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By Jonah Goldberg | July 22, 2013
Rand Paul is the most interesting contender for the Republican nomination. And when I say interesting, I mean that in the broadest sense. A case in point: The Kentucky senator recently hit some turbulence when the Washington Free Beacon reported that Jack Hunter, Mr. Paul's aide and the coauthor of his book, "The Tea Party Goes to Washington," was once the Southern Avenger. Who's that? Starting in the 1990s, as a radio shock jock, Mr. Hunter would wear a wrestling mask made from a Confederate flag, while making jokes about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and having the South re-secede.
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Jules Witcover | August 1, 2014
 For more than 60 years with hardly a break, the Republican Partyhas chosen as its standard-bearer someone who has been able to claim it's his turn. Not since military hero Dwight D. Eisenhower defeated Sen. Robert A. Taft of Ohio, whose supporters so contended in 1952, has a conspicuous outsider run away with the prize. Patience nearly always has been rewarded for party stalwarts, whether it was Richard Nixon in 1960, Barry Goldwater in 1964, Nixon again in 1968, Gerald Ford in 1976, Ronald Reagan in 1980, the senior George Bush in 1988, Bob Dole in 1996, the junior George Bushin 2000, John McCain in 2008 or Mitt Romney in 2012.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Maryland Republicns will get a fundraising boost from Sen. Rand Paul tonight. Paul -- a Kentucky Republican often touted as a potential presidential candidate -- will speak to supporters at a fundraiser in Silver Spring. Individual tickets begin at $40 and sponsor-level tickets run as high as $2,000. Paul appeared earlier this year in Linthicum for a fundraiser organized by the Maryland Liberty Political Action Committee. "If we want to win again, if we want to be a bigger party, we have to go to different people with a message of hope and optimism," he said at the time.
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By David Horsey | July 22, 2014
I know it's disturbingly early to get into this, but here is my out-of-nowhere prediction for the 2016 presidential race: Hillary Clinton vs. Rand Paul. Ms. Clinton is an easy pick. She was on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart on Tuesday night looking relaxed, engaged and quick-witted. Mr. Stewart spent most of the time trying to box her into admitting she is running for president. Ms. Clinton made no announcement, of course, but she gave not a single signal that would suggest she will not be a candidate.
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By Luke Broadwater | June 23, 2011
One of our country's most ridiculous initiatives is the system of random pat-downs employed by TSA workers at airports.  They almost inevitably produce nonsensical results, such as 6-year-old girls getting frisked, while suspects on the federal government's terrorist watch list board the plane freely.  U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) yesterday grilled Transportation Security Administration Chief John Pistole over the absurdity of this pat-down system, calling Pistole and his policies "clueless.
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By Matthew Hay Brown | June 13, 2013
Sen. Rand Paul is recruiting plaintiffs - and seeking donations - for a class-action lawsuit against the National Security Agency. “Dear Patriot,” the Kentucky Republican wrote Thursday in an e-mail to supporters. “I'm looking for ten million Americans to stand with me and sue the federal government and TAKE BACK our rights. “Can I count on your help? “Without it, I truly fear where our fragile Republic could be headed …” Paul, who is expected to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, told a Fox News interviewer this week that he would be asking Internet providers and telephone companies to join him in a lawsuit against the electronic eavesdropping agency based at Fort Meade.
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By Luke Broadwater | June 8, 2011
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) earned a lot of respect from civil libertarians several weeks ago when he emerged as this country's foremost Fourth Amendment advocate. Rand tried single-handedly to stop some of the more authoritarian aspects of the Patriot Act from being renewed. His libertarian bona fides couldn't have been stronger. But then Paul went and made some strange comments last week on Sean Hannity's radio show in which he said people who attend -- and merely listen to -- radical speeches advocating the violent overthrow of the U.S. government should be arrested or deported.  "I’m not for profiling people on the color of their skin, or on their religion, but I would take into account where they’ve been traveling and perhaps, you might have to indirectly take into account whether or not they’ve been going to radical political speeches by religious leaders.
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By David Horsey | July 22, 2014
I know it's disturbingly early to get into this, but here is my out-of-nowhere prediction for the 2016 presidential race: Hillary Clinton vs. Rand Paul. Ms. Clinton is an easy pick. She was on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart on Tuesday night looking relaxed, engaged and quick-witted. Mr. Stewart spent most of the time trying to box her into admitting she is running for president. Ms. Clinton made no announcement, of course, but she gave not a single signal that would suggest she will not be a candidate.
NEWS
November 15, 2011
Regarding "Pollution bill defeated" (Nov. 11) the defeat of this brazen, immoral, un-Christian, unconscionable attempt by tea party Sen. Rand Paul, M.D., to block EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule of July 2011 deserved greater emphasis than a tiny article on Page 15. This rule attempts to slash coal-fired power plant air pollution that blows downwind to other states and causes aggravated asthma attacks in children and adults, premature deaths, heart...
NEWS
March 19, 2014
I recently emailed Sen. Rand Paul to voice my opposition to his castigation of the U.S. intelligence community, and the National Security Agency in particular. I think his criticism of the agency could have a deleterious effect on the tens of thousands of dedicated patriots who work so very hard every day to protect the U.S. and defend its principles. I also stated that he likely would not get my vote, and I was eager to see whether he or his staff would even respond. Well, within a few days I received a response - not a specific response to my email, but an electronic copy of his newsletter.
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By Jules Witcover | July 18, 2014
 President Obama's yearning to become a peacetime president continues to be frustrated by the reality on the ground in the Middle East, and by Republicans' zeal to capitalize on it politically at home. The disintegration of Iraq, the emergence of a new extremist "Islamic State," a deepening of the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate and more Russian mischief in Ukraine all have combined to challenge the Obama Doctrine of selective use of power in foreign policy. As the Middle East crumbles, the GOP'swould-be 2016 presidential hopefuls have commenced kibitzing.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Maryland Republicns will get a fundraising boost from Sen. Rand Paul tonight. Paul -- a Kentucky Republican often touted as a potential presidential candidate -- will speak to supporters at a fundraiser in Silver Spring. Individual tickets begin at $40 and sponsor-level tickets run as high as $2,000. Paul appeared earlier this year in Linthicum for a fundraiser organized by the Maryland Liberty Political Action Committee. "If we want to win again, if we want to be a bigger party, we have to go to different people with a message of hope and optimism," he said at the time.
NEWS
March 19, 2014
I recently emailed Sen. Rand Paul to voice my opposition to his castigation of the U.S. intelligence community, and the National Security Agency in particular. I think his criticism of the agency could have a deleterious effect on the tens of thousands of dedicated patriots who work so very hard every day to protect the U.S. and defend its principles. I also stated that he likely would not get my vote, and I was eager to see whether he or his staff would even respond. Well, within a few days I received a response - not a specific response to my email, but an electronic copy of his newsletter.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
With signs in the hall saying “Carson 2016” and “Run Ben, Run,” Dr. Ben Carson doubled down on some of his most controversial statements in a speech Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. And he fired up the partisan audience with talk of "the media," "the left" and "PC police" trying to "shut" him up. Going on the attack early over what he labeled "political correctness" attacks on him, Carson drew cheers from the crowd when he said, “I hate PC, and I will continue to defy the PC police who have tried in many cases to shut me up.” Referring to a statement he made comparing same sex marriage to bestiality, Carson said, “I still believe marriage is between a man and woman.” The statement to which he referred Saturday was made in March on Fox News where Carson is now employed.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
An organization aiming to "build the statewide liberty movement" in Maryland will host Sen. Rand Paul -- a Kentucky Republican often touted as a potential presidential candidate -- for a fundraiser next month. The Maryland Liberty PAC, run by a conservative advocate with ties to the senator's father -- former Republican congressman Ron Paul of Texas -- will host the Kentuckian in Linthicum Heights on March 26. Ticket prices run from $30 to $5,000. The group is run by Patrick McGrady, an occasional candidate for office in Maryland and a member of the Campaign for Liberty, a conservative group founded by Ron Paul that focuses on fiscal issues.
NEWS
November 14, 2013
The Sun and other media outlets around the nation have recently covered claims of plagiarism by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul ("Don't copy, don't tell lies," Nov. 8). While the senator has conceded to prolific plagiarism, at least by some on his staff, the real reason for concern is less with the originality of words the senator claimed as his own than about the ideas expressed. Commenting on the Supreme Court's decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, Senator Paul said, "Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be 'constitutional' does not make it so. " I am not sure how the senator defines "a couple," but in the Supreme Court decision he refers to a majority of five justices voted to uphold the health care law enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | May 24, 2011
In a move that should be getting more notice this week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has thrown down the gauntlet over the renewal of the Patriot Act, provisions of which would expire Friday if not extended.  Paul has offered several "controversial" amendments to the bill, and could single-handedly cause the Patriot Act to lapse for a day, The Hill reported today .  What are these so-called "controversial" changes to the post-9/11 act...
NEWS
Jules Witcover | August 1, 2014
 For more than 60 years with hardly a break, the Republican Partyhas chosen as its standard-bearer someone who has been able to claim it's his turn. Not since military hero Dwight D. Eisenhower defeated Sen. Robert A. Taft of Ohio, whose supporters so contended in 1952, has a conspicuous outsider run away with the prize. Patience nearly always has been rewarded for party stalwarts, whether it was Richard Nixon in 1960, Barry Goldwater in 1964, Nixon again in 1968, Gerald Ford in 1976, Ronald Reagan in 1980, the senior George Bush in 1988, Bob Dole in 1996, the junior George Bushin 2000, John McCain in 2008 or Mitt Romney in 2012.
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | July 22, 2013
Rand Paul is the most interesting contender for the Republican nomination. And when I say interesting, I mean that in the broadest sense. A case in point: The Kentucky senator recently hit some turbulence when the Washington Free Beacon reported that Jack Hunter, Mr. Paul's aide and the coauthor of his book, "The Tea Party Goes to Washington," was once the Southern Avenger. Who's that? Starting in the 1990s, as a radio shock jock, Mr. Hunter would wear a wrestling mask made from a Confederate flag, while making jokes about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and having the South re-secede.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown | June 13, 2013
Sen. Rand Paul is recruiting plaintiffs - and seeking donations - for a class-action lawsuit against the National Security Agency. “Dear Patriot,” the Kentucky Republican wrote Thursday in an e-mail to supporters. “I'm looking for ten million Americans to stand with me and sue the federal government and TAKE BACK our rights. “Can I count on your help? “Without it, I truly fear where our fragile Republic could be headed …” Paul, who is expected to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, told a Fox News interviewer this week that he would be asking Internet providers and telephone companies to join him in a lawsuit against the electronic eavesdropping agency based at Fort Meade.
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