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Rand Paul Takes Aim at DC Streetcar

The DC streetcar opened Saturday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Rand Paul is no longer on the presidential campaign trail, but that doesn't mean he's going to stop railing against the nation's capital — or, more specifically, its brand new streetcar.  

In his capacity as one of the Senate's government waste-watchers , the Kentucky Republican called the new streetcar, which opened Saturday, "A Streetcar Called Waste." Paul's office pointed out that federal funds were not involved in building the streetcar but the D.C. government did receive $1.6 million in federal funds to study the line's expansion. "While streetcars are the current transportation fad, one must wonder why D.C. needs one in the first place," wrote the report's authors, who pointed out that the District utilizes the tri-state Metro rail and bus system.  

Rand Paul Applauds Obama's Solitary Confinement Changes

Obama acting on his own on solitary confinement rules rather than wait for Congress. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama has opted to make some changes to the federal criminal justice system on his own, rather than waiting for Congress to pass an overhaul measure during an election year. And his new solitary confinement rules have already won the praise of one GOP presidential candidate.  

Solitary confinement will no longer be used on juveniles or individuals accused or convicted of low-level crimes, Obama announced  Monday in a newspaper op-ed. He also is expanding treatment for the mentally ill and ramping up the amount of time inmates subjected to solitary confinement get to spend outside their cells. Collectively, the changes will affect 10,000 federal prisoners, according to the White House. Those changes stemmed from an Obama-ordered Justice Department review of federal solitary confinement policies that began last summer. That review determined holding prisoners in solitary can be a “necessary tool” in instances such as prisoners needing to be in isolation for their protection, Obama wrote in the opinion piece in the Washington Post.  

Cruz Skipped Vote Draws Paul's Ire

Paul was not at the State of the Union (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With public viewership of the State of the Union address in decline, members of Congress are following suit — and criticizing each other for missing votes.  

Of the four members of Congress running for president, only two showed up. While Sens. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., were in attendance — and a part of the welcoming committee — Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., skipped the speech.

Rand Paul Celebrates Birthday on the Trail

Paul celebrated his 53rd birthday on Jan. 7. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., celebrated his 53rd birthday this year on the campaign trail in Des Moines, Iowa.  

On Jan. 7, hundreds of supporters presented the presidential hopeful with a birthday gift, a scroll of 1,007 precinct captains committed for caucus night.  

Former Aides to Ron and Rand Paul Re-Indicted

Three former staffers to Ron Paul were indicted on conspiracy charges surrounding his 2012 presidential campaign. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A trio of former aides to former Rep. Rand Paul, R-Texas, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul are not out of the woods yet on criminal charges related to Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign.  

A grand jury in Des Moines, Iowa, re-indicted Jesse Benton, John Tate and Dimitri Kesari on conspiracy charges Thursday, according to The Associated Press . Benton was also issued a summons to appear in court on Dec. 2.  

Kentucky Democrats Reassess Race Against Rand Paul

If his presidential bid is unsuccessful, Paul is expected to run for re-election next year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Only one Democrat represents Kentucky in the House, and not since 1998 has the state been represented by one in the Senate. Still, the party thought it could run a competitive race for the Senate seat next year.  

But after big losses in Tuesday's elections, hopes for challenging Republicans in next year's Senate race are suddenly dimmer.  Adam Edelen, Kentucky's auditor of public accounts, had been viewed as  a possible candidate in that race. That was until he lost his re-election bid in an upset Tuesday.  

Where Presidential Candidates Rank Among Richest Members of Congress (Video)

Cruz, seen here announcing his presidential candidacy in March, has the highest minimum net worth of the five senators running for president. But even he doesn't crack the list of the top 100 wealthiest members of Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When it comes to personal wealth, the five senators running for president aren’t exactly rolling in cash — by congressional standards, that is. Ted Cruz , the richest senator running for president, doesn’t even crack the top 100 on the Roll Call Wealth of Congress Index, an annual ranking of members by minimum net worth. The Texas Republican comes in at No. 141, with a minimum net worth of at least $1.8 million. The median American net worth was nearly $69,000 in 2011, the year for which the most recent data is available from the Census Bureau.  

The 10 Richest Members of Congress in 2015

Jesse Benton Acquitted in Campaign Fraud Case

A former aide to Paul was acquitted on charges that he lied to FBI agents. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Jesse Benton, a longtime ally of Sen. Rand Paul, was acquitted Thursday on charges tied to a campaign fraud case surrounding former Rep. Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign, according to the Des Moines Register .  

Benton was caught up in a scandal, in which a former Iowa state senator admitted to taking $73,000 in payments from Ron Paul's presidential campaign in exchange for switching his endorsement to Paul from then-Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. Benton had served as Paul's campaign chairman in 2012, but maintained his innocence in the ordeal.  

Paul's Stagnant Presidential Campaign Causes Concerns for Senate Race

Paul is spending time, money and attention outside of Kentucky, prompting concerns by some that he is giving Democrats an edge. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul got a rare show of support for his presidential campaign this week with the endorsement of Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C.  

Mulvaney — the only member of the early primary state’s congressional delegation to endorse in the race so far — lent his endorsement Monday at a time when polling continues to suggest Paul is struggling to gain traction, leading to questions from the political class in Washington and Frankfort about the viability of his candidacy in the crowded field to become the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.