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Ron Paul: Freedom Is Not a Partisan Issue

Speaking Friday with Charles Goyette in their weekly podcast conversation, RPI Chairman and Founder Ron Paul discusses his recommendations for young people interested in becoming involved in politics, including Paul’s guidance that people may advance freedom under various party labels. Paul welcomes advancing freedom under party labels including Democrat, Green, Libertarian, and Republican.

Speaking of his deliberation in the 1970s regarding whether to run for the US House of Representatives, Paul, who ultimately ran and served in the House as a Republican, notes that he sought advice from Rep. Larry McDonald who served in the House as a Democrat. Paul also relates that he and McDonald together opposed a US government flu vaccination scheme that had overwhelming Republican and Democrat support in the House.

Listen to the conversation here.
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US Spies: 'Nothing is Beyond Our Reach!"

As the rest of the world -- the US public included -- reels from ongoing revelations that the NSA has infiltrated like a virus into the most private corners of our lives, the US Intelligence-Industrial-Complex presses on with a total absence of self-reflection.

Entrepreneur and privacy hero Kim Dotcom points out that the latest spy satellite launched yesterday by the megabillion dollar National Reconnaissance Office carries with it a kind of extended middle finger to the entire world.
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Join the EU? Are You Crazy?

Ten years ago Hungary joined the European Union. After a miserable 40 years under the  Soviet boot, EU membership was seen by Left and Right alike in Hungary as a watershed event demonstrating that the past had truly passed, and the country had retaken its historic position in the center of European cultural, economic, and political life.

After manipulation in Hungary's domestic politics, most infamously the "salami tactics" of the 1947-1948 period where Soviet agents saw to it that each non-communist party was sliced off into oblivion one by one until the Hungarian Communist Party remained the last party standing -- as well as the 1956 revolt against the Soviet occupiers -- Hungarians upon joining the European Union felt that they had finally emerged from the post-communist period as a sovereign nation.

One by one, the former communist countries of central Europe fell for the temptations of EU membership.
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Ukraine: Bullied and Blackmailed?

It has been called the most important news you may have missed. After a long consideration Ukraine has turned against a European Union offer of associated membership, refusing to sign an agreement that would have brought the former Soviet Republic into the EU political orbit.

As one might expect, the Western mainstream media has portrayed Ukraine's rejection of an "Eastern partnership" as a turn away from civilized democracy and toward the "autocracy" of Russia's Putin. In fact, one reads the Russian president's name in such articles more often than that of his Ukrainian counterpart. It was only Russian bullying and blackmail, they write, that has frightened Ukraine away from the EU's kind and generous offer.
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Eric Cantor Lies About the Iran Deal

Infuriated by the surprise agreement between the P5+1 countries and Iran on the first round of confidence-building measures, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has taken to out and out falsification to trash-talk the deal. And he lets loose with a couple of whoppers.

In a press release yesterday, Cantor wrote:
The text of the interim agreement with Iran explicitly and dangerously recognizes that Iran will be allowed to enrich uranium when it describes a 'mutually defined enrichment program' in a final, comprehensive deal. It is clear why the Iranians are claiming this deal recognizes their right to enrich.

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Ukraine Rejects The Brussels Club, Opts For Trade Over Empty Promises

On Thursday the Ukrainian parliament reject a final set of laws designed to pave the way for  Ukraine to join the EU's "Eastern Partnership" program as an associate EU member. The surprise move cast a shadow on the Eastern Partnership signing ceremony scheduled to take place in Vilnius, Lithuania next week.

With this move, Ukraine has signaled an end to its interest in further formal association with the European Union and a preference for participation in the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia.

Perhaps sensing that a relationship with the EU would also involve endless meddling in internal Ukrainian affairs, the last straw for the Ukrainian parliament was a package of Brussels-demanded legislation which would have released from custody former prime minister Yulia "Gas Princess" Timoshenko, serving time on corruption charges.
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Ron Paul Alumni Party on Jay Taylor Show!

Ron Paul's former chief of staff, Jeff Deist, and RPI's Daniel McAdams join Jay Taylor to discuss the military industrial complex and its profitable home in the wealthy Washington, D.C. suburbs, the militarization of the local police, Syria, and more...
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'Muddled Thinking' on Afghanistan

Barry McCaffrey told Chuck Todd of MSNBC this morning that the proposed Afghan security agreement reflects "muddled thinking" in terms of the foolishness of leaving a necessarily embattled remnant in a "vast and hostile country." He also pointed out the fact that the remnant would be 800 miles from the sea and the US Navy.

I could not agree more. The fate of the British mission at Kabul in 1879 comes to mind. Major Sir Louis Cavagnari and his escort of soldiers from the Guides were wiped out to the last man after a pitched battle with a Kabul mob. McCaffrey insisted that there are no important US security interests in Afghanistan. Once again, I agree. The civil war in Afghanistan is an intra-Pushtun war. It is not a war against the shattered al-Qaeda who once were a powerful force in the country.
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Wendy Sherman Should Be Fired

Wendy Sherman is Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and the senior U.S. representative in the P5+1 nuclear talks with Iran.

She told the U.S. Senate about the Iranians: “We know that deception is part of the DNA.” For that alone, she should be fired. There is absolutely no place for a person who is leading negotiations with Iran to insult the Iranian side and Iran’s people with such a despicable slur, akin to what a Nazi might utter.
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Nullify the NSA

Local and state governments can restrict the US National Security Agency's mass spying by cutting off electricity and water supplies to NSA facilities, banning state universities from participating in NSA research and development programs, and ending information sharing between local police and the NSA. These are some of the tactics Tenth Amendment Center Executive Director Michael Boldin proposes in an interview on the Scott Horton Show last week.

Listen to Boldin's 31 minutes interview here.
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