So the House and Senate compromised on a 5 week extention of the Patriot Act, sent it to the President, and bailed for their vacation. More interestingly, they managed to do it with only a few members present. How convenient for them.
I'm not sure what this means, but I find it...curious...that both the media attention and the political furor have both magically died out. If the President hasn't yet signed the bill (and I can't find where he has), I suggest watching for a December 31st passage of a permanent renewal, followed by a quick Presidential signature.