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Rand Paul Might Hold Up Yellen's Fed Nomination

CNBC reports that he wants a vote on his bill to audit the agency

(Newser) - Janet Yellen is still expected to be the next chair of the Federal Reserve, but CNBC reports that she might hit some turbulence in the Senate thanks to Rand Paul. He's threatening to do what he can to hold up the nomination unless he gets a vote on his... More »

Mitch McConnell Aide 'Holding His Nose'

Campaign manager Jesse Benton caught bashing boss on tape

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign manager doesn't sound like the biggest fan of Mitch McConnell. The libertarian Economic Policy Journal has posted a recording of a Jan. 9 phone call between Jesse Benton and fellow Ron Paul campaign veteran Dennis Fusaro, in which Benton sounds less-than-pleased about his job.... More »

Top Rand Paul Aide Was Once the 'Southern Avenger'

Neo-confederate Jack Hunter has voiced support for Lincoln's assassination

(Newser) - "John Wilkes Booth's heart was in the right place." That's a statement that top Rand Paul aide Jack Hunter wrote in a 2004 blog post as "the Southern Avenger," a persona he also adopted as a South Carolina radio shock jock from 1999 to... More »

Ron Paul Fears Drone Strike on Snowden

NSA leaker should be praised, he says

(Newser) - Ron Paul is afraid the US government aims to kill NSA leaker Edward Snowden—if it can find him. "I'm worried about somebody in our government might kill him with a cruise missile or a drone missile," the Republican said in a Fox interview, praising Snowden for... More »

Next for Ron Paul: Talk Radio

Former presidential candidate to chime in briefly, starting next month

(Newser) - Miss hearing from Ron Paul? Then tune into talk radio starting next month. The former presidential candidate and congressman will share "his thoughts and opinions" in one-minute commentaries twice a day, alongside fellow libertarian host Charles Goyette, Courtside Entertainment Group announced today. The feature, known as "Ron Paul'... More »

Rand Paul: Yep, I'm 'Interested' in 2016

Senator also discusses his dad's legacy

(Newser) - He's not one of the big names , but Rand Paul has been rumored as a possible presidential contender in 2016, and today he confirmed that is indeed a possibility. "I want to be part of the national debate," he told ABC News . "I’m not going... More »

Secede From the Union? Ron Paul Likes It

Texas lawmaker supports petitions in all 50 states

(Newser) - First, voters in 20 states reacted to President Obama's re-election by signing petitions to secede from the union. Then all 50 states got on board. Now, it's Ron Paul's turn to trumpet the notion of breaking away, Salon reports. "Is all the recent talk of secession... More »

GOP Salutes Ron Paul in Video

He 'changed the conversation,' says McConnell

(Newser) - It may not be enough to appease supporters of Ron Paul who think he's getting a raw deal at the convention, but Republicans kicked off night No. 2 with a glowing video tribute to him, reports the Wall Street Journal . Sample quote from Mitch McConnell: “Whether people want... More »

Tonight's RNC Stars: Paul Ryan, Rand Paul

John McCain, Condoleezza Rice to speak as well

(Newser) - Tonight is Paul Ryan's turn to shine at the Republican National Convention. The VP candidate will deliver his keynote speech at 10pm, and while he'd like to use it to talk policy, the Romney team has convinced him to focus on his immigrant family and small-town values instead,... More »

Ron Paul: I Don't Fully Endorse Mitt

Rebuffed at convention, he holds own rally

(Newser) - It's a good thing for Mitt Romney that Ron Paul isn't speaking at the Republican National Convention because ... he doesn't actually endorse the candidate. The GOP apparently tried to throw a bone to the popular loser by offering him an opportunity to speak. But the offer came... More »

GOP Makes It Harder for Future Ron Pauls

Rule change will clamp down on insurgent candidates

(Newser) - For his efforts on the campaign trail this year, Ron Paul will get ... a video tribute at the Republican convention on Tuesday night. He'll also get to listen to son Rand speak on Monday night, but Ron himself has been shut out of any speech-making. Paul's followers aren'... More »

GOP Convention Plays Nice With Ron Paul

They've set him up with a speaking venue

(Newser) - Ron Paul hasn't endorsed Mitt Romney yet, or even formally ended his bid for the GOP nomination, but the Republican National Committee is nonetheless making room for him and his supporters at the party's convention in August, USA Today reports. It even helped Paul secure the University of... More »

Ron Paul's Plan to Crash Convention Officially Kaput

With just 4 state wins, Paul can be denied speaking time at convention

(Newser) - Right-wing gadfly Ron Paul's bid to buzz the GOP convention finally got swatted yesterday, as Paul failed to win last-chance state Nebraska, reports ABC News . Paul needed a fifth state win to be officially nominated at the Tampa convention, which would require giving him up to 15 minutes for... More »

Ron, Rand Paul Push Internet Freedom

They want the government to keep its hands off

(Newser) - Ron Paul and his son Rand are backing a libertarian manifesto seeking to defend the Internet from government regulation. "Around the world, the real threat to Internet freedom comes not from bad people or inefficient markets ... but from governments' foolish attempts to manage and control innovation," says the... More »

Rand Paul Endorses Romney (and It Matters)

Ron's son looks to be positioning for 2016

(Newser) - Arguably the most diehard supporter of Ron Paul has packed it in: Son Rand endorsed Mitt Romney, soon after his father suspended his campaign . "My first choice had always been my father," the Kentucky senator told Fox's Sean Hannity, according to the Hill . "I campaigned for... More »

Which GOP Losers Are Drowning in Debt?

Santorum, Gingrich deeply in red, Ron Paul is debt-free

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum may hate the US national debt, but for now they have a much more local spending fight on their hands—their personal campaign costs. As of the end of April, Santorum had $2.3 million in debt versus just $1.3 million in cash reserves,... More »

Ron Paul Ends Campaign (Sort Of)

Paul done looking for votes, but will keep grabbing delegates

(Newser) - Ron Paul's campaign is over—at least if you define campaign as an attempt to get people to vote for you. Paul's camp announced today that it would "no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted. Doing so without any hope... More »

Ron Paul Playing GOP Puppetmaster —But Why?

GOP gadfly is gaming the delegate game, but no one's sure what he wants

(Newser) - Ron Paul's campaign has been expertly gaming the GOP primary system, taking advantage of just how boring its behind-the-scenes machinations are to collect more delegates than his vote totals would indicate. Paul's fans have been flooding the otherwise sleepy meetings where state delegates are chosen and electing themselves,... More »

Ron Paul Wins Majority of Maine, Nevada Delegates

Texan's supporters take over state conventions

(Newser) - Mitt Romney has a lead that can't be beaten but the GOP race still isn't over—at least not for Ron Paul and his supporters. The Texan's supporters took over Maine's GOP convention on the weekend and won 21 of the state's 24 delegates to... More »

Romney Wins Delaware, Gingrich's Last Hope

He sweeps 5 states, stakes claim to GOP nomination

(Newser) - Is tonight the night that knocks out Newt Gingrich once and for all? Mitt Romney has won Delaware, billed as Gingrich's last-gasp chance, as part of a five-state sweep, according to the Wall Street Journal . In addition to Delaware, Romney won Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. He... More »

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