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Tillerson Ready For North Korea Talks...But Is Trump?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told an audience at the Atlantic Council this week that the US is ready for direct talks with North Korea without preconditions. This seems to be  a major shift  for the Trump Administration, however the US president's spokesperson insisted US policy has not changed. What's going on here? We have a few theories...
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Russia's Pulling Out Of Syria...Why Can't We?

Yesterday, Russian president Vladimir Putin paid a surprise visit to Russian troops fighting ISIS in Syria. He announced that since the battle against the extremists was essentially won, he was ordering the bulk of Russian military forces to return to Russia. The US, on the other hand, is claiming that its troops would continue to occupy some 14 military bases on Syrian territory "as long as ISIS wants to fight," in the words of US Defense Secretary James Mattis. So the Russians, who were invited there, are leaving while the Americans, who occupy Syrian territory illegally, are staying. The Iranians are understandably not too pleased with US military bases located so close to their own troops, which are also legally in Syria at the request of the Syrian government. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, but in today's Liberty Report we have an idea of how to dial down the tensions...
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Bipartisanship On Jerusalem: Does It Make Us Safer?

Now that some of the dust has settled on President Trump's yesterday announcement that the US would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, what might we expect? How does Iran fare? Will the Saudis and Jordanians feel the pinch? Will the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner emerge as a major Middle East peacemaker after much work behind the scenes on behalf of Israel? We do our best to sort out conflicting interests and outcomes of this major turn of events in today's Liberty Report...
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Israel's Capital: Who Decides?

How will President Trump's announcement that the US would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital affect US policy in the Middle East? How might it affect our security, as the move will most certainly inflame and cause anger in the Muslim world? Is there a silver lining? We cover this complicated issue in today's Liberty Report...
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Bake The Cake? How Should The Supremes Rule?

The Supreme Court today will take up the case of a Colorado baker who was found to have violated anti-descrimination laws in Colorado for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The baker has argued that the lower court ruling violates his right to religious expression. In today's Liberty Report we are joined by RPI Senior Fellow Adam Dick to take a look at what are the real issues at stake in this dispute...
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Massacre In Somalia: US Troops To Blame?

In August ten villagers in Somalia were killed in a military raid conducted by US and Somali troops. According to a recent investigation by the Daily Beast, they were killed by Americans. A subsequent Pentagon/AFRICOM investigation claimed that those killed were all enemy combatants. Who's telling the truth? But more importantly, why are American troops even operating in a country like Somalia. There are no legitimate threats to the US in Somalia. The only threats will come if the US continues to kill civilians, which leads to radicalization of the population. More in today's Liberty Report...
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'Turning The Corner' in Afghanistan...Again

The US general in charge of our 16 year war in Afghanistan said yesterday that with this all-new strategy we are finally "turning the corner" in the war. A few thousand more troops and a commitment to stay as long as needed will finally deliver a "win." Haven't we heard this song before? Yes. Several times. Since 2004. Tune in to today's Liberty Report...
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Iran Re-Certified; Washington In Denial

The Trump Administration is increasingly isolated at the UN Security Council, as the UN has once again certified that Iran is in compliance with its obligations under the P5+1 agreement. Trump argues that Iran is not in compliance with the "spirit" of the deal -- a confusing claim that is difficult to understand. Are they looking to replay the Iraq war on Iran? Tune in to today's Liberty Report...
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Hypocrisy: US Meddling In Hungarian Elections

At at time when many in the US are obsessed with the idea that Russia might have meddled in our elections last year, the US State Department has announced a new program to overtly meddle in the election of Hungary -- a fellow NATO member country. Is this another case of "do as we say, not as we do"? Tune in to today's Liberty Report...
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