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Breaking: Trump, Putin Speak on Telephone; Vow to Improve Relations

After a rancorous presidential campaign in which the Hillary Clinton team actually accused President-elect Donald Trump of being a Russian agent, a new tone is being set by the next US president. Russian president Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone this afternoon with the incoming Republican and both men agreed to work toward "constructive cooperation" between the US and Russia. According to the Kremlin website, the two agreed to "return to pragmatic, mutually beneficial cooperation, which would address the interests of both countries as well as stability and safety the world over."
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Ron Paul: The Two-Party System is 'Horrible'

While Ron Paul has run for president twice, as well as served in the United States House of Representatives, as a Republican, he is far from a lockstep follower of that party or even a devotee of the “two-party system.” Indeed, Paul is quoted in a Sunday Victoria Advocate article as calling the two-party system “horrible” and speaking favorably of people voting “their conscience instead of Republican or Democratic."

Paul in 1988 ran as the Libertarian Party presidential nominee. In 2008, after competing in the Republican presidential primary, Paul held a press conference at which he promoted the fact that several third party candidates, three of whom joined him at the press conference, had announced their agreement with a list of principles Paul saw as important for America. These principles related to actions including ending US military intervention, protecting privacy, limiting presidential power, stopping the growth of the national debt, and auditing the Federal Reserve.
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Ron Paul’s Election Day Analysis

Three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul spent a good portion of Tuesday — Election Day — discussing the United States presidential election on several media programs. In his media appearances, Paul offered observations that may provide context for interpreting and predicting US government actions over the coming four years with a Donald Trump presidential administration.
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Pentagon Seeks Another $6 Billion for Overseas Troop Deployments

The Pentagon has announced it will file a “budget amendment” seeking another $6 billion in funding for the current fiscal year to pay for additional overseas troop deployments above and beyond what was already in the budget for this year.

The $6 billion request comes as an “urgent” request from the Pentagon, and would pay for additional ground troops in Iraq, the additional troops left in Afghanistan by stalling the drawdown, and to pay for escalated airstrikes around the world.
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A Pardon for Hillary Clinton

Things are looking dicey again for Hillary Clinton, with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James B. Comey having informed members of the United States Congress on Friday that the FBI is reopening its investigation of the former Secretary of State for mishandling classified information. This decision, Comey explained via a letter, is due to the discovery of new emails “that appear to be pertinent to the investigation.” Yet, no matter what the FBI may uncover, Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst and former New Jersey state Judge Andrew Napolitano said in a Fox Business interview with host Stuart Varney on Monday that Clinton may be able to avoid prosecution.
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The End of Interventionism?

Looking over the global landscape, the areas most touched by US interventionist foreign policy are objectively in the worst, most desperate shape. The mainstream media will report that the current disaster in Syria came about because the people decided to stand up to a cruel dictator in the "Arab Spring" that swept through the greater Middle East in 2011, and that the dictator cracked down so hard it caused the violence to spin out of control. We know, of course, that is not the whole story. The US had been involved in fomenting unrest in Syria at least five years or more before violence broke out. A Wikileaks-released cable from 2006 shows how hard the US Embassy in Damascus was working to figure out a way to overthrow the government. Shortly after the partially manufactured protests devolved into violence, the CIA moved in and began arming (and importing) rebels to finish the deed. In five years the country has been destroyed, hundreds of thousands killed, millions left without homes.
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