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Lunch Break Read: Rand Against the Machine

Will this presidential election be the most important in American history?

While you are taking your lunch break today, be sure to check out my latest commentary on Conservative Review, titled, “Rand Against the Machine.”

Here is a quick preview: 

Presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) leveraged his successful effort that delayed the controversial Patriot Act provision that allowed the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect bulk phone records data on all Americans to solidify his libertarian based brand and separate himself from his political competitors.

Paul grabbed the news cycle the day after Section 215 of the Patriot Act expired by leading the headlines in the major newspapers, by appearing on television and authoring an op-ed in USA Today. He is also capitalizing on the momentum from his hardline stance to fundraise for his presidential campaign.

In his op-ed, Paul said the bulk collection of phone records was a violation of the Fourth Amendment and called the expiration of the program as “ … a victory for defenders of privacy.”

He also emphasized the program was not effective since it did not stop a single terrorist plot, and his filibuster was successful citing that “20 Republicans changed their vote to support ending the bulk collection of phone records.”

Read the rest of my commentary on Conservative Review here.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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