Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who confused last week’s CPAC crowd by showing up and sheepishly brandishing a rifle on the stage, didn’t take long to return to form over the weekend. He was back in front of the mainstream media Saturday, boasting that the GOP establishment would mop the floor with Tea Party candidates in the 2014 midterms.
After winning a second CPAC Presidential straw poll, Rand Paul (R-Ky.) realized it was time to start taking control of an important conservative brand name before the other guys could beat him to the punch. By Monday, he’d planted his flag on Ronald Regan’s diplomatic legacy – challenging his possible 2016 Republican adversaries to come up with alternate ways of inhabiting the same political space.
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WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) — The Obama administration dropped plans for Medicare drug coverage rule changes that were berated by Congress and lobbyists. Marilyn Tavenner, who heads Medicare, told lawmakers Monday her agency would not finalize regulations that give insurers more leeway to limit the number of drugs covered for Medicare beneficiaries, the Hill reported. […]
WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) — Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says if he were president he’d take a harder stance against Russian President Vladimir Putin for events in Ukraine. “Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is a gross violation of that nation’s sovereignty and an affront to the international community,” Paul, mentioned as a 2016 Republican presidential […]
SANTIAGO, Chile, March 10 (UPI) — The Southern Hemisphere is becoming increasingly important to global export and quickly becoming an energy center, U.S. President Joe Biden said Monday. “The president [Obama] and I believe that the hemisphere, the Western Hemisphere, and particularly the Southern Hemisphere offers enormous, enormous potential,” Biden said ahead of a bilateral […]
BOSTON, March 10 (UPI) — Organizers of the Boston Marathon announced enhanced security for April’s race in response to the twin bombings that killed three people and injured hundreds last year. At a joint press conference Monday, police officials and Boston Athletic Association representatives detailed their “ambitious” security measures that include prohibitions on carrying bags […]
NEW YORK, March 10 (UPI) — Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman vowed to never return to North Korea again if that is what Americans want. Rodman raised controversy and a lot of anger when he went on a series of trips to North Korea to visit his “friend” North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. “I […]
WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) — A Washington businessman was charged Monday with funneling more than $2 million illegally to local and federal political campaigns. Prosecutors said in a 10-page charging document Jeffrey E. Thompson, 58, subverted campaign laws for many years. The charges began with alleged improprieties in the 2010 campaign of Washington Mayor Vincent […]
NEW YORK, March 10 (UPI) — U.S. prosecutors subpoenaed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for records of potential conflict of interest for the authority’s head. Port Authority Chairman David Samson is a political ally of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, himself under fire following lane closures at the busy George Washington […]