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  • 5 Best Reactions to the Supreme Court Health Care Ruling

    Earlier today, the Supreme Court largely upheld the constitutionality the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate. Ill-advised reactions were also mandated.

    1. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky…

    "Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be 'constitutional' does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional. While the court may have erroneously come to the conclusion that the law is allowable, it certainly does nothing to make this mandate or government takeover of our health care right."

    Paul is right. It takes 5 people.

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    2. Sarah Palin on the death of freedom…

    Maybe freedom should have bought some insurance instead of being so irresponsible with its health.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Health Care, Jim DeMint, Rand Paul, Sarah Palin, Supreme Court
  • Rand Paul Wants to Add Prenatal Personhood to Flood Insurance Bill

    The overhaul of FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program — which provides flood insurance to more than 5 million U.S. properties — is winding its way pretty gracefully through the Senate, despite tensions from both sides of the aisle.

    Unfortunately, the one area in which it falls short is that it doesn't do an adequate job of defining exactly when a human life begins, as all good pieces of flood insurance legislation must.

    Thankfully, Sen. Rand Paul is on it!

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is holding up a flood insurance bill until the Senate votes to recognize the life begins at conception.

    The reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program, which expires at the end of July and currently insures 5.6 million flood-prone properties, was expected to pass with little fuss. But then Paul signaled he wanted a vote on "when life begins."…

    Paul tells TPM that he's "just trying to get a vote for the people who elected me."

    Joke all you like about how little fetal personhood has to do with flood insurance or how Paul is using important legislation to ram his pro-life policies through Congress, but let me ask you this: Who knows about a life spent submerged under water without a shirt on your back or a possession in the world better than a embryo?

    Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Abortion, Natural Disasters, Rand Paul, Senate
  • Rand Paul Introduces Air Traveler "Bill of Rights," Fails to Include Beyonce Provision

    On the one hand, the possible invalidation of the Affordable Care Act by the Supreme Court may leave pat-down searches by the Transportation Safety Administration as the sole source of affordable screening available to millions of Americans. On the other hand, it is kind of rude for the TSA to freedom-fondle senior citizens and not even followup with a phone call.

    To solve the latter dilemma, Senator Rand Paul, himself a victim of government reach-arounds, has introduced a measure to apply a few of the protections from the original Bill of Rights to the passenger screening process

    Paul's proposed bill of rights legislation would give the TSA one year to implement a speedier screening process for pre-cleared frequent fliers at airports with more than 250,000 annual flights, permit travelers who fail to pass imaging or metal detector screening to go through the screening again rather than be subjected to an automatic pat-down, and eliminate pat-downs for travelers age 12 and younger and 75 and older unless the screener has a "high degree of suspicion" that the passenger is carrying a prohibited item.

    All this sounds good, but it fails to take into account the needs of our  most vulnerable minority: the celebrity-American. I believe Paul's counterparts in the House made themselves very clear on this point…

    The US House of Representatives has a very important announcement, they would like the TSA to stop patting down Beyonce when she passes through airport security.

    Rep. Mike Rogers, head of the House Homeland Security Transportation Subcommittee recently told the agency that Beyonce is "not going to blow a plane up."

    I like Paul's broader proposal better. First, the exposure of important people to the TSA screening process, whether they're famous entertainers or U.S. Senators, is what generates support for greater privacy protections in the first place. If only the "suspicious" were targeted, Congress would never care. See, for example, "stop, frisk."

    Second, failure to include Beyonce-Americans in the potential screening process is going to totally undermine the TSA agent recruiting process.

    Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: House of Representatives, Rand Paul, Senate, Transportation, TSA
  • Quote Unquote: Vice President Paul?

    Sen. Rand Paul on the possibility of being called up to the big leagues by Mitt Romney

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    "A year, year and a half ago, I was a physician in a small town. And it would be a great honor to be considered as a vice president for the Republican Party. I think that would be something that anybody who said otherwise would not be being truthful."

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    Translation: "I am starting to believe that Mitt Romney might actually be able to win this thing."


    Tags: Mitt Romney, Quote Unquote, Rand Paul, Veepstakes
  • Conservatives Acknowledge Rand Paul Couldn't Get Any Dumber

    Speaking at a Faith & Freedom Coalition dinner in Waukee, Iowa, Senator Rand Paul tried to make a funny as part of his campaign to reconcile mainstream Republican activists to the influx Ron Paul supporters who have emerged as a powerful force in Republican caucuses and conventions…

    "The president recently weighed in on marriage and you know he said his views were evolving on marriage. Call me cynical, but I wasn't sure his views on marriage could get any gayer," he said, drawing laughter from the audience.

    Though Paul is widely seen as positioning himself as a socially conservative candidate primed to win the 2016 Republican Iowa Caucuses, such comments are still surprising given the support his father engenders among increasingly tolerant young people. It's not as if gay Americans and supporters of Rand Paul's father are so different. For one thing, the former are often closeted, the latter are typically basemented.

    Even more surprising was the reaction from Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and social conservative activist Tony Perkins…

    Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation," strongly disagreed with the Kentucky Republican's choice of words.

    "I don't think this is something we should joke about," Perkins said. "We are talking about individuals who feel very strongly one way or the other, and I think we should be civil, respectful, allowing all sides to have the debate…. I think this is not something to laugh about. It's not something to poke fun at other people about. This is a very serious issue."

    This is the same Tony Perkins who recently blamed the Secret Service prostitution scandal on the repeal of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. Tony "the organization I head is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center" Perkins. When that Tony Perkins thinks you've gone too far, maybe you need a more Ayn Randian approach to quips: everyone in the audience comes up with their own jokes and there's absolutely no sharing.

    Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Iowa, LGBT, Marriage, Marriage Equality, Rand Paul, Tony Perkins