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Rep. John Duncan’s Final Comment on the House Floor: ‘Seek Peace and Pursue It’

Come the swearing in of members of the new United States Congress on January 3, Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), who is one of the longest-serving Republican members of the House of Representatives and among the House’s strongest peace advocates, will be beginning his retirement from political office. Duncan spoke on the House floor in a short December 21 speech focused on the importance of ending US military intervention abroad. Quoting the Bible, Duncan concludes his final House floor speech with this advice: “seek peace and pursue it.”
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To Help Legalize Marijuana, US Congressional Leadership Can Get Out of the Way

Momentum is strongly behind the United States government ending its war on marijuana. From states legalizing medical and recreational marijuana to the increasing majority support among Americans for full marijuana legalization, countrywide legalization is more and more seeming inevitable. Indeed, I would not be surprised to see the US government legalize marijuana within the next four years. But why not this year or even this week? What is delaying congressional action to legalize? A major barrier appears to be resistance by congressional leadership.
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Rep. Thomas Massie Talks Marijuana

In a fascinating new interview with Kyle Jaeger at Marijuana Moment, United States House of Representatives Member and war on marijuana critic Thomas Massie (R-KY) talks about marijuana.
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Rep. Thomas Massie Condemns ‘Illegal and Unconstitutional Action’ to Prevent Vote on Yemen War

Speaking Wednesday on the US House of Representatives floor, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) explained how the House leadership, through the House Rules Committee, on Tuesday night violated both the US Constitution and the War Powers Act in taking action to prevent a debate and vote on whether the US military should continue to be involved in the ongoing war on Yemen. This “illegal and unconstitutional action,” Massie describes, includes in the farm bill rule to be considered in the House a provision dictating that House members cannot, pursuant to the War Powers Act, bring to the House floor proposals to terminate US military actions overseas as Massie and colleagues have attempted to do in regards to US involvement in the Yemen War.
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US Destabilizes Iraq for Decades, US House of Representatives Has New Plan for Stabilization

The United States attacked Iraq in the Gulf War in 1990, followed by years of US bombing of Iraq. Then, in 2003, the US invaded and conquered Iraq in the Iraq War. Since then, many US troops have been stationed in Iraq, along with a huge contingent of US government employees and contractors from a variety of agencies, seeking to mold the country to US wishes. Still, 28 years since all this began (and longer since the previous US assistance for the Iraq government it later overthrew), the US House of Representatives approved on Tuesday a bill titled the Preventing Destabilization of Iraq Act (HR 4591).
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Sen. Lindsey Graham May Play Important Part in Rolling Back Marijuana Prohibition

Many articles at the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity (RPI) website — often in the “Neocon Watch” section — have subjected Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to criticism for his support for uber-interventionist foreign policy. This is not surprising given that, as RPI Executive Director Daniel McAdams wrote in one of those articles in April of 2016, Graham is “a steadfast member of Washington's neocon warhawk faction.”
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The Return of Marijuana Amendments

In January, when Democrats assume the majority at the United States House of Representatives, we should witness the return of something that has been absent from the legislative body for years — House floor debates and votes on amendments to roll back the US government’s war on marijuana.
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Urgent: Republican Dirty Dealing on Yemen Vote Today

The Republican House Leadership is playing dirty. Rather than allow a "privileged resolution" come to the floor on President Trump's continued military involvement in Yemen, the Rules Committee is expected to vote today that “the War Powers Act does not apply to H.Con.Res. 138."

Under the 1973 War Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1541–1548), Members of Congress can force a Floor vote on any presidential move putting US troops into battle situations without Congressional approval after a period of 90 days.
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Congress Members Urge Trump to Meddle in Hungary's Elections

There's no hypocrisy like Capitol Hill hypocrisy. Congressional Democrats have been beating the dead horse of "Russian meddling" for nearly two years, obsessed with claims that "Russia hacked our democracy" and that a few Facebook posts from "Russia-linked" accounts are actually a massive Putin-led effort to make Americans lose faith in their democracy.
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Congress Members Demand Trump Seek Approval Before Military Action In Syria

A group of over 40 Congress members have sent President Trump a bipartisan letter reminding him that the US Constitution requires that the president seek Congressional approval before taking military action in Syria or elsewhere. Congressman Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced via Twitter on Monday that the letter had been sent to the White House.

Ironically Rep. Amash made the announcement just as Monday's evening's massive Israeli strike on Syria was underway, which resulted in a downed Russian surveillance plane carrying 14 troops amidst the confusion of missiles flying over the Mediterranean as it was hit by Syrian defense attempting to stave off the attack by Israel.
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