Posts tagged with "Senator Rand Paul"

Pompeo clears committee, with a surprise reversal by Senator Paul

April 24, 2018

CIA Director Mike Pompeo was officially short of the votes needed to clear the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week, according to a poll of the 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats on the panel by The Hill. And then, in a last-minute reversal of fortune, GOP Senator Rand Paul (Kentucky), who had opposed the nomination, dropped his objections to the nomination in a series of tweets late on April 23.

Pompeo’s confirmation vote follows the removal of Rex Tillerson from the Secretary of State post in mid-March by President Donald Trump.

Senator Chris Coons (D-Delaware) became the last Democrat on the committee to announce his opposition, saying that “after careful consideration” he would block Pompeo’s nomination to head the U.S. State Department.

“I remain concerned that Director Pompeo will not challenge the president in critical moments,” Coons averred in a statement reported by The Hill.

“On vital decisions facing our country, Director Pompeo seems less concerned with rule of law and partnership with our allies, and more inclined to emphasize unilateral action and the use of force,” he added.

Had Senator Paul not dropped his objections, this would have been the first time in almost a century that a Secretary of State nomination had not been approved in committee.

Research contact: @jordainc

Editor’s note: This story was revised at 9:30 a.m. on April 24.

Do you have loathsome neighbors?

November 17, 2017

On November 3, Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) was tackled while riding on his lawn mower  by the man who has been his next-door neighbor for the past 17 years, Dr. Rene Boucher—breaking six of the legislator’s ribs and catapulting suburban scuffles onto the front-page news. While nobody knows the reason for the conflict, it turns out that such skirmishes are not that uncommon. In fact, according to the findings of a poll conducted last year by North American Moving Services, fully half of Americans currently have a dispute with a neighbor—and 40% say they have lived next to a “neighbor from hell.”

Indeed, the researchers found, 6% of respondents admitted to getting into a physical altercation over a problem; 25% had called the police; and 13% said they had moved at one time just to get away from a neighborhood dispute. What’s more, if they haven’t yet departed, two out of three with a neighbor problem have considered moving away. And 20% have cursed at a neighbor in frustration.

In fact, 10% are afraid of their neighbors; and 27% say that the people on their block have invaded their privacy.

What are the three main causes of hostility toward adjoining families? North American Moving says that 36% of respondents admitted they have warred over the behavior of pets on the cul-de-sacs; 33% said they asked their neighbors to turn down the volume of their music; and 25% have been woken up by noise created by construction activities, leaf blowers and other high-volume equipment.

The survey was conducted by OnePoll, among a sample of 2,000 U.S. adults.

Research contact: Andy Kroll (800-348-3476)