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start date July 20, 2011

today's date May 4, 2014

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5-4-14 - DREAM  I was living in a house with my first husband Jim, and there was a woman with us I should know very well, but can't think of her name.

This woman wore no makeup, and on her head, she wore a cap similar to a French Beret with a small bill on the front.  (I may have seen her on TV at some point)

NOTE: During my research I would venture to identify the woman as Rand Paul's wife Kelley.

I was in the kitchen, making dinner, and I had a tall blue plastic water glass and when I drank all the water I gave the plastic water glass to my husband to put on the table and instead, he threw it in a trash pit where he threw all the garbage.

NOTE: The color blue represents the Democratic party and though I am a registered Democrat I vote for the best person no matter what party they are in.

That made me very angry that he would throw away my perfectly good plastic water glass and started screaming at him at the top of my lungs and asking him why he was throwing away my stuff.

Because I had screamed at him so violently, Jim and this woman with the cap on said I was depressed and perhaps should get some treatment for it.

But, the truth was that it was my husband who was depressed and he was throwing away everything I wasn't currently using and that  made me very angry.

In the bedroom a few minutes later, on the bed right in the center, were two maps of the United States and somehow they had gotten wet, so I was going to throw the maps away, but decided I shouldn't act like my husband, and I dried off the maps with a paper towel from the bathroom, and then noticed that the state of Kentucky was colored bright red and no other states were colored which I thought was rather ominous and perhaps a message of some kind.

NOTE: The state of Kentucky is considered Republican (color red)

            The Bible defines 'water':

             King James Bible  REV:  17:15
            And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and

Evidently the spirit which gave me this dream doesn't have a good opinion of the U.S., and the Bible states that those who don't
support God's chosen people - The Jews - will come to JUDGMENT.




3-29-13 - DREAM - I don't know where I was, but I had hundreds of small boxes of old dirt - about 4 x 6 inches and about 3 inches deep.  I was scratching the surface of the dirt in each box and then putting water in it, hoping all the old grape vines it used to hold would reconstitute themselves.


REVELATION: 14:14-16 "And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud [one] sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle." "And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe." "And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped."

This is Christ, the Messiah. The cloud relates to Christ's second coming. Remember when he ascended, the angels told those watching that he would return the same way as he left? He disappeared into a white cloud.

The crown pictures Him as the ruler of the earth, and the sickle symbolizes judgment as an instrument of the harvest. The time is come to finish the judgment of the earth. The second coming of Christ includes more judgment.

14:17-20 "And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle." "And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe." "And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast [it] into the great winepress of the wrath of God." "And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand [and] six hundred furlongs"

Where verses 14 to16 picture Christ's judgment as a grain harvest, verses 17 to 20 symbolize the wrath of God as a grape harvest with the treading of the grape clusters in an immense winepress.

Again the sickle depicts judgment. The clusters of the vine of the earth represent the unbelievers of the earth, those who have followed and worshipped the Beast

"Her grapes are fully ripe" or "at the prime", in that the time for God's judgment of the earth is now! The great winepress of the wrath of God pictures the violence and intensity of God's coming judgment on the earth. The city is probably Jerusalem, and if so, the greatest intensity of the judgment may be centered in Palestine. Perhaps the reference is to the coming Battle of Armageddon (Rev. 16: verses 14 -16). Armageddon

The blood may be either the red juice of the grapes or literal human blood resulting from the final battle. The amount of "blood" that results from the winepress emphasizes the severity of the judgment. A thousand and six hundred furlong are approximately 184 miles, the full length of Palestine. The average height of a horse's bridle is about four to five feet. The winepress may be an anticipation of the vial or bowl judgments of chapter 16.

There is only one valley in Israel that fits the mile description. It is the Jordan Valley, which extends from just north of the Sea of Galilee to Eilat at the Red Sea.

This just shows the terribleness of the punishment of the still living unsaved. This could be by a tremendous war or just like Sodom and Gomorrah. It was directly from God. At any rate, it is terrible.

To reap and harvest the earth is to judge and punish its people. And so the earth was reaped.

The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God's wrath. They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses' bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia or about 184 miles.

The last 3 verses above show that the time is right and the Judge of all the earth is to harvest the both good and the bad. This will be the judgment of the Goats and Sheep.



  • Four blood moons - Dreams of the Great Earth Changes

    Oct 10, 2013 - Dee Finney's blog ... The Coming Four Blood Moons 2014 2015 A Warning to Israel ..... the Jewish Old Covenant age, which became obsolete and passed away in the A.D. 70 with the judgment and destruction of Jerusalem.
  • Dee Finney's blog April 19, 2014 page 667 THE FOUR BLOOD MOONS...

    Apr 19, 2014 - and a large page of FOUR BLOOD MOONS HERE: .... RABBI: I believe that the Lord always warns before judgment and that's why ......

    In the dream: A few minutes later, the telephone rang and when I picked it up, there were three men having a conversation, and I didn't know these men and as they talked I figured out they all worked for some government agency.

    I quietly hung up the phone so they wouldn't know I was eavesdropping.  (I probably should have listened to the whole conversation, but didn't think that was the right thing to do.)

    I went into another room where a young man was and he told me that he knew that the woman with the grey cap used to work for a government finance department, and I rather got the idea that this finance center of the government might have been in Kentucky.  I then started wondering why she would give up such a good job to live with us.

    A few minutes later, my husband came into the room and again the conversation turned to why he was throwing all my stuff in the garbage pit, and he admitted that he was depressed. but that didn't change the fact that I was angry that he was throwing away my stuff, but I wasn't depressed, I was just angry about what he was doing.

    I woke up from the dream, trying to figure out who this woman really is, and why the three government men were talking on the phone, and why is Kentucky marked in red on the map.






    Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
    Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
    White 89.4% 89.3% 89.1% 88.9% 88.8% 88.6%
    Hispanic, Latino 1.5% 1.6% 1.7% 1.8% 1.9% 2.0%
    African-American 7.3% 7.4% 7.4% 7.4% 7.4% 7.4%
    Native American, AK Native 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2%
    Asian, Pacific Islander 0.8% 0.8% 0.8% 0.9% 0.9% 0.9%
    Two or More Races 0.8% 0.8% 0.8% 0.9% 0.9% 0.9%

    Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

    Kentucky - Cities and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

    Kentucky - Income and Poverty

    Personal Income per Capita in Kentucky as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
    Kentucky per capita income map
    Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

    Kentucky - Educational Attainment

    Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – Kentucky and the U.S. Average
    Kentucky education attainment
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

    Kentucky - Workforce and Economy

    Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
    Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

    Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
    Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

    Kentucky - Health and Well-Being

    Kentucky - Crime and Corrections

    Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Kentucky and the U.S. Average
    Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Kentucky and the U.S. Average
    Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

    Kentucky Counties

    State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in Kentucky ranges from $15,392 in Elliot County to $43,030 in Hickman County. Also, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 4.9 percent in Edmonson County to 38.1 percent in Fayette County (a ratio of nearly 8 to 1).

    Therefore, it is important to display regional and county differences. Many of these data are available to subscribers at the state and county levels – and can be used to generate state and county maps or to download for research purposes. Furthermore, the “Resources” section of contains links to these and other valuable data sources.

    Kentucky Counties

    Not to be confused with Paul Rand.
    Rand Paul
    Rand Paul, official portrait, 112th Congress alternate.jpg
    Paul in January 2011
    United States Senator
    from Kentucky
    Assumed office
    January 3, 2011
    Serving with Mitch McConnell
    Preceded by Jim Bunning
    Personal details
    Born Randal Howard Paul
    January 7, 1963 (age 51)
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Political party Republican
    Spouse(s) Kelley Ashby Paul (m. 1990)
    Relations Ron Paul (father)
    Carol Wells Paul (mother)
    Children William
    Residence Bowling Green, Kentucky
    Alma mater Baylor University
    Duke University
    Occupation Ophthalmologist
    Religion Presbyterian
    (baptized Episcopalian)
    Website Senator Rand Paul

    Randal Howard "Rand" Paul (born January 7, 1963) is the junior United States Senator forKentucky. He is a member of the Republican Party and the son of former U.S. Representative and presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas. He first received national attention in 2008 when making political speeches on behalf of his father, who was campaigning for the Republican Party's nomination for president. During his father's final term in the house, he was the first United States senator to have served simultaneously with a parent in the United States House of Representatives.

    A graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine, Paul began practicing ophthalmologyin Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1993 and established his own clinic in December 2007. He remained active in politics and founded Kentucky Taxpayers United in 1994, of which he is still chairman.

    In 2010, Paul ran as the Republican candidate for the United States Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky, defeating Kentucky Secretary of StateTrey Grayson in the primary. He subsequently defeated Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway in the general election. A member of the Tea Party movement, he supports term limits, a balanced budget amendment, the Read the Bills Act, and widespread reduction in federal spending and taxation. Unlike his more stridently isolationist, or "non-interventionist", father, Paul concedes a role for American armed forces abroad, including permanent foreign military bases. He has garnered attention for his positions, often clashing with both Republicans and Democrats.

    Early life and education

    Randal Howard Paul was born on January 7, 1963, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Carol (née Wells) and Ron Paul. His father is a physician and former U.S. Representative of Texas' 14th congressional district. The middle child of five, his siblings are Ronald "Ronnie" Paul Jr., Lori Paul Pyeatt, Robert Paul, and Joy Paul-LeBlanc. Paul was baptized in the Episcopal Church and identified as a practicingChristian as a teenager. Despite his father's libertarian views and strong support for individual rights, the novelist Ayn Rand was not the inspiration for his first name. Growing up, he went by "Randy", but his wife shortened it to "Rand."

    The Paul family moved to Lake Jackson, Texas, in 1968, where he was raised and where his father began a medical practice and for an extent of time was the only obstetrician in Brazoria County. When he was 13, his father was elected to the United States House of Representatives. The younger Paul often spent summer vacations interning in his father's congressional office. In his teenage years, Paul studied the Austrian economists that his father respected, as well as the writings of Objectivist philosopher Ayn Rand. Paul went to Brazoswood High School and was on the swimming team and played defensive back on the football team. Paul attended Baylor University from fall 1981 to summer 1984. He was enrolled in the honors program at Baylor, and had scored approximately in the 90th percentile on the Medical College Admission Test. During the time he spent at Baylor, he was involved in the swim team and Young Conservatives of Texas and was a member of a secret organization known as the NoZe Brotherhood. Paul left Baylor early when he was accepted into the Duke University School of Medicine, where he earned an M.D. in 1988, and completed hisresidency in 1993.

    Medical career

    Paul has held a state-issued medical license since moving to Bowling Green in 1993. He received his first job from Dr. John Downing of Downing McPeak Vision Centers, which brought him to Bowling Green after completing his residency. Paul worked for Downing for about five years before parting ways. Afterwards, he went to work at the Gilbert Graves Clinic, a private medical group in Bowling Green, for 10 years before creating his own practice in a converted one-story house across the street from Downing's office. After his election to the U.S. Senate, he merged his practice with Downing's medical practice. Paul has faced two malpractice lawsuits between 1993 and 2010; he was cleared in one case while the other was settled for $50,000. Regardless, his medical work has been praised by Downing and he has medical privileges at two Bowling Green hospitals. Paul specializes in cataract and glaucoma surgeries, LASIK procedures, and corneal transplants. As a member of the Bowling Green Noon Lions Club, Paul founded the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic to help provide eye surgery and exams for those who cannot afford to pay.

    In 1995, Paul passed the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) boards on his first attempt and earned board-certification under the ABO for 10 years. In 1997, to protest the ABO's 1992 decision to grandfather in older ophthalmologists and not require them to be recertified every 10 years in order to maintain their status as board-certified practitioners, Paul, along with 200 other ophthalmologists, formed the National Board of Ophthalmology (NBO) to offer an alternative ophthalmology certification system. The NBO was incorporated in 1999, but he allowed it to be dissolved in 2000 after not filing the required paperwork with the Kentucky Secretary of State's office. Paul later recreated the board in September 2005, three months before his original 10-year certification from the ABO lapsed. His ABO certification lapsed on December 31, 2005. Paul has since been certified by the NBO, with himself as the organization's president, his wife as vice-president, and his father-in-law as secretary. The ophthalmology board is not officially recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The NBO was again dissolved on September 10, 2011.

    Political activism

    Paul served as the head of the local chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas during his time at Baylor University. While attendingDuke Medical School, Paul volunteered for his father's 1988 Libertarian presidential campaign. In response to President Bush breaking hiselection promise to not raise taxes, Paul founded the North Carolina Taxpayers Union in 1991. In 1994, Paul founded the anti-tax organization Kentucky Taxpayers United (KTU), serving as chair of the organization from its inception. He has often cited his involvement with KTU as the foundation of his involvement with state politics. Described as "ideological and conservative" by the Lexington Herald-Leader, the group considered itself nonpartisan, examining Kentucky legislators' records on taxation and spending and encouraging politicians to publicly pledge to vote uniformly against tax increases.

    The Wall Street Journal reported in 2010 that although Paul had told a Kentucky television audience as recently as September 2009 that KTU published ratings each year on state legislators' tax positions and that "we've done that for about 15 years", the group had stopped issuing its ratings and report cards after 2002 and had been legally dissolved by the state in 2000 after failing to file registration documents.

    Paul spoke on his father's behalf when his father was campaigning for office, including throughout the elder Paul's run in the 2008 presidential election, during which Rand campaigned door-to-door in New Hampshire and spoke in Boston at a fundraising rally for his father on the anniversary of the 234th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.

    In February 2014, Paul joined the Tea Party-affiliated conservative advocacy group FreedomWorks in filing a class-action lawsuit charging that the US government's bulk collection of Americans' phone records metadata is a violation of the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution. Commenting on the lawsuit at a press conference, Paul said, "I’m not against the NSA, I’m not against spying, I’m not against looking at phone records.... I just want you to go to a judge, have an individual’s name and [get] a warrant. That’s what the Fourth Amendment says." He also said there was no evidence the surveillance of phone metadata had stopped terrorism. Critics, including Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Steven Aftergood, the director of the American Scientists' Project on Government Secrecy, called the lawsuit a political "stunt". Paul's political campaign organization said that the names of members of the public who went to Paul's websites and signed on as potential class-action participants would be available in the organization's database for future campaign use. On the announcement of the filing of the lawsuit, Mattie Fein, the spokeswoman for and former wife of attorney Bruce Fein, complained that Fein's intellectual contribution to the lawsuit had been stolen and that he had not been properly paid for his work. Paul's representatives denied the charge, and Fein issued a statement saying that Mattie Fein had not been authorized to speak for him on the matter and that he had in fact been paid for his work on the lawsuit.

    Paul is co-author of a book entitled The Tea Party Goes to Washington (2011) with Jack Hunter, also known as the "Southern Avenger." Paul is also the author of Government Bullies: How Everyday Americans Are Being Harassed, Abused, and Imprisoned by the Feds (2012).

    Paul was included in Time magazine's world's most influential people, for 2013.

    Electoral history

    Main article: United States Senate election in Kentucky, 2010

    Primary campaign

    Then-U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul speaking with a supporter at a healthcare rally in Louisville, Kentucky in November 2009

    At the beginning of 2009, there was an online grassroots movement to draft Paul in a bid to replace beleaguered Republican Kentucky senator Jim Bunning. The news of Paul's potential candidacy became a topic of national interest and was discussed in the Los Angeles Times and locally in the Kentucky press. Paul's father remarked, "Should Senator Bunning decide not to run, I think Rand would make a great U.S. Senator."

    On May 1, 2009, Paul officially confirmed that if Bunning, whose fundraising in 2009 matched his poor numbers in opinion polling for the 2010 election, declined to seek a third term, he would almost certainly run in the Republican Party primary to succeed him, and formed an exploratory committee soon after, while still promising to stay out of the race if Bunning ultimately decided to run for reelection. Paul made this announcement on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, though a Kentucky news site first broke the news.

    On July 28, 2009, Bunning announced that he would not run for reelection in the face of insufficient fundraising. The announcement left only Paul and Secretary of State Trey Grayson as the remaining candidates for the Republican nomination, with Paul announcing on August 5, 2009 that he would officially run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican. The announcement was made through a series of national TV events, radio, and other programs, as well as newspapers in Kentucky.

    Early fundraising success

    On August 20, 2009, Paul's supporters planned a moneybomb to kick off his campaign. The official campaign took in $433,509 in 24 hours. His website reported that this set a new record in Kentucky's political fundraising history in a 24-hour period.

    A second "moneybomb" was held on September 23, 2009, to counter a D.C. fundraiser being held for primary opponent Trey Grayson, by 23 Republican United States Senators, 17 of whom voted for the bank bailout. The theme was a UFC "fight" between Paul and "We the People" vs. Trey Grayson and the "D.C. Insiders". The money bomb ended up raising $186,276 for Paul in 24 hours on September 23; bringing Paul's Senate campaign's total raised to over one million. Later in the campaign, Paul claimed his pledge to not take money from lobbyists and Senators who had voted for the bailout was only a "primary pledge"; he subsequently held a DC fundraiser with the same Senators who had been the target of the September 23, 2009 "moneybomb". Paul ended up raising some $3 million during the primary period.

    Primary victory

    Then-U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul with then-Senator Jim Bunning at a rally in Hebron, Kentucky in November 2010

    Although Grayson was considered the frontrunner in July 2009, Paul found success characterizing Grayson as a "career politician" and challenging Grayson's conservatism. Paul ran an ad in February that made an issue out of Grayson's September 2008 admission that he voted for Bill Clinton when he was 20 years old. James Dobson, a Christian evangelical figure, endorsed Grayson on April 26 based on the advice of what Dobson described as "senior members of the GOP", but on May 3 the Paul campaign announced that Dobson had changed his endorsement to Paul after Paul and some Paul supporters had lobbied Dobson insisting on Paul's social conservative bona fides.

    On May 18, Paul won the Republican Senatorial primary by a 23.4% margin, meaning he would face the Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, in the November 2 general election.

    General campaign

    In the 2010 general election, Paul faced Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway. The campaign attracted $8.5 million in contributions from outside groups, of which $6 million was spent to help Paul and $2.5 million to help Conway. This money influx was in addition to the money spent by the candidates themselves: $6 million by Paul and $4.7 million by Conway. On June 28, 2010, Paul supporters held their first post-primary online fundraising drive, this time promoted as a "money blast".

    Paul's campaign got off to a rough start after his comments on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 stirred controversy. Paul stated that he favored 9 out of 10 titles of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but that had he been a senator during the 1960s, he would have raised some questions on the constitutionality of Title II of the Act. Paul said that he abhors racism, and that he would have marched with Martin Luther King Jr. to repeal Jim Crow Laws. He later released a statement declaring that he would have voted for the Act and stated "unequivocally ... that I will not support any efforts to repeal the Civil Rights Act of 1964". Later he generated more controversy by characterizing statements made by Obama Administration officials regarding the BP oil spill cleanup as sounding "un-American".

    U.S. Senate career


    112th Congress (2011–13)

    Rand Paul being sworn in as a senator by Vice President Joe Biden, along with his family, in the Old Senate Chamber in the United States Capitolbuilding

    Paul was sworn in on January 5, 2011 along with his father, marking the first time in congressional history that someone served in the Senate while their parent simultaneously served in the House of Representatives. He was assigned to serve on the Energy and Natural Resources, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Homeland Security and Government Affairs, and Small Businesscommittees. Paul also formed the Senate Tea Party Caucus with Jim DeMint and Mike Lee as its inaugural members. His first legislative proposal was to cut $500 billion from federal spending in one year. This proposal included cutting the Department of Education by 83 percent and the Department of Homeland Security by 43 percent, as well as folding the Department of Energy into the Department of Defense and eliminating the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Seven independent agencies would be eliminated and food stamps would be cut by 30 percent. Under Paul's proposal, defense spending would be reduced by 6.5 percent andinternational aid would be eliminated. He later proposed a five-year budget plan intended to balance the budget.

    In February, Paul was one of two Republicans to vote against extending three key provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act (roving wiretaps, searches of business records, and conducting surveillance of "lone wolves"—individuals not linked to terrorist groups). In May, he remained the last senator opposing the PATRIOT Act, and was ultimately defeated on May 26.

    On March 2, Paul was one of nine senators to vote against a stopgap bill that cut $4 billion from the budget and temporarily prevent agovernment shutdown, citing that it did not cut enough from the budget. One week later, he voted against the Democratic and Republican budget proposals to keep funding the federal government, citing that both bills did not cut enough spending. Both bills failed to pass the Senate. He later voted against stopgap measures on March 17 and April 8, both of which passed the senate. On April 14, He was one of 19 senators to vote against a budget that cut $38.5 billion from the budget and fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year. Paul voiced opposition to U.S. intervention in the Libyan civil war and has criticized President Obama for not gaining congressional consent for Operation Odyssey Dawn. During the debt ceiling crisis, the Senator stated that he would only support raising the debt ceiling if a balanced budget amendment was enacted. Paul was a supporter of the Cut, Cap and Balance Act, which was tabled by Democratic opposition. On August 3, Paul voted against a bill that would raise the debt ceiling.

    On September 7, Paul called for a vote of no confidence in U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Later that month, Paul blocked legislation that would strengthen safety rules for oil and gas pipelines because he stated the bill was not strong enough. In October, Paul blocked a bill that would provide $36 million in benefits for elderly and disabled refugees, saying that he was concerned that it could be used to aid domestic terrorists. This was in response to two alleged terrorists, who came to the United States through a refugee program and were receiving welfare benefits, were arrested in 2011 in Paul's hometown of Bowling Green. Paul lifted his hold on the bill after Democratic leaders promised to hold a Congressional hearing into how individuals are selected for refugee status and request an investigation on how the two suspects were admitted in the country through a refugee program.

    113th Congress (2013–15)

    For the 113th Congress, Paul was added to the Foreign Relations committee and retained his spot on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Homeland Security and Government Affairs, and Small Business committees.

    On March 6–7, 2013, Paul engaged in a talking filibuster to delay voting on the nomination of John O. Brennan as the Director of the CIA. Paul questioned the Obama administration's use of drones and the stated legal justification for their potential use within the United States.

    Rand Paul speaking during his filibuster

    Paul held the floor for 12 hours and 52 minutes. He ceded to several Republican senators and Democratic senator, Ron Wyden, who generally also questioned drone usage. Paul noted his purpose was to challenge drone policy in general and specifically as it related to noncombatants on U.S. soil. He requested a pledge from the Administration that noncombatants would not be targeted on U.S. soil. Attorney General Eric Holder responded that the President is not authorized to deploy extrajudicial punishment without due process, against non combatant citizens. Paul answered that he was "quite happy" with the response. The filibuster was ended with a cloture vote of 81 to 16, and Brennan was confirmed by the Senate with a vote of 63 to 34.

    In March 2013, Paul, with Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, threatened another filibuster, this one opposing any legislative proposals to expand federal gun control measures. The filibuster was attempted on April 11, 2013, but was dismissed by cloture, in a 68–31 vote.

    Also in March 2013, Paul endorsed fellow Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell's 2014 re-election campaign. McConnell had previously hired Paul's 2010 campaign manager, Jesse Benton, as his own campaign manager. Paul's endorsement was seen as a major win for McConnell in avoiding a challenge in the Republican primary. In August 2013, a phone call was released to the public in which Benton said that he was "holding his nose" in supporting McConnell in order to help a potential Rand Paul presidential candidacy.

    In response to Detroit's declaration of bankruptcy, Paul stated he would not allow the government to attempt to bail out Detroit. In a phone interview with on July 19, 2013, Paul said, "I basically say he is bailing them out over my dead body because we don't have any money in Washington." Paul said he thought a federal bailout would send the wrong message to other cities with financial problems. In September, Paul stated that the United States should avoid military intervention in the ongoing Syrian civil war. In an op-ed, Paul disputed the Obama administration's claims that the threat of military force caused Syria's government to consider turning over its chemical weapons, instead arguing that the opposition to military action in Syria, and the delay that it caused, led to diplomatic progress.

    In October 2013, Paul was the subject of some controversy when it was discovered that he had plagiarized from Wikipedia part of a speech in support of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli. Referencing the movie Gattaca, Paul quoted almost verbatim from the Wikipedia article about the film without citing the source. Evidence soon surfaced that Paul had copied passages in a number of his other speeches and published works nearly verbatim from other authors without giving credit to the original sources, including in the speech he had given as the Tea Party rebuttal to the president's 2013 State of the Union address and in a three-page-long passage of Paul's book Government Bullies, which was taken directly from an article by the conservative think thankThe Heritage Foundation. When it became apparent that an op-ed article Paul had published in the Washington Times and testimony he had given before the Senate Judiciary Committee both contained material that was virtually identical to an article that had been published by another author in The Week a few days earlier, the Washington Times said that the newspaper would no longer publish the weekly column Paul had been contributing to the paper. After a week of almost daily news reports of new allegations of plagiarism, Paul said that he was being held to an "unfair standard", but would restructure his office in order to prevent mistakes in the future, if that would be what it would take "to make people leave me the hell alone".

    On March 8, 2014, Paul won the CPAC 2014 straw poll with 31% of the votes, ahead of second place Senator Ted Cruz, who received 11 percent.

    In response to political turmoil in Ukraine in early 2014, Paul initially said that the US should remain mindful of the fact that although theCold War is over, Russia remains a military power with long-range nuclear missiles. He said that the US should try to maintain a "respectful relationship with Russia" and avoid taking actions that the Russians might view as a provocation, such as seeking to have Ukraine join NATO or otherwise interfering in Russia's relationship with Ukraine. Two weeks later, after the Russian parliament authorized the use of military force in Ukraine and Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered military exercises along Russia's border with Ukraine, Paul began taking a different tone. He wrote: "Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is a gross violation of that nation’s sovereignty and an affront to the international community.... Putin must be punished for violating the Budapest Memorandum, and Russia must learn that the U.S. will isolate it if it insists on acting like a rogue nation." He said that the US and European allies could retaliate against Russia's military aggression without any need for military action. He urged that the US impose economic sanctions on Russia and resume an effort to build defensive anti-missile installations in Poland and the Czech Republic. He also called for the US to take steps as a counterweight to Russia's strategic influence on Europe's oil and gas supply, such as lifting restrictions on new exploration and drilling for fossil fuels in the United States along with immediate approval of the controversial Keystone Pipeline, which he said would allow the US to ship more oil and gas to Europe if Russia attempts to cut off its own supply to Europe.

    Paul played a leading role in blocking a treaty with Switzerland that would enable the IRS to conduct tax evasion probes, arguing that the treaty would infringe upon Americans' privacy.

    Committee assignments


    Political positions

    Main article: Political positions of Rand Paul
    Further information: United States presidential election, 2016

    A member of the Tea Party movement, Paul has described himself as a "constitutional conservative" and a libertarian. He has also denied being a libertarian. The National Journal rated him the sixth most conservative senator based on votes cast in 2012.

    He supports term limits, a balanced budget amendment, and the Read the Bills Act, in addition to the widespread reduction of federal spending and taxation. Unlike his more stridently "non-interventionist" father, Paul concedes a role for American armed forces abroad, including permanent foreign military bases.

    Paul describes himself as "100% pro life". Paul opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest. He has been a sponsor or co-sponsor of several legislative measures to effectively ban all abortions, except possibly in cases in which the mother's life is at risk. He believes legal personhood begins at fertilization. Paul believes that the law should compromise somewhere between abortion on demand in all circumstances and a complete ban on abortion.

    He opposes same-sex marriage, but believes the issue should be left to the states to decide. He has argued that Congress' political position is "ten years behind the American public".

    He has criticized mandatory minimums that have led to unreasonably harsh sentences for repeated offenders. He has highlighted the case of Timothy L. Tyler as particularly unfair.

    Rand Paul speaking at the 2013Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland on March 14, 2013

    He delivered the Tea Party response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on February 13, 2013, while Marco Rubio gave the official Republican response. This prompted some pundits to call that date the start of the 2016 Republican primaries.

    He spoke at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington D.C. on March 14, 2013. Two days later he won the 2013 CPAC straw poll with 25% of the votes cast. At a Christian Science Monitor sponsored breakfast on April 17, 2013, he reaffirmed that he was considering a 2016 run for the presidency and said no decision would be made before 2014.

    He won the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference poll, held April 19–20, 2013, with 39% and the Tennessee Republican Assembly straw poll, also held on April 20, with 58%. His 2013 itinerary reportedly included trips through several early primary states.

    He again spoke at CPAC in Washington D.C. on March 7, 2014. At the peak of his speech Senator Paul stated, "You may think I am talking about electing a Republican. I am not, I am talking about electing lovers of liberty. It isn't good enough to pick the lesser of two evils. We must elect men and women of principle, and conviction and action that will lead us back to greatness." One day after his speech he won the 2014 CPAC straw poll with 31% of the votes cast, nearly triple the votes cast for runner up Senator Ted Cruz with 11%.

    Paul has said that he favors some form of a flat tax, but has not released a detailed proposal.

    2016 Presidential politics

    In a January 2013 interview, he spoke of a possible 2016 presidential candidacy. While not promising a run, he stated the decision would be made within the next two years. He also indicated his intention to shape GOP politics regardless of a run.

    On April 12, 2014, Paul spoke at the GOP Freedom Summit, an event organized by Americans for Prosperity and Citizens United. The event was attended by several potential presidential candidates. In his speech, he insisted that the GOP has to broaden its appeal in order to grow as a party. To do so, he said it cannot be the party of "fat cats, rich people and Wall Street" and that the conservative movement has never been about rich people or privilege, "we are the middle class", he said. Paul also said that conservatives must present a message of justice and concern for the unemployed and be against government surveillance to attract new people to the movement, including the young, Hispanics, and blacks. Kentucky law does not allow a candidate to be on ballot for more than one office, thus Paul would not be able to run for Senate reelection at the same time as he ran for President or Vice-President. A 2014 bill changing this law passed the Republican led House, but stalled in the Democratic led Senate.

    Personal life

    Paul is married to Kelley (née Ashby) Paul. They live in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where she is a freelance writer and manages payroll and marketing communications for his ophthalmology practice. They have three sons: William, Duncan, and Robert. Paul wears hearing aids in both ears.

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    Partier's political rise

    Kelley Ashby wouldn't confirm or deny whether her husband would seek the Republican nomination for President in 2016. The former political consultant says she fears the 'character assassination' by the media that would assault her family if he were to run, but according to the article, Ashby has been influential as he navigates his status as a rising political star.



    Outspoken Kentucky Republican Rand Paul may be making waves in Washington, but it is his wife, Kelley Ashby, who is holding down the home front and quietly helping her husband navigate his political stardom since entering the Senate two years ago.


    The Kentucky Pauls are cast as a Southern version of "Will and Kate" - two attractive intellectuals with infectious chemistry and veiled media savvy - in a Vogue magazine profile, but 50-year-old Kelley shines through as the artful secret weapon behind her husband’s political career.


    Described as an "impassioned defender of her husband and his ideas," she serves as Rand's chief cheerleader, but has insight of her own into his political moves given her previous career as a political consultant for Strategy Group for Media.


    She left her position in July, presumably to avoid a conflict of interest, and now dedicates her time helping her husband with his communications strategy.


    Rand Paul's political trajectory and presumed 2016 presidential bid are the topic on everyone's mind, but the blond mother-of-three was mum on the family's plans.


    Though Paul's mother Carol, who is married to former Congressman Ron Paul, hinted that the likelihood of her son running for President "feels real," Rand Paul's other half wouldn't go so far as to verify that prospect.


    Kelley, who met Paul in 1989 when he was finishing up medical school, was mum on any sort of family decision on a 2016 run, but openly questioned the impact of putting their family under the media's harsh glare.


    "In this day and age it's mostly about character assassination. When I think of the tens of millions of dollars in opposition research that they'd be aiming right at us and our family — that's what it's about," she said.


    Though hesitant to make any commitments about the future, she did praise her hubby’s optimism and said he “isn’t really afraid to take risks.”


    “For me the thing that I have most loved and been grateful for in him as a husband is that he is always optimistic and doesn’t fall apart in a crisis,” she added.


    She did opine on another American power couple from the other side of the aisle, the Clintons.


    As Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House becomes more and more likely, Kelley is less than thrilled with the prospect of Bill Clinton becoming America’s “first gentleman.”


    Kelley slammed the former President for his “predatory” behavior toward former intern Monica Lewinksy and called his Oval Office exploits “offensive to women.”


    The Paul profile by Jason Horowitz will appear in the October issue of the fashion glossy, that hits newstands September 24.

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    Kelley Ashby Paul (m. ..., 24 May 2011
    Kelley Ashby Paul (m. 1990)
    Kelley Paul is a freelance writer, and she manages payroll and marketing communications for Paul's surgical practice.
    As a member of the Bowling Green Noon Lions Club,Paul founded the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic to help provide eye surgery and exams for those who cannot afford to pay. In 1999 Paul founded the Non-profit organization National Board of Ophthalmology (NBO).
    Political activism As founder and chairman of the anti-tax organization 
    Kentucky Taxpayers United (KTU) since 1994, Paul regularly presents "taxpayers' friend" awards to state legislators.
    Kelley ..., 25 Mar 2013
    Kelley Paul is a marketing and communications professional serving The Strategy Group for Medias Director of Client Communications.
     works to build The Strategy Group for Media image and "brand" with current and future clients. She reaches out to candidates across the nation to bolster company awareness, facilitate special events, and assist in new business development. In addition, she works with clients to improve their campaign messaging through the development of creative concepts and copywriting.
    A graduate of 
    Rhodes College with a major in English, Kelley Paul has worked as a contract writer, marketing manager, freelance writer, and political advisor. She has served as the President of the Warren County (KY)Medical Alliance and is a Deacon at her Presbyterian Church.
    Kelley is married to U.S. Senator Rand Paul
    Our Talent | The Strategy Group for Media, 27 April 2012
    Kelley Paul
    Kelley Paul  is a marketing and communications professional serving The Strategy Group for Media as Director of Client Communications.
    Kelley works to build The Strategy Group for Media image and "brand" with current and future clients. She reaches out to candidates across the nation to bolster company awareness, facilitate special events, and assist in new business development. In addition, she works with clients to improve their campaign messaging through the development of creative concepts and copywriting.
    A graduate of 
    Rhodes College with a major in English, Kelley Paul has worked as a contract writer, marketing manager, freelance writer, and political advisor. She has served as the President of the Warren County (KY)Medical Alliance and is a Deacon at her Presbyterian Church.
    Kelley is married to U.S. Senator Rand Paul
    Paul's wife, Kelley Paul, ..., 18 July 2013
    Paul's wife, Kelley Paul, had worked for Strategy Group.But Politico reported this week that she recently left the firm.
    Kelley Ashby ..., 25 May 2008
    Kelley Ashby Paul (m. 1990)
    Kelley Paul is a freelance writer, and she manages payroll and marketing communications for Paul's surgical practice.
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