Political Headlines March 6, 2013: Rand Paul filibuster in the 9th hour — John Brennan Nomination & Drone debate seizes Senate

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Drone debate seizes Senate with Rand Paul filibuster

Source: Politico, 3-6-13

A bloc of conservatives led by libertarian Sen. Rand Paul seized control of the Senate on Wednesday with an attack against what they called the danger of drone strikes against American citizens inside the U.S., successfully pushing President Barack Obama’s nominee to run the CIA off the day’s agenda….

“That Americans could be killed in a café in San Francisco or in a restaurant in Houston or at their home in Bowling Green, Ky., is an abomination,” Paul said. “It is something that should not and cannot be tolerated in our country. I don’t rise to oppose John Brennan’s nomination simply for the person. I rise today for the principle.”…READ MORE

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Political Headlines March 6, 2013: Rand Paul’s ‘#filiblizzard’ Filibuster

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Rand Paul’s ‘#filiblizzard’ Filibuster

Source: Fox 40, 3-6-13

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, is filibustering the old-fashioned way.

And as a snow storm swirled outside Wednesday in the nation’s capital, Paul started his own Twitter hash tag that encapsulated his hours-long stand-off on Capitol Hill: #filiblizzard.

At 11:47 a.m. ET, Paul took to the Senate floor for a rare talking filibuster in an effort to stall a confirmation vote on CIA Director nominee John Brennan….READ MORE

Full Text Political Headlines March 6, 2013: Rand Paul’s Filibuster Speech Against John Brennan CIA Nomination & on Civil Liberties Excerpts

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The 10 Best Lines From Rand Paul’s Incredible Filibuster On Civil Liberties

Source: Business Insider, 3-6-13

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Here are the 10 best lines from the speech:

Paul begins:

“I will speak until I can no longer speak.” 

On the ambiguous criteria for drone targets:

“Are you going to just drop a drone hellfire missile on Jane Fonda? Are you going to drop a missile on Kent State?” 

On smoking:

“If we believe [Obama] to be a good man who would never kill noncombatants in a cafe in Houston, sitting out in a sidewalk cafe, smoking — oh, that’s right you’re not allowed to smoke cigarettes anymore.”

On targeting Americans who oppose the government:

“Has anyone ever been on the internet? Have you ever seen the crackpots on the Internet?”

On Obama’s shift on civil liberties: 

“I think its also safe to say that Barack Obama of 2007 would be right down here with me arguing against this drone-strike program if he we’re in the Senate.” 

On the White House “kill list”:

“You don’t think a President working off of PowerPoint slides and flash cards might not make a mistake?”

Invoking Hitler: 

“I’m not saying that anyone is Hitler, don’t misunderstand me. But what I am saying that is…when a democracy gets it wrong, you want the law to be in place.”

Giving Obama some credit: 

“I frankly don’t think he’ll be killing people in their homes tonight.”

Claiming that the filibuster was not partisan:

“I have allowed the president to pick his political appointees…But I will not sit quietly and let him shred the Constitution.” 

A dose of reality: 

“Ultimately, I can’t win. There’s not enough votes.”

History Q & A March 6, 2013: What Were the Top 5 Longest Filibusters? Number 1 Strom Thurmond Against the Civil Rights Act of 1957

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Filibusters ain’t what they used to be

Source: WaPo, 3-6-13
 


Sen. Strom Thurmond, D-S.C., waves as he leaves the Senate chamber at end of his 24 hour, 18-minute one-man filibuster on the floor. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) launched an old-fashioned filibuster Wednesday… But it doesn’t appear that Paul is going to come close to the legendary filibusters — starting with Jimmy Stewart in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” who was depicted as having spoken nearly 24 hours, though the 1939 movie only ran a bit more than two hours.

The record filibuster goes, of course, to former South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond in opposing the 1957 civil rights bill. Thurmond, then a Democrat, held the floor for 24 hours and 18 minutes….READ MORE

Longest Senate filibusters went on and on … and on

Source: USA TODAY, 3-6-13

STORY: Sen. Rand Paul filibusters CIA nominee

The five longest filibusters, per Senate records:

Strom Thurmond — 24 hours, 18 minutes, 1957…

Alfonse D’Amato — 23 hours, 30 minutes, 1986…

Wayne Morse — 22 hours, 26 minutes, 1953…

Robert LaFollette — 18 hours, 23 minutes, 1908…

William Proxmire — 16 hours, 12 minutes, 1981

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Political Headlines March 6, 2013: Rand Paul’s 6 Hour (and Counting) Filibuster on John Brennan’s CIA Nomination

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Rand Paul’s 6 Hour (and Counting) Filibuster

Source: ABC News (blog), 3-6-13

Overperforming – Rand Paul’s Filibusters is At Six Hours and Going Strong – He’s alluded at least three times to Alice in Wonderland, listened to a reading of William Travis’s letter – “victory or death” – at the Alamo, which fell 117 years ago today….READ MORE

Political Headlines March 6, 2013: Highlights of Rand Paul’s filibuster against John Brennan thus far

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Highlights of Rand Paul’s filibuster against John Brennan thus far

Source: WaPo, 3-6-13

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), said he will be speaking for “a few hours” on Wednesday in opposition to John Brennan’s nomination as head of the CIA….READ MORE

Political Headlines March 6, 2013: Harry Reid Fails To End Rand Paul Filibuster On John Brennan

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Harry Reid Fails To End Filibuster On John Brennan

Source: TPM, 3-6-13

After five hours of a Republican-led filibuster on the nomination of John Brennan as CIA director on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) came to the floor to wrap things up.

Reid called for a unanimous consent agreement to move to a direct vote and effectively end the filibuster on the nomination. Paul objected…

Paul was aided on the floor at various times by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) Ted Cruz (R-TX), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Pat Toomey (R-PA) and even one Democrat, Ron Wyden of Oregon….READ MORE

Political Headlines March 6, 2013: Rand Paul filibusters vote on CIA director nominee John Brennan over drones

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Rand Paul filibusters vote on CIA director nominee John Brennan over drones

Source: CBS News, 3-6-13

Rand Paul: U.S. going to “drop a drone hell-fired missile on Jane Fonda?”

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is filibustering the nomination of John Brennan to be director of the CIA, delivering a protracted speech on the Senate floor in protest of the Obama administration’s controversial drone program, of which Brennan has been a key architect….

“I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA. I will speak until I can no longer speak. I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court,” he said….READ MORE

Political Headlines March 6, 2013: John Brennan Confirmation Delayed by Rare Talking Filibuster

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Brennan Confirmation Delayed by Rare Talking Filibuster

Source: ABC News Radio, 3-6-13

With federal offices shut down due to snow and John Brennan poised to be confirmed as CIA Director, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, considered an outspoken libertarian, did plenty of speaking as he engaged in a traditional, and increasingly rare, talking filibuster on Wednesday.

In modern Washington, the threat of a filibuster has become enough to require an issue to get 60 votes of support instead of 51….READ MORE

Political Headlines March 6, 2013: Sen. Marco Rubio Joins John Brennan Filibuster

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Sen. Marco Rubio Joins Brennan Filibuster

Source: TPM, 3-6-13

Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined several Republicans and one Democrat in filibustering the nomination of John Brennan as director of the CIA on Wednesday, and opened with a reference to his memorable State of the Union response….READ MORE

Political Headlines March 6, 2013: Rand Paul launches talking filibuster against John Brennan

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Rand Paul launches talking filibuster against John Brennan

Source: Washington Post (blog), 3-6-13

Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) talking filibuster against John Brennan’s nomination as CIA director is gaining supporters, and it’s now a bipartisan effort. Paul began speaking just before noon Wednesday on the Senate floor in opposition to Brennan’s nomination….READ MORE

Political Headlines March 6, 2013: Rand Paul’s Attack of the Drones on Senate Floor, Filibusters John Brennan Nomination

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Rand Paul’s Attack of the Drones on Senate Floor

Source: ABC News, 3-6-13

Rand Paul’s Attack of the Drones on Senate Floor. Republican senator cites lethal drone strikes in his delay to nominate John Brennan as CIA director….READ MORE

Political Headlines March 6, 2013: Rand Paul Filibusters John Brennan Nomination

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Rand Paul Filibusters Brennan Nomination

Source: New York Times (blog), 3-6-13

Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, began an old-school, speak-until-you-can-speak-no-more filibuster on Wednesday just before noon, and was still going strong more than an hour later….READ MORE

Political Headlines March 6, 2013: Senators filibuster John Brennan nomination as CIA director

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Senators filibuster Brennan nomination as CIA head

Source: Reuters, 3-6-13

Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on his nomination to be the Director of the CIA, on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3DH5V

Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on his nomination to be the Director of the CIA, on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 7, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Jason Reed

Kentucky Republican Rand Paul took to the floor of the Senate on Wednesday and kept talking for hours in an attempt to block the confirmation of President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism advisor, John Brennan, as director of the CIA.

Paul began shortly before noon, and talked for more than three hours in an old-fashioned filibuster – in which a senator speaks until he can continue no longer – to prevent a vote on Brennan….READ MORE

Political Headlines February 14, 2013: Senate Blocks Hagel Nomination

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Senate Blocks Hagel Nomination

Source: ABC News Radio, 2-15-13

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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will have to stay on the job a little bit longer.

As expected, the Senate on Thursday failed to invoke cloture, essentially cutting off debate and not moving closer toward final passage of Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be the next defense secretary.

The vote was 58-40. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, voted present. Four Republicans voted with the Democrats to end debate.

This marks the first time a Cabinet nominee has ever been blocked on a cloture vote….READ MORE

Political Headlines February 14, 2013: Senate Republicans block Chuck Hagel nomination for defense secretary

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Senate Republicans block Hagel nomination for defense secretary

Source: WaPo, 2-14-13

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Senate Republicans have blocked former senator Chuck Hagel’s (R-Neb.) nomination for secretary of defense, filibustering his confirmation amid demands for more time to study their former colleague’s speeches and finances after leaving the Senate in 2008. It is the first time a national security Cabinet nominee has ever faced a filibuster…..READ MORE

Political Headlines February 14, 2013: Chuck Hagel blocked: Harry Reid says he doesn’t have the votes

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Chuck Hagel blocked: Harry Reid says he doesn’t have the votes

Source: Politico, 2-14-13

Chuck Hagel’s path to the Pentagon struck another major roadblock on Thursday when Senate Republicans kept up their threat to filibuster, throwing the nomination into limbo as Congress prepared to quit town for a weeklong recess….READ MORE

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