After Paris, US political shift on privacy vs. security

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Paris attacks have renewed debate on the government's post-Sept. 11 domestic surveillance laws.

There are efforts to revive the issue on Capitol Hill. That's handing Marco Rubio an opening against Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential race.

The two senators were on opposite sides earlier this year when Congress eliminated the National Security Agency's bulk phone-records collection program and replaced it with a more restrictive measure.

But polls are showing that the public is growing more concerned with security after the Paris attacks — and Rubio is backing long-shot legislation aimed at keeping the intended surveillance changes from taking effect at the end of the month, as scheduled.

And he's aggravating Cruz, who's responding just as adamantly.