Senators on Friday raced their own holiday-imposed deadline for preserving key Patriot Act powers, with Democrats accusing Republican leaders of trying to force a choice between having to back the NSA's controversial bulk collection powers or else letting other wiretapping and lone-wolf terrorism tools expire.
For this small Gulf nation, which boasts the world's fourth-largest known oil reserves but is situated in one of the world's most troubled regions, the World Cup is far more than just a horse race.
Strasburg has experienced success at every level for most of his baseball career. Now he is facing a prolonged slump for the first time in the big leagues. "It's a test for me," he said, "and I'm going to look at it that way."