One of the first pieces of legislation on the United States Senate's agenda for today will be the revision of the FISA wiretapping bill. The Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, is planning to move forward a bill that would retroactively grant immunity to the telecommunications companies who allegedly assisted the government by illegally handing over the phone records of millions of Americans. The "get out of jail free" provision in question is favored by the White House and Republicans, but opposed by many Democrats.
In bringing the bill to the floor, Reid is disregarding longstanding Senate tradition by disregarding the hold placed on the bill by Senator (and Presidential candidate) Chris Dodd. Dodd, however, is holding his ground. He's planning to filibuster the legislation - the old fashioned way. If you tune to CSPAN-2, you should shortly be treated to the sight of the Senator talking. And talking. And talking. And talking.
I've got no idea if this will accomplish anything significant, but it's still good to see someone from our side of the aisle actually standing firm on an issue for a change.