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Obamacare’s Best Allies: The Courts and the Republicans

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By ruling for the government in the case of King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court once again tied itself into rhetorical and logical knots to defend Obamacare. In King, the court disregarded Obamacare’s clear language regarding eligibility for federal health care subsides, on the grounds that enforcing the statute as written would cause havoc in the marketplace. The court found that Congress could not have intended this result and that the court needed to uphold Congress’s mythical intention and ignore Obamacare’s actual language.

While Obamacare may be safe from court challenges, its future is far from assured. As Obamacare forces more Americans to pay higher insurance premiums while causing others to lose their insurance or lose access to the physicians of their choice, opposition to Obamacare will grow. Additional Americans will turn against Obamacare as their employers reduce their hours, along with their paychecks, because of Obamacare’s mandates.
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NATO Hypes Russia Threat While NATO Members Reduce Military Spending

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, a former prime minister of Norway, took the podium during last week's meeting of NATO defense ministers to hype the Russian threat to NATO while 
downplaying recent NATO military activities on Russia's border.

While criticizing "a more assertive Russia investing heavily in defence," Stoltenberg nevertheless claimed that, “We do not seek confrontation [with Russia], and we do not want a new arms race.” 

He then announced that the new enhanced NATO Response Force will triple to include 40,000 personnel instead of the originally announced 13,000 and that NATO would be setting up six new east European mini-headquarters in Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania.
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Battlefield America

Our phones are tapped by the government, the police are militarized and viewing us as the targets, our free speech rights are being trampled daily. Is there any hope to return to a constitutional government that does not have the power to restrict our civil liberties? Yes there is, says Rutherford Institute President John Whitehead, but we must turn off the television and educate ourselves. Please watch Mr. Whitehead on a very special episode of the Ron Paul Liberty Report...
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The National Security State’s Crisis Racket

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Imagine that Russia announced that it was reconstituting the Warsaw Pact and that Cuba, Venezuela, Chile, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Grenada, and Bolivia had signed on as members.

Imagine also that Russia fomented a regime-change operation in Mexico that succeeded in ousting the democratically elected president of the country and installing a pro-Russia ruler in his stead.

Imagine that Russia then embarked on a plan to build military bases and install missiles in all of those countries, including all along the US–Mexico border.

I ask you: What would be the reaction of President Obama, Republican and Democrat presidential candidates, the Pentagon, the CIA, and the US mainstream press?
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Greek Crisis: How Long Before a Fed Bailout?

As the Greeks and the European bureaucrats and bankers continue wrestle over who is going to pay an unpayable debt, Ron Paul wonders just how long before the US Federal Reserve is called to put the US on the hook. After all, the Fed pumped trillions into Europe after the 2008 crisis. The dollar must be kept the world's reserve currency at all costs, which partly explains US militaristic foreign policy. The Greece crisis today on the Liberty Report...
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Five Things That Won't Work in Iraq

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In one form or another, the US has been at war with Iraq since 1990, including a sort-of invasion in 1991 and a full-scale one in 2003. During that quarter-century, Washington imposed several changes of government, spent trillions of dollars, and was involved in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. None of those efforts were a success by any conceivable definition of the term Washington has been capable of offering.

Nonetheless, it’s the American Way to believe with all our hearts that every problem is ours to solve and every problem must have a solution, which simply must be found. As a result, the indispensable nation faces a new round of calls for ideas on what “we” should do next in Iraq.

With that in mind, here are five possible “strategies” for that country on which only one thing is guaranteed: none of them will work.
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US Spoiling for More Wars, But Why?

This week US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, who comes to the Pentagon straight from the military-industrial complex, announced that 40,000 NATO troops and untold heavy military equipment would be deployed on the Russian border to deter Russian "aggression." Meanwhile, the US seeks to ramp up wars in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Afghanistan. On top of it we learn this week that the US treats its "friends" much as it treats its enemies -- American spooks have been listening in to the phone calls of the last three French presidents. How long can this last? Until we go broke? Tune in to the Liberty Report for more...
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If You Want to Get Rid of ‘Racist Flags,’ How About Starting with the American Flag?

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It looks like open season has been declared on the battle flag of Army of Northern Virginia, which is commonly referred to as the Confederate battle flag. But, if you are looking for a flag to ban as racist, you might as well start with the American flag.


After all, the American flag is associated with the United States government that sanctioned slavery from the enactment of the US Constitution in 1789 to the addition of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in December of 1865 — months after the end of the war with the Confederate States. The CS government, in comparison, existed for less than five years, with slavery legal the entire time.

The American flag flies now for a government whose drug war and larger law enforcement system is responsible for black Americans being harassed, arrested, and incarcerated in extraordinary numbers. Remember the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution makes an exception to allow slavery as “a punishment for crime.” This is an exception that has been employed much in America recently, with the number of people incarcerated in prisons and jails growing five-fold in the last thirty years.
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Shona Banda Drug Arrest: A Prime Case for Jury Nullification

If there ever was a "poster child" for the absurdity of the drug war, the case of Shona Banda must be it. Suffering from an extreme case of Crohn's disease, the relief she found was from cannabis oil. When her 11-year old son made the mistake of mentioning in school the medicinal benefits his mother had received from ingesting the oil, the state swooped in and took away the child and brought the mother up on charges. She faces more than 30 years in prison for the non-crime of treating her own medical condition. Today on the Ron Paul Liberty Report...
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Keeping Government Bureaucrats Off the Backs of the Citizenry: The Supreme Court Responds

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In one swoop, on June 22, 2015, a divided US Supreme Court handed down three consecutive rulings affirming the right of raisin farmershotel owners and prison inmates. However, this push back against government abuse, government snooping and government theft only came about because some determined citizens stood up and took a stand against tyranny.

The three cases respectively deal with the government’s confiscation of agricultural crops without any guarantee or promise of payment (Horne v. US Department of Agriculture); the practice of police gaining unfettered access to motel and hotel guest registries (City of Los Angeles v. Patel); and the use of tasers and excessive force by prison officials (Kingsley v. Hendrickson).

Whether these three rulings will amount to much in the long run remains to be seen. In the meantime, they sound a cautiously optimistic note at a time when police state forces continue to use advancing technologies, surveillance and militarization to weaken, sidestep and flout the Constitution at almost every turn.
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