CLEVELAND – Donald Trump may have wanted to avoid a fight in the first Republican presidential primary debate of the season.
But Rand Paul had other ideas.
The Kentucky senator, reeling from a series of negative press coverage about the state of his slumping campaign, burst out of the gate at the top of the two-hour nationally televised event Thursday night to take a shot at The Donald.
An energized Paul seized on Trump's answer to the first question of the evening, when the real estate mogul refused to pledge not to run a third-party candidacy if he failed to attain the Republican nomination.
"For nonviolent drug crimes," President Obama said in a speech on criminal justice reform yesterday, "we need to lower long mandatory minimum sentences or get rid of them entirely." That position is similar to the one taken by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in 2013, when he told the Senate Judiciary Committee, "I am here to ask that we begin the end of mandatory minimum sentencing." Continued...
The central issue for this presidential cycle is restoring economic growth and prosperity, which has continued to lag under President Obama for nearly seven years now, the longest period of such stagnation since the Great Depression. Central to such restoration is tax reform. Rand Paul has barnstormed into the lead on that issue, with his bold, pathbreaking, Fair and Flat Tax plan, just recently released.
That plan includes just one flat rate, 14.5 percent, for everything: wages, salaries, profits, dividends, capital gains, interest, rent. Everyone pays the same rate. Capitalist billionaires will not pay lower rates than their secretaries, or kindergarten teachers. This is exactly what the Democrats have been insisting they want: Equality.
The Pentagon’s new thick book of instructions for waging war the legal way says that terrorists also can be journalists.
The description appears in a 1,176-page, richly footnoted “Department of Defense Law of War Manual” that tells commanders the right and wrong way to kill the enemy. It says it’s OK to shoot, explode, bomb, stab or cut the enemy. Surprise attacks and killing retreating troops also are permitted. But a U.S. warrior may not use poison or asphyxiating gases.
More than 50,000 pages of emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state might not be made public until early 2016, according to a State Department court filing on Monday.
In response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed this year, the State Department said that reviewing 55,000 pages of exchanges from Mrs. Clinton’s private email account would be labor-intensive and time-consuming.
Betsi Fores, Rare Staff
Posted on November 8, 2013 4:56 pm
Comedy actor Vince Vaughn appeared on Adam Corolla’s radio program Thursday and talk about his support of Ron Paul and being a conservative in Hollywood.
“I really like Ron Paul and I think what you come as you get older you just get less trusting of the government running anything. And you start to realize when you really go back and you look at the Constitution and the principles of liberty, the real purpose of the government is to protect the individual’s right to sort of think and pursue what they have interest in,” Vaughn said.
He continued: “And when you start drawing the line and saying, ‘Well, as a society we think this is inappropriate, we’re going to pass laws that are going to protect them from themselves, or take things away to protect themselves, or move money from here to there, you realize that you’ll wake up with corruption, and without the intended consequences you’ll wake up with a lot of created problems that didn’t exist prior.”