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Breaking: Chelsea Manning to Be Freed in May

Charlie Savage reports at the New York Times that whistleblower Chelsea Manning is among the 209 people to whom President Barack Obama on Tuesday granted commutations that shorten their prison sentences. Obama also on Tuesday granted pardons to 64 people. Savage writes that Manning is scheduled to be freed on May 17.
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Andrew Napolitano Meets Donald Trump for Second Time On Supreme Court Nomination

President-elect Donald Trump met Tuesday, for the second time since the November presidential election, with Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst and Ron Paul Institute Advisory Board Member Andrew Napolitano. As with their previous hour-long meeting in December, Napolitano says in an interview with host Stuart Varney at Fox Business that a focus of the new meeting was Trump choosing a nominee to fill the vacant Supreme Court position.
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Not Just Poland: US Marines Deployed to Norway

Poland is not the only European country into which United States military forces are being inserted in the final days of the Obama administration. On Monday, about 300 Marines arrived in Norway. Reuters reports that the Marines, who will be the first foreign troops stationed in Norway since World War II, will be stationed at Norway’s Vaernes military base about 900 miles from the Russian border.
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Ron Paul Worries of ‘Setback of Civil Liberty’ with Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

Speaking Wednesday with host Kennedy at Fox Business, former House of Representatives Member Ron Paul (R-TX) opined that President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions “wouldn’t qualify as a good civil libertarian” and would be “a great danger for the setback of civil liberty” as the leader of the Department of Justice. In particular, Paul pointed out that Sessions, a Republican senator from Alabama, is a supporter of the PATRIOT Act and an ardent advocate for the drug war.
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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Goes to Moscow

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) has plans to bring a congressional delegation to Russia. Rohrabacher is quoted in a Wednesday article by Robert Costa in the Washington Post as saying a purpose of the trip is to discuss with Russian officials “how we can work with the Duma.” The Duma is a legislative body of the Russian government.

Rohrabacher, as chairman of the Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats Subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee, has a significant role in the United States House of Representatives regarding US relations with Russia. In this position, Rohrabacher has on occasion forcefully made the case for easing tensions between the US and Russia. For example, in March of 2015, Rohrabacher, speaking during a meeting of the subcommittee concerning Ukraine, criticized the US government’s effort “to basically defeat and humiliate Russia.” He argued that the US goal should instead be “to do what is right by Ukraine and bring peace to Ukraine.”
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Libertarian Party Chairman Denounces Ron Paul’s Support for States’ Rights

Speaking with host Marc Clair in a Lions of Liberty Podcast interview released last week. Libertarian National Committee Chairman Nicholas Sarwark denounced Ron Paul’s support for states’ rights. Sarwark made the comments after, twenty-five minutes into the interview, the conversation turned to discussing Paul who has run for president three times, including once as the Libertarian Party nominee. Sarwark says that Paul “had policy prescriptions that were straight-up wrong and anti-libertarian.” Continuing, Sarwark calls Paul’s support for states’ rights “not a libertarian position.”

Of course, many people who consider themselves libertarians support states’ rights, as do many people who have run for office under the Libertarian Party banner. Indeed, 2016 Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson, whose campaign Sarwark spent much of the interview praising, has spoken positively of states’ rights.
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