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Eastern Ukraine is Blowback for Kiev: McAdams on Jay Taylor Show

RPI Director Daniel McAdams is back with Jay Taylor, where they discuss the Bundy ranch raid and showdown, the problems with government-held land, and the potential for real violence to break out in Nevada. They also discuss Ukraine, and how what is happening now in the eastern part of the country is in many ways blowback for US actions supporting the February coup in Kiev. Also, they discuss why newer NATO members are abusing that alliance to strike back at old foes.
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Judge Napolitano: Hooray for Obama’s Clemency for Nonviolent Drug War Prisoners

Judge Andrew Napolitano, speaking on Fox News with Jenna Lee, explains why, “as someone who has harshly and repeatedly criticized the President,” he believes President Barack Obama “is doing the right thing” in granting clemency to potentially hundreds or thousands of people who have been incarcerated for nonviolent drug crimes.
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Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan With Charles Goyette: What a Show!

Nevada and Ukraine are on the meny when Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan join Charles Goyette in this week's podcast. What a double-header! 

First up, Dr. Paul and Charles Goyette speak in detail about the recent Bundy ranch standoff in Nevada. 

Dr. Paul discusses the tragedy of the commons, where a seeming paradox reigns: when everybody owns something (through the government) in reality nobody really owns it and nobody can really use it. At that point, he says, the special interests come in and take over and manipulate the use of the land to their advantage.
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Sen. Reid Ups Threats Against Bundy Ranch Protestors, Calling Them 'Domestic Terrorists'

United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is upping his threats against the protestors at the Bundy ranch. Following his ominous declaration on Monday that the US government’s confrontation with protestors at the Nevada ranch is “not over” despite the government having backed-off from its raid of the ranch, Reid is now calling the protestors “domestic terrorists.”

In effect, Reid is urging the US government to make actions against the protestors a top priority and use all means available under the USA PATRIOT Act and otherwise against them.
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Ron Paul on 'The Independents' — But Why The Blindside?

RPI Chairman Ron Paul appeared on the Fox Business program "The Independents" last night to discuss the recent standoff between a Nevada rancher and the federal government. Dr. Paul again expressed his support for people standing up to federal government abuses and noted that he was very pleased that although there were plenty of guns present on both sides, none were used. It was a small victory, he said, but he warned that federal officers may well return, because, as he put it, "authoritarians will be authoritarians" and the federal government hates to back down.
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Judge Napolitano: Bundy Ranch Protestors’ Line in the Sand Stops Thieving Feds

Judge Andrew Napolitano, speaking Monday with Stuart Varney on Fox Business, explains the significance of the United States government backing off its raid of the Bundy ranch in Nevada after “suffering such a terrible PR loss” from its confrontation with protestors, explaining:
And the resistance that they got, made it sound like, 'Enough is enough with the federal government, we are drawing a line in the sand right here'. And it drew people from all around the country who basically said to the feds, 'Quit your heavy-handed theft of property, and act like you are a normal litigant and not God Almighty.'

Napolitano, and RPI Advisory Board member, argues that Nevada officials should have arrested people involved in the raid of the Bundy ranch and the stealing of the ranch’s cattle.


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Washington's Outrageous Ukraine Double Standards

The Washington foreign policy establishment is furious. Protesters in eastern Ukraine, who feel threatened by the US-backed government in Kiev that has cancelled Russian-language television programming and installed oligarchs to rule over them, have poured out into main squares in many major eastern Ukrainian cities. Some have stormed government buildings and taken control of them. They favor a more federalized Ukraine, where more political decisions are made locally rather than dictated from the unelected rulers in Kiev.
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Ron Paul: The Senate CIA Report And Torture

Ron Paul again joins Charles Goyette in a weekly podcast providing insight on the most critical issues of the day. Dr. Paul and Mr. Goyette discuss the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the abuses of the CIA. But how many of the sordid details of this report will ever see the light of day, asks Goyette. 

Dr. Paul believes they will not allow us to see much of the report, but what he really wonders is whether there will be any evidence that the CIA has really given up on the idea that torture is beneficial. Also, he points out that the leadership of both political parties have not had really strong objections to the CIA's torture programs, though he strongly feels that this torture has done far more harm than good.
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Ron Paul: US Threatens Challengers to Dollar Hegemony

In a commentary available to view from his Ron Paul Channel, RPI Chairman Ron Paul explains how the US has targeted any country that threaten to use currencies other than dollars with which to conduct international commerce. In Libya, Iraq, Iran, and elsewhere, says Dr. Paul, challenge the dollar as world reserve currency and you will risk regime change or outright invasion by the US military. Russia's threats to explore a barter or other systems that challenge the US dollar may well be behind the US push to apply sanctions and place NATO on a war footing, he says.
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Lew Rockwell's Pessimistic Optimism

Today the US media is entirely the spokesmen for the government, said RPI Board Member Lew Rockwell on the Ben Swann radio show yesterday. Every country not totally controlled by the US must be destroyed, and the media is out front to provide propaganda for the empire. At the same time, Rockwell -- the ultimate optimist -- sees so much to cheer as entrepreneurs and small free market practitioners continue to find new ways to thrive amidst the oppressive government controls. He says that through his Mises Institute he comes into contact with so many young people who are so well-read and so astute, and who have in common that they do not believe the government lies. He is, though a short-term pessimist, a long-term optimist.
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