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Chaos In Congress: Are Guns The Issue?

House Democrats held an unprecedented "sit-in" on the House Floor last night, protesting not being able to vote on new gun restriction measures. House Republicans nearly came to blows with their counterparts, as many of them blame recent gun violence on "radical Islam." Legislation to prohibit anyone on the "terror watch list" from purchasing a firearm was already defeated (for now) in the Senate this week, but House Democrats want their own vote on the measure. Both sides miss the real point, however. Neither will consider the real cause of the violence and therefore both sides seek harmful solutions. More on these dramatic events in today's Liberty Report...
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Israeli Intel Chief: We Don’t Want ISIS Defeated in Syria

In a speech at the Herzliya Conference, Israel’s military intelligence chief, Major General Herzi Halevy, took Israel’s long-standing position that it “prefers ISIS” over the Syrian government to a whole ‘nother level, declaring openly that Israel does not want to see ISIS defeated in the war.

Quoted in the Hebrew-language NRG site, linked to Maariv, Maj. Gen. Halevy expressed concern about the recent offensives against ISIS territory, saying that in the last three months the Islamist group was facing the “most difficult” situation since its inception and declaration of a caliphate.
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Clinton Foundation Hack: Amazing Revelations

The recent hack into the computers of the Clinton Foundation has revealed tens of millions of foreign government dollars sent in "donations" while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. Could the millions in Saudi donations have influenced Hillary's Middle East foreign policy? Will we ever know? Is this all an acceptable way to conduct foreign policy? More today in the Liberty Report...
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Ron Paul Speaks Up for Individual Rights on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal

In the last three minutes of his 45-minute Tuesday interview on the C-SPAN Washington Journal call-in show, Ron Paul Institute Chairman Ron Paul made a brief and resolute statement regarding individual rights. The statement underlies much of Paul’s discussion during the program of matters ranging from the United States governments’ foreign interventions to the Federal Reserve to search and seizure abuses.
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War Is Over: US Out Of Okinawa!

Seventy years after the end of World War II and a quarter century after the end of the Cold War does it make any sense to still maintain tens of thousands of US military personnel on the tiny island of Okinawa? Particularly as neither the local population nor its political leadership wants what they consider an occupation force to remain? Isn't it time for the US to put an end to its nearly six billion dollar per year commitment to defend wealthy Japan? Perhaps that's why the neocons keep trying to provoke China: to provide a pretext for the continued US occupation of Okinawa. More today in the Liberty Report...
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Ron Paul: Second Party Needed to Counter Republican and Democrat Warmongers

Speaking earlier this month with host John Stossel on Fox Business, former United States House of Representatives Member and presidential candidate Ron Paul said that Americans need a second party rather than a third party. Paul elaborates that the Republicans and Democrats in charge “work together all the time” as if they are in one party instead of two. Focusing on foreign policy, Paul points to the coalition of “hawkish Democrats and also neocon Republicans” in favor of war as an example of the effective one-party system.
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Neoconned At State: 'Diplomats' Urge War

Recently, 51 State Department employees signed a memo urging the president to change his focus in Syria from fighting ISIS to fighting the secular Assad government. They argued that targeting Assad would weaken Assad's enemy, ISIS. The logic is not immediately apparent. They also dismissed any danger that a US attack on Russia's ally in Syria might annoy the Russians, who spent more than six months bombing ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria. Although these 51 represent a very small faction within the Department, the neocon war propaganda immediately latched on to it. It made front page news in the New York Times. This is likely a preview of a Hillary presidency. More on this important development in today's Liberty Report...
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State Department 'Diplomats' Demand War on Assad (and Russia)

In a move that the New York Times reports is nearly unprecedented, some 51 mid-level State Department employees have signed a letter calling for the Obama Administration to begin bombing the Assad government in Syria immediately

Demonstrating the reality that the "soft power" of diplomacy is in fact just a front for the "hard power" of bombs, these "diplomats" demanded the administration immediately initiate:
[A] judicious use of stand-off and air weapons, which would undergird and drive a more focused and hard-nosed US-led diplomatic process.
Yes, to these supposed trained "diplomats," the "diplomatic process" consists of making final demands after the military has bombed your opponent to hell.
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