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Trump’s Syrian Oil Grab Risks WW3 – Daniel McAdams

Do we have a right to "guard" Syria's oil and "give" it to the Kurd minority in eastern Syria? RPI's Daniel McAdams faces opposition from RT America's host Steve Malzberg on the idea that the US stealing oil from sovereign Syria is a bad idea and in no way in the US national interest...
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Democrats' 'Star Witness' Admits He Wasn't On Trump-Ukraine Call, Sole Source Was NY Times


House Democrats have released the latest in the series of heavily-redacted transcripts of the secret hearings they had undertaken in recent weeks - that of Bill Taylor - the top US diplomat in Ukraine - ahead of his public testimony next week.

As The Hill notes, Taylor is viewed as a key witness who previously testified in meticulous detail about what he considered an effort by Trump and his allies to pressure Ukraine into opening investigations that would benefit Trump politically.

In leaked copies of his 15-page opening statement, Taylor voiced concerns that the Trump administration had withheld nearly $400 million in aid as leverage to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open investigations into interference in the 2016 election and former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his leading 2020 political rivals.
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President Trump: Send the US Military to Fight Drug Cartels in Mexico



Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump, who has the unilateral power to send the United States military to bomb and invade other countries, as several of his predecessors have done, stated at Twitter that he is ready to send the US military to Mexico to defeat drug cartels.

Trump wrote:
This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth. We merely await a call from your great new president!

Making clear he is talking about a US military action, Trump declared in another Tuesday morning tweet that “the cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army!”.


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Jacob Hornberger Announces Run for Libertarian Party Presidential Nomination

In April, I wrote that it looked like Future of Freedom Foundation President Jacob Hornberger may run for president of the United States. As I noted then, many people familiar with the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity (RPI) have read some of Hornberger’s articles at the RPI website or watched one of his speeches at an RPI event. Here is an update: On Saturday, Hornberger announced he is seeking the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination.
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Ed Thompson’s 2002 Fight Against Marijuana Prohibition


Reading a Wednesday article by Kyle Jaeger at Marijuana Moment, a quote from a Wisconsin state Assembly member who is a sponsor of a marijuana decriminalization bill struck me. Rep. David Crowley states at Twitter that the legislation “should have been passed years ago - but thanks to the inaction of our legislature, [Wisconsin] is now an island of antiquated drug policy in a sea of decriminalization."

The quote brought to mind the years 2001 and 2002 when I was in Wisconsin to help Ed Thompson with his governor campaign. Thompson, who ran as a Libertarian, made the legalization of medical marijuana a key campaign issue and supported recreational marijuana legalization as well.

A Rasmussen poll Thompson’s campaign commissioned found support for medical marijuana in the state was at 70 percent. However, to this day the state government has yet to allow the use of medical marijuana, much less adopt marijuana legalization generally.
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Lawrence Wilkerson: Protecting Syrian Oil Is Not the Reason US Troops Are Staying in Syria

Protecting Syrian oil that accounts for just 0.2 percent of world reserves is not the reason United States troops are staying in Syria, argues retired Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson in a new interview at MSNBC. Instead, says Wilkerson, who was chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell in the George W. Bush administration, the offered oil protection rationale is a “manufactured reason.”
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Hyping Israel Criticism as Antisemitism


“A Hotbed for Hate: A Comprehensive Dossier of Antisemitism at Columbia University and Barnard College Since the 2016-2017 Academic Year.” This title of a new report by Alums for Campus Fairness makes it sound like antisemitism is widespread and intense at the two New York City educational institutions. That message is amplified in this second sentence of the report: “These campuses are arguably the most prominent settings for university-based antisemitism in the United States.”
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Lynching Donald Trump


President Donald Trump received much unfounded criticism after he commented Tuesday at Twitter that the impeachment process being pursued against him in United States House of Representatives is a lynching.
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Marijuana Legalization Countrywide in Canada, then Mexico, then the United States


A year ago this month, countrywide marijuana legalization was implemented in Canada. Also a year ago this month, the transition team of then-President-elect and current President of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced marijuana legalization discussion was on the agenda of a trip to Canada by high-level Obrador administration members. Now, a year later, it looks like the Mexico national legislature is prepared to approve countrywide marijuana legalization soon, maybe even this month.
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Syria Situation: What's Next - With Jim Jatras and RPI's Daniel McAdams

What's next in Syria, as Turkish forces and their militia proxies make their way further into northern Syria? In this week's "The Big Picture," RPI's Daniel McAdams gives his best case and worst case scenario and he responds to Sen. Mitt Romney's Floor statement decrying President Trump's withdrawal of US troops from the Syrian kill zone because it "emboldens Iran"...
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