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Remembering Ron Paul's nutty newsletters

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Questionable content in monthly newsletters published by Ron Paul throughout the late 1980s and 1990s was an issue raised in the 2008 presidential election. Those newsletters are getting renewed attention now that Paul is polling in first place for the Iowa caucus.

The Weekly Standard originally broke the story and the conservative magazine is rehashing some of the greatest hits from the newsletters:

“Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks,” read a typical article from the June 1992 “Special Issue on Racial Terrorism,” a supplement to the Ron Paul Political Report. Racial apocalypse was the most persistent theme of the newsletters; a 1990 issue warned of “The Coming Race War,” and an article the following year about disturbances in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C., was entitled “Animals Take Over the D.C. Zoo.” Paul alleged that Martin Luther King Jr., “the world-class philanderer who beat up his paramours,” had also “seduced underage girls and boys.” The man who would later proclaim King a “hero” attacked Ronald Reagan for signing legislation creating the federal holiday in his name, complaining, “We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day.

No names were attached to the individual articles in the newsletters, as the New York Times points out. And when the passages originally came to light in 2008, Paul told CNN he had "no idea" who wrote them. "I do repudiate everything that is written along those lines," he said.

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