The Senate passed the so-called “USA Act” last night over the sole protestations of Russ Feingold. Tom Daschle shot down Feingold’s amendments without consideration, and Patrick Leahy (who I have earlier praised) hewed to the party line when things were said and done. The Senate passed the measure on a 96-1 vote. There’s no sunset provision in the bill, either, so this panic-driven piece of legislation is slated to be on the books permanently.