Trump Selects Former Boeing Executive to Replace Former General Dynamics Board Member as Defense Secretary

The military-industrial complex revolving door keeps revolving. Sunday morning, President Donald Trump announced in a Twitter post that he plans to replace outgoing Secretary of Defense James Mattis, temporarily at least, with current Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan. Shanahan will assume the job on January 1 — two months before the departure date Mattis had proposed. Before taking on their current government jobs, Mattis and Shanahan worked for two of the largest military contractors — Mattis as a General Dynamics board of directors member and Shanahan as a Boeing senior vice president.

Reprinted with permission from the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

Five Minutes Five Issues: New York Marijuana, Trump’s Wall, Vaping Teens, Deportation Numbers, Heinlein Idea

A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Saturday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

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Ron Paul: ‘Very Good’ that President Trump is Pulling Troops out of Syria

In a new interview at RT, Ron Paul, who ran for United States president three times with a pro-peace platform, commended as “very good” President Donald Trump’s decision announced on Wednesday to remove US troops from Syria. Paul further notes that the US government’s intervention in Syria has lacked “a moral or a constitutional justification.”

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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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Five Minutes Five Issues: Yemen Rule, MI Home Grow, DNA Database, Legal Hemp, Free Speech

A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Saturday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

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Ron Paul Takes On the US Foreign Policy of Interventionism

Jesse Ventura dedicated the second half of the latest episode of his RT show The World According to Jesse to a foreign policy discussion with prominent libertarian communicator Ron Paul. Ventura and Paul’s discussion is focused on Paul’s criticisms of the United States government’s commitment to intervention overseas, as well as the potential benefits of instead pursuing a noninterventionist foreign policy.

Paul, in the in-depth discussion, takes on trade wars, US membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), sky-high US military spending, and US involvement in the war on Yemen.

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Rep. Thomas Massie Talks Marijuana

In the interview, Massie contends that Republicans may have maintained their House majority if leadership had allowed on the House floor legislation leaving marijuana law up to the states. Massie believes that a floor vote would have resulted in the approval of such legislation. Massie also discusses the hemp legalization contained in the new farm bill and his planned legislation to eliminate the US government’s criminalization of marijuana users possessing guns.

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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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Lawrence Wilkerson: ‘Arrogance of Power’ Behind Arrest of Meng Wanzhou in Canada for US Extradition

In a new interview with Greg Wilpert at The Real News, Lawrence Wilkerson, a College of William & Mary professor and former chief of staff for United States Secretary of State Colin Powell, challenged the US government pushing the arrest in Canada of Meng Wanzhou. The arrest of the chief financial officer of major Chinese company Huawei Technologies to facilitate her extradition to the US on a charge related to the US government’s Iran sanctions is “an incompetent and unprofessional act,” says Wilkerson, that arose from “the arrogance of power.”

It is “the arrogance of power” that Wilkerson argues makes the US government think it can “dictate, in unilateral sanctions,” what people in another country, such as China, can do in terms of trade.

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