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Can Rand Paul Save GOP Foreign Policy?

The headline could make a civil libertarian out of the most rock-ribbed Republican. “Rand Paul and Ken Cuccinelli suing Obama on behalf of every phone user in USA,” reported the Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas.

At issue was a lawsuit the junior Republican senator from Kentucky filed against the National Security Agency’s surveillance program in conjunction with Cuccinelli, the former Virginia attorney general and conservative movement favorite, and FreedomWorks, a leading Tea Party group.

Infighting among the legal team soon went public and overwhelmed the story. But the party has been unmistakably moving on Paul’s direction on this issue, culminating in a Republican National Committee resolution condemning the NSA’s domestic data-gathering practices. The senator’s filibuster was an important turning point. This isn’t just an ACLU concern anymore.


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