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March 7, 2013

Paul's 13-hour filibuster: From dry throat to "Alice in Wonderland" to candy to applause



The Washington Post

11:47 a.m. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., begins the filibuster of John Brennan's nomination as CIA director, with the senator's office saying he will speak for "a few hours"

12:54 p.m. Paul acknowledges "my throat's already dry and I just got started."

1:05 p.m. Paul asks what constitutes an enemy of the state: "Are you going to just drop a . . . Hellfire missile on Jane Fonda?

1:16 p.m. Paul says President Barack Obama's foreign policy is "an extension" of George W. Bush's foreign policy.

2:04 p.m. Paul says, "I have decided to occupy as much time as I can on the floor to bring attention. Ultimately, I can't win. There's not enough votes."

2:45 p.m. Paul gets emotional: "We have to adamantly and unequivocally stand up and say to those who would say this is a battlefield. The hell it's a battlefield; this is our country.

2:57 p.m. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, joins the filibuster, speaking and asking Paul questions.

3:08 p.m. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., joins, calling Paul "a modern 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,' because he'll surely be making Jimmy Stewart smile."

3:29 p.m. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, joins.

3:53 p.m. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., joins, making the filibuster officially bipartisan.

4:18 p.m. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joins.

4:37 p.m. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., joins.

4:45 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., asks when Paul might yield for a cloture vote. "I think the rest of the body needs to know if we're going to finish tonight or tomorrow or the next day," Reid says. Paul says he will yield when Obama or Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. say clearly that they won't kill U.S. citizens on American soil.

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