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February 4, 2014

Hoffman Overdose Prompts Congressional Scrutiny of Heroin Usage Spike

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A high-profile overdose and the spike in heroin-related addiction has caught the attention of Congress. And now, lawmakers may crack down.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday called heroin an affliction on the nation, and Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy said he plans to hold a hearing that focuses on law enforcement, because the drug has become an increasing problem in his home state of Vermont.

“The headlines over the last couple of days have been the death of — in my opinion — one of the great actors of our time, Philip Seymour Hoffman,” Reid said. “He died of a drug overdose of heroin.”

The Nevada Democrat made a point to discuss the topic while Leahy was on the floor, given the rise of heroin usage in the Green Mountain State. Reid noted that Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has called the issue a crisis that spreads addiction and crime.

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January 31, 2014

Rand Paul Faces Resistance to Allowing Guns at the Post Office

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A proposal by Sen. Rand Paul to allow guns in post offices is being met with skepticism by the chairman of the committee that oversees the Postal Service.

The Republican from Kentucky floated his measure Wednesday as an amendment to a postal overhaul bill being debated by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The initial reaction from Chairman Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., was not positive, but it’s unclear how the votes will turn out.

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January 3, 2014

Rand Paul Sues the NSA, Raises PAC Money (Updated)

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Updated 1:52 p.m. Jan. 6 | Sen. Rand Paul announced Friday night his intent to lead a class-action lawsuit seeking to stop some controversial National Security Agency programs. And he hopes to raise some money for the effort along the way.

The intent is to get “hundreds of thousands of Americans” to sign on to a lawsuit contesting the constitutionality of having a single warrant apply to everyone’s phone records, the Kentucky Republican said in making the announcement on Fox News.

“We think everybody in America who has a cellphone would be eligible for this class-action suit,” Paul said. “If any of your viewers have a cellphone, they just have to go to my Facebook tonight and they can sign up to be part of the lawsuit. We want to overwhelm the government.”

Paul appears to be asking for both additional complainants for the lawsuit and financial support for the effort, with the same pitch appearing on and the RAND PAC website. That group is a leadership PAC. A separate RAND PAC 2016 registered as a super PAC in May 2013, but that group has since disbanded and is not affiliated with the Paul effort. Full story

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