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Rand Paul: No one in Congress has done more for minority rights than me

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Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said in an interview with Salon.com that no one in Congress has done as much for the rights of ethnic and racial minorities in the U.S. than himself.

“I don’t think there has been anybody who has been a bigger defender of minority rights in the Congress than myself, and that’s not saying others aren’t trying as well,” Paul said. “But I think you can see a history and a litany of bills that I’ve put forward to not only restore voting rights, but to try to prevent people from the tragedy of losing their employability through felony convictions and other things.”

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The remarks were part of a wide-ranging discussion of matters ranging from his prospects for 2016, potential rivalry with former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and the future of the Republican Party.

The Tea Party favorite — son of long-serving libertarian-leaning Republican Congressman Ron Paul — perhaps failed to take into account that he is serving alongside civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. into Selma, Alabama. Lewis was brutally beaten by Alabama Highway Patrolmen in Selma and locked in a jail cell for standing up for racial equality in the divided South.

He went on to testify before Congress about the treatment he received and on behalf of the Voting Rights Act, one of the great civil rights victories of the 1960s.

TPM’s Daniel Strauss wrote, “Salon also pointed out that there are numerous instances of Paul expressing opposition to the Civil Rights Act. On the Rachel Maddow Show in 2010 he said he was opposed to parts of the law that required private businesses to accommodate everyone. He later denied that he’s been against the Civil Rights Act.”

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‘Smoking gun so hot it’s still on fire’: Ex-US Attorney astonished by text shown in Vindman testimony

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A former U.S. Attorney says Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman has delivered "smoking gun" evidence of a quid pro quo arrangement between President Donald Trump and Ukraine.

The National Security Council staffer told a House impeachment inquiry that he was aware of -- and alarmed by -- efforts as early as March to pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation of Joe Biden and his son, which he believed were conducted to deliver a political benefit the president.

The counsel for House Democrats then showed a text sent 30 minutes before Trump's July 25 call to Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky, which shows the special envoy Kurt Volker dangling a White House visit to a Zelensky aide in exchange for an investigation.

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‘Perfectly impeachable’: George Conway says Vindman and Williams testimony is ‘absolutely devastating’ for Trump

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On Tuesday, as Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams testified publicly about their knowledge of the Ukraine scandal, conservative lawyer George Conway called the testimony "devastating" for President Donald Trump — and proclaimed his conduct both impeachable and criminal.

This testimony, from two witnesses to the July 25 call, is absolutely devastating. That call was absolutely “perfect,” all right—perfectly impeachable.

And criminal.

— George Conway (@gtconway3d) November 19, 2019

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Former Obama officials torch Trump’s press secretary for ‘bald-faced lie’ about leaving mean notes

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White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham on Tuesday told a tall tale about Obama officials -- and now many of them are calling her out for it.

While talking to reporters, Grisham alleged that Obama staffers in January 2017 left notes that read, "You will fail" for Trump officials.

The story immediately raised suspicions among reporters who were skeptical that such notes would have remained a secret for nearly three years, especially given how leak-prone the Trump White House has been.

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