"Fertilized eggs don’t have much in common with flooded homes, but Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is holding up a flood insurance bill until the Senate votes to recognize the life begins at conception. The reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program, which expires at the end of July and currently insures 5.6 million flood-prone properties, was expected to pass with little fuss. But then Paul signaled he wanted a vote on “when life begins.”"
Too many pull quotes to choose from so, at random, we’re going with:
“It was like he was driving a Metrobus at full speed while working on his BlackBerry,” says a Republican press operative, who, like many others interviewed for this story, didn’t want his name included.
We’re pretty sure “Driving full speed while on BlackBerry” is SOP for Metrobus drivers.
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