Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity All Blogs 2019 http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/rss.aspx?blogid=5 Sat, 20 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Sat, 20 Apr 2019 04:00:50 GMT Why Bernie Sanders Can Defeat Donald Trump in 2020 Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/april/19/why-bernie-sanders-can-defeat-donald-trump-in-2020/

With his veto this week of legislation intended to end United States military support for the war on Yemen, President Donald Trump may have ensured his defeat to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the 2020 presidential election. That is an argument political commentator Patrick J. Buchanan persuasively presents in a new editorial.

With that veto, writes Buchanan, “Trump may have just ceded the peace issue in 2020 to the Democrats.” Buchanan continues:
If Sanders emerges as the nominee, we will have an election with a Democrat running on the “no-more-wars” theme Trump touted in 2016. And Trump will be left defending the bombing of Yemeni rebels and civilians by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.
In recent presidential elections, candidates seen as more ant-war have won, notes Buchanan, including Trump over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. That situation may be reversed in 2020. Buchanan concludes his editorial with this prediction: “By the primaries of 2020, foreign policy will be front and center, and the Democratic Party will have captured the ‘no-more-wars’ political high ground that Candidate Donald Trump occupied in 2016.”

Read Buchanan’s editorial here.]]>
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‘Fort Trump’: Poland Ready for US Military Base RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/april/18/fort-trump-poland-ready-for-us-military-base/
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Debate: Omar & AOC Join Rand Paul & Republicans to Urge Syria Withdrawal RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/april/05/debate-omar-aoc-join-rand-paul-republicans-to-urge-syria-withdrawal/ bicameral letter sent by ten Members and Senators to President Trump urging a full US withdrawal from Syria? In this RT America debate, RPI's Daniel McAdams suggests it's a way for Congress to encourage the president that he does have some support in Washington for his declared intention to get US troops out of Syria. Trump may be only hearing neocon opinion opposed to such a withdrawal. Is it a foolish, sham move, or a pretty good strategy? Watch the debate:

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McAdams: 'Trump White House is a "Cult" under Bolton' RT http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/april/04/mcadams-trump-white-house-is-a-cult-under-bolton/
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Forty Martyrs Cathedral Reconsecrated in Aleppo Col. W. Patrick Lang http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/april/03/forty-martyrs-cathedral-reconsecrated-in-aleppo/
The Forty Martyrs Armenian Cathedral in Aleppo was re-consecrated on Saturday, four years after the jihadist rebels ransacked the building.

His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, visited the historic church after its reconstruction meant it could be opened again after Jabhat Al-Nusra razed parts of the compound back in April 2015. - Al-Masdar News

Let us remember that the Syrian Arab Republic's recovery of Aleppo City after ferocious and prolonged combat made possible the re-construction of this ancient Armenian cathedral.

The Syrian Arab Army's front against al-Nusra just west of Aleppo City protects this cathedral and all the good people of Aleppo while re-construction continues.

Let us remember that al-Nusra is the Syrian branch of al-Qaida. They destroyed as much of this cathedral as they could manage while they held that part of the city. The al-Nusra were John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman's good friends. The three senators often visited them as well as the other FSA unicorns who were under al-Nusra's control. According to these three fools anything was better than the Syrian government. Now, who would have given then that idea?

And then there is the matter of the Borgist and neocon insistence that the US and our SDF allies defeated IS in Syria all by our selves. The fierce fighting done by the Russians and the SAA/allies is simply ignored by the swampies in DC.

Well, pilgrims, Reuters says that Bolton torpedoed the Hanoi meeting by persuading Trump to stiffen his terms at the last minute. Bolton is also leading the US toward a major geopolitical defeat in a failed attempt to remove Maduro in Venezuela. How long is Trump going to put up with this fool and his sidekick "ole first in his class" at State?

Perhaps a change in faces might result in different policy.

Reprinted with permission from Sic Semper Tyrannis.]]>
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Jacob Hornberger for President? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/april/02/jacob-hornberger-for-president/

Jacob Hornberger appears to be laying the groundwork for a 2020 presidential run as a Libertarian. That is the subject of a Monday article at Independent Political Report that notes Hornberger, who is the president of the libertarian Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF), “is visiting many, if not all, the Libertarian Party state conventions” and has produced a new website jacobforliberty.com. That website looks like a campaign website, though it does not outright declare Hornberger is running for office.

Many people familiar with the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity (RPI) will also be familiar with Hornberger, whose articles have been featured at the RPI website and whose speeches have been highlights of RPI’s annual conference near Washington, DC and an April of 2018 joint FFF/RPI conference in Charleston, South Carolina.]]>
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Venezuela is ‘most open US coup’, pundit tells RT as WSJ talks ‘getting Russia out of Caracas’ RT http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/april/01/venezuela-is-most-open-us-coup-pundit-tells-rt-as-wsj-talks-getting-russia-out-of-caracas/

The US is fueling “the most open coup in history” in Venezuela, an American pundit told RT in response to a WSJ op-ed that beat the drum of interventionism by discussing how to get Russia out of Caracas and Maduro out of power.

A short but emotive editorial piece by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) said President Donald Trump should not let himself be “humiliated in our own hemisphere” by Vladimir Putin. The neocon paper was at their finest when they claimed Putin has built “a career of intervening abroad and seeing if the world lets him get away with it,” including in Georgia, Ukraine, and Syria.

This didn’t play well with some American pundits who offered a dissenting opinion. Georgia, where the US was encouraging the pro-Western government to start a war, and Ukraine, which saw the American-backed coup, were “Russian reaction to US action,” Daniel McAdams, Executive Director at Ron Paul Institute, told RT.

Moscow has reacted “when a US action has caused a Russian ally to come under some stress,” McAdams offered, adding, “the same is true in Syria.”
The US wants to overthrow Maduro, this is the most open coup in history, probably. -McAdams
And on his part, the beleaguered Venezuelan president has asked for outside support which is natural with any government ally.
Why can’t a sovereign Venezuela ask assistance from its ally, why is sovereignty a one-way street when it comes to Washington? -McAdams
Like many US mainstream media, the WSJ quoted Trump’s outburst in which he said that Russia must get out of Venezuela. In their view, the diatribe sounded “like an invocation of the Monroe Doctrine.” The doctrine allowed Washington to treat Latin America and the Caribbean as its “backyard,” invading an array of countries and supporting coups against unfriendly governments across the region.

Under the doctrine, the European powers should not seek new colonies in the Western hemisphere, but in exchange for that, “the United States pledged to not get involved in internal affairs of European countries,” McAdams explained.

“We’re certainly not upholding – if we want to talk the Monroe doctrine – we’re the ones violating it, and we’ve violated it ... in Ukraine and elsewhere where the US has been involved in coups in Europe,” he argued.
Washington survives on having an enemy. If there were no enemies, probably 80 percent of Washington would be out of work. -McAdams
Washington is currently trying to oust Maduro, the elected leader of Venezuela, replacing him with Juan Guaido, a person more to its liking. A host of high-ranked US officials inadvertently floated military action against the Venezuelan government, but to no avail so far.

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McAdams: Guaido Losing Popularity at Home, Despite US Support RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/march/28/mcadams-guaido-losing-popularity-at-home-despite-us-support/
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Nicaragua, Mass Killing, Electoral College, New Mexico Marijuana, Drug War Conference Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/march/25/five-minutes-five-issues-nicaragua-mass-killing-electoral-college-new-mexico-marijuana-drug-war-conference/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

The United States government has been striking Venezuela through actions including imposing sanctions and pushing for replacing the president of Venezuela.

US efforts to overthrow governments in Latin America extend beyond Venezuela. In the November 16 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about US National Security Advisor John Bolton calling Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua a “Troika of Tyranny” and saying that “[u[nder President Trump, the United States is taking direct action against all three regimes to defend the rule of law, liberty, and basic human decency in our region.”

In a Wednesday Twitter post, Bolton indicated the US will be ramping up efforts against the Nicaragua government, writing:
The US denounces the Nicaraguan regime’s repression of peaceful protestors, violence against independent media, and reluctance to concede to the demands of the Nicaraguan people. These actions will not go unanswered.
Issue two.

It pays to be skeptical of media reports.

Kurt Nimmo wrote this week at kurtnimmo.blog that, while “[f]ollowing the murder of fifty Muslims at a mosque in Christchurch New Zealand, the corporate media went into overdrive, describing the alleged shooter as a white supremacist Trump supporter,” the manifesto attributed to the shooter does not support that pat characterization.

Instead, explains Nimmo, that absurd so-called manifesto has “glaring incongruities” and presents a very different picture. Nimmo writes:
If we read a “manifesto” attributed to the accused shooter, Brenton Tarrant, we discover he followed the writing of Candace Owens, a “conservative” black woman, and predicts he will be set free like Nelson Mandela.

Tarrant—if he is indeed the author of this professed manifesto—also criticized the leadership of President Trump and described himself as an “eco-fascist,” a socialist, a libertarian, an anarchist, and at the same time a follower of the Norwegian psychopath Anders Breivik, a self-described white nationalist. 
Issue three.

At a Monday presidential campaign event in Mississippi, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) proclaimed her support for eliminating the constitutionally-mandated Electoral College.

Also this week, Joe Wolverton, II wrote at The New American that Colorado has become the twelfth state to enact legislation that could prevent the Electoral College from ensuring presidential elections are decided on a state-by-state basis.

The legislation joins Colorado with the eleven other states in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact that would be activated upon states controlling a majority of electoral votes, now 270, having joined the compact. The compact members are over half-way there, at 181 votes, writes Wolverton.

Once the compact is activated, each member state would award its Electoral College votes to the person determined to have won the national popular vote, irrespective of how people voted in the state.

Issue four.

In last week’s episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the New Mexico House of Representatives approving a marijuana legalization bill. That bill ended up not becoming law after the state Senate failed to act on it. Still, Paul Armentano wrote Monday at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) website that the New Mexico legislature did approve some significant cannabis law changes. These include marijuana decriminalization, an expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program, and a law to take advantage of national hemp farming legalization adopted last year via the US Farm Bill. Also, marijuana legalization could become reality next year in New Mexico. Armentano relates that Governor Lujan Grisham declared she will add legalization to the 2020 legislative agenda.

Issue five.

Paul Armentano of NORML and Jacob Sullum of Reason are two people I turn to for information and analysis regarding the drug war. On May 18, they will join Ron Paul in Houston, Texas to speak at a Ron Paul Institute conference titled “Winning the War on the War on Drugs.”

You can find more information about the conference and purchase conference tickets at ronpaulinstitute.org/conference.

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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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Hoax of All Hoaxes: RPI's Daniel McAdams on the Death of Russiagate RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/march/25/hoax-of-all-hoaxes-rpis-daniel-mcadams-on-the-death-of-russiagate/
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Why Bernie Sanders Can Defeat Donald Trump in 2020 Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/april/19/why-bernie-sanders-can-defeat-donald-trump-in-2020/

With his veto this week of legislation intended to end United States military support for the war on Yemen, President Donald Trump may have ensured his defeat to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the 2020 presidential election. That is an argument political commentator Patrick J. Buchanan persuasively presents in a new editorial.

With that veto, writes Buchanan, “Trump may have just ceded the peace issue in 2020 to the Democrats.” Buchanan continues:
If Sanders emerges as the nominee, we will have an election with a Democrat running on the “no-more-wars” theme Trump touted in 2016. And Trump will be left defending the bombing of Yemeni rebels and civilians by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.
In recent presidential elections, candidates seen as more ant-war have won, notes Buchanan, including Trump over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. That situation may be reversed in 2020. Buchanan concludes his editorial with this prediction: “By the primaries of 2020, foreign policy will be front and center, and the Democratic Party will have captured the ‘no-more-wars’ political high ground that Candidate Donald Trump occupied in 2016.”

Read Buchanan’s editorial here.]]>
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‘Fort Trump’: Poland Ready for US Military Base RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/april/18/fort-trump-poland-ready-for-us-military-base/
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Debate: Omar & AOC Join Rand Paul & Republicans to Urge Syria Withdrawal RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/april/05/debate-omar-aoc-join-rand-paul-republicans-to-urge-syria-withdrawal/ bicameral letter sent by ten Members and Senators to President Trump urging a full US withdrawal from Syria? In this RT America debate, RPI's Daniel McAdams suggests it's a way for Congress to encourage the president that he does have some support in Washington for his declared intention to get US troops out of Syria. Trump may be only hearing neocon opinion opposed to such a withdrawal. Is it a foolish, sham move, or a pretty good strategy? Watch the debate:

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McAdams: 'Trump White House is a "Cult" under Bolton' RT http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/april/04/mcadams-trump-white-house-is-a-cult-under-bolton/
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Forty Martyrs Cathedral Reconsecrated in Aleppo Col. W. Patrick Lang http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/april/03/forty-martyrs-cathedral-reconsecrated-in-aleppo/
The Forty Martyrs Armenian Cathedral in Aleppo was re-consecrated on Saturday, four years after the jihadist rebels ransacked the building.

His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, visited the historic church after its reconstruction meant it could be opened again after Jabhat Al-Nusra razed parts of the compound back in April 2015. - Al-Masdar News

Let us remember that the Syrian Arab Republic's recovery of Aleppo City after ferocious and prolonged combat made possible the re-construction of this ancient Armenian cathedral.

The Syrian Arab Army's front against al-Nusra just west of Aleppo City protects this cathedral and all the good people of Aleppo while re-construction continues.

Let us remember that al-Nusra is the Syrian branch of al-Qaida. They destroyed as much of this cathedral as they could manage while they held that part of the city. The al-Nusra were John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman's good friends. The three senators often visited them as well as the other FSA unicorns who were under al-Nusra's control. According to these three fools anything was better than the Syrian government. Now, who would have given then that idea?

And then there is the matter of the Borgist and neocon insistence that the US and our SDF allies defeated IS in Syria all by our selves. The fierce fighting done by the Russians and the SAA/allies is simply ignored by the swampies in DC.

Well, pilgrims, Reuters says that Bolton torpedoed the Hanoi meeting by persuading Trump to stiffen his terms at the last minute. Bolton is also leading the US toward a major geopolitical defeat in a failed attempt to remove Maduro in Venezuela. How long is Trump going to put up with this fool and his sidekick "ole first in his class" at State?

Perhaps a change in faces might result in different policy.

Reprinted with permission from Sic Semper Tyrannis.]]>
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Jacob Hornberger for President? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/april/02/jacob-hornberger-for-president/

Jacob Hornberger appears to be laying the groundwork for a 2020 presidential run as a Libertarian. That is the subject of a Monday article at Independent Political Report that notes Hornberger, who is the president of the libertarian Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF), “is visiting many, if not all, the Libertarian Party state conventions” and has produced a new website jacobforliberty.com. That website looks like a campaign website, though it does not outright declare Hornberger is running for office.

Many people familiar with the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity (RPI) will also be familiar with Hornberger, whose articles have been featured at the RPI website and whose speeches have been highlights of RPI’s annual conference near Washington, DC and an April of 2018 joint FFF/RPI conference in Charleston, South Carolina.]]>
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Venezuela is ‘most open US coup’, pundit tells RT as WSJ talks ‘getting Russia out of Caracas’ RT http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/april/01/venezuela-is-most-open-us-coup-pundit-tells-rt-as-wsj-talks-getting-russia-out-of-caracas/

The US is fueling “the most open coup in history” in Venezuela, an American pundit told RT in response to a WSJ op-ed that beat the drum of interventionism by discussing how to get Russia out of Caracas and Maduro out of power.

A short but emotive editorial piece by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) said President Donald Trump should not let himself be “humiliated in our own hemisphere” by Vladimir Putin. The neocon paper was at their finest when they claimed Putin has built “a career of intervening abroad and seeing if the world lets him get away with it,” including in Georgia, Ukraine, and Syria.

This didn’t play well with some American pundits who offered a dissenting opinion. Georgia, where the US was encouraging the pro-Western government to start a war, and Ukraine, which saw the American-backed coup, were “Russian reaction to US action,” Daniel McAdams, Executive Director at Ron Paul Institute, told RT.

Moscow has reacted “when a US action has caused a Russian ally to come under some stress,” McAdams offered, adding, “the same is true in Syria.”
The US wants to overthrow Maduro, this is the most open coup in history, probably. -McAdams
And on his part, the beleaguered Venezuelan president has asked for outside support which is natural with any government ally.
Why can’t a sovereign Venezuela ask assistance from its ally, why is sovereignty a one-way street when it comes to Washington? -McAdams
Like many US mainstream media, the WSJ quoted Trump’s outburst in which he said that Russia must get out of Venezuela. In their view, the diatribe sounded “like an invocation of the Monroe Doctrine.” The doctrine allowed Washington to treat Latin America and the Caribbean as its “backyard,” invading an array of countries and supporting coups against unfriendly governments across the region.

Under the doctrine, the European powers should not seek new colonies in the Western hemisphere, but in exchange for that, “the United States pledged to not get involved in internal affairs of European countries,” McAdams explained.

“We’re certainly not upholding – if we want to talk the Monroe doctrine – we’re the ones violating it, and we’ve violated it ... in Ukraine and elsewhere where the US has been involved in coups in Europe,” he argued.
Washington survives on having an enemy. If there were no enemies, probably 80 percent of Washington would be out of work. -McAdams
Washington is currently trying to oust Maduro, the elected leader of Venezuela, replacing him with Juan Guaido, a person more to its liking. A host of high-ranked US officials inadvertently floated military action against the Venezuelan government, but to no avail so far.

Reprinted with permission from RT.]]>
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McAdams: Guaido Losing Popularity at Home, Despite US Support RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/march/28/mcadams-guaido-losing-popularity-at-home-despite-us-support/
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Nicaragua, Mass Killing, Electoral College, New Mexico Marijuana, Drug War Conference Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/march/25/five-minutes-five-issues-nicaragua-mass-killing-electoral-college-new-mexico-marijuana-drug-war-conference/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

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Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

The United States government has been striking Venezuela through actions including imposing sanctions and pushing for replacing the president of Venezuela.

US efforts to overthrow governments in Latin America extend beyond Venezuela. In the November 16 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about US National Security Advisor John Bolton calling Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua a “Troika of Tyranny” and saying that “[u[nder President Trump, the United States is taking direct action against all three regimes to defend the rule of law, liberty, and basic human decency in our region.”

In a Wednesday Twitter post, Bolton indicated the US will be ramping up efforts against the Nicaragua government, writing:
The US denounces the Nicaraguan regime’s repression of peaceful protestors, violence against independent media, and reluctance to concede to the demands of the Nicaraguan people. These actions will not go unanswered.
Issue two.

It pays to be skeptical of media reports.

Kurt Nimmo wrote this week at kurtnimmo.blog that, while “[f]ollowing the murder of fifty Muslims at a mosque in Christchurch New Zealand, the corporate media went into overdrive, describing the alleged shooter as a white supremacist Trump supporter,” the manifesto attributed to the shooter does not support that pat characterization.

Instead, explains Nimmo, that absurd so-called manifesto has “glaring incongruities” and presents a very different picture. Nimmo writes:
If we read a “manifesto” attributed to the accused shooter, Brenton Tarrant, we discover he followed the writing of Candace Owens, a “conservative” black woman, and predicts he will be set free like Nelson Mandela.

Tarrant—if he is indeed the author of this professed manifesto—also criticized the leadership of President Trump and described himself as an “eco-fascist,” a socialist, a libertarian, an anarchist, and at the same time a follower of the Norwegian psychopath Anders Breivik, a self-described white nationalist. 
Issue three.

At a Monday presidential campaign event in Mississippi, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) proclaimed her support for eliminating the constitutionally-mandated Electoral College.

Also this week, Joe Wolverton, II wrote at The New American that Colorado has become the twelfth state to enact legislation that could prevent the Electoral College from ensuring presidential elections are decided on a state-by-state basis.

The legislation joins Colorado with the eleven other states in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact that would be activated upon states controlling a majority of electoral votes, now 270, having joined the compact. The compact members are over half-way there, at 181 votes, writes Wolverton.

Once the compact is activated, each member state would award its Electoral College votes to the person determined to have won the national popular vote, irrespective of how people voted in the state.

Issue four.

In last week’s episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the New Mexico House of Representatives approving a marijuana legalization bill. That bill ended up not becoming law after the state Senate failed to act on it. Still, Paul Armentano wrote Monday at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) website that the New Mexico legislature did approve some significant cannabis law changes. These include marijuana decriminalization, an expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program, and a law to take advantage of national hemp farming legalization adopted last year via the US Farm Bill. Also, marijuana legalization could become reality next year in New Mexico. Armentano relates that Governor Lujan Grisham declared she will add legalization to the 2020 legislative agenda.

Issue five.

Paul Armentano of NORML and Jacob Sullum of Reason are two people I turn to for information and analysis regarding the drug war. On May 18, they will join Ron Paul in Houston, Texas to speak at a Ron Paul Institute conference titled “Winning the War on the War on Drugs.”

You can find more information about the conference and purchase conference tickets at ronpaulinstitute.org/conference.

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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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Hoax of All Hoaxes: RPI's Daniel McAdams on the Death of Russiagate RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/march/25/hoax-of-all-hoaxes-rpis-daniel-mcadams-on-the-death-of-russiagate/
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Why Bernie Sanders Can Defeat Donald Trump in 2020 Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/april/19/why-bernie-sanders-can-defeat-donald-trump-in-2020/

With his veto this week of legislation intended to end United States military support for the war on Yemen, President Donald Trump may have ensured his defeat to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the 2020 presidential election. That is an argument political commentator Patrick J. Buchanan persuasively presents in a new editorial.

With that veto, writes Buchanan, “Trump may have just ceded the peace issue in 2020 to the Democrats.” Buchanan continues:
If Sanders emerges as the nominee, we will have an election with a Democrat running on the “no-more-wars” theme Trump touted in 2016. And Trump will be left defending the bombing of Yemeni rebels and civilians by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.
In recent presidential elections, candidates seen as more ant-war have won, notes Buchanan, including Trump over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. That situation may be reversed in 2020. Buchanan concludes his editorial with this prediction: “By the primaries of 2020, foreign policy will be front and center, and the Democratic Party will have captured the ‘no-more-wars’ political high ground that Candidate Donald Trump occupied in 2016.”

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‘Fort Trump’: Poland Ready for US Military Base RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/april/18/fort-trump-poland-ready-for-us-military-base/
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Debate: Omar & AOC Join Rand Paul & Republicans to Urge Syria Withdrawal RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/april/05/debate-omar-aoc-join-rand-paul-republicans-to-urge-syria-withdrawal/ bicameral letter sent by ten Members and Senators to President Trump urging a full US withdrawal from Syria? In this RT America debate, RPI's Daniel McAdams suggests it's a way for Congress to encourage the president that he does have some support in Washington for his declared intention to get US troops out of Syria. Trump may be only hearing neocon opinion opposed to such a withdrawal. Is it a foolish, sham move, or a pretty good strategy? Watch the debate:

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McAdams: 'Trump White House is a "Cult" under Bolton' RT http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/april/04/mcadams-trump-white-house-is-a-cult-under-bolton/
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Forty Martyrs Cathedral Reconsecrated in Aleppo Col. W. Patrick Lang http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/april/03/forty-martyrs-cathedral-reconsecrated-in-aleppo/
The Forty Martyrs Armenian Cathedral in Aleppo was re-consecrated on Saturday, four years after the jihadist rebels ransacked the building.

His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, visited the historic church after its reconstruction meant it could be opened again after Jabhat Al-Nusra razed parts of the compound back in April 2015. - Al-Masdar News

Let us remember that the Syrian Arab Republic's recovery of Aleppo City after ferocious and prolonged combat made possible the re-construction of this ancient Armenian cathedral.

The Syrian Arab Army's front against al-Nusra just west of Aleppo City protects this cathedral and all the good people of Aleppo while re-construction continues.

Let us remember that al-Nusra is the Syrian branch of al-Qaida. They destroyed as much of this cathedral as they could manage while they held that part of the city. The al-Nusra were John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman's good friends. The three senators often visited them as well as the other FSA unicorns who were under al-Nusra's control. According to these three fools anything was better than the Syrian government. Now, who would have given then that idea?

And then there is the matter of the Borgist and neocon insistence that the US and our SDF allies defeated IS in Syria all by our selves. The fierce fighting done by the Russians and the SAA/allies is simply ignored by the swampies in DC.

Well, pilgrims, Reuters says that Bolton torpedoed the Hanoi meeting by persuading Trump to stiffen his terms at the last minute. Bolton is also leading the US toward a major geopolitical defeat in a failed attempt to remove Maduro in Venezuela. How long is Trump going to put up with this fool and his sidekick "ole first in his class" at State?

Perhaps a change in faces might result in different policy.

Reprinted with permission from Sic Semper Tyrannis.]]>
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Jacob Hornberger for President? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/april/02/jacob-hornberger-for-president/

Jacob Hornberger appears to be laying the groundwork for a 2020 presidential run as a Libertarian. That is the subject of a Monday article at Independent Political Report that notes Hornberger, who is the president of the libertarian Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF), “is visiting many, if not all, the Libertarian Party state conventions” and has produced a new website jacobforliberty.com. That website looks like a campaign website, though it does not outright declare Hornberger is running for office.

Many people familiar with the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity (RPI) will also be familiar with Hornberger, whose articles have been featured at the RPI website and whose speeches have been highlights of RPI’s annual conference near Washington, DC and an April of 2018 joint FFF/RPI conference in Charleston, South Carolina.]]>
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Venezuela is ‘most open US coup’, pundit tells RT as WSJ talks ‘getting Russia out of Caracas’ RT http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/april/01/venezuela-is-most-open-us-coup-pundit-tells-rt-as-wsj-talks-getting-russia-out-of-caracas/

The US is fueling “the most open coup in history” in Venezuela, an American pundit told RT in response to a WSJ op-ed that beat the drum of interventionism by discussing how to get Russia out of Caracas and Maduro out of power.

A short but emotive editorial piece by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) said President Donald Trump should not let himself be “humiliated in our own hemisphere” by Vladimir Putin. The neocon paper was at their finest when they claimed Putin has built “a career of intervening abroad and seeing if the world lets him get away with it,” including in Georgia, Ukraine, and Syria.

This didn’t play well with some American pundits who offered a dissenting opinion. Georgia, where the US was encouraging the pro-Western government to start a war, and Ukraine, which saw the American-backed coup, were “Russian reaction to US action,” Daniel McAdams, Executive Director at Ron Paul Institute, told RT.

Moscow has reacted “when a US action has caused a Russian ally to come under some stress,” McAdams offered, adding, “the same is true in Syria.”
The US wants to overthrow Maduro, this is the most open coup in history, probably. -McAdams
And on his part, the beleaguered Venezuelan president has asked for outside support which is natural with any government ally.
Why can’t a sovereign Venezuela ask assistance from its ally, why is sovereignty a one-way street when it comes to Washington? -McAdams
Like many US mainstream media, the WSJ quoted Trump’s outburst in which he said that Russia must get out of Venezuela. In their view, the diatribe sounded “like an invocation of the Monroe Doctrine.” The doctrine allowed Washington to treat Latin America and the Caribbean as its “backyard,” invading an array of countries and supporting coups against unfriendly governments across the region.

Under the doctrine, the European powers should not seek new colonies in the Western hemisphere, but in exchange for that, “the United States pledged to not get involved in internal affairs of European countries,” McAdams explained.

“We’re certainly not upholding – if we want to talk the Monroe doctrine – we’re the ones violating it, and we’ve violated it ... in Ukraine and elsewhere where the US has been involved in coups in Europe,” he argued.
Washington survives on having an enemy. If there were no enemies, probably 80 percent of Washington would be out of work. -McAdams
Washington is currently trying to oust Maduro, the elected leader of Venezuela, replacing him with Juan Guaido, a person more to its liking. A host of high-ranked US officials inadvertently floated military action against the Venezuelan government, but to no avail so far.

Reprinted with permission from RT.]]>
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McAdams: Guaido Losing Popularity at Home, Despite US Support RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/march/28/mcadams-guaido-losing-popularity-at-home-despite-us-support/
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Nicaragua, Mass Killing, Electoral College, New Mexico Marijuana, Drug War Conference Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/march/25/five-minutes-five-issues-nicaragua-mass-killing-electoral-college-new-mexico-marijuana-drug-war-conference/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

The United States government has been striking Venezuela through actions including imposing sanctions and pushing for replacing the president of Venezuela.

US efforts to overthrow governments in Latin America extend beyond Venezuela. In the November 16 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about US National Security Advisor John Bolton calling Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua a “Troika of Tyranny” and saying that “[u[nder President Trump, the United States is taking direct action against all three regimes to defend the rule of law, liberty, and basic human decency in our region.”

In a Wednesday Twitter post, Bolton indicated the US will be ramping up efforts against the Nicaragua government, writing:
The US denounces the Nicaraguan regime’s repression of peaceful protestors, violence against independent media, and reluctance to concede to the demands of the Nicaraguan people. These actions will not go unanswered.
Issue two.

It pays to be skeptical of media reports.

Kurt Nimmo wrote this week at kurtnimmo.blog that, while “[f]ollowing the murder of fifty Muslims at a mosque in Christchurch New Zealand, the corporate media went into overdrive, describing the alleged shooter as a white supremacist Trump supporter,” the manifesto attributed to the shooter does not support that pat characterization.

Instead, explains Nimmo, that absurd so-called manifesto has “glaring incongruities” and presents a very different picture. Nimmo writes:
If we read a “manifesto” attributed to the accused shooter, Brenton Tarrant, we discover he followed the writing of Candace Owens, a “conservative” black woman, and predicts he will be set free like Nelson Mandela.

Tarrant—if he is indeed the author of this professed manifesto—also criticized the leadership of President Trump and described himself as an “eco-fascist,” a socialist, a libertarian, an anarchist, and at the same time a follower of the Norwegian psychopath Anders Breivik, a self-described white nationalist. 
Issue three.

At a Monday presidential campaign event in Mississippi, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) proclaimed her support for eliminating the constitutionally-mandated Electoral College.

Also this week, Joe Wolverton, II wrote at The New American that Colorado has become the twelfth state to enact legislation that could prevent the Electoral College from ensuring presidential elections are decided on a state-by-state basis.

The legislation joins Colorado with the eleven other states in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact that would be activated upon states controlling a majority of electoral votes, now 270, having joined the compact. The compact members are over half-way there, at 181 votes, writes Wolverton.

Once the compact is activated, each member state would award its Electoral College votes to the person determined to have won the national popular vote, irrespective of how people voted in the state.

Issue four.

In last week’s episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the New Mexico House of Representatives approving a marijuana legalization bill. That bill ended up not becoming law after the state Senate failed to act on it. Still, Paul Armentano wrote Monday at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) website that the New Mexico legislature did approve some significant cannabis law changes. These include marijuana decriminalization, an expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program, and a law to take advantage of national hemp farming legalization adopted last year via the US Farm Bill. Also, marijuana legalization could become reality next year in New Mexico. Armentano relates that Governor Lujan Grisham declared she will add legalization to the 2020 legislative agenda.

Issue five.

Paul Armentano of NORML and Jacob Sullum of Reason are two people I turn to for information and analysis regarding the drug war. On May 18, they will join Ron Paul in Houston, Texas to speak at a Ron Paul Institute conference titled “Winning the War on the War on Drugs.”

You can find more information about the conference and purchase conference tickets at ronpaulinstitute.org/conference.

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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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Hoax of All Hoaxes: RPI's Daniel McAdams on the Death of Russiagate RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/march/25/hoax-of-all-hoaxes-rpis-daniel-mcadams-on-the-death-of-russiagate/
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Why Bernie Sanders Can Defeat Donald Trump in 2020 Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/april/19/why-bernie-sanders-can-defeat-donald-trump-in-2020/

With his veto this week of legislation intended to end United States military support for the war on Yemen, President Donald Trump may have ensured his defeat to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the 2020 presidential election. That is an argument political commentator Patrick J. Buchanan persuasively presents in a new editorial.

With that veto, writes Buchanan, “Trump may have just ceded the peace issue in 2020 to the Democrats.” Buchanan continues:
If Sanders emerges as the nominee, we will have an election with a Democrat running on the “no-more-wars” theme Trump touted in 2016. And Trump will be left defending the bombing of Yemeni rebels and civilians by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.
In recent presidential elections, candidates seen as more ant-war have won, notes Buchanan, including Trump over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. That situation may be reversed in 2020. Buchanan concludes his editorial with this prediction: “By the primaries of 2020, foreign policy will be front and center, and the Democratic Party will have captured the ‘no-more-wars’ political high ground that Candidate Donald Trump occupied in 2016.”

Read Buchanan’s editorial here.]]>
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‘Fort Trump’: Poland Ready for US Military Base RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/april/18/fort-trump-poland-ready-for-us-military-base/
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Debate: Omar & AOC Join Rand Paul & Republicans to Urge Syria Withdrawal RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/april/05/debate-omar-aoc-join-rand-paul-republicans-to-urge-syria-withdrawal/ bicameral letter sent by ten Members and Senators to President Trump urging a full US withdrawal from Syria? In this RT America debate, RPI's Daniel McAdams suggests it's a way for Congress to encourage the president that he does have some support in Washington for his declared intention to get US troops out of Syria. Trump may be only hearing neocon opinion opposed to such a withdrawal. Is it a foolish, sham move, or a pretty good strategy? Watch the debate:

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McAdams: 'Trump White House is a "Cult" under Bolton' RT http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/april/04/mcadams-trump-white-house-is-a-cult-under-bolton/
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Forty Martyrs Cathedral Reconsecrated in Aleppo Col. W. Patrick Lang http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/april/03/forty-martyrs-cathedral-reconsecrated-in-aleppo/
The Forty Martyrs Armenian Cathedral in Aleppo was re-consecrated on Saturday, four years after the jihadist rebels ransacked the building.

His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, visited the historic church after its reconstruction meant it could be opened again after Jabhat Al-Nusra razed parts of the compound back in April 2015. - Al-Masdar News

Let us remember that the Syrian Arab Republic's recovery of Aleppo City after ferocious and prolonged combat made possible the re-construction of this ancient Armenian cathedral.

The Syrian Arab Army's front against al-Nusra just west of Aleppo City protects this cathedral and all the good people of Aleppo while re-construction continues.

Let us remember that al-Nusra is the Syrian branch of al-Qaida. They destroyed as much of this cathedral as they could manage while they held that part of the city. The al-Nusra were John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman's good friends. The three senators often visited them as well as the other FSA unicorns who were under al-Nusra's control. According to these three fools anything was better than the Syrian government. Now, who would have given then that idea?

And then there is the matter of the Borgist and neocon insistence that the US and our SDF allies defeated IS in Syria all by our selves. The fierce fighting done by the Russians and the SAA/allies is simply ignored by the swampies in DC.

Well, pilgrims, Reuters says that Bolton torpedoed the Hanoi meeting by persuading Trump to stiffen his terms at the last minute. Bolton is also leading the US toward a major geopolitical defeat in a failed attempt to remove Maduro in Venezuela. How long is Trump going to put up with this fool and his sidekick "ole first in his class" at State?

Perhaps a change in faces might result in different policy.

Reprinted with permission from Sic Semper Tyrannis.]]>
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Jacob Hornberger for President? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/april/02/jacob-hornberger-for-president/

Jacob Hornberger appears to be laying the groundwork for a 2020 presidential run as a Libertarian. That is the subject of a Monday article at Independent Political Report that notes Hornberger, who is the president of the libertarian Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF), “is visiting many, if not all, the Libertarian Party state conventions” and has produced a new website jacobforliberty.com. That website looks like a campaign website, though it does not outright declare Hornberger is running for office.

Many people familiar with the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity (RPI) will also be familiar with Hornberger, whose articles have been featured at the RPI website and whose speeches have been highlights of RPI’s annual conference near Washington, DC and an April of 2018 joint FFF/RPI conference in Charleston, South Carolina.]]>
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Venezuela is ‘most open US coup’, pundit tells RT as WSJ talks ‘getting Russia out of Caracas’ RT http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/april/01/venezuela-is-most-open-us-coup-pundit-tells-rt-as-wsj-talks-getting-russia-out-of-caracas/

The US is fueling “the most open coup in history” in Venezuela, an American pundit told RT in response to a WSJ op-ed that beat the drum of interventionism by discussing how to get Russia out of Caracas and Maduro out of power.

A short but emotive editorial piece by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) said President Donald Trump should not let himself be “humiliated in our own hemisphere” by Vladimir Putin. The neocon paper was at their finest when they claimed Putin has built “a career of intervening abroad and seeing if the world lets him get away with it,” including in Georgia, Ukraine, and Syria.

This didn’t play well with some American pundits who offered a dissenting opinion. Georgia, where the US was encouraging the pro-Western government to start a war, and Ukraine, which saw the American-backed coup, were “Russian reaction to US action,” Daniel McAdams, Executive Director at Ron Paul Institute, told RT.

Moscow has reacted “when a US action has caused a Russian ally to come under some stress,” McAdams offered, adding, “the same is true in Syria.”
The US wants to overthrow Maduro, this is the most open coup in history, probably. -McAdams
And on his part, the beleaguered Venezuelan president has asked for outside support which is natural with any government ally.
Why can’t a sovereign Venezuela ask assistance from its ally, why is sovereignty a one-way street when it comes to Washington? -McAdams
Like many US mainstream media, the WSJ quoted Trump’s outburst in which he said that Russia must get out of Venezuela. In their view, the diatribe sounded “like an invocation of the Monroe Doctrine.” The doctrine allowed Washington to treat Latin America and the Caribbean as its “backyard,” invading an array of countries and supporting coups against unfriendly governments across the region.

Under the doctrine, the European powers should not seek new colonies in the Western hemisphere, but in exchange for that, “the United States pledged to not get involved in internal affairs of European countries,” McAdams explained.

“We’re certainly not upholding – if we want to talk the Monroe doctrine – we’re the ones violating it, and we’ve violated it ... in Ukraine and elsewhere where the US has been involved in coups in Europe,” he argued.
Washington survives on having an enemy. If there were no enemies, probably 80 percent of Washington would be out of work. -McAdams
Washington is currently trying to oust Maduro, the elected leader of Venezuela, replacing him with Juan Guaido, a person more to its liking. A host of high-ranked US officials inadvertently floated military action against the Venezuelan government, but to no avail so far.

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

The United States government has been striking Venezuela through actions including imposing sanctions and pushing for replacing the president of Venezuela.

US efforts to overthrow governments in Latin America extend beyond Venezuela. In the November 16 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about US National Security Advisor John Bolton calling Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua a “Troika of Tyranny” and saying that “[u[nder President Trump, the United States is taking direct action against all three regimes to defend the rule of law, liberty, and basic human decency in our region.”

In a Wednesday Twitter post, Bolton indicated the US will be ramping up efforts against the Nicaragua government, writing:
The US denounces the Nicaraguan regime’s repression of peaceful protestors, violence against independent media, and reluctance to concede to the demands of the Nicaraguan people. These actions will not go unanswered.
Issue two.

It pays to be skeptical of media reports.

Kurt Nimmo wrote this week at kurtnimmo.blog that, while “[f]ollowing the murder of fifty Muslims at a mosque in Christchurch New Zealand, the corporate media went into overdrive, describing the alleged shooter as a white supremacist Trump supporter,” the manifesto attributed to the shooter does not support that pat characterization.

Instead, explains Nimmo, that absurd so-called manifesto has “glaring incongruities” and presents a very different picture. Nimmo writes:
If we read a “manifesto” attributed to the accused shooter, Brenton Tarrant, we discover he followed the writing of Candace Owens, a “conservative” black woman, and predicts he will be set free like Nelson Mandela.

Tarrant—if he is indeed the author of this professed manifesto—also criticized the leadership of President Trump and described himself as an “eco-fascist,” a socialist, a libertarian, an anarchist, and at the same time a follower of the Norwegian psychopath Anders Breivik, a self-described white nationalist. 
Issue three.

At a Monday presidential campaign event in Mississippi, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) proclaimed her support for eliminating the constitutionally-mandated Electoral College.

Also this week, Joe Wolverton, II wrote at The New American that Colorado has become the twelfth state to enact legislation that could prevent the Electoral College from ensuring presidential elections are decided on a state-by-state basis.

The legislation joins Colorado with the eleven other states in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact that would be activated upon states controlling a majority of electoral votes, now 270, having joined the compact. The compact members are over half-way there, at 181 votes, writes Wolverton.

Once the compact is activated, each member state would award its Electoral College votes to the person determined to have won the national popular vote, irrespective of how people voted in the state.

Issue four.

In last week’s episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about the New Mexico House of Representatives approving a marijuana legalization bill. That bill ended up not becoming law after the state Senate failed to act on it. Still, Paul Armentano wrote Monday at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) website that the New Mexico legislature did approve some significant cannabis law changes. These include marijuana decriminalization, an expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program, and a law to take advantage of national hemp farming legalization adopted last year via the US Farm Bill. Also, marijuana legalization could become reality next year in New Mexico. Armentano relates that Governor Lujan Grisham declared she will add legalization to the 2020 legislative agenda.

Issue five.

Paul Armentano of NORML and Jacob Sullum of Reason are two people I turn to for information and analysis regarding the drug war. On May 18, they will join Ron Paul in Houston, Texas to speak at a Ron Paul Institute conference titled “Winning the War on the War on Drugs.”

You can find more information about the conference and purchase conference tickets at ronpaulinstitute.org/conference.

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