Sen. Rand Paul’s (R., Ky.) greatest vulnerabilities in the early GOP primaries are his positions on Iran and Israel, according to a private poll commissioned by a group called the Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America.
Looking out over the lunch crowd packed into a Marriott hotel ballroom in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, David Simon, the creator of The Wire, must have felt a touch of the surreal.
The Ron Paul Institute published a column on Friday arguing that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “played the Holocaust card” in an effort to manipulate the U.S. government into starting a war with Iran.
Fighting continues in eastern Ukraine despite a ceasefire agreement reached earlier this month by European negotiators.
While Russian-backed separatists began to pull back some heavy weapons from the front lines on Tuesday as part of the deal, Ukraine says the rebels are still initiating attacks. Ukrainian forces retreated from the strategic rail hub Debaltseve last week under an onslaught from the separatists—who were bolstered by Russian troops and advanced weaponry, Western officials said—and residents now fear that the rebels could launch further attacks on the eastern cities of Mariupol and Kharkiv.
BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kacyzinski notes that Ron Paul, a long-serving confidante of potential presidential candidate Rand Paul, recently stated the United States was not interested in capturing Osama bin Laden following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 because doing so would have limited the ability of the George W. Bush administration to wage unlimited war in the middle east:
The Internal Revenue Service seized hundreds of millions of dollars from thousands of bank accounts over the past decade, often without proof of any criminal wrongdoing, according to a report released by the Institute for Justice this week.
Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) said during a 2009 interview with Alex Jones’ InfoWars that mandatory vaccines for illnesses such as the swine flu could be an early step toward “martial law,” and said the procedures have a long history of lethal side effects.