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The New Yorker cover story : The Revenge of Rand Paul

The Revenge of Rand Paul

The Senator has fought to go mainstream with the ideology that he shares with his father. How far can that strategy take him?
BY RYAN LIZZA - October 6, 2014 Issue

At 8 A.M. on a Friday in late July, Senator Rand Paul, of Kentucky, stood before a predominantly African-American audience of about a hundred at an Urban League conference in Cincinnati. An ophthalmologist before he was a senator, Paul has spent much of his career in surgical scrubs, but he was dressed nattily, in a charcoal suit and a red rep tie. His typically unkempt curls, which give him the look of a philosophy student lost in thought, were restrained with the help of a hair product. His aides had been promoting the talk for weeks, as part of a yearlong effort to reintroduce himself to political constituencies—on both the left and the right—that may have reason to distrust him. In the next few months, he is planning to deliver a major speech on foreign policy; like race, it is an area in which Paul has encountered strident opposition.

Paul began with the story of Clyde Kennard, a black man in Mississippi who was jailed in 1960 on false charges after he tried to enroll at an all-white college. “Despite our progress,” Paul said, “there are Clyde Kennards today who can’t fully access the franchise because they’re handicapped by either educational or judicial systems.” He laid out a criminal-justice-reform package he has introduced in the Senate to end mandatory minimum-sentencing laws, expunge nonviolent felonies from criminals’ records, reclassify some felonies as misdemeanors, and restore voting rights to citizens who had committed a nonviolent felony. Like Barack Obama, he vowed to free many people imprisoned for crack cocaine, and he announced a new proposal to end the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. He had even spoken with the President about it—not something about which a Republican would normally boast: “I talked to him last week and said, ‘I will help in any way I can.’ ”
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http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/10/06/revenge-rand-paul

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Ron Paul Thinks There Should Be More Secessionist Movements in the U.S.

September 30, 2014 Secessionists across the world were inspired by Scotland's energetic attempt at independence from the United Kingdom earlier this month. Ron Paul, as it turns out, joined them.

In an essay on his eponymous institution's website Sunday, the former U.S. congressman from Texas wrote that any supporters of freedom should cheer secessionism because it allows for smaller government—a constant mantra for the libertarian and perennial presidential candidate, who didn't previously realize there were more than a handful of secessionist groups in the United States.

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It's Really Here (Ebola)

CDC Confirms First Ebola Case Diagnosed in US

The United States has one confirmed case of Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday, marking the first domestic appearance of the deadly virus that has ravaged swaths of continental Africa.

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Vatican Paedophilia Scandal: Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski Stored Over 100,000 Child Porn Videos

A former Vatican archbishop accused of paedophilia stored tens of thousands of child porn videos and photos on a computer in his office at the Holy See diplomatic compound in the Dominican Republic, it has emerged.

Details of Jozef Wesolowski's massive child porn stash have been revealed after the 66-year-old was arrested at the Vatican earlier this week.

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City Manager Says No Cameras Allowed – Gavin Seim Says No Way!

http://callmegav.com/2014/09/city-police-no-cameras-man-defies/

NO Cameras America (said the sign on the door)

Moses Lake is a small town of about twenty thousand run by corrupt a city manager named Joe Gavinski. He does the dirty work while the city council hides. During my Congressional race the city was stealing my signs, sometimes on camera. Why? Because I would not sign a contract with them for a grant of free speech.


http://youtu.be/zkxDSQoAecI

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"I wouldn't be surprised at all if in 2015 ISIS has disappeared and some other group with another strange name has appeared..."

The president of Argentina said it at the UN: "I wouldn't be surprised at all if in 2015 ISIS has disappeared and some other group with another strange name has appeared and is more violent."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0jSMMAPS2Y&feature=youtu.be...

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Abducting, buying and selling American children as sex slaves in the US is a $9 billion industry

Hey DailyPaul this is probably the most important interview I have ever done in my career. The information in this piece is shocking and sobering. Please share!

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Atlas Mugged: Galt's Gulch Chile is Dead

By Harry Cheadle | Vice.com

It was a good idea, in theory anyway. The plan was to form a sustainable community made up of people who believed in capitalism, limited government, and self-reliance. The site was already picked out: 11,000 acres of fertile land nestled in the valleys of the Chilean Andes, just an hour’s drive away from the capital of Santiago, to the east, and the Pacific Ocean, to the west. Residents could make money growing and exporting organic produce while enjoying Chile’s low taxes and temperate climate. This was no crackpot scheme to establish a micronation on a platform floating in the middle of the ocean (a common libertarian dream)—this was a serious attempt to build a refuge where free marketers and anarcho-capitalists could hole up and wait for the world’s fiat currencies to collapse. They called it “Galt’s Gulch Chile” (GGC), naming it for the fictional place where the world’s competent capitalists flee to in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

The project was conceived in 2012 by four men: John Cobin, an American expat living in Chile who once ran unsuccessfully for Congress in South Carolina; Jeff Berwick, the globe-trotting founder of the Dollar Vigilante, a financial newsletter that preaches the coming end of the current monetary system; Cobin’s Chilean partner; and Ken Johnson, a roving entrepreneur whose previous investment projects included real estate, wind turbines, and “water ionizers,” pseudoscientific gizmos that are advertised as being able to slow aging.

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Baby Murdered In Foster Care After Being Taken Away Due To Father’s Marijuana Use

Marijuana may be legal in Colorado, but authorities in the state are still using the drug as an instrument to tear families apart, this time with absolutely tragic consequences.

A baby girl was taken away from her biological parents, Tierra and Ted Place, after the father told human services that he used marijuana. Human services had been summoned to the home after a fight between the couple.

The baby, 11 month old Angel Lane Place, was dropped and shaken during her time in a foster home and died. Ted Place is now threatening to sue Mesa County.

ABC7 reports:

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There is no war for peace!

There is no war for peace.

From the President and down through the whole political regime, this powerful administration proclaims the moral high ground while they are, according to evidence, the clear instigators of war.

The U.S. government says that they want peace.

Well, I'd like to inform these hypocrites that war is the opposite of peace. The further involvement of the United States in Middle Eastern conflicts complicates the peace process.

The only way to promote peace is to BE PEACEFUL.