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Joe Zimmerman
Joe Zimmerman is the editor-in-chief of The Liberty Conservative.
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Rand Paul: Congressional GOP Failing To Stand By Trump On Afghanistan

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has suggested that President Trump remains largely alone in the Republican Party in his push to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, in an interview with Breitbart News which was published on Tuesday. “I think the president is sincere when he says he wants to end these long wars,” Paul stated. “He said a year ago at the State of the Union that great nations don’t fight perpetual war. He said this year at the State of the Union he was ready to bring the troops home, but he needs more allies.” “I’ve been an ally of… Keep Reading

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Rep. Massie: Trump “Deserves The Nobel Peace Prize” If He Ends Afghan War

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) has called for President Donald Trump to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize if the President in successful in his efforts to negotiate a peace deal with the Taliban and subsequently end the War in Afghanistan. “It’s refreshing to see peace being seriously discussed. The next step is bringing our brave troops home from Afghanistan,” Massie wrote on Twitter. “Trump deserves the Nobel Peace prize if he ends this war.” Keep Reading

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Rand Paul To Campaign For Trump In New Hampshire Primary

The Donald Trump presidential campaign has announced that Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) will act as a surrogate for the President in the New Hampshire Republican primary. Paul was featured in a statement listing 20 surrogates issued by Trump campaign National Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Friday. The New Hampshire Republican primary is widely expected to be uncompetitive, with Trump winning 97.1% of the vote in the Iowa Republican caucus earlier this week. However, a near-unanimous victory for Donald Trump in New Hampshire would rally his base in the state and boost the confidence of the campaign going into the November… Keep Reading

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Trump Backs Massie’s Call To Fire Vindman

President Donald Trump has fired Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman, the Director of European Affairs at the National Security Council, after Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) called on the President to dismiss him in a Saturday tweet. “I’d fire him. I listened to his testimony in the SCIF. He’s a leaker, not a whistleblower. Vindman was upset that [Donald Trump] didn’t follow the script Vindman prepared for the phone call. Current Commander in Chief doesn’t take orders from a Lt. Col.!” Massie wrote in a tweet which was subsequently retweeted by Trump. Keep Reading

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Mulvaney To Stay On As White House Chief Of Staff

President Donald Trump has announced White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney will stay on in his role as acting White House Chief of Staff. The news comes following a CNN report that Mulvaney had lost the confidence of the President, and was likely to be replaced with former Freedom Caucus chair Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) within the coming weeks. “That was a false report. I have a great relationship with Mick. I have a great relationship with Mark. And it’s false,” Trump said. Keep Reading

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Bannon Questions Soleimani Killing

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon appeared to question the recent targeted killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani by a U.S. drone strike during an interview with the New York Times published on Tuesday. Bannon indicated that the move would hurt Trump’s support among “working-class, middle-class people, particularly people whose sons and daughters actually fight in these wars”, who had backed Trump in 2016 because of his promise to scale back the U.S. role in the Middle East. Keep Reading

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Rand Paul: Saudis “More Than Capable” Of Retaliating Against Iran Alone

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) urged the United States to stay out of the ongoing dispute between Saudi Arabia and Iran following a recent attack on two oil processing facilities in Saudi Arabia during a Thursday interview. “If you add Saudi Arabia’s military budget to all their allies, all these Gulf Sheikhdoms that surround Saudi Arabia, they spend eight times more on military than Iran. So they’re more than capable of holding off Iran, retaliating against Iran. That’s the question – why does it always have to be the U.S., why do we always have to get involved?” Paul told the One… Keep Reading

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Corey Lewandowski: Mulvaney’s “In Trump’s Corner”

Prospective U.S. Senate candidate Corey Lewandowski, the former manager of the 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign, has hailed acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney for his work in the administration in a Tuesday op-ed in The Hill. Lewandowski, a Trump loyalist, described Mulvaney as “one of the unsung heroes of the Trump administration” in the op-ed, stressing Mulvaney’s clampdown on leaks and to push the administration towards the anti-establishment policies that characterized the Trump presidential campaign. “Mulvaney isn’t a glorified body man who simply wants to orbit the president, nor does he think his job is to act as a… Keep Reading

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Rep. Massie: Jail Comey And Strzok!

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) has called for former FBI Director James Comey and disgraced FBI official Peter Strzok to be jailed following the disclosure by former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne that both were involved in urging him to pursue a romantic relationship with alleged Russian spy Maria Butina. “The feds should let Maria Butina out of jail and put James Comey and Peter Strzok in her cell,” Massie wrote on Twitter, before linking to a Fox News interview where Byrne exposes the FBI’s sting operation. Keep Reading

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Former Rep. Joe Walsh Launches Primary Challenge To Trump

Former U.S. Representative Joe Walsh (R-IL) on Sunday announced that he will be challenging incumbent President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican presidential primaries. “I’m in. We can’t take four more years of Donald Trump,” Walsh wrote on Twitter. “And that’s why I’m running for President.” Walsh is the second challenger to announce his run, following former Governor Bill Weld (R-MA). Two other former Governors, Mark Sanford (R-SC) and John Kasich (R-OH), are also said to be mulling bids. Walsh seeks to differentiate himself from Weld, a centrist, by describing himself as a “contender from the right.” Keep Reading

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Libertarians Set To Win Knesset Seats In Israeli Elections

Israel’s libertarian party, Zehut, is set to pass the electoral threshold to win Knesset seats in next month’s Israeli elections, according to three consecutive national polls. Polls conducted by Haaretz/Dialog Institute, Israel Hayom/i24 News and Israeli public broadcaster Kan all show Zehut winning 4 seats in the upcoming elections. While this is a small number, it marks strong result for a new political party, and in an election as close as this one, Zehut could well hold the balance of power between the right-wing nationalist and the center-left liberal camps. Keep Reading

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Trump Slams Green New Deal At CPAC

President Donald Trump tore into the Democrats’ proposal for a Green New Deal during his “totally off script” speech at CPAC on Saturday. “The ‘new green deal’ or whatever the hell they call it. The new green deal, right? I encourage it, I think it’s really something they should promote,” Trump proclaimed to the packed ballroom in National Harbor, Maryland. “No planes. No energy. When the wind stops blowing, that is the end of your electric,” Trump continued. “Their plan would remove every gas-powered car from American roads. Oh, that’s not so bad. They want you to have one car… Keep Reading

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Pence Summarizes Trump’s Achievements At CPAC

Vice President Mike Pence chose to use his Friday speech at CPAC in order to summarize Trump’s record of success as President of the United States. “Under President Donald Trump, working Americans are winning again.  The forgotten men and women of America are forgotten no more,” Pence declared. Pence then went on to list Trump’s achievements on immigration, regulation, the judiciary, energy, and other issues of priority to conservatives. Keep Reading

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Mulvaney At CPAC: Prospect Of Peace With North Korea Still On The Table

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Reagan Dinner on Friday, Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney argued that the failure to reach a deal between President Trump and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un during their recent meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam would not serve as an barrier to future peace talks. “The President really is a master negotiator, and he was able to walk away from a deal – thanks but no thanks, gotta go – but did so in such a fashion to keep all of the connections, all of the relationships still intact,” Mulvaney said. “So… Keep Reading

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Establishment Sen. Richard Shelby: Chief Of Staff Mulvaney Is “Dangerous”

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), an establishment stalwart, reportedly described White House Budget Director and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney as “dangerous”, according to a New York Times report on Friday. The remarks came during a check-in session briefing members of Congress on the status of budget negotiations. Shelby, an architect of the bi-partisan deal to end the partial government shutdown, accused Mulvaney of being behind President Donald Trump’s sudden turn against the deal, after initially backing it. He was not the only critic of Mulvaney among the Republican establishment. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) accused Mulvaney of… Keep Reading

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Rand Paul Slams Ultimate Budget Deal As “Massive, Bloated, Secretive”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has expressed his opposition to the bi-partisan deal to keep the federal government open as a waste of taxpayer funds, as well as President Donald Trump’s decision to announce a state of emergency to acquire funds for a border wall. “I’m disappointed with both the massive, bloated, secretive bill that just passed and with the president’s intention to declare an emergency to build a wall,” Paul announced. Although he previously praised Trump’s negotiating prowess in acquiring border security funds, he was dismayed by both the overall level of spending in the final legislation and the procedural… Keep Reading

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Massie Slams House Republicans For Leftward Shift

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) spoke out against House Republicans for shifting away from their principles and towards the ideological center, as a response to their Democratic counterparts embracing far-left ideas, in a tweet sent out on Monday. “Side effect of House Democrats embracing full bore socialism, no borders, 3rd trimester abortions, gun bans, & fiscal insanity: Some House Republicans now feel safer embracing partial socialism, porous borders, 2nd trimester abortions, gun control, & fiscal irresponsibility,” he wrote. Keep Reading

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Rand Paul: Trump’s Wall Deal Is “Big Victory” Over Democrats

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) praised President Donald Trump’s deal with congressional Democrats as a major concession by the opposition to Trump’s drive for border security funding. “I think in the end, Trump won a big victory here, because everybody else had folded,” Paul told Breitbart News. “At Christmastime, everybody else was folding, and just saying, ‘Oh the Democrats gained control of the House, this is the best that we’ll ever do.’ So he got $1.375 billion for border security that wasn’t in there before.” Keep Reading

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Rand Paul Votes Against Trump AG Pick

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) voted in opposition to President Donald Trump’s nominee for Attorney-General, William Barr, on the grounds that the nominee would not do enough to safeguard the privacy of Americans from government surveillance. “I’m a no,” he told Politico on Monday. “He’s been the chief advocate for warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens. I think that the Fourth Amendment should protect your phone calls and your bank information. People shouldn’t be allowed to look at it without a warrant.” Keep Reading

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Rand Paul: Trump “Steadfast” In Support For Troop Withdrawals

Sen. Rand Paul firmly rejected reports that we are set to see a shift from President Donald Trump on withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan during Wednesday’s State of the Union address during an interview with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer on Thursday. “I talked to the President last night and I think the President is steadfast that we need to do things differently, that the foreign policy swamp that says we should stay forever in Afghanistan, that they’re wrong,” Paul said. Keep Reading

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Rand Paul Slams McConnell On Afghanistan, Syria

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) had a scathing response to a resolution by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) rebuking President Donald Trump’s efforts to withdraw U.S. military presence from Syria and Afghanistan. “The United States faces continuing threats from terrorist groups operating in Syria and Afghanistan and … the precipitous withdrawal of United States forces from either country could put at risk hard-won gains and United States national security,” the McConnell resolution states. Rand Paul clapped back in an interview with Bill Hemmer on Fox News, making clear that he is more in agreement with the President than his senior… Keep Reading

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Rand Paul Feared Leftist Assailant Would Kill Him During Attack

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told the jury at the Warren Circuit Court during a testimony on Monday that he feared Rene Boucher, a left-wing extremist, would attack him during Boucher’s brutal attack on Paul last year, according to reports by the Associated Press and the Bowling Green Daily News. Paul claimed he was disembarking his riding mower while wearing noise-canceling headphones when Boucher came up behind him and forcefully tackled him down a slope, sending both men through the air for 5 to 10 feet and leaving Paul face down on the floor. “At this point, I thought, ‘I can’t… Keep Reading

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Rep. Massie “Very Proud” Of Nick Sandmann, Offering Him Internship

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) has defended Nick Sandmann, the Trump supporting Covington High School student who was confronted by a left-wing Native American activist following this week’s March for Life. Sandmann is a constituent of Massie’s in Kentucky’s 3rd congressional district, where the school is located. “I’m very proud of Nick,” Massie said when asked by TMZ whether he supported Sandmann’s behavior. “I’m glad he stood there because the instigator was looking for somebody to instigate something with and if he hadn’t found Nick he might have found somebody who wasn’t as equipped to answering,” he added. Keep Reading

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Rand Paul Attacker On Trial Next Week

Rene Boucher, the radical leftist responsible for the brutal attack on his neighbor, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is set to go on trial next week in Warren County Circuit Court, according to the Bowling Green Daily News. A Clinton-appointed judge gave Boucher a lenient sentence of a mere 30 days for the attack, which left the Senator hospitalized with broken ribs and a hernia, and left him with likely life-long breathing problems. Consequently, Paul is now pursuing civil action against the violent extremist. Paul’s lawyer, Tom Kerrick, is requesting $500,000 in compensatory damages for the pain and suffering Paul has endured so… Keep Reading

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Rand Paul Hits Back Against Media After Misleading Canada Surgery Reports

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has hit back against a flurry of misleading reports in the liberal media which suggested that he was a hypocrite for seeking medical treatment in a clinic based in Canada, which has a system of socialized universal health care, despite being an opponent of introducing such a system in the United States. “Funny thing is people who have an agenda tried to attack me, said, ‘Oh you’re going to use socialized medicine,’” he told WAVE 3 News. “I’m actually choosing capitalistic medicine because they only take cash from foreigners.” As Paul correctly notes, Canada’s socialized medicine… Keep Reading

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Massie Backs Steve King: “Not Ready To Censure A Man Based On A New York Times Article”

Libertarian-leaning Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) has defended Rep. Steve King (R-IA) in the wake of racism allegations made against King following a controversial interview King had with the New York Times. “I know Steve King personally, I’ve known him for 6 years. In my presence he’s never said anything racist and I’m not ready to censure a man based on a New York Times article,” Massie told Fox Business’ Kennedy. “I know that they’ve printed enough fake news not to take them completely seriously.” He suggested that King’s words had been manipulated by the Times journalist interviewing him, and proposed a solution. Keep Reading

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Massie Bravely Resists Efforts To Pay Bureaucrats For Doing Nothing

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) was one of 7 Congressmen to vote on Friday against the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, which ensures back pay for federal bureaucrats after the end of the ongoing partial government shutdown. “When you pass a law to pay ALL FUTURE government salaries regardless of whether the government is funded or not, then you’ve effectively moved the entire government payroll from discretionary to non-discretionary spending,” Massie wrote on Twitter “Today’s bill was fundamentally flawed and dangerous.” “This bill makes it MORE likely that we will have MORE shutdowns. That’s why I voted No,” he added. Keep Reading

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Pompeo Publicly Backs Syria Withdrawal: Troop Presence “No Longer Makes Sense”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demonstrated his loyalty to the President by publicly backing Trump’s Syria withdrawal, despite reportedly privately disagreeing with it beforehand. “The U.S. efforts under President Trump in Syria have had extraordinary success. We’ve taken away more than 90 percent of the ISIS caliphate. … We will continue to keep the homeland safe from the threat from ISIS,” Pompeo told KMUW Wichita Public Radio. “But it no longer makes sense for there to be 2,000 soldiers stationed there.” “We’ve achieved that mission and now it’s time to make sure that we continue to fight ISIS – they… Keep Reading

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Rand Paul’s Wife Calls Out Democrats For Leak Of Senator’s Private Cell, Aggressive Harassment

The wife of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Kelley Paul, has called out Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) for his recent vocal endorsement of aggressive intimidation of Republican politicians by left-wing activists, in an op-ed for CNN. “I now keep a loaded gun by my bed,” Mrs. Paul wrote. “Our security systems have had to be expanded. I have never felt this way in my life.” She reminded readers that her husband has been the victim of two left-wing assassination attempts last year, including a mass shooter at a congressional baseball practice, and a local brute who left Sen. Paul hospitalized for… Keep Reading

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Rand Paul Traveling To Russia To Continue Trump Administration’s Russia Outreach

In the wake of the Trump-Putin summit, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has announced in a Politico op-ed that he will be making his own trip to Russia in order to further improve its relations with the United States. “In just a few weeks, I will take my own trip to Russia in an attempt to discuss common ground with their leaders and help prevent further, unnecessary escalation of tensions,” he wrote. “We will discuss trade, cultural exchanges and how to better work for peace and prosperity in the world.” The trip will not be in isolation, however. Paul has made… Keep Reading

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Freedom Caucus Candidate Prevails In AZ-8 Special Election Primary

Former State Sen. Debbie Lesko prevailed on Tuesday in the Republican special election primary to succeed outgoing Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) in Arizona’s 8th congressional district with 35.8% of the vote, beating her nearest challenger, former State Sen. Steve Montenegro, by 11 points. Lesko had been endorsed by Freedom Caucus leaders Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), as well as Arizona Caucus member Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and the Caucus’s political arm, the House Freedom Fund. She was known for her fiscally conservative record during her tenure in the Arizona state legislature, but was criticized by opponents for directing… Keep Reading

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Ajit Pai Receives NRA Award, Slams Big Government Intrusion Into The Internet

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai received the NRA’s ‘Courage Under Fire’ award on Friday during a panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) for his work in repealing the net neutrality rules instituted under the Obama administration. “The FCC is at its best when it unleashes the entrepreneurial spirit of markets as opposed to the all-knowing vortex of government,” Pai stated during the panel. “That means getting internet into rural areas, empowering entrepreneurs in all kinds of places to pursue their dreams, and giving people the ability to educate their kids, get healthcare, do all the things that… Keep Reading

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McGahn Lays Out Conservative Judicial Agenda At CPAC

White House Counsel Don McGahn laid out a conservative vision for judicial appointments during an address to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday. “Judicial selection and deregulation are the flip side of the same coin,” McGahn said, emphasizing how legislative policy and judicial appointments are intrinsically interlinked. McGahn went on to praise the staunchly constitutionalist Trump appointee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, who has thus far demonstrated an unflinching commitment to conservative values. “What really resonated with the president was [that] he was someone with impeccable credentials, wonderful character, great man, frankly stuck his neck out on… Keep Reading

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Paul Backs Trump On Pakistan: He “Comes From A Wing Of The Party That Represents A Lot Of The Things That I’ve Said”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has backed President Donald Trump’s call to reduce foreign aid to Pakistan, and is prepared to work closely with the administration to help achieve this objective. “I couldn’t agree more. I’ve been fighting to end aid to Pakistan for years and will again lead the charge in the Senate. Let’s make this happen,” Paul said in a tweet on Monday. After Paul had a phone conversation with the President on this issue on Tuesday, he decided to elaborate his position further during an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox News. “You know, I think most Americans… Keep Reading

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Rand Paul Calls For Investigation Into “High Ranking Obama Officials” Who May Have “Colluded” Against Trump

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has accused the Obama administration of having illegally attempted to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in a tweet sent out Thursday. “Time to investigate high ranking Obama government officials who might have colluded to prevent the election of [Donald Trump]!” Paul stated. “This could be WORSE than Watergate!” Paul has previously suggested that the Obama administration may have illegally spied on his own 2016 presidential campaign. “I have formally requested from the WH and the Intel Committees info on whether I was surveilled by Obama admin and or the Intel community!” Paul stated on… Keep Reading

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Republican Senators Tank Trump’s Libertarian-Leaning Ex-Im Nominee

President Donald Trump’s libertarian-leaning nominee to chair the Export-Import Bank, former Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), has been rejected by the Republican-controlled Senate Banking Committee. As a member of the House of Representatives, Garrett was a close associate of former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), and a member of the Freedom Caucus and the Liberty Caucus. He voted against the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, delivering a scathing critique of the institution on the House floor, and condemning it as a “corruption of the free enterprise system”. His staunch opposition to corporate welfare led to conflict with special interests who benefit substantially… Keep Reading

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Anti-Fed Rep. Jeb Hensarling Retiring, Allen West Considering Comeback Bid For Open Seat

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and a staunch critic of the Federal Reserve, has announced that he is retiring from Congress at the end of his term to a statement released to the press. “Today I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2018,” Hensarling stated. “Although service in Congress remains the greatest privilege of my life, I never intended to make it a lifetime commitment, and I have already stayed far longer than I had originally planned.” Hensarling was initially considered by President Donald Trump for Secretary… Keep Reading

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Bannon: Turkey “Biggest Danger” For The United States, Iran “Not Even Close”

Nationalist leader Steve Bannon slammed U.S. allies Turkey and Qatar in an interview with Saudi newspaper Asharq al-Awsat on Saturday. “Turkey is the biggest danger for us,” Bannon declared. “No, not even close to Iran,” he continued, waving his hand in dismissal of the popular notion that Iran and North Korea are the greatest threats the United States faces abroad. “We don’t read well what is going on in Turkey right now, under [Turkish President] Erdogan,” Bannon said. “This is an issue I am going to pursue hard.” Keep Reading

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Turning Point Launches New Expansion Into Canada

In the wake of the upcoming Conservative Party of Canada leadership election, Chicago-based conservative youth organization Turning Point USA has announced a groundbreaking expansion into Canada. Several Turning Point staffers with extensive knowledge of the new project spoke exclusively to The Liberty Conservative regarding it. Joshua Thifault, Advancement Director at Turning Point USA, said TP Canada’s launch was spurred by popular demand: “Turning Point Canada came about because so many Canadian students asked us to make resources available to them.” Keep Reading

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Did One Of Gary Johnson’s High Profile Endorsements Actually Vote For Donald Trump?

The New York Times recently interviewed venture capitalist and Trump adviser Peter Thiel, a figure well known to many in the liberty movement for his support for Ron Paul’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. During the interview, Thiel recounted a discussion with an individual who claimed to be supporting Donald Trump in private, while aligning himself with Gary Johnson in public: “I was having dinner last week with a high-profile venture capitalist and he said, ‘I’m voting for Trump but I have to lie and tell everyone I’m voting for Gary Johnson,’” the third-party candidate, said Mr. Thiel. “He was stunningly… Keep Reading

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