The Senate today fell one vote short of approving a constitutional amendment that would have enabled Congress to ban desecration of the American flag. The vote was 66 to 34. To pass, the measure needed 67 votes.
Opponents criticized the Republican leadership for devoting Senate attention to the amendment when the nation faces other serious problems, and for tampering with the Constitution's Bill of Rights in response to relatively rare incidents of flag burning.
Nice try, you Republican bitches! Now let's refocus on the NSA and actual violations of civil liberties, shall we?