Rand Paul stages 13-hour filibuster | Analysis: Filibuster was good for Rand Paul's personal brand | Highlights from Rand Paul's marathon Senate speech
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March 7, 2013
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Rand Paul stages 13-hour filibuster
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Sen. Rand Paul mounted an old-fashioned filibuster Wednesday, holding the Senate floor for almost 13 hours in a bid to block the confirmation of President Barack Obama's pick to lead the CIA and to highlight the president's policy on the use of drones. Other senators provided gifts of tea and apples, and stepped in to allow Paul brief breaks, before the Kentucky Republican finally ended his marathon speech early this morning. "I'm hopeful that we have drawn attention to this issue, that this issue will not fade away, and that the president will come up with a response," he said. CBS News/The Associated Press (3/7), The Washington Post (3/7), FoxNews.com (3/7), National Public Radio/The Two-Way blog (3/7)
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Mitch McConnell jumps on the "Harlem Shake" bandwagon
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has released a meme-tastic new video clip showing a man doing the Harlem Shake while holding a paper cutout of the Republican politician's face. The McConnell impersonator is then joined by other dancers dressed as an elephant, Captain America, Uncle Sam, Abe Lincoln and Rosie the Riveter. CNN/Political Ticker blog (3/6)
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