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    by Published on 08-06-2015 11:05 AM

    FBI investigation of Hillary’s emails is ‘criminal probe’
    By Jamie Schram, Geoff Earle and Laura Italiano
    NY Post
    August 5, 2015

    The FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s unsecured e-mail account is not just a fact-finding venture — it’s a criminal probe, sources told The Post on Wednesday.

    The feds are investigating to what extent Clinton relied on her home server and other private devices to send and store classified documents, according to a federal source with knowledge of the inquiry.

    “It’s definitely a criminal probe,” said the source. “I’m not sure why they’re not calling it a criminal probe.

    “The DOJ [Department of Justice] and FBI can conduct civil investigations in very limited circumstances,” but that’s not what this is, the source stressed. “In this case, a security violation would lead to criminal charges. Maybe DOJ is trying to protect her campaign.”
    Will Hillary be the Dem candidate come November 2016?
    by Published on 08-06-2015 10:00 AM

    The US drone war not only continues, but accelerates. More than 5,000 have been killed since 2009 in Obama's drone attacks and still the US has no idea how many of them might be innocent civilians. In fact, the US does not even bother to target only suspected terrorists. Instead, it targets patterns of behavior called "signatures." A male of military age is therefore considered a legitimate target. Does such an approach really keep us safe? Today's Liberty Report takes a look at this disturbing new form of US warfare:

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    by Published on 08-06-2015 08:55 AM

    A profile of Scott Walker...

    Scott Walker, a two-term governor of Wisconsin, is a 2016 Republican presidential nominee. He has been described as "an evangelical Christian with a record of taking on labor unions and winning elections as governor of a Democratic-leaning state."[1]
    Neoconservative Connections

    Many observers have pointed to Walker's weak foreign policy experience. In response, according to the Washington Post, Walker has tried to "to swiftly gain a fluency with foreign leaders, geography and history; recruit a coterie of national security advisers; and articulate a comprehensive foreign policy to help voters see him as commander-in-chief material."[6]

    Walker has sought advice from a cohort of neoconservatives
    by Published on 08-06-2015 07:50 AM

    First Obamacare Co-Op To Fail Could Cost Taxpayers Over $140 Million
    Sarah Hurtubise (04 August 2015)

    The first Obamacare-created insurer to go under could cost federal taxpayers up to $140 million, according to a new court filing.

    CoOportunity Health, a nonprofit insurer created with $147 million in federal taxpayer loans as a result of the Affordable Care Act, was taken over by the state of Iowa in 2014 and declared insolvent in March of this year. Now the company’s ability to repay its loans may be looking grim, The Des Moines Register reports.

    Daniel Watkins, a lawyer designated as the special deputy liquidator charged ...
    by Published on 08-06-2015 06:45 AM


    Tom Woods on the path to freedom.

    Secession: The Reasonable Option Everyone Resists | Tom Woods

    August 5, 2015

    The growing number of secession movements around the world gives rise to our topic: breaking away from current government structures that do so much harm to liberty, peace, and prosperity. Recorded at “Breaking Away: The Case for Secession”—the Mises Circle in Houston, Texas, on 24 January 2015.

    by Published on 08-05-2015 12:45 PM

    By Maggie Haberman
    August 5, 2015

    An outside group that sought to mar Senator Rand Paul’s presidential campaign kickoff with a television advertisement linking him to President Obama’s Iran policy is going on the air with a new spot about the candidate and the recent nuclear deal.

    The ad is timed to start airing right after the first sanctioned Republican presidential debate on Thursday evening. It is being aired by the 501c4 group called the Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America, which does not have to reveal its donors.

    Mr. Paul has criticized the Iran deal as “unacceptable” and has said he will vote against it. But the group’s goal appears to be seeking to highlight his previous support for Iran negotiations in general. The ad will run as part of a six-figure cable buy in New Hampshire and Iowa, according to officials with the group.

    by Published on 08-05-2015 11:40 AM

    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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    by Published on 08-05-2015 10:35 AM

    By David Weigel
    July 28 at 1:02 PM

    MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – “Anybody read about the Middle East?” asked Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to a Shriner’s hall packed with war veterans. “They’ve been killing each other for a thousand years and they’ll probably be killing each other for another thousand years. That doesn’t mean we just retreat, and do nothing. That means we need to acknowledge what the Middle East is like before we get involved.”

    On Monday, Paul made a brief trip to this veteran-rich coast city to reiterate his subtly non-interventionist foreign policy. He did that at a forum hosted by Concerned Veterans of America, a group funded by the Koch network to mobilize conservatives on VA reform and related issues. Organizers said that it would be up to Paul whether he wanted to talk about those issues, or about the world at war. After sharing a few stories of heroic veterans, including one who had lost both legs in Afghanistan. Paul launched right into the positions that have set him apart from the Republican field.

    “I’ve seen up close – secondhand, but up close – the effects of war,” said Paul. “I don’t see war as a chess game. I don’t see war as a game of Risk, where you put some troops here, you put some troops there… or oh, we’ll topple this government replace it with American-style democracy.”

    by Published on 08-05-2015 09:30 AM

    by psmith
    July 29, 2015, 11:25pm

    Marijuana is going to be part of the political conversation between now and Election Day 2016. Support for legalization is now consistently polling above 50% nationwide, four states and DC have already voted to legalize it, and activists at least ten states are doing their best to make it an issue this time around.

    In those states, they're working to take marijuana legalization directly to the voters in the form of initiatives. Not all of those efforts will actually make the ballot -- mass signature-gathering campaigns require not only enthusiasm but cold, hard cash to succeed -- and not all of those that qualify will necessarily win, but in a handful of states, including the nation's most populous, the prospects for passing legalization next year look quite good.


    By the time the polls close on Election Day 2016, we could see the number of legalization states double and the number of Americans living free of pot prohibition quadruple to more than 60 million -- or more. Attitudes on marijuana are shifting fast, and by this time next year, the prospects of even more states actually approving legalization could be even higher.

    But right now, we have five states where the prospects of getting on the ballot and winning look good, three states where it looks iffy but could surprise, and two states where it looks like a long-shot next year.

    by Published on 08-05-2015 08:17 AM

    How Congress turned on the DEA and embraced weed.

    July 30, 2015

    It's not easy being the DEA these days. After an unprecedented losing streak on Capitol Hill, the once-untouchable Drug Enforcement Administration suffered last week what might be considered the ultimate indignity: A Senate panel, for the first time, voted in favor of legal, recreational marijuana.

    Last Thursday, the Appropriations Committee voted 16-14 on an amendment to allow marijuana businesses access to federal banking services, a landmark shift that will help states like Colorado, where pot is legal, fully integrate marijuana into their economies. As significant as the vote was, it’s only the latest vote in a remarkable run of success marijuana advocates have had this year on Capitol Hill.

    “The amendment was a necessary response to an absurd regulatory morass,” Montana Sen. Steve Daines, one of the three Republicans to support Thursday’s amendment, tells Politico, referring to the multifaceted and complex system of laws that have been enacted over the past four decades to prosecute a war on marijuana. It’s a war that began on or about May 26, 1971, when President Richard Nixon told his chief of staff Bob Haldeman, “I want a goddamn strong statement on marijuana ...I mean one on marijuana that just tears the ass out of them.”

    But that war appears to be winding down—potentially quickly. The summer of 2015 could be viewed historically as the tipping point against Nixon’s war on pot, the time when the DEA, a federal drug-fighting agency created by Nixon in 1973, found itself in unfamiliar territory as a target of congressional scrutiny, budget cuts and scorn. In a conference call this week, the new acting DEA administrator repeatedly downplayed marijuana enforcement efforts, saying that while he’s not exactly telling agents not to pursue marijuana cases, it’s generally not something anyone focuses on these days: “Typically it’s heroin, opioids, meth and cocaine in roughly that order and marijuana tends to come in at the back of the pack.”

    What a difference a year makes.

    by Published on 08-04-2015 09:49 PM

    NH Activists Reach 6 Courthouses with Jury Nullification Outreach in 2 Days
    by James Davis | Aug 4, 2015

    On August 3rd and 4th, New Hampshire activists (organized by Joel Valenzuela of Rights Brigade) reached an incredible six courthouses with jury nullification outreach information supplied by NHJury.com. Activists canvassed much of the state, reaching locations in Dover, Laconia, Brentwood, Concord, Manchester, and Nashua, sharing with jurors the knowledge of their age old right to nullify bad laws.

    Where else in the world are people mobilizing on this scale, with this efficiency for the cause of liberty? Where else can defendants in an entire state reasonably suspect that the jurors sitting on their case will have been made aware of the idea that they can judge not just the facts in the case, but whether or not a certain law is just in the first place?

    Is there a better place in the world to practice civil disobedience? A better place to pool activism to have a greater cumulative effect? While people in Denver are being arrested for jury nullification outreach for so called “tampering,” the activist movement in New Hampshire only continues to gain steam.

    If you’d like to be a part of the jury nullification outreach effort, we’d love to have your help. Rights Brigade has created a handy calendar with all of the potential jury outreach opportunities for the rest of the year on it, and we’ve got some exciting plans in the works for nhjury.com.

    Hope to see you in the streets!
    I know some folks do this at random times in other states. In NH, it is almost always done when the folks for jury selection show up in an effort to reach potential jurors.
    by Published on 08-04-2015 01:45 PM

    From a press release:

    Sen. Rand Paul Introduces “Audit the Fed” Amendment to Cybersecurity Bill

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rand Paul today introduced his Federal Reserve Transparency Act as an amendment to theCybersecurity Information Sharing Act, S. 754, currently being considered by the U.S. Senate. Widely known as "Audit the Fed," the amendment seeks to eliminate restrictions on Government Accountability Office (GAO) audits of the Federal Reserve (Fed) and mandates that the Federal Reserve's credit facilities, securities purchases, and quantitative easing activities be subject to Congressional oversight.

    "A complete and thorough audit of the Fed will finally allow the American people to know exactly how their money is being spent by Washington. The Fed currently operates under a cloak of secrecy and it has gone on for too long. The American people have a right to know what the Federal Reserve is doing with our nation's money supply, and the time to act is now," Sen. Paul said.

    Click HERE to read Sen. Paul’s legislation.

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