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5 Republican Disgraces You Missed This Week

From the preening “mavericks” to the proud white supremacists, the GOP is entirely complicit in the horrors of the Trump administration. Every unconstitutional executive order, every denigration of the country’s citizenry and press comes with the party’s seal of approval. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may not like what the president is saying, but he likes what he’s doing.

February 19, 2017
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The 10 Most Galling Republican Responses To The Flynn Scandal

With a few notable exceptions, the calls to investigate Trump’s ties to the Kremlin have largely fallen on deaf ears with a Republican Party that has proven time and again it is willing to accommodate scandal and disgrace so long as it doesn’t impede its exercise of power.

February 15, 2017
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Senate Confirms Pompeo To Be Trump’s CIA Director

Sixty-six senators backed Pompeo and 32 voted against. All the opposition was from Democrats, except for Senator Rand Paul, a leading Republican advocate for strict control of surveillance. Shortly afterward, Pompeo was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence.

January 24, 2017
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Willing To Oppose Trump, Some Senate Republicans Gain Leverage

A small number of influential Republicans in the Senate are threatening to block Trump’s appointments, derail his thaw with Russia and prevent the planned border wall

November 22, 2016
An Abrams battle tank during a tour of the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, Lima Army Tank Plant, in Lima, Ohio, April 23, 2012. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan

Senate Clears Way For $1.15 Billion Arms Sale To Saudi Arabia

The overwhelming vote stopped an effort led by Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy to block the deal over concerns including Saudi Arabia’s role in the 18-month-long war in Yemen and worries that it might fuel an ongoing regional arms race.

September 22, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul waits to be introduced at a campaign stop at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum in Knoxville, Iowa, in this January 29, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Scott Morgan/Files

I Finally Watched The First Debate, And Boy Am I Excited About This Rand Paul Character!

I finally managed to watch the first republican debate last Thursday after Frisbee golf, and wow, was I impressed.

March 22, 2016

Republican Rand Paul Suspends 2016 White House Campaign

His withdrawal leaves 10 Republican candidates in the 2016 White House race.

February 3, 2016
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Rand Paul Finally Gets Senate Challenger In Lexington’s Mayor

Jim Gray, the mayor of Lexington, Ky., filed paperwork on Tuesday declaring his candidacy for Senate – a last-minute move by a man viewed by most Kentucky Democrats as the party’s hope to take on Republican Sen. Rand Paul for re-election this fall.

January 27, 2016

Late Night Roundup: Don Rumsfeld’s Intelligence

Don Rumsfeld told Stephen Colbert this little gem: “It’s never certain — if it were a fact, it wouldn’t be called ‘intelligence.'”

January 26, 2016

Late Night Roundup: Wrestling In Whitesboro

Stephen Colbert highlighted what is already the most important vote of 2016: The decision by residents of Whitesboro, New York, to keep their town seal.

January 14, 2016
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Rand Paul Plans To Bypass ‘Happy Hour’ Debate, Will Make Pitch Directly To Voters

Rand Paul will not be on the main debate stage Thursday night in South Carolina and, for now at least, he’s sticking with his refusal to partake in the undercard debate.

January 13, 2016
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Seven Candidates Qualify For Thursday’s Main Presidential Debate

Not making the cut, however, is Rand Paul — who now says he will refuse to even take part in the undercard debate.

January 11, 2016

Restive Debates About ‘Ruthless Things’ — Fifth GOP Debates Spotlights Terror At Home And Abroad

“We’re talking about ruthless things tonight,” co-moderator Hugh Hewitt said deep in the second debate. Indeed, Rick Santorum kicked off the affair by asserting, “We have entered World War III,” setting the tone for a pair of fractious, grim GOP debates focussed on national security and terrorism.

December 16, 2015

CNN Adds Christie And Paul To Presidential Debate Lineup

U.S. Republican presidential candidates Chris Christie and Rand Paul will be in the prime-time lineup for the party’s next presidential debate, CNN said on Sunday

December 13, 2015

Iowa Dominated By Indecision As Presidential Caucuses Near

The crops have been harvested and snow has already fallen multiple times, signs in Iowa that it will soon be time to start the process of picking a new president — and begin winnowing the crowded Republican field.

December 4, 2015

Republican Rand Paul To Offer Bill To Halt U.S. Visas For Refugees

GOP presidential candidate seeks to stop people fleeing from about 30 countries with major jihadist activity.

November 16, 2015

In Arid Fourth GOP Debate, Rubio Shines, Kasich Grumbles, And Jeb Disappears

“Democrats do make it worse.” The GOP candidates in the fourth debate spent most of the evening affirming that very point, with varying shades of — and success at — charisma, but not disagreeing on much.

November 11, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Soul Food With Rand Paul

Larry Wilmore dispensed Rand Paul some advice on such topics as how to insult Donald Trump’s mother — and to revamp his image by getting a Jheri curl.

November 3, 2015

What To Look Out For In The Third GOP Debate

Here we are again. The engorged ensemble of Republican primary candidates will meet for their third televised smackdown (ahem, debate) Wednesday night. Here’s what you need to know.

October 28, 2015
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Debt And Low Polls Can Be A Lethal Pairing For Candidates

Money, and the risk of incurring personal debt, is the driving factor for most candidates who opt out.

October 26, 2015

Six Cash-Strapped Republican White House Hopefuls Face Tipping Point

Half a dozen Republican presidential candidates are edging toward financial crisis, raising the specter that some may be forced to drop out of the sprawling field of contenders.

October 17, 2015

GOPers Tweet The Dem Debate

From a true “STAR” to North Koreans eating dogs: The Democrats were debating — and the Republicans were heckling.

October 14, 2015

New GOP Debate Rules Announced — Rand Paul In Danger

It’s now a big question of who exactly will qualify for the main debate, or get consigned to the undercard event — or whether there will even be much of one in the latter case.

September 30, 2015

Endorse This: Rand Paul Vs. A ‘Clown’

Rand Paul is blasting Donald Trump for causing politics to sink so low — and wondering how anyone could think this “clown” is fit to be president.

September 28, 2015

Republicans Signal New Thinking On Drugs, Treatment, And Punishment

Republicans seem to be warming to the idea that drug addiction is more illness than crime — a rare sign of hope in a dismal primary season.

September 19, 2015