President Trump’s Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Says Do Not Prosecute Julian Assange

President Donald Trump would do well to listen to Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s Russiagate investigation lawyers, concerning the propriety of prosecuting Julian Assange of WikiLeaks who has lived in the Ecuador embassy in London since 2012 to avoid extradition to the United States. Interviewed Sunday at the Fox News show Fox & Friends, Giuliani made it clear that he believes Assange should not be prosecuted for the publishing of US government information. Assange took part in First Amendment-protected activity, Giuliani explains, as did the New York Times and the Washington Post decades earlier when they published the US government’s Pentagon Papers containing many revelations about US activities related to the Vietnam War.

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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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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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