Tag Archive: Rand Paul

The “Libertarian Moment” is Here to Stay

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Last year the New York Times Magazine noted the ascendance of libertarian-ish Republican senator Rand Paul and asked whether America’s “libertarian moment” had finally arrived.  Now, again using Rand Paul as a focal… Continue reading

Rand Paul and the Art of Privilege Checking

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There were many, many great moments in yesterday’s Republican Presidential Debate, and a few surprises as well. For one, the mere fact that CNN isn’t Fox News lent the moderators and candidates an… Continue reading

Will the NSA-collection provisions of the Patriot Act expire tonight?

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The US Senate has convened for a rare Sunday session for the purpose of holding debate on extension of parts of the Patriot Act relating to NSA surveillance.  Those parts will sunset and expire at… Continue reading

Rand Paul sorta-kinda filibusters Renewal of Patriot Act (LIVE updates)

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I’ve just taken the senate floor to begin a filibuster of the Patriot Act renewal. It’s time to end the NSA spying! — Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 20, 2015 Senator Rand Paul… Continue reading

Point/Counterpoint: Rand Paul’s Cigarette Tax Gaffe Shows He Has a Tough Road Ahead

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky), who until Jeb Bush’s recent announcement led the pack of 2016 Republican presidential contenders, is known for being the most outspoken Republican on racial issues. Recently, he put a… Continue reading

Point/Counterpoint: Rand Paul, Death, and Taxes

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has been criticized by progressive commentators over the past weeks for his remarks on the Eric Garner case, who was choked to death by police in New York City… Continue reading

US Sentencing Commission votes unanimously to reduce sentences of nonviolent drug offenders retroactively

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  The U.S. Sentencing Commission has passed a measure that will reduce sentences for nonviolent drug offenders in federal prisons.  These reductions will be applied retroactively.  As the Wall Street Journal reports: The… Continue reading

SCOTUS Hobby Lobby ruling isn’t about Religious Freedom vs. Access to Care. It’s about the Individual and Employer Mandates.

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The Supreme Court of the United States ruled today that under the protection of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), for-profit corporations that are “closely held” may not be forced by the… Continue reading

Part II: Libertarianism in American Politics

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This is the second part of a five-part essay on the coming alliance of libertarian and progressive Millennials in American Politics. Part I can be found here. In order to see the potential… Continue reading