Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. holds up his cell phone as he speaks before announcing the start of his presidential campaign, in Louisville, Ky. Key Patriot Act anti-terror provisions, including bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, expire at midnight unless senators come up with an 11th hour deal in an extraordinary Sunday afternoon session.

As the Sun Sets On Some Patriot Act Provisions, Will The Sun Rise On Civil Liberties?

Some of the most controversial surveillance mechanisms of the Patriot Act expired on Sunday night as a result of pushback from concerned citizens and some in Congress, who have taken up their interests. A reform bill, the USA Freedom Act, will vote on later in the week.