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US Special Envoy on North Korea Retires After Trump Rejects Talks

US special envoy on North Korea Joseph Yun, an advocate of direct diplomacy with the reclusive nation since 2016 has informed the State Department of his intention to retire on Friday.

Though he didn’t offer a specific statement on this sudden decision, it came immediately after President Trump’s most recent comments spurning direct talks with North Korea without massive preconditions.
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Ron Paul Wins a Stosscar!

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences missed its opportunity to award libertarian communicator Ron Paul an Oscar after his small roles in the 2014 movies Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? and Alongside Night. But, on Tuesday — a week before the awarding of this year’s Oscars — Paul did receive a Stosscar for “Lifetime Achievement.”
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Ron Paul Rewind: No to Endorsing Mitt Romney, Yes to Endorsing Peace, Prosperity, Liberty, and the Constitution

At the 2012 Republican National Convention, Ron Paul told Fox News interviewer Neil Cavuto that Paul had no plans to endorse Mitt Romney or anybody else in the presidential election. Instead, Paul, who competed against Romney in the Republican presidential primary, said he endorses “the principles I have been talking about for a long time … peace and prosperity and individual liberty, the Constitution.”
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Adam Dick on Alaska Radio: ‘Russiagate’ Indictments, School Shootings, and More

On Saturday, I was interviewed by hosts Joshua Bennett and Michael Anderson at KFAR radio in Fairbanks, Alaska regarding a number or issues in the news. The interview started with a discussion of the indictment of 13 Russian citizens and three companies that United States Special Counsel Robert Mueller had announced the day before. Other topics discussed in the wide-ranging interview include more aspects of the ongoing “Russiagate” investigation, the possibility of the United States government supporting a military coup in Venezuela, US sanctions against North Korea, the US government’s mass surveillance program, the drug war, rising tensions between the US and Russia, huge increases in US government spending, a gas tax increase, intervention in Syria, and the killings last week at a Florida high school.
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In Trump’s 2019 Budget, Lockheed Looms Almost as Large as State Dept


In great measure, the Pentagon runs on Lockheed Martin. The US armsmaker racked up $35.2 billion in sales to the US government last year, a preposterously large figure that positions them both as heavily reliant on the government for its profits, and gives them a level of influence unmatched.

Lockheed Martin, after all, gets nearly as much money from the US government as the State Department. CEO Marilyn Hewson is, by the reckoning of some analysts, as powerful as most US cabinet secretaries.
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Strike Two: US Again Launches 'Defense' Attack on Russian and Syrian Forces in Syria


For the second time in a week, US military forces occupying northeast Syria have attacked Syrian government forces, blowing up a Russian-made T-72 battle tank on Saturday. According to a statement made today by Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command, US forces saw a Russian tank in Syria that "took a shot at us" and the US side called in an airstrike in "self-defense." 
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David Stockman Challenges Economy-Harming, Unnecessary US Military Spending

Watch out for a recession and more trouble for American stocks ahead, warned investing, economy, and politics writer David Stockman in a Monday interview at Fox Business. Hearing Stockman’s informative analysis about that alone should be reason enough for people concerned about the economic outlook in America or their investments to watch the interview. But, Stockman also provides in the interview compelling analysis of the role United States military spending will play in causing coming economic problems in America while failing to make Americans any safer.
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Russian Fighters Killed In Clash With US-Led Coalition Forces In Syria

With the calm of global capital markets shattered in the past two weeks, the ongoing military conflict in the Middle East has taken an understandable back seat to monetary matters. And yet, tensions involving Syria, Iran and Israel continue to escalate, most notably with this weekend's outright attack by Israel on Syria, allegedly in retaliation for an Iranian drone launch from a Syrian army base, and which led to the first downing of an Israeli F-16 jet in decades.
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