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March 7, 2013 | By Morgan Little
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) delivered a nearly 13-hour filibuster Wednesday of John Brennan 's nomination to lead the CIA . Paul used his time on the floor to question the legality of the White House 's policies on drone use, beginning at 11:47 a.m. EST and ending at 12:39 a.m. EST Thursday. Below is the transcript of Paul's remarks, as his office released them, hour by hour. Hour 1: I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan's nomination for the CIA I will speak until I can no longer speak.
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March 26, 2014 | By Jean Merl
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday endorsed attorney Igor Birman, one of three Republican challengers hoping to take on the freshman Democratic congressman representing a Sacramento-area district. Paul's endorsement should help Birman's efforts to portray himself as the most conservative of the GOP challengers to Rep. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove). And it brings  more national attention to the race because Paul is being discussed as a likely presidential contender in 2016. Several Birman supporters, wearing T-shirts touting their candidate, attended a Paul speech last week in Berkeley.
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November 6, 2013 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul shifted his tone from apology to condemnation Wednesday as he continued to face fallout from alleged plagiarism in numerous speeches and articles. Last week, the Kentucky Republican chalked up accusations that he had improperly lifted passages from Wikipedia to a misunderstanding about attribution practices and the malicious intent of “haters.” But as more suspiciously similar passages emerged, including one in a September Washington Times column that prompted the paper to suspend Paul's weekly contributions, Paul has been forced to go on the offensive.
NATIONAL
March 19, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
BERKELEY - Sen. Rand Paul, a leading critic of the government's domestic spying program, came to the birthplace of the free-speech movement Wednesday to deliver a searing indictment of the intelligence community and call for a sweeping congressional investigation of its activities. Addressing a mostly student audience just off the UC Berkeley campus, the Kentucky Republican suggested the nation's surveillance agencies - "drunk with power" - were running roughshod over the Constitution by prying into the most intimate details of people's lives.
NEWS
June 28, 2012 | By Sandra Hernandez
TheU.S. Supreme Court's decision Thursday to uphold all but one part of the 2010 healthcare law produced some strong reactions. Supporters declared victory and opponents vowed to keep fighting. That much was to be expected. But Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul's rant against the high court's ruling was a surprise of sorts. The physician-turned-elected-official appeared to suggest that the court needs a legal lesson or two. “Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be 'constitutional' does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional,” Paul said in a statement.
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September 7, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey
Sen. Rand Paul is calling for a vote of no confidence in Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner. The "tea party" champion on Wednesday introduced a resolution declaring that Congress and the American people have lost confidence in Geithner. Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, cited the Treasury secretary's handling of the economy, the rising national debt and the Standard & Poor's downgrade of the nation's credit rating. Paul's resolution is an unusual and largely symbolic move.
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March 8, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
OXON HILL, Md.--For the second year in a row, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky won the presidential straw poll at the annual gathering of conservatives known as CPAC -- this year leading his closest rival by 20 points. The results were announced Saturday night as 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin closed out the Conservative Political Action Conference by arguing that an American "awakening" had begun due to the botched rollout of the President's healthcare law and what she called his "dopey wobbling on the world stage.
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May 13, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Sen. Rand Paul, who Friday said that President Obama's views on gay marriage “couldn't get any gayer,” was sharply rebuked by an influential evangelical leader Sunday. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, appearing on CBS' “Face the Nation” strongly disagreed with the Kentucky senator's choice of words. “I don't think this is something we should joke about,” Perkins said. “We are talking about individuals who feel very strongly one way or the other, and I think we should be civil, respectful, allowing all sides to have the debate....
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February 12, 2013 | By Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON - In the tea party rebuke to President Obama's vision of the state of the union - and some in his own party - Republican Sen. Rand Paul laid out a deeply conservative alternative that includes cutting corporate taxes in half and slashing trillions in federal spending. Paul, the freshman from Kentucky contemplating his own run for president, staked out some sharp differences from the president, including on the spending cuts due to begin March 1. In his speech, Obama called these so-called sequester cuts a “really bad idea” that will slow the economic recovery and devastate social programs.
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March 19, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Sen. Rand Paul is calling for conservatives to embrace the cause of immigration reform, outlining a proposal that would grant some form of legal status to the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants after the federal government has certified that the border is secure. Paul's proposal, outlined in a speech to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington on Tuesday, carefully avoided the term citizenship. Instead, the Kentucky senator said he sought a middle ground that would include a multi-year process of granting visas to undocumented workers that would hinge on the annual verification of the security of the U.S.-Mexico border.
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March 10, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
It came as no surprise to anyone who had been paying attention that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul won the presidential straw poll at last weekend's annual Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington, D.C. The CPAC crowd is dominated by younger male conservatives, the constituency who flocked to the doomed presidential campaign of Paul's father, now-retired Texas Rep. Ron Paul. But the speech that Paul gave on the afternoon of second day should really be heard by all Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike.
NEWS
March 8, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
OXON HILL, Md.--For the second year in a row, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky won the presidential straw poll at the annual gathering of conservatives known as CPAC -- this year leading his closest rival by 20 points. The results were announced Saturday night as 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin closed out the Conservative Political Action Conference by arguing that an American "awakening" had begun due to the botched rollout of the President's healthcare law and what she called his "dopey wobbling on the world stage.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Maeve Reston and Daniel Rothberg
OXON HILL, Md. -  For many of the 2016 presidential contenders who tested their messages at the Conservative Political Action Conference this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin's incursion into Ukraine offered the perfect opening to pound President Obama's approach to foreign policy as weak and feckless - a sign of dimming U.S. influence around the world. But Rand Paul, whose non-interventionist foreign policy views have often been out of step with his rivals, did not mention Russia at all. And yet he blew the doors off Friday, drawing the most excited response of any potential contender as he blistered the Obama administration for its expansive surveillance of Americans and accused the president of trampling on civil liberties.
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March 3, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
WASHINGTON - House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan is taking aim at the nation's poverty programs, unveiling an ambitious report Monday that will underpin Republican budget priorities this election year. The former Republican vice presidential nominee is long on criticism of the nearly $800 billion in government spending on more than 90 different poverty programs in 2012 that provided food, housing, education and other assistance for low-income Americans. But the report is short on policy prescriptions, which are coming later from the budget chairman.
NATIONAL
January 28, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Republicans took multiple tries to deliver their reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night. In addition to the officially sanctioned Republican Party response by Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and a Spanish-language version by Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Tea Party Express faction continued its practice of delivering a separate speech, this year by Sen. Mike Lee of Utah. And Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who had delivered the Tea Party Express response last year, staked out his own turf this year with a YouTube address.
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January 15, 2014 | By Morgan Little, This post has been updated. See below for details.
WASHINGTON -- Supporters stand with him on Twitter, rally for him on Facebook and Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) expanded his social media presence to Snapchat, becoming the first U.S. politician to use the app in a political context. Announced Wednesday morning on the senator's Facebook page , Paul promised “daily updates and behind-the-scenes footage,” with his first message arriving in the middle of the day. In a brief video, Paul thanked users for following him, promising there's more to come from his account “senatorrandpaul.” Each Snapchat video or photo message is shared solely with individuals specified by the sending party, and all messages are automatically deleted within 1 to 10 seconds, though Mashable was able to snag a screenshot of Paul's first message.
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January 23, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
Sen. Rand Paul was blocked from boarding a flight at the Nashville airport Monday morning after refusing to consent to a body pat down at a security checkpoint, according to a Transportation Security Administration official and the senator's office. The senator, a tea party favorite who has been critical of the TSA, was passing through security when he triggered a routine alarm and then refused a pat down by TSA screeners. “When an irregularity is found during the TSA screening process, it must be resolved prior to allowing a passenger to proceed to the secure area of the airport,” TSA spokesman Greg Soule said in a statement.
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February 8, 2013 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 10 - 16, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SATURDAY Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC McLaughlin Group 6:30 p.m. KCET SUNDAY The Chris Matthews Show State of the Union address; defense cuts; drones: Joe Klein; David Ignatius; Elisabeth Bumiller; Gloria Borger (N) 5:30 a.m. KNBC Today Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. (N) 6 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N)
NEWS
December 17, 2013 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON - They're not perfect measures of public interest, but the year-end roundups released by tech giants Google , Twitter and Facebook do provide some insight into the online political curiosity of the nation. Of the year's political events, none captured the nation's attention quite like the government shutdown. Only the Super Bowl was talked about more than the 16-day closure of the federal government on Facebook. And on Google, it was the sixth-highest trending search topic and the second-highest trending event after the Boston Marathon bombing.
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
The senator from Kentucky had an important question for Republicans in Michigan. “How are you supposed to make child support payments if you've been in prison, and the best job you can get is $9 an hour?” Sen. Rand Paul asked, wearing a suit and tie at the opening of a new GOP office on Livernois Avenue in Detroit. Child support, prison and the war on drugs are not usual topics for the GOP senator, who had previously gained media attention for launching a filibuster against President Obama'a nominee to head the CIA  because Paul questioned the administration's use of drones.
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