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The objections have come primarily from GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) walks to the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill, May 31, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The National Security Agency's authority to collect bulk telephone data is set to expire June 1, unless the Senate can come to an agreement to extend the surveillance programs. (Image source: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans say they've been unable to make a deal to extend contested anti-terror provisions. As a result, the post-Sept. 11 programs will expire at midnight.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas says the program will "go dark" at midnight due to objections in the Senate.

The objections have come primarily from GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who is running for president.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) walks to the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill, May 31, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The National Security Agency's authority to collect bulk telephone data is set to expire June 1, unless the Senate can come to an agreement to extend the surveillance programs. (Image source: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Intelligence officials are warning that the result of the Senate's inaction will amount to a win for terrorists.

At issue is a program allowing the National Security Agency to collect Americans' phone records in bulk to search for terror connections. Other lesser-known provisions also will expire.

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