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Rise of the Ronverts: Break Up with Obama, Rebound with Ron Paul

When Obama failed to sidestep politics as usual, many disillusioned young voters found a refreshing alternative in Ron Paul.


In 2008, Moses Caballero was a 21-year-old activist in New York City who couldn’t wait to cast his first presidential vote for Barack Obama. He canvassed around Harlem, he proselytized to his friends, he attended rallies and meetings downtown. Coming from a family of hardcore Puerto Rican and Brazilian-American Democrats that voted for Charlie Rangel every election cycle, he “really couldn’t give a fuck about a Republican.” He was happy that Obama planned to get our troops out of Iraq. He liked the sound of making government more transparent.

“I really loved the idea of finally becoming part of the political process,” he says. “Like it mattered what I thought about government issues.” The fact that Obama was biracial topped it off. For his Harlem neighbors and family members, having a president of color “was monumental,” Moses says. “It felt important for us to back him. I thought he would support us.”

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The Fight for Medical Weed in Michigan Draws Ron Paul's Support

The dark-horse GOP presidential candidate is supporting medical-marijuana proponents in Michigan, who have a tough road ahead.


The people paying the most attention to the fight for the GOP presidential nomination are well-worn stereotypes at this point: rich white men, old ultra-conservatives, religious anti-abortion advocates, young people rebelling against all the Marxists at their liberal arts college. But there's another group you might not expect to care so much about Republican politics: pot smokers.

In Michigan, where medical marijuana has been legal since 2008, the state Supreme Court is set to hear two cases this week from people suing their Michigan localities for not allowing them to cultivate and otherwise possess marijuana. The duo of cases presents the kind of complex problem that continues to arise in a nation where state cannabis laws are increasingly different from prohibitive national ones, and where towns and counties can have their own pot laws that differ from the state in which they reside. Throughout all this madness, one Republican candidate has made it his goal time and again to say that he wants to drastically revamp America's drug policies. That candidate is Ron Paul, and Michigan residents are paying attention.

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The Spoiler: Ron Paul and the Democracy that Sets Us Up to Fail

Ron Paul-lover I'm not, but isn't it depressing that "spoiler" is the only function an independent candidate serves?


Continuing the primary pattern of 2012, Ron Paul has taken his turn basking in the GOP spotlight with a third-place finish at the Iowa caucus. Still, most pundits agree it's unlikely he'll get the party's nomination—even Paul himself isn't so confident—so some supporters have been calling for Ron Paul to run as an independent. If he does, it's not hard to imagine the outcome: He'll lose, splinter the conservative vote, and hand a victory to Obama.

How do we know this? Because that's what we assume about any independent or third-party candidate in a presidential election. When it comes to Congress, the results are a little more unpredictable—consider, for example, Florida's 2010 three-way race, in which GOP candidate Marco Rubio rode the wave of Tea Party fervor to beat out establishment Democrat Kendrick Meek and moderate Republican-turned-independent Charlie Crist. But in presidential elections, an independent is a "spoiler," not a visionary, the target of ire from the party most closely associated with his politics. Think Ross Perot. Or Ralph Nader.

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CPAC Ron Paul Video: Fox News Caught Faking It Again

Fox News used footage from last year's CPAC straw poll and represented it as being from this year.

Ron Paul won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference this year. But in its report, Fox News used footage of the announcement from last year's conference (where Paul also won) and represented it as being from this year. Fox News's Bill Hemmer then makes a big deal about how the crowd booed Paul, when that was actually not the case this year. The video is a little long, but worth watching.

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Why Are Police Raiding Raw Food Stores

While raw food advocates might not have any science behind their beliefs, all food lovers should be worried about the government's recent crackdown.

While raw food advocates might not have any conclusive science behind their beliefs, all food lovers should be worried about the government's recent crackdown.

On June 30, armed federal agents stormed Rawesome Foods in Venice, California. Four officers had their handguns drawn, and video of the raid shows them skirting boxes of produce in a warehouse. The alleged perpetrators had put their stash in a back cooler. What was it? Raw milk, straight from the udder, and full of what one Rawesome employee said was vibrational nutrients.

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