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Rand Paul: Promoting negotiations over war doesn’t make you a Putin sympathizer Responsible Statecraft
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If true, then why didn’t Biden and Scholz offer to give Zelensky political cover by first publicly declaring NATO would not allow Ukraine to join. Making Zelensky renounce NATO first would’ve led to his overthrow.https://t.co/C0r4gMTD7l
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) April 2, 2022
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I am running David Axelrod’s Twitter account today so I can red pill his followers into realizing Obama was a bad President. https://t.co/e1WjIjn5pt
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Our Famously Free Press
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Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.