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Congressional Coalition Seeks to Stem Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws

I covered Sen. Paul's recent press conference on civil forfeiture.

(CNSNews.com) -- A bipartisan coalition in Congress including Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Angus King (I-ME) is seeking to stem widespread abuse of federal civil asset forfeiture laws.

Under current law, law enforcement and government agencies can seize private property - including cash, cars and houses - merely on the "suspicion" that it was involved in the commission of a crime, without any criminal charge or conviction required.

The 94 Republicans Who Upset Washington in 2013

Authored for FreedomWorks.

Earlier this month, House Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chair Steve Scalise fired Executive Director Paul Teller for allegedly working  with conservative organizations like FreedomWorks and Heritage Action. It was especially ironic in light of how often liberals and pretentious academics use the RSC as an example of how the movement to limit government has grown out of hand.

Has Washington really been overrun by people trying to limit government?

Thomas Mann & Norm Ornstein, scholars at the Brookings Institution and the American Enterprise Institute, respectively, like to lecture on the idea that the Republican Party is too conservative.

Apple Taxes: Apple's Democratic Leaders Wiggle Out Of the Taxes They Foist On Other Americans

Authored for PolicyMic.
Based on Apple founder Steve Jobs’ political viewpoints, you might expect his company to be enthusiastic about paying taxes. Not only should they be happy to do that much, you might expect the company to contribute a little extra every so often due to its success and ability to pay more in than others.
Not so, according to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation. The committee on Tuesday listened to testimony from Apple CEO Tim Cook in response to allegations that Apple 

What Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio Have That Obama Does Not

Authored for PolicyMic.

Though firebrand Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was just elected to the Senate in 2012,speculationhas erupted in the last week that he may be a top presidential contender in the coming cycle. He joins potential contenders Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), both just elected in 2010. Their emergence has inspired observers to wonder whether the prospect of presidential contenders coming out of the Senate has become a new norm. Though they do follow President Obama

Rand Paul Going on the Offensive

Senator Rand Paul sent out an e-mail on November 15th on behalf of his RANDPAC blasting establishment Republicans. I can't recall any Republican senator taking such a firm tone in recent memory. As one of just 45 Republicans left in the Senate after the last election, Rand is more influential now than ever, and with this tone, he seems set to establish himself as the main conservative solution to the Republican establishment. His message appears below.

Budget Deal Passes with Condemnation from Michele Bachmann, Rand Paul (4.09.2011)

John Boehnerfinished up with the Democrats last evening in partially accepting their terms in budget negotiations. They changed the number of cuts from $33 billion to $38 (or $39 by some accounts) billion. The deal could have been worse; I would like to see more of the facts before passing judgment.The plus side is that Boehner did a far better job than Minnesota Republicans.
That said, one of our congressional Republicans still didn't think much of the deal. Neither did Rand Paul. (Click here.
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