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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
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
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
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
(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 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,” [...]
“Intervention created this chaos.”
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.
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
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
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 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
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
"We will be sending arms into chaos”
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.
“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. […]
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
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
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 ?