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  • 5 Things You Should Know About Sen. Rand Paul

    April 7, 2015 1:03 PM 61

    Sen. Rand Paul examines a patient's eyes in his Bowling Green, Ky., office in 2010. Paul, an opthamologist, worked on his father's campaign while in medical school. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is expected to announce his bid for the White House Tuesday in Louisville. The 52-year-old former ophthalmologist's Libertarian roots set him apart from the expansive

  • Feds giving Puerto Ricans disability benefits because they speak Spanish

    April 7, 2015 12:44 PM 59

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) approved disability benefits for hundreds of Puerto Ricans because they do not speak English, despite the fact that Puerto Rico is a predominantly Spanish-speaking territory. According to a new audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the agency is misapplying rules that are intended to provide financial

  • John McCain: I'm Running for Re-Election in 2016

    April 7, 2015 12:09 PM 60

    Republican Sen. John McCain isn’t ready to throw in the towel yet. The “maverick” Senator announced Tuesday that he will run for what would be his sixth term in office in 2016. “I have decided to run for re-election,” McCain said in an interview with NBC News. “I’m ready, I am more than ready. In some ways, I am eager.” McCain has served in the Senate

  • Sen. Rand Paul set to join 2016 presidential field

    April 7, 2015 12:00 PM 60

    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is expected to launch his 2016 presidential campaign at high noon on Tuesday, bringing his libertarian-leaning brand of conservatism to what is likely to be a crowded primary field. The 52-year-old Republican senator will announce his plans at a "Stand with Rand" rally in Louisville. A Tea Party favorite and frequent antagonist

  • Race, reforms eyed as Ferguson, Missouri, voters head to polls

    April 7, 2015 11:32 AM 59

    (Reuters) - Residents in Ferguson, Missouri, are casting their votes on Tuesday in a closely watched election some see as a critical step toward ending discriminatory practices detailed in a federal probe of the St. Louis suburb, which was wracked by months of racially charged protests. Three seats are up for election on the six-member City Council in Ferguson

  • Sen. Rand Paul Announces 2016 Presidential Run

    April 7, 2015 11:32 AM 60

    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced today that he will seek the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. "I have a message — a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words," he told supporters in Louisville, Ky. "We've come to take our country back." Earlier, in a statement on his website, he said: "I am running for president to return our country to the principles

  • Chicago voters go to polls in first ever mayoral runoff

    April 7, 2015 11:23 AM 59

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicagoans vote on Tuesday in the city's first ever mayoral runoff, pitting well-funded incumbent Rahm Emanuel against underdog Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. Emanuel, 55, who has spent millions of dollars on television and radio ads, was well ahead of Garcia, 58, a former state senator and alderman, in a poll released

  • Rand Paul, Can A Libertarian Win The Republican Primary?

    April 7, 2015 11:03 AM 66

    The Kentucky senator, who is expected to announce his candidacy for the White House Tuesday morning, doesn't fit neatly into the molds of either party. Socially liberal on issues of crime and punishment — especially when it comes to drug sentencing — against a federal ban on same-sex marriage, and no foreign policy hawk, he's not your prototypical Republican

  • Rand Paul Declares 2016 Candidacy: How He Learned From His Mistakes

    April 7, 2015 11:00 AM 60

    With Rand Paul set to officially announce his campaign for President on Tuesday, the day will mark just how fast his political rise has been. A mere five years ago, he was an outside candidate, an underdog eye doctor running for office for the very first time. When Rand Paul pulled off a surprise win in Kentucky’s Republican Senate primary, he bragged

  • Top Senate Democrat joins push for populist campaign agenda

    April 7, 2015 10:03 AM 64

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday joined a grassroots effort from the progressive wing of the party to encourage presidential candidates to adopt populist policies as they begin their campaigns. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada is among more than 5,000 lawmakers and party leaders who have signed on to the Progressive