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Rand Paul: Take Fauci's Advice With 'Grain of Salt'

Ky. senator tries to explain tense exchange at Tuesday Senate panel hearing

(Newser) - Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared remotely before a Senate panel Tuesday to testify on the pandemic, and while much of what he said was attention grabbing, there was one especially "pointed exchange," per the Week . It was between Fauci and Sen. Rand Paul, who called it "ridiculous" to... More »

Rand Paul Explains Why He's Free to Go Maskless

Senator says he doesn't need to wear a mask because he can't infect anyone

(Newser) - Here's another entry on the list of lawmakers who are choosing not to wear masks: Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday told reporters that since he has recovered from COVID-19 after testing positive in March , he doesn't need to wear a mask—and he went so far as to... More »

Rand Paul Responds to Critics After Diagnosis

While awaiting test results, he voted on Senate floor and worked out in the gym

(Newser) - Rand Paul is so far the only senator to test positive for the coronavirus. After he learned of his diagnosis Sunday, the Kentucky Republican immediately left the Senate and went into quarantine, says his office in a tweet . Critics, though, are more concerned with what Paul—an eye doctor—did... More »

Sen. Rand Paul: I've Got the Coronavirus

The Kentucky Republican says he's 'asymptomatic' and in quarantine

(Newser) - Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday he's got the coronavirus, making him the third member of Congress to test positive. But the Republican from Kentucky says he's feeling fine under quarantine, USA Today reports. "He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to... More »

Rand Paul Has Suggestion for Future Impeachment Trials

He wants arguments kept to 8 hours per side

(Newser) - Rand Paul thinks presidential impeachment could become the new norm in the US following President Trump's saga—and he's got a few ideas about how the next trial should proceed. "I think we should change the process ... It's got to be a lot shorter," the... More »

Rand Paul to Fellow GOPers: Careful on Vote in Trump Trial

Warns Republican senators their vote on witnesses could threaten their reelection runs

(Newser) - President Trump's impeachment trial officially begins Thursday in the Senate, and at least four Republican senators will need to vote with Democrats to introduce new evidence and call witnesses such as John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney, per the Washington Post . And Kentucky's Rand Paul has a warning for... More »

2 GOP Senators Run Afoul of Trump Allies

Fox's Lou Dobbs likens Mike Lee to Benedict Arnold over the senator's Iran criticism

(Newser) - After the White House briefed senators Wednesday on the decision to kill Iran's top commander , it was no big surprise that Democrats voiced criticism at the rationale. A bit more surprising was the criticism from two Republican senators, Mike Lee and Rand Paul. Lee in particular was heated. "... More »

Rand Paul Starts a New Chant at Trump Rally

'Do your job!' is plea to media to print whistleblower's name

(Newser) - Rand Paul didn't just speak in support of President Trump at a Monday night rally in Kentucky, he got the crowd revved up with a whole new chant: "Do your job!" The chant emerged after Paul implored the media to identify the whistleblower who instigated the Trump... More »

Neighbor Who Attacked Rand Paul to Be Resentenced

Rene Boucher served 30 days for 2017 assault

(Newser) - A federal appeals court on Monday vacated what it called a "well-below-guidelines" prison sentence for the man who tackled Sen. Rand Paul outside his Kentucky home, ordering a resentencing for the attack that broke the lawmaker's ribs. The three-judge panel of the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals... More »

Rand Paul Has Part of Lung Removed

Senator has another surgery related to 2017 attack

(Newser) - Another senator is having medical issues : Rand Paul had lung surgery over the weekend, and he announced Monday on Twitter that "unfortunately, I will have to limit my August activities" as he recuperates, but "I should be able to return to the Senate in September." The senator'... More »

Rand Paul Floats Controversial Idea for Ilhan Omar

Says he'll help buy a plane ticket for her to visit Somalia so she can better appreciate US

(Newser) - Rand Paul has been staunchly on the side of President Trump during Trump's public feud with Rep. Ilhan Omar and others progressive members of "the Squad." Now, the Kentucky senator has ramped up his defense with a provocative statement about the Somalia-born Omar, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal ... More »

Stewart Slams Rand Paul's 'Virtue Signaling' on 9/11 Bill

He says senator's opposition is 'outrageous'

(Newser) - Jon Stewart accused Sen. Rand Paul of hypocrisy and "fiscal responsibility virtue signaling" after the Republican blocked fast-track approval of a bill funding compensation for 9/11 victims Wednesday. "Rand Paul presented tissue paper avoidance of the $1.5 trillion tax cut that added hundreds of billions of dollars... More »

Rand Paul Puts His Foot Down Over 9/11 Bill

The Kentucky senator won't let it pass unanimously

(Newser) - Republican Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday blocked fast-track approval of a bipartisan bill that would ensure a victims' compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money, the AP reports. Paul objected to a request by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, to approve the bill by unanimous... More »

Jury Decides on Award for Rand Paul Over Yard Attack

More than $580K

(Newser) - US Sen. Rand Paul has been awarded more than $580,000 in damages in his lawsuit against his neighbor who tackled him and broke several of his ribs, the AP reports. The surprise attack by Rene Boucher occurred in 2017 while the Republican lawmaker was doing yard work at his... More »

Rand Paul on Neighbor's Attack: 'I Did Think I Could Die'

Senator was first witness at trial for his lawsuit against Rene Boucher

(Newser) - The trial on Rand Paul's lawsuit against the neighbor who attacked him as he did yard work is in its second day Tuesday, the AP reports, with the radiologist who saw the senator after the 2017 attack testifying in the Kentucky courtroom that Paul was walking with a "... More »

Rand Paul to Get Surgery in Canada, Not US

But his spokesperson says resulting backlash is 'fake news' because it's a private hospital

(Newser) - The fallout from Rand Paul's 2017 fight with a neighbor continues: The Kentucky senator is going to Canada for surgery he says is related to an injury he got when Rene Boucher attacked him while he was mowing his lawn. Paul ended up with six broken ribs and a... More »

Rand Paul: 'I Fear There's Going to Be an Assassination'

Senator cites 'unstable' people amid death threats

(Newser) - Already the target of death threats, including from a person who threatened to chop up his family with an ax, Rand Paul worries the current political climate could spawn deadly violence. "I fear that there's going to be an assassination … I really worry that somebody is going... More »

Trump Wants Justice Department to Unmask Op-Ed Writer

President sees it as a matter of national security if author is a high-ranking official

(Newser) - President Trump has demanded that the New York Times reveal the name of the person who penned a scathing anonymous op-ed against him this week, and a Washington Post report noted that "startled" White House aides are even scrutinizing the opinion piece's language patterns to see if they... More »

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 »

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