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Meltdown in Turkey?

After the July coup attempt, Turkey has faced increased instability. Over the past ten days more than 60 people have been killed in Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) bombings. And just days ago, the Russian ambassador to Turkey was assassinated by an apparent radical. Meanwhile, east Aleppo was liberated by the Syrian government with assistance from Russia and Iran, breaking the back of the "regime change" operation. What's next? A meeting between foreign ministers from Turkey, Russia, and Iran in Moscow this week may give some indications. Stay tuned...
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Global War On Terrorism: Are We Winning?

The US State Department comes out yearly with its list of "state sponsors of terrorism," but to many people overseas it is the US government itself that is a main sponsor of terrorism overseas. The US president claims the right to attack suspected terrorists in any corner of the globe at any time. The current US president has conducted thousands of drone strikes against countries with whom we are not at war, with an estimated 90 percent of strikes not hitting the intended target. The US government ships weapons to groups in places like Syria where it knows they will end up in the hands of al-Qaeda and ISIS. So perhaps US foreign policy is not tackling terrorism, but in fact perpetuating it. More in today's Liberty Report...
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Electoral College - Should We Abolish It?

Does your vote count in the Electoral College system as crafted by our Founding Fathers? Some are saying that Hillary Clinton deserves to be president because she received the majority of popular votes in last month's presidential election. Is it unfair that getting the most votes does not count? In today's Liberty Report, Ron Paul explains why we have the electoral system and how states might modify the system to better reflect the will of the people...
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Guess Who's Behind Facebook's New 'Fake News' Detector?

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Are you terrified of "fake news"? Don't worry, the elites are doing something to combat it!

As anyone active on the Internet is aware, there have been increasing calls for social media companies (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to address the mostly manufactured crisis of "fake news" making its way onto people's computer screens. The mainstream media, which finds itself increasingly viewed as untrustworthy by the American public, has latched on to the idea that the relatively free flow of ideas and opinions on the Internet actually poses a threat to our well-being. 

As could be expected, political leaders jumped in early on this attack on independent media. In October, President Obama urged Americans to avoid independent news sources and stick with the mainstream, urging a kind of filter for information. He told an audience in Pittsburgh:
There has to be, I think, some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic truthiness tests and those that we have to discard. ... The answer is obviously not censorship, but it’s creating places where people can say ‘this is reliable’ and I’m still able to argue safely about facts and what we should do about it.
Hillary Clinton, after losing the election, sounded even more bitter about non-mainstream media sources, warning the Senate about the, "epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year.”
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Getting Real News From Aleppo - With Vanessa Beeley

As the liberation of Aleppo has destroyed the mainstream media's narrative, with on-the-ground interviews from east Aleppo residents showing that they were in fact being held captive for four years by an al-Qaeda linked terrorist organization. The mainstream fake news purveyors are in a panic. While virtually none of them are actually on the ground in Syria, they have been strangely uniform in their "reporting." Why is that? Because they all use the same tainted sources -- US funded "NGOs" like the "White Helmets." What's the truth in Aleppo? Today's Liberty Report features one of the very few western journalists brave enough to spend time there. Her well-documented findings expose the lies of the interventionists and their enabling friends in the mainstream media. Today's Liberty Report is joined live from Syria by Vanessa Beeley...
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Will Congress Roll Over On Trump's Economic Stimulus?

How hard is it going to be to cut military spending? After president-elect Donald Trump Tweeted that the F-35 was too costly, its manufacturer, Lockheed-Martin, lost $4 billion in value. The military-industrial complex is going to do whatever it takes to prevent such losses in the future. Will Trump cut taxes and increase spending? That will lead to massive debt and possibly "stagflation," which hurts the working and middle class the worst. Tune in to today's Liberty Report for more...
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Election 'Hack' - Do We Believe Snowden And Assange...Or McCain And Graham?

On one hand we have the Washington Post reporting that the CIA has determined that the Russians have hacked the US election to put Donald Trump in the White House. The evidence is secret, but the CIA and the Post wouldn't lie, would they? Then we have global warmongering Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-NC) demanding that the US take action against Russia in retaliation for the "hack" that was reported by the Washington Post based on a secret briefing by the CIA. On the other hand we have Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, whose organization published the leaked DNC documents, saying that the Russians were not behind it. Whistleblower Ed Snowden has said that the NSA most certainly knows the identity of the DNC leakers/hackers. So who do we believe - Assange and Snowden or McCain and Graham? More in today's Liberty Report...
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Will Gen. Kelly Re-Militarize The Drug War?

As head of the US Southern Command, Gen. John Kelly was in charge of the US military involvement in the drug war in Central and South America. He blames the liberalization of marijuana in some US states for the ongoing failure of the drug war, even though the drug war has drug on for decades and marijuana decriminalization is a very recent phenomenon. Will the general take his military approach to the drug war to his domestic position as the next Secretary of Homeland Security? We look at the general and his views in today's Liberty Report...
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After Libya, NATO Looks To Montenegro

NATO's desperate search for a purpose after the fall of the Soviet Union has left a swath of destruction through places like Libya, which it "liberated" nearly six years ago. Now NATO wants to take in tiny Montenegro, a corrupt, poor, Balkan statelet with a total of 2,000 troops. The reason? To further provoke Russia and to open the door to more NATO expansion perhaps to Georgia, Moldova, and even Ukraine. This week the US Senate will vote on Montenegro's NATO membership. Will president-elect Trump ask them to hold off on this ill-advised move? We discuss in today's Liberty Report...
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Gen. Mattis: Can Trump Leash His Pentagon 'Mad Dog'?

Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis will make his way from the board of directors of major defense contractor General Dynamics back to the Pentagon as Defense Secretary under incoming president Donald Trump. Like his predecessor, current Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, Mattis comes by way of the military-industrial complex. Unlike Carter he was a four star general in the US Marine Corps. Asked about the three biggest threats to the US, Gen. Mattis responded, "Iran, Iran, Iran." He is convinced that Iran and ISIS are in league together, a position not borne out by facts. Should we be concerned over a "mad dog" in charge of the Pentagon? More in today's Liberty Report...
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