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The Libertarian son of former Congressman Ron Paul, Rand Paul is a physician and Senator from the state of Kentucky.

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last 24 hours | politico
Rand Paul doesnt run with the herd - Politico

"...But Paul's campaign is emphatic: Paul's not against cattle calls he attended New Hampshire's First in the Nation Summit in April and is still considering attending the Family Leader's July 18 summit in Iowa but the less he shares a stage with his rivals, the more it bolsters his image as an atypical Republican who's ready to engage segments of the GOP electorate that have long been overlooked. While some candidates are limited to group-style events, Sen. Paul is able to engage communities outside of traditional Republican comfort zones, said campaign spokesman Sergio Gor. He's in early states on a weekly basis, but he's also working on expanding the GOP by showing up in places like UC Berkeley, Detroit and Silicon Valley. ..." see full article


1134 days ago | reason
Is Rand Paul Through? Or Only For Disaffected Outsiders? He Hasn't Given Up ... - Reason (blog)
"...Is Rand Paul still a newsmaking figure of national significance with an actual distinct style and set of policy proposals, still the most clearly, as everyone says, "interesting" Republican? Yes, he is. Is he still polling nearly as well as almost all his opponents in most separate polls, and with more independent appeal and a strong ability to beat Hillary Clinton? Yes, he is. Does he still have a unique, among his peers, ability to launch substantive political theater that resonates with a big part of the electorate? Yes he does. Is he raising money? Yes, he is (though not so far finding any single-pocket money bags to fund unaffiliated SuperPACS).Concluding the Paul campaign is failing, a disaster, a disappointment, is not fully supported by a fair consideration of the evidence and, I hope I don't have to shout this, in JUNE 2015, it is at best hugely premature if it's supposed to be meaningful about what we can expect to happen in 2016 when votes are cast, and at worst a sign of column inches to fill and nothing much to say at its finest/worst. There is just no way to know whether the fears Ball writes about "a campaign that believed it could build a coalition of different kinds of voters based on the candidate's various facets is finding it may instead be a zero-sum game" are really going to turn out to be meaningfully true in the actual election...." see full article


1135 days ago | time
How Rand Paul Has Already Changed the 2016 Race - TIME
"...More applause but weaker this time. This was relatively esoteric stuff, and Paul had to explain himself: He's in favor of using search warrants to collect the phone data of suspected terrorists, just not bulk collection of all the phone records of all the people, which he believes is unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment of the Bill of Rights, which prohibits unreasonable search and seizure. He goes all the way back to the colonial lawyer James Otis, who fought unwarranted search procedures by the British. His audiences stay with him as he explains all this. He speaks plainly and well, without bombast or frills. He knows his stuff. But this is not the sort of thing Republican audiences expect from their candidates. It's more educational than emotional. He doesn't speak in any detail about Obamacare, immigration, Iran, abortion or gay rights.By the time his 15-minute stump speech is over, he has delivered a tutorial about the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth and 10th amendments to the Constitution. We Republicans won't be successful as a party, he says, until we support the entire Bill of Rights as enthusiastically as we support the Second Amendment that is, the right to bear arms...." see full article


1135 days ago | baltimoresun
Rand Paul's personality predicament - Baltimore Sun
"...Dispensing for a moment the megalomania of Mr. Paul's perceived centrality to others' perception of the war on terror, does he really believe that some people want a terrorist attack to prove him personally wrong on his opposition to NSA's collection of bulk data and the Patriot Act?The irresponsible attribution of motives is the latest in a long line of foolish positions and foolish inconsistencies in Senator Paul's rhetorical quiver. As I have written on these pages, not all changes of heart are suspect in politicians. Some positional change merely reflects that situations change. I would argue that even for many politicians' original votes and subsequent reversals on the invasion of Iraq, including Hillary Clinton's...." see full article


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1136 days ago | thedailybeast
Rand Paul Vs. the GOP Over 9/11 Secrets

"...For better or for worse, Rand Paul has become the senator of lost causes. He likes him for his heterodox views and sometimes prickly demeanor. Many capital-L Libertarians won't fully accept him because he's not a pure enough defender of their political faith. Democrats who agree with him on a trans-partisan issue like criminal-justice reform can't fully support him, either, because of his Republican and libertarian leanings. He upsets everyone because he can't be put in a box which is both a blessing and a curse...." see full article


1137 days ago | inquisitr
Rand Paul Celebrates Social Media Victory On Presidential Path: Most ... - The Inquisitr
"...Finally, it's important to recognize that different voter demographics get their information from different sources: younger voters are more likely to follow their candidates on social media, while many older voters may focus more on television ads or presidential debates. Rand Paul's tech-savvy libertarian followers may be more social-media-focused than those who support some of the other candidates.Rand Paul almost certainly gained a number of followers across the political spectrum after his actions on the Patriot Act. Some of these followers may just be curious about Paul's very firm stance, and some may support t..." see full article


1139 days ago | nationalreview
Rand Pauls Faux-Libertarian Opposition to the Patriot Act - National Review Online

"...Senator Rand Paul's overwrought constitutional claims against the Patriot Act similarly camouflage his real objection: He is anti-government even with respect to national security, one of the few things for which we actually need the federal government. I use the term anti-government advisedly. Paul is generously portrayed as a libertarian. In an age of unprecedented government intrusion into (formerly) private life, Paul has made inroads with conservatives because we believe in limited government. Yet, while conservatives are wary in any context of government's corruptive propensities, we are not anti-government...." see full article


1140 days ago | newrepublic
Why Are Libertarians Mostly Dudes? - The New Republic
"...Why is Paul so unpopular among women? Setting aside what women think about Paul's personal qualities, which would require pure speculation, consider what sets him apart from all the other candidates vying for the GOP nomination: his highly distinct political philosophy. While not a doctrinaire libertarian, Paul is by far the most libertarian-leaning candidate in the race. And there's plenty of evidence that the libertarian worldview leaves most women cold, despite the fact that female intellectuals Ayn Rand, most famously have been pivotal in creating libertarianism.The demographic profile of libertarians is sharply defined. According to 2013 Pew survey, 7 percent of Americans identify as libertarian. Of those, two-thirds are men (68 percent) and nearly all are non-Hispanic whites (94 percent). That is, the typical libertarian is a white man. These firm demographic contours cry out for an explanation since, at first glance, there doesn't seem much intrinsically white or male about libertarianism. Proclaiming itself a philosophy of individualism, with no overt celebrations of either patriarchy or racism, libertarianism still ends up being monochromatic and male...." see full article


1141 days ago | theweek
Why Rand Paul was right to stand against the Patriot Act - The Week Magazine
"...But Paul did some interesting and daring things by forcing the sunset of a few Patriot Act provisions. He potentially burned some bridges with his colleague Mitch McConnell, whom he has been developing as an ally almost from the day he was elected to the Senate. Paul also reversed his recent trend of moderating his libertarian critique of the post-9/11 security state and foreign policy, and by doing so started a big debate within a party that has unfortunately reverted to hawkishness after the rise of ISIS.That last bit is important. As a dozen or more people seek the Republican nomination, some with as much Tea Party cred as Rand Paul, each candidate needs a rationale. Paul's recent attempts at moderation effaced his distinctive appeal. It gave his most die-hard supporters jitters, and made him less interesting as a potential reformer of his party and as a subject for the media. For that reason alone, Paul's move against the Patriot Act was smart politics...." see full article


1143 days ago | nytimes
In Debate Over Patriot Act, Lawmakers Weigh Risks vs. Liberty - New York Times

"...The surveillance debate is part of a larger evolution in thinking about the war on terror over the last decade. Under pressure from court rulings and Congress, and hoping to leave behind a counterterrorism program that his successor would largely preserve, Mr. Bush scaled back some of the most controversial parts of his strategy before leaving office. He halted waterboarding and other torture techniques, emptied secret overseas C.I.A. prisons, and worked with lawmakers to ratify his previously unilateral surveillance programsMr. Obama took it further by formally banning torture, and Senate Democrats on the Intelligence Committee last year released a report documenting what it called abuses during interrogations. But neither he nor Democrats when they controlled Congress jettisoned the bulk of Mr. Bush's counterterrorism strategy; Mr. Obama even went further than Mr. Bush in some ways by authorizing drone strikes against American citizens overseas...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1144 days ago | salon
What if Rand Paul were Muslim? The white, privileged assumptions behind his ... - Salon

"...Perhaps to those like Sen. Rand Paul who've never had to fight assumptions based on one's ethnicity or the color of one's skin, the thought of cell phone data being pooled and analyzed is disconcerting. However, as someone who regularly puts up with extra scrutiny, whether it's at an airport or a shopping mall, I welcome the leveling of the playing field that bulk data collection brings. I urge our government not to follow the Russian method of profiling, but, instead, to use bulk data collection to arrive at objective analyses...." see full article


1144 days ago | huffingtonpost
Rand Paul Stands Firm

"...Yesterday, Senator Rand Paul stood firmly for his beliefs on the floor of the Senate. As a result, portions of the USA PATRIOT Act have been allowed to lapse today. Whether you think this is a tragedy, a victory, or even an absolute farce depends on your feelings for (or against) both the National Security Agency's metadata surveillance program and Senator Paul himself. But while others are debating the finer points of government surveillance, I'd instead prefer to focus on Paul's political tactics. Because, from where I'm sitting, Paul is to be admired and commended for both standing on principle and for using his position in the Senate to show the other candidates what actual (as opposed to rhetorical) leadership truly means.Now, don't get me wrong -- I am not one of the "stand with Rand" bunch. I'm not endorsing either his candidacy or even his position on this particular issue. Instead, I'm merely offering up my own analysis and opinion on his tactics, of which I do approve. To do otherwise would be hypocritical of me, in fact...." see full article


1145 days ago | dailycaller
The Fall Of Rand Paul? - Daily Caller
"...Months from now we may look back at Sunday as the moment when Rand Paul went from being a wannabe mainstream Republican contender to a fringe message candidate like his father.The truth is that Paul never had a chance to win the GOP nomination because, among other reasons, his foreign policy worldview is just too far out of step with the base of the party. But the Kentucky senator seems (seemed?) to believe he can win and, at least for a moment, so did some of Washington's pundit class...." see full article


1145 days ago | thefederalist
Marco Rubio And Rand Paul Pose Greatest Threat To Hillary Clinton - The Federalist
"...Why might Americans think Paul and Rubio care about people like them? Perhaps because they have taken stands on issues most Republicans avoid. For instance, Paul has actively sought reform of the criminal-justice system and is an outspoken critic of police misconduct and the justice system's disparate impact on African-American and Hispanic communities. Further, Paul has twice filibustered (or quasi-filibustered) over drone assassinations of citizens in the United States and renewal of the Patriot Act.Rubio has made legislative efforts to comprehensively liberalize the immigration system and provide a pathway to citizenship for the millions of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States. (Rubio is also known for engaging with pop culture in ways that most Republicans avoid.)..." see full article


1145 days ago | thedailybeast
Rand Paul Is Now GOP Enemy Number One

"...Paul's human-roadblock strategy has its benefits: It puts him in the spotlight fighting a battle in which he has remained consistent throughout his political career. And perhaps more important than that, the burst of attention comes both after a period of doubt among some of Paul's more staunchly libertarian supporters and, conveniently, while he is promoting his latest book.Over the past year, as Paul has traveled the country campaigning, a central question has followed him: To what degree will he sacrifice the libertarian-ish principles that took him from his Bowling Green ophthalmology practice and into the United States Senate in order to appeal to the broader GOP electorate?..." see full article


1145 days ago | nationalreview
Rand Paul Has a Point about Republicans and... - National Review Online

"...Thankfully, Senator Paul does not seem to have gulped that Kool-Aid. Yet, his anti-government populism leads him to maintain just as his father did in less guarded rhetoric that it is American policy, not Islamic-supremacist ideology, that induces jihadists to attack the United States.Paul appears to grasp that jihadism is evil, rooted in Islamic doctrine, and anti-American. The conclusion he draws from this premise, however, is that it should be given a wide berth rather than confronted and defeated. This is not materially different from the blame America first cast of mind that Jeanne Kirkpatrick diagnosed and Barack Obama instantiates. Nor is it far from the mindset that blames Pamela Geller or Charlie Hebdo when Islamists respond to mere taunts with lethal violence as if sharia gives Muslims a special mayhem dispensation that American law must accommodate...." see full article


1146 days ago | reason
PATRIOT Act Renewal: Republicans Suddenly Think Big Government Is No ... - Reason (blog)
"...I thought the Republicans were the ones who agreed big government was indeed a bad thing? Was not the purpose of the Tea Party movement to elect Republicans who were more vigorous and consistent in their opposition to big government?And yet Coats and many of his Republican colleagues are joining with President Obama and Democratic leadership to continue to deprive Americans of their constitutional liberties.Whether Sen. Rand Paul's brave stand succeeds or not, this sorry episode should serve as yet another unfortunate reminder that nearly all politicians who claim to take the side of the American people against unchecked federal power will eventually break our hearts...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1146 days ago | wired
Security News This Week: If the Patriot Act Expires It Won't Spell Doom - Wired

"...This in spite of the fact that the program is unconstitutional, has been largely ineffective, and would provide the illusion of triumph even while leaving much of the machinery of surveillance intact, as Cato Institute's Julian Sanchez points out. But who needs facts? Luckily, the national security fearmongers are no match for the visionaries of Twitter, who have channeled their collective mockery to colorfully illustrate what we can expect in the pending apocalypse under the hashtag IfThePatriotActExpires. Make sure you've stocked up on food and supplies, for the end is nigh...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1147 days ago | feeds.washingtonpost
This was the week most of the Republican field decided to hate on Rand Paul. And he loved it

"...This week, it was tough to know which GOP attack on Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was the most brutal. Maybe it when he was accused of being naive. Or dubbed weak on national security. It could have been when he was dismissed as "unsuited" for the presidency. Or perhaps when his positions were described as more liberal than Hillary Clinton's or President Obama's.This was the week everyone decided to hate on Rand Paul and by all appearances, he loved it.Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), who has been locked in a flame war of sorts with the Kentucky Republican, on Thursday again denounced Paul's suggestion earlier in the week that hawkish policies supported by the Republican Party helped create the Islamic State...." see full article


1148 days ago | salon
Rand Paul's civil rights fiasco: How Jon Stewart just unmasked him — and exposed libertarians' perverted view of freedom

"...In addition to serially changing positions on several key issue areas, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is a slippery operator when it comes to LGBT rights and marriage equality. Tuesday night, on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Paul spent an entire segment artfully dodging his actual position on same-sex marriage and discrimination, clearly because he's busily forming a coalition of true-believers on both the libertarian right and independent voters on the left.But if we listened carefully enough to what he said on the show, it was easy to see that his views are not only anti-gay, but they're also anti-minority as well.Indeed, his support for so-called religious freedom laws dovetails nicely with his opposition to key aspects of the Civil Rights Act, based upon his libertarian support for unregulated property rights. Mix his religious freedom position with his property rights position and, together, it's a cocktail of ongoing support for legal discrimination...." see full article


1149 days ago | vox
Rand Paul takes liberty with the truth in attack on Hillary Clinton's handling ... - Vox

"...The book's attack on Clinton is a bit sloppy for Paul, who, to his credit, has generally been smarter than many of his colleagues in trying to turn the outcome of the US intervention in Libya into an argument against Clinton's candidacy. There are plenty of reasons to challenge Clinton on Libya. Paul says the policy she promoted there has turned the country into a "jihadist's wonderland." And that's a credible line of attack. But Paul seems intent on suggesting Clinton had a much more direct role in security decisions than any investigation has shown. That's where his book falls short...." see full article


1151 days ago | americanthinker
Andrew McCarthy, Rand Paul both wrong on 4th Amendment - American Thinker (blog)

"...Senator Rand Paul claims the PATRIOT Act provision allowing government collection of metadata of Americans violates the Fourth Amendment protection of privacy. Over at National Review Online, Andrew McCarthy blasts Paul as laughably wrong when he insists the NSA program violates the Fourth Amendment. Actually, both of them are wrong. They rely on judicial interpretations that are inconsistent with the language, purpose, and history of the Fourth Amendment.The Fourth Amendment protects private property from government trespass. Senator Paul's argument is flawed by claiming that the Fourth protects privacy without reference to private property. The privacy doctrine is what allowed the Supreme Court to conclude that government may get private property from third parties, claiming that it has no reasonable expectation of privacy. ..." see full article


1152 days ago | feeds.washingtonpost
The Fix: Why Rand Paul's second filibuster fell flat

"...His second bite at the apple was less satisfying. Paul's 11-hour speech on Wednesday in objection to the Patriot Act didn't seem to have the same resonance. The first time around, Twitter (the company) trumpeted that more than a million tweets about the filibuster -- many tagged with the aspirational hashtag #standwithrand -- were sent that day. This time, data from the Twitter analytics tool Topsy suggests a much more humble response on the Internet's social comments system, perhaps as few as 100,000 tweets in total.A search at the news index Nexis shows that Paul was mentioned in 778 English-language news articles the day of and after his filibuster. This time around, so far, he's garnered 288 -- but the day is admittedly still young. (And with this one, it jumps to at least 289.)Paul's speech this week was not uninterrupted. Colleagues came to the floor to "ask him questions," filibuster code for "ramble for a while so the speaker can catch his breath." Several Democrats, including Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), jumped in to ask questions, making it a more bipartisan affair than the last time around. You can expect that point to be raised at some point during the campaign, "Paul worked across the aisle to etc. etc."..." see full article


1156 days ago | dallasnews
John Cornyn: Patriot Act has never been more important - Dallas Morning News
"...Many intelligence experts have said the Patriot Act makes the United States safer today than we were pre-9/11. By maintaining strong oversight of these and other government programs, we can have a win-win situation that protects both American lives and American liberties...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1157 days ago | thelibertarianrepublic
How the Media is Treating Rand Paul - The Libertarian Republic
"...One reality that pundits cannot deny is that Senator Paul matches up best of all Republicans against presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. In an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll from April, Paul trailed Clinton by only 3 points, far out-performing his Republican rivals. However, when the poll was shown on FOX News, Paul was featured at the bottom of the screen, as the candidates were in the order in which they finished in the Republican primary poll. While this could have been an honest mistake, the unspoken message seems to be one insinuating that Paul is not the major candidate that the other three are.Even if this can be attributed to a subtle error, the next poll, which was actually conducted by FOX News itself, cannot be given the same excuse. Taken in May, the poll tested various Republicans against Clinton. The Republicans who were tested were Bush, Mike Huckabee, Rubio, Cruz, Ben Carson, Walker, John Kasich and Carly Fiorina...." see full article


1157 days ago | feeds.washingtonpost
Yes, Sen. Rand Paul's latest filibuster is a filibuster

"...Here is how Paul's speech stands to affect Senate business should it continue past midnight: Paul is already keeping the managers of the trade legislation from processing amendments to that bill, which could affect whether the legislation gains the 60 votes tomorrow necessary to close debate and move toward final passage. If he keeps talking past midnight, he will delay McConnell from filing a cloture motion on legislation to address the impending Patriot Act lapse, pushing those votes into Saturday or beyond. And while the Senate was already on a trajectory toward some rare weekend work, given Democrats' pledges to draw out debate on the trade bill, Paul's maneuverings could guarantee it...." see full article


1157 days ago | salon
Rand Paul's Iraq problem: Jeb Bush & Marco Rubio have company in GOP's hall ... - Salon

"...Is there even a point to Rand Paul anymore? His appeal as a politician has long been his self-styled reputation as a different kind of Republican who would strategically deploy his libertarian alter ego and break with the GOP on a few select issue areas. ..." see full article


1158 days ago | desmoinesregister
Allow Patriot Act programs to expire - DesMoinesRegister.com
"...Each time a law within the massive Patriot Act is found to be illegal by a court or the illegal act is up for renewal, the police industry, intelligence community and counter-terrorism corporations stage incidents, issue press releases and use scare tactics to try to unduly frighten and pressure Congress and the American people into renewing an act and other laws, which are bad for the American people and our country...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1159 days ago | thehill
Patriot Act on life support - The Hill

"...The multiple programs would not necessarily stop on a dime. Investigations that have already begun under the law would likely be allowed to continue using the authorities until their conclusion. But after that, it would be over...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1160 days ago | thehill
Senate leader backed into a corner in Patriot Act battle - The Hill

"...But it's unclear whether a short-term extension could pass the Senate, let alone the House, where reform supporters are vowing to oppose any stopgap legislation...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1162 days ago | thedailybeast
Is Rand Paul Missing His Moment?

"...The problems may arise when it comes time for Paul to articulate what he would do in a leadership position, and not just what he wouldn't do, knowing what he knows now, in retrospect, etcetera. Paul is uniquely skilled at pointing out the flaws in others, but despite having spent close to a year attempting to clearly define his own foreign policy for his supporters, his vision for the country and its role in the world remains blurry...." see full article


1162 days ago | politico
PATRIOT Act spying programs on death watch - Politico

"...The prospects of a deal look grim: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday night proposed just a two-month extension of expiring PATRIOT Act provisions to give the two sides more time to negotiate, but even that was immediately dismissed by critics of the program...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1162 days ago | washingtontimes
NSA phone snooping rejected by House; Patriot Act rewrite approved - Washington Times
"...The rewrite bill, dubbed the USA Freedom Act, would still allow the government to demand companies turn over data on specific targets of terrorism investigations, but they would not be able to gather broad swaths of data. In an effort to head off legal trickery, the bill also prevents the intelligence community from justifying bulk collection under a different part of law other than the Patriot Act...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1163 days ago | reason
Government Terrorism Fearmongering Just as PATRIOT Act Comes Up for Reauthorization: Coincidence?
"...Finally, the threat of terrorism by homegrown jihadis is minimal. As Mother Jones pointed out in 2013, there have been only 17 people killed by Islamic terrorists in the U.S. since the September 11, 2001 atrocities. The number of gun homicides in the U.S. averages over 200 per week. Terrorism, even on the scale of 9/11, does not pose an existential threat to our country. However, the growth of turnkey totalitarianism does. Given the impending Section 215 expiration date, is it just a coincidence that national security state functionaries are ramping up terrorism warnings? I don't think so...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1165 days ago | thehill
Pass Freedom Act now

"... In the Federalist Papers, the founders argued passionately for a federal government that would protect the American people from foreign threats. At the same time, the founders struggled to create a structure to contain and control that government in order to protect the God-given rights of the American people. They carefully crafted the Constitution and Bill of Rights to accomplish these two different, yet complimentary, goals...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1165 days ago | azcentral
The war on terror isn't worth our privacy
"...The threat of terrorism remains as real as the hatred of extremists who mean us harm. Yet Americans' way of life the life terrorists want to destroy thrives on personal freedom and individual liberty. Our government can't forget that or the terrorists will win without detonating another bomb...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1165 days ago | thehill
Conspiracy theories, loss of faith and the Patriot Act

"...There is a reason why civil libertarians view metadata collection and domestic spying as a threat to their personal freedom, and it is not because they believe government is benignly protecting them from terrorists; it is because they understand that these techniques can lead to political oppression...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1165 days ago | slate
Flip the Patriot Acts Kill Switch

"...It monitored millions of Americans' Internet activities tracking, among other things, to whom they sent emails and who sent emails to them. It conducted thousands of secret searches of homes, offices, and other premises in the United States an astounding 6,471 such searches in 2013 alone the vast majority of them in cases having nothing to do with terrorism. A now-infamous slide disclosed by Edward Snowden is titled Collect It All, and this chilling slogan supplies an entirely fair characterization of what the government has been trying to do...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1165 days ago | feeds.washingtonpost
The Fix: Rand Paul is about to have a shining moment on the Patriot Act

"...Paul is at his best when looking like the last (only?) principled man in Washington, the guy willing to stand up for what's right no matter the political consequences. The Patriot Act debate provides a perfect opportunity for him to do just that -- and on an issue where there is more skepticism among the public than on the Obama administration's drone use, the subject of his last talkathon...." see full article


1165 days ago | nytimes
Rand Paul Tries to Stake Territory as Lone Candidate Who'd Guard Civil Liberties

"...The issue is one that animates him. And it could help put him back at the center of the debate over national security, a topic he has ceded lately to rivals who appear much more comfortable taking a hard line against hostile regimes like Iran. ..." see full article


1165 days ago | feeds.washingtonpost
The Fix: Rand Paul is pumped about a poll that has him tied with Donald Trump

"...Paul is probably excited because it's been a while since he's been at or near the top of the polls. And in general, we defend polls even when people say they are meaningless this far out, because you can generally glean at least something from them...." see full article


1166 days ago | thehill
Rand Paul threatens Patriot Act filibuster - The Hill

"...Paul has been behind notable filibusters in the past. He raised his profile in 2013 by filibustering the nomination of CIA Director John Brennan over America's drone program...." see full article


1166 days ago | reason
Jim Webb Looks at Rand Paul - Hit & Run : Reason.com
"...All of which reminds me, in a through-the-looking-glass way, of Rand Paul's mix of Tea Party economics, (diminishing) opposition to intervention abroad, and black outreach wrapped in pleas for criminal justice reform. There are obvious and substantial differences between Paul and Webb, but they stand out from the rest of their parties in similar ways...." see full article


1167 days ago | americanthinker
Levin: Rand Paul covering up Obamacare fraud - American Thinker (blog)

"...Rand Paul considers an investigation into fraud something to be avoided because it he says it would be "partisan cross-examination." What a lame answer! He's part of the coverup. There's no good reason for him to have opposed this, but there are plenty of bad ones...." see full article


1168 days ago | nytimes
First Draft | Rand Paul Shores Up 'Super PACs' and Ad Producers - New York Times

"...Mr. Paul has been going through growing pains as a declared presidential candidate. The senator, a national leader on addressing racial tensions and policing a year ago, found himself on the defensive in the last two weeks after an interview with the conservative radio host Laura Ingraham in which he chuckled about not getting off an Amtrak train in riots-ravaged Baltimore. He has accused the news media of taking him out of context...." see full article


1169 days ago | hotair
Rand Paul regrets speaking honestly about Baltimore violence - Hot Air
"...That said, Paul's comments about the nature of this spate of violence are perfectly well-founded. The Kentucky senator apparently offended sensibilities by noting that the unsupervised youths who took to the streets over the last week attacking civilians, mobbing police, and setting structures on fire lacked sufficient parental guidance. Only an empirically supported and unimpeachable comment like that could inspire such outrage...." see full article


1176 days ago | gawker
Rand Paul Vows to "Look Into" Insane Martial Law Conspiracy Theory - Gawker
"...Words that might assuage our underground tunnel/FEMA death camp fears if only they could be believed. Because if Rand Paul's willing to cover up the truth about trains, god only knows how deep the rabbit hole goes...." see full article


1176 days ago | politico
How Rand Paul blew it on Baltimore - Politico

"...The senator's breezy response came just before he blamed the violent uprising there on the breakdown of the family structure, the lack of fathers, the lack of sort of a moral code in our society. He also expressed his sympathy for the plight of police, all without speaking to the circumstances surrounding the troubling death of Freddie Gray in the custody of Baltimore Police.His camp now acknowledges the lost chance...." see full article


1177 days ago | gizmodo
Noted Dumbass Rand Paul Wants to Kill Net Neutrality - Gizmodo

"...Long story short: Rand Paul wants to ruin the internet by repealing the new and widely loved net neutrality rules from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Ruin the internet is a strong phrase, but it's exactly what many very smart internet experts say will happen if strong net neutrality rules aren't implemented...." see full article


1177 days ago | theweek
Rand Paul is right — toppling Saddam hurt America - The Week Magazine
"...What Paul said about Iraq takes guts. There are surely plenty of Republicans across the country who privately agree with him. But there are many more and not just Bush-era neocons who will never cop to this publicly...." see full article


1178 days ago | motherjones
Rand Paul Blames the Baltimore Riots on Absentee Fathers - Mother Jones

"...During the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, he called for demilitarizing police forces. Yet his response to the riots in Baltimore show that he has a long way to go...." see full article


1179 days ago | nytimes
First Draft | Rand Paul Calls Hussein's Ouster a 'Mistake,' and Qaddafi's a ... - New York Times

"...But the message he imparted did not entirely bolster his case and was particularly curious given the audience he had chosen: Mr. Paul said flatly that it had been a mistake for the United States to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq. And he suggested that the situation in Libya had deteriorated because of the overthrow of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi...." see full article


1179 days ago | buzzfeed
Rand Paul Missed Multiple Committee Hearings On Ebola - BuzzFeed News
"...Republican Senator Rand Paul was extremely critical of the Centers for Disease Control and the Obama administration's response to the Ebola outbreak throughout the fall of 2014, but a BuzzFeed News review of Paul's committee attendance shows he missed all three Ebola-related hearings held by committees of which he is a member...." see full article


1180 days ago | cavalierdaily
​DOYLE: Rand Paul's whirlwind of dangerous ideas - University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily
"...However, people should not overlook Paul's more radical and dangerous ideas. Rand Paul might be a transformative figure but his views on vaccines, economics and education make him a terrible candidate for leader of our country...." see full article


1180 days ago | insidebitcoins
Rand Paul Vouches for Bitcoin at NY Fundraiser Event - Inside Bitcoins
"...Continuing in his father's footsteps, Kentucky Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul is well known for his unorthodox views and willingness to lead on controversial issues. Some of these issuesinclude auditing the Federal Reserve, repealing mandatory minimums, legalizing hemp, and the decriminalization of medical marijuana. Now, he is leading the way on cryptocurrency advocacy...." see full article


1181 days ago | cincinnati
Rand Paul told to ditch the Ray-Bans - Cincinnati.com
"...He then quietly started shifting his posture. In fact, exactly one year ago yesterday, Rand Paul said on Fox News that he's comfortable with the executive branch having the authority to use drones on Americans over U.S. soil if an administration perceives an imminent threat. The senator even went so far as to say, If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and 50 dollars in cash, I don't care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him. ..." see full article


1183 days ago | msnbc
Rand Paul's past continues to haunt him - MSNBC

"...hether Rand Paul likes it or not, presidential candidates don't have the luxury of declaring much of their adult lives off-limits to scrutiny. So long as he's being quoted accurately, his public remarks on major issues of the day matter and deserve consideration as he seeks the nation's highest office...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1191 days ago | nytimes
The Best Reason to Take Rand Paul Seriously Has Nothing to Do With His Politics - New York Times

"...give him potential appeal with young, minority and libertarian-leaning voters, they also make him an outlier in the field of declared or likely Republican contenders...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1196 days ago | cnn
Rand Paul hits bumps in first week of campaign - CNN

"...he's faced the dual headwinds of negative ads highlighting conservative criticism over his foreign policy views as well as charges of sexism for his combative reactions in high-profile interviews...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1197 days ago | theatlantic
Rand Paul, Media Darling - The Atlantic

"...he benefits from a perception that his views are new, different, interesting, and potentially even appealing across party lines...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1197 days ago | realclearpolitics
Rand Paul's Grand Deception

"...Paul is deceptive, because he can't talk frankly about his breathtakingly ambitious ideology, which is fundamentally unsuited to the strategic and moral challenges of our time. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1197 days ago | dailycaller
Why Rand Paul Will Win - Daily Caller
"...Congratulations, Rand Paul. You are one step closer to the White House...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1198 days ago | realclearpolitics
Rand Paul Helps the Republican Party

"...His take on issues could make independents and Democrats take a second look at a party where they have not felt welcome...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1198 days ago | nytimes
Can Rand Paul Win With His Principles?

"...To do so on a national stage would require a character transplant either for himself, or for the Republican Party's primary-season voters...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1199 days ago | cnn
Why Rand Paul is wrong for America - CNN

"...But those of us listening today who he is hoping to include, heard nothing more than hype. I'm not buying it...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1199 days ago | cnn
Has Rand Paul missed his moment? - CNN

"...But for Paul, who formally announced his presidential campaign Tuesday, that balancing act may not be enough to build a coalition that can carry him to the White House..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1199 days ago | washingtonpost
Rand Paul's problem with female interviewers just cropped up again - Washington Post (blog)

"...The perception of Paul as not only resistant to tough questions but mocking and dismissive of them is not a good one. At all. Paul needs to understand that the political campaign he has just embarked on is a very different thing than his 2010 Senate campaign in Kentucky...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1199 days ago | nytimes
Can Rand Paul Win With His Principles? - New York Times

"...Mr. Paul pulled off a huge upset in his 2010 campaign for Senate but in the confines of Kentucky. To do so on a national stage would require a character transplant either for himself, or for the Republican Party's primary-season voters...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1199 days ago | bloomberg
Rand Paul May Have a Stature Problem: He's Michael Dukakis Short - Bloomberg
"...Americans tend to like their leading men tall. Rand Paul, who formally announced the start of his presidential campaign on Tuesday, may have a stature problem on that front...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1199 days ago | politico
The Divisive Candidacy of Rand Paul

"...finds evidence that Rand is losing his father's base in the key primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire and not making enough headway in the Republican mainstream to cover that loss. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1199 days ago | thedailybeast
Rand Paul Rages Against D.C. Machine (That Created Him) - Daily Beast

"...If Day One is any indication, the only thing different about this campaign is its complete lack of self-awareness...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1199 days ago | thedailybeast
Welcome to the Rand Paul Show - Daily Beast

"...It was an impressive start. But can they keep it up?..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1199 days ago | thedailybeast
Can Libertarian-Leaning Rand Paul Really Win the GOP Nomination?

"...But there's growing evidence that Paul can broaden the Republican base and appeal to the broad center of the electorate...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1200 days ago | thinkprogress
Rand Paul's Home State Relies On Government Programs He's Vowed To ... - ThinkProgress
"...Nevertheless, Paul has dismissed concerns over poverty, asserting that the rich are getting richer, but the poor are getting richer even faster. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1200 days ago | nbcnews
Why Rand Paul Probably Can't Win Republican Nomination

"...The Kentucky senator faces very long odds of becoming the GOP presidential nominee, mainly because he has taken foreign policy stances opposed by many powerful figures in the Republican Party...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1200 days ago | nytimes
Rand Paul Taking an Untested Route to the Republican Nomination

"...Many Republicans doubt his strategy can succeed. He would have to alter voting preferences that have been ingrained for generations and overcome resistance from foreign-policy hawks within his party who are already criticizing his worldview as dangerously misguided...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1200 days ago | nytimes
Road to 2016: Rand Paul's Challenge: Libertarians Are Still a Small Minority

"...Perhaps in a decade or two, a representative of the libertarian wing of the party will have an easy time winning the nomination. It's just unlikely to happen in 2016...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1200 days ago | thinkprogress
"Rand Paul Would Be The Worst President On Civil Rights Since The 1800s" - ThinkProgress
"...Paul continued to espouse the same opposition to civil rights laws that he expressed as an undergraduate until months before his election to the Senate...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1200 days ago | newyorker
Rand Paul Joins Crowded Field of People Who Will Never Be President - The New Yorker (satire)

"...Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has joined a crowded field of people who will never be elected President in their lifetimes...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1200 days ago | thehill
Dick Morris: Rand Paul can't win

"...So he is well equipped to make the second round. But, once there, he cannot win...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1200 days ago | slate
Rand Paul Will Not Be the GOP Nominee - Slate

"...Republicans aren't nearly as libertarian as his supporters wish they were...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1200 days ago | nationaljournal
Why Rand Paul Can't Win the Republican Nomination ...
"...His heterodox views on foreign policy are badly out of step with an increasingly hawkish party...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1202 days ago | feeds.washingtonpost
Rand Paul's delicate balancing act

"...Paul is a candidate who has turned fuzzy, having trimmed his positions and rhetoric so much that it's unclear what kind of Republican he will present himself as when he takes the stage...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1202 days ago | theweek
Rand Paul is the 2016 candidate Republicans need. Too bad they ...
"...But this is the only prediction I'm comfortable making: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who is announcing his candidacy in Louisville today, won't be America's next president...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1202 days ago | cnbc
Why Rand Paul Probably Can't Win Republican Nomination
"...Paul's unorthodox and at times courageous approach has done little to help his presidential prospects...." see full article or see all articles on this topic



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