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Rand Paul uses judicial nomination to pressure Obama over legality of drone strikes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s choice of David Barron to serve as a U.S. federal appeals court judge will undergo a crucial test on Wednesday when the Senate takes a procedural vote amid controversy over the nominee’s role in authorizing drone strikes against American citizens. Republican Senator Rand Paul…

Senate rejects symbolic end to Iraq war

WASHINGTON — The US Senate on Tuesday easily defeated a symbolic measure formally declaring an end to the war in Iraq, roughly one month before US forces are due to leave the strife-torn country. Republican Senator Rand Paul’s proposal, an amendment to a $662 billion annual military spending bill, failed…