By Armstrong Williams, opinion contributor — 09/18/17

I recently had the opportunity to read the ‘Creature from Jekyll’ Island by G. Edward Griffin, a prodigious tome dealing with the circumstances surrounding the creation of the U.S. Federal Reserve system. I was taken aback by some of its provocative assertions.

  • America joined World War I largely to help a few bankers profit off the war (despite a long-standing Monroe doctrine that prohibited our involvement in European affairs)
  • The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 was supported by international financial interests in order to destabilize Russia and steal the wealth of the Russian people; and
  • So-called ‘foreign aid’ is merely a clever means of shifting the bad debt incurred by banks and wealthy financiers to American taxpayers.

read more at http://thehill.com/opinion/finance/351153-the-federal-reserve-is-setting-america-up-for-economic-disaster

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“The amendment failed, 82-10, but its failure was potentially much more politically toxic for those who voted against it.

Sen. Paul’s “America First” measure demonstrates his growing political savvy: unlike most libertarians, it looks like he understands the power of the wave of Trumpian nationalism that is sweeping the country”

Justin Raimondo

Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has learned his lesson, and it is this: it’s better to be bold. He’s exchanged the mealy-mouthed equivocations of his ill-fated presidential run – when he actually met with Bill Kristol, presumably to negotiate getting a break from his neoconservative nemeses – with a full-on frontal assault against the War Party. As I write, he is standing in the well of the Senate, making the case for his amendment to the Defense Authorization Act that would nullify the Authorization for the Use of Military Force that gave the green light to the Afghan and Iraq wars and subsequent American aggressions.

read more at http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/rand-pauls-savvy-anti-war-america-first-comeback/ri20925

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Another Washington pundit ‘fails up’ and into our living rooms as TV talking head.

By Jerrod A. LaberSeptember 14, 2017

Former Ambassador John Bolton is again raising the battle cry for pre-emptive war on television and in the newspapers, this time with North Korea, though this is hardly new, considering he did his best to derail diplomatic talks between the U.S. and the Kim regime when he was a member of the Bush Administration in 2001. Like a bad broken record, Bolton offers the same reckless militarism that’s proven him wrong so many times before, though his reputation as a foreign policy “expert”—particularly in conservative media circles—didn’t seem to suffer much.

read more at http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-are-we-still-listening-to-john-bolton/

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (Sept. 18, 2017) – Last week, a Pennsylvania House committee unanimously passed bill to help facilitate healthcare freedom outside of government regulatory schemes. Rep. Matthew Baker (R-Wellsboro) introduced House Bill 1739 (HB1739) along with 12 co-sponsors on Aug. 24. The legislation specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer agreements) do…

SACRAMENTO (Sept. 18, 2017) – On Saturday, the California Senate gave final approval to a bill to withdraw state resources from the enforcement of most federal immigration laws.  Passage into law will likely have the effect of further nullifying those federal acts in practice. Introduced by Sen. President Kevin de Leon and 11 co-sponsors, Senate Bill 54…

September 12 2017, 5:45 p.m.

In a stunning move, the House of Representatives on Tuesday approved an amendment to the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act that will roll back Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s expansion of asset forfeiture.

read more at https://theintercept.com/2017/09/12/in-surprise-vote-house-passes-amendment-to-restrict-asset-forfeiture/

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In a previous report, we pointed out that simply passing laws isn’t enough. Ensuring government agencies comply with transparency requirements and limits on surveillance activities takes constant vigilance, pressure and activism. Some organizations in California are doing just that. In an effort to better understand how police in Los Angeles use automatic license plate readers, the…

Two Bundy Ranch defendants to face third trial

Jerome Corsi | Infowars.com – SEPTEMBER 5, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recent developments have caused Trump supporters to ask why Attorney General Jeff Sessions is allowing Obama holdovers in the Department of Justice to continue prosecuting Bundy ranch cases, despite continuing set-backs.

read more at https://www.infowars.com/why-is-sessions-allowing-obama-holdovers-to-prosecute-bundys/ 

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In announcing the winding down of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the President yesterday said in part: The legislative branch, not the executive branch, writes these laws – this is the bedrock of our Constitutional system, which I took a solemn oath to preserve, protect, and defend. In June of 2012, President Obama…