and 9 went AWOL (including Tom Lantos; detained in his sacophagus, perhaps). The measure passed 227-183.