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Senator Draws Attention to Drone Policy with Filibuster

Posted at: 03/07/2013 10:17 AM
Updated at: 03/07/2013 3:37 PM
By: RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A Republican senator from Kentucky used an old-style filibuster to take control of the chamber and block Senate confirmation of John Brennan's nomination to be CIA director.

Sen. Rand Paul ended his 13-hour filibuster Thursday shortly after midnight, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would continue to oppose Brennan's confirmation and resist ending the debate on President Barack Obama's pick to lead the spy agency.

Paul's performance, which centered on questions about the possible use of drones against targets in the United States, energized a number of his GOP colleagues, who joined him on the floor in a show of support.

Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham said Thursday that Paul's claims were unfounded, and said the debate unnecessarily created fear among Americans.

Graham says Obama's actions were similar to what Republican President George W. Bush did.

McCain scoffs at Paul's suggestion that the U.S. would have attacked Jane Fonda when she traveled to North Vietnam during the war.

Actual talking filibusters have become rare in the Senate, where the rules typically are used in procedural ways to block the other party's agenda.

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