Sen. Paul ends epic filibuster, gallery applauds; trends worldwide [video]

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http://twitter.com/#!/EdJoyce/status/309539315023740930

“I yield the floor.” — @senrandpaul. #StandWithRand ends.

— Phillip M. Bailey (@phillipmbailey) March 7, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) won applause from the Senate gallery, both sides of the political aisle, and from far-off quarters here at home and around the world late tonight after ending his filibuster of President Obama’s CIA director nominee John Brennan over White House drone policy.

Sen. Paul joked that he had to break the filibuster because he needed to “pee:”

Is it awkward that we all know Sen Rand Paul is having the best pee ever right now? #FinalQuestion

— Breeanne Howe (@breeannehowe) March 7, 2013

Tuned in just in time to hear Rand Paul end his filibuster. It was not as climactic a finish as I’d hoped, but at least he made a pee joke.

— Stephen Miller (@sdavidmiller) March 7, 2013

Alluding to his full bladder, Sen. Rand Paul ends his filibuster in the Senate goo.gl/fb/6mT0x #news #conservative

— preciseBlogs (@preciseBlogs) March 7, 2013

On holding it in: Paul: “I really didn’t drink that much water.”

— Timothy P Carney (@TPCarney) March 7, 2013

The cross-partisan praise:

.@senrandpaul is the MAN right now. #Hate2AdmitIt #p2 #tcot #NoDrones

— Van Jones (@VanJones68) March 7, 2013

#Filibuster trending No. 1 worldwide after Rand Paul ends move in Senate twitter.com/passantino/sta…

— Jon Passantino (@passantino) March 7, 2013

Proud of @senrandpaul & @tedcruz & all who joined in this effort. PAUL ENDS NEARLY 13-HOUR #FILIBUSTER #standwithrand @gop @teapartyexpress

— AC (@capotealejandro) March 7, 2013

@senrandpaul filibuster ends after nearly 13 hours! With a standing ovation… and applause. Remarkable. #StandWithRand

— love2laugh (@love2laugh) March 7, 2013

https://twitter.com/OccupyShannon/status/309540609675390976

End of an amazing effort. Gallery erupted in cheers for Rand Paul when @senrandpaul stopped filibuster. #StandWithRand

— Medea Benjamin (@medeabenjamin) March 7, 2013

Video:

If you missed it: RT @ryanjreilly: Sen. Rand Paul’s office is uploading each hour of #standwithrand on YouTube youtube.com/user/SenatorRa…

— Brianna Walden (@BriannaWalden) March 7, 2013

Video from hour 9:

Update:

Here’s Paul ending the filibuster to finally take his bathroom break:

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