Congress Extends Patriot Act for One Month - Yahoo! News: "Congress on Thursday approved a one-month extension of the Patriot Act"
I think the Republicans may have made a tactical error on this one. The Senate comes back on Jan 18 and the House on Jan 26. Chances are good that the Senate will come back and punt the ball back at the House, with another extension.
The chances are also good that the Patriot Act extension will combine with the FISA controversy and Alito into a three-ring circus, with additional fireworks from Iraq or Abramoff or Plame illuminating the night sky. By shortening the extension to, effectively only a few days, the controversy is guaranteed to be overheated.