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Pence Cheers New Russia Sanctions Bill, in Split with Trump

The Trump Administration’s continued struggle to get on the same page with one another on foreign policy messages continued today, as Vice President Mike Pence, touring Eastern Europe, issued statements praising the new Russia sanctions bill signed earlier this week.

The bill was passed by vast majorities in both the House and Senate, and signed by President Trump, though the president has since slammed the bill as the reason for worsening US-Russia relations, which he termed to be at “an all-time and very dangerous low.
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Ron Paul Fears Propaganda and False Flag Attack May Lead to War with North Korea

Interviewed Wednesday at RT, foreign nonintervention advocate and former presidential candidate Ron Paul said that “we’re hearing the same type of war propaganda” in regard to North Korea as Paul recalls hearing as a United States House of Representatives member in regard to Iraq in the run-up to the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. Who benefits from the lies? Paul points to “the people who make a lot of money off of war, not only the people who sell weapons but also the people who gather up the oil and the natural resources.”
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We're Losing Afghanistan. Can We Win?

President Trump summoned his generals and experts to the "situation room" at the White House late last month. He was furious that there was no plan to win Afghanistan and that after 16 years we were, in his words, "losing" in Afghanistan. What can be done? Some told him to send in many more troops. Others told him to pull out troops. The big mercenary companies want the war privatized to them. Perhaps the real problem is that no one knows what "winning" the war could possibly look like. No one in Washington has a clue.
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Trump Signs Sanctions Bill - Another Deep State Victory

With the new Russia sanctions bill passed and signed into law, President Trump's room to improve relations with Russia is nearly non-existent. He will not be able to remove the sanctions without permission from Congress, and that is unlikely to come. This is exactly what the deep state desires. Official enemies, to keep the money flowing to the military-industrial complex, which is their lifeblood. Of course they suck all of our blood and they spill blood across the globe...
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Trump's US National Security Strategy - New Wine In Old Bottles?

In a recent interview, Sebastian Gorka, an aide to President Trump, denounced "stale thinking" on national security policy over the past 30 years. He said that the White House was working on a new National Security Strategy for the United States that would reject the old "extremes" of neoconservative interventionism on one hand and libertarian "isolationism" on the other. It is quite interesting that he chose to single out non-interventionism (which is not "isolationism") for criticism as if it had been attempted and failed over the past three decades. Why the strawman? Because this "new" strategy is being drawn up by neocons who dominate Trump's foreign policy and national security staff. They know their brand is damaged so they are trying to pretend that they are coming out with a whole new batch of wine. But check the bottles...
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New Russia Sanctions Come as Hacking Narrative Falls Apart

Why more sanctions on Russia now over the 2014 Ukraine coup and aftermath? Why new sanctions now as the claims that Russia "hacked" the US election seem to be based on ever more flimsy assumptions? Because sanctions are falsely seen as a harmless way for Washington to compel other countries to comply with its foreign policy goals. In fact sanctions often lead to war. RPI's Daniel McAdams is interviewed on the new sanctions and also on a peculiar section of the sanctions legislation that might be interpreted as the first move against Russian government-funded media like RT and Sputnik
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Real Bipartisanship: Republicans And Democrats Unite For New Cold War

Donald Trump claimed that he wanted a different foreign policy, but then he went and hired neocons for the State Department, Pentagon, White House, and so on. In the meantime, both Republicans and Democrats have found something to agree on: a new Cold War with Russia. Is it just impossible to change our foreign policy? More in today's Liberty Report...
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Andrew Napolitano on Natural Law and Positivism

Speaking last week at the Ludwig von Mises Institute’s annual Mises University, Andrew Napolitano presented a captivating speech regarding legal issues, including an examination of natural law and positivism.

In the speech, Napolitano, who is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News and a former New Jersey judge, points to the importance of a central concept in natural law that “our rights come from our humanity.” “Now this is not just an academic argument,” Napolitano emphasizes, “because if our rights come from our humanity then they didn’t come from the government and the government can’t take them away.”
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