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Police Invincibility Melting Away in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

It is not just ice cream melting off cones in the 100-plus degrees heat of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The reactions of local police chiefs to two recent high profile incidents of apparent police brutality and unjustified killing in the metroplex of around seven million people give hope that police invincibility for destructive and wrongful conduct is melting away as well.
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Looking Back: Ron Paul’s Interviews with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

Though Jon Stewart on Thursday concluded his 16-year run as host of The Daily Show, Stewart’s interviews will live on — including his informative and entertaining interviews with former US House of Representatives member and presidential candidate Ron Paul.

While Stewart did not see eye to eye with Paul on every issue, Stewart’s conversations with Paul were always respectful and centered on exploring important issues underlying political debates. As with many people, Stewart’s respect for Paul stems at least in part from a recognition of Paul’s consistency.
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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Cop Handcuffing Children for Acting Up in School is Assault

The handcuffing of two children, ages 8 and 9, at a Kentucky school by Kenton County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Sumner is an assault, and not a legal means of discipline, says Judge Andrew Napolitano in a Tuesday interview with Fox News host Gretchen Carlson. Napolitano further opines that there may be an additional cause of action against Sumner for punitively inflicting pain by handcuffing children around their upper arms.
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Lew Rockwell: Ron Paul’s New Book on War and Peace is Paul’s ‘Most Important Book’

Lew Rockwell, in his Wednesday lewrockwell.com podcast interview with Ron Paul, heaps praise on Paul’s new book Swords into Plowshares: A Life in Wartime and a Future of Peace and Prosperity. Rockwell begins the interview noting that Swords into Plowshares is Paul’s “most important book” and “a fascinating piece of reading as well.” Rockwell proceeds to note that Swords into Plowshares is “so personal … almost like an autobiography in many senses” and that the book “just draws you in, and you can’t put it down.”
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Hillary's Libyan Torturers

Remember when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was so intent on a US attack on Libya that she disregarded the US Intelligence Community, the Pentagon, and even her colleagues in the Obama Administration to force her "humanitarian intervention"? Clinton was so distrusted by the Pentagon that they opened up their own lines of communication with Libyan officials -- they knew she was feeding them and the State Department boldfaced lies. 

Even members of Hillary's own party in Congress were skeptical of her claims.

Gaddafi's son and presumed heir, Saif, told then-Rep. Dennis Kucinich (an RPI Board Member) that Hillary was using false information to justify the coming US attack on his country. (Thankfully, Mr. Kucinich understood his Constitutional obligation to act as member of an equal branch of government and did his own investigation of Administration claims.)
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Escalation in Syria: Obama To Airstrike Assad?

When the latest US-trained batch of fighters were sent into Syria, many were immediately captured by al-Qaeda. So much for US training. Some of the others called for US military air support which was granted. Subsequently, President Obama announced that the US would use airstrikes to protect any future fighters it sends into Syria -- whether against ISIS or even the Syrian government. Does this mean the US is now at war with Syria? And where is Congress? Today's Liberty Report looks at the rapidly escalating US military mission in Syria...
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Marines Declare F-35 Fighter 'Operational'

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is, at a total cost of $1.5 trillion, the biggest military boondoggle in US history. The "next generation fighter" has been plagued with cost over-runs and serious functional problems. The fighter jet will not even have a gun until 2017. But it is being built in a total of 45 states and several foreign countries, so no Member of Congress would dare try to kill this beast. Last week the US Marines declared the jet to be "operational" -- but if you read the fine print there is little reason to think they will be flying it anytime soon. Today's Liberty Report looks at one of the worst examples of military Keynesianism...
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Obama Authorizes War on Assad, Congress AWOL

When the first group of US-trained fighters were inserted into Syria on Friday, Washington experienced a great shock. Tasked with fighting alongside al-Qaeda's Syrian franchise, the Nusra Front, Washington's newest proxy army in Syria was expected be welcomed by the group. Instead, Washington's proxies, known as Division 30, were attacked by the Nusra Front with several fighters taken hostage. Quoting a senior Obama Administration official, the New York Times reported that Washington "expected the Nusra Front to welcome Division 30 as an ally in its fight against the Islamic State."
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Obama's Kenya Debacle Shows Folly of Interventionism

Every time US officials try to lecture foreign leaders about what their social policies should be, resentment is created. Far from following the dictates of Washington, often the endless hectoring turns foreign leaders and citizens against the US. Even if the policies urged on by Washington were sound, they would be rejected due to this resentment. Today's Liberty Report takes a look at President Obama's recent trip to Kenya, where he lectured the president on homosexuality and women's issues. Also we step back to look at just why it is that this approach is counterproductive from a pragmatic standpoint...
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