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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Rand Paul Glitches

Andrew Kaczynski reports at Buzzfeed about photos (later removed) on the Rand Paul site:
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul launched his presidential campaign Tuesday complete with a page to endorse the new presidential candidate.
The endorsements are then presented on a map of the United States.
The people on the endorsement map, however, appear to be stock images from a Italian photographer Andrea Piacquadio who goes by the name Olly or Ollyy on stock image sites,and according to his Shutterstock page, is based in Germany.
In his announcement, Paul said:
I believe in applying Reagan’s approach to foreign policy to the Iran issue. Successful negotiations with untrustworthy adversaries are only achieved from a position of strength.
In the Iran-Contra affair -- which even the most ardent Reagan supporters concede was a massive botch -- the United States sold arms to Iran and diverted the profits to Nicaraguan rebels.  The president sent National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane to Tehran in 1986.  The deal had many strange aspects, including this one, as a congressional report recounted:
 Hopeful of success, [Lt. Col. Oliver] North arranged logistical support for the return of the hostages and prepared a press kit for the White House.3 North added his own flourish: He ordered a chocolate cake from an Israeli baker as a gift for the Iranians