Today’s Media Appearances
- 9:15am EST – The Mandy Connell Show (WHAS-Louisville)
- Draconian law harms, doesn’t help – NKY
- The Next Step for the Sacketts – National Review
- Ryan’s Right Flank – American Spectator
- House conservatives to unveil budget which balances books faster – The Hill
- Amicus Briefs Examined – NPR
- High-court watchers eagerly await Tuesday’s showdown – The Hill
- Mitt Romney: how he’ll choose a VP running-mate – and who – The Guardian
- If offered, Rand Paul should decline VP slot – United Liberty
- Koch Brothers v. Health Care Reform – Huffington Post
- Our View: Feds serious on halting synthetic drug trafficking – Post Bulletin
- Bernanke says U.S. needs faster growth – Reuters
- Al-Jazeera not to air video of French attacks – Associated Press
- Justices Ready to Move to Heart of Health Case – Real Clear Politics
- Americans Divided on Repeal of 2010 Healthcare Law – Gallup
- Six Kentucky coal mines cited for violations during special impact inspections – WPSD
- Student Debt Increasing Both Nationwide and in Kentucky – WFPL
Draconian law harms, doesn’t help
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has expressed skepticism about long mandatory minimum sentences for certain offenses. “What we’re doing is trying to work with them to say if they will discuss these mandatory minimums,” Paul said.
Even if the Sacketts lose in court, the fight won’t be over. In a concurrence in last week’s Supreme Court decision, Justice Samuel Alito took the somewhat unusual step of calling out Congress for its vague language, encouraging the legislative branch to clarify the Clean Water Act. Kentucky senator Rand Paul — along with eight Republican co-sponsors — is hoping to do just that.
Even before the House budget was announced, Sens. Rand Paul, Jim DeMint, and Mike Lee lined up behind a proposal that eliminates cabinet-level departments and purports to reach balance faster without raising taxes.
House conservatives to unveil budget which balances books faster
Whereas the Ryan plan resembles proposals by presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the RSC plan more closely resembles the Tea Party budget put forth this month by Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah).
Amicus Briefs Examined
BLOCK: The AARP filed an amicus brief, as did Senator Rand Paul and Speaker of the House John Boehner.
High-court watchers eagerly await Tuesday’s showdown
The circuslike atmosphere that has had U.S. Capitol Police on edge for weeks is expected to explode on Tuesday, when health law advocates from around the country are expected in force in conjunction with a massive Tea Party “Hands Off My Health Care” rally featuring such speakers as Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Reps. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).
Mitt Romney: how he’ll choose a VP running-mate – and who
Rand Paul, senator from Kentucky: if Romney’s a flip-flopper, Paul is as stable as they come. He would calm anxiety among Tea Partiers and those who fear that Romney is too much the establishment choice. Unlike McDonnell and Paul, he would also have appeal for those outside the south because of his libertarian streak.
If offered, Rand Paul should decline VP slot
During my lunch break on Monday, I was sitting in a Chick-fil-A working on an idea for a post about the possibility of Rand Paul on the GOP ballot this fall as a Vice President candidate.
Koch Brothers v. Health Care Reform
The “Hands Off My Health Care” protest — which will feature the likes of Rep. Michelle Bachmann and Sens. Jim DeMint and Rand Paul — is being organized by Americans for Prosperity, a right-wing group financed by industrialists Charles and David Koch.
Our View: Feds serious on halting synthetic drug trafficking
At the federal level, although Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa have teamed up to fight for tougher laws, they’ve been stymied by Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky.
Bernanke says U.S. needs faster growth
The U.S. economy needs to grow more quickly to bring the unemployment rate down further, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Monday, defending the central bank’s policy of very low interest rates.
Al-Jazeera not to air video of French attacks
Al-Jazeera says it will not air a video that appears to show the attacks on soldiers and a Jewish school in southwestern France from the killer’s point of view.
Justices Ready to Move to Heart of Health Case
Real Clear Politics
The Supreme Court plunged into debate Monday on the fate of the Obama administration’s overhaul of the nation’s health care system, and the justices gave every indication they will not allow an obscure tax law to derail the case.
Americans Divided on Repeal of 2010 Healthcare Law
Americans divide evenly when asked if they favor (47%) or oppose (44%) a Republican president’s repealing the 2010 healthcare law if elected this November.
Six Kentucky coal mines cited for violations during special impact inspections
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced last week that federal inspectors issued 253 citations and orders during special impact inspections conducted at 15 coal mines, six of which were located in Kentucky, and two metal/nonmetal mines last month.
Student Debt Increasing Both Nationwide and in Kentucky
A new report says college students in America are a trillion dollars in debt. Kentucky has seen a similar increase: annual student-debt climbed from $324 million in 1999 to almost $1.2 billion a decade later.
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