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A ‘libertarianish’ revolution

Published on April 9, 2015<p>MILFORD, N.H<p>Here we go again with presidential politics in the Live Free or Die state, with a man named Dr. Paul making his pitch in this historic town hall across from a vintage gazebo.<p><b>Above:</b> Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) officially kicked off his presidential campaign Tuesday …

Rand Paul launches 2016 White House bid: ‘We have come to take our country back’

<i>This story has been updated.</i><p>LOUISVILLE -- Sen. Rand Paul, the maverick first-term senator who rode a tea party wave from a Kentucky ophthalmology practice to Congress, on Tuesday formally announced a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.<p>"I have a message, a message that is loud and …

What Rand Paul used to say about criminal justice just a few months ago, and what he says today. (They don’t sound quite the same.)

On Tuesday, Rand Paul was asked about the rioting in Baltimore following the death of a black man who was severely injured in police custody.<p>Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R), who has spoken extensively about the harmful effects of poverty and the need for criminal justice reform, noted that he passed …

This was the week most of the Republican field decided to hate on Rand Paul. And he loved it

This week, it was tough to know which GOP attack on Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was the most brutal. Maybe it when he was accused of being naive. Or dubbed weak on national security. It could have been when he was dismissed as "unsuited" for the presidency. Or perhaps when his positions were described …

Rand Paul readying Hill push for guns on military bases and in recruiting stations

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is working on legislation to allow soldiers to carry guns on military bases, and could introduce it as soon as this week. That could establish him as a leader among conservatives who say last week’s massacre at a Chattanooga, Tennessee recruiting station should change how …

Rand Paul wants you to know he’s still running for president. So, he brought a chainsaw.

When there are 16 people running to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2016 -- and one of them is Donald Trump -- it can be hard to get people to pay attention to you.<p>Which brings me to Rand Paul, who released a video of him destroying the tax code in a variety of ways on Tuesday. The video …

Rand Paul tells veterans why America should avoid wars in the Middle East

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – “Anybody read about the Middle East?” asked Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to a Shriner’s hall packed with war veterans. “They’ve been killing each other for a thousand years and they’ll probably be killing each other for another thousand years. That doesn’t mean we just retreat, and …

In Iowa, Rand Paul’s unofficial army plans to win the summer

<i>This story has been updated.</i><p>Matthew Pagano might have found the perfect summer job. It helped to have the right resume: Pagano, 27, got his start at Young Americans for Liberty in central Florida. He left that organization, founded by former Texas congressman Ron Paul, to join Paul's presidential …

Rand Paul attacks scandal timing, as he looks to move past it

CLEVELAND -- In a morning interview with CBS News, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) responded for the first time to the indictment of his former Senate campaign chairman and two political allies over a 2011 payoff to an Iowa state senator. The mechanics of the scandal, Paul said, were "confusing." The gist …

As Ben Carson bashes Obama, many blacks see a hero’s legacy fade

The black man courting crowds of white conservatives doesn’t seem like the same guy that H. Westley Phillips once idolized. Phillips still relishes the day he heard Ben Carson inspire minority students at Yale University with his story of persistence. He can still feel the nervous anticipation he …

GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson asks CNN to ‘move on’ from gay-rights question

Ben Carson doesn’t want to talk about gay rights; the media do. Therein lies a glorious conflict if you’re a cable-news hawk.<p>In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo back in early March, Carson suggested that homosexuality is a choice because people “go into prison straight — and when they come out, …

Hillary Clinton talks TPP: The best sign yet that she’ll have to take Bernie Sanders’ campaign seriously.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa—More than 200 people packed into a musty, walk-in basement of a local union hall here on Saturday afternoon to hear Bernie …

Middle-class

Ben Carson's godly riches

He reaped $2 million in fees from Christian groups in 2014 alone. Now he wants their votes.<p>Before Ben Carson was vying for votes from members of Christian organizations, he was charging them tens of thousands of dollars — in some cases even more than he charged groups with no religious ties — for …

Rand Paul And Chris Christie Spar Over NSA Surveillance

Last night, Fox <i>News</i> hosted one of the most ridiculous, deeply entertaining GOP Presidential debates I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing a drinking game to. In the midst of the Moscow Mules, Lagunitas and amazing Trump-isms came a pretty heated (and unexpected) shouting match between former Gov. …

Surveillance

John Kasich 'open' to police body cameras

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he's open to legislation mandating that police wear body cameras -- but he didn't offer a firm commitment during an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" Sunday.<p>CNN Interactive: 2016 election candidates<p>Kasich's comments about policing …

Barack Obama: U.S. credibility on the line in Iran nuclear deal

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama says the United States' credibility -- beyond just the specifics of the negotiations and his tenure in the White House -- is on the line as Congress votes on the Iran nuclear deal.<p>In an interview aired Sunday on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS," Obama said the …

2 under-the-radar Republicans won big at the debate

"Do you intend to circumvent the progress that's been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?" the soldier asked.<p>The crowd booed.<p>Fast forward four years to the first Republican presidential primary debate of the 2016 election — moderated, again, by Fox News host Megyn Kelly.<p>"Gov. Kasich, …

Rand Paul: Income Inequality Comes From 'Some People Working Harder' Than Others

"We all end up working for people who are more successful than us," the presidential hopeful said.<p>Asked if his flat tax plan would further separate the haves from the have-nots, GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) said Sunday that income inequality is the result of some Americans working …