WASHINGTON — Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has friends all over the spectrum — from establishment conservatives to the freewheeling libertarian devotees of his father — after a nearly 13-hour filibuster of John Brennan´s CIA nomination on Wednesday. He´s also managed to make two of the Senate´s most establishmentarian figures, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, look like outliers, and Republicans are privately grumbling about them. He´s managed, in other words, through showmanship and relationship-building, to finally mainstream his father´s lonely brand of contrarianism.
The article misses the mark a little though. Rand´s dad is a buffoon but he doesn´t dodge difficult issues because they´re unpopular. Rand´s ideas aren´t detached from reality but he has his dad´s focus. That´s all very good.
I agree with #4- I can´t stomach the father, but found myself seeing more and more that the son is on the same frequency that I am. I could be very happy with a Rand Paul in the White House. We need to find a passel of them to populate both chambers on the Hill.
Yesterday someone on the forum, forget which thread, said that refusing to go to dinner with the Obammunist would have been "juvenile" and once invited, the senators had to go.
I strongly disagree and would have thought any ldotter would know better. This tinpot dictator is not a king. The invitation is not a royal decree. Accepting that invitation mutely implies acquiescence to his horrid Marxist policies and nobody with a single principle would have done so. No one who went is a real Republication. That´s my belief and I´m sticking to it.
Besides, I can´t see how anyone could eat in a room containing that evil presence and not need an immediate visit to a vomitorium.
Enough with the false pleasantries. This ain´t beanbag.
Agree # 15 - people, including LDotters and members of COngress need to stop treating Obama as some kind of King or Emperor - that´s the problem - no true loyal opposition. Well, up until now - Go Sen Paul.
It seems Graham was the one to suggest the obama dinner get-together. He most likely picked the individuals for obama to invite and one of the reasons Ayotte was included. She has been glued to the hips of both McCain and Graham since early 2012------IMO much to her detriment. Graham and McCain tried to diminish Sen. Cruz after the Hagel hearings berating him for asking questions of such a wonderful war hero and those two didn´t want him or his character slandered. These two idiots were wrong then and wrong again. The cannot stand fresh blood like Paul or Cruz getting attention as they are fading. For some reason they seem to think they are the leaders in the Republican party when all they do is to get their "gangs" of 8, 14 etc to try to control the moment. They will continue to do this----already seeing Graham at times slide and try to lean to the right when he is indeed a RINO of first class as is McCain.
Go to Am Spec and read yest. column about King Notme . Of his many maladies , one can´t stand criticism . He´ll unravel like a cheap suit . Keep it coming . Yes , McPain et al have proven that THEY are the worst obstruction we have in getting this contry back on track . Rino elitist´s will hopefully be an endangered species soon .
Another GOP operative called Graham and McCain "just completely out of touch."
"They don´t get it," the operative said.
Just sit back, be calm, and let this happen. "Pride goeth before the fall." We don´t need to ride McCain and Graham out on a rail, we just need to replace them. And after the events of yesterday, things are looking up!
Everyone is thrilled to finally see some leadership against the Obama agenda. Ron Paul Sr was a good leader too but he refused to admit that America has enemies. Nobody "wants war" and if you want peace you need a strong military. His fatal flaw was in not seeing this. Rand Paul Jr looks like a real leader the first along with Ted Cruz to lay a glove on Obama!
I coudn´t care less of they went to dinner with the prez during the marathon.. What I care about is what they said about it. I´ve defended both of them here, but this was unforgivable. They´re toast! (and burnt with no jam)
Now let´s move on to addressing violations of the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 10th Amendments with drones flying willy-nilly around the country spying on American citizens looking for guns.
I think I know what they´re afraid of. There are many militias that have sprung up around the country. Not the survivalist type but those who will take orders from their states. Then we have groups like the Oath Keepers who really worry them.
It is heartening and sprit lifting to see a few CONSERVATIVE Senators starting to rise to the top and be heard. And causing the establishment RINOs to respond. Maybe, just maybe, I will get to see the Congress return to what it once was, an organization dedicated to further the dreams and asperations of the founders. In the past, I had doubts about Rand Paul. Now, I will have to rething my position on him.
I let Kelly Ayotte know my displeasure. She was not the truest conservative in the NH primary, and I am hoping she isn´t devolving to her true self as a *moderate*. It certainly wouldn´t surprise me, but it will be a major disappointment.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie holds a narrow lead among Republicans for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, but even more GOP voters say he’s the candidate they least want to see nominated. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that Christie earns 21% support when Republican voters are asked whom they would vote for if the party’s primary in their state were held today. Florida Senator Marco Rubio runs a close second with 18% of the GOP vote, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 16% and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul with 15% of the vote.
WASHINGTON — U.S. officials insisted Tuesday that extraordinary security measures for nearly two dozen diplomatic posts were to thwart an “immediate, specific threat,” a claim questioned by counterterrorism experts, who note that the alert covers an incongruous set of nations from the Middle East to an island off the southern coast of Africa. Analysts don’t dispute the Obama administration’s narrative that it’s gleaned intelligence on a plot involving al Qaida’s most active affiliate, the Yemen-based Arabian Peninsula branch. That would explain why most U.S. posts in the Persian Gulf are on lockdown, including the U.
The U.S. State Department issued a global alert about the terrorist threat allegedly posed by Al-Qaeda in Yemen. The USA announced the closure of its missions in the Middle East and Africa, and their example was followed by France, Britain, and Germany. However, this was only an attempt to justify the activities of the National Security Agency.Last Saturday, right after alerting of the terror threat civilians and BOLO complex ("be on the lookout") that includes law enforcement and federal officials, President Barack Obama went to play golf, and then celebrated his birthday at the presidential retreat at Camp David.
Former President George W. Bush underwent surgery on Tuesday to have a stent inserted after a blockage was discovered in an artery, his spokesman said. A written statement said a "blockage was discovered in an artery in his heart" during the former president´s annual physical exam. "The procedure was performed successfully this morning, without complication, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital," his office said. "President Bush is in high spirits, eager to return home tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on Thursday.
Intercepted communication between al Qaeda leaders was one component of a broader pool of intelligence that prompted a threat alert closing numerous U.S. embassies in the Middle East and Africa, U.S. sources said on Monday.The New York Times reported that the closure of the embassies was the result of intercepted electronic communications between Ayman al-Zawahri, who replaced Osama bin Laden as head of al Qaeda, and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the head of Yemen-based affiliate al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, “and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.”
PARIS -- Interpol has issued a global security alert in connection with suspected al-Qaida involvement in several recent prison escapes including those in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan. The Lyon, France-based international police agency says that the alert follows "the escape of hundreds of terrorists and other criminals" in the past month. The alert calls on Interpol´s 190 member countries to help determine whether these events are coordinated or linked, the organization said in a statement Saturday.
Unleashing a barrage of expletives that would be unusual even in an off-the-record conversation, the chief spokeswoman for Anthony D. Weiner’s embattled campaign for mayor attacked a former campaign intern in an interview published on Tuesday night. Barbara Morgan, in an interview with Talking Points Memo, a political news site, was responding to a first-person account by Olivia Nuzzi, the former intern, who wrote harshly in The Daily News about her experiences with the campaign. Ms. Nuzzi claimed that Mr. Weiner repeatedly called interns by the wrong name, underpaid a staff
THERE is something missing from the endless moralizing and sophomoric jokes aimed at Anthony D. Weiner. That something is the role of women in a coarse and creepy Internet culture dedicated to the fulfillment of both male and female desires for virtual carnal knowledge. People ask how Mr. Weiner’s wife, the soulfully beautiful and professionally accomplished Huma Abedin, can stay with him. My question is why hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of women apparently derive gratification from exchanging sexual talk and pictures with strangers.
The American journalism trade is breathing a collective – but premature and, in many cases, grossly hypocritical – sigh of relief today. A military judge has found Bradley Manning guilty of many crimes, but "aiding the enemy" isn´t one of them. Had the judge found Manning guilty of aiding the enemy, she would have set a terrible precedent. For the first time, an American court – albeit a military court – would have said it was a potentially capital crime simply to give information to a news organization, because in the internet era
Green paint was found Monday defacing a statue outside the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall and poured atop an organ in a chapel at the Washington National Cathedral, just three days after the Lincoln Memorial was vandalized in a similar manner. D.C. police have now joined the U.S. Park Police in the investigation, but authorities said they do not know if any of the incidents are related.
"I think every president in the intense media environment we have now, certainly every two-term president, gets to a point where the American people stop listening, stop leaning forward hungrily for information. I think this president got there earlier than most presidents. And I think he´s in that time now."So said the Wall Street Journal´s Peggy Noonan on ABC´s This Week Sunday.
The owner of a shop in Zurich where US talk show host Oprah Winfrey says she encountered racism has called the incident a "misunderstanding". Winfrey, one of the world´s richest women, claimed an assistant refused to serve her in an upmarket handbag shop. She was apparently told one of the bags on display was "too expensive" for her. Shop owner Trudie Gotz told the BBC that Winfrey was "absolutely allowed" to look at the $35,000 (£22,500) bag, which was kept behind a screen. "My salesperson wanted to give her the handbag in her hand. But she didn´t want
Last month we learned that Megyn Kelly was leaving her daytime anchor gig to take over a Fox News primetime slot. According to an “exclusive” Drudge Report flash this afternoon, that time slot will be 9 p.m. ET. “Superstar newswoman Megyn Kelly has landed the 9 PM slot, top sources reveal,” the Drudge Report wrote. “The shock announcement is set for later this month.” Fox’s 9 p.m. hour is currently helmed by Sean Hannity, leading to speculation over whether he could be out of a primetime gig. There are many possible outcomes from this lineup change,
Retired 68-year-old US Army general and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley K. Clark has won yet another esteemed decoration — he is dating 30-year-old Shauna Mei, the founder of online retailer AHAlife.com. Clark, who was married to Gertrude Kingston Clark for 45 years before filing for divorce last year, is spending time with the young New York-based entrepreneur, who graduated from MIT and worked at Goldman Sachs as an investment banker before launching her luxury e-commerce site. Clark and Mei were spotted together recently in the Hamptons,
Nanny State: If any question remained about the Obama White House´s appetite for running everyone´s life from Washington, it should be settled now. This administration even wants to dictate neighborhood makeup. Like your neighborhood? Don´t get used to it. The Obama Department of Housing and Urban Development might decide it wants to dictate changes. HUD is, according to Fox News, considering "a new rule that would allow the feds to track diversity in America´s neighborhoods and then push policies to change those it deems discriminatory." The proposed rule, disclosed last month by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan at
In a remarkable admission that is likely to rock the Internal Revenue Service again, testimony released Thursday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp reveals that an agent involved in reviewing tax exempt applications from conservative groups told a committee investigator that the agency is still targeting Tea Party groups, three months after the IRS scandal erupted.. In closed door testimony before the House Ways & Means Committee, the unidentified IRS agent said requests for special tax status from Tea Party groups is being forced into a special "secondary screening" because
“IQ is a metric of such dubiousness that almost no serious educational researcher uses it anymore,” the Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox wrote back in May. It was a breathtakingly ignorant statement. Psychologist Jelte Wicherts noted in response that a search for “IQ test” in Google’s academic database yielded more than 10,000 hits — just for the year 2013. (Snip) There is a large discrepancy between what educated laypeople believe about cognitive science and what experts actually know. Journalists are steeped in the lay wisdom, so they are repeatedly surprised when someone forthrightly discusses the real science of mental ability.
The Clintons have decided to rent a different house in the Hamptons this summer after they only received a small portion of their security deposit back from the home they rented last year. The famous Democrats have been frequent visitors to the expensive summer getaway in Long Island, and rented the same beachfront house in 2011 and 2012. [Snip] When it comes to rentals in the Hamptons, many owners use the security deposits as a way to pay for the utility fees like heat and grounds-keeping charges. It should be little surprise then that the Lily Pond Lane home
WASHINGTON—The White House announced that President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, to 16 recipients including television star and businesswoman Oprah Winfrey, legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and former President Bill Clinton. “The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours,” Mr. Obama said in a statement released by the White House. “This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world.”
Tonight, I went on Lawrence O´Donnell´s show, and Lawrence O´Donnell yelled at me. Or, rather, he O´Reilly´d at me. That O´Donnell interrupted and harangued and mansplained and was generally an angry grandpa at me is not what I take issue with, however. What bothers me is that, look: your producers take the time to find experts to come on the show, answer your questions, and, hopefully, clarify the issue at hand.
Justice: The wife of a Fort Hood survivor claims the Defense Department is "slapping victims with gag orders" and telling family members not to talk to the press following testimony in the trial of Nidal Hasan. One of the great scandals of the Obama administration has been its shameful designation of the Nov. 5, 2009, rampage at the Army base in Killeen, Texas, by Maj. Nidal Hasan as "workplace violence." It has only compounded the pain and suffering of the victims and their families who have now apparently been ordered to shut up about it.
Forty to 50 House Republicans will support immigration reform, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) predicted Thursday. Gutiérrez said many of the Republicans supportive of immigration reform don’t want to be identified, but he insisted they would support comprehensive immigration reform. “If they ask me today, go find those 40 to 50 Republicans, I’ll tell them I found them. I know where they’re at,” Gutiérrez said in an interview with Ed O’Keefe at The Washington Post.
President Barack Obama announced Friday afternoon that the White House will publicly release a summary of the legal authorities through which the National Security Agency conducts its controversial surveillance programs. ´Given the history of abuse by governments,´ he said, it is important to explain how such a program is managed, and - equally important - what it may not do. He described his working relationship with Vladimir Putin as ´candid´ and ´blunt,´ and seemed to dismiss concerns that the Russian president´s body language indicated a lack of willingness to work with the United States.