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The “Free Syrian Army” Whines After President Trump Cuts Off Their Federal Aid

It is no secret that Syrian terrorists were, more or less, on the federal payroll during the Obama administration. Former President Obama, with support from partisan Democrats, Neocons and the Israel lobby, followed the policy of encouraging terrorists to overthrow Syrian President Bashir al-Assad. This would have created a situation analogous to what occurred in Libya or Iraq after American foreign interventions rocked those countries. But the so-called “Free Syrian Army” got a rude awakening this week that there is a new Sheriff in town after news broke that Trump ended a CIA program designed to help them overthrow the Assad government. “Certainly this decision will have results and consequences on the Syrian scene, particularly in the north and the south. The halt of support to the FSA by the international community is a factor in escalation of Assad’s strength and the strength of the extremist groups,” the FSA commander said. Keep Reading

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Liberal Media Shrieks In Horror As Trump Cuts Off ISIS’ Aid In Syria

The liberal media is once again crying foul after President Donald Trump terminated a CIA program to help Syrian President Bashir al-Assad’s opposition in Syria. The media cares more about the fact that Russian President Vladmir Putin supported this move than the fact that terrorists such as ISIS and the Al Nusra–jihadis literally at war with the United States–were directly aided by this CIA program. Trump met with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and CIA Director Mike Pompeo before ultimately making the decision to cut off the program that began in 2013 under his predecessor. This follows news of a Russian-U.S. ceasefire in Syria that was agreed upon after Putin and Trump met during the G20 Summit in Germany earlier this month. Under another President (particularly a Democrat), the liberal media would be gushing over the diplomatic brilliance of these moves. But in the age of widespread Trump derangement syndrome, liberal media personalities are actually mourning ISIS and using Trump’s move as more ‘evidence’ for fevered conspiracy theories about… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics/Tech

To Tweet, Or Not To Tweet?

President Trump’s Tweeting frenzy can be described in so many words like entertaining, defiant and combative. Of course, those not on board with the President may describe his Tweets as insulting, unprofessional and embarrassing. Individuals will generally support or oppose any action the President takes based on popular support. So, the difference of opinions regarding the President’s Tweeting firestorm is not surprising. The real question is, does his Tweeting serve a purpose? Especially when posts are not presidential? In June, Trump published some controversial Tweets about “Morning Joe” talk show hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough saying Brzezinski had “a low I.Q.” and “bleeding badly from a face-lift” while referring to her co-host and fiancé, Joe Scarborough as “Psycho Joe.” The President posted the Tweet following a rant by Brzezinski on Trump’s ego and what she referred to as “not normal behavior.” The Tweet, as expected, made national headlines, giving the media yet another Trumptacular story to sensationalize. Keep Reading

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Trump To Attack EU, Call For Defending Civilization In Poland Speech

President Donald Trump’s much awaited speech in Warsaw, Poland later today is sure to satisfy his base, as he will call for a defense of Western civilization and criticize the European Union (EU) for its bureaucracy and lax immigration policies. In excerpts of the speech released by the White House, Trump is set to declare that Poland should be “an example for others who seek freedom and who wish to summon the courage and the will to defend our civilization.” Trump will then state, “While we will always welcome new citizens who share our values and love our people, our borders will always be closed to terrorism and extremism.” Keep Reading

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It Is Time For Trump To Deep-Six The Deep State

We live in interesting times, indeed. Some historians have compared the accidental Roman Emperor Claudius, who reigned over 2000 years ago, with Donald Trump. He was an old man for Roman times and replaced the young, charismatic lunatic in Caligula who was assassinated in office after going mad with power. Claudius was an outsider who was brought into power by the Roman Praetorian Guard who wanted to see political change from the corrupt Augustinian lineage. The Roman establishment had written off the stammering, limping “monster of a man” in Claudius, which is what may have saved his life in the ruthless power struggles of the Roman aristocracy. Claudius played the role of buffoon as a shrewd politician to distract and disarm his critics. Keep Reading

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Rand Paul Meets President Donald Trump To Talk Health Care

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)  met President Donald Trump today, according to recent tweets by the Senator. “Headed to meet with [Donald Trump] this afternoon. The bill is currently not real repeal and needs major improvement. I’ll discuss w/ him how to fix bill & get more to a YES on real repeal, things I’ve tried to tell Senate leaders with no result so far,” Paul said. A White House official also confirmed the meeting to Roll Call. After the meeting, Paul said the following on Twitter: “Just came from WH. [Donald Trump] is open to making bill better. Is Senate leadership?” Paul’s challenge to Senate leadership echoes his remarks yesterday, when he slammed them for excluding his office from talks about the health care reform. Keep Reading

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Could Donald Trump Save The Internet?

Ludwig von Mises dedicated a great amount of ink to the role that ideas play in shaping society. Not only does his analysis illustrate why it is so important to educate the public on topics such as economics, but also explains the enormous danger posed by widely accepted political myths. Examples include various false narratives such as deregulation caused the financial crisis, that American healthcare costs are driven up due to “capitalism,” or FDR saved America from the Great Depression. Of course. these various fictions, which all enjoy the support of most of the “intellectual” class, all conveniently lead to policy prescriptions that justify ever greater government intervention into the economy and individual’s daily lives. In recent years, another dangerous myth has worked its way into the American zeitgeist: that government is the only thing guaranteeing us a free and open internet. Cloaked in the friendly phrase “net neutrality” is an agenda of greater government control. The idea turned into political action in 2015 when the Obama administration ordered… Keep Reading

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The War On Trump: A Guide For Conservatives, Libertarians & Liberals

Periodically, America experiences episodes of mass, hysterical contagion. What is “hysterical contagion”? A sociologist explains it as the spread of symptoms of an illness among a group, absent any physiological disease. It provides a way of coping with a situation that cannot be handled with the usual coping mechanism. For example, in 1983, girls in the West Bank fell ill, one after the other. Soon, all the schools and finally the entire community was engulfed, affected with the same symptoms. Arab doctors implicated the Israelis. But of course. The Israeli occupation had poisoned the girls by gas to reduce their fertility. When real doctors arrived on the scene to examine the neurotics; the girls were pronounced physically healthy. The frenzied behavior known as mass hysteria or hysterical contagion is well documented. The Trump-Russia “collusion,” “obstruction of justice” probe qualifies, with an exception: This particular form of mass madness involves a meme, a story-line, rather than the physical symptoms observed in the West Bank. Rumor recounted as fact for which… Keep Reading

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Why The Jeff Sessions Hearing Was a Complete Waste Of Time

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ hearing before the Senate intelligence committee was a complete waste of time. All Sessions did was reiterate the same talking points that the White House has been conjuring up for months. Other than that, much of the hearing was a confirmation of former FBI Director James Comey’s claims last week, and Sessions’s repetitive defense of Trump’s firing of Comey. Generally, there was no new information that pushed forward the Trump-Russia investigation. Perhaps the only information divulged quasi-relevance was Sessions’s confirmation of Comey’s private talk with Trump and his concern about being left alone with the president. While Sessions did confirm that Trump had a private meeting with Comey, this information does not bring the Trump-Russia investigation forward. Of course, virtually everyone has heard what Trump’s words to Comey were in the meeting last week, but nothing that was said qualifies as illegal or unconstitutional. While an argument may be made about Trump’s behavior and unethical tendencies, that argument cannot be made for impeachment. Simply put,… Keep Reading

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Rand Paul Hammers Democrats: Senate Russia Hearings Are “All For Show”, “Political Theater”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) strongly defended the administration and criticized the Senate Intelligence Committee’s ongoing investigation of the Trump’s administration’s ties to Russia during a Monday interview with Jake Tapper on CNN. “I still think that we’ve got a Special Counsel, let them do their job. The rest is all for show. This is political theater. Really, those committees aren’t getting anywhere, if there was really anything done wrong, it’ll come out of the Special Counsel and my suspicion is that very little of anything will come out of there. There may be some people that didn’t file their paperwork properly or didn’t file to be registered as foreign agents, but I kind of doubt there’s going to be anything.” Paul went on to describe Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is set to testify before the committee today, as a “hardliner on Russia” and that it was “sort of crazy” to allege that Sessions had any ties to the Russian government. Paul then derided the committee hearings as little… Keep Reading

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Trump Social Media Director Reprimanded For Tweet Attacking Justin Amash

White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino is in hot water after the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) stated he had broken federal law in calling for a primary challenge against Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI). Scavino is said to have violated the Hatch Act, which limits the ability of certain federal employees to engage in political activity, when he tweeted in April: “Donald Trump is bringing auto plants & jobs back to Michigan. Justin Amash is a big liability. Trump Train, defeat him in primary.” The reason for this is linked to Scavino’s display of the presidential seal in his Twitter cover photo. The OSC said: “Mr. Scavino has been advised that if in the future he engages in prohibited political activity while employed in a position covered by the Hatch Act, we will consider such activity to be a willful and knowing violation of the law.” Keep Reading

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Trump Backtracks On Support For Cuba Diplomacy, Sides With Marco Rubio

President Donald Trump is reportedly set to backtrack on his past support for opening up diplomacy with Cuba, and instead bring back aspects of the 54 year long embargo against the island nation. According to Fox News, he will announce this policy shift during a speech in Miami on Friday. Trump is likely to close the U.S. embassy in Cuba’s capital, Havana, and reimpose restrictions on flights to Cuba from the United States. Although the former decision was expected, the latter is a surprisingly radical move that will heavily affect freedom of travel for ordinary Americans, given that Cuba is just 90 miles from the United States and there are dozens of flights to Cuba from U.S. cities every day. Trump is also set to call for greater political freedom in Cuba and the release of political prisoners by the ruling communist regime there. It is unclear whether these demands will serve as prerequisites for maintaining the thaw in relations with Cuba. Keep Reading

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Rep. Thomas Massie Enthusiastic About Trump Infrastructure Plan

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) appeared to back the Trump infrastructure plan, including the proposal to privatize air traffic control, during a Tuesday interview on Fox Business. Asked whether he believed the the air traffic control privatization proposal could work, Massie replied: “I think it’s completely possible, they’ve done it in other countries, they’ve got better air traffic control than we do, it’s certainly more modern in Canada and Australia where they’ve done this.” The proposal has garnered plaudits from fiscal conservatives, receiving quick support from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Massie went on to mention his own bipartisan legislation to allow airports to raise their own revenue instead of asking the federal government for grants, and stated he hopes to get this into the ultimate infrastructure plan. Keep Reading

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Hypocritical Arab Leaders Tell Trump That Qatar Responsible For ‘Funding Of Radical Ideology’

President Donald Trump has hit back against Qatar for suggesting a coup against him, stating that the Arab leaders he met at last month’s summit in Riyadh universally blamed Qatar for “funding of radical ideology” and “extremism”. Qatar has strong ties with global Islamist networks, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood. On Twitter, he said: “During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar – look!” “So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off. They said they would take a hard line on funding extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!”  Keep Reading

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Nigel Farage ‘Person Of Interest’ In Russia Investigation

Brexit leader and right-libertarian firebrand Nigel Farage is said to be a ‘person of interest’ in the ongoing FBI Russia investigation, according to The Guardian, due to his association with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, U.S. President Donald Trump and controversial political strategist Roger Stone. Farage’s spokesman responded to the report by saying it was “verging on the hysterical” and that “Nigel has never been to Russia, let alone worked with their authorities.” Farage himself went on to describe it as “utter and total hysterical nonsense” and “fake news”. In March, Farage was seen leaving the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where Assange has sought refuge he was threatened by the British government with extradition to Sweden and the United States. Stone’s ties to Farage go back to the Republican National Convention, where the two men had dinner, and later maintained contact, with many claiming that Farage was Stone’s claimed back channel to Assange. However, there remains little substantive evidence that this constitutes any sort of coordination between Russia, WikiLeaks and the Trump camp. Keep Reading

News/World

Qatar’s Leader Suggests Coup Against Trump, Throws Arab NATO Proposal Into Doubt

Qatari Emir Hamad Al-Thani has thrown the Trump administration’s Arab NATO proposal into disarray by apparently suggesting a coup against President Trump and sparking up a feud with other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Al-Thani stated that while Qatar’s relationship with the United States remains fairly good, there are “tensions“, and he believes “the situation will change because of the judicial investigations into the President’s abuses.” The Emir’s surprising remarks strongly  suggest that Qatar believes Trump’s grip on power is tenuous and that there is a strong possibility he may be impeached or forced to resign. His description of Trump’s past actions as “abuses” also indicates that Qatar would look favorably on this outcome. However, it could also mean that Qatar believes Trump will be somehow pressured into changing his stances on various issues as a result of these investigations. The Emir went on to tout his good relationship with Iran,”because it is unwise to escalate the situation with Iran”, and also praised the work of militant groups Hezbollah and… Keep Reading

Culture

It’s Still #FreeSpeech

“I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.” – Oscar Wilde Kathy Griffin – a relatively unfunny comedienne who just stooped to Amy Schumer-levels – is an American citizen, a human being, and a woman of deep-seeded opinion. Therefore, she is reserved every right to discredit herself as she deems fit. Of course, I am speaking in regards to the shock campaign and quest for sympathy laughs that she is now vying for after appearing in a photograph depicting her holding the bloodied, beheaded melon of President Donald Trump. In fact, her “photo” is the latest example of the ambivalence the Left has produced in an effort to resist Trumpism. Naturally, there was a very, very aggressive outcry against the photo upon its release with both figures from all sides of the political spectrum voicing their intentions of condemnation. Well, I will take a different perspective and stand by it because of how important messages like this are. Keep Reading

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#AntifaUnmasked: ‘Professor’ Eric Clanton Pleads Not Guilty To Assault Charges

Eric Clanton, a former adjunct philosophy professor at Diablo Valley College-a Bay Area Community College- pleaded not guilty to felony assault charges on Friday at an Alameda County Court. Clanton is accused of assaulting Trump supporters with a bike U-lock at an April Free Speech rally at University of California-Berkeley. Clanton has been identified as an individual striking a pro-Trump demonstrator on the head with the bike lock, drawing blood (the assault can be seen at 0:16 in the linked video). In addition to the assault charges, Clanton faces the misdemeanor charge of wearing a mask during the commissioning of a crime. The college confirmed in a Facebook Statement that Clanton was in fact an employee of the institution. The masked Clanton was identified publicly through the results of a ‘crowdfunded’ investigation into the incident; stemming from a viral and widely viewed clip of the brutal assault occurring at the April pro-Trump demonstration. It came as a ironic surprise to the internet sleuths responsible for identifying Clanton that the perp was… Keep Reading

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Anti-Establishment Right Makes Comeback Within Trump Administration

The ‘campaign Donald Trump’ is set to return in the coming weeks and months, with extensive reports of major staffing reshuffles in Trump world favoring operatives associated with the grassroots right that spearheaded the historic victory last year. This follows an evident shift to the right on policy emanating from the Trump administration, including Trump hammering NATO leaders on their failure to adhere to the terms of the alliance, siding with the Freedom Caucus against Paul Ryan on the border tax, and unveiling an impressive, conservative budget plan. A report by Axios suggests White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon will be heading a new “war room” to take on the liberal media and their deep state sources, who are seeking to undermine the Trump presidency with questionable allegations of collusion with Russia. Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, is regarded by nationalists as their strongest advocate within the administration. Although he was said to have been sidelined back in April, it appears the continued onslaught of negative media coverage has led Trump to re-embrace… Keep Reading

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The Liberty Conservative Endorses Ralph Norman In SC-5 Special Election

The Liberty Conservative has announced that it is endorsing State Representative Ralph Norman in Tuesday’s primary runoff for the South Carolina 5th district special election. This special election was created by the appointment of Mick Mulvaney, a friend of The Liberty Conservative, as U.S. Budget Director. As a result, we are determined to see that the person who succeeds Mulvaney in Congress shares his profound commitment to individual liberty, limited government and fiscal responsibility. Keep Reading

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Thanks, POTUS, For Breaking-Up The Annual Correspondents’ Circle Jerk

As a newly elected president, Donald Trump was quick to take one of Washington’s institutional pillars down a peg. By snubbing the 2017 annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner (WHCD), the president deflated what should have been more appropriately called the Sycophants’ Supper. Would that it was the last such supper. For now, the POTUS’s slap to this gathering of sycophants this past weekend will have to do. Like nothing else, the annual Correspondents’ Dinner is a mark of a corrupt politics. It’s a sickening specter, where some of the most pretentious, worthless people in the country—in politics, journalism and entertainment—convene to revel in their ability to petition and curry favor with one another, usually to the detriment of the rest of us in Rome’s provinces. Keep Reading

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Presidents Trump & Putin Discuss Syria: Seeking Common Ground, Cooperation

President Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin via phone today about potential solutions to the ongoing Syrian Civil War. The world leaders agreed that the time has come for the destructive and brutal conflict to come to a peaceful conclusion. In the official White House readout of the phone call, the conversation was described as a “very good one, and included the discussion of safe, or de-escalation, zones to achieve lasting peace for humanitarian and many other reasons.” Ongoing cooperation between Russia and the United States with regards to the conflict would represent a break from traditional U.S foreign policy. As a candidate Trump shocked the Republican Party’s foreign policy establishment by resolving to work with Putin on the situation, even referring to anti-Russia hawks as “stupid people.” President Trump resolved to send an official U.S Representative to peace talks between the Syrian government and rebels in Kazakhstan occurring May 3-4. Keep Reading

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Trump: “Bannon’s More Of a Libertarian Than Anything Else”

Despite recent reports that White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon had been sidelined within the administration, it appears he may be winning back the President’s favor. In an interview with Bloomberg, Trump defended Bannon, describing him as a “very decent guy who feels very strongly about the country” and had received a “bad rap” from the media. Trump also disputed the media’s portrayal of Bannon as an ‘alt-right’ figure, stating that he sees Bannon as “alt-left”, on the basis that “Bannon’s more of a libertarian than anything else.” Keep Reading

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House Freedom Caucus Members Introduce El Chapo Act

On Thursday, several House Freedom Caucus members introduced the El Chapo Act, the House companion bill to Sen. Ted Cruz’s proposal to fund Trump’s border wall without the use of taxpayer dollars. The El Chapo Act was introduced by Rep. Mo Brooks and cosponsored by Congressmen Tom Garrett, Steve King, and Louie Gohmert – all members of the House Freedom Caucus. Rep. Kevin Brady, who is not a member of the House Freedom Caucus, also cosponsored the bill. The introduction of the El Chapo Act in the House comes in the midst of debate in Congress about whether to fund the construction of Trump’s border wall and how it could be done. Last week, Congressional leadership stripped the budget of funding for the border wall. Keep Reading

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Rep. Thomas Massie: Trump Has ‘Exceeded Expectations’

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) suggested to the Washington Examiner on Friday that he is pleased with Trump’s progress so far, echoing his previous remarks in an interview with Breitbart. Referring to his colleagues in the House of Representatives, he said, “I think [Trump] has probably exceeded their expectations, frankly.” Massie then repeated his prior praise of Trump’s action on the TPP, and accused his colleagues of not giving Trump enough credit for the move. “You don’t hear that mentioned much because probably a lot of Republicans weren’t with him on that, and none of the Democrats want to give him credit for it.” Keep Reading

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Coup At Heritage Foundation: Freedom Caucus-aligned DeMint To Be Ousted By Establishment

Former Senator Jim DeMint is set to be imminently ousted from his position as President of the Heritage Foundation according to a new report by Politico. Heritage board members aligned with the Republican establishment are set to announce they will not renew DeMint’s contract, which ends later this year, within the coming days. During the Bush administration, the Heritage Foundation was broadly supportive of the Republican establishment, providing strong support for Bush’s foreign and domestic policies. DeMint resigned his Senate seat in 2013 in order to take his current position at the Heritage Foundation, and has since radically shifted the organization to the right. Keep Reading

Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology Pandora's Box
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US Will Give Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology In Deal Pushed By Top Trump Advisors

Several Trump administration officials are pushing a diplomatic deal that would give Saudi Arabia nuclear technology for civilian purposes, according to Mike Cernovich, the independent journalist who broke the stories about Susan Rice spying on Trump officials and H.R. McMaster wanting a massive ground war in Syria. National Security Advisors H.R. McMaster and Dina Powell, along with Chief Economic Advisor Gary Cohn, are all pressuring President Donald Trump to accept the deal in preparation for a ground war in Syria, according to some sources close to Cernovich. Trump, however, is reluctant to go through with the deal. Keep Reading

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Marco Rubio Accuses Pro-Trump Egyptian President Of ‘Abuse’ Of His People

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) had some sharp words for Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, sending a message to President Sisi saying: “if you continue to abuse your population, there will be government instability and that breeds radicals.” This echoes a frequent claim made by Senator Rubio in relation to Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria: that the existence of Syrian jihadists is directly linked to the regime’s dictatorial nature. Although the U.S. defense establishment has been split on the issue of Sisi’s regime, Rubio has emerged as a strong critic, previously panning it for human rights abuses. His position presents a clear contradiction with that of President Donald Trump, who has sought to improve ties with Egypt, stating that “we are very much behind Egypt” and that Sisi had done a “fantastic job” after their meeting at the White House earlier this month. Before Trump was elected, Sisi told CNN that he had “no doubt” Trump would make a strong leader. Keep Reading

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Cruz Defends Freedom Caucus, Attacks Liberal Elements In White House

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has condemned progressive figures within the White House who have been agitating against the fiscally conservative Freedom Caucus. In a Tuesday panel covered by the Texas Tribune, Cruz defended the Freedom Caucus, stating, “I will say those voices in the White House that are trying to get the White House to unload on conservatives, to unload on the Freedom Caucus, are doing the bidding of the left, of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, and profoundly damaging our prospects of success.” When a reporter asked him to elaborate on who specifically he was referring to, Cruz said, “whoever is encouraging the White House to go after conservative members who are working hard to save this legislation and make sure it actually lowers health insurance premiums.” Keep Reading

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Paul, Massie Concerned About Growing Kushner Influence In White House

Australian libertarian politician David Leyonhjelm recently met with U.S. Senator Rand Paul and U.S. Representative Thomas Massie, two leading libertarian Republicans in Congress, during a trip to Washington. According to the The Australian, “the libertarian Republicans [Leyonhjelm] met believed Mr Trump was doing a good job so far, but still had a lot to prove.” Keep Reading

Politics/World

Trump, The MOAB, & a Red Line Against ISIS

In 2012, President Obama laid down his now-infamous “red line” speech against Bashar al-Assad, warning that the use of chemical weapons by Syria would result in “enormous consequences” from the United States – consequences that America proved both utterly unwilling and unable to follow through on when Assad inevitably used chemical weapons against rebel forces near Damascus in 2013, killing many hundreds of civilians, including over a hundred children. But when Assad decided to wantonly use chemical weapons again in 2017 there was a new President in the White House, and, 59 Tomahawk cruise missile strikes against Al Shayrat airbase later, the message was sent (“Don’t gas babies…”) and a former president’s red line was finally enforced by his successor (albeit about four years after the fact). But it now seems that President Trump has laid down his own “red line” – this one against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). But unlike his predecessor, he seems willing to swiftly respond to provocation, as indicated by the… Keep Reading

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Freedom Caucus’ Scott Garrett To Head Up Export-Import Bank

President Trump announced on Friday that he will nominate former Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) as President and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank. The Ex-Im Bank subsidizes the financing of U.S. exports, and has been criticized by free market organizations for benefiting special interests such as Boeing and General Electric. During his time in Congress, Garrett was well respected as a fiscal conservative, boasting a 95% lifetime score from the Club for Growth, despite serving in a fairly moderate district in the New York City metropolitan area. He was a member of the Freedom Caucus and the Liberty Caucus, as well as a long-time associate of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX). Garrett ultimately lost his seat during the 2016 election, but was later said to have been considered for a position within the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Keep Reading

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Libertarian Budget Director Mick Mulvaney Rising Star In Trump Administration

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is “on the rise” within the White House, according to a report by Politico on Tuesday. “When thinking about up and comers in the administration, think less about Gary Cohn, a New York City Democrat, and more about Mulvaney.” Recent reports that Gary Cohn, the former President of Goldman Sachs, was gaining clout in the White House, concerned many conservatives. Cohn, who is close to Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, has had a tenuous relationship with former Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon, who is rumored to have been sidelined in recent weeks. Cohn is widely regarded as a centrist establishment figure, while Bannon is seen as more in line with Trump’s grassroots base. If Bannon’s stature continues to fade, Mulvaney could provide an important anti-establishment counterweight to Cohn within Trump’s inner circle, especially given Cohn is now reportedly pushing policies such as a carbon tax and revenue neutral tax reform that are in direct contradiction to the will of the Republican electorate, and the administration is already said to have scrapped the Trump campaign tax plan. Keep Reading

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Compassion Is Not a Cause For War

President Trump ordered airstrikes against Syrian airfields after claiming that Assad′s military was responsible for sarin gas attacks against civilian targets. Even if Assad gave the order, compassion for Syrian civilians is a poor reason to bomb Syria. The only time the US should use military force is to protect the US or to protect an ally. Often in spite of the President′s best intentions and the military′s best efforts, bad things happen with our missiles. Targets are often chosen based on faulty intel and missiles stray off course because of faulty guidance systems. Even though the Russians were told in advance of the missile strikes, and even though the Russians probably warned Assad′s men of the attack, at least seven people died as a result of the strikes. Future attacks will likely yield even more fatalities. Keep Reading

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Trump Voters: Stop Syria Strikes, Put America First

Following President Trump’s airstrike in Syria, where over 50 cruise missiles were launched at a Syrian airbase in response to a chemical attack, something remarkable happened: Trump’s “America First” base revolted. First, #SyriaHoax started trending on Twitter, which called into question whether Assad’s government in Syria was responsible for the gas attack – many believed that it was a false flag attack by either Turkey, Saudi Arabia, or CIA-backed rebels meant to draw the U.S. into war, similar to the false-flag chemical attack in 2013. As Ron Paul said, “does anyone believe that on the eve of peace talks, just after the White House said the Syrian people should choose their own leaders, that Assad would launch a gas attack to turn the whole world against him?” Keep Reading

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Steve Bannon Reportedly Opposed Syrian Airstrike

The tension and conflict within the White House has been well-documented since President Donald Trump took office a few months ago. Various groups and spheres of influence have sought to gain the attention of the President, with power struggles resulting in an internal mess for the Trump administration. It largely comes down to two groups: the more politically mainstream types like Jared Kushner and the America First nationalists such as Steve Bannon. These conflicts have been magnified by Thursday’s missile strike in Syria, where President Trump ordered an air base be targeted for attack. While the America First grassroots have largely stood against the airstrike for various reasons, the Trump administration has seemingly remained unified behind the decision. Except for Steve Bannon. Keep Reading

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Trump Administration Signals Intention To Put America First In The Middle East

The Trump administration made clear on Friday that it intends to shift away from the previous two administrations’ stances on human rights in the Middle East, in order to prioritize the U.S. national interest by focusing on counterterrorism efforts in the region. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated that the United States understands the “political reality” of the situation in Syria. This corroborates earlier statements on Thursday by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the “longer term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people” and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley that “our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out.” Keep Reading

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Freedom Caucus’s Raul Labrador Blasts Never Trumper Rep. Adam Kinzinger

Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho, a founding member of the Freedom Caucus and a vocal critic of the failed American Health Care Act (AHCA), hit out at Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger on Friday after the latter released an scathing op-ed in the New York Times titled “How the Freedom Caucus Is Undermining the G.O.P.” In the op-ed, Kinzinger praised President Trump’s “good faith,” and accused the Freedom Caucus of “[refusing] to let the will of the people advance on the House floor” and “undermining the Republican agenda, and our party as a whole.” Keep Reading

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Trump: “We Must Fight” The Freedom Caucus In 2018

President Donald Trump today appeared to declare war on the members of the Freedom Caucus, stating on Twitter that “the Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2o18.” While it is still unclear what the President meant by his remarks, the fact that he chose to group the Freedom Caucus in with the Democrats suggests that he intends to support primary challenges to Freedom Caucus members in the upcoming 2018 mid-term elections. Keep Reading

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Trump Takes To Twitter To Lambast Freedom Caucus, Club For Growth And Heritage On Obamacare Repeal

President Donald Trump today hammered the Freedom Caucus and two allied Tea Party organizations, the Club for Growth and Heritage Action, for their strident opposition to Speaker Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act (ACHA), which was aimed at repealing and replacing Obamacare. On Twitter, Trump stated that “Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood and OCare!” Keep Reading

Economics/Politics

The Rise Of Modern Environmental Federalism

Too often, the realm of environmental policy has gone down unforgiving roads. In terms of regulating industry being one of those many roads, the devil in the details become exposed. At this point, a Pandora’s box of nonsensical regulation envelopes the free marketplace with unrealistic standards that limit and restrict growth for an economy. Upon the transition of power, visa vi the transition of an Obama White House to a Trump White House, the American Environmental Protection Agency had nearly unchecked power. Now, as we see the rise of individuals like Scott Pruitt and Ryan Zinke to lead the nation’s environmental agencies, a shimmer of hope, through the guise of a resurging call for environmental federalism is on the horizon. Pruitt, the former Attorney General for the state of Oklahoma, in particular, is a man that has built his career on fighting against unconstitutional federal overreach. He knows first hand the horrors of the central government asserting its misguided and misinformed agendas on the state government, directly costing taxpayers… Keep Reading

News/Politics

Trump Nails Speech To Congress

President Donald Trump had a strong performance Tuesday night during his speech to a joint session of congress. He began by going over many of his campaign talking points about taking care of veterans, rebuilding infrastructure, and bringing back jobs to U.S. shores. He laid out a strategy for immigration, saying: “We will soon begin the construction of a great wall along our southern border. It will be started ahead of schedule and, when finished, it will be a very effective weapon against drugs and crime.” This is great. Building a border wall could be one of Trump’s most important and lasting achievements. As one of Trump’s keynote proposals, a wall will protect Americans and finally ensure that our border is secure. He continued on the topic of terrorism, saying: “It is not compassionate, but reckless, to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur. Those given the high honor of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and its values.”… Keep Reading

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Politics

The Deep State Attempts a Coup

Hitler’s 1923 coup attempt, best known as the Beer Hall Putsch, was only a nominal failure. The immediate result was his arrest, trial, and conviction, though his sentence was barely carried out. The long-term effect was to inspire in him the belief that power is best achieved through engagement with the ruling regime and existing democratic apparatus. Ten years later, his goal was accomplished by way of his legitimate but coercive ascendancy to the Chancellorship and the implementation of the Enabling Act. World War II put an end to his ambitions but Hitler’s prowess in actualizing his aspirations within the machinations of the state remains a blueprint for tyranny to this day. Things have changed since then of course, but often only aesthetically and in the arrangement of events; the deep state actors of America’s shadow government have perfected the Fuhrer’s sinister model without the pomp and circumstance and rituals of democratic processes. The faceless spooks of the intelligence community, the unelected career bureaucrats of various departments, and the… Keep Reading

News

Fearing Possible Walkout, Sen. Rand Paul No-Shows Students For Liberty Conference

In an abrupt and unexpected maneuver, Sen. Rand Paul no-showed at the 2017 International Students for Liberty Conference (ISFLC) in Washington D.C. tonight. The reason given by event organizers was that he was busy with an important Senate vote, but records suggest that no such vote was taking place. Wolf von Laer, President of Students for Liberty, claimed that Sen. Rand Paul couldn’t make the conference due to pressing Senate business. However, the United States Senate Floor’s Twitter account reported that the body had adjourned at 1:54 pm in the afternoon, leaving attendees to speculate about the real reason why Rand didn’t show up. Recent controversial decisions from Senator Paul to support border enforcement measures and confirm Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General had spurred ire from left-libertarians. It was heavily rumored that a large walk-out of attendees would have happened when Rand went on stage to protest these actions. Keep Reading

Law/Politics

If You Don’t Like President Trump’s Power, Why Did You Give It To Him?

As the Democratic establishment and liberal activists across the country march in the streets and flood airports in protest of President Donald Trump’s immigration and national security policies, many fail to realize their complacency in what has taken place over the course of the last eight years. While in office, President Obama drastically expanded his executive authority in a variety of ways, finalizing over 560 major regulations, or regulations with significant economic or social impacts. He worked to restructure our national healthcare and banking industries, for better or for worse. He continued the tradition of warring with other countries without congressional authorization. He became the most prolific user of drones in American history, killing hundreds of civilians in the process. And through all of this, Democrats enabled him and allowed it to happen. Keep Reading

Culture

Transforming Truth Into Political Fiction

“There’s been a lot of talk in the media of the responsibility to hold Donald Trump accountable, and I’m here to tell you that it goes two ways. We’re going to hold the press accountable as well.” – Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary Spicer’s comments came a day after President Donald Trump’s historic inauguration while addressing the media regarding stories which were, according to Spicer, either misleading or completely false of the newly elected Trump Administration. The Trump Administration has been successful in debunking reports, and the President has never been shy to call out media outlets for inaccurate reporting. For example, during his first press conference on January 11, the then President-elect refused to take questions from CNN White House Correspondent, Jim Acosta, stating, “Not you. Your organization is terrible. I’m not going to give you a question,” accusing CNN of reporting “fake news”. Keep Reading

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Economics

Awkward: Trump’s Wall Is A Progressive Policy

‘This Congress is going to be the busiest Congress in decades — maybe ever.’’ With these words, President Donald Trump urged fellow Republicans in Congress to help him halt illegal immigration by supporting his plan to build a United States-Mexico border wall. But a wall that isn’t erected by the private land owners bordering Mexican land owners isn’t a wall. It’s government spending. And if government is spending, someone else is footing the bill. That someone is you and me. Keep Reading

Politics

Women’s Rights March Is Masquerade For Presidential Insults

Less than 24 hours following President Donald Trump’s historic inauguration, hundreds of thousands of activists assembled around the country and different parts of the world in support of Women’s Rights. Many demonstrators marched proudly, displaying their knitted pink stocking caps complete with cute kitten ears cleverly referred to as ‘Pussy Hats’. The caps became a symbol of outrage toward sexually explicit comments made by President Trump over a decade ago. In addition to the caps, other feminist marchers dressed up in vagina costumes to send a message to the President: “this pussy is not for grabbin’!” Demonstrators arrived with picket signs pertaining to specific issues as others focused more on their hatred toward the Trump Administration with signs that declared“Not my president!”, “Love Trumps Hate!”, and “F-Trump!”. The initial platform was to draw awareness to women’s issues, yet many protesters who took part in the march came with different agendas geared toward other social causes which were neither gender-specific or fell under the women’s rights crusade. With so many causes… Keep Reading

News/Politics

CNN Lied About Using BuzzFeed’s Fake News Report Regarding Trump’s Russian Ties

The final weeks of the President Barack Obama’s administration have been marked by a tumultuous transition as the world inches closer to experiencing a Trump administration. Fears over Russian interference within the United States during the presidential election have evolved into full blown hysteria, involving a plot by Russian intelligence to use President-elect Trump as a puppet. Enter BuzzFeed. Keep Reading

Culture/Philosophy/Politics

Betsy DeVos: Opening The Hearts And Minds Of America

President-Elect Donald Trump’s new Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, is the best pick in the history of the Department of Education since its inception, in this veteran teacher’s opinion. With her school choice prescription, she is just the medicine that a failing educational system needs to restore it to health. Her long time support of the Charter school movement is one key reform element, but the one that will be transformational will be vouchers or tax credits for any private school a parent decides to send their child to. The public school monopoly, headed by the National Education Association, is the greatest impediment to competition and reform and will fight tooth and nail to protect their turf and the view that children ultimately belong to the state rather than the parent. America is one of the few western nations that does not give aid to private k-12 religious schools, only to religious colleges. Betsy DeVos can change that oversight with the 20 billion dollar block grant that Trump has proposed to… Keep Reading

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