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US Destabilizes Iraq for Decades, US House of Representatives Has New Plan for Stabilization

The United States attacked Iraq in the Gulf War in 1990, followed by years of US bombing of Iraq. Then, in 2003, the US invaded and conquered Iraq in the Iraq War. Since then, many US troops have been stationed in Iraq, along with a huge contingent of US government employees and contractors from a variety of agencies, seeking to mold the country to US wishes. Still, 28 years since all this began (and longer since the previous US assistance for the Iraq government it later overthrew), the US House of Representatives approved on Tuesday a bill titled the Preventing Destabilization of Iraq Act (HR 4591).
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Sen. Lindsey Graham May Play Important Part in Rolling Back Marijuana Prohibition

Many articles at the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity (RPI) website — often in the “Neocon Watch” section — have subjected Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to criticism for his support for uber-interventionist foreign policy. This is not surprising given that, as RPI Executive Director Daniel McAdams wrote in one of those articles in April of 2016, Graham is “a steadfast member of Washington's neocon warhawk faction.”
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The Return of Marijuana Amendments

In January, when Democrats assume the majority at the United States House of Representatives, we should witness the return of something that has been absent from the legislative body for years — House floor debates and votes on amendments to roll back the US government’s war on marijuana.
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Urgent: Republican Dirty Dealing on Yemen Vote Today

The Republican House Leadership is playing dirty. Rather than allow a "privileged resolution" come to the floor on President Trump's continued military involvement in Yemen, the Rules Committee is expected to vote today that “the War Powers Act does not apply to H.Con.Res. 138."

Under the 1973 War Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1541–1548), Members of Congress can force a Floor vote on any presidential move putting US troops into battle situations without Congressional approval after a period of 90 days.
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Congress Members Urge Trump to Meddle in Hungary's Elections

There's no hypocrisy like Capitol Hill hypocrisy. Congressional Democrats have been beating the dead horse of "Russian meddling" for nearly two years, obsessed with claims that "Russia hacked our democracy" and that a few Facebook posts from "Russia-linked" accounts are actually a massive Putin-led effort to make Americans lose faith in their democracy.
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Congress Members Demand Trump Seek Approval Before Military Action In Syria

A group of over 40 Congress members have sent President Trump a bipartisan letter reminding him that the US Constitution requires that the president seek Congressional approval before taking military action in Syria or elsewhere. Congressman Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced via Twitter on Monday that the letter had been sent to the White House.

Ironically Rep. Amash made the announcement just as Monday's evening's massive Israeli strike on Syria was underway, which resulted in a downed Russian surveillance plane carrying 14 troops amidst the confusion of missiles flying over the Mediterranean as it was hit by Syrian defense attempting to stave off the attack by Israel.
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Rep. Thomas Massie: Congress Would End Marijuana Prohibition Today if Leadership Would Allow Vote

“If the vote were today” in Congress, says United States House of Representatives Member Thomas Massie (R-KY) in a new interview with host Matt Welch at Reason, “the federal prohibition [on marijuana] would go away.” The catch, says Massie, is that leadership will not allow such a vote to occur. “A change in leadership could mean that issue gets resolved tomorrow,” asserts Massie.
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Senate Minority Leader Introduces ‘Democrats Only’ Marijuana Prohibition Roll-back Bill

In October, a Gallup poll found, for the first time, majority support among Republicans for legalizing marijuana. Such majority support had already existed among Democrats and independents. Then, this month, huge majorities of delegates at the Republican Party of Texas state convention approved party platform planks calling for decriminalizing marijuana possession; moving marijuana from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 of the United States government’s Controlled Substances Act; allowing the cultivation, manufacture, and sale of hemp and hemp products; and expanding the state’s low-THC cannabis oil medical program. And, this week, voters approved a medical marijuana ballot measure in Oklahoma, another “conservative” state, making it the 30th state to legalize medical marijuana.
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Rep. Ro Khanna Says Fellow Democrats Should Support Diplomacy with North Korea

On Monday, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), joined by 14 fellow Democratic United States House of Representatives members, sent a letter to President Donald Trump supporting Trump pursuing diplomacy and “incremental progress” with North Korea. The letter also expresses concern about efforts toward peace being hindered by people — both Republican and Democrat, and both inside and outside the Trump administration — seeking “to scuttle progress by attempting to limit the parameters of the talks, including by insisting on full and immediate denuclearization or other unrealistic commitments by North Korea at an early date.”
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Law Prof. Jonathan Turley Tells Senators Proposed AUMF Would ‘Put Our Endless War on Autopilot’

George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley, at a Wednesday hearing of Sen. Rand Paul's Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, presented written testimony arguing that a proposed authorization for use of military force (AUMF) sponsored by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) (S.J.Res 59) “would literally put our endless war on autopilot.”
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