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02/07/2017: In a very rare rebuke, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is silenced by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for reading the words of Coretta Scott King while speaking out against the civil rights record of Attorney General appointee Jeff Sessions.

Senate Republicans have little margin for error as they prepare for a vote this coming week on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Some lawmakers are already raising concerns that the bill could aggravate the problem of healthy people going without insurance, driving up costs for everyone else.

“If you can get insurance after you get sick, you will,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told NBC’s Today Show. “And without the individual mandate, that sort of adverse selection, the death spiral, the elevated premiums, all of that that’s going on gets worse under this bill.”

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, tried to address that problem by requiring all Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty. But that so-called “individual mandate” is one of the least popular provisions of the law. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and his colleagues are determined to get rid of it.

How The Senate Health Care Bill Could Disrupt The Insurance Market

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“i know not with what weapons world war three will be fought, but world war four will be fought with ace attorney .gifs and receipt blogs“ - sen. ron paul (R, KY)

anonymous asked:

Rand Paul got assaulted????

Kentucky State Police have arrested a man accused of assaulting Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) at his home in Bowling Green, the senator’s office confirmed on Saturday.

“Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault,” Kelsey Cooper, a spokeswoman for Paul, said in a statement. “The assailant was arrested and it is now a matter for the police. Senator Paul is fine.”

The suspect was identified as 59-year-old Rene Boucher of Bowling Green, according to a statement from police. The Warren County Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for Boucher’s arrest shortly after the assault on Friday.

Police are investigating the assault, according to the statement. Boucher has been charged with 4th degree assault, causing a minor injury.

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I don’t think Edward Snowden deserves the death penalty or life in prison. I think that’s inappropriate. And I think that’s why he fled, because that’s what he faced.
—  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) • Defending Edward Snowden on ABC News’ This Week. “Do I think that it’s okay to leak secrets and give up national secrets and things that could endanger lives? I don’t think that’s okay, either,” he noted. “But I think the courts are now saying that what he revealed was something the government was doing was illegal." His statement comes after The New York Times and The Guardian each called for Snowden to receive clemency for his whistleblower role, but stands in contrast to former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s feeling on the matter. "From where I sit today, I would not put clemency on the table at all,” she said.
Libertarian All About Big Government

“The party can’t become the opposite of what it is. If you tell people from Alabama, Mississippi or Georgia, ‘You know what, guys, we’ve been wrong, and we’re gonna be the pro-gay-marriage party,’ they’re either gonna stay home or – I mean, many of these people joined the Republican Party because of these social issues. So I don’t think we can completely flip.”

– Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), quoted by the New York Times.

I thought it was “mind your business” and “keep government out of private lives”. Seems the Republican primaries scares some people into saying anything. [His flip-flop on aid to Israel proves he can flip completely.]

Is Rand a libertarian, or was he one to ever begin with? 

Rand Paul Will Filibuster Debt Ceiling Bill

Rand Paul is disgusted that a debt ceiling increase could pass with Republican control of Congress, so he’s going to filibuster the bill to try to stop it.

Written by David Weigel for the Washington Post:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has called it a “slap in the face to conservatives.” Likely speaker of the House Paul Ryan has said the process that created it “stinks.” But Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is the first Republican to pledge outright that he’ll try to scuttle the compromise debt limit bill designed to kick any tough new vote into 2017.

“I will filibuster the new debt ceiling bill,” Paul said at an event on the University of Colorado’s Denver campus. “It is horrible, it’s hard for me not to use profanity describing it.”

Paul also called the bill a “steaming pile of legislation,” and urged fellow Republicans to join him. But Paul made the same move in 2011, the first time that the debt limit became a serious bargaining chip between Congress and President Obama.

“We will filibuster until we talk about the debt ceiling, until we talk about proposals,” Paul said then, after agonizing negotiations produced a similar punt of the hard votes. “We will actually vote in favor of raising the debt ceiling next week if we can, but it will be contingent on passing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.”

In the end, the balanced budget amendment did not pass. The debt limit compromise did, without Paul’s vote. But Paul’s ambition for this bill is to deny unanimous consent on passage of the House bill, forcing the Senate to work through the weekend, ahead of the Nov. 3 debt limit expiration deadline stated by the Treasury. That, according to Paul’s team, would give Freedom Caucus members – already on record against the deal – time and space to mobilize opposition.

Since making the decision, Paul has heard from a few other senators who would join him in the slow-down. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is not yet among them.