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Paul suffered five broken ribs in attack

Paul’s injuries are more serious than first believed. Photo: Timothy D. Easley / AP

The attack on Sen. Rand Paul at his home on Friday left him with five broken ribs, and it’s not clear when he’ll be able to return to the Senate, per AP. Senior adviser Doug Stafford told AP that Paul is in a lot of pain and would have trouble flying, an account that indicates Paul's injuries were more serious than the initial reports suggested. Police have charged one of Paul’s neighbors — Rene Boucher, 59 — with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault.

The big picture: The assault on Paul follows a series of attacks and threats against other lawmakers — most notably the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise at a congressional baseball practice this summer. The Washington Post reports that Rep. Frederica Wilson, who criticized President Trump’s phone call to the widow of a soldier killed in Niger, has been the target of threats since then.

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