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Rand Paul Votes With Trump Only 74% of the Time

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Several Republican Senators have failed to support President Donald J. Trump at crucial times during his impeccably successful first two years in office.

The usual suspects, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Sen. Bob Corker, (R-TN), support Trump less than 90% of the time, according to FiveThirtyEight. Sen. Susan Collins, (R-ME), supports the President 80% of the time, and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) supports Trump 64% of the time.

But one name in particular stands out among Republicans whom one might expect to vote with the President on key issues. That name is Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who supports Trump a disappointing 74% of the time.

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Paul has voted against a Trump-supported bill nine times already in 2018.

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In February, the libertarian-leaning Senator voted against the White House immigration proposal. The bill was a compromise for a DACA extension in exchange for border security, particularly “constructing, installing, deploying, operating, and maintaining tactical infrastructure and technology in the vicinity of the United States border,” or colloquially, building a wall.

Paul enjoys a cozy relationship with billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch, who fund the Americans for Prosperity.

“The plan by the Koch brothers to lobby the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress to pass an amnesty ahead of the 2018 midterm elections is a strategic political move for the billionaires in order to prevent Trump and likeminded Republicans from running campaigns against cheap, foreign labor and mass immigration,” wrote Breitbart in April.

Paul may oppose strict borders from a libertarian standpoint, but he is effectively doing the bidding of billionaire Republican donors like the Koch’s, who need a steady flow of economic migrants in order to keep their profit margins high.

On other issues, Paul breaks with the President too.

In January, he voted against the re-authorization of the warrantless spying provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which is meant to allow the government to monitor the activities of suspected terrorists. Many fear that the program is extended to innocent U.S. citizens.

In the same month, Paul voted against the extension of government funding for four weeks, and then three days later against the extension of government funding for three weeks to end the federal government shutdown.

Curiously, Paul voted against Alex Azar to become Secretary of Health and Human Services on January 24.

Moving to February, Paul voted against the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, and then against the two year budget bill.  In March, he voted against the 2018 fiscal year appropriation bill.

Finally, in May, Paul voted against Gina Haspel’s nomination to head the CIA.

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

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Illegal Alien Arrested in the Beating, Torture, and Death of His Nine Year Old Son in Idaho

Erik Osuna is an illegal immigrant.

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A man identified by prosecutors as an illegal alien has been arrested in the beating and torture of his own son, with the boy’s stepmother being charged with murder in his death.

Emrik Osuna, a nine year old boy, was discovered starved and covered with bruises at the residence of Erik Osuna-Gutierrez and Monique Osuna. First responders who were summoned to the Meridian, Idaho home later pronounced the boy dead.

(Pictured: nine year old Emrik Osuna.)

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(Pictured: Erik and Monique Osuna.)

Police reports indicate that Monique Osuna has admitted to police that she kicked her stepson in the groin and beat him with various household objects, among them a frying pan, a wooden spoon, a backscratcher, a belt, and even a dog leash. She’s being charged with murder, and Erik Osuna is being charged with felony injury to a child, infliction of great bodily harm and destruction of evidence in the abuse of the child.

The couple allegedly subjected the nine year old boy to a sickening regimen of continual child abuse, such as forcing him to exercise for hours, locking him into a closet, and feeding him starvation rations of water and rice for weeks. Prosecutors are alleging that Erik Osuna allowed the abuse to happen, and that the sick couple only called 911 hours after Emrik Osuna was in severe medical distress.

Idaho prosecutors have identified Erik Osuna as an illegal immigrant, pointing him out as a flight risk in pre-trial bond hearings in the case. They urged a judge to deny Osuna a bond because of his status as an illegal, arguing that he could attempt to flee because he doesn’t have many personal connections in the state.

Both Osunas are being held on $2 million bonds in the Idaho jail system, and neither have entered a plea in response to the charges. Their next court appearance is scheduled for September 17th.

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