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Feds Grant $9 Million in Legal Aid to Unaccompanied Illegal Immigrant Minors

The federal government will be providing the funding for legal assistance benefiting some of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors recently apprehended illegally entering the United Sates.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that over the coming two years, it will be distributing $9 million to two refugee organizations to offer legal help to illegal immigrant minors in deportation proceedings, according to reports

The funding will be distributed to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants through supplemental funding from the Unaccompanied Alien Children’s program, and will benefit some 2,600 of the unaccompanied minors, according to the Wall Street Journal

In recent days, other government officials have decided to fund the unaccompanied minors’ legal help, including New York City, which has allocated $1.9 million to the effort, and California, where Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a measure to provide $3 million to fund legal aid for the migrant children. 

From October to August, more than 66,000 unaccompanied minors have been apprehended illegally entering the United States throughout the southern border. The vast majority of the illegal immigrant minors are from Central American and have been placed with sponsors and family members in communities throughout the interior of the United States.

Though in the United States the unaccompanied minors are still technically in deportation proceedings, a process that can take years, they can seek refugee status or other forms of relief from deportation. A recent Associated Press report notes, however, that about 70 percent of the tens of thousands of illegal immigrant family units that were also released to the interior of the United States and told to report back to immigration officials failed to return. 

According to the Associated Press, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte expressed opposition to the funding, saying that it not only violates the law but also serves to encourage more illegal immigration. 



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No More Delay for Obama's Fast and Furious Reckoning

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When you’re going head-to-head with a deliberately obstructionist Department of Justice (DOJ), it’s important to set deadlines. I am pleased to report that the U.S. District Court for the District of Colombia has ruled that the DOJ must submit a “Vaughn index” list of documents by October 22 in our continuing battle to unearth the truth about the Obama administration’s Operation Fast and Furious gun-running scandal.

The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates turned back a motion from the DOJ asking that it be given an extra month to produce the material. The ruling forces the DOJ to identify each document that has been withheld in response to our June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and our subsequent FOIA lawsuit filed on September 2012 seeking DOJ records pertaining to the Fast and Furious debacle.

Fast and Furious was a joint DOJ-Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gun running operation that the administration perpetrated with the expectation that it would bolster gun control proposals in the U.S. The idea was to allow guns to find their way into the arms of Mexican drug cartels who would in turn use them in criminal operations. Some of the weapons used in Fast and Furious have been implicated in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and hundreds of innocent Mexicans.

As Eric Holder prepares to step down, let’s not forget that he was the man behind the Fast and Furious scandal, and, in fact, he was held in contempt by the House of Representatives over his refusal to turn over documents about why the Obama administration may have lied to Congress and refused for months to disclose the truth about the gun-running operation. It marked the first time in U.S. history that a sitting Attorney General was held in contempt of Congress.

In our FOIA lawsuit, we asked for all of the Fast and Furious documents that the Obama White House refused to release to the House of Representatives. In fact, President Obama, to protect Holder from being criminally prosecuted, asserted executive privilege in an unprecedented effort to keep all of the information secret. But Judicial Watch has persevered. (Congress sued for the documents, but got nowhere until Judicial Watch broke things open with our lawsuit. Details here.)

The Vaughn index the Court has ordered requires the DOJ to do the following: (1) identify each document withheld; (2) state the statutory exemption claimed; and (3) explain how disclosure would damage the interests protected by the claimed exemption.

It is quite clear that if the White House had its way, it would withhold this information until it was sure it could not impact the mid-term election in November. Now it will be available for public consumption well in advance of that date.

Team Obama offered up the usual litany of excuses and delay tactics. Administration officials claimed the sheer volume of documents required additional time to comply with the Vaughn index. They also complained that a significant number of additional attorneys would be needed to comply with the deadline. But, as Judge Bates said in his ruling, the DOJ has known about its Vaughn index obligations since July 18, 2014 – which means either that the department had been slow to react to the Court’s prior order, or that it had been ignoring the order altogether. Either way, in the judge’s words, “The government’s argument for even more time is unconvincing.” 

In the meantime, we are pleased that we may get some accountability for Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and hundreds of others who lost their lives as a result of Obama’s Fast and Furious program.



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RI Catholic Prep School Removes Portrait of Pro-Abortion Alumna, Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate

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A Rhode Island Catholic preparatory school that Democrat gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo attended has removed her portrait in the wake of comments she made in support of Planned Parenthood and “reproductive freedom.”

According to WPRI.com, Raimondo, who claims to be Catholic and is currently the state’s general treasurer, was valedictorian of her class at La Salle Academy in Providence.

During a campaign event on Thursday, abortion industry giant Planned Parenthood announced its support of Raimondo, who used the endorsement against her Republican opponent, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.

“Rhode Island Right to Life is already out there supporting Mayor Fung,” said Raimondo. “Mayor Fung is on the record saying an employer can get in the middle of a decision between a woman and her doctor about her reproductive rights, and I disagree with that.”

La Salle spokesman Drew Lagace said school President Thomas Gerrow decided to have Raimondo’s portrait removed from the school’s main building, which displays other notable alumni. The portrait was removed on Thursday following Raimondo’s statements against the Catholic Church’s pro-life teachings.

After the campaign event, Raimondo was asked about her stance on abortion and the fact that her view is not consistent with Catholic teaching.

“The Catholic Church has a clear position, and I have a clear position,” Raimondo responded.

“It is always disappointing when a Catholic candidate for political office abandons the teaching of the Church on the dignity of human life for the sake of self-serving political gain,” said Bishop Thomas Tobin of the diocese of Providence in a statement following Raimondo’s comments. “Such actions demonstrate an inexcusable lack of moral courage.”

Tobin added that he wanted to remind Rhode Island Catholics that “abortion is a sin, and those who provide it, promote it, and support it will be held accountable by Almighty God for the unjust death of unborn children.”

As Breitbart News reported in August of 2013, Tobin announced that he changed his voter party affiliation from Democrat to Republican because of the strong support for abortion and same-sex marriage on display at the Democratic National Convention in 2012.

“I just said I can’t be associated structurally with that group, in terms of abortion and NARAL and Planned Parenthood and [the] same-sex marriage agenda and cultural destruction I saw going on,” he said. “I just couldn’t do it anymore.



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Senator Mary Landrieu Claims Pro-Gun Stance Despite Voting Record

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Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) voted for Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) failed gun control bill in April 2013 and is endorsed by gun control proponent Michael Bloomberg, but she is claiming pro-gun status in her bid for a fourth term in the Senate. 

According to the Shreveport Times, Landrieu’s campaign is trying to put distance between the Senator and her gun control vote by pointing to other votes she “cast favoring gun ownership.” 

And after the NRA released an ad questioning Landrieu’s commitment to gun rights, Landrieu released the following statement:

I have consistently voted to allow individuals to carry a concealed weapon for self-defense, prevent the federal government from creating a national gun registry and voted not to allow the government to seize firearms during and after a disaster.

The problem with this statement is that, to be enforceable, Manchin’s gun control bill–the bill that Landrieu voted for–would have required the creation of a national gun registry. Breitbart News reported this just days before Manchin’s bill failed to pass. Since that time, states with universal background checks, such as California, have begun to require registration of both long guns and hand guns so that the state government knows where every gun is located.

Follow AWR Hawkins on Twitter @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. 



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Watch: What Colorado Students Are Saying about Why They're Protesting

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While some schools in Jefferson County, Colorado, have had to close because of organized teacher “sickouts,” thousands of students in the district continue to protest, reportedly because they have been told that a member of the new reform-minded school board proposed a review of the new Advanced Placement U.S. History framework that has been published by the College Board, under the direction of David Coleman, the “architect” of the Common Core standards.

However, review of curriculum is the duty of the Jefferson County Board of Education, according to the Colorado Constitution and the board’s own district policies.

But what else are students saying about why they’re protesting, and where are they getting their information? Watch the video by JeffCoTruth.org:

These are some of the statements students made about why they’re protesting:

  • The proposal said they would try to limit events in our history that have been examples of civil disobedience.
  • They are going to change the whole curriculum.
  • They want to get rid of the bad things that have happened in the past instead of telling us exactly what happened.
  • Three of the main characters that have been in discussion have been to censor the movements that have occurred because of civil disobedience, so three of the names that have been thrown out have been Martin Luther King, Jr., Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson.
  • And the complete irony of this situation is that this nation was built upon people questioning authority.

In fact, Stanley Kurtz’s National Review Online review of the new APUSH framework finds the students have been grossly misled in what they believe about the new APUSH:

This Framework will effectively force American high schools to teach U.S. history from a leftist perspective. The College Board disclaims political intent, insisting that the new Framework provides a “balanced” guide that merely helps to streamline the AP U.S. History course while enhancing teacher flexibility. Not only the Framework itself, but the history of its development suggests that a balanced presentation of the American story was not the College Board’s goal.

“The goal is to ‘end American history as we have known it’ by substituting a more ‘transnational’ narrative for the traditional account,” writes Kurtz. “A willingness to use foreign law to interpret the U.S. Constitution is likewise encouraged.”

Kurtz also states that Fred Anderson, a Native Americans scholar, played a major role in the development of the new APUSH framework. He continues:

Anderson’s proposed new narrative of American history vacillates between ignoring core events of our political history and dismissing them as delusional window-dressing for America’s imperialist ambitions. He aims to show us ourselves through the eyes of our enemies, narrating the story of the Alamo, for example, through the eyes of Santa Anna, the Mexican commander who besieged and then executed its surviving defenders, with the goal of persuading us of the justice of the Mexican view.

Anderson explicitly rejects Lincoln’s framing of the American narrative. In Anderson’s view, the significance of the Founding has been overblown, whereas our encroachments on the Indians are the true paradigm of the American story. His purpose in shaping this new narrative is clearly to stir opposition to a forward-leaning defense of American interests abroad. He also hopes to dampen our ardor for American heroes like George Washington, Sam Houston, and Teddy Roosevelt.

It sounds like it’s the College Board and the new APUSH framework that are doing the censorship, not a JeffCo board committee that still does not exist.

Of what is the school board guilty? Ross Izard writing at The Complete Colorado said it best Monday:

In fairness, [board member Julie] Williams’ proposal contained some politically inflammatory language. Perhaps that’s why a near-immediate proposed amendment by John Newkirk (another of the “evil” majority members) struck that language from the document. In any case, the proposal was tabled and never voted on. That’s right, this [review] committee isn’t even a thing yet.

But what else are students saying about why they are protesting?

  • And we want to make a note that while this is specifically about the U.S. history class, it’s also a lot about the previous changes they tried to make, because we want to protect our teachers, and we believe that they know best.
  • That’s part of what this is about. Yes, it’s about the curriculum and what we do know, but it’s also about the frustrations that we don’t know about, and it’s about seeing the teachers … not getting what they believe they deserve, and we have full trust in their ability to gauge that.
  • I mean, my freshman teacher, yesterday, when we were talking about it … he’s like, “You should all do it.” I think it’s because they’re mainly really upset because they’re not getting enough raises. …That’s…I don’t really know…that’s what I was told by my history teacher.

Remember the student who said the nation was built upon people questioning authority? Have these students questioned the authority of the information they were given by their teachers? Unlikely, if they believe “they know best.”

So what exactly is happening in Jefferson County, Colorado?

“Union leaders have found their moment to further escalate their political attacks against a school board that wants to give parents more power and to engage a broader community in making important decisions about what’s taught in the classroom,” Ben DeGrow, senior education policy analyst at the Independence Institute, told Breitbart News.

“At the national union meeting in July, the Colorado Education Association president cited Jeffco as one of three school districts where union locals are in ‘crisis,’” he continued. “The so-called crisis is the union losing its grip on the school districts in question, and desperation has apparently now driven union leadership to drag in students and close down schools in order to score political points and preserve power.”



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Exclusive – Mitch McConnell: Holder Replacement Must Oppose Obama's Planned Executive Amnesty

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The replacement for Attorney General Eric Holder must oppose President Barack Obama’s planned executive amnesty and other executive overreaches, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told Breitbart News on Tuesday evening.

In a statement provided to Breitbart News on Tuesday, McConnell said:

As attorney general, Eric Holder too often put political and ideological commitments ahead of the rule of law. That’s not something the American people expect in the nation’s highest law-enforcement official, and it’s something Mr. Holder’s replacement should commit to avoiding at all costs as a condition of his or her confirmation — whether it relates to the President’s acting unilaterally on immigration or anything else.

McConnell’s comment comes in the wake of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), his Kentucky colleague, backing Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) on this matter.

“I think it’s even bigger and broader than that,” Paul said in an interview with Breitbart News in Columbia, South Carolina, when asked if he’d back Sessions’ call for the next attorney general nominee to oppose Obama’s amnesty. He added:

I think the attorney general should, whoever the nominee is, acknowledge that they will operate independent of politics, independent of the president and under the direction of the Constitution. The Constitution really doesn’t allow the president to legislate. It’s a host of issues; I wouldn’t limit it to just immigration. Whether it’s immigration, health care, or war, those are congressional powers. But really with the whole separation of powers, he’s had a whole host of executive orders that appear to be legislating and appear to be illegal. So yeah, I think those are important questions to ask the next attorney general. The question I think is whether it comes up in lame duck session where they have the majority, or whether it comes up in January when, hopefully, the Republicans have the majority.

Sessions said late last week, the day after Holder announced his forthcoming resignation, that Obama’s nominee for his replacement must oppose the President’s planned executive amnesty or no senator should vote to confirm the replacement.

“We need someone at the Department of Justice who will restore fidelity to our national laws and boundaries,” Sessions said. “No senator should vote to confirm anyone to this position who does not firmly reject the President’s planned executive amnesty — or any other scheme to circumvent our nation’s immigration laws — and who does not pledge to serve the laws and people of the United States.”

In an interview last week with Breitbart News at the Family Research Council’s Value Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) supported the Sessions call. When asked if he backs that strategy, Cruz said, “I’ll give you three answers to that: yes, yes, and absolutely yes.”



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Paul Ryan Says He Won't Run for President if Romney Does

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The 2012 Republican nominee for vice president, Paul Ryan, pledged that he would not try a run for president himself in 2016 if former running mate Mitt Romney jumped into the race once again.

The congressman from Wisconsin insisted that if Romney ran, he would support the former GOP nominee for president.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Ryan said, “I would support Mitt. If he were to run, I would not. But I don’t even know if I’m going to either myself. That’s something I’m going to decide in 2015.”

Ryan would not make the same promise for any other potential candidate. For other candidates Ryan said he would assess their candidacy later, “But Mitt Romney, I’ll definitely answer that one, because I think he would be a great president, and I would defer for sure to Mitt.”

Still, Ryan thinks that Romney won’t run. “He thinks his time has come and gone. He wants other people to get into the race,” he said.

Ryan also said that he thinks Romney isn’t behind any of the renewed talk of another run at the White House. “He’s not trying to start this buzz, he’s not trying to mount another comeback,” he claimed.

But there is an awful lot of reason to doubt that Romney has firmly decided against yet another run at the White House. Romney seems to have gone from a sure “no” to a newly minted “maybe.”

Romney’s most recent reply to the question of a 2016 run is “we’ll see what happens.” That is hardly a firm no.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston or email the author at igcolonel@hotmail.com



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Mitt Romney Backs Scott Brown: Jeanne Shaheen Is 'Simon Says Senator' for Obama

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A new web video to be released by the Scott Brown campaign in New Hampshire on Wednesday features Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, slamming incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) as President Barack Obama’s “Simon says Senator.”

“Now you know that this is a critical year,” Romney says in the video. “The people of New Hampshire have a chance to vote on what they think about the president’s agenda. Washington is not a place where New Hampshire wants to play a game of Simon Says. One person is his number one supporter, Jeanne Shaheen. She votes with the President 99% of the time. She’s the Simon Says senator.” 

“We don’t need that,” he continues. “We need to have an independent voice. You have a choice. Your next United States Senator from New Hampshire, Scott Brown.”

The video of Romney campaigning for Brown was shot at Scamman Farm in Stratham, New Hampshire.

A CNN poll in early September showed Brown tied with Shaheen at 48 percent, but three more recent polls suggest he’s slipped since then. A Rasmussen Reports poll in the second week of September has Shaheen up six points, a New England College poll in the third week of September had Shaheen up seven points, and an ARG poll in the last week of September had Shaheen up 10.

Brown has run aggressively on immigration and national security and says the Democrat party has poured millions into his race to fight him.

“This is the last chance to pass judgment on the Obama administration,” Brown said in a recent interview on the Laura Ingraham show. “He’s not up for reelection but his number one foot soldier is, and there’s no one — no one– in this country more invested in the failures of the president than Sen. Shaheen.” 

“If people want to make a real statement and they want to take back our country and right the ship — and re-establish who we are as Americans — then they need to get online and help me,” he stated. “I’m getting the crap kicked out of me. That’s okay because I’m a big boy and I’m gonna fight, and as a result of all that I’m up four, that’s fine I’m going to continue to march. But they’re getting desperate. Why are they getting desperate? Their rule and dysfunction in the United States Senate is soon coming to an end.”

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What You Need to Know About Ebola

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The current outbreak of Ebola virus in Dallas has people all over the United States panicked about the possibility of Ebola coming to their hometown. 

Apparently, the person who contracted Ebola did so while in Liberia, then traveled to the United States without symptoms. According to Centers for Disease Control Director Thomas Frieden, four or five days afterward, the patient became symptomatic and went to Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. The Ebola patient is “critically ill at this point,” Friedan told CBS. Most troubling, the patient went to the emergency room on Thursday but was sent back home with an antibiotic, then had to call an ambulance on Sunday. In the interim, the symptomatic patient could have passed along the disease.

Here’s what you need to know about Ebola: what it looks like, how it is transmitted, and what the chances are that you will be confronted with it.

Symptoms. According to the CDC, symptoms look a lot like the flu – a particularly troublesome problem given that we are now entering flu season. The CDC lists the following symptoms, which generally appear within 8 to 10 days after exposure to Ebola:

  • Fever of above 101.5°F;
  • Severe headache;
  • Muscle pain;
  • Weakness;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Vomiting;
  • Abdominal pain;
  • Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising).

Treatment. If you come down with these symptoms, go to a hospital immediately. There is no antibiotic treatment or vaccine for Ebola virus; essentially, your immune system is the only defense against Ebola virus. Once you are placed in isolation, you will likely be given intravenous fluids to ensure that you do not become dehydrated; secondary infections could be treated with antibiotics.

Transmission. The only way to contract Ebola is to come into direct contact with blood or bodily fluids – generally, stool, vomit, semen, or urine. The CDC warns that saliva or sweat or mucus could also transmit Ebola, but the risk of such transmission is slighter than transmission via direct contact with other bodily fluids. Use of infected needles could also transmit Ebola virus. In the United States, the threat of contracting Ebola from animals is minimal. Those most at risk are hospital workers, particularly if they are not wearing hand covering, eye covering, or masks. Once someone has been infected with Ebola, they can transmit the virus for up to three months.

Will You Confront Ebola? The chances of you seeing Ebola breakouts on the streets of your cities are extraordinarily low. Frieden has said, “We do not anticipate this will spread in the US if an infected person is hospitalized here.” Alerts have gone out to hospitals across the country regarding treatment of those suspected of having contracted Ebola. American hospitals are trained to deal with Ebola, and American medical workers routinely wear gear designed to protect them from transmission of diseases – and Ebola is harder to transmit than other commonly-transmitted serious diseases in the United States, such as tuberculosis.

As I’ve pointed out in this space, the conditions leading to an Ebola outbreak in Africa are significantly different than the conditions in the United States. With that said, the situation in Dallas should put us all on guard regarding Ebola and the necessity for isolation – if hospitals send home those with Ebola, an outbreak becomes a far more real possibility.

Ben Shapiro is Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the new book, The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against The Obama Administration (Threshold Editions, June 10, 2014). He is also Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.orgFollow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.



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Rand in South Carolina: Obama Acting Like 'Third World Autocrat' Who Does 'Whatever the Hell He Wants'

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) heaped contempt on President Barack Obama’s executive overreach in a speech to University of South Carolina students here Tuesday morning, saying that Obama is behaving like a banana republic dictator.

Paul’s harshest criticism of Obama came when he criticized the administration for launching airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) without congressional authorization for doing so.

“The president says that ‘if Congress won’t act, I must.’ That sounds like what you hear from a third world autocrat,” Paul said. “That doesn’t sound like someone who believes in a Republic and rule of law. ‘If Congress won’t act, I will’? Congress is too messy for him. Democracy is too messy for him so he’s just going to do whatever the hell he wants.”

The Kentucky Republican clarified that “I think we do have to do something now about ISIS,” and that the terrorist group is “potentially a threat to us — similar to the way Al Qaeda was in 1998 or so. I think we should do something, but the president is going about it the wrong way.”

Paul continued on Obama’s aggressive use of unilateral authority. 

“That worries me and it should worry all of us. And it hasn’t been just with war powers. It’s been with immigration, it’s been with healthcare-he’s acted outside the law and we have basically a constitutional confrontation now between an overbearing and arrogant executive who doesn’t believe in the law and a Congress that hasn’t really stepped up to enforce the law,” Paul said. 

In the speech and in an interview with Breitbart News afterwards, Paul referred to “my candidacy” in comparison with other potential 2016 presidential candidates, suggesting that a White House bid, while not official, is likely. 

Paul said Americans have a choice to make moving forward into the midterm elections and the next presidential election—in which he is likely to run for the GOP nomination.

“As we look at all of these issues and as you look at your future as we move forward, you’ll have to make a decision in life,” Paul said. “Go one direction or another—not specifically one party or the other, but what you have to decide is whether you want to go towards more freedom for the individual or more power for the state.”

Paul focused much of his speech directly at issues the young people—about 100 or so University of South Carolina students—there to see him speak in the early presidential state a few weeks out from the midterm elections, talking about student loans and technology privacy concerns.

“I think young people are interested and intrigued and want to hear about the right to privacy,” Paul said in an interview afterwards, joking that he’s impressed that so many college students were awake and present at the event before 11 a.m. “Young people’s lives revolve around their cell phone, they don’t have a lot of money, they don’t have a lot of assets. They don’t care so much about taxes or regulations but they do care about the privacy on their cell phones and they don’t understand why the government would collect their records without probable cause. I think that does bring out a lot of young people.”

On student loans, Paul pitched a plan to help college kids and their families that doesn’t involve loan forgiveness—just restructuring the tax code to help families better deduct expenses from student loans to make it easier to pay them off.

“You have some on the left who says that’s just unfair so let’s just change your contracts, let’s change the past, and give people what they want,” Paul said. “This is typically what you hear from progressives—it’s not their money so they don’t care about taking somebody else’s money. But here I think there is a way we could help students with their student loans. Currently your interest rates—the interest you pay on a certain loan—is capped. You’re not allowed to deduct if you get paid above a certain level, or if your parents make above a certain level they’re not allowed to deduct. I have a bill that would remove those limits so that every parent in America can deduct the interest from their kids’ student loans, or you can deduct it as well. I also have a bill that would raise the tax credit—there’s currently a $2,000 tax credit but you lose it if your parents make above a certain amount or if you make above a certain amount. We remove that limit and we also let you deduct the entire amount.”

Paul said there’s a “danger” with the government “overturning contracts” because contracts are “the stability and that’s the fabric of what your society is build upon,” adding that the left’s plans could set America on a slippery slope to undermine the rule of law setting the U.S. back as a first world country.

“People talk about why are we a first world country versus a third world country—it’s the rule of law,” Paul said. “Much of the capital formation in our country comes from when you have secure title of your house. If you don’t have secure title of your house then bank loans aren’t the law if the government can come in and change them after the fact. That’s the definition of arbitrary government and that’s what makes third world countries such a disaster is that nobody wants to invest if your contracts aren’t secure.”

Paul also later on brought up the national debt, and mentioned it again during questioning saying he agrees with Admiral Mike Mullen who said the national debt is America’s biggest security risk.

At the event, Paul communications director Sergio Gor told Breitbart News three leftwing trackers-political operatives who wield video cameras to record statements to attack their political opponents-were present: one from the Democratic National Committee (DNC), another from pro-Hillary Clinton operative David Brock-run group American Bridge and another from a local leftwing group.

“I think the left believes that they can beat any of the cookie-cutter Republican candidates,” Paul said when asked by Breitbart News in the interview backstage afterwards why he thinks the left is targeting him so much more than other potential 2016 GOP candidates. “I think they fear me because I am outside the mold and I will attract Democrats and Independents and that I can create new constituencies that would allow the Republican Party to win again. I think the Democrats are more concerns about my candidacy than about some of the others.”

When asked about the beheading of an Oklahoma woman by a radical Islamist, Paul said the government needs to treat this as an act of terror not “workplace violence.”

“What went on in Oklahoma is and has and should be related to our approach towards terrorism and towards radical Islam,” Paul told Breitbart News. “If we want to prevent things like this from happening, we need to know who’s radicalized and where and who’s involved with this. When people are preaching violence they need to be investigated.”

Paul added that he thinks the federal government is currently “downplaying” what happened there and that’s a “real disservice” to the fight against radical Islam.

“I think they need to do more and I think by downplaying it they’re doing a real disservice to the real battle we have with certain elements of radical Islam,” Paul said. “So to try to call this workplace violence is I think a misnomer and inappropriate and it’s a way of trying to lessen something that is important. There is radical Islam both here and abroad.”

During the question-and-answer session after his remarks with the University of South Carolina students, Paul mentioned his trademark issue: Audit the Fed, and how he’s fighting for that still every day in Congress. A bill just recently passed the House of Representatives with widespread bipartisan support—scores of Democrats crossed the aisle to support it—but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has blocked all votes on Paul’s proposals.

“I’ve been actually talking to him [Reid] both publicly and privately trying to get a vote on audit the fed for several years now,” Paul told Breitbart News. “I at times thought I was very close and that he was going to let me have a vote, and I still think there’s some chance that in a lame duck session he might let me have a vote. But I haven’t always been able to predict Sen. Reid’s behavior or decision-making process. I thought I was also close on getting a vote on the repatriation, lowering the tax to let money come home and in the end he didn’t act on that. So we’ll see. But I’m going to keep pushing for a vote on audit the fed, and this is the second time I think it’s passed the House and it passed with what 350 votes? There’s overwhelming bipartisan support for it.”



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