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What's the US End Game With Iran?

RPI Director Daniel McAdams joins former US Senate foreign policy analyst (and RPI past conference speaker) Jim Jatras to discuss this week's moves by the Trump Administration to extend an arms embargo against Iran and to activate the "snap-back" sanctions provided for in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Iran deal) if Iran is found to be in violation of the deal. Will Trump's neocons get their way and start a war with Iran before the US November election? And if so what would that mean for Trump's re-election ambitions?
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What's NOT Going on in Belarus

Are the people of Belarus taking to the streets to defend the sanctity of their elections against the "theft" by President Lukashenko? Are these protests by the "pro-democracy" forces against the authoritarianism of 26 years of Lukashenko rule?
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Grim College Coronavirus Rules


College ain’t what it used to be. Supposedly because of a virus that for most college students is less of a threat to their lives than riding in a car, students at college campuses this fall will be subjected to dystopian controls from required mask wearing and “social distancing” to surveillance via contact tracing and health monitoring.

Many prospective and set to return students will see this as an undesirable situation. College enrollment in America has been dropping over the last ten or so years. Make college dreary enough and there can be a big additional drop as this year’s fall semester begins.
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America’s Big Move on the Bloomberg Misery Index


America is moving up the ranks of the Bloomberg Misery Index, an index in which being number one means being the worst. Last year, America came in 50th. This year, America jumped to 25th among 60 economies compared based on their estimated price growth and joblessness, both of which are seen as big economic contributors to misery.
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Freedom Rolls On in South Dakota


Across much of America, people are masked by mandate and large events are shut down by decree. But, in South Dakota, things are different. You can be mask-free in the state that has avoided most of the coronavirus crackdown imposed in much of the rest of America. And, if you ride a motorcycle, you can ride and congregate freely with hundreds of thousands of bikers. The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally starts Friday.

Nicholas Reimann provides background information in a Thursday Forbes
article about this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, which, he writes, “will likely be one of the largest gatherings the world has seen in months.”


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Border Checkpoints Further New York City’s Descent into Tyranny and Economic Hardship


People in New York City have been subjected to one of the most repressive coronavirus crackdowns in America. Included have been months-long forced closure of many businesses and extreme limitations placed on businesses that have been allowed to resume some operations during incremental scaling back of closure orders. Such government actions have decimated businesses in the city. A Sunday report by Lauren Thomas at CNBC illustrates the continuing economic destruction by describing vacancies and bankruptcies, along with a large drop in rents sought, in 16 major retail corridors of the Manhattan borough of the city.
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Ron Paul Presents Coronavirus Policy Common Sense in Fox Business Interview

Coronavirus policy at the national, state, and local levels has been largely characterized by the abandonment of common sense as governments have imposed a new array of draconian measures on the people in response to an infectious disease that is not a particularly greater danger than others that have been dealt with in regular course over the decades.
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When a Mask Becomes Part of the Required Work Uniform


Wearing a mask at a store or other place where doing so is required of customers or visitors, or where there seems to be pressure either from the venue operators or the surrounding mask-wearers to do so, can be uncomfortable, even sickening. This can especially be the case for older and less healthy individuals for whom walking around while shopping can be a physical activity approaching or as strenuous as a younger, healthier person running a mile. The younger, healthier person can run a mile alright, but consider him trying to do so with his face and nose covered. He will surely run slower or be more exhausted in his masked mile run.
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