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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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RPI Editorial Policy: A Note of Clarification

Throughout his career, Ron Paul has been known for his willingness and eagerness to build broad coalitions of people who may disagree on many issues, but who come together on the central issue of peace and prosperity. 

On September 10, 2008, Dr. Paul held a press conference with the presidential candidates of the three "minor" political parties at which he urged Americans to focus on the issues that bring us together rather than solely on political party affiliation. Dr. Paul appeared with Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney, Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin, and independent candidate Ralph Nader.
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How the State Department Spends Your Money

The US State Department under Secretary John Kerry has become a laughingstock. While Spokesperson Jen Psaki occupies herself by Tweeting mindless "selfies," her boss's "social media" team are busy putting together incomprehensible platitudes like the below. Can anyone in his right mind explain what this is supposed to mean? Are there any grown-ups left at the State Department?
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'Foot-in-Mouth' Kerry's Nixonian Blunder

The US and EU appear incapable of distinguishing between action and reaction. The coup they backed in Kiev against the elected government has thrown off the delicate balance in Ukraine and left the pro-Russia eastern portion of the country feeling threatened. 

In this situation, the secession of Crimea was a reaction to US and EU action, as is the ongoing unrest in eastern Ukraine, where over the weekend three cities in the Russian-oriented eastern Ukraine declared their desire to break out from under Kiev's thumb. 

Now, having lit the fuse of unrest by encouraging and supporting the violent overthrow of the Ukrainian government, these US and EU meddlers are desperately demanding that no explosion take place. They are demanding that none of the eastern parts of Ukraine break away from Kiev's rule and that Ukraine's current borders be untouchable.
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Ron Paul: 'Hands Off Raw Milk!'

To Ron Paul, the raw milk issue is a matter of personal freedom, and he is very pleased that Rep. Thomas Massie has introduced two bills -- one quite sweeping and the other more incremental -- that would make it easier for individuals to make their own decisions about what kinds of food they would prefer to consume.

As Dr. Paul points out in this free commentary from the Ron Paul Channel, he was at first surprised that the liberals who had supported him on cannabis decriminalization did not support him on raw milk. They thought the government needed to control that particular "dangerous substance." But eventually, he explains, they started coming to his position that one must have the total freedom to choose what to put in one's body. Now there is a broader coalition supporting the right of individuals to consume unpasteurized milk if they wish.
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