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Capital Journal Daybreak: U.S. Tracks Al Qaeda Plots | Senate Passes Bill to Arm Syrian Rebels | Rand Paul Adjusts Foreign-Policy Stance

The Journal's morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more.

Senator Rand Paul to Headline State GOP's Weekend Confab In L.A.

Beginning today, upwards of a thousand Republican leaders and activists from California’s 58 counties will converge on the Marriott Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport for the biannual convention of the California Republican Party. Show More Summary

Senate votes 78-22 for Obama's anti-ISIS plan.

Among the "no" votes: Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Elizabeth Warren.From earlier in the day, Jeremy W. Peters in the NYT: "ISIS Vote Weighs Heavily on Senators With 2016 Ambitions."In a speech before the vote on Thursday, Mr. Paul triedShow More Summary

Rand Paul Falls for 'McCain Meets ISIS' Hoax

In an interview with The Daily Beast on Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul discussed the war against ISIS -- and in doing so, repeated a thoroughly debunked rumor about John McCain palling around with the Islamic extremist group. Needless to say, a certain famously hot-tempered five-term senator and former presidential candidate was not at all amused. Show More Summary

Rand Paul: Obama Starting An Unconstitutional War 'Not An Unusual Thing For Him'

Speaking at the Liberty Political Action Conference in Alexandria, Va, Thursday night, Senator Rand Paul had scathing words for President Obama's "unconstitutional war" effort against ISIS. "So we just finished celebrating Constitution Week," he said. Show More Summary

Rand Paul and the Foreign Policy Delusions of Libertarianism

(John Hinderaker) Rand Paul spoke today on the Senate floor, opposing the administration’s proposal to arm and train moderate Syrian elements. In recent months, Paul has tried to position himself in the mainstream on foreign policy, and has objected bitterly to being called an isolationist. Show More Summary

Rand Paul Rails Against Arming Rebels

Rand Paul becomes the sanest person in the room. “When there were Republicans in office, there were loud voices on the other side,” he continued. “I see an empty chamber. There will be no voices against war because this is a Democrat president’s war.” “The hypocrisy of that should resound in this nearly empty chamber,” [...]

Rand Paul Delivers Fiery Speech Denouncing Democratic ‘Hypocrisy’ on ISIS War

16 hours agoNews : Mediaite

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) took to the floor of the Senate Thursday to emphatically make his case in opposition to the U.S. war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. In the process, he accused Democrats of “hypocrisy” for taking a loud anti-war stance under President George W. Bush but supporting war under President Barack Obama.

Rand Paul on Arming Syrian Rebels: 'No One Knows Where All These Arms Are Going To Wind Up'

In a 47 minute speech on the Senate floor, Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blasted fellow senators for attaching the vote on arming Syrian rebels onto a spending bill, rather than a free-standing bill, accusing them of shirking their constitutional duty. Show More Summary

Rand Paul Lectures Against Arming Syria, Clapper Insisting He Didn’t Lie About Surveillance, Border Patrol Tests Body Cameras: P.M. Links

17 hours agoNews : Reason

Sen. Rand Paul gave a huge speech on the Senate floor opposing the arming of Syrian rebels, calling it a mistake that will destabilize the region even further. His warnings may be falling on deaf ears. Director of Intelligence JamesShow More Summary

Rand Paul Just Delivered A Major Foreign Policy Speech — And Critics Say He Made His ISIS Position Even More Confusing

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) took to the Senate floor Thursday to blast the Obama administration's request to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels, while simultaneously saying he was supportive of confronting the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL). Show More Summary

Sen Rand Paul: 'Chaos Breeds Terrorism' in the Middle East

Sen. Rand Paul delivered these Senate remarks on the growing threat of the Islamic State in the Middle East If there is one theme that connects the dots in the Middle East, it is that chaos breeds terrorism. What much of the foreign policy elite fails to grasp is that intervention to topple secular dictators has been the prime source of that chaos. Show More Summary

Rand Paul: Hawks Intervention Emboldening ISIS

Thursday on the Senate floor Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) gave an emotional speech on the folly of arming "feckless rebels" who are really a "pit stop" to arming ISIS. Paul said, "Intervention when both choices are bad is a mistake. Intervention when both sides are evil is a mistake. Show More Summary

Isolationists vs. Interventionists: The Latest GOP Split

In attacking Hillary Clinton on foreign policy, Republican Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio are doing a pretty good job of underscoring their own differences on isolation versus interventionism.

Four Pinocchios for Rand Paul’s claim that McCain met with the Islamic State

  “Here’s the problem. He [Sen. John McCain] did meet with ISIS, and had his picture taken, and didn’t know it was happening at the time.” –Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), in an interview with The Daily Beast, Sept. 16, 2014 Just because it’s on the Internet, it doesn’t mean it’s true. Yet here’s a U.S. […]

Rand Paul, Chuck Grassley shine a light on the nonprofit climate change group NEON

Two senators are investigating whether the National Science Foundation and Defense Department auditors skirted federal laws by signing off on a nonprofit organization’s use of taxpayer money for “unallowable expenses,” including alcohol, lobbying and extravagant parties. Show More Summary

Rand Paul: Obama Sounds Like ‘There Is No Rule of Law’

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) slammed President Obama for not seeking Congressional authorization to take military action against ISIS, and argued that the president’s declaration that he must act unilaterally “sounds really like something...Show More Summary

Rand Paul Blasts Vote to Arm Syrian Rebels: “I’m Not For Arming Radical Jihadists in Syria” (Video)

Since July, the Obama-backed Free Syrian Army, Al Nusra Front, and ISIS have paired together in order to fight the Syrian Assad regime. According to one Free Syrian Army commander, the combining of forces with ISIS was needed in order … Continue reading ?

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