Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity All Blogs 2019 http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/rss.aspx?blogid=5 Tue, 21 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Tue, 21 May 2019 12:05:29 GMT Andrew Napolitano: President Trump Is Continuing the Long Trend of Expanding Presidential Power Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/may/20/andrew-napolitano-president-trump-is-continuing-the-long-trend-of-expanding-presidential-power/
Napolitano, a constitutional scholar and former New Jersey judge, explains the danger of this trend, stating that presidents writing their own laws, imposing their own taxes, and spending money how they want instead of how directed by legislation passed by Congress results in “too much of an accumulation of power in the presidency and it imbalances that delicate balance that the separation of powers created.”

Regarding Trump’s efforts to expand presidential powers, Napolitano points to three actions by Trump this month: redirecting to the budget for building a fence along a portion of the US-Mexico border money allocated by Congress for a different purpose, directing the secretary of defense to send US troops to secure the US border in violation of legal restriction on using the military for domestic law enforcement, and effectively raising taxes via imposing a tariff on imports from China that will result in Americans paying higher prices.

Watch Napolitano’s complete video editorial here:



Napolitano is an Advisory Board member for the Ron Paul Institute.]]>
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Andrew Napolitano Praises San Francisco’s Facial Recognition Technology Ban Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/may/17/andrew-napolitano-praises-san-francisco-s-facial-recognition-technology-ban/ ban city government use, including by the city’s police, of facial recognition surveillance technology.

Government’s use of facial recognition technology, Napolitano explains in the interview, “is surveillance, and surveillance requires a warrant, and if we get to the state of mass, suspicionless, warrantless surveillance, we will have lost the rights the Fourth Amendment was written to guarantee, and that’s the right to be left alone and the right to prevent fishing expeditions.”

Continuing, Napolitano, a former New Jersey state judge, warns, “when the laws are written not to preserve liberty, but to make it easier for the cops to enforce the laws, that’s called a police state.”

Watch Napolitano’s complete interview here:



Napolitano is an Advisory Board member for the Ron Paul Institute.]]>
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Who Attacked Four Oil Tankers in United Arab Emirates? RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/may/14/who-attacked-four-oil-tankers-in-united-arab-emirates/
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Lawrence Wilkerson: We Could See a Repeat of the Vietnam War in Venezuela Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/may/13/lawrence-wilkerson-we-could-see-a-repeat-of-the-vietnam-war-in-venezuela/ invades Venezuela, we can expect to see a repeat there of what happened in Vietnam — a long war costly in lives lost and ending in defeat for the US. That is the conclusion of College of William & Mary professor and former Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson in a recent interview with host Sharmini Peries at The Real News.

Wilkerson, who was chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell in the George W. Bush administration and is a Vietnam War veteran, explains in the interview the strong opposition US military forces would encounter in Venezuela. States Wilkerson:
I’ve worked with the Venezuelan military. They are very professional. I would place them on the top of the list for South America. That puts them above Argentina, above Chile, whose militaries are quite competent too. And I would say that [US President Donald Trump] ought to be very, very careful about saying he’s going to send Marines or soldiers to Venezuela because the Venezuelan military will be unified immediately. It will take to the hills, and it will fight us as the Vietnamese did during the Vietnam Was and as the Taliban are in Afghanistan right now — to the last Marine, to the last soldier. And we’ll be going home, and we will not be very successful there.
Watch Wilkerson’s complete interview focused on relations between the US and Venezuela here:



Wilkerson is an Academic Board member for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

Think it is impossible that the US would invade Venezuela? Consider Scott Smith’s Saturday Associated Press report detailing the US-supported Venezuela opposition figure Juan Guaidó interacting with the US military and seeking its support in overthrowing the Venezuela government. The article also notes that “U.S. Navy Adm. Craig Faller, the head of South Command” has declared he “‘stands ready’ to assist Guaidó.”]]>
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Lawrence Wilkerson Warns the US is Driving Down a Highway to War with China Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/may/11/lawrence-wilkerson-warns-the-us-is-driving-down-a-highway-to-war-with-china/
The drive toward war is not undertaken in response to a real threat posed by China to the people of America. Instead, argues Wilkerson, the US government is moving toward war for reasons related to money for both the military and the broader military-industrial complex, as well to advance President Donald Trump’s domestic political goals.

Wilkerson, who is a member of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity’s Academic Board, elaborates on the US military’s money-seeking motivation to advance the new China scare, stating:
All of this right now, first and foremost, is a budget ploy. They want more money. And that’s largely because their personnel costs are just eating their lunch. And, second, it’s an attempt to develop — and this has something to do with money too of course — another threat, another cold war, another feeding system. The military just hooks up like it is hooking up to an intravenous, you know, an IV system and the money just pours out—slush fund money, appropriated money, everything else.
More broadly, Wilkerson pegs the ramping up of confrontation with China as “all about keeping the [military-industrial] complex alive” that Wilkerson explains “the military was scared to death would disappear as we began to pay the American people back” a peace dividend at the end of the cold war. US government efforts against terrorism, explains Wilkerson, have also been used to ensure the money keeps flowing.

Watch Wilkerson’s complete interview here:

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This Week's Psilocybin Mushroom Vote and the Drug War’s Future Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/may/09/this-weeks-psilocybin-mushroom-vote-and-the-drug-war-s-future/

What does the victory this week of a ballot measure making arrests of people 21 years old and older for personal use or possession of psilocybin mushrooms the lowest priority for Denver police portend for the future of the drug war in America?

Jacob Sullum, who will be speaking May 18 at a Ron Paul Institute conference titled “Winning the War on the War on Drugs,” provides a detailed and thoughtful answer to this question in a Thursday Reason article.

Sullum’s article begins with the following:
In 2007 Denver voters approved a ballot initiative that made arrests for marijuana possession the city's "lowest law enforcement priority." The margin of victory was 14 percentage points. On Tuesday, Denver voters approved a similar ballot initiative for psilocybin mushrooms. It won by a single percentage point, according to the "final unofficial results."

The direct practical consequences of that surprising outcome, which became clear yesterday evening after several news outlets (including Reason) erroneously reported that voters had rejected the measure, will be modest. But approval of the Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Decriminalization Initiative is symbolically and politically important, since this is the first time a U.S. jurisdiction has decided that psilocybin use should not be treated as a crime.

That development suggests marijuana legalization, which Colorado voters approved in 2012 and most Americans now support, was only the beginning of a movement that could gradually replace the war on drugs with a legal regime that is more peaceful, humane, and tolerant. At the same time, the contrast between the psilocybin initiative's razor-thin victory and the decisive 2007 vote telling Denver police to stop arresting cannabis consumers suggests that further progress will be neither easy nor straightforward.
Continue reading Sullum’s article here.

Find out more about and obtain tickets for the May 18 Ron Paul Institute conference focused on the war on drugs here. The Houston, Texas conference will feature presentations by speakers including Sullum, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Deputy Director Paul Armentano, retired New York City Police Department narcotics detective and police officer John J. Baeza, and Ron Paul Institute Chairman Ron Paul.

undefinedGet your tickets to the RPI Conference on May 18th in Houston!

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New York City Eliminates Jail Phone Call Fees Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/may/08/new-york-city-eliminates-jail-phone-call-fees/

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city had eliminated charges for phone calls made by inmates in city jails. Karen Matthews of the Associated Press reported that New York City, with this elimination of fees that had been 50 cents for the first minute and five cents for each additional minute, is the first major American city to eliminate inmates’ phone call fees.

This is a welcome move against what I described in an October of 2013 Ron Paul Institute article as “phone system monopolies that charge inmates' families and friends exorbitant rates to communicate with their incarcerated loved ones.”

New York City is not alone in rolling back or eliminating the phone call fees. In August, for example, the Texas prison system voted to implement an over 75 percent reduction in phone call fees for Texas inmates.

De Blasio, quoted in Matthews' Associated Press article, succinctly describes some of the benefit of eliminating the fees, stating that making the phone calls free will ensure “people in custody have the opportunity to remain connected to their lawyers, families and support networks that are so crucial to re-entry into one’s community.”]]>
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Ron Paul Argues the Case Against Tariffs on Chinese Goods Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/may/06/ron-paul-argues-the-case-against-tariffs-on-chinese-goods/
Competing with more free markets, argues Paul in the interview, is a much better option than imposing tariffs. Plus, Paul continues, when the US government imposes tariffs on Chinese products, “we punish ourselves because American consumers pay the tariffs” in the form of higher prices.

Watch Paul’s complete interview here:

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Mexico’s President Says End the Drug War Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/may/06/mexico-s-president-says-end-the-drug-war/

Last year, the growing, sale, and possession of marijuana became legal countrywide in Canada. Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has been considering marijuana legalization for his country as well, last week released a plan supportive of ending the war on drugs altogether in Mexico.

Obrador’s plan does not present particular legislation and will likely not lead to the hands-off approach libertarians advocate. Still, Obrador’s plan indicates the Mexico government will likely soon take a major step back from the draconian prohibition policy that has led to much death and suffering in the country.

The United States has some catching up to do.

undefinedGet your tickets to RPI's Drug War Conference for Houston, May 18th!

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Legal Marijuana Home Delivery and Marijuana ‘Hospitality Spaces’ Coming to Colorado Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/may/04/legal-marijuana-home-delivery-and-marijuana-hospitality-spaces-coming-to-colorado/

It looks like people in Colorado, the state that along with Washington led the way in marijuana relegalization via ballot measure votes in 2012, will soon have significantly expanded legal choices for how they obtain and where they use marijuana. Kyle Jaeger reports at Marijuana Moment that the state Senate approved two marijuana bills this week, one legalizing delivery of medical and recreational marijuana to homes and the other legalizing the creation of “hospitality spaces” where marijuana may be consumed. These hospitality spaces could be connected to or separate from places where marijuana is legally sold.

Earlier this year, Alaska adopted regulations that would make it the first legalization state to explicitlypermit marijuana consumption at some places across the state where marijuana is legally sold.

It is expected that Colorado Governor Jared Polis, who has long supported legal marijuana and as governor is promoting the development of a leading marijuana industry in the state, will sign into law both bills. The home delivery bill, which had already been passed in the state House of Representatives, went directly to Polis for consideration. The Senate-passed hospitality spaces bill went to the governor after the additional step of being approved by the state House of Representatives, given that the Senate-passed bill is an amended version of a bill the House had earlier approved.

Get your tickets to RPI's Houston Conference on May 18th!
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Andrew Napolitano: President Trump Is Continuing the Long Trend of Expanding Presidential Power Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/may/20/andrew-napolitano-president-trump-is-continuing-the-long-trend-of-expanding-presidential-power/
Napolitano, a constitutional scholar and former New Jersey judge, explains the danger of this trend, stating that presidents writing their own laws, imposing their own taxes, and spending money how they want instead of how directed by legislation passed by Congress results in “too much of an accumulation of power in the presidency and it imbalances that delicate balance that the separation of powers created.”

Regarding Trump’s efforts to expand presidential powers, Napolitano points to three actions by Trump this month: redirecting to the budget for building a fence along a portion of the US-Mexico border money allocated by Congress for a different purpose, directing the secretary of defense to send US troops to secure the US border in violation of legal restriction on using the military for domestic law enforcement, and effectively raising taxes via imposing a tariff on imports from China that will result in Americans paying higher prices.

Watch Napolitano’s complete video editorial here:



Napolitano is an Advisory Board member for the Ron Paul Institute.]]>
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Andrew Napolitano Praises San Francisco’s Facial Recognition Technology Ban Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/may/17/andrew-napolitano-praises-san-francisco-s-facial-recognition-technology-ban/ ban city government use, including by the city’s police, of facial recognition surveillance technology.

Government’s use of facial recognition technology, Napolitano explains in the interview, “is surveillance, and surveillance requires a warrant, and if we get to the state of mass, suspicionless, warrantless surveillance, we will have lost the rights the Fourth Amendment was written to guarantee, and that’s the right to be left alone and the right to prevent fishing expeditions.”

Continuing, Napolitano, a former New Jersey state judge, warns, “when the laws are written not to preserve liberty, but to make it easier for the cops to enforce the laws, that’s called a police state.”

Watch Napolitano’s complete interview here:



Napolitano is an Advisory Board member for the Ron Paul Institute.]]>
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Who Attacked Four Oil Tankers in United Arab Emirates? RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/may/14/who-attacked-four-oil-tankers-in-united-arab-emirates/
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Lawrence Wilkerson: We Could See a Repeat of the Vietnam War in Venezuela Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/may/13/lawrence-wilkerson-we-could-see-a-repeat-of-the-vietnam-war-in-venezuela/ invades Venezuela, we can expect to see a repeat there of what happened in Vietnam — a long war costly in lives lost and ending in defeat for the US. That is the conclusion of College of William & Mary professor and former Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson in a recent interview with host Sharmini Peries at The Real News.

Wilkerson, who was chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell in the George W. Bush administration and is a Vietnam War veteran, explains in the interview the strong opposition US military forces would encounter in Venezuela. States Wilkerson:
I’ve worked with the Venezuelan military. They are very professional. I would place them on the top of the list for South America. That puts them above Argentina, above Chile, whose militaries are quite competent too. And I would say that [US President Donald Trump] ought to be very, very careful about saying he’s going to send Marines or soldiers to Venezuela because the Venezuelan military will be unified immediately. It will take to the hills, and it will fight us as the Vietnamese did during the Vietnam Was and as the Taliban are in Afghanistan right now — to the last Marine, to the last soldier. And we’ll be going home, and we will not be very successful there.
Watch Wilkerson’s complete interview focused on relations between the US and Venezuela here:



Wilkerson is an Academic Board member for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

Think it is impossible that the US would invade Venezuela? Consider Scott Smith’s Saturday Associated Press report detailing the US-supported Venezuela opposition figure Juan Guaidó interacting with the US military and seeking its support in overthrowing the Venezuela government. The article also notes that “U.S. Navy Adm. Craig Faller, the head of South Command” has declared he “‘stands ready’ to assist Guaidó.”]]>
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Lawrence Wilkerson Warns the US is Driving Down a Highway to War with China Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/may/11/lawrence-wilkerson-warns-the-us-is-driving-down-a-highway-to-war-with-china/
The drive toward war is not undertaken in response to a real threat posed by China to the people of America. Instead, argues Wilkerson, the US government is moving toward war for reasons related to money for both the military and the broader military-industrial complex, as well to advance President Donald Trump’s domestic political goals.

Wilkerson, who is a member of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity’s Academic Board, elaborates on the US military’s money-seeking motivation to advance the new China scare, stating:
All of this right now, first and foremost, is a budget ploy. They want more money. And that’s largely because their personnel costs are just eating their lunch. And, second, it’s an attempt to develop — and this has something to do with money too of course — another threat, another cold war, another feeding system. The military just hooks up like it is hooking up to an intravenous, you know, an IV system and the money just pours out—slush fund money, appropriated money, everything else.
More broadly, Wilkerson pegs the ramping up of confrontation with China as “all about keeping the [military-industrial] complex alive” that Wilkerson explains “the military was scared to death would disappear as we began to pay the American people back” a peace dividend at the end of the cold war. US government efforts against terrorism, explains Wilkerson, have also been used to ensure the money keeps flowing.

Watch Wilkerson’s complete interview here:

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This Week's Psilocybin Mushroom Vote and the Drug War’s Future Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/may/09/this-weeks-psilocybin-mushroom-vote-and-the-drug-war-s-future/

What does the victory this week of a ballot measure making arrests of people 21 years old and older for personal use or possession of psilocybin mushrooms the lowest priority for Denver police portend for the future of the drug war in America?

Jacob Sullum, who will be speaking May 18 at a Ron Paul Institute conference titled “Winning the War on the War on Drugs,” provides a detailed and thoughtful answer to this question in a Thursday Reason article.

Sullum’s article begins with the following:
In 2007 Denver voters approved a ballot initiative that made arrests for marijuana possession the city's "lowest law enforcement priority." The margin of victory was 14 percentage points. On Tuesday, Denver voters approved a similar ballot initiative for psilocybin mushrooms. It won by a single percentage point, according to the "final unofficial results."

The direct practical consequences of that surprising outcome, which became clear yesterday evening after several news outlets (including Reason) erroneously reported that voters had rejected the measure, will be modest. But approval of the Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Decriminalization Initiative is symbolically and politically important, since this is the first time a U.S. jurisdiction has decided that psilocybin use should not be treated as a crime.

That development suggests marijuana legalization, which Colorado voters approved in 2012 and most Americans now support, was only the beginning of a movement that could gradually replace the war on drugs with a legal regime that is more peaceful, humane, and tolerant. At the same time, the contrast between the psilocybin initiative's razor-thin victory and the decisive 2007 vote telling Denver police to stop arresting cannabis consumers suggests that further progress will be neither easy nor straightforward.
Continue reading Sullum’s article here.

Find out more about and obtain tickets for the May 18 Ron Paul Institute conference focused on the war on drugs here. The Houston, Texas conference will feature presentations by speakers including Sullum, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Deputy Director Paul Armentano, retired New York City Police Department narcotics detective and police officer John J. Baeza, and Ron Paul Institute Chairman Ron Paul.

undefinedGet your tickets to the RPI Conference on May 18th in Houston!

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New York City Eliminates Jail Phone Call Fees Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/may/08/new-york-city-eliminates-jail-phone-call-fees/

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city had eliminated charges for phone calls made by inmates in city jails. Karen Matthews of the Associated Press reported that New York City, with this elimination of fees that had been 50 cents for the first minute and five cents for each additional minute, is the first major American city to eliminate inmates’ phone call fees.

This is a welcome move against what I described in an October of 2013 Ron Paul Institute article as “phone system monopolies that charge inmates' families and friends exorbitant rates to communicate with their incarcerated loved ones.”

New York City is not alone in rolling back or eliminating the phone call fees. In August, for example, the Texas prison system voted to implement an over 75 percent reduction in phone call fees for Texas inmates.

De Blasio, quoted in Matthews' Associated Press article, succinctly describes some of the benefit of eliminating the fees, stating that making the phone calls free will ensure “people in custody have the opportunity to remain connected to their lawyers, families and support networks that are so crucial to re-entry into one’s community.”]]>
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Ron Paul Argues the Case Against Tariffs on Chinese Goods Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/may/06/ron-paul-argues-the-case-against-tariffs-on-chinese-goods/
Competing with more free markets, argues Paul in the interview, is a much better option than imposing tariffs. Plus, Paul continues, when the US government imposes tariffs on Chinese products, “we punish ourselves because American consumers pay the tariffs” in the form of higher prices.

Watch Paul’s complete interview here:

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Mexico’s President Says End the Drug War Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/may/06/mexico-s-president-says-end-the-drug-war/

Last year, the growing, sale, and possession of marijuana became legal countrywide in Canada. Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has been considering marijuana legalization for his country as well, last week released a plan supportive of ending the war on drugs altogether in Mexico.

Obrador’s plan does not present particular legislation and will likely not lead to the hands-off approach libertarians advocate. Still, Obrador’s plan indicates the Mexico government will likely soon take a major step back from the draconian prohibition policy that has led to much death and suffering in the country.

The United States has some catching up to do.

undefinedGet your tickets to RPI's Drug War Conference for Houston, May 18th!

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Legal Marijuana Home Delivery and Marijuana ‘Hospitality Spaces’ Coming to Colorado Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/may/04/legal-marijuana-home-delivery-and-marijuana-hospitality-spaces-coming-to-colorado/

It looks like people in Colorado, the state that along with Washington led the way in marijuana relegalization via ballot measure votes in 2012, will soon have significantly expanded legal choices for how they obtain and where they use marijuana. Kyle Jaeger reports at Marijuana Moment that the state Senate approved two marijuana bills this week, one legalizing delivery of medical and recreational marijuana to homes and the other legalizing the creation of “hospitality spaces” where marijuana may be consumed. These hospitality spaces could be connected to or separate from places where marijuana is legally sold.

Earlier this year, Alaska adopted regulations that would make it the first legalization state to explicitlypermit marijuana consumption at some places across the state where marijuana is legally sold.

It is expected that Colorado Governor Jared Polis, who has long supported legal marijuana and as governor is promoting the development of a leading marijuana industry in the state, will sign into law both bills. The home delivery bill, which had already been passed in the state House of Representatives, went directly to Polis for consideration. The Senate-passed hospitality spaces bill went to the governor after the additional step of being approved by the state House of Representatives, given that the Senate-passed bill is an amended version of a bill the House had earlier approved.

Get your tickets to RPI's Houston Conference on May 18th!
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Andrew Napolitano: President Trump Is Continuing the Long Trend of Expanding Presidential Power Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/may/20/andrew-napolitano-president-trump-is-continuing-the-long-trend-of-expanding-presidential-power/
Napolitano, a constitutional scholar and former New Jersey judge, explains the danger of this trend, stating that presidents writing their own laws, imposing their own taxes, and spending money how they want instead of how directed by legislation passed by Congress results in “too much of an accumulation of power in the presidency and it imbalances that delicate balance that the separation of powers created.”

Regarding Trump’s efforts to expand presidential powers, Napolitano points to three actions by Trump this month: redirecting to the budget for building a fence along a portion of the US-Mexico border money allocated by Congress for a different purpose, directing the secretary of defense to send US troops to secure the US border in violation of legal restriction on using the military for domestic law enforcement, and effectively raising taxes via imposing a tariff on imports from China that will result in Americans paying higher prices.

Watch Napolitano’s complete video editorial here:



Napolitano is an Advisory Board member for the Ron Paul Institute.]]>
http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/may/20/andrew-napolitano-president-trump-is-continuing-the-long-trend-of-expanding-presidential-power/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/may/20/andrew-napolitano-president-trump-is-continuing-the-long-trend-of-expanding-presidential-power/ Mon, 20 May 2019 17:58:42 GMT
Andrew Napolitano Praises San Francisco’s Facial Recognition Technology Ban Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/may/17/andrew-napolitano-praises-san-francisco-s-facial-recognition-technology-ban/ ban city government use, including by the city’s police, of facial recognition surveillance technology.

Government’s use of facial recognition technology, Napolitano explains in the interview, “is surveillance, and surveillance requires a warrant, and if we get to the state of mass, suspicionless, warrantless surveillance, we will have lost the rights the Fourth Amendment was written to guarantee, and that’s the right to be left alone and the right to prevent fishing expeditions.”

Continuing, Napolitano, a former New Jersey state judge, warns, “when the laws are written not to preserve liberty, but to make it easier for the cops to enforce the laws, that’s called a police state.”

Watch Napolitano’s complete interview here:



Napolitano is an Advisory Board member for the Ron Paul Institute.]]>
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Who Attacked Four Oil Tankers in United Arab Emirates? RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/may/14/who-attacked-four-oil-tankers-in-united-arab-emirates/
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http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/may/14/who-attacked-four-oil-tankers-in-united-arab-emirates/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/may/14/who-attacked-four-oil-tankers-in-united-arab-emirates/ Tue, 14 May 2019 16:56:20 GMT
Lawrence Wilkerson: We Could See a Repeat of the Vietnam War in Venezuela Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/may/13/lawrence-wilkerson-we-could-see-a-repeat-of-the-vietnam-war-in-venezuela/ invades Venezuela, we can expect to see a repeat there of what happened in Vietnam — a long war costly in lives lost and ending in defeat for the US. That is the conclusion of College of William & Mary professor and former Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson in a recent interview with host Sharmini Peries at The Real News.

Wilkerson, who was chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell in the George W. Bush administration and is a Vietnam War veteran, explains in the interview the strong opposition US military forces would encounter in Venezuela. States Wilkerson:
I’ve worked with the Venezuelan military. They are very professional. I would place them on the top of the list for South America. That puts them above Argentina, above Chile, whose militaries are quite competent too. And I would say that [US President Donald Trump] ought to be very, very careful about saying he’s going to send Marines or soldiers to Venezuela because the Venezuelan military will be unified immediately. It will take to the hills, and it will fight us as the Vietnamese did during the Vietnam Was and as the Taliban are in Afghanistan right now — to the last Marine, to the last soldier. And we’ll be going home, and we will not be very successful there.
Watch Wilkerson’s complete interview focused on relations between the US and Venezuela here:



Wilkerson is an Academic Board member for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

Think it is impossible that the US would invade Venezuela? Consider Scott Smith’s Saturday Associated Press report detailing the US-supported Venezuela opposition figure Juan Guaidó interacting with the US military and seeking its support in overthrowing the Venezuela government. The article also notes that “U.S. Navy Adm. Craig Faller, the head of South Command” has declared he “‘stands ready’ to assist Guaidó.”]]>
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Lawrence Wilkerson Warns the US is Driving Down a Highway to War with China Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/may/11/lawrence-wilkerson-warns-the-us-is-driving-down-a-highway-to-war-with-china/
The drive toward war is not undertaken in response to a real threat posed by China to the people of America. Instead, argues Wilkerson, the US government is moving toward war for reasons related to money for both the military and the broader military-industrial complex, as well to advance President Donald Trump’s domestic political goals.

Wilkerson, who is a member of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity’s Academic Board, elaborates on the US military’s money-seeking motivation to advance the new China scare, stating:
All of this right now, first and foremost, is a budget ploy. They want more money. And that’s largely because their personnel costs are just eating their lunch. And, second, it’s an attempt to develop — and this has something to do with money too of course — another threat, another cold war, another feeding system. The military just hooks up like it is hooking up to an intravenous, you know, an IV system and the money just pours out—slush fund money, appropriated money, everything else.
More broadly, Wilkerson pegs the ramping up of confrontation with China as “all about keeping the [military-industrial] complex alive” that Wilkerson explains “the military was scared to death would disappear as we began to pay the American people back” a peace dividend at the end of the cold war. US government efforts against terrorism, explains Wilkerson, have also been used to ensure the money keeps flowing.

Watch Wilkerson’s complete interview here:

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This Week's Psilocybin Mushroom Vote and the Drug War’s Future Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/may/09/this-weeks-psilocybin-mushroom-vote-and-the-drug-war-s-future/

What does the victory this week of a ballot measure making arrests of people 21 years old and older for personal use or possession of psilocybin mushrooms the lowest priority for Denver police portend for the future of the drug war in America?

Jacob Sullum, who will be speaking May 18 at a Ron Paul Institute conference titled “Winning the War on the War on Drugs,” provides a detailed and thoughtful answer to this question in a Thursday Reason article.

Sullum’s article begins with the following:
In 2007 Denver voters approved a ballot initiative that made arrests for marijuana possession the city's "lowest law enforcement priority." The margin of victory was 14 percentage points. On Tuesday, Denver voters approved a similar ballot initiative for psilocybin mushrooms. It won by a single percentage point, according to the "final unofficial results."

The direct practical consequences of that surprising outcome, which became clear yesterday evening after several news outlets (including Reason) erroneously reported that voters had rejected the measure, will be modest. But approval of the Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Decriminalization Initiative is symbolically and politically important, since this is the first time a U.S. jurisdiction has decided that psilocybin use should not be treated as a crime.

That development suggests marijuana legalization, which Colorado voters approved in 2012 and most Americans now support, was only the beginning of a movement that could gradually replace the war on drugs with a legal regime that is more peaceful, humane, and tolerant. At the same time, the contrast between the psilocybin initiative's razor-thin victory and the decisive 2007 vote telling Denver police to stop arresting cannabis consumers suggests that further progress will be neither easy nor straightforward.
Continue reading Sullum’s article here.

Find out more about and obtain tickets for the May 18 Ron Paul Institute conference focused on the war on drugs here. The Houston, Texas conference will feature presentations by speakers including Sullum, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Deputy Director Paul Armentano, retired New York City Police Department narcotics detective and police officer John J. Baeza, and Ron Paul Institute Chairman Ron Paul.

undefinedGet your tickets to the RPI Conference on May 18th in Houston!

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New York City Eliminates Jail Phone Call Fees Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/may/08/new-york-city-eliminates-jail-phone-call-fees/

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city had eliminated charges for phone calls made by inmates in city jails. Karen Matthews of the Associated Press reported that New York City, with this elimination of fees that had been 50 cents for the first minute and five cents for each additional minute, is the first major American city to eliminate inmates’ phone call fees.

This is a welcome move against what I described in an October of 2013 Ron Paul Institute article as “phone system monopolies that charge inmates' families and friends exorbitant rates to communicate with their incarcerated loved ones.”

New York City is not alone in rolling back or eliminating the phone call fees. In August, for example, the Texas prison system voted to implement an over 75 percent reduction in phone call fees for Texas inmates.

De Blasio, quoted in Matthews' Associated Press article, succinctly describes some of the benefit of eliminating the fees, stating that making the phone calls free will ensure “people in custody have the opportunity to remain connected to their lawyers, families and support networks that are so crucial to re-entry into one’s community.”]]>
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Ron Paul Argues the Case Against Tariffs on Chinese Goods Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/may/06/ron-paul-argues-the-case-against-tariffs-on-chinese-goods/
Competing with more free markets, argues Paul in the interview, is a much better option than imposing tariffs. Plus, Paul continues, when the US government imposes tariffs on Chinese products, “we punish ourselves because American consumers pay the tariffs” in the form of higher prices.

Watch Paul’s complete interview here:

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Mexico’s President Says End the Drug War Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/may/06/mexico-s-president-says-end-the-drug-war/

Last year, the growing, sale, and possession of marijuana became legal countrywide in Canada. Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has been considering marijuana legalization for his country as well, last week released a plan supportive of ending the war on drugs altogether in Mexico.

Obrador’s plan does not present particular legislation and will likely not lead to the hands-off approach libertarians advocate. Still, Obrador’s plan indicates the Mexico government will likely soon take a major step back from the draconian prohibition policy that has led to much death and suffering in the country.

The United States has some catching up to do.

undefinedGet your tickets to RPI's Drug War Conference for Houston, May 18th!

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Legal Marijuana Home Delivery and Marijuana ‘Hospitality Spaces’ Coming to Colorado Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/may/04/legal-marijuana-home-delivery-and-marijuana-hospitality-spaces-coming-to-colorado/

It looks like people in Colorado, the state that along with Washington led the way in marijuana relegalization via ballot measure votes in 2012, will soon have significantly expanded legal choices for how they obtain and where they use marijuana. Kyle Jaeger reports at Marijuana Moment that the state Senate approved two marijuana bills this week, one legalizing delivery of medical and recreational marijuana to homes and the other legalizing the creation of “hospitality spaces” where marijuana may be consumed. These hospitality spaces could be connected to or separate from places where marijuana is legally sold.

Earlier this year, Alaska adopted regulations that would make it the first legalization state to explicitlypermit marijuana consumption at some places across the state where marijuana is legally sold.

It is expected that Colorado Governor Jared Polis, who has long supported legal marijuana and as governor is promoting the development of a leading marijuana industry in the state, will sign into law both bills. The home delivery bill, which had already been passed in the state House of Representatives, went directly to Polis for consideration. The Senate-passed hospitality spaces bill went to the governor after the additional step of being approved by the state House of Representatives, given that the Senate-passed bill is an amended version of a bill the House had earlier approved.

Get your tickets to RPI's Houston Conference on May 18th!
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Andrew Napolitano: President Trump Is Continuing the Long Trend of Expanding Presidential Power Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/may/20/andrew-napolitano-president-trump-is-continuing-the-long-trend-of-expanding-presidential-power/
Napolitano, a constitutional scholar and former New Jersey judge, explains the danger of this trend, stating that presidents writing their own laws, imposing their own taxes, and spending money how they want instead of how directed by legislation passed by Congress results in “too much of an accumulation of power in the presidency and it imbalances that delicate balance that the separation of powers created.”

Regarding Trump’s efforts to expand presidential powers, Napolitano points to three actions by Trump this month: redirecting to the budget for building a fence along a portion of the US-Mexico border money allocated by Congress for a different purpose, directing the secretary of defense to send US troops to secure the US border in violation of legal restriction on using the military for domestic law enforcement, and effectively raising taxes via imposing a tariff on imports from China that will result in Americans paying higher prices.

Watch Napolitano’s complete video editorial here:



Napolitano is an Advisory Board member for the Ron Paul Institute.]]>
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Andrew Napolitano Praises San Francisco’s Facial Recognition Technology Ban Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/may/17/andrew-napolitano-praises-san-francisco-s-facial-recognition-technology-ban/ ban city government use, including by the city’s police, of facial recognition surveillance technology.

Government’s use of facial recognition technology, Napolitano explains in the interview, “is surveillance, and surveillance requires a warrant, and if we get to the state of mass, suspicionless, warrantless surveillance, we will have lost the rights the Fourth Amendment was written to guarantee, and that’s the right to be left alone and the right to prevent fishing expeditions.”

Continuing, Napolitano, a former New Jersey state judge, warns, “when the laws are written not to preserve liberty, but to make it easier for the cops to enforce the laws, that’s called a police state.”

Watch Napolitano’s complete interview here:



Napolitano is an Advisory Board member for the Ron Paul Institute.]]>
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Who Attacked Four Oil Tankers in United Arab Emirates? RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/may/14/who-attacked-four-oil-tankers-in-united-arab-emirates/
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http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/may/14/who-attacked-four-oil-tankers-in-united-arab-emirates/ http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/may/14/who-attacked-four-oil-tankers-in-united-arab-emirates/ Tue, 14 May 2019 16:56:20 GMT
Lawrence Wilkerson: We Could See a Repeat of the Vietnam War in Venezuela Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/may/13/lawrence-wilkerson-we-could-see-a-repeat-of-the-vietnam-war-in-venezuela/ invades Venezuela, we can expect to see a repeat there of what happened in Vietnam — a long war costly in lives lost and ending in defeat for the US. That is the conclusion of College of William & Mary professor and former Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson in a recent interview with host Sharmini Peries at The Real News.

Wilkerson, who was chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell in the George W. Bush administration and is a Vietnam War veteran, explains in the interview the strong opposition US military forces would encounter in Venezuela. States Wilkerson:
I’ve worked with the Venezuelan military. They are very professional. I would place them on the top of the list for South America. That puts them above Argentina, above Chile, whose militaries are quite competent too. And I would say that [US President Donald Trump] ought to be very, very careful about saying he’s going to send Marines or soldiers to Venezuela because the Venezuelan military will be unified immediately. It will take to the hills, and it will fight us as the Vietnamese did during the Vietnam Was and as the Taliban are in Afghanistan right now — to the last Marine, to the last soldier. And we’ll be going home, and we will not be very successful there.
Watch Wilkerson’s complete interview focused on relations between the US and Venezuela here:



Wilkerson is an Academic Board member for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

Think it is impossible that the US would invade Venezuela? Consider Scott Smith’s Saturday Associated Press report detailing the US-supported Venezuela opposition figure Juan Guaidó interacting with the US military and seeking its support in overthrowing the Venezuela government. The article also notes that “U.S. Navy Adm. Craig Faller, the head of South Command” has declared he “‘stands ready’ to assist Guaidó.”]]>
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Lawrence Wilkerson Warns the US is Driving Down a Highway to War with China Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/may/11/lawrence-wilkerson-warns-the-us-is-driving-down-a-highway-to-war-with-china/
The drive toward war is not undertaken in response to a real threat posed by China to the people of America. Instead, argues Wilkerson, the US government is moving toward war for reasons related to money for both the military and the broader military-industrial complex, as well to advance President Donald Trump’s domestic political goals.

Wilkerson, who is a member of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity’s Academic Board, elaborates on the US military’s money-seeking motivation to advance the new China scare, stating:
All of this right now, first and foremost, is a budget ploy. They want more money. And that’s largely because their personnel costs are just eating their lunch. And, second, it’s an attempt to develop — and this has something to do with money too of course — another threat, another cold war, another feeding system. The military just hooks up like it is hooking up to an intravenous, you know, an IV system and the money just pours out—slush fund money, appropriated money, everything else.
More broadly, Wilkerson pegs the ramping up of confrontation with China as “all about keeping the [military-industrial] complex alive” that Wilkerson explains “the military was scared to death would disappear as we began to pay the American people back” a peace dividend at the end of the cold war. US government efforts against terrorism, explains Wilkerson, have also been used to ensure the money keeps flowing.

Watch Wilkerson’s complete interview here:

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This Week's Psilocybin Mushroom Vote and the Drug War’s Future Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/may/09/this-weeks-psilocybin-mushroom-vote-and-the-drug-war-s-future/

What does the victory this week of a ballot measure making arrests of people 21 years old and older for personal use or possession of psilocybin mushrooms the lowest priority for Denver police portend for the future of the drug war in America?

Jacob Sullum, who will be speaking May 18 at a Ron Paul Institute conference titled “Winning the War on the War on Drugs,” provides a detailed and thoughtful answer to this question in a Thursday Reason article.

Sullum’s article begins with the following:
In 2007 Denver voters approved a ballot initiative that made arrests for marijuana possession the city's "lowest law enforcement priority." The margin of victory was 14 percentage points. On Tuesday, Denver voters approved a similar ballot initiative for psilocybin mushrooms. It won by a single percentage point, according to the "final unofficial results."

The direct practical consequences of that surprising outcome, which became clear yesterday evening after several news outlets (including Reason) erroneously reported that voters had rejected the measure, will be modest. But approval of the Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Decriminalization Initiative is symbolically and politically important, since this is the first time a U.S. jurisdiction has decided that psilocybin use should not be treated as a crime.

That development suggests marijuana legalization, which Colorado voters approved in 2012 and most Americans now support, was only the beginning of a movement that could gradually replace the war on drugs with a legal regime that is more peaceful, humane, and tolerant. At the same time, the contrast between the psilocybin initiative's razor-thin victory and the decisive 2007 vote telling Denver police to stop arresting cannabis consumers suggests that further progress will be neither easy nor straightforward.
Continue reading Sullum’s article here.

Find out more about and obtain tickets for the May 18 Ron Paul Institute conference focused on the war on drugs here. The Houston, Texas conference will feature presentations by speakers including Sullum, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Deputy Director Paul Armentano, retired New York City Police Department narcotics detective and police officer John J. Baeza, and Ron Paul Institute Chairman Ron Paul.

undefinedGet your tickets to the RPI Conference on May 18th in Houston!

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New York City Eliminates Jail Phone Call Fees Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/may/08/new-york-city-eliminates-jail-phone-call-fees/

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city had eliminated charges for phone calls made by inmates in city jails. Karen Matthews of the Associated Press reported that New York City, with this elimination of fees that had been 50 cents for the first minute and five cents for each additional minute, is the first major American city to eliminate inmates’ phone call fees.

This is a welcome move against what I described in an October of 2013 Ron Paul Institute article as “phone system monopolies that charge inmates' families and friends exorbitant rates to communicate with their incarcerated loved ones.”

New York City is not alone in rolling back or eliminating the phone call fees. In August, for example, the Texas prison system voted to implement an over 75 percent reduction in phone call fees for Texas inmates.

De Blasio, quoted in Matthews' Associated Press article, succinctly describes some of the benefit of eliminating the fees, stating that making the phone calls free will ensure “people in custody have the opportunity to remain connected to their lawyers, families and support networks that are so crucial to re-entry into one’s community.”]]>
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Ron Paul Argues the Case Against Tariffs on Chinese Goods Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/may/06/ron-paul-argues-the-case-against-tariffs-on-chinese-goods/
Competing with more free markets, argues Paul in the interview, is a much better option than imposing tariffs. Plus, Paul continues, when the US government imposes tariffs on Chinese products, “we punish ourselves because American consumers pay the tariffs” in the form of higher prices.

Watch Paul’s complete interview here:

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Mexico’s President Says End the Drug War Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/may/06/mexico-s-president-says-end-the-drug-war/

Last year, the growing, sale, and possession of marijuana became legal countrywide in Canada. Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has been considering marijuana legalization for his country as well, last week released a plan supportive of ending the war on drugs altogether in Mexico.

Obrador’s plan does not present particular legislation and will likely not lead to the hands-off approach libertarians advocate. Still, Obrador’s plan indicates the Mexico government will likely soon take a major step back from the draconian prohibition policy that has led to much death and suffering in the country.

The United States has some catching up to do.

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Legal Marijuana Home Delivery and Marijuana ‘Hospitality Spaces’ Coming to Colorado Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/may/04/legal-marijuana-home-delivery-and-marijuana-hospitality-spaces-coming-to-colorado/

It looks like people in Colorado, the state that along with Washington led the way in marijuana relegalization via ballot measure votes in 2012, will soon have significantly expanded legal choices for how they obtain and where they use marijuana. Kyle Jaeger reports at Marijuana Moment that the state Senate approved two marijuana bills this week, one legalizing delivery of medical and recreational marijuana to homes and the other legalizing the creation of “hospitality spaces” where marijuana may be consumed. These hospitality spaces could be connected to or separate from places where marijuana is legally sold.

Earlier this year, Alaska adopted regulations that would make it the first legalization state to explicitlypermit marijuana consumption at some places across the state where marijuana is legally sold.

It is expected that Colorado Governor Jared Polis, who has long supported legal marijuana and as governor is promoting the development of a leading marijuana industry in the state, will sign into law both bills. The home delivery bill, which had already been passed in the state House of Representatives, went directly to Polis for consideration. The Senate-passed hospitality spaces bill went to the governor after the additional step of being approved by the state House of Representatives, given that the Senate-passed bill is an amended version of a bill the House had earlier approved.

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