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Trump Letter to Putin Gets Special Delivery

Sen. Rand Paul hands it over to Putin's reps while visiting Russia

(Newser) - A rep for Vladimir Putin says visiting GOP Sen. Rand Paul has presented a letter from President Trump to the Russian leader, though he added that the letter has not yet been examined by the Kremlin, reports the AP . "We expect that in the nearest time it will come... More »

Russian Lawmaker Presses Rand Paul on Alleged Spy

Kentucky senator is visiting Moscow

(Newser) - When President Trump was taking all kinds of flak after his meeting with Vladimir Putin last month, one of his most vocal defenders was Rand Paul, who praised the president for working to "prevent us from having World War III," per CBS News . On Monday, the Kentucky senator... More »

Rand Paul's Family Now the Target of Violent Threats

A man allegedly threatened to 'chop up' the US Senator from Kentucky's family with an ax

(Newser) - US Sen. Rand Paul says he and his family were targeted by someone threatening to attack them with an ax. Per the AP , Paul told reporters Monday in his home state of Kentucky that Capitol Police issued an arrest warrant for a suspect. Then in a tweet, Paul thanked Capitol... More »

Saga of Rand Paul and Neighbor Who Tackled Him Continues

They're now suing each other

(Newser) - The weird story of Rand Paul and the neighbor who attacked him continues: The senator filed a civil suit against neighbor Rene Boucher last week, and on Wednesday Boucher responded by filing a counter-suit against Paul, WBKO reports. Paul's lawsuit claims he was "deprived of his enjoyment of... More »

Thanks to Last-Minute Switch, Pompeo Clears Senate Panel

Rand Paul changed his mind in the 11th hour

(Newser) - President Trump's choice for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with a favorable recommendation, narrowly avoiding a rare rebuke as his confirmation heads to the full Senate. Democrats put up stiff resistance and voted against Pompeo, who's currently the CIA director. Only... More »

What Almost Derailed $1.3T Budget Bill: Name of a Forest

Senate conservatives caused late-night drama

(Newser) - Congress gave final approval early Friday to a giant $1.3 trillion spending bill that ends the budget battles for now, but only after late obstacles skirted close to another shutdown as conservatives objected to big outlays on Democratic priorities at a time when Republicans control the House, Senate, and... More »

House, Senate Pass Deal to Reopen Government

Deficit protest caused brief shutdown

(Newser) - While most Americans were sleeping, the government shut down and reopened. The Senate passed a bipartisan spending bill early Friday—almost two hours after Sen. Rand Paul forced a government shutdown by blocking the vote for as long as he could in a protest against deficit spending. When the vote... More »

Rand Paul Forces Government Shutdown

He blocks vote on budget deal

(Newser) - The US government stumbled into a shutdown at midnight as a rogue Senate Republican blocked a speedy vote on a massive, bipartisan, budget-busting spending deal, protesting the return of trillion-dollar deficits on the watch of Republicans controlling Washington. The shutdown—technically a lapse in agency appropriations—was the second government... More »

Listen to Rand Paul's 911 Call After Assault

'I was assaulted by my neighbor'

(Newser) - He sounds fairly calm for man who'd just been violently blindsided by his neighbor. Police in Bowling Green, Kentucky, have released audio of Rand Paul's 911 call after he got tackled while tending his lawn, reports the Louisville Courier Journal . (Listen to it here .) "Um, I... More »

Rand Paul Says Immigration Vote Would End Shutdown

Libertarian senator says he has a plan to reopen the government

(Newser) - The government may be stuck in a shutdown, with politicians on both sides of the aisle blaming their colleagues, but at least one Republican senator thinks he has a way to end the stalemate. On Sunday, Rand Paul told CNN's State of the Union that he had presented a... More »

Prosecutors Offer Motive in Rand Paul Attack

Rene Boucher will reportedly plead guilty

(Newser) - It was one of the more infamous (and weird ) neighborhood scraps, and now there's a federal felony charge attached. The Courier Journal reports Rand Paul's neighbor was on Friday charged in connection with the Nov. 3 attack on the senator that occurred as Paul was mowing his... More »

Rand Paul Airs Grievances in Annual Festivus Tweetstorm

He did not hold back the punches in holiday "Waste Report"

(Newser) - “Before we get started, I need to alert @FoxNews and someone in DC that this is NOT a war on Christmas. It’s a war on everything else.” Sen. Rand Paul opened his yearly Festivus Twitter rant with this poke at Fox News , then continued to air his... More »

The Rand Paul Attack Isn't Getting Any Less Weird

Senator's wife denies any sort of 'dispute' with neighbor in op-ed

(Newser) - When Rand Paul was allegedly tackled by a neighbor Nov. 3 in Kentucky, suffering six broken ribs, it was the worst beating of a sitting senator since 1856, GQ reports. And yet we still haven't gotten a definitive explanation for the attack. "What gives? What really happened? How... More »

How Did Rand Paul Get 6 Broken Ribs? Story Gets Odder

Motivation behind alleged assault on senator is a deepening mystery

(Newser) - The 59-year-old neighbor accused of tackling Sen. Rand Paul while he was mowing his lawn last Friday in Kentucky pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault on Thursday, the Washington Post reports. Rene Boucher, a retired anesthesiologist and Democrat who has lived next to Paul in a gated community for years,... More »

Lawyer: Rand Paul Attack Wasn't Over Politics

It was a 'trivial' dispute between neighbors, supposedly

(Newser) - A lawyer for the neighbor accused of assaulting Sen. Rand Paul outside his Kentucky home says the "unfortunate occurrence" had nothing to do with the political beliefs of either man. "It was a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as... More »

Rand Paul's Injuries Could Complicate GOP's Agenda

It's not clear when senator can go back to work after 5 fractured ribs, lung contusions

(Newser) - Sen. Rand Paul has painful injuries, including five fractured ribs, after being assaulted at his Kentucky home Friday and it could be a while before he can go back to work, a spokesman says. Paul "has five rib fractures including three displaced fractures," adviser Doug Stafford said in... More »

Rand Paul's Alleged Attacker: His Neighbor

Cops charged Rene Boucher with tackling senator; unclear what the disagreement was over

(Newser) - The man arrested and charged with assaulting and injuring Rand Paul is a neighbor and acquaintance of the Kentucky senator, reports the AP , though it's unclear how the two knew each other. A Kentucky State Police news release did not provide details of the assault or the nature of... More »

Rand Paul Assaulted at Home in Kentucky

Senator suffered minor injury, suspect arrested

(Newser) - Sen. Rand Paul suffered a minor injury Friday afternoon when he was assaulted at his Kentucky home, the Courier-Journal reports. A spokesperson for Paul says he was "blindsided" by the attacker just before 3:30pm. The nature of Paul's injury is unclear, but the spokesperson says he is... More »

After Va. Shooting, Senator Slammed for 'Second Amendment' Tweet

Rand Paul referred to 'tyrannical' government

(Newser) - Politicians have called for unity and prayers after Wednesday's congressional shooting in Virginia , but the incident has only deepened controversies including the Second Amendment debate. After Sen. Rand Paul—who was in the batting cage when James Hodgkinson opened fire on the baseball field—spoke about the shooting, critics... More »

Shots Fired in Great McCain-Paul War of 2017

McCain says Paul is 'working for' Putin; Paul says McCain is 'unhinged'

(Newser) - Infighting! We got GOP infighting here! Yahoo News reports senators Rand Paul and John McCain are having a bit of a tiff this week after McCain called Paul out on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday. McCain was seeking a vote on a Senate bill—expected to be widely... More »

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