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Ron Paul: Will Congress Endorse Obama’s War Plans? Does it Matter?

President Obama announced this weekend that he has decided to use military force against Syria and would seek authorization from Congress when it returned from its August break. Every Member ought to vote against this reckless and immoral use of the US military. But even if every single Member and Senator votes for another war, it will not make this terrible idea any better because some sort of nod is given to the Constitution along the way.

Mises Institute Explains How The State Destroys Social Cooperation

Many of our present economic difficulties, while blamed by politicians on freedom and markets, are in fact the long-run effects of government policies emphasizing short-run, visible benefits that mask hidden or delayed costs. In particular, our economic woes reflect government’s reliance on coercion, whose harmful effects expand over time, in contrast to voluntary cooperation, whose beneficial effects expand over time.

White House Quiet Mouse On Syria; Union Members Quit AFL-CIO Over Obamacare; Fed Employees Get 1 Percent Raise; Russia Warns Travelers On U.S. Extradition; Rodman’s ‘Friendly Gesture’ To Hermit Kingdom – Tuesday Morning News Roundup 9-3-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

Does Pelosi Know If She Wants To Be House Speaker Again?

Does Pelosi Know If She Wants To Be House Speaker Again?

While Democrats hope to topple the Republican grip on the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2014 Presidential midterm elections, former majority leader (and current minority leader) Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has indicated she isn’t interested in returning to a gavel position if her party regains control.

U.S. Gives Money To Israel, Sets Aside Money To Thwart Israeli Spies

U.S. Gives Money To Israel, Sets Aside Money To Thwart Israeli Spies

The fiscal year 2013 “black budget” obtained from National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden by The Washington Post reveals that U.S. officials view Israel as one of the Nation’s top spying threats.

High Taxes Mean Less Revenue For Some States

High Taxes Mean Less Revenue For Some States

Higher income taxes mean more money for a State, right? Well, not exactly. According to the Tax Foundation’s State Migration Calculator, the nine U.S. States with the highest income tax rates lost a combined $90.05 billion in adjusted gross income between 2000 and 2010.

Obamacare’s Widening Gyre Of Inaccessibility For Low-Wage Workers

Obamacare’s Widening Gyre Of Inaccessibility For Low-Wage Workers

The low-wage service industry is likely to continue an already-begun trend of paring back employee hours (an effort to dodge Obamacare’s 30-hour insurance threshold) until the number of low-wage earners working part time makes the recession-era service economy, in hindsight, look like a veritable job fair.

An Illustration Of How The NSA Misleads The Public Without Technically Lying

An Illustration Of How The NSA Misleads The Public Without Technically Lying

Often, you have to carefully parse National Security Agency statements to root out deception and misinformation, and a recent statement the agency gave The Wall Street Journal is no different. The NSA has tried to deflect an accurate story with its same old word games.

Facebook Adding Facial Recognition ‘For Privacy’

Facebook Adding Facial Recognition ‘For Privacy’

Facebook changed the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities portion of its user disclosure on Thursday in order to accommodate a novel use of its members’ personal information: using their profile pictures to help enrich the company’s facial recognition technology.

Ron Paul Says U.S. May Be Setting Itself Up For Big Problems

Ron Paul Says U.S. May Be Setting Itself Up For Big Problems

Last week, former Representative Ron Paul said that the United States should avoid meddling in the Syrian civil war, because U.S. intervention will benefit al-Qaida. The former lawmaker also posited that al-Qaida may have been responsible for the reported use of chemical weapons that has been blamed on Syrian leader Bashar Assad.

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