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Senator Rand Paul denies his former ‘Southern Avenger’ aide was racist

CNBC reporter John Harwood confronted Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on Tuesday regarding a former aide who was outed as a neo-Confederate. On NPR’s radio show On Point, Harwood questioned why Paul had employed Jack Hunter — who once went by the name “The Southern Avenger” — as his director of…

Perry doubles down: Birther issue ‘good to keep alive’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry isn’t backing down from making an issue out of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. “It’s a good issue to keep alive,” Perry reportedly told CNBC’s John Harwood Monday. “Look I haven’t seen his, I haven’t seen his grades,” he added. “My grades ended up on…