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The Real Big Time Bribes Going on at Colleges and Universities

So the news is filled with reports over the last 24 hours of misguided efforts of semi-wealthy parents, who were busted in an FBI sting, getting their not so bright children into elite colleges and universities via bribes.

But the real bribes go on. That is the government payments to colleges and universities to promote government lines of propaganda.

Four hundred thousand dollars was given to Yale women’s soccer team coach, Rudolph “Rudy” Meredith, to get a girl into Yale via the backdoor as a "soccer student." But it is a mere pittance compared to the serious scam. Yale University received approximately $480 million in federal funds in 2015, for example.
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'Bay of Pigs 2.0' US Invasion Plan for Venezuela Thwarted - Daniel McAdams

A remarkable recent article in Bloomberg reports on the real plan for last month's showdown over US "aid" for Venezuela blocked at the Colombian border. According to the report, the US plan was for some 200 heavily armed exiled Venezuelan military officers from the Colombian side of the border were to over-run the Venezuelan militia guarding their side of the border. Shockingly, the US government neglected to notify its ally Colombia of what would certainly result in a massive escalation of existing tensions between the two countries and it wasn't until the last minute when the Colombian government got wind of the plan and put the kibbosh on it.
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Walter Block: US Government Should Ignore, Not Overthrow, ‘Evil Dictators’

Ron Paul Institute Academic Board Member Walter Block has some clear advice regarding what the United States government should do about “evil dictators” around the world: Ignore them. After all, Block, an economics professor at Loyola University and prominent libertarian scholar, writes in a Tuesday lewrockwell.com blog post, there is “no country, no groups of individuals with the power, or the intention,” to invade or conquer America.
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US Government’s Top Pharmaceutical Official Promoting Eliminating Vaccination Exemptions

With the expansion of state governments’ crackdown on vaccination exemptions facing significant obstacles after, in 2015, California eliminated nearly all vaccination exemptions for children in government schools, private schools, and day care, Alex Newman writes at The New American that Scott Gottlieb, the head of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has been publicly suggesting the US government mandate that states restrict or eliminate vaccination exemptions for children.
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US Has Foreign Policy of ‘World Domination’ – Daniel McAdams

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to make Russia’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty official. Russia continues to insist that they have not been in breach of the treaty, despite repeated accusations from US leaders. Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute joins Scottie Nell Hughes to discuss the development and other US foreign policy blunders around the world, which McAdams traces to the influence of National Security Advisor John Bolton.
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Making Marijuana Legalization More Freedom-Friendly

It took 45 years after the 1933 termination of the United States government’s alcohol prohibition for the US government to legalize beer home brewing and, then, another 35 years until in 2013 the last two American states legalized home brewing. In comparison, of the ten states where recreational marijuana has been legalized, only the Washington state government prohibits home growing of marijuana, and for years the US government has backed off from prosecuting people complying with the liberalized state marijuana laws.
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Senators to Reintroduce Bill to End US Involvement in Yemen War Next Week

Having seen a successful Senate vote late last year and a successful House vote earlier this month both come to naught on ending the Yemen War, the Senate is reportedly planning to try again. Officials say that the fresh Senate bill will be introduced next week.

To successfully get the bill to the White House, identical versions need to pass in both the House and the Senate. Last year this was impossible because the former House leadership kept changing the rules to duck votes. This year, it may depend on whether or not they can keep Israel out of it.
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Lawrence Wilkerson: US Intervention in Venezuela is About Profits for the Rich, not Democracy and Freedom

College of William & Mary Professor Lawrence Wilkerson describes the current effort of the Donald Trump administration to overthrow the Venezuela government and oust Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro as a continuation of the United States effort begun in 2002, when Wilkerson was chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell in the George W. Bush administration, to overthrow the government of Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chávez. Over those 17 years, Wilkerson asserts, the real reason for the US intervention has been to help the rich, not the oft-repeated excuse of seeking to promote democracy and freedom.
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