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Stephen Colbert to Rand Paul: ‘You tried to sell me pot backstage!’

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It’s no secret that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) thinks Donald Trump is a joke — but he wants to remind voters that the Republican frontrunner is dangerously unsuited to serve as president.

The Kentucky Republican appeared Wednesday on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” where he traded jokes about his hair and wardrobe before turning serious in an answer about his GOP rivals.

“All kidding aside, I think there’s a certain seriousness to leading a nation of 300 million,” Paul said. “I guess what concerns me is, in the last debate, there was a discussion of the nuclear triad — that means we have missiles by air and by land and by sea.”

“But the thing is, he seemed to be unaware that we even had that, but then a week later it’s even scarier,” Paul continued. “Mr. Trump says, ‘Of course, we’ve got a nuclear triad, and our biggest problem is that we’ve been unwilling to use it enough.’ We’re kind of making light, but that shouldn’t be made light of.”

Colbert said he admired Paul and his father, former presidential candidate and Rep. Ron Paul, for staking out positions that strayed from partisan orthodoxy.

“He’s almost libertarian, I’m libertarian-ish,” Paul explained. “In sort of general terms, Republicans haven’t been very good with your personal privacy or your personal liberty, but Democrats haven’t been very good with your economic liberty — they want all kinds of rules on business that interfere with the marketplace. Government on the Republican side wants to collect your phone records, be involved in what you do in your home. Libertarians say, you know what? We want to leave you the hell alone, no matter what — whether it’s your business or your private life.”

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Colbert asked if he had anything in common with Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is mounting an enthusiastic challenge to Clinton.

“Yeah, we work in the same place,” Paul said.

Paul said he frequently worked with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) on NSA and foreign policy reforms, including bringing troops home from Afghanistan — and Colbert asked him about drug policy reform.

“You’re not going to ask about pot, are you?” Paul said.

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“Are you a cop? Because if you’re a cop, you have to tell me you’re a cop or this is entrapment,” Colbert said, as Paul jokingly mopped his brow.

“I thought we said before we would not talk about pot, Stephen,” Paul said.

“You tried to sell me pot backstage,” Colbert said. “I’m sorry — you tried to sell me on the idea of changing sentencing guidelines for pot. I should have said the entire sentence, I apologize.”

Watch the entire interview posted online by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert:

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Lock him up? Democrats are pushing prosecution for Trump — but those calls alarm some law enforcement vets

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President Donald Trump -- whose rallies are still punctuated with "lock her up" chants" -- may face turnabout from his Democratic rivals.

Some Democratic candidates are openly threatening Trump with prosecution once he's out of office, and those taunts are alarming to some law enforcement veterans, reported Politico.

“Presidents aren’t supposed to suggest there be investigations or prosecutions of particular people, let alone their political rivals,” said Matt Axelrod, a former Justice Department senior official under Obama. “President Trump has flagrantly and repeatedly violated that norm, but that doesn’t mean the norm has been obliterated.”

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WATCH: Alabama GOP official berates reporter about Sodom and Gomorrah after she questions his anti-LGBT rant

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Republican Mobile County Treasurer Phil Benson defiantly told a reporter from a local news station to read the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah when she came to ask him about his recent anti-LGBT rant that he posted on Facebook.

The controversy surrounding Benson started when he reacted angrily to a story about a bakery getting sued for refusing to serve an LGBT wedding.

"Freaking queers have gotten too much sympathy," Benson wrote on Facebook in response to the story.

Local news station NBC 15 sent out reporter Andrea Ramey to question him about his remarks, and he tried to insist that she read Chapter 19 of Genesis, which details the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah over their tolerance of homosexuality.

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Charitable giving drops after GOP tax ‘cut’: report

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On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that charitable giving dropped 1.7 percent last year, adjusted for inflation, even as the economy surged.

The likely culprit? The GOP tax law, according to a report from Giving USA.

Although corporate donations rose 2.9 percent and foundation gifts rose 4.7 percent in the previous year, charitable donations from individuals — which is where the bulk of actual charity takes place — dropped 3.4 percent, the first time this has happened since the financial crisis.

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