March 8, 2014 |
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.
March 7, 2014 |
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.
March 3, 2014 |
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.
January 28, 2014 |
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.
January 15, 2014 |
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.
December 17, 2013 |
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.