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Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), a co-chairman of President Donald Trump's Utah Reelection Board, took the rare step of dissenting against the Trump administration after a Senate briefing on the merits of Trump's drone strike that killed top Iranian military official, Qasem Soleimani.

The briefing came just one day after Iran deployed retaliatory strikes on two Iraqi military bases where U.S. troops are stationed.

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After President Donald Trump withheld congressionally approved military aid from Ukraine, urging Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump's allies insisted that the move was to root out corruption, rather than an example of corruption itself.

As abuse of power and obstruction of Congress articles head to the House floor for an impeachment vote, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) tried to employ the familiar excuse to CNN's Jake Tapper.

It didn't go well.

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Not all is cordial or civil in Republican ranks as evidenced by a Twitter spat between Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul and Wyoming Republican Representative Liz Cheney. If the last names sound familiar it's because the two are political legacies of powerful fathers.

Liz Cheney's father Dick Cheney was Vice President—and some would claim de facto President—with George W. Bush. Rand Paul's father Ron Paul served in the House of Representatives for Texas and ran for President in 1988 as a Libertarian then again in 2008 and 2012 as a Republican.

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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) offered to contribute to a ticket to Somalia for Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN), a former refugee and American citizen who escaped violence in her birth country of Somalia as a child. Paul's comments come weeks after President Donald Trump's racist tweets against four congresswomen of color, including Omar, suggesting they "go back" to their countries.

Speaking to the far right publication Breitbart, Paul chastised Omar for being "as ungrateful as you can get," falsely claiming that the congresswoman called the United States a terrible country.

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The Trump administration has performed victory laps since the Mueller report––or shall we say Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Mueller report––was released. The Mueller report, according to a letter penned by Barr on Friday, found insufficient evidence that President Donald Trump or members of his campaign “conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities."

The battle to release the full report is well underway, but this hasn't stopped prominent Republicans, like commentator Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., from suggesting that the matter is settled and that Congress must investigate those who propagated the "Russia hoax."

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (R) is approached by members of the media as he arrives at the weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon at the Capitol May 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. Senate Republican held a policy luncheon to discuss GOP agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who opposes socialized medicine and the concept of health care as a fundamental human right, will travel to Canada for surgery later this month.

Paul was attacked by a neighbor in 2017 while mowing his lawn, resulting in six broken ribs and a bruised lung.

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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) left social media users scratching their heads after he marked Festivus––a made-up holiday during which people can air grievances about others that served as the theme of a Seinfeld episode––with a series of tweets taking aim at a host of political figures, including President Donald Trump and Mick Mulvaney, who will serve as Trump's acting White House Chief of Staff, beginning in 2019.

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