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:”

The cross-partisan praise:


Video from hour 9:


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