The White House has blinked.
See this from the Capitalism Institute.
See this from the Washington Examiner.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney quoted from the letter that Holder sent to Paul today. “Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on an American soil?” Holder wrote, per Carney. “The answer is no.”
This is progress. A straight “no” is better than evasion. Paul indicates he is “quiet happy” with the answer. But the key issue, IMO, is the word “combat” which I will try to explain in a longer post when I have time.