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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,220
Thursday, June 18th, 2015
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In the News:

0) A brief update from the publisher
1) SC: White gunman kills nine at historic black church
2) Hong Kong: Legislature vetoes Beijing-backed “electoral reform” proposal
3) EU to extend Russia sanctions by six months
4) Yemen: 31 dead as blasts target Shia mosques
5) Marine convicted of murder in retrial of Iraqi civilian’s killing
6) Trump campaign offered actors $50 to cheer at presidential announcement
7) UN: Global refugee numbers reach alarming levels
8) US: Treasury to put woman on new $10 bill
9) Clinton proposes tax credit to boost youth employment
10) Russian science foundation fined in foreign agent dispute
11) Canada: Government websites taken down in cyber attack
12) Poll: Confidence in organized religion reaches all-time low
13) Syrian rebels advance near Golan; Damascus shelling kills 33
14) Documents challenge Clinton claim no classified intel on personal emails
15) Switzerland: 53 possible money-laundering cases in FIFA probe
16) Denmark to vote in close election
17) Egypt: Secret police detentions of activists on the rise
18) The ethics of killer robots
19) CA: Cab monopolists’ crony regulators try to kill Uber by screwing its drivers
20) Honduran army seizes hospitals after Social Security scandal

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The incredible vanishing minarchist
22) Just how bad has post-9/11 America become?
23) The most important question of our time
24) Lazy libertarians
25) Prisons without walls: We’re all inmates in the American police state
26) Bring on kitchen economics
27) King John might envy president Obama
28) There will never be enough good jobs again
29) Trans fat facts can beat Nanny State bans
30) Presidential primary: Proxy war between Kochs & GOP establishment
31) Why Bernie Sanders is perfect candidate for this moment
32) Hillary Clinton’s four fights
33) Trump
34) You’ve been warned — calls for mandatory “national service” for Americans aged 18-28 have begun
35) Today in history: Major gains for women’s rights
36) Love or hate Abercrombie and Fitch, they have rights too
37) Unholy alliance: Who is advising Pope Francis on global warming?
38) What fast-food workers are fighting for
39) Trade: Is Obama right this time?
40) “Coercive vs. optional libertarianism?”
41) The NSPCC: Still fostering fear and suspicion
42) Under the law, not beneath it
43) Corinthian College crisis
44) Do unemployment insurance benefits encourage reemployment?
45) Donald Trump, America’s most gifted political satirist
46) The Freedom Report Podcast, 06/17/15
47) Seven Days in May?
48) Ilya Somin on The Bob Zadek Show
49) Ed Stringham on The Tom Woods Show
50) Heartland Daily Podcast, 06/17/15

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***** In the News *****

0) A brief update from the publisher

Dear readers,

Yesterday was a “web only,” and I was afraid that might be the case for the rest of the week. Fortunately, everything went absolutely as well as it could possibly go, so we’re back with the regular email and Liberty.me editions today!

Tamara and I arrived at the hospital about 6am yesterday. After various preparatory things in radiology, etc., she went into surgery shortly after 8am. Everything went well and she was in the recovery room a little after noon; we were able to return home mid-afternoon. Naturally, there’s a lot more that has to happen — she’ll be home recovering through next week, there are lab reports to wait on, etc., and of course there will be a bunch of big bills, but everything is looking pretty good and I am back at work as of last night.

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Publisher
Rational Review News Digest / Freedom News Daily

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1) SC: White gunman kills nine at historic black church
Source: Buffalo News

“A white gunman opened fire Wednesday night at a historic black church in this city’s downtown, killing nine people before fleeing and setting off an overnight manhunt, the police said. At a news conference with Charleston’s mayor early Thursday, the police chief, Greg Mullen, called the shooting a hate crime. … Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. said the city was offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the gunman, whom the police described as a cleanshaven white man about 21 years old with sandy blond hair and wearing a gray sweatshirt, bluejeans and Timberland boots.” (06/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ovqofsa

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2) Hong Kong: Legislature vetoes Beijing-backed “electoral reform” proposal
Source: Reuters

“Hong Kong’s legislature on Thursday vetoed a China-vetted electoral reform package criticized by opposition pro-democracy lawmakers and activists as undemocratic, easing for now the prospect of fresh mass protests in the financial hub. The rejection had been expected and will likely appease some activists who had demanded a veto of what they call a ’fake’ democratic model for how the Chinese-controlled territory chooses its next leader in 2017. It will, however, be a blow to Beijing’s Communist leaders, who had pressured and cajoled the city’s pro-democracy lawmakers to back the blueprint that would have allowed a direct vote for the city’s chief executive, but with only pre-screened, pro-Beijing candidates on the ballot.” (06/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pe76osm

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3) EU to extend Russia sanctions by six months
Source: Sky News [Australia]

“EU member states have agreed to extend damaging economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis by another six months to the end of January 2016. The agreement by ambassadors from the 28 European Union nations meeting in Brussels will be formalised by foreign ministers from the bloc when they meet next week, officials said on Wednesday.” (06/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/psxdnx5

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4) Yemen: 31 dead as blasts target Shia mosques
Source: The Hindu [India]

“At least 31 people were killed on Wednesday and dozens wounded in five simultaneous blasts at Shia mosques and a house in the rebel-held Yemeni capital on the eve of Ramadan, medics and witnesses said. Two car bombs targeted mosques, while a third hit the house of the head of the Huthi rebels’ politburo, Saleh al-Sammad, witnesses and security officials said.” (06/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/peekls4

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5) Marine convicted of murder in retrial of Iraqi civilian’s killing
Source: NBC News

“A military jury has found a Marine sergeant guilty of murder in the retrial of a major Iraq war-crimes case involving the 2006 killing of a retired Iraqi policeman. The jury of three enlisted men and three military officers deliberated for over three hours Wednesday before reaching a verdict in the case of Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III. The defense argued the military inquiry was shoddy and did not support the allegations that Hutchins and his squad killed 52-year-old Hashim Ibrahim Awad from the village of Hamdania, and then planted an AK-47 rifle next to his bullet-riddled body to make it look like he was an insurgent.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/okjy5af

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6) Trump campaign offered actors $50 to cheer at presidential announcement
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

“Donald Trump’s big presidential announcement Tuesday was made a little bigger with help from paid actors — at $50 a pop. New York-based Extra Mile Casting sent an email last Friday to its client list of background actors, seeking extras to beef up attendance at Trump’s event. … The pay was listed as $50 for less than three hours of work. According to the email, Extra Mile was reaching out to potential extras in partnership with Gotham Government Relations and Communications, a New York-Based political consulting group that has worked with Trump in the past. Gotham GR had no comment.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p22zr3h

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7) UN: Global refugee numbers reach alarming levels
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

“Syria overtook Afghanistan to become the world’s biggest source of refugees last year, while the number of people forced from their homes by conflicts worldwide rose to a record 59.5 million, the United Nations’ refugee agency said Thursday. Pointing to crises in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Burundi and elsewhere, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said he doesn’t expect any improvement in 2015.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p8cwmrw

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8) US: Treasury to put woman on new $10 bill
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is set to announce on Thursday that Alexander Hamilton, whose likeness has been featured on the ten dollar bill since 1929, will be making way for a woman. The new ten will be unveiled in 2020 to correspond with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the US constitution, which granted women the right to vote. The treasury will decide which women will be featured on the new bill this summer, and it is possible that Alexander Hamilton, the first head of the US treasury, will remain incorporated into the design.” (06/18/15)

http://www.dw.de/us-treasury-to-put-a-woman-on-the-10-bill/a-18524565

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9) Clinton proposes tax credit to boost youth employment
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Taking aim at unemployment among younger Americans, Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday proposed using tax credits to encourage businesses to train young people. Speaking at a technical college in South Carolina, Clinton proposed giving businesses a tax credit of $1,500 for each apprentice they hire. The program, she said, is focused on workers at all stages of life, not just high school students like the one who introduced her at the school.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pt8mcl9

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10) Russian science foundation fined in foreign agent dispute
Source: Omaha World

“A Moscow court on Wednesday fined Russia’s largest private donor supporting science for refusing to register as a foreign agent. Critics say the government is using the law — directed at foreign-funded organizations engaged in loosely defined political activities — to hound NGOs which are critical of the Kremlin.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pee9npg

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11) Canada: Government websites taken down in cyber attack
Source: Reuters

“Several Canadian government websites and servers were taken down in a cyber attack on Wednesday, the government said, with the hacking group Anonymous taking responsibility in what it said was retaliation for a new anti-terrorism law passed by Canada’s lawmakers. The general website for government services, canada.ca, as well as the site of Canada’s spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), were among those affected. Tony Clement, the cabinet minister responsible for the Treasury Board, confirmed on his Twitter account the cyber attacks on government websites. The government said the attack also affected email, Internet access and information technology assets, but that it was working to restore the services.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qx8sh5a

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12) Poll: Confidence in organized religion reaches all-time low
Source: Raw Story

“Confidence in organized religion has been in a downward spiral since at least the 1970s. It’s still more popular than Congress, but that’s not saying much. According to a recent Gallup poll, confidence in organized religion reached an all-time low of 42 percent this year. The decline became noticeably steep in the ’80s, with the biggest drop off in the early 2000s, when news of the Catholic Church’s widespread child rape and cover up broke, according to Gallup. A dramatic 15 percentage point drop (from 60 to 45) can be seen on Gallup’s graph around the years 2001 and 2002.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p495oah

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13) Syrian rebels advance near Golan; Damascus shelling kills 33
Source: St. Augustine Record

“Syrian rebels launched a wide-ranging offensive against government positions near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday, after shelling in and around Damascus killed at least 33 people, activists said. The rebels of the Southern Front alliance and the so-called Haramoun Army targeted several areas in the Golan, including the towns and villages of Quneitra, Khan Arnabeh, Baath, Jiba and the base of Brigade 90, the main government force in the region, said opposition activist Jamal al-Jolani, who is based in southern Syria.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pvoetw3

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14) Documents challenge Clinton claim no classified intel on personal emails
Source: Fox News

“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used her personal email account to handle high level negotiations in 2011 for a no-fly zone to help topple Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, according to a series of emails obtained by Fox News, challenging her claim the private server did not hold classified information. The emails conflict with Clinton’s statement that she did not put national security at risk by using a personal account. ’I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material,’ Clinton, now a candidate for president, told reporters in March. ’I’m certainly well-aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material.’ That claim was hard to test because emails released by the State Department are heavily blacked out.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/py88ju3

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15) Switzerland: 53 possible money-laundering cases in FIFA probe
Source: Tacoma News Tribune

“Banks in Switzerland have reported 53 possible acts of money-laundering in the investigation of FIFA’s 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests, the country’s attorney-general said Wednesday. Michael Lauber said the ’suspicious bank relations’ were filed to comply with Switzerland’s regulations against money laundering.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p3alqmj

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16) Denmark to vote in close election
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Denmark goes to the polls on Thursday in a general election which opinion polls suggest is on a knife edge. The centre-left coalition of PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and the centre-right opposition led by ex-PM Lars Lokke Rasmussen, appear to be neck and neck. But the pollsters have only canvassed the Danish mainland – and voters in Greenland and the Faroe Islands may decide the vote. Minor issues like a Faroes fishing dispute could influence the result. The islands’ fishing community is still angry at Ms Thorning-Schmidt for barring its boats from Danish ports in a 2013 dispute over alleged overfishing.” (06/17/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33171549

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17) Egypt: Secret police detentions of activists on the rise
Source: Watertown Public Opinion

“The knock on the door came just before midnight, a group of plainclothes police demanding that 29-year-old Fatma el-Sayed, an activist with one of Egypt’s secular opposition groups, come with them. Her father pleaded to accompany her, but they took her away, alone. For the next four days, el-Sayed was kept in a cell in the security agency headquarters in her home town of Alexandria — off official records, essentially disappeared into Egypt’s labyrinth of detention facilities.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/poqf75o

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18) The ethics of killer robots
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Within a few decades, perhaps sooner, robotic weapons will likely be able to pick and attack targets — including humans — with no human controller needed. To a Pentagon actively conducting research in this area, the technology can increase the precision of drones and help keep more troops out of harm’s way. Others proponents add that it could reduce emotional and irrational human decisionmaking on the battlefield, which can lead to atrocities large and small. Several countries are pursuing so-called lethal autonomous weapons systems.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pen4yha

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19) CA: Cab monopolists’ crony regulators try to kill Uber by screwing its drivers
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel

“The California labor commissioner has ruled that an Uber driver is an employee of the company, not a contract worker as Uber has insisted all its drivers are, setting up another battle between state regulators and the ride-hailing giant. Uber on Tuesday filed a notice of appeal with San Francisco Superior Court, preparing to argue against the Labor Commissioner’s decision, which ordered Uber to pay Barbara Berwick, a San Francisco driver for Uber from July to September of last year, $4,152 to cover the costs of vehicle mileage and tolls, The June 3 ruling was filed in state court on Tuesday.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oen5ctj

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20) Honduran army seizes hospitals after Social Security scandal
Source: ABC News

“Honduran soldiers are taking over public hospitals and medicine storage warehouses to guarantee the supply of drugs to patients after a recent fraud and graft scandal rocked the Social Security Institute. President Juan Orlando Hernandez says the army will perform an inventory to determine whether there are shortages that must be addressed. It will then identify private providers capable of guaranteeing price, quality and distribution.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p3xqojt

***** Everybody Has An Opinion *****

21) The incredible vanishing minarchist
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“In the 70s and 80s, a great intellectual battle waged between two libertarian factions: minarchists and anarcho-capitalists. In 1974, the Libertarian Party papered-over the dispute with one of the oddest compromises in political history: the Dallas Accord. Under its terms, the LP platform remained silent on the very question of whether government should exist! Since then, libertarians have definitely moderated. But as far as I can tell, the moderation led to the near-demise not of anarcho-capitalism, but of minarchism!” (06/17/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/06/the_incredible_3.html

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22) Just how bad has post-9/11 America become?
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall

“Last week the United Nations Human Rights Council released a report on the state of human rights in Eritrea. … The report’s findings describe the behaviors of a brutal totalitarian regime that engages in ’systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations’ with ’no accountability’ and ’a total lack of rule of law’ (p. 14). For anyone concerned with human rights the UN report makes for a depressing read. For those concerned with civil liberties in the U.S., what is most shocking is that that the report’s findings also describe many of the behaviors of the U.S. government.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o9zpse8

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23) The most important question of our time
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The question that U.S. presidential candidates should be discussing and debating is this one: What should be the role of government in a free society? In fact, that’s the question that every American should also be discussing and debating.” (06/17/15)

http://fff.org/2015/06/17/important-question-time/

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24) Lazy libertarians
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Libertarians like to consider themselves the paragons of personal responsibility. However, time and again, I see that a lot of libertarians putting more effort into making excuses for their laziness than doing anything productive. Using secure communication tools is one of these areas where supposedly responsible libertarians like to be entirely irresponsible. This is kind of ironic because libertarians tend to be the ones bitching about government surveillance the loudest.” (06/17/15)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2015/06/16/lazy-libertarians/

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25) Prisons without walls: We’re all inmates in the American police state
Source: The Daily Bell
by John W Whitehead

“’Free worlders’ is prison slang for those who are not incarcerated behind prison walls. Supposedly, those fortunate souls live in the ’free world.’ However, appearances can be deceiving. ’As I got closer to retiring from the Federal Bureau of Prisons,’ writes former prison employee Marlon Brock, ’it began to dawn on me that the security practices we used in the prison system were being implemented outside those walls.’ In fact, if Brock is right, then we ’free worlders’ do live in a prison — albeit, one without visible walls.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/opx9psf

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26) Bring on kitchen economics
Source: Reuters
by Edward Hadas

“The new buzzword among academic economics is ’mathiness.’ The word was coined by Paul Romer, a professor at the Stern School of Business of New York University who is often considered a candidate for the economics Nobel Prize. He says his academic opponents hide intellectual prejudice behind abstract models which are not really mathematical, just math-y. Romer understates the problem. Equations muddle almost all economic debates. Romer coined the word as part of an argument around what is known as growth theory, which analyses the drivers of prosperity. He explains his own view with a helpful non-mathematical model. Think of a kitchen, he says.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oxuwrnm

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27) King John might envy president Obama
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“King John of England, who 800 years ago this week was forced at Runnymede to affix his Great Seal to Magna Carta — which at least in theory subordinated his power to law — might have envied President Obama. Sure, Obama also pays lip service to idea that the executive is subject to law. But what happens when he acts like an autocrat? Nothing. King John had to contend with rebellious barons who resisted his taxes to finance losing wars and other impositions. Obama has no effective opposition to contend with. He is free to fight wars as he pleases, never worrying that he might be deprived of the revenues he needs to engage in his far-flung killing.” (06/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nh6zpne

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28) There will never be enough good jobs again
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“It’s over. Except for a short moment or a wild and self-exhausting governmental mandate (both of which are doubtful), there will never again be enough ’good jobs’ to go around. That model is gone and we need to root it out of our imaginations. Sure, there will be some good jobs, but nowhere near enough. About half of the Western world is already on the dole in one form or another.” (06/15/15)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/never-be-enough-good-jobs-again

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29) Trans fat facts can beat Nanny State bans
Source: USA Today
by staff

“Mention trans fat, and while many people might not know exactly what it is, odds are they know it’s bad for them. That knowledge, along with labeling requirements and market forces, cut trans fat consumption by nearly 80% since 2003. Quite a public health coup. On Tuesday, seeking to build on that success and get rid of even more artificial trans fat, the Food and Drug Administration outlawed its most common source (partially hydrogenated oil) and gave companies three years to eliminate it from their products. Restaurants will have to do the same.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pnd8lnd

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30) Presidential primary: Proxy war between Kochs & GOP establishment
Source: The American Prospect
by Adele M. Stan

“There’s a battle brewing in the Republican Party, one that could be acted out in a most unseemly way in the nomination contest for the GOP standard-bearer. The wrangling between the Republican establishment and the Koch wing of the party promises some great entertainment for liberals who follow the presidential primaries; unfortunately, it also promises to be bad for our democracy. At this early stage in the presidential campaign, Scott Walker, the Koch-made Wisconsin governor, leads the pack in Iowa, polling at 18 percent, according to a June survey by Morning Consult. The likely establishment choice, a candidate formerly known as Jeb Bush (now just ’Jeb!’), is tied for second with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul, the U.S. senator from Kentucky.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ofeb7l2

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31) Why Bernie Sanders is perfect candidate for this moment
Source: In These Times
by Theo Anderson

“The day before President Barack Obama gave his 2014 State of the Union address, in which he made economic inequality the centerpiece, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) made an appearance on CNN’s ’Situation Room.’ About halfway through the segment, he started to lose his cool. Sanders and Michele Bachmann, the former Republican representative from Minnesota, had been trading verbal jabs for several minutes and stepping all over each other’s lines, when they landed on the subject of Social Security. ’Do you believe in the chained CPI?’ Sanders asked Bachmann, referring to an idea then being considered that would have decreased payments for cost-of-living adjustments in Social Security benefits. He wanted Bachmann to concede that the GOP aimed to cut Social Security. She alternately dodged the question and scolded him for lying.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pvl4v77

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32) Hillary Clinton’s four fights
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner

“If anyone thought Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was going to mean a replay of the 1990s, we were wrong. Instead, the campaign she relaunched on Saturday is much more of a return to the 1930s. The woman who, as First Lady, reputedly communed with the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt now seeks to transform herself into the reincarnation of Franklin Roosevelt.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pknczo4

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33) Trump
Source: The Cagle Post
by Randy Bish

Cartoon. (06/17/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/06/trump-2/

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34) You’ve been warned — calls for mandatory “national service” for Americans aged 18-28 have begun
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“This is one of the most important articles I will write all year. The statists are coming for your kids, and the conditioning has already begun. Last night, I came across one of the most horrifying articles I have ever read, which is saying a lot. Before I get into it, take a look at the title and the tagline: ’How to Defeat ISIS With Millennial Spirit and Service: Terrorism and other 21st-century challenges require sacrifice shared by all Americans.’” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q8tau4j

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35) Today in history: Major gains for women’s rights
Source: Students For Liberty
by Alex McHugh

“June 17th was an exciting day for women’s rights! On this day in 1873, Susan B. Anthony was standing trial for a heinous crime: she had attempted to vote in the previous November’s presidential election. The judge ruled against her and she was ordered to pay a $100 fine. But Anthony used the conviction to her advantage, distributing copies of the court proceedings to fellow activists. She never paid a penny of the fine.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qhj4j8y

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36) Love or hate Abercrombie and Fitch, they have rights too
Source: The Canal
by Anne Butcher

“Abercrombie & Fitch is the sort of company that makes people hate freedom. The Supreme Court recently manifested this sentiment when they ruled it was illegal for the company to use their ’look policy’ to discriminate against Muslims in headscarves. Since employment discrimination is (rightfully) unpopular, it would seem that giving companies the freedom to do so is a bad idea, because they might take advantage of it. However, taking this freedom away from Abercrombie isn’t right either, because people who run businesses have rights too.” (06/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/orn5gkb

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37) Unholy alliance: Who is advising Pope Francis on global warming?
Source: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Catherine Snow

“With the much anticipated release of Francis’ environmental encyclical, Laudato Si, this week, many faithful who rightly see this pope as yes, Catholic, will nonetheless be focused on the weight of the environmental assertions and claims that fill this nearly 200-page document. And the questions will begin with those who have been enlisted to promote Laudato Si, some of whom are decidedly on the wrong side of Catholic teaching.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pfvz2v4

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38) What fast-food workers are fighting for
Source: The Nation
by Michelle Chen

“They could have gone on for days, telling their stories about the day-to-day stresses, like choosing between eating and keeping the lights on, taking on a night shift to pay for daycare, or maybe skipping lunch so your kids can eat today. The New York State Labor Department’s Fast Food Wage Board heard many workers on Monday talk about the creative ways they survived on fast-food wages in the city, but all of these stories concluded with a simple demand: $15 an hour.” (06/1715)

http://tinyurl.com/nqp6zgc

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39) Trade: Is Obama right this time?
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Jacques Delacroix

“Pres. Obama has an early draft of an international trade agreement with a large number of Pacific countries. Such agreements eliminate or lower trade barriers. So, first, they make it easier for economic actors from one country to buy a and sell things to economic actors from another country. That’s because all trade barriers are hidden taxes on consumers. They all raise prices above where they should be. Get rid of them, have more real income. Second, the lowering or the elimination of trade barriers ultimately result in something almost magical: Economic actors stop doing what they are doing badly and start focusing on what they do well.” (06/16/15)

http://notesonliberty.com/2015/06/16/trade-is-obama-right-this-time/

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40) “Coercive vs. optional libertarianism?”
Source: Reformed Libertarian
by C Jay Engel

“Michael S. Rozeff, whom I generally enjoy, has recently expressed his disagreement with the Rand Paul method of achieving freedom. Essentially, his argument is that Rand Paul is partaking in what Rozeff calls ’coercive libertarianism,’ that is the belief that freedom can be won ’by abolishing government programs, taxes and associated laws.’ He contrasts this with ’optional libertarianism,’ which is ’making such programs, taxes and associated laws optional.’ While I enjoy Rozeff generally, and like him am not completely sure Rand will be great for the libertarian movement, I am not convinced by Rozeff’s distinction.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/py4p8he

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41) The NSPCC: Still fostering fear and suspicion
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“The headlines were typically sensational. ’Number of sexual assaults reported on children rises to 85 a day.’ ’Reports of child abuse rising sharply.’ ’Child sex abuse at 10-year high.’ The occasion for such all-too-familiar scaremongering? Yep, that’s right, it’s the latest encyclical from the high priests of the child-protection industry, the NSPCC.” (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pqgld5k

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42) Under the law, not beneath it
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta Libertatum this week, I noted how a document intended to serve the very upper classes, by limiting each others’ powers, led to liberty for all. The Nation, on the other hand, used it to excoriate the Citizens United ruling.” (06/17/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/06/17/under-the-law-not-beneath-it/

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43) Corinthian College crisis
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Michael Highsmith

“The closure of Corinthian has left 16,000 students in quite the predicament. Many have taken on burdensome student loans, and now their school is closed. In response, the Department of Education (DOE) announced a plan to wipe the debt slate clean for all students that attended these schools, a move that potentially could cost taxpayers $3.6 billion. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan defended the plan saying, ’You’d have to be made of stone not to feel for these students.’ While I agree wholeheartedly that it is more than a minor inconvenience to have your school close, this is the wrong course of action.” (06/17/15)

http://www.showmedaily.org/2015/06/corinthian-college-crisis.html

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44) Do unemployment insurance benefits encourage reemployment?
Source: National Center Policy Analysis
by Jiawen Chen and Pamela Villarreal

“During the 2008 Recession, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program provide the long-term unemployed an unprecedented maximum 99 weeks of benefits. The Obama administration urged extension of this unprecedented program, but Congress did not reauthorize it, and the benefits ended January 1, 2014. The President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a report just before the program ended. It argued extending unemployment benefits can contribute to economic growth and lower the poverty.” (06/17/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25764

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45) Donald Trump, America’s most gifted political satirist
Source: The New Republic
by Elspeth Reeve

“Do you feel a little embarrassed when you watch Donald Trump? A little ashamed? I do. And I think that’s why so many critics, mostly haters and losers, argue that Donald Trump should be ignored, that he is a fake presidential candidate who cares about nothing but his own vanity, that there are fringe candidates with better credentials who can add more to our political discourse. That’s probably all true, but Trump still deserves to be showered with the attention he craves. Because Donald Trump is an artist. And his masterpiece is the way he brilliantly skewers the American political system and exposes just how easy it is to make your way through a presidential campaign on bullshit alone.” (06/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qyyteup

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46) The Freedom Report Podcast, 06/17/15
Source: The Libertarian Republic

“Celebrity entrepreneur Donald Trump announced his run for president yesterday, and the Freedom Report podcast is here to tell you exactly what we think.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/17/15)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/dump-trump-2016-podcast/

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47) Seven Days in May?
Source: CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney

“Less than two years ago, no one thought that Washington would topple a regime on Moscow’s doorstep, insert a US-backed stooge in Kiev, arm and train neo-Nazi extremists in the Ukrainian Army, instigate and oversee a vicious war of aggression in the East, threaten to deploy NATO to within five hundred miles of the Russian capital, reassemble the Iron Curtain by building up forces, weaponry and missile systems in E. Europe and the Balkans, and repeatedly provoke a nuclear-armed adversary (Russia) by launching asymmetrical attacks on its economy, its financial system and its currency. The reason Washington pursued such a risky strategy is because EU-Russian economic integration posed a direct threat to US global hegemony, so steps had to be taken to thwart the project.” (06/17/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/06/17/seven-days-in-may/

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48) Ilya Somin on The Bob Zadek Show
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“In his new book, *The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain*, Ilya Somin offers the definitive account of the case as it has impacted broader trends in American jurisprudence. Somin joins Bob … to expose the special interests that are preventing effective eminent domain reforms at various levels of government.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ohzfwrp

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49) Ed Stringham on The Tom Woods Show
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“The kill rate of American police will surprise you. Ed Stringham gives us the data, as well as the radical libertarian solution.” [various formats] (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ooox55c

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50) Heartland Daily Podcast, 06/17/15
Source: Heartland Institute

“In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Heather Kays, managing editor of School Reform News speaks with Leslie Hiner of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. Kays and Hiner discuss the progress of educational savings accounts (ESAs).” [Flash video] (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pkh5opa

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Thomas L. Knapp
R. Lee Wrights
Mary Lou Seymour
Steve Trinward
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