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The Young and the Restless News: Doug Davidson Recalls Pauls Ron Burgundy Look – Soap Hub

One of The Young and the Restless greatest storylines ever was the George Rawlins murder mystery. It began in the late 1980s and ran into early 1990. Doug Davidson, who calls the story Pauls first adult tale, has produced some mini-documentaries on the saga to share on his Instagram page.

In the latest installment, Davidson recalls how Paul and his dad, Carl (Brett Hadley), traveled to Bermuda to spy on Georges (Jonathan Farwell) widow Cassandra (Nina Arvesen) and her lover Adrian Hunter (Mark Derwin). The Stories Behind The Stories Episode 6 The Bermuda Triangle, Davidson titled his report.

As always, a massive thanks to @joymathys, @calyssadavidson, and Gareth Murphy for making this happen. And a special shout out this episode to airboyd.tv, the Elbow Beach Resort in Bermuda, and of course, Ron Burgundy!

In this segment, he jokes that a mustache he wore to disguise himself resembled the look Will Ferrell had in the film Ron Burgundy. On a more serious note, Carl and Paul were planning on Cassandra making a misstep and reveal that either she or Adrian or both of them were Georges true killers. Presumed dead, Paul rigged Cassandras room so shed hear his ghostly words from the other side. Slowly, but surely, Cassandra started to break.

Carl showed Paul a photo of Adrian and Cassandra dancing. In it, she was wearing earrings that were reported stolen the night George was killed. That turned out to be enough evidence to arrest Cassandra and book her for first-degree murder. But was Cassandra guilty of killing George? Davidson will reveal more in the next chapter.

The George Rawlins mystery was one of YRs most impactful stories. Davidsons videos do the saga justice and hit all of the tales major beats. Theyre also a hit with the actors fans. That was fun! says @debbiekuzio. I dont remember much of [emailprotected] back then so its nice to see you telling The Story Behind The Story. Thanks, I enjoy these!

Stay tuned for Davidsons next installment. Soap Hub will bring you a recap of it when it shows up. The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS. Check local listings for air times.

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Reliving the Live Aid experience 35 years later – TribLIVE

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Editors note: Monday is the 35th anniversary of the Live Aid benefit concert. The Tribs Paul Guggenheimer was there. Here, he shares his first-person remembrance of the historic event in Philadelphia.

In the days leading up to the Live Aid benefit concert in Philadelphia and London on Saturday, July 13, 1985, young people like me were being told that this was our generations Woodstock.

Looking back, Live Aid certainly was a lot of things. It was no Woodstock.

There were similarities. A lot of big name bands showed up and rocked out, and there was a shared feeling that a great thing was being done for less fortunate people in the world.

But this was no back-to-nature communal weekend in a rural field with peace and love vibes and lots of drugs.

Live Aid was designed to raise money to fight famine in Ethiopia, where hundreds of thousands of people were starving to death. The effort to raise money for famine relief had begun over a half-year earlier when event organizer Bob Geldof arranged to have colleagues record a song called Do They Know Its Christmas?

When it was all said and done, Live Aid raised $127 million and inspired future benefit concerts such as Farm Aid to help family farmers and Live Earth to fight climate change.

Live Aid was a one day/night stand with a distinctly corporate feel in the middle of a big city. There were few hippies and, from where I was sitting halfway up the midfield stands to the right of the stage even fewer drugs being shared.

I imagine more than a few Pittsburghers made the trek across the state to experience it. But by 1985, I had already left Pittsburgh for Boston to attend college. I had a part-time job at a radio station that billed itself as HitRadio 103, WHTT and had added We Are the World Live Aids anthem, released in March of that year to its playlist.

Slow start on a sweltering day

I was somehow able to wangle a couple of Live Aid tickets that at least two big-name disc jockeys had apparently turned down.

The tickets were handed to me the day before the concert. I immediately called my freshman year roommate, Ron, the one friend I knew would drop everything to drive down the coast to Philadelphia that night. We left shortly after 5 p.m. in Friday afternoon rush hour and by midnight had made it to the Philly suburbs, where we slept in a friends living room.

After a short nights sleep, Ron and I were bound and determined to get to John F. Kennedy Stadium by the 9 a.m. start of the concert. But we ended up parking so far from the stadium that we had to settle for listening to opening act Joan Baez sing Amazing Grace from just outside the gates.

Once inside, we were giddy with anticipation. Rumors swirled that Bruce Springsteen was going to swoop into Philadelphia for a surprise appearance. Meanwhile, we were hearing that on the London side of the show at Wembley Stadium, there would be a Beatles reunion with Julian Lennon standing in for his late father, John. Young Julian had just released his spectacular debut album, Valotte.

The excitement receded quickly, though, as the morning and afternoon wore on and the temperature began to soar into the upper 90s. With the exception of The Hooters playing on their hometown turf and the Four Tops, who sang a snappy version of Bernadette, the early end of the Philly lineup was uninspiring.

Some of the acts, including Billy Ocean, Black Sabbath, Tom Petty, Run DMC, Rick Springfield and REO Speedwagon, made us want to run for the shade, which along with cold beverages was in short supply.

JFK Stadium was an ancient horseshoe-shaped edifice that was seven years away from being demolished. The mens rooms were like something out of a Gothic prison. It was a nearly 100,000-seat football stadium that had been the longtime home of the annual Army-Navy game. As for concerts, it had hosted everyone from Barbra Streisand to the Grateful Dead.

But on this sweltering day, JFK felt like an outdoor frying pan that was woefully inadequate for hosting an event of Live Aids magnitude. Long lines of dehydrated kids were cueing up to pay $4 for a warm Coke. Much-needed bottles of water werent available until later in the day.

I cant remember what I paid for water, but by that time I would have traded gold bars for it.

And then came CSN, Clapton, Led Zeppelin, et al.

The suffering didnt seem worth it until Crosby, Stills & Nash took the stage, opening with the song Southern Cross.

The band that stole the show in the afternoon was Simple Minds. Their big hit Dont You (Forget About Me) from the soundtrack of the hit film The Breakfast Club was all over the radio that year. But led by singer Jim Kerr, these Scottish rockers proved to be much more than one-hit wonders. Their closing song, Promised You a Miracle, brought down the house.

The other highlight of the afternoon was when Madonna, despite the 95-degree temperature, announced Im not taking s- off today! in the middle of a nationwide telecast, a reference to the recent release of early nude photos of her in Playboy and Penthouse magazines.

As the afternoon began to make its way toward twilight and a slight breeze picked up, so did the music. Suddenly it was a parade of classic rock acts.

Eric Clapton showed up looking cool in a crisp, white shirt that made his red guitar strap stand out. He produced an amazing sound on songs like White Room and Layla.

Clapton was followed by Phil Collins, who performed that day in London and later in Philadelphia, traveling by helicopter to Heathrow Airport, then by Concorde supersonic jet to New York, and by another helicopter to JFK Stadium.

After performing his own set, Collins sat in on drums with the surviving members of Led Zeppelin, who were performing for the first time since the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980. Hearing them play Stairway to Heaven with a soon-to-be-setting sun as a backdrop was a surreal, dreamlike moment.

Apparently for lead singer Robert Plant, however, it was more like a nightmare. Unbeknownst to us, the performance was criticized, namely for Plants hoarse voice and Jimmy Pages allegedly out-of-tune guitar. If that was the case, we never noticed it. Maybe Ron and I were suffering from heat stroke.

There were more acts to come, including an encore of Crosby, Stills & Nash, this time with Neil Young, a Mick Jagger and Tina Turner duet set and a Bob Dylan, Ron Wood and Keith Richards collaboration.

As far as we were concerned, though, nothing could top what we had just seen, with the possible exception of Jagger tearing off Turners leather mini-skirt, leaving her to finish Its Only Rock n Roll (But I Like It) in a leotard and stockings.

To this day, were not sure whether they planned it.

We kept waiting for Springsteen, but the Boss never showed. The Philadelphia show ended with a nine-minute version of We Are the World. Meanwhile, in London, The Beatles reunion was only a rumor. Paul McCartney was the only one of them who performed.

Eventful ride home

Ron and I left JFK Stadium some 14 hours after we arrived, dazed and dying to get into an air conditioned hotel room. Unfortunately, we werent able to find one and ended up grabbing a few hours of difficult sleep at a roadside rest stop.

The next morning we grabbed a greasy breakfast and hit the road for the return trip to Boston. We started out with Ron driving and me foolishly sleeping across the back seat with my head resting on the drivers side door.

I ended up being frightened out of my sleep by a frantically honking car horn. Ron had fallen asleep at the wheel; our car crossed into the far left lane and brushed against the side of another automobile. Fortunately, the damage to the vehicles was minimal. More importantly, we survived and were in one piece.

We kept ourselves awake the rest of the way by reliving what 35 years later can certainly be called a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Paul Guggenheimer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or pguggenheimer@triblive.com.

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Ron Onesti: The sport of showbiz kings – Chicago Daily Herald

I always wondered what it was like to golf with those Hollywood legends who are identified with the sport almost as much as they are with showbiz!

I mean, I love to golf. Part of my daily workout routine is to hit a bucket o' balls at the local public course, then a half hour of putting practice. You would think I am pretty good because of that sort of regimen. Let's put it this way -- my handicap is the fact that I play the game! I am far from good, but at least I don't embarrass myself on the course (not very often!).

I am a player who goes out to enjoy the outdoors and the "get away from it all" aspect of the game, as well as the camaraderie with guys I play with. Who I am not is that focused player who hits a regular 300-yarder and gets upset with a bogey. I loved Bogey on the silver screen (especially in "Casablanca") and I love him on the course, too (one shot over par on ANY hole is a huge win for me)!

I remember a couple of entertainers who never went anywhere without a club in their hand: Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. When I think about it now, it seems sort of strange. Whether it was on a television variety show or USO military Christmas tour, those two were always "armed" with a driver, and not the kind behind the wheel of a Jeep!

And they always dressed the part. Bing always wore that same Stetson hat, the era's version of khaki pants, and a light sweater. Hope, always sporting a baseball cap, much of the time in tribute to a branch of the military.

One of my favorite pictures of the Great One, Jackie Gleason, shows him with his close buddy, golf legend Arnold Palmer (yes, the one who mixed lemonade and iced tea together). Jackie has a Newsboy hat on and that " and awayyyyy we go" look on his face. You gotta be old (like me) to remember that!

Speaking of Gleason and golf, who can forget the timeless "Honeymooners" skit when Ralph is all dressed up in plaid and knickers, and Ed Norton is trying to help him learn how to swing? Norton reads from the book: "Plant your feet firmly and address the ball." Ralph not understanding what is meant, Norton shows him what HE thinks it means. So Norton plants his feet firmly and says directly to the ball, "Hello Ball!" It never gets old.

Then there was the King of Cool, Dean Martin. I am lucky to be able to call Dean's daughter, Deana, my big sister. And she would regularly talk about her dad and his daily game. He would never rehearse his television shows, playing 18 to 36 holes during the day instead. When he was in Vegas, he would try to get out of hanging with Frank all night, just so he could get on the course early the next morning. He loved it.

And who can forget Johnny Carson and his theme song? It was written by a legend who has become "Uncle Paul" to me: Paul Anka. Paul told me the story that "Johnny's Theme" began as a song he wrote earlier in his career. When Carson contacted his friend to help him write a theme song for his new job, when taking over for Jack Paar on the "Tonight Show," they collaborated and came up with the iconic tune. He and Johnny would make about $200,000 a year each with royalties on the song, and it was played about 1.4 million times during Carson's 30-year stint, only to be retired when Johnny called it quits in 1992. And the song always ended with Johnny's famous golf swing!

Fast forward to rock 'n' rollers who also love the game. Probably the most famous rocker/golfer would have to be Alice Cooper. As we grew up with this devilish demon of death metal from my era, it was hard for us young fans to imagine him in his top hat, a snake around his neck, on the ninth green. But the reality is he satisfied his addictive personality with the sport when he got out of rehab. He credits the game with saving his life. Pretty powerful stuff!

Other guys who have frequented The Arcada and also like to bang their balls on a golf course include my close buddy Bret Michaels, Vince Neil of Motley Crue, Robby Kreiger of the Doors, Don Felder of the Eagles, Vince Gill, Stephen Stills and even Dweezil Zappa! There must be a scientific connection between a guitar and a 5 iron.

Yes, golf and show biz go hand in hand. It has definitely helped me get through a few select times when my head was about to explode! As I get older, Titleist has gotten as cool as Fender.

And while all this pandemic stuff is going on and we have no ticket sales to speak of, the only green I see these days is the one I see at the driving range!

Ron Onesti is president and CEO of The Onesti Entertainment Corp. and The Historic Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. Celebrity questions and comments? Email ron@oshows.com.

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Ron Paul: Is the Texas COVID ‘Spike’ Fake News? – OpEd – Eurasia Review

On July 2nd, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order mandating the wearing of face masks across the state, whether indoors or outdoors, when six feet cannot be maintained between people. In the governors decree, he cited a rise in Covid cases, a rise in test positivity, and a rise in hospitalizations as justification to force people to cover their faces in public.

The move is not only a violation of the civil liberties of all Texans. Abbott may have based his executive order on inaccurate information about a rise in Covid cases due to the Texas State Department of Health Services changing the definition of what constitutes a Covid case.

Thanks goes to Collin County Judge Chris Hill for blowing the whistle on what appears to be a move in mid-May to redefine what was a Covid case to open the door to a massive increase all to match the mainstream media line that a second wave was on the way.

In a Commissioners Court hearing for Collin County on May 18th, it was revealed that while previously the determination of a Covid case was a confirmed test result, the definition was suddenly changed to count probable cases as cases. At the same time, the threshold for determining probable was lowered to a ridiculous level.

As Judge Hill said at that May 18th meeting, If you have a subjective fever and you have a headache and you live in Collin County, you now meet the qualifications to be a probable COVID patient. It is remarkable how low the standard is now.

Even worse, once a probable case was determined based on possibly unrelated subjective criteria, up to 15 people in possible contact with that probable case were also listed as probable cases. And probable cases were considered cases.

Repeat that farce across Texas and is it any wonder there was a spike in cases?

Also, Governor Abbotts claim that hospitals were being over-run by Covid patients was refuted by the Houston hospital directors themselves, who said they were nowhere near actual capacity and in fact were about the same level as they were last year.

The basis for Abbotts unconstitutional executive order has been shown to be false. Will he admit his mistake?

It is encouraging to see so many local and county officials across Texas announcing they will refuse to enforce Governor Abbotts unconstitutional face mask order. Thankfully the spirit of freedom and love of liberty is still alive in Texas.

The second wave is driven by propaganda. Across the country, Covid testing increased from about 150,000 to more than 700,000 per day. You cant drive through Houston without seeing a flurry of signs advertising Free Covid test! Results in 15 minutes! Last week Reuters reported that tests shipped around the country by the federal government were contaminated.

Deaths from coronavirus even the deaths with coronavirus rather than deaths from coronavirus are down more than 90 percent since the peak in April. The decline in deaths continues. That means we are closer to the herd immunity that will finally kill this virus. Yet Governor Abbott and others across the country see this as a reason to lock the country back down.

This article was published by RonPaul Institute.

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Reader: Police have more important things to do than mask patrol – Midland Daily News

To the editor:

In answer to the letter Ms. Culberson wrote, there are quite a few people due to medical conditions who cannot wear the masks. Did that ever occur to you, or were you too busy thinking only of yourself? You ought to be more worried about the rioters, looters, killers which are taking the country apart. COVID-19 is just the beginning of government control. Ron Paul said this, "Many physicians and scientists have said masks are worthless and potentially harmful. Lockdowns are meant to condition people to obey without question."

I am sure the police have much more to do than run around to the grocery stores and look for people who are not wearing a mask or walking the wrong way down the aisle to give them a ticket. Next time when you are in the store and you see someone walking the wrong way down an aisle, just tell them to walk backward.

DONNA M. MASON

Midland

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Great Grouping: Parishioners from four Catholic churches volunteer to feed the hungry – Ellwood City Ledger

Since October, Good Samaritan in Ambridge, along with Our Lady of Peace in Conway, Saint John the Baptist in Baden, and Saints John and Paul in Franklin Park work collectively as the "Great Grouping," a reorganization of parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh thats expected to be completed next year. Volunteers operate a food bank, cook a hot meal once a week, and work with the YMCA to supply schoolchildren with meals.

AMBRIDGE Vehicles line the parking lot of Good Samaritan Parish on Glenwood Avenue at least 15 minutes before its food pantry opens. People come not only to receive boxes of canned goods; fresh fruit and produce; bread; milk; butter; juices; and frozen meat, but also for Tuesday evenings bonus: a free, hot, take-out meal.

Ron Genauldi of Ambridge, driving an older-model Chevy van, comes once a week. Immediately, a volunteer rushes to greet him.

Genauldi asks about the hot meal, which this night is chicken enchilada, Mexican rice, and mixed fruit cubes.

Hell take one.

"How about a box of produce?"

Genauldi says hes still eating the last one he got.

"I think the ministrys great for the community, especially Ambridge, especially the people that dont know they need to be down here to get some free food and some help in any way they can because they need it whether they know it or not and its a friendly place, too," he says.

Many do need it now.

Last month, The Times reported the areas April jobless rate largely due to the novel coronavirus lockdown was the highest since the collapse of the steel industry in the 1980s. Roughly 15,900 Beaver County residents were out of work. The countys unemployment rate was 18.7 percent the regions second highest up from its March jobless rate of 6.4 percent, according to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Labor and Industry. More than 2 million Pennsylvanians have filed for unemployment since mid-March.

And thats when Good Samaritan and three area Catholic churches ramped programs to serve the needy, not only in Ambridge, but surrounding communities. Some come as far as Ohio.

Since October, Good Samaritan, along with Our Lady of Peace in Conway, St. John the Baptist in Baden, and SS. John and Paul in Franklin Park work collectively as the "Great Grouping," a reorganization of parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh thats expected to be completed next year.

"Its not as arrogant as it sounds," said Cindy Deschaine of Economy, director of faith formation for the three valley churches of the self-named group. "Thats what we call ourselves. We dont have a name yet. We wont get that until next year. When the pastor went to every church, everybody would say to him, Oh, youre going to love it here. Were so great."

With the groupings various community outreach programs especially for the food insufficient the churches accomplish great things.

Good Samaritans Society of St. Vincent de Paul a lay organization that offers services to the communitys most vulnerable previously operated a food pantry, but assisted only about 20 to 30 families three times a year, Deschaine said usually at the holidays.

When the pandemic hit, the Great Grouping realized need would escalate and assumed, tweaked and expanded operations.

"We started with what they had on their shelves and put a plea out to our parishes," said Deschaine, and filmed a video posted on Facebook.

"Thats what started the donations rolling in," she said. Within three days, enough canned, boxed and other non-perishable items were received to enable volunteers to launch the new pantry.

"It was that quick of a turnaround," she said, complimenting parishioners for their generosity of not only food, but money.

"Over 200 volunteers signed up to get it off the ground. It was amazing amazing and beautiful," she said. "Now, we give out 170 to 200 boxes a week."

The pantry had buy-in from other churches and community, too.

New Hope Lutheran Church in Cranberry Township also provides food, and volunteers grocery shop for items to "fill in the gap."

"Every time we need something, it shows up," she said. "If I told you we needed jelly now, by the time I go to the pantry somebody would drive by with jelly to drop off. God truly does work in such wonderful ways for everything we do."

Each church in the grouping has a collection site and every day two volunteers from Saints John and Paul pick up whats donated and deliver to Good Samaritan where its sorted and readied for boxing.

Economy Ambulance Services hosted a food drive.

A Society of St. Vincent de Paul member delivers to elderly and shut-ins who cant come in person.

Deschaine said the grouping also works with the Center for Hope in Ambridge, which also operates a food bank.

The pantry at Good Samaritan operates from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day except Sunday, and from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, simultaneously with the hot meal distribution.

The pantry and hot meals are open to anyone no questions asked, Deschaine said.

"God teaches us to give without question You have to look at each person as God sent them to you because he wanted you to help them," she said. "When you run out, come back. We dont have any checks or balance. When you need it, you come."

And Deschaine does not think anyone abuses the system.

"In the Catholic faith, we lean a lot on saints to help us lead by example," she said. One is St. Teresa of Calcutta who served the sick and poor.

When COVID-19 hit, volunteers prayed to St. Teresa every morning, said Deschaine, "to help us remember that were not there to judge another person. Were there to be that face of God to them and after truly a week, maybe two, I dont feel weve been taken advantage of at all. Everyone is here because God wants us to help them."

Each box feeds a family of four for a week, she said. Boxes are filled with cereal, rice, pasta, pasta sauce, soups, canned meats, vegetables and fruits, ramen noodles, peanut butter, jelly, macaroni and cheese. Many are brand-name products.

"Everybody gets a Little Debbie snack because we want everybody to have a smile," Deschaine said. "Thats the first thing they see when they open the box."

Plus, each box contains a trash bag and roll of toilet paper.

"Its all about preserving human dignity," she said.

As part of the federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, the USDAs Agricultural Marketing Service partnered with national, regional and local suppliers impacted by the closing of food-service businesses to buy and package family-sized boxes of produce, dairy and meat products for distribution to food banks, non-profits, and community and faith-based organizations serving those in need.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue expected that the first round of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program would deliver up to 40 million boxes throughout the country by June 30, according to the USDA.

Great Grouping is a recipient of the program, Deschaine said, through which it receives milk, eggs, butter, meat, bread, and fresh produce from local providers including Monteverdes Inc. in Pittsburgh; Schneiders Dairy Inc. in Whitehall; and Turner Dairy Farms in Penn Hills.

Grace Struss of New Brighton has visited once a week since June, this night picking up three dinners, a box of fresh produce, bread, and juice.

"Its very kind and giving of them," she said of Great Grouping volunteers. "We appreciate it. Theyre so helpful."

Her reaction is typical of most, Deschaine said.

Some, who never expected to find themselves in a food line, cry.

Others promise a monetary donation when unemployment checks arrive like the woman who gave Deschaine $20.

"Not that we want people to pay us back," she said. "Seeing the face of God in them is what we hope that were that face for them."

Deschaine said volunteers "definitely form relationships with the people that come through. We know who they are; what the kids names are. There have been some beautiful experiences."

One autistic boy who comes with his grandmother brings her flowers. Through their conversations, she knows his interests and favorite movie.

"We play out the lines from the movie when he comes through the line," she said.

"Its more than just giving food. Were giving fellowship to others in a very dark time in our worlds history, in our countrys history."

Good Samaritan hosted a fish fry on Friday nights until the pandemic reeled it in.

But the church still had food supplies and cooks offered to make meals and give them out, said Deschaine.

SS. John and Paul has a group called Meal Makers that prepares meals for those who are sick, facing unexpected or planned surgery, or other instances when meals are needed.

Members wanted to assist with the weekly take-out meals, too, offered Tuesdays to "anyone in need whether you are laid off, not working, or just need a little help."

Different groups in the Great Grouping Christian Mothers or choirs, for example volunteer to prepare the meal. This day Meal Makers signed up to cook, package and pass food to those who walk or drive up in the parking lot.

Nina Faber and her 14-year-old daughter, Evelyn, of Marshall Township were food runners Tuesday.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to people that are in need, particularly during this time of COVID. Were all struggling," Nina said. And its a chance for her daughter to "give back and experience what it feels like to help others."

This was the first time the pair volunteered, but theyve signed up for several more times throughout the summer. "Im kind of excited by it. They make it very easy," she said,.

"I think its an amazing way to give back," Evelyn said. "And its really good to help others during this time."

Eventually, when people can gather communally, meals will be served in Good Samaritans dining hall.

And Good Samaritan became a grab-and-go meal distribution site for children when schools were shut down during the pandemic. The church partnered with the YMCA of Beaver County. Lunch is available for pick up at schools; breakfast and dinner at the church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meals vary based on whats donated, Deschaine said. About 225 students are served.

Janet Roberto, director of outreach at Saints John and Paul, was among those loading food and produce boxes into trunks of cars and handing out hot meals Tuesday.

Why does she volunteer?

"Thats just who God made us to be. I dont know how not to," she said. "I dont mean that to sound arrogant at all. Its our responsibility just to love people where theyre at and help them. Thats just what were meant to do. Were all in this together. Theres no way around it."

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The Young and the Restless News: Doug Davidson Recalls Pauls Ron Burgundy Look – Soap Hub

One of The Young and the Restless greatest storylines ever was the George Rawlins murder mystery. It began in the late 1980s and ran into early 1990. Doug Davidson, who calls the story Pauls first adult tale, has produced some mini-documentaries on the saga to share on his Instagram page.

In the latest installment, Davidson recalls how Paul and his dad, Carl (Brett Hadley), traveled to Bermuda to spy on Georges (Jonathan Farwell) widow Cassandra (Nina Arvesen) and her lover Adrian Hunter (Mark Derwin). The Stories Behind The Stories Episode 6 The Bermuda Triangle, Davidson titled his report.

As always, a massive thanks to @joymathys, @calyssadavidson, and Gareth Murphy for making this happen. And a special shout out this episode to airboyd.tv, the Elbow Beach Resort in Bermuda, and of course, Ron Burgundy!

In this segment, he jokes that a mustache he wore to disguise himself resembled the look Will Ferrell had in the film Ron Burgundy. On a more serious note, Carl and Paul were planning on Cassandra making a misstep and reveal that either she or Adrian or both of them were Georges true killers. Presumed dead, Paul rigged Cassandras room so shed hear his ghostly words from the other side. Slowly, but surely, Cassandra started to break.

Carl showed Paul a photo of Adrian and Cassandra dancing. In it, she was wearing earrings that were reported stolen the night George was killed. That turned out to be enough evidence to arrest Cassandra and book her for first-degree murder. But was Cassandra guilty of killing George? Davidson will reveal more in the next chapter.

The George Rawlins mystery was one of YRs most impactful stories. Davidsons videos do the saga justice and hit all of the tales major beats. Theyre also a hit with the actors fans. That was fun! says @debbiekuzio. I dont remember much of [emailprotected] back then so its nice to see you telling The Story Behind The Story. Thanks, I enjoy these!

Stay tuned for Davidsons next installment. Soap Hub will bring you a recap of it when it shows up. The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS. Check local listings for air times.

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Ron Onesti: The sport of showbiz kings – Chicago Daily Herald

I always wondered what it was like to golf with those Hollywood legends who are identified with the sport almost as much as they are with showbiz!

I mean, I love to golf. Part of my daily workout routine is to hit a bucket o' balls at the local public course, then a half hour of putting practice. You would think I am pretty good because of that sort of regimen. Let's put it this way -- my handicap is the fact that I play the game! I am far from good, but at least I don't embarrass myself on the course (not very often!).

I am a player who goes out to enjoy the outdoors and the "get away from it all" aspect of the game, as well as the camaraderie with guys I play with. Who I am not is that focused player who hits a regular 300-yarder and gets upset with a bogey. I loved Bogey on the silver screen (especially in "Casablanca") and I love him on the course, too (one shot over par on ANY hole is a huge win for me)!

I remember a couple of entertainers who never went anywhere without a club in their hand: Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. When I think about it now, it seems sort of strange. Whether it was on a television variety show or USO military Christmas tour, those two were always "armed" with a driver, and not the kind behind the wheel of a Jeep!

And they always dressed the part. Bing always wore that same Stetson hat, the era's version of khaki pants, and a light sweater. Hope, always sporting a baseball cap, much of the time in tribute to a branch of the military.

One of my favorite pictures of the Great One, Jackie Gleason, shows him with his close buddy, golf legend Arnold Palmer (yes, the one who mixed lemonade and iced tea together). Jackie has a Newsboy hat on and that " and awayyyyy we go" look on his face. You gotta be old (like me) to remember that!

Speaking of Gleason and golf, who can forget the timeless "Honeymooners" skit when Ralph is all dressed up in plaid and knickers, and Ed Norton is trying to help him learn how to swing? Norton reads from the book: "Plant your feet firmly and address the ball." Ralph not understanding what is meant, Norton shows him what HE thinks it means. So Norton plants his feet firmly and says directly to the ball, "Hello Ball!" It never gets old.

Then there was the King of Cool, Dean Martin. I am lucky to be able to call Dean's daughter, Deana, my big sister. And she would regularly talk about her dad and his daily game. He would never rehearse his television shows, playing 18 to 36 holes during the day instead. When he was in Vegas, he would try to get out of hanging with Frank all night, just so he could get on the course early the next morning. He loved it.

And who can forget Johnny Carson and his theme song? It was written by a legend who has become "Uncle Paul" to me: Paul Anka. Paul told me the story that "Johnny's Theme" began as a song he wrote earlier in his career. When Carson contacted his friend to help him write a theme song for his new job, when taking over for Jack Paar on the "Tonight Show," they collaborated and came up with the iconic tune. He and Johnny would make about $200,000 a year each with royalties on the song, and it was played about 1.4 million times during Carson's 30-year stint, only to be retired when Johnny called it quits in 1992. And the song always ended with Johnny's famous golf swing!

Fast forward to rock 'n' rollers who also love the game. Probably the most famous rocker/golfer would have to be Alice Cooper. As we grew up with this devilish demon of death metal from my era, it was hard for us young fans to imagine him in his top hat, a snake around his neck, on the ninth green. But the reality is he satisfied his addictive personality with the sport when he got out of rehab. He credits the game with saving his life. Pretty powerful stuff!

Other guys who have frequented The Arcada and also like to bang their balls on a golf course include my close buddy Bret Michaels, Vince Neil of Motley Crue, Robby Kreiger of the Doors, Don Felder of the Eagles, Vince Gill, Stephen Stills and even Dweezil Zappa! There must be a scientific connection between a guitar and a 5 iron.

Yes, golf and show biz go hand in hand. It has definitely helped me get through a few select times when my head was about to explode! As I get older, Titleist has gotten as cool as Fender.

And while all this pandemic stuff is going on and we have no ticket sales to speak of, the only green I see these days is the one I see at the driving range!

Ron Onesti is president and CEO of The Onesti Entertainment Corp. and The Historic Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. Celebrity questions and comments? Email ron@oshows.com.

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Ron Paul – Wikipedia

American politician and physician

Ron Paul

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Ronald Ernest Paul

Ronald Ernest Paul (born August 20, 1935) is an American author, physician, retired politician, and presidential candidate who served as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 22nd congressional district from 1976 to 1977 and again from 1979 to 1985, and for Texas's 14th congressional district from 1997 to 2013. On three occasions, he sought the presidency of the United States: as the Libertarian Party nominee in 1988 and as a candidate in the Republican primaries of 2008 and 2012. Paul is a critic of the federal government's fiscal policies, especially the existence of the Federal Reserve and the tax policy, as well as the militaryindustrial complex, and the War on Drugs. He has also been a vocal critic of mass surveillance policies such as the USA PATRIOT Act and the NSA surveillance programs. He was the first chairman of the conservative PAC Citizens for a Sound Economy[3] and has been characterized as the "intellectual godfather" of the Tea Party movement.[4][5]

Paul served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1968, and worked as an obstetrician-gynecologist from the 1960s to the 1980s.[6] He became the first Representative in history to serve concurrently with their child in Congress when his son, Rand Paul, was elected to the U.S. Senate from Kentucky in 2010.[7] Paul is a Senior Fellow of the Mises Institute,[8] and has published a number of books and promoted the ideas of economists of the Austrian School such as Murray Rothbard and Ludwig von Mises during his political campaigns.

On July 12, 2011, Paul announced that he would forgo seeking another term in Congress in order to focus on his presidential bid.[9] On May 14, 2012, Paul announced that he would not be competing in any other presidential primaries but that he would still compete for delegates in states where the primary elections have already been held.[10] At the 2012 Republican National Convention, Paul received 190 delegate votes. In January 2013, Paul retired from Congress but still remains active on college campuses, giving speeches promoting his libertarian vision.[11][12] Paul received one electoral vote from a Texas faithless elector in the 2016 presidential election, making him the oldest person to receive an electoral vote, as well as the second registered Libertarian presidential candidate in history to receive an Electoral College vote, after John Hospers.

Ronald Ernest Paul was born on August 20, 1935, in Pittsburgh,[13] the son of Howard Caspar Paul (19041997), who ran a small dairy company, and Margaret Paul (ne Dumont; 19082001). His paternal grandfather emigrated from Germany,[14] and his paternal grandmother, a devout Christian, was a first-generation German American.[15]

As a junior at suburban Dormont High School, he was the 200-meter dash state champion.[16] Paul went to Gettysburg College, where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.[17] He graduated with a B.S. degree in Biology in 1957.[16]

Paul earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from Duke University's School of Medicine in 1961, and completed his medical internship at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh.[18][19] Paul served as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1965 and then in the United States Air National Guard from 1965 to 1968. Paul and his wife then relocated to Texas, where he began a private practice in obstetrics and gynecology.[19]

While a medical resident in the 1960s, Paul was influenced by Friedrich Hayek's The Road to Serfdom, which caused him to read other publications by Ludwig von Mises and Ayn Rand. He came to know economists Hans Sennholz and Murray Rothbard well, and credits his interest in the study of economics to them.[20]

When President Richard Nixon "closed the gold window" by ending American participation in the Bretton Woods System, thus ending the U.S. dollar's loose association with gold[20] on August 15, 1971, Paul decided to enter politics[21] and became a Republican candidate for the United States Congress.[22]

In 1974, incumbent Robert R. Casey defeated him for the 22nd district.[19] President Gerald Ford later appointed Casey to the Federal Maritime Commission, and Paul won an April 1976 special election to the vacant office after a runoff.[23][24][25] Paul lost the next regular election to Democrat Robert Gammage by fewer than 300votes (0.2%), but defeated Gammage in a 1978 rematch, and was reelected in 1980 and 1982.[26][27][28] Gammage underestimated Paul's popularity among local mothers: "I had real difficulty down in Brazoria County, where he practiced, because he'd delivered half the babies in the county. There were only two obstetricians in the county, and the other one was his partner."[29]

Paul served in Congress three different periods: first from 1976 to 1977, after he won a special election, then from 1979 to 1985, and finally from 1997 to 2013.[30]

In his early years, Paul served on the House Banking Committee, where he blamed the Federal Reserve for inflation and spoke against the banking mismanagement that resulted in the savings and loan crisis.[14][31] Paul argued for a return to the gold standard maintained by the U.S. from 18731933, and with Senator Jesse Helms convinced the Congress to study the issue.[20] He spoke against the reinstatement of registration for the military draft in 1980, in opposition to President Jimmy Carter and the majority of his fellow Republican members of Congress.[32]

During his first term, Paul founded the Foundation for Rational Economics and Education (FREE), a non-profit think tank dedicated to promoting principles of limited government and free-market economics.[33][34] In 1984, Paul became the first chairman of the Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE),[3] a conservative political group founded by Charles and David Koch "to fight for less government, lower taxes, and less regulation." CSE started a Tea Party protest against high taxes in 2002.[35] In 2004, Citizens for a Sound Economy split into two new organizations, with Citizens for a Sound Economy being renamed as FreedomWorks, and Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation becoming Americans for Prosperity. The two organizations would become key players in the Tea Party movement from 2009 onward.

Paul proposed term-limit legislation multiple times, while himself serving four terms in the House of Representatives.[32] In 1984, he decided to retire from the House in order to run for the U.S. Senate, complaining in his House farewell address that "Special interests have replaced the concern that the Founders had for general welfare... It's difficult for one who loves true liberty and utterly detests the power of the state to come to Washington for a period of time and not leave a true cynic."[36][37] Paul lost the Republican primary to Phil Gramm, who had switched parties the previous year from Democrat to Republican. Another candidate of the senatorial primary was Henry Grover, a conservative former state legislator who had lost the 1972 gubernatorial general election to Democrat Dolph Briscoe, Jr.[38][39]

On Paul's departure from the House, his seat was assumed by former state representative Tom DeLay, who would later become House Majority Leader.[40]

Following the loss of the 1984 senate race, Paul returned to his obstetrics practice and took part in a number of other business ventures.[14][41] Along with his former congressional chief of staff, Lew Rockwell, Paul founded a for-profit enterprise, Ron Paul & Associates, Inc. (RP&A) in 1984, with Paul serving as president, Rockwell as vice president, Paul's wife Carol as secretary, and daughter Lori Pyeatt as treasurer.The company published a variety of political and investment-oriented newsletters, including Ron Paul Freedom Report and Ron Paul Survival Report,[42] and by 1993 was generating revenues in excess of $900,000.[43]

Paul also co-owned a mail-order coin dealership, Ron Paul Coins, for twelve years with Burt Blumert, who continued to operate the dealership after Paul resumed office in 1996.[44][45] Paul spoke multiple times at the American Numismatic Association's 1988 convention.[44] He worked with his Foundation for Rational Economics and Education on such projects as establishing the National Endowment for Liberty, producing the At Issue public policy series that was broadcast on the Discovery Channel and CNBC,[33] and continuing publication of newsletters.

Paul left the Republican Party in 1987 and launched a bid for the presidency running on the Libertarian Party ticket. His candidacy was seen as problematic because of the party's long support for freedom of choice on abortions. Native American activist Russell Means, Paul's rival for the nomination, emphasized that he was in favor of abortion rights.[46] In a forum held prior to the nomination, Means dismissed the greater funds raised by Paul's campaign, commenting that Means was receiving "10 times more press" than the former Congressman and was therefore "100 times more effective".[47]

In the 1988 presidential election, Paul was on the ballot in 46 states,[48] scoring third in the popular vote with 432,179votes (0.5%).[49] Paul was kept off the ballot in Missouri, due to what the St. Louis Post-Dispatch termed a "technicality," and received votes there only when written in,[50] just as he did in North Carolina.[51]

According to Paul, his presidential campaign was about more than obtaining office; he sought to promote his libertarian ideas, often to school and university groups regardless of vote eligibility. He said, "We're just as interested in the future generation as this election. These kids will vote eventually, and maybe, just maybe, they'll go home and talk to their parents."[48]

Paul considered campaigning for president in 1992,[52] but instead chose to endorse Pat Buchanan that year, and served as an adviser to Buchanan's Republican presidential primary campaign against incumbent President George H. W. Bush.[53]

During 1996, Paul was re-elected to Congress after a difficult campaign. The Republican National Committee endorsed incumbent Greg Laughlin in the primary; Paul won with assistance from baseball pitcher, constituent, and friend Nolan Ryan, tax activist and publisher Steve Forbes[14] and conservative commentator Pat Buchanan (the latter two of whom had had presidential campaigns that year). Paul narrowly defeated Democratic attorney Charles "Lefty" Morris in the fall election, despite Morris' criticism over controversial statements in several newsletters that Paul published.

In 1998 and 2000, Paul defeated Loy Sneary, a Democratic Bay City, Texas, rice farmer and former Matagorda County judge.[21]In the 2008 Republican primary,[54] he defeated Friendswood city councilman Chris Peden,[55] with over 70 percent of the vote[56] and ran unopposed in the general election.[57] In the 2010Republican primary, Paul defeated three opponents with 80percent of the vote.[58]

On July 12, 2011, Paul announced that he would not seek re-election to the House in order to pursue the 2012 presidential election.[59][60]

Of the 620 bills that Paul had sponsored through December 2011, over a period of more than 22 years in Congress, only one had been signed into lawa lifetime success rate of less than 0.3%.[61] The sole measure authored by Paul that was ultimately enacted allowed for a federal customhouse to be sold to a local historic preservation society (H.R. 2121 in 2009).[61]

By amending other legislation, he has helped prohibit funding for national identification numbers, funding for federal teacher certification,[21] International Criminal Court jurisdiction over the U.S. military, American participation with any U.N. global tax, and surveillance of peaceful First Amendment activities by citizens.[62]

Paul was honorary chairman of, and is a member of the Republican Liberty Caucus, a political action committee that describes its goal as electing "liberty-minded, limited-government individuals".[63] He is an initiating member of the Congressional Rural Caucus, which deals with agricultural and rural issues, and the 140-member Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus.[64]

Paul served on the following committees and subcommittees.[65]

With the election of the 112th Congress, and a resulting GOP majority in the House, Paul became the chairman of the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology starting in January 2011.[66]

Paul's congressional career ended on January 3, 2013 with the swearing in of the 113th Congress.

Paul formally declared his candidacy for the 2008 Republican nomination on March 12, 2007, on C-SPAN.[67] Few major politicians endorsed him, and his campaign was largely ignored by traditional media.[68] However, he attracted an intensely loyal grassroots following,[69] interacting through internet social media.[70][71][72] In May 2007, shortly after the first televised primary debates, the blogs search engine site Technorati.com listed Paul's name as the term most frequently searched for;[70] and Paul's campaign claimed that Paul had more YouTube channel subscribers than Barack Obama or any other candidate for president.[73] For a candidate who had had relatively low national name recognition prior to entering the race, Paul did surprisingly well in fundraising, taking in more money than any other Republican candidate in the fourth quarter of 2007, as the primary season headed into the Iowa caucuses.[74][75]

Despite benefiting from large numbers of campaign contributions from individual donors,[76] and the efforts of tech-savvy supporters determined to keep his name a frequent topic of discussion on the internet,[70] over the course of the campaign Paul was unable to translate the enthusiasm of his core supporters into large enough numbers of actual primary votes to unseat his rivals.

Paul came in 5th place in both the January 4 Iowa caucuses (10% of votes cast)[77] and the January 8 New Hampshire primary (8%).[78] With the exception of the Nevada caucuses January 19, where he came in 2nd (14%) behind Romney (51%), he did little better through the rest of January: Michigan 4th (6%), South Carolina 5th (4%), Florida 5th (3%). On SuperTuesday, February 5, he placed 4th in almost every state, generally taking in a mere 36% of the votes although he did better in the northern states of North Dakota (21%, 3rd place) and Montana (25%, 2nd place).[79][80]

By March, front-runner John McCain had secured enough pledged delegates to guarantee that he would win the nomination, and Romney and Huckabee had both formally withdrawn from the race. Paul, who had won no state primaries, knew that it was now mathematically impossible for him to win the nomination, as he had captured only 20[81]40 pledged delegates compared to more than 1,191 for McCain, yet he refused to concede the race and said that it was unlikely that he would ultimately endorse McCain.[82][83][84] Over the next few weeks, Paul's supporters clashed with establishment Republicans at several county and state party conventions over state party rules, the party platforms, and selection of delegates for the national convention.[85][86][87] In one of the more dramatic moments, Nevada's state party leaders, outmaneuvered by Paul supporters at the state nominating convention, resorted to the highly unusual measure of prematurely and abruptly shutting down the convention before selecting national delegates, with a plan to reconvene at a later date.[88][89]

On June 12, 2008, Paul finally withdrew his bid for the Republican nomination. He later said that one of the reasons he did not run in the general election as a third-party candidate, after losing the primaries, was that, as a concession to gain ballot access in certain states, he had signed legally binding agreements to not run a third-party campaign if he lost the primary.[90] Some of the $4 million remaining campaign contributions was invested into the new political action and advocacy group called Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty.[91]

At a September 10, 2008, press conference, Paul announced his general support of four third-party candidates: Cynthia McKinney (Green Party); Bob Barr (Libertarian Party); Chuck Baldwin (Constitution Party); and Ralph Nader (independent). He said that each of them had pledged to adhere to a policy of balancing budgets, bringing the troops home, defending privacy and personal liberties, and investigating the Federal Reserve. Paul also said that under no circumstances would he be endorsing either of the two main parties' candidates (McCainRepublican Party, or ObamaDemocratic Party) because there were no real differences between them, and because neither of them, if elected, would seek to make the fundamental changes in governance that were necessary. He urged instead that, rather than contribute to the "charade" that the two-party election system had become, the voters support the third-party candidates as a protest vote, to force change in the election process.[92][93] Later that same day, Paul gave a televised interview with Nader saying much the same again.[94]

Two weeks later, "shocked and disappointed" that Bob Barr (the Libertarian nominee) had pulled out of attending the press conference at the last minute and had admonished Paul for remaining neutral and failing to say which specific candidate Paul would vote for in the general election, Paul released a statement saying that he had decided to endorse Chuck Baldwin, the Constitution Party candidate, for president.[95]

Paul withdrew from active campaigning in the last weeks of the primary election period. He received 42,426 votes, or 0.03% of the total cast, in the general election.[96]

Paul won several early straw polls for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination[97] and formed an official exploratory committee in late April 2011.[98][99] He participated in the first Republican presidential debate on May 5, 2011[100] and on May 13, 2011 formally announced his candidacy in an interview on ABC's Good Morning America.[101] He placed second in the 2011 Ames Straw Poll, missing first by 0.9%.[102]

In December 2011, with Paul's increased support, the controversy over racist and homophobic statements in several Ron Paul newsletters in the 1980s and early 1990s once again gained media attention.[103] During this time Paul supporters asserted that he was continually ignored by the media despite his significant support, citing examples of where television news shows would fail to mention Paul in discussions of the Republican presidential hopefuls even when he was polling second.[104][105][106]

Ron Paul's presidential campaign managers Jesse Benton, John Tate and Demetri Kesari were all found guilty of paying former Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson $73,000 to switch his support from Rep. Michele Bachmann to Paul.[107] In court papers filed in August 2014, Sorenson said that he had been paid by both presidential campaigns for his endorsement and plead guilty to criminal charges stemming from the incident.[108]

Paul came in third in the Iowa Republican Caucus held on January 3, 2012. Out of a turnout of 121,503 votes, Paul took 26,036 (21%) of the certified votes. Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney finished in a virtual tie for first place with 25% each,[109] although Ron Paul had ultimately won[110] Iowa at the Republican National Convention gathering 22 delegates to Mitt Romney's 5. In the New Hampshire primary held on January 10, 2012, Paul received 23% of the votes and came in second after Romney's 39%.[111]

Paul's results then declined, despite the withdrawal of candidates Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry. He had fourth-place finishes in the next two primaries, on January 21 in South Carolina (with 13% of the vote)[112] and on January 31 in Florida (where he received 7% of the vote).[113][114][115]

On February 4, Paul finished third in Nevada with 18.8% of the vote.[116] Three non-binding primaries were held on February 7; Paul took 3rd place in Colorado[117] and Missouri[118] with 13% and 12% of the vote, respectively. He fared better in Minnesota[119] with 27%, finishing second to Rick Santorum.

On May 14, Paul's campaign announced that due to lack of funds (though despite financial backing from financiers Peter Thiel and Mark Spitznagel)[120] he would no longer actively campaign for votes in the 11 remaining primary states, including Texas and California, that had not yet voted.[10][121] He would, however, continue to seek to win delegates for the national party convention in the states that had already voted.

In June, a group of 132 supporters of Paul, demanding the freedom as delegates to the upcoming Republican party national convention to cast votes for Paul, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the Republican National Committee and 55 state and territorial Republican party organizations for allegedly coercing delegates to choose Mitt Romney as the party's presidential nominee.[122] The suit alleged that there had been "a systematic campaign of election fraud at state conventions," employing rigging of voting machines, ballot stuffing, and falsification of ballot totals. The suit further pointed to incidents at state conventions, including acts of violence and changes in procedural rules, allegedly intended to deny participation of Paul supporters in the party decision-making and to prevent votes from being cast for Paul. An attorney representing the complainants said that Paul campaign advisor Doug Wead had voiced support for the legal action.[122] Paul himself told CNN that although the lawsuit was not a part of his campaign's strategy and that he had not been advising his supporters to sue, he was not going to tell his supporters not to sue, if they had a legitimate argument. "If they're not following the rules, you have a right to stand up for the rules. I think for the most part these winning caucuses that we've been involved in we have followed the rules. And the other side has at times not followed the rules."[123]

Paul declined to speak at the Republican National Convention as a matter of principle, saying that the convention planners had demanded that his remarks be vetted by the Romney campaign and that he make an unqualified endorsement of Romney.[124] Paul had felt that "It wouldn't be my speech... That would undo everything I've done in the last 30 years. I don't fully endorse him for president."[124] Many of Paul's supporters and delegates walked out of the convention in protest over rules adopted by the convention that reduced their delegate count and that would make it harder for non-establishment candidates to win the party's nomination in future elections.[125] Supporters and media commentators had noted that the delegations from states where Paul had had the most support were given the worst seats in the convention hall, while delegations from regions with no electoral votes, such as the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and Puerto Rico, were given prime seats at the front.[126][127]

As in 2008, in 2012 Paul ultimately refused to endorse the ticket selected by the Republican Party. He said that there was no essential difference between Romney and his Democratic opponent, President Obama, on the most critical policies: "I've been in this business a long time and believe me there is essentially no difference from one administration to another no matter what the platforms... The foreign policy stays the same, the monetary policy stays the same, there's no proposal for any real cuts and both parties support it."[128] Paul received 26,204 write-in votes, or 0.02% of the total cast in the election.[129]

Throughout his entire tenure in Congress, Paul has represented his district as a member of the Republican Party. However, he has frequently taken positions in direct opposition to the other members and the leadership of the party, and he has sometimes publicly questioned whether he really belonged in the party.

Paul voted for Dwight D. Eisenhower for president in 1956 when he was 21 years old.[130] He had been a lifelong supporter of the Republican Party by the time he entered politics in the mid-1970s.[130] He was one of the first elected officials in the nation to support Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign,[131] and he actively campaigned for Reagan in 1976 and 1980.[132] After Reagan's election in 1980, Paul quickly became disillusioned with the Reagan administration's policies. He later recalled being the only Republican to vote against Reagan budget proposals in 1981,[133][134] aghast that "in 1977, Jimmy Carter proposed a budget with a $38 billion deficit, and every Republican in the House voted against it. In 1981, Reagan proposed a budget with a $45 billion deficitwhich turned out to be $113 billionand Republicans were cheering his great victory. They were living in a storybook land."[131] He expressed his disgust with the political culture of both major parties in a speech delivered in 1984 upon resigning from the House of Representatives to prepare for a (failed) run for the Senate, and he eventually apologized to his libertarian friends for having supported Reagan.[133]

By 1987, Paul was ready to sever all ties to the Republican Party, as he explained in a blistering resignation letter: "Since [1981] Ronald Reagan and the Republican Party have given us skyrocketing deficits, and astoundingly a doubled national debt. How is it that the party of balanced budgets, with control of the White House and Senate, accumulated red ink greater than all previous administrations put together? There is no credibility left for the Republican Party as a force to reduce the size of government. That is the message of the Reagan years."[130][132] A month later he announced he would seek the 1988 Libertarian Party nomination for president.

During the 1988 campaign, Paul called Reagan "a dramatic failure"[132] and complained that "Reagan's record is disgraceful. He starts wars, breaks the law, supplies terrorists with guns made at taxpayers' expense and lies about it to the American people."[135] Paul predicted that "the Republicans are on their way out as a major party,"[133] and he said that, although registered as a Republican, he had always been a libertarian at heart.[133][134]

Paul returned to his private medical practice and managing several business ventures after losing the 1988 election; but by 1996, he was ready to return to politics, this time running on the Republican Party ticket again. He said that he had never read the entire Libertarian platform when he ran for president as a Libertarian in 1988, and that "I worked for the Libertarians on my terms, not theirs."[136] He added that in terms of a political label he preferred to call himself "a constitutionalist. In Congress I took an oath to uphold the Constitution, not the (Republican) platform."[136]

When he lost the Republican Party presidential primary election in 2008, Paul criticized the two major political parties, saying that there was no real difference between the parties and that neither of them truly intended to challenge the status quo. He refused to endorse the Republican Party's nominee for president, John McCain, and lent his support to third-party candidates instead.[137][138]

In the 2012 presidential campaign, during which he acknowledged it was unlikely that he would win the Republican Party nomination,[139] Paul again asserted that he was participating in the Republican Party on his own terms, trying to persuade the rest of the party to move toward his positions rather than joining in with theirs.[140] He expressed doubt that he would support any of his rivals should they win the nomination, warning that, "If the policies of the Republican Party are the same as the Democrat Party and they don't want to change anything on foreign policy, they don't want to cut anything, they don't want to audit the Fed and find out about monetary policy, they don't want to have actual change in government, that is a problem for me."[141] On that same theme he said in another interview, "I would be reluctant to jump on board and tell all of the supporters that have given me trust and money that all of a sudden, I'd say, [all] we've done is for naught. So, let's support anybody at all even if they disagree with everything that we do."[142]

Paul has been described as conservative and libertarian.[14] According to University of Georgia political scientist Keith Poole, Paul had the most conservative voting record of any member of Congress from 1937 to 2002,[143][144] and is the most conservative of the candidates that had sought the 2012 Republican nomination for president.[145] Other analyses have judged Paul much more moderate. The National Journal, for instance, rated Paul only the 145th-most-conservative member of the House of Representatives (out of 435) based on votes cast in 2010.[146][147] The National Journal's analysis gave Paul a 2011 composite ideological rating of 54% liberal and 46% conservative.[148]

The foundation of Paul's political philosophy is the conviction that "the proper role for government in America is to provide national defense, a court system for civil disputes, a criminal justice system for acts of force and fraud, and little else."[149]

He has been nicknamed "Dr. No," reflecting both his medical degree and his insistence that he will "never vote for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution."[21][31]

Paul has advocated for a noninterventionist foreign policy.[150] He advocates withdrawal from the United Nations, and from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, for reasons of maintaining strong national sovereignty.[151]

He voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists in response to the September 11 attacks, but suggested war alternatives such as authorizing the president to grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal targeting specific terrorists. An opponent of the Iraq War and potential war with Iran, he has also criticized neoconservatism and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, arguing that both inadvertently cause terrorist reprisals against Americans, such as the 9/11 attacks. Paul has stated that "Israel is our close friend" and that it is not the place of the United States to "dictate how Israel runs her affairs".[152]

Paul endorses constitutional rights, such as the right to keep and bear arms, and habeas corpus for political detainees. He opposes the Patriot Act, federal use of torture, presidential autonomy, a national identification card, warrantless domestic surveillance, and the draft. Paul also believes that the notion of the separation of church and state is currently misused by the court system: "In case after case, the Supreme Court has used the infamous 'separation of church and state' metaphor to uphold court decisions that allow the federal government to intrude upon and deprive citizens of their religious liberty."[153]

Sometime within the same month but much after the event of authorities executing a lock-down in sequence to the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Paul commented on the tactics used by governing forces into a harsh criticism that he has written as a "military-style occupation of an American city".[12]

Paul is a proponent of Austrian School economics; he has authored six books on the subject, and displayed pictures of Austrian School economists Friedrich Hayek, Murray Rothbard, and Ludwig von Mises (as well as of President Grover Cleveland and Chicago School economist Milton Friedman)[154] on his office wall. He regularly voted against almost all proposals for new government spending, initiatives, or taxes;[155] he cast two thirds of all the lone negative votes in the House during a 19951997 period.[21]

He pledged never to raise taxes[156] and states he has never voted to approve a budget deficit. Paul believes that the country could abolish the individual income tax by scaling back federal spending to its fiscal year 2000 levels;[157][158] financing government operations would be primarily by excise taxes and non-protectionist tariffs. He endorses eliminating most federal government agencies, terming them unnecessary bureaucracies.

On April 15, 2011, Paul was one of four Republican members of Congress to vote against Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal, known as "The Path to Prosperity."[159]

Paul has consistently warned of hyperinflation and called for the gold standard as far back as 1981.[160][161] From 1999 until his retirement, he introduced bills into each Congress seeking to eliminate the Federal Reserve System in a single year.[162][163][164]

He endorses free trade, rejecting membership in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization as "managed trade".

As a free-market environmentalist, he asserts private property rights in relation to environmental protection and pollution prevention.[165] He called global warming a hoax in a 2009 Fox Business interview, saying, "You know, the greatest hoax I think that has been around in many, many years if not hundreds of years has been this hoax on the environment and global warming."[166] He acknowledges there is clear evidence of rising temperatures in some parts of the globe, but says that temperatures are cooling in other parts.[167]

Paul has stated that "The government shouldn't be in the medical business." He pushes to eliminate federal involvement with and management of health care, which he argues would allow prices to decrease due to the fundamental dynamics of a free market.[168] He also opposes federal government influenza inoculation programs.[169]

Paul endorses increased border security and opposes welfare for illegal immigrants, birthright citizenship and amnesty;[170] he voted for the Secure Fence Act of 2006.

He is an outspoken proponent of increased ballot access for third-party candidates.[171] He has sought to repeal the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, also known as the Motor Voter law.[172]

Paul has stated that secession from the United States "is a deeply American principle" and that "If the possibility of secession is completely off the table there is nothing to stop the federal government from continuing to encroach on our liberties and no recourse for those who are sick and tired of it."[173] Paul wrote the remarks in a post on his Congressional website in one of his final public statements as a member of Congress, noting that many petitions had been submitted to the White House calling for secession in the wake of the November 2012 election.[174]

He is strongly anti-abortion,[175] "an unshakable foe of abortion",[176] and believes regulation or ban[177] on medical decisions about maternal or fetal health is "best handled at the state level".[178] His abortion-related legislation, such as the Sanctity of Life Act, is intended to negate Roe v. Wade and to get "the federal government completely out of the business of regulating state matters."[179] Paul says his years as an obstetrician led him to believe life begins at conception.[180][181]

Paul opposes the federal War on Drugs,[182] and believes the states should decide whether to regulate or deregulate drugs such as medical marijuana.[183]

Citing the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, Paul advocates states' rights to decide how to regulate social matters not cited directly by the Constitution. He opposes federal regulation of the death penalty[178] (although he opposes capital punishment),[184] of education,[185] and of marriage, and endorsed revising the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy to concern mainly disruptive sexual behavior (whether heterosexual or homosexual).[186]

Paul was critical of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, arguing that it sanctioned federal interference in the labor market and did not improve race relations. He once remarked: "The Civil Rights Act of 1964 not only violated the Constitution and reduced individual liberty; it also failed to achieve its stated goals of promoting racial harmony and a color-blind society".[187] Paul opposes affirmative action.[188]

Beginning in 1978, for more than two decades Paul and his associates published a number of political and investment-oriented newsletters bearing his name (Dr. Ron Paul's Freedom Report, The Ron Paul Survival Report, the Ron Paul Investment Letter, and the Ron Paul Political Report).[42]

A number of the newsletters, particularly in the period between 1988 and 1994 when Paul was no longer in Congress, contained material that later proved controversial. Topics included conspiracy theories, anti-government militia movements, and race wars.[189] During Paul's 1996 congressional election campaign, and his 2008 and 2012 presidential primary campaigns, critics charged that some of the passages reflected racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic bigotry.[21][190][191][192]

In a 1996 interview, Paul did not deny writing the newsletters and defended some of their contents, but specified that he opposes racism.[193][194][195] In March 2001, Paul said he did not write the commentaries, but stopped short of denying authorship in 1996 because his campaign advisers had thought it would be too confusing and that he had to live with the material published under his name.[196][197] Half a dozen libertarian activists, including some still closely associated with Paul, pointed to Lew Rockwell as the primary ghostwriter of the newsletters. Rockwell denied responsibility for the content.[42] In 2011, Paul's spokesperson Jesse Benton said Paul had "taken moral responsibility because they appeared under his name and slipped through under his watch."[198]

Following the Orange Revolution in 2004 which overthrew Viktor Yanukovych's government in favor of Viktor Yushchenko's government, Ron Paul through statements in Congress in December 2004 and later his Institute for Peace and Prosperity was very critical of the National Endowment for Democracy and its National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute calling them prominent supporters of the removal of Yanukovich from power.[199][200]

On March 16, 2020, Ron Paul criticized the government, media, and public responses to the coronavirus pandemic in a column for his website.[201] He dismissed claims of a death rate higher than the flu as "a claim without any scientific basis" and said that the "chief fearmonger of the Trump Administration is without a doubt Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health," who Paul claimed was "serving up outright falsehoods to stir up even more panic." He concluded his column by saying, "People should ask themselves whether this coronavirus "pandemic" could be a big hoax."[202]

In April 2013, Paul founded the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, a foreign policy think tank that seeks to promote his non-interventionist views.[203] The institute is part of his larger foundation Foundation for Rational Economics and Education.

In the same month, he began to offer the Ron Paul Curriculum, a homeschool online curriculum developed by Gary North and taught from a "free market and Christian" perspective; it is free from grades kindergarten to five and available to paid members from six to twelve.[204]

In June 2013, Paul criticized the NSA surveillance program and praised Edward Snowden for having performed a "great service to the American people by exposing the truth about what our government is doing in secret".[205]

On March 28, 2017, Paul predicted the markets would lower during the year and said President Trump had taken a risk with crediting himself for the postelection market surge, reasoning Washington was still predominantly unchanged.[206]

Paul has been a critic of Donald Trump's plans to increase the number of military personnel in Afghanistan. In August 2017, he said that Americans don't see Afghanistan as a threat to their personal security and being aggressive in foreign policy only loses Trump some of his support base.[207] Paul has also called for Trump to bring American troops back from Syria in April 2018, on the grounds that the threat from ISIS has been eliminated.[208] He continues to voice his disagreements regarding foreign policy, and more recently, regarding the events involving America and Iran.[209][210]

In 2013, Paul established the "Ron Paul Channel", an Internet broadcast. Its slogan is "Turn Off Your TV. Turn On the Truth."[211] Speaking about the channel, Paul said, "I was at a debate one time a couple years ago, where I didn't think I got a fair shake. In a two-hour debate, I had 89 seconds. I thought, maybe there's something wrong with the media. Maybe they're not covering us fairly. I'm just using it as a pun, but there's a bit of truth to this. We don't get a fair shake. The people who believe in liberty and limited government don't expect it from the ordinary media." Speaking about his youth appeal, he noted, "They don't sit and watch TV and turn the programs on at seven o'clock to watch us like thatso I thought the technology was there. The country is ripe for the continuation of this revolution."[212]

In May 2015, Ron Paul ended all relationships with the Voices of Liberty and the Ron Paul Channel to start a new internet broadcast called the Ron Paul Liberty Report. According to Paul himself, it will not cost a thing, unlike the previous Ron Paul Channel. In the announcement of the ended relationship, Paul said, "But the message I have always tried to deliver over the years has always been the same, and that is spreading the message of liberty. Right now I am very much engaged in doing that through the internet. But, I believe we can do better. Right now, the program has changed to the Ron Paul Liberty Report, and that is what we do, we report on liberty in context of what is going on in daily activity and what is going on in the news." Paul went on to say that it will be more locally controlled, unlike the previous Ron Paul Channel. Paul continued to say it will be produced out of Texas, instead of California.[213] As of April 2019, the "Ron Paul Liberty Report" channel has received more than 17 million views on YouTube.[214]

In April 2015, Paul began appearing in infomercials warning about an upcoming financial meltdown as a result of the imminent crash of the world's currencies.[215][216] He urges listeners to read America 2020: The Survival Blueprint, a book written by Porter Stansberry.[217]

Paul endorsed his son, Senator Rand Paul, in the Republican primary and campaigned for him in Iowa.[218] After his son dropped out, Paul had said that no Republican or Democratic candidate even came close to holding libertarian views.[219] Paul was disappointed in the Libertarian Party for nominating Gary Johnson for President of the United States and told independent voters that Jill Stein was a better candidate for those who "lean towards progressivism and liberalism".[220]

Paul received one electoral vote from a Texas faithless elector, South Texas College political science professor William Greene (who had been pledged to Donald Trump),[221] in the 2016 presidential election,[222][223] making Paul the oldest person ever to receive an electoral vote, and the second Libertarian Party member to receive an electoral vote, after John Hospers in 1972.

Paul has been married to Carol (Carolyn) Wells since 1957.[224] They met in 1952 when Wells asked Paul to be her escort to her 16th birthday party.[225][226] They have five children, who were baptized Episcopalian:[14] Ronald, Lori, Randal, Robert, and Joy. Paul's son Randal is the junior United States senator from the state of Kentucky. Raised a Lutheran, Paul later became a Baptist.[227] Since 1995, Carol Paul has published the Ron Paul Family Cookbook, a collection of recipes she and her friends contributed, and which was sold in part to support Ron Paul's political campaigns.[228] His life and career is the subject of the 2012 film Ron Paul Uprising.[229]

Paul and his wife currently reside in Lake Jackson, Texas.[230]

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Ron Paul Blasts ‘Fraud’ Dr. Fauci, Says Trump ‘Or the …

Former Republican Congressman and Libertarian superstar Ron Paul is calling for President Donald Trump to fire fraud Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease specialist leading President Trumps medical response to the coronavirus.

Paul asserted that if Trump doesnt get rid of Dr. Fauci, the people have to fire him

He should be fired, but if you dont do it in the literal sense, the people have to fire him, Paul said on his YouTube show the Liberty Report. They have to fire him by saying, Hes a fraud.

Fauci Should Be Fired

If Not By Trump, Then By The American People

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The plan that they have is when things are getting back to normal, people can return to their work, and they do things, and go to the golf course if they get a stamp of approval, Paul said. Your liberties are there if you get a proper stamp from the government.

Its an excuse to have total control over the people, the Texas Libertarian continued.

Paul has been extremely outspoken about his belief that the coronavirus is a big hoax being used to strip Americans of their constitutional rights.

People should ask themselves whether this coronavirus pandemic could be a big hoax, with the actual danger of the disease massively exaggerated by those who seek to profit financially or politically from the ensuing panic, Paul wrote last month, according to a report from the Daily Caller.

Pauls son, Sen. Rand Paul, contracted the virus and has already recovered.

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Life is only experienced on an individual level. We each have our own individual and unique adventure. No one can see through the eyes of another, or think the thoughts of another, walk in the shoes of another, or make choices for another.

All choices and actions are made by each individual mind.

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For those who lust after power, job number one is to strip the people that you want to rule over of their belief in themselves. One cannot rule over a people that recognize and guard their natural individuality.

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We are each individual sovereigns of our own personal kingdoms.

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Houston's Democrat Mayor Sylvester Turner heaped praise on the recent George Floyd protests, which drew tens of thousands of people tightly packed into the city. He even addressed the crowd. Coronavirus was no problem, the protests were too important. Yesterday Mayor Turner cancelled the Texas state Republican Party convention, which was to be held in Houston and would bring in a tiny fraction of the numbers of those who attended the Floyd protest. The mayor's reason to cancel the Republican Party convention? Coronavirus! Is this really about public health...or is it something else?Streamed LIVE July 9, 2020

Media and politicians are using the reported massive increase in positive Covid test results to call for another US lockdown. Meanwhile there are increasing doubts as to the accuracy of the tests. New Jersey is mandating masks and two Texas counties are threatening felony charges against those with positive tests who do not stay home. Are these fears justified? Has the continuing decline of Covid deaths become meaningless?Streamed LIVE July 8, 2020

The rule "first do no harm" appears to have been thrown out the window in the response to the 2019 coronavirus outbreak. Some studies suggest that for every "Covid" death there could be 29 deaths due to the lockdowns worldwide. Famine, depression, suicide, untreated illnesses - all of these may overshadow Covid as the killer of the year. Plus in today's program: Fauci says we're "knee-deep in the first wave," the New England Journal of Medicine suggests just suspending any worker who refuses the coronavirus vaccine, and Texas mask "mandates" explained.Streamed LIVE July 7, 2020

The daily death count has morphed into the daily "new case" count, as 100,000 tests a day have exploded into 700,000 tests. Is it a wonder cases are increasing? But what they don't dare mention is that deaths and even the death rate continue to decline. In fact the CDC warns that Covid is at the stage where it cannot even be classified an epidemic due to declining deaths. Still, more masks are required and petty dictators all around are calling for a return to lockdown. Can the truth ever be heard above all the lies?Streamed LIVE July 6, 2020

This July 4th, much of the United States finds itself under various levels of dictatorial orders from renegade governors, county, and local officials. The US is under rule by decree, not by rule of law. Looking at the original list of grievances the Colonists had against King George, it looks like most of them are met - and then some - by our current system of government. Can we regain our independence?Published July 3, 2020

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jul 8, 2020 The Diverse Signers of the Harpers Letter Supposedly Championing Tolerance and Open Debate People arecommentingregarding the diverse signers of a Tuesday open letter at Harpers Magazine supposedly championing tolerance and open debate. Dont believe the hype. read on...

jul 6, 2020 A Great, Short Audio-Visual Introduction to Coronavirus and Actions Taken in the Name of Countering Coronavirus On Sunday, Lew Rockwell shared at his website lewrockwell.com a six-minute video that gives a great introduction to coronavirus and some of the anti-liberty actions governments have taken in the name of countering coronavirus. read on...

jul 5, 2020 Should Professional Athletes be More Worried about Coronavirus or Lightning? Znamya Truda, a Russian professional soccer team, has announced that Ivan Zaborovsky, a goalkeeper for the team, went to intensive care after beingstruck by lightningduring training. read on...

jul 3, 2020 Independence Day Under Dictatorship This July 4th, much of the United States finds itself under various levels of dictatorial orders from renegade governors, county, and local officials. The US is under rule by decree, not by rule of law. Looking at the original list of grievances the Colonists had against King George, it looks like most of them are met - and then some - by our current system of government. Can we regain our independence? Watch today's Liberty Report... read on...

jul 2, 2020 Why Texas Governor Abbott's 'Face Mask' Order is NOT What it Seems Today Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) issued yet another executive order on the coronavirus outbreak - while the Texas state legislature continues slumbering while collecting paychecks for no work. read on...

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Fact check: Ron Paul claims coronavirus deadlier than flu …

The claim: The nations top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, testified to Congress that the death rate for the coronavirus is 10 times that of the seasonal flu, a claim without any scientific basis. Ron Paul, former Texas congressman and candidate for president.

Paul, who is a doctor, made the claim in a column posted on his website. He also called Fauci the chief fearmonger of the Trump Administration.

PolitiFact ruling: False. We wont know for some time what the actual death rate is for people who contract the current coronavirus, COVID-19. But based on figures that are available, its indicated to be at least 10 times higher than the death rate from the flu.

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Discussion: Pauls post was flagged as part of Facebooks efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed.

Fauci is taking the seasonal influenza death rate to be approximately 0.1 percent and the coronavirus to be about 1 percent, said Dr. Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Universitys Center for Health Security.

PolitiFact is a fact-checking project to help you sort out fact from fiction in politics. Truth-O-Meter ratings are determined by a panel of three editors. The burden of proof is on the speaker, and PolitiFact rates statements based on the information known at the time the statement is made

While it is early in the outbreak, there is enough data to say that 1 percent is likely a fairly reasonable approximation with some scientific basis in data.

In some contexts, public health experts have said its too early in the coronavirus outbreak to know exactly what its death rate is.

While the numbers arent all precise, there is a basis for what Fauci said.

Based solely on the numbers, youre more likely to die if you get the 2019 coronavirus than if you get the flu. (Several factors apply, such as age and health.)

A study of 44,672 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in China diagnosed as of Feb. 11, 2020, from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention found a fatality rate of 2.3 percent. Other figures and studies published in early to mid-March by the World Health Organization have placed the fatality rate at 3.4 percent and 3.9 percent.

The flu death rate is much lower.

In its latest weekly report on the 2019-20 flu, for the week ending March 7, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there have been 36 million flu illnesses and 22,000 deaths. Thats a rate of 0.06%.

The case fatality ratio dividing reported deaths by reported cases is only a snapshot and the rate can vary considerably during an outbreak, the WHO said.

We will not have a clear CFR until the outbreak is over, WHO said in a statement, adding that the CFR can change if it is discovered that there are many more milder cases than originally thought, and can vary by country based demographic factors, such as age.

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Paul WS Anderson’s ‘Monster Hunter’ Moves All the Way to 2021 – Bloody Disgusting

Weve been talking a bit about Paul W.S. Andersons video game adaptation Monster Hunter here on BD the past few days, and wouldnt ya know it, weve just learned the film has been delayed. Originally scheduled for theatrical release on September 4, 2020, Sonys Screen Gems has now moved the Milla Jovovich-starring film all the way out of 2020 and into early 2021.

Monster Hunter will now release on April 23, 2021.

[Related] Paul W.S. Anderson Teases the 60-Foot Tall Monsters Milla Jovovich Battles in Monster Hunter

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Behind our world, there is another: a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When Lt. Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her loyal soldiers are transported from our world to the new world, the unflappable lieutenant receives the shock of her life. In her desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers and unstoppable, revolting attacks, Artemis will team up with a mysterious man who has found a way to fight back.

Tony Jaa,Tip T.I. Harris, Meagan Good,Diego Boneta,Josh HelmanandRon Perlman star alongside Jovovich in the adaptation of Capcoms video game series.

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Taste Fore The Tour goes virtual – KARE11.com

Take part in a silent auction or donate to receive a celebrity cookbook.

Taste Fore The Tour event brings together sports fans, chefs, celebrities and restaurants in the fight against hunger.This year's 2nd annual event will be completely virtual.

The event benefits VEAP, a basic needs organization whose programs include access to healthy foods, social services housing stability and supportive services. VEAP is based in Bloomington and serves the Twin Cities area.

For this year's event, a silent auction can be accessed online through July 26. Auction items include a signed Patrick Mahomes helmet, a fishing outing with Ron Sschara, Tiger Woods signed photo collage of his wins and more. All proceeds will go to VEAP.

If you like to cook, donate $30 and you'll receive a cookbook filled with recipes from celebrities including Lindsey Vonn, Laura Schara and Carly and Jason Zucker. $30 will feed someone in need for an entire month.

To participate, visit tasteforethetour.com, or text VEAP to 56651.

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Ron Ricketts, Minnesota Orchestra trombonist who played with top bands in the 1960s, dies at 87 – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Ron Ricketts didnt stop surprising his family.

We just learned, said daughter Miriam Queensen, that back in 1956, he played the baritone horn on a Miles Davis record.

Ricketts, who was the second trombonist for the Minnesota Orchestra for 37 years, also entertained his daughter with the story of how he got started playing the trombone.

He said when he was 10, Queensen recalled, a music teacher came up to him and asked, Hey, kid, want to play the trombone? He answered, Sure what is it?

Queensen said her father admitted that he initially had some issues with the instrument.

He said he had a little difficulty assembling it. He said always put the slide in backwards.

Ricketts quickly mastered the trombone and also became skilled on the bass trombone and the baritone horn.

Ricketts, of Minneapolis, died from heart failure June 28 at a hospice in Edina. He was 87.

Former Minnesota Orchestra member Dave Kamminga said Ricketts had talent. He owned the trombone. He was the perfect combination of a fine musician and a gentleman.

Ricketts was born to Raymond Ricketts and Annie Meismer on Dec. 31, 1932, in Detroit. During his high school years, he attended a summer program at the Interlochen Arts Academy. He attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia for one year before earning his bachelors and masters degrees from the Manhattan School of Music.

Before joining the Minnesota Orchestra in 1959, he played in the Asbury Park Band, the Dallas Symphony and the North Carolina Symphony.

He could have played with anybody, said Kamminga. The Asbury Park Band included the best musicians in the New York City area.

Ricketts also taught at the University of Minnesota School of Music.

I took lessons with him when I was an undergrad. He was a wonderful player and a very warm and caring teacher, said U associate professor Dean Sorenson.

Ricketts retired from the Minnesota Orchestra in 1996.

He had to retire early, said his daughter. He had suffered hearing loss and he had tinnitus.

Kamminga said it came on suddenly. He was still playing well, but the hearing loss made it difficult for him, he said.

In retirement, Ricketts stayed physically active as a bird watcher and nature lover, walking and bicycling.

He went on long walks around the [Minneapolis] lakes, his daughter said. At the age of 78 he went on a bicycle tour of Zion Park in Utah.

He also was an avid reader.

He had a lifelong curiosity, said Queensen, and a lifelong interest in reading.

That was one common interest that drew Kamminga and Ricketts together.

He was one of the first people I met when I joined the orchestra, Kamminga said. We became friends. We had both grown up in Michigan, so we had that in common, and we shared an interest in reading. Up to the end, he was sending me articles to read.

In addition to his daughter, who lives in Minneapolis, Ricketts is survived by sons Raymond of Philadelphia and Philip of Minneapolis; daughters Sue-Anne Solem of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Linda Thompson of Santa Cruz, Calif.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and brother Roger of St. Paul.

His wife, Shirley, died in 2006 at the age of 80. They were married for 51 years.

A virtual service will be held at a later date.

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Local golf results, July 11, 2020 | Results – The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Chipeta Mens League

First Flight Gross 1. Byron Miller 29; 2. Marshal Way 31; 3. (tie) Garrett Smith, Torrey Steves 32.

First Flight Net 1. (tie) Paul Keddy, Brian Hartbauer 28; 3. Colby Koerner 29; 4. Trent Steves 30.

Second Flight Gross 1. Levi Basler 35; 2. Chad Beldon 38; 3. John Crawford 39; 4. Justin Eller 40*.

Second Flight Net 1. Dave Eller 28; 2.(tie) Don Olbert, Trevor Woolley 29; 4. Jason Smith 30.

First Flight Gross 1. Mat Wakefield 26; 2. Paul Keddy 29; 3. Torrey Steves 31*.

First Flight Net 1. Trent Steves 25; 2. Ken Buterbaugh 27; 3. Byron Miller 28.

Second Flight Gross 1. Chad Beldon 33; 2. (tie) Bob Hilgenfeld, Colby Koerner 34.

Second Flight Net 1. (tie) Dick Griffin, Zach Nelson, Syd Schramm, Don Iles 27.

Closest to the pin: Paul Keddy (No. 4); Byron Miller (No. 7); Mat Wakefield (Nos. 10, 16)

Chipeta Ladies League

Gross 1. Christy Davidson 36; 2. Linda Heath 43; 3. Jenann Wakefield 45.

Net 1. Sandy Brubaker 32; 2. (tie) Ann Thomas, Kelly Mattson 34.

Adobe Creek Couples League

Four-Person Roll the Dice Scramble

1. Steven Schwartz/Melissa Harni/Larry Mallett/Mae Mallett 30; 2. Dave Kirsch/Deb Kirsch/James Danner/Michelle Danner 31; 3. Steve Slipka/Nancy Slipka/Mat Wakefield/Jenann Wakefield 32; 4. (tie) Paul Daniels/Jennifer Daniels/Mike Gregg/Wynona Mahaffey, Bob Jackson/Jan Jackson/Mark Debogorski/Darcalee Debogorski 34.

Closest to the pin: Dave Kirsch (Men No. 6); Wynona Mahaffey (Women No. 6)

Chip-in: Bob Jackson (No. 5)

Redlands Mesa Womens League

First Flight Gross 1. Tammy Warnke 83; 2. Cindy Granum 85.

First Flight Net 1. Frances Baer 67; 2. Robin Reed 73.

Second Flight Gross 1. Leah Gonyeau 96; 2. Julia Conrad 99.

Second Flight Net 1. Marjorie Genova 77; 2. Lynda Stahl 78.

Third Flight Gross 1. Christina Bybee 103; 2. Rena Carver 107.

Third Flight Net 1. Lorrie Van Dyke 68; 2. Lori Curtis 70.

First Flight Gross 1. Frances Baer 40; 2. Tammy Warnke 42.

First Flight Net 1. (tie) Cindy Granum, Jackie Skelton 34.

Second Flight Gross 1. Leah Gonyeau 43; 2. Julia Conrad 48.

Second Flight Net 1. Marjorie Genova 35; 2. Lnyda Stahl 37.

Third Flight Gross 1. Christina Bybee 48; 2. Rena Carver 50.

Third Flight Net 1. Lorrie Van Dyke 28; 2. Lori Curtis 31.

Adobe Creek Senior Mens League

Red, White & Blue Two-Man Scramble

Gross A Flight 1. Bryan Cross/Hal Kellerby 69; 2. (tie) Randy Cain/Jim Schneider, Larry Reeves/Steve Urbach 70; 4. Kent Henrie/Jim Church 72.

Gross B Flight 1. Larry Walker/Don Riggle 72; 2. Vince Gulino/Mark Greff 74; 3. (tie) Tom Holman/Ron Miller, Andy Eliopolus/John Turner 75.

Gross C Flight 1. Kevin Eubanks/Paul Kuchyt 78*; 2. Joe Burns/Bob Taylor 78; 3. Tim Bevan/Gary Wilson 80; 4. (tie) John Colosimo/Steve Colosimo, Keith Schaefer/Denzil Snow, Tim Boothe/Lou Bracket 81.

Closest to the inp: Ken Buterbaugh (Mesa No. 3); Bob Taylor (Mesa No. 6); Mike Weidrich (Desert No. 2); Tom Keenan (Desert No. 5)

Tiara Rado Day Ladies League

First Flight Gross 1. Kelly Hall/Lucille Glynn +3; 2. (tie) Julia Conrad/Linda Barrett, Cheryl Bullinger/Margorie Genova +9.

First Flight Net 1. Shirley Webb/Barb Vermedahl -7; 2. (tie) Terri Knode/Bobby Ordahl, Kathy Short/Lynda Stahl Even.

Second Flight Gross 1. Terri Martinez/Catherine Lucero +15; 2. Joyce Stonehocker/Marsha Oliver +25.

Second Flight Net 1. Kay Campbell/Catherine Lucero -11; 2. (tie) Patty Bradshaw/Joyce Taylor, Nancy Nolan/Katie Hill -1.

Kyms League

Gross 1. Mark Garcia/Noah Larsen/Torrey Steves/Brian Hartbauer 58; 2. Sonia Butler/Lee Butler/Allen Canetti/Jeff Murray 70.

Net 1. Norma Vendegna/Eloy Vendegna/Brandon Gregg/Clint Trujillo 54; 2. Elaine Schramm/Syd Schramm/Trent Steves/Koby Steves 63.

Closest to the pin: Eloy Vendegna (No. 15); Torrey Steves (No. 17)

Longest putt: Clint Trujillo (No. 13)

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Torrence, Johnson, Line and Krawiec Lead the Way as NHRA Returns – Autoweek

Two-time Mello Yello champ Steve Torrence earned the top spot in Top Fuel for the 25th time in his career, thanks to a solid 3.779 blast in his Capco Contractors dragster during Saturdays second qualifying session at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals. Torrence managed to outrun all of his competitors, and a late afternoon thunderstorm, to claim the green low qualifier hat.

Torrence, who was the low qualifier five times last year and started from the No. 2 spot in his most recent appearance in Phoenix five months ago, will face off with Luigi Novelli in Sundays opening round. Clay Millican and points leader Doug Kalitta entered the final session in the No. 1 and No. 3 spots, respectively, but did not get a chance to improve before the rain hit.

One of the highlights of the Indy race has been the return of eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher after a two-year layoff. Schumacher, driving a Global Electronic Technology branded dragster, landed in the No. 7 spot with a 3.877 and will be paired with DSR teammate Leah Pritchett on Sunday morning.

Tommy Johnson Jr., winner of the most recent NHRA event in Phoenix nearly five months ago, qualified No. 4 at the first two events and is the qualifying leader in Funny Car after opening Saturdays action with a 3.983 in his MD Anderson Cancer Center Dodge. Johnson did not improve in the second session, but his 4.122 provided a competitive baseline heading into Sundays final eliminations. Johnson has the top spot for the 19th time in his career, but his reward for the top spot will be a round one matchup against his DSR teammate, Ron Capps.

To be able to carry that momentum from Phoenix into this race and not miss a beat is great, said Johnson. It looks good. Weve had a really good race car and it continues to be. Its going to be a tough day tomorrow because conditions are going to be so much different but its good to know we have a good baseline and well go from there. Testing on Friday was so valuable, you cant put a price on it. We probably wouldnt have qualified if we hadnt tested, because we had issues with our new body. We also found a problem with one of our controllers for the clutch and the fuel system. To find those issues on Friday and come out and run so good on Saturday just shows you that we needed a couple of runs to work everything out after being off for four months.

JERRY FOSS NHRA/NATIONAL DRAGSTER

Jonnie Lindberg entered as a substitute driver in the Motorcraft Ford while Bob Tasca III continues his recovery from a bout with COVID-19. He has an excellent shot to score points for his new team with a pair of solid runs, including a second-best 3.987 and a 4.032. Lindberg has appeared in four final rounds in his nitro career but has yet to win a Wally as a professional. Hell face Bob Bode in Sunday mornings opening round.

Current points leader Fast Jack Beckman was in danger of missing the field for just the eighth time in 327 starts but the Infinite Hero team rallied with a competitive 4.050 run to move into the top half of the field. Beckmans heroics relegated Jim Campbell and Terry Haddock to the outside of the 16-car field.

A mechanical malfunction prevented Jason Line from making his second run during Pro Stock qualifying, but the Summit driver needed just one run to secure the top spot for the 56th time in his career. Line, who opened his 2020 campaign with a runner-up at the Winternationals and a semifinal in Phoenix, kept that momentum going with a 6.626 that was not bettered by any of the other 21 Pro Stock drivers on the ground at Lucas Oil Raceway Indianapolis. Five-time champion Jeg Coughlin Jr., who, like Line, has announced this as his final season as a full-time Pro Stock driver, earned the No. 2 spot with a 6.635, while reigning champ Erica Enders also racked up a few bonus points with a third-best 6.637.

I finally shifted right, Line joked. Actually, I have to give Greg [Anderson] the credit for that because he worked way harder than I did, said Line. Obviously this is a strange time and none of us really knows how to handle it. We just did the best we could. Were much better than we were when we left off from [testing in March]. I made a good run. Of course we didnt get to make two but we got it fixed and were ready for tomorrow.

The battle for the final spots in the Pro Stock field was a seesaw battle, with the bump spot changing hands several times before Alan Prusiensky finally secured his spot in the field with a 6.700 in his Hemi-powered Dodge. Rookie drivers Kyle Koretsky and Troy Coughlin Jr. made the field with runs of 6.66 and 6.67, respectively, while fellow debutante Mason McGaha just missed with a 6.706 best in his Harlow Sammons Camaro. The new two-qualifying session format helped make for a few intriguing round one match-ups, including a battle between world champs Enders and Bo Butner.

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In the first event of the season for Pro Stock Motorcycle racers, Eddie Krawiec picked up the 47th low qualifier award of his career with a 6.897 on his Screamin Eagle Harley-Davidson FXDR. Krawiec, who also sits on 47 career wins, held off a late charge by three-time world champion Matt Smith to claim the top spot. Krawiec last led a Pro Stock Motorcycle field at the 2019 Norwalk event more than a year ago. He will be paired with David Barron in Sundays opening round.

Its great to be back to racing, said Krawiec. To come out the way we have today I believe the downtime efforts are showing. We just need to shift focus to race day now and keep the bikes running consistently and fast each round.

Krawiecs teammate, reigning champ Andrew Hines, finished as the No. 3 rider in the field and Scotty Pollacheck is fourth on his Strutmasters.com EBR. One of the most intriguing matchups of the first round will feature No. 6 qualifier Angie Smith against the White Alligator Suzuki of Jerry Savoie, who qualified in the bottom half of the field with an 11th quickest 7.054.

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NHRA E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway Brownsburg, Ind. Sundays first round pairings

TOP FUEL

1. Steve Torrence, 3.779 seconds, 321.19 mph vs. 16. Luigi Novelli, 8.836, 91.78; 2. Doug Kalitta, 3.804, 316.30 vs. 15. Lex Joon, 5.221, 135.63; 3. Terry McMillen, 3.812, 316.75 vs. 14. Antron Brown, 4.397, 185.82; 4. Billy Torrence, 3.859, 316.08 vs. 13. Terry Totten, 4.286, 203.12; 5. T.J. Zizzo, 3.862, 310.41 vs. 12. Cory McClenathan, 4.120, 228.58; 6. Clay Millican, 3.866, 314.02 vs. 11. Doug Foley, 3.999, 268.28; 7. Tony Schumacher, 3.877, 292.90 vs. 10. Leah Pruett, 3.934, 306.33; 8. Shawn Langdon, 3.919, 314.02 vs. 9. Justin Ashley, 3.922, 270.64. Did Not Qualify: 17. Kyle Wurtzel, broke.

FUNNY CAR

1. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger, 3.983, 317.72 vs. 16. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.555, 184.70; 2. Jonnie Lindberg, Ford Mustang, 3.987, 318.24 vs. 15. Bob Bode, Mustang, 4.436, 221.74; 3. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.050, 298.47 vs. 14. Mike McIntire, Toyota Camry, 4.425, 199.11; 4. J.R. Todd, Camry, 4.056, 282.95 vs. 13. Alex Miladinovich, Camry, 4.382, 246.53; 5. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.083, 310.48 vs. 12. Dale Creasy Jr., Charger, 4.317, 235.43; 6. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.090, 289.07 vs. 11. Daniel Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.194, 256.80; 7. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.097, 304.53 vs. 10. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.168, 254.47; 8. Paul Lee, Charger, 4.110, 267.80 vs. 9. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 4.146, 259.36. Did Not Qualify: 17. Jim Campbell, 4.905, 167.72; 18. Terry Haddock, 5.073, 153.51.

PRO STOCK

1. Jason Line, Chevy Camaro, 6.626, 206.10 vs. 16. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Dart, 6.700, 205.10; 2. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.635, 206.89 vs. 15. Bruno Massel, Camaro, 6.692, 206.64; 3. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.637, 206.86 vs. 14. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.684, 205.72; 4. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.638, 206.70 vs. 13. Troy Coughlin Jr., Ford Mustang, 6.678, 206.16; 5. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.642, 206.29 vs. 12. Val Smeland, Camaro, 6.677, 206.51; 6. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.653, 206.61 vs. 11. Kyle Koretsky, Camaro, 6.662, 205.60; 7. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.654, 206.95 vs. 10. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.661, 206.92; 8. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.658, 205.94 vs. 9. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.660, 207.05. Did Not Qualify: 17. Mason McGaha, 6.706, 206.39; 18. Fernando Cuadra Jr., 6.721, 204.32; 19. Cristian Cuadra, 6.728, 204.60; 20. John Gaydosh Jr, 6.737, 205.01; 21. Fernando Cuadra, 7.888, 130.00.

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The ‘second wave’ is driven by propaganda – The Highland County Press

By Dr. Ron PaulFormer CongressmanThe Ron Paul Institutehttp://ronpaulinstitute.org/

On July 2, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order mandating the wearing of face masks across the state, whether indoors or outdoors, when six feet cannot be maintained between people. In the governors decree, he cited a rise in Covid-19 cases, a rise in test positivity and a rise in hospitalizations as justification to force people to cover their faces in public.

The move is not only a violation of the civil liberties of all Texans. Abbott may have based his executive order on inaccurate information about a rise in Covid cases due to the Texas State Department of Health Services changing the definition of what constitutes a Covid case.

Thanks goes to Collin County Judge Chris Hill for blowing the whistle on what appears to be a move in mid-May to redefine what was a Covid case to open the door to a massive increase all to match the mainstream media line that a second wave was on the way.

In a Commissioners Court hearing for Collin County on May 18, it was revealed that while previously the determination of a Covid case was a confirmed test result, the definition was suddenly changed to count probable cases as cases. At the same time, the threshold for determining probable was lowered to a ridiculous level.

As Judge Hill said at that May 18 meeting, If you have a subjective fever and you have a headache and you live in Collin County, you now meet the qualifications to be a probable COVID patient. It is remarkable how low the standard is now.

Even worse, once a probable case was determined based on possibly unrelated subjective criteria, up to 15 people in possible contact with that probable case were also listed as probable cases. And probable cases were considered cases.

Repeat that farce across Texas and is it any wonder there was a spike in cases?

Also, Governor Abbotts claim that hospitals were being over-run by Covid patients was refuted by the Houston hospital directors themselves, who said they were nowhere near actual capacity and in fact were about the same level as they were last year.

The basis for Abbotts unconstitutional executive order has been shown to be false. Will he admit his mistake?

It is encouraging to see so many local and county officials across Texas announcing they will refuse to enforce Governor Abbotts unconstitutional face mask order. Thankfully, the spirit of freedom and love of liberty is still alive in Texas.

The second wave is driven by propaganda. Across the country, Covid testing increased from about 150,000 to more than 700,000 per day. You cant drive through Houston without seeing a flurry of signs advertising Free Covid test! Results in 15 minutes! Last week, Reuters reported that tests shipped around the country by the federal government were contaminated.

Deaths from coronavirus even the deaths with coronavirus rather than deaths from coronavirus are down more than 90 percent since the peak in April. The decline in deaths continues. That means we are closer to the herd immunity that will finally kill this virus. Yet, Governor Abbott and others across the country see this as a reason to lock the country back down.

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Ron Paul | Biography, Education, Books, & Facts | Britannica

Ron Paul, byname of Ronald Ernest Paul, (born August 20, 1935, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.), American politician, who served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives (197677, 197985, 19972013) and who unsuccessfully ran as the 1988 Libertarian presidential candidate. He later sought the Republican nomination for president in 2008 and 2012.

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Paul grew up on his familys dairy farm just outside Pittsburgh. He earned a bachelors degree in biology from Gettysburg College in 1957 and a medical degree from Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina, in 1961. He later served as a flight surgeon for the U.S. Air Force (196365) and the Air National Guard (196568). In 1968 Paul moved to Brazoria county, Texas, where he established a successful practice in obstetrics and gynecology.

Paul was inspired to enter politics in 1971 when Pres. Richard M. Nixon abolished the Bretton Woods exchange system. Paul believed that the abandonment of the last vestiges of the gold standard would lead to financial ruin for the United States. Though he was unsuccessful in his initial run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974, his opponent resigned before completing his term, and Paul won a special election to complete it. He lost the seat in the subsequent general election, only to regain it two years later. He chose not to seek reelection in 1984 and instead campaignedunsuccessfullyfor the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. He broke from the Republican Party to run as a Libertarian in the 1988 presidential election, ultimately winning more than 430,000 votes. He returned to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican in 1997, though his votes were often at variance with the majority of his party; for example, in the early 2000s he voted against authorizing the Iraq War and the USA Patriot Act.

Pauls presidential campaign platform remained libertarian in spirit. It focused on free-market economics, a radical reduction in the size of government, increased privacy protections for individuals, and a reduction of U.S. participation in international organizations. Having claimed only a handful of delegates, he ended his bid for the White House in June 2008 and launched Campaign for Liberty, a political action committee. In April 2011 Paul, who was popular within the Tea Party movement, formed an exploratory committee to assess the viability of a third presidential run. The following month he formally announced his candidacy. In July 2011, in order to focus on his presidential campaign, Paul announced that he would not seek a 13th term in Congress. Although supported by a devoted and energized base, Paul was selective in the states where he actively campaigned. A second-place showing in New Hampshire was among his best performances in January 2012. He garnered a number of other second-place finishes before announcing in May that he would not campaign in the remaining states. Paul did not endorse the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, and said on the night of the general election that he believed the only winner would be the status quo. He retired from the House in January 2013, at the age of 77.

Pauls views are outlined in Freedom Under Siege (1987), A Foreign Policy of Freedom (2007), and The Revolution: A Manifesto (2008).

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