Rand Paul

Rand Paul busy plotting 2016 Presidential bid

Rand Paul busy plotting 2016 Presidential bid

Republican Sen. Rand Paul opened his presidential exploration tour Friday with a splashy set of speaking engagements in Iowa designed to broaden his tea party brand into something more mainstream and, perhaps, viable. The son of former Texas Rep. Ron Paul was the headliner at a marquee Republican dinner and was expected to meet with […]

Boston bombing aftermath sidetracks immigration bill debate

Congressional advocates of comprehensive U.S. immigration legislation were diverted into a sometimes testy debate on Monday over whether the measure should be delayed because of questions arising from the Boston Marathon bombing allegedly carried out by two immigrant brothers. The idea of holding up the legislation gained some ground with the support of U.S. Senator […]

Domestic use of drones raises privacy questions

Domestic use of drones raises privacy questions

It’s a good bet that in the not-so-distant future aerial drones will be part of Americans‘ everyday lives, performing countless useful functions. A far cry from the killing machines whose missiles incinerate terrorists, these generally small, unmanned aircraft will help farmers more precisely apply water and pesticides to crops, saving money and reducing environmental impacts. […]

Senate, including five Republicans, say ‘nada’ to Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposed budget

Senate, including five Republicans, say ‘nada’ to Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposed budget

Five Republicans joined all the Democrats in the Senate to overwhelmingly rejecte a balanced budget plan offered as a symbolic but hopeless cause by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. The measure, which failed on a 40-59 vote. The most prominent tea partyers in the Senate — Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas […]

Rand Paul endorses plan for illegal immigrants to attain citizenship

Rand Paul endorses plan for illegal immigrants to attain citizenship

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is endorsing a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants, a significant move for a favorite of tea party Republicans who are sometimes hostile to such an approach. In a speech to be delivered Tuesday morning to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the potential 2016 […]

Republicans: A party where failure is the only option

Republicans: A party where failure is the only option

After failing, once again, to capture the Presidency last fall, a number of Republicans sat down and wondered aloud what — if anything — could be done to reverse the party’s failed fortunes in the future. That gathering was followed by a series of meetings among party leaders, elected officials and consultants to find an […]

Rand Paul wins the latest meaningless CPAC straw poll for President

Rand Paul wins the latest meaningless CPAC straw poll for President

Right-wingers at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference found a new lost cause to support Saturday, backing Kentucky Senantor Rand Paul in a straw poll for President. Paul rises to the mantle of his father, former Texas Congressman Ron Paul, a frequent winner of the CPAC straw poll, who ran for President three times but […]

Air Force now hiding data on drone strikes

Air Force now hiding data on drone strikes

With debate intensifying in the United States over the use of drone aircraft, the U.S. military said on Sunday that it had removed data about air strikes carried out by unmanned planes in Afghanistan from its monthly air power summaries. U.S. Central Command, which oversees the Afghanistan war, said in a statement the data had […]

Rand Paul ends filibuster against CIA director nominee

Rand Paul ends filibuster against CIA director nominee

A tea party senator from Kentucky used an old-style filibuster lasting nearly 13 hours to block Senate confirmation of John Brennan‘s nomination to be CIA director. Sen. Rand Paul ended his filibuster shortly after midnight, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, also a Kentucky Republican, said he would continue to oppose Brennan’s confirmation and try […]