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In the News:

1) Mueller asks court to let him hide evidence because !THEM RUSSIANS! might be watching
2) Georgia: Kvirikashvili resigns after mass protests
3) Poll: More than half of Americans approve of Trump’s handling of North Korea
4) Trump, Iranians spar over oil prices ahead of OPEC meeting
5) Fed raises key rate and sees possible acceleration in hikes
6) Sources: Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen likely to cooperate as his attorneys leave case
7) CO: Dancing FBI shooter arrested
8) CA: Oakland jogger who trashed homeless camp jailed after return to scene
9) FERC commissioners: No national security risk from coal plant closures
10) NV: Pimp/tv star wins GOP primary, rejoices with Heidi Fleiss
11) CA: Proposal to split state in three makes November ballot
12) Target removing “Baby Daddy” Father’s Day cards after shoppers call them “an insult”
13) TN: Woman sues NASA over ownership of moon dust vial
14) McCabe sues DoJ, FBI for materials related to his firing
15) Boehner: Feds should “get out of the way” of cannabis legalization
16) Russian media calls Singapore a “victory” for Kim, warns Trump at risk of “being manipulated”
17) OPCW: Sarin, chlorine “very likely used” in 2017 strikes in Syria
18) American Medical Association declares war on patients’ rights
19) SC: Sanford loses congressional re-election primary after Trump urges his ouster
20) Japan: Regime enacts law lowering age of adulthood to 18

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Whatever happens next, the Trump-Kim summit is a win
22) Caging children, separating families: Has the war on immigration gone too far?
23) Confronting America the torturer
24) Discrimination should be left legally alone
25) Mueller indictments still don’t add up to collusion
26) Centrists [sic] very concerned that “Donald fucking Trump is not hawkish enough”
27) What Anthony Bourdain taught me about economics
28) Trump’s high-risk game of nuclear “deal or no deal”
29) Against “free speech”
30) FAA puts “diversity” over safety
31) We have an effective competition policy. It’s called free trade.
32) Social Security & Medicare are slowly dying, but no one in Washington will lift a finger
33) Without government, who will build the roads? Domino’s Pizza, apparently
34) Demeritocracy
35) Quantum Vibe, 06/13/18
36) Patriarchy defender
37) How to believe in free speech
38) The “ugh” heard round the world: Mika Brzezinski on the Kim-Trump summit
39) Loosening marijuana laws could reduce officer cash grabs
40) Obama created his “cartoon” president
41) Trump should hurt Sessions by helping drug offenders
42) Does it matter?
43) The real reason Facebook and Netflix support Net Neutrality
44) Despite murky details, summit sends North Korea clear message: Welcome to the club
45) Liberals criticizing Korea summit from the right; here’s why they have it all wrong
46) Tyranny comes home: The domestic fate of US militarism
47) President Trump’s confused approach to trade is one giant contradiction
48) The Democratic Party’s 2018 view of identity politics is confusing, and thus appears cynical and opportunistic
49) The summit
50) How corporate media got the Trump-Kim summit all wrong

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 06/13/18
52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 06/13/18
53) Scott Adams Says, 06/13/18
54) Intercepted, 06/13/18
55) Essential Libertarianism, episode 34
56) Humans of Bitcoin, 06/12/18
57) Free Talk Live, 06/12/18
58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1177
59) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 206
60) Cato Daily Podcast, 06/12/18

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

1) Mueller asks court to let him hide evidence because !THEM RUSSIANS! might be watching
Source: The Hill

“Attorneys for special counsel Robert Mueller want a judge to limit how much evidence can be shared with a defendant accused of aiding Russia’s ongoing election interference efforts, arguing that such a disclosure could aid Russian intelligence. The Associated Press reports that lawyers on Mueller’s team asked a judge on Tuesday to impose limits on the information that can be shared between defense attorneys and Yevgeny Prigozhin, a wealthy Russian businessman charged in Mueller’s probe of 2016 Russian election meddling efforts. According to the court filings, evidence sought by Prigozhin’s attorneys include the names of individuals thought to be part of the election interference effort who have yet to be charged by Mueller’s team.” (06/13/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/391935-mueller-asks-court-to-protect-evidence-from-russians-in-case-against

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2) Georgia: Kvirikashvili resigns after mass protests
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Giorgi Kvirikashvili, prime minister of Georgia, has announced his resignation amid a disagreement with Bidzina Ivanishvili, the leader of the ruling party. … Kvirikashvili, 50, has been the country’s prime minister since 2015. The prime minister’s resignation comes amid growing popular discontent over his government’s handling of the economy and after mass protests in recent months. Under the Georgian constitution, a prime minister’s resignation leads to the resignation of the entire cabinet. The ruling party, Georgian Dream, has seven days to nominate a prime minister who will be appointed by the country’s largely figurehead president.” (06/13/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/georgia-prime-minister-resigns-mass-protests-180613162628527.html

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3) Poll: More than half of Americans approve of Trump’s handling of North Korea
Source: Raw Story

“Just over half of all Americans say they approve of how President Donald Trump has handled North Korea, but only a quarter think that his summit this week with Kim Jong Un will lead to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Wednesday. In a joint declaration following their meeting in Singapore on Tuesday, the North Korean leader pledged to move toward complete denuclearization and Trump vowed to guarantee the security of the United States’ old foe. Forty percent of those polled said they did not believe the countries would stick to their commitments. Another 26 percent said they believed the United States and North Korea would meet their commitments, while 34 percent said they did not know whether they would follow through. Thirty-nine percent believe the summit has lowered the threat of nuclear war between the United States and nuclear-armed North Korea, slightly more than the 37 percent who said they did not believe it changed anything.” (06/13/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/half-americans-approve-trumps-handling-north-korea-reuters-ipsos-poll

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4) Trump, Iranians spar over oil prices ahead of OPEC meeting
Source: Reuters

“U.S. President Donald Trump and Iran exchanged sharp words over oil prices on Wednesday, with Trump blaming OPEC for high oil prices and Tehran accusing him of stoking volatility after he withdrew last month from a global nuclear arms deal with Iran. Trump sparked the latest back-and-forth when he renewed his attack on OPEC in a tweet that said oil prices are too high and that the cartel was ‘at it again.’ Oil prices have risen around 60 percent over the last year after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and some non-OPEC producers, including Russia, started reducing supplies in 2017. The cartel meets June 22-23 in Vienna, and producers are seen as likely to raise production, perhaps before the limits are due to sunset at year-end.” (06/13/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-oil/trump-iran-spar-over-oil-prices-ahead-of-opec-meeting-idUSKBN1J91ID

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5) Fed raises key rate and sees possible acceleration in hikes
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The Federal Reserve took note of a resilient U.S. economy Wednesday by raising its benchmark interest rate for the second time this year and signaling that it may step up its pace of rate increases. The Fed now foresees four rate hikes this year, up from the three it had previously forecast. The action means consumers and businesses will face higher loan rates over time. The central bank raised its key short-term rate by a modest quarter-point to a still-low range of 1.75 percent to 2 percent. With the economy now nine years into an expansion, the move reflects the steadiness of growth, the job market’s strength and inflation that’s finally nearing the Fed’s target level. Economists said the Fed left little doubt that it’s prepared to increase the pace of its credit tightening.” (06/13/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Fed-raises-key-rate-and-sees-possible-12991362.php

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6) Sources: Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen likely to cooperate as his attorneys leave case
Source: ABC News

“Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime confidant and former personal attorney, is likely to cooperate with federal investigators, as his lawyers are expected to leave the case, sources said. To date, Cohen has been represented by Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison of the Washington and New York firm, McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, but a source representing this matter has disclosed to ABC News that they are not expected to represent him going forward. No replacement counsel has been identified as of this time. Cohen, who has been under criminal investigation for months, which is separate from the special counsel case, has been rushing to meet U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood’s Friday deadline to complete a privilege review of over 3.7 million documents seized in the April 9 raids of Cohen’s New York properties and law office.” (06/13/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/US/trump-lawyer-michael-cohen-cooperate-attorneys-leave-case/story?id=55861988

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7) CO: Dancing FBI shooter arrested
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“An FBI agent whose gun went off after it flew from his pants while he was dancing at a Denver nightclub earlier this month has turned himself in to face charges, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office. Authorities identified the agent as Chase Bishop, 29. He faces one count of second-degree assault and could face more charges, pending the results of a blood alcohol content analysis, Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said Tuesday.” (06/13/18)

https://www.ajc.com/news/national/dancing-fbi-agent-accused-accidental-shooting-arrested/9qFHTfkUmOB8hUFWEV0tKJ/

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8) CA: Oakland jogger who trashed homeless camp jailed after return to scene
Source: USA Today

“A jogger filmed dismantling a homeless man’s encampment at an Oakland, California, park was apparently arrested after returning to the scene of the incident and getting caught on camera — again. Henry Sintay, 30, was arrested Monday on suspicion of robbery by Oakland police, area station KTVU reported, with authorities claiming Sintay stole the phone of a bystander who filmed him after he returned Saturday to the lakeside park where the homeless man’s camp was destroyed the day prior. ‘Is this that same dude?’ asked Matt Nelson, the bystander, in a Facebook livestream on Saturday. Footage appears to show the jogger who allegedly threw a homeless man’s belongings in Lake Merritt. He wades in the waters to retrieve soaked items, introducing himself as ‘Henry.’ ‘Why am I getting in the lake to pick it up? Because was trying to do the f–– right thing,’ he says. ‘I don’t like to pollute the lake. Do you?’ He asks if he’s being filmed, then grabs the camera. A struggle ensues as the camera spins wildly. ‘I’m being attacked!’ a voice screams. Then the sound of running footsteps.” (06/13/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/06/13/oakland-jogger-arrested-after-destroying-homeless-camp-reports-say/698104002

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9) FERC commissioners: No national security risk from coal plant closures
Source: The Hill

“Federal energy regulators on Tuesday indicated they do not see a national security risk from the closure of coal and nuclear power plants in the U.S. Asked by Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing whether they believed the U.S. faced a national security emergency in wholesale power markets because of the closures, none of the five members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) answered in the affirmative. Four of the five members were appointed by President Trump. Energy Secretary Rick Perry last fall submitted a controversial proposal to subsidize struggling U.S. coal and nuclear plants, arguing it was necessary to keep the power grid dependable. FERC unanimously rejected the multibillion dollar proposal in January, saying it was not legally defensible.” (06/13/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/391840-energy-commission-coal-plant-closures-pose-no-national-security

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10) NV: Pimp/tv star wins GOP primary, rejoices with Heidi Fleiss
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Dennis Hof, owner of half a dozen legal brothels in Nevada and star of the HBO adult reality series ‘Cathouse,’ won a Republican primary for the state Legislature on Tuesday, ousting a three-term lawmaker. Hof defeated hospital executive James Oscarson. He’ll face Democrat Lesia Romanov in November, and will be the favored candidate in the Republican-leaning Assembly district. Hof celebrated his win at a party in Pahrump, Nevada, with ‘Hollywood Madam’ Heidi Fleiss at his side. ‘It’s all because Donald Trump was the Christopher Columbus for me,’ Hof told The Associated Press in a phone call. ‘He found the way and I jumped on it.’” (06/13/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Legal-pimp-defeats-Nevada-lawmaker-in-GOP-primary-12989783.php

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11) CA: Proposal to split state in three makes November ballot
Source: ABC News

“California residents will get a chance to vote on a measure to divide the Golden State into three separate states, election officials said Tuesday. Proponents of the CAL 3 initiative submitted more than 402,468 valid signatures as of Tuesday, making it eligible for the Nov. 6 general election ballot, according to the California Secretary of State’s office. The office did not say exactly how many total signatures were submitted, but backers said the petition drew more than 600,000 from residents across the state’s 58 counties, dwarfing the 365,000 signatures required to qualify for the ballot. Adding the initiative to the ballot would be the first step in a long process that would ultimately require approval from Congress.” (06/13/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/US/proposal-split-california-states-makes-november-ballot/story?id=55855441

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12) Target removing “Baby Daddy” Father’s Day cards after shoppers call them “an insult”
Source: Fox News

“Target is apologizing to offended customers after shoppers began slamming the retailer for offering ‘Baby Daddy’ greeting cards ahead of Father’s Day, and after one Twitter user calling them ‘an insult to black fathers and a slap in the face to the African-American community as a whole.’ … ‘We want all guests to feel welcomed and respected when they shop at Target,’ Joshua Thomas, a spokesperson for Target, shared in a statement to Fox News. ‘We were made aware of some concerns about this card last week and are working with our vendor to have it removed from Target stores. ‘We appreciate the feedback and apologize. It’s never our intent to offend any of our guests with the products we sell.’” (06/13/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/2018/06/13/target-removing-baby-daddy-fathers-day-cards-after-shoppers-call-them-insult.html

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13) TN: Woman sues NASA over ownership of moon dust vial
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“A Tennessee woman is suing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) over a vial of moon dust. Laura Cicco claims in a federal lawsuit that astronaut Neil Armstrong gave the vial to her parents when she was just 10 years old. Nearly 50 years later, Ms Cicco filed the lawsuit out of fear that NASA will attempt to confiscate the moon dust from her. Private ownership of lunar material is a contentious legal issue in the US. The lawsuit claims that test results have authenticated Ms Cicco’s vial, although some experts still have questions. If the initial findings are replicated, the vial would be extremely valuable but legally hazardous to sell. ‘NASA has taken this position that all lunar material is government property,’ says Christopher McHugh, Ms Cicco’s lawyer.” (06/13/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44459297

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14) McCabe sues DoJ, FBI for materials related to his firing
Source: CNN

“Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is suing the Justice Department, the department’s inspector general and the FBI for materials related to his firing. Attorneys for McCabe filed a federal lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act on Tuesday for access to a variety of documents, including the Inspector General’s Manual and other policy documents used by the Justice Department to justify his termination. … During the 2016 campaign, then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump latched on to a report that McCabe’s wife accepted $467,000 from the political action committee of then-Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton family ally, during her failed bid for state Senate in 2015. Though McCabe was not promoted to deputy director at the FBI until months after his wife lost the race, Trump continues to assert on Twitter that McCabe had a conflict of interest in later overseeing the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server, given the donations to his wife.” (06/13/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/12/politics/mccabe-doj-lawsuit/index.html

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15) Boehner: Feds should “get out of the way” of cannabis legalization
Source: Smell the Truth

“Months after joining a cannabis company advisory board, former Speaker of the House John Boehner is now telling his former colleagues to let legalization flourish. Boehner recently spoke with Ohio news station WCPO-TV to make several arguments in favor of legalizing marijuana. In the video below, Boehner explaines how effective cannabis can be when used to treat opioid addicts, PTSD-stricken veterans, and children with epilepsy. ‘There’s a lot of evidence that it works, when you look at kids with epilepsy and the fact that they’re taking the non-psychotic part of this plant and reducing the number of seizures they have,’ Boehner told WCPO.” [editor’s not4e: Good news, but hardly a surprise now that he’s a lobbyist for cannabis – SAT] (06/13/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/06/12/john-boehner-says-feds-should-get-out-of-the-way-of-marijuana-legalization

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16) Russian media calls Singapore a “victory” for Kim, warns Trump at risk of “being manipulated”
Source: Raw Story

“Some of Russia’s top newspapers this week hailed the Singapore summit between North Korea and the United States as a major victory — for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Steve Rosenberg, the BBC’s Moscow correspondent, reports that coverage in Russian papers has claimed that Kim got the upper hand in his first round of negotiations with President Donald Trump, as the North Korean dictator ‘got something and gave almost nothing in return.’ A Russian foreign policy analyst quoted by another paper, meanwhile, says that the ‘positive results for the White House are less obvious’ than the results Kim has achieved so far. Furthermore, this expert [sic] went on to say that Trump’s belief that he achieved something historic with the summit ‘strengthens his self-confidence and his exaggerated belief that he is an outstanding negotiator.’” [editor’s note: Okay, so now the “Russian media” (taken as a generic term, with no specific sources quoted except the BBC flack) is being considered as valid commentary, but until a day or so ago “Russia Today” was “propaganda?” I see … – SAT] (06/13/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/russian-media-calls-singapore-victory-kim-warns-trump-risk-manipulated

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17) OPCW: Sarin, chlorine “very likely used” in 2017 strikes in Syria
Source: The Hill

“An international chemical weapons watchdog said on Wednesday that sarin and chlorine were ‘very likely’ used in two attacks in northern Syria last year. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced that its fact-finding mission in Latamneh concluded that ‘sarin was very likely used as a chemical weapon’ in a March 24, 2017, attack. It also concluded that chlorine was very likely used in an attack that hit Latamneh Hospital a day later, on March 25. The findings are based on witness testimonies, environmental samples and epidemiological analyses. The OPCW said that the findings have been sent to the United Nations Security Council and state parties of the Chemical Weapons Convention. The OPCW is not authorized to determine who was responsible for the attacks.” (06/13/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/international/392069-watchdog-group-sarin-chlorine-very-likely-used-in-2017-strikes-in-syria

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18) American Medical Association declares war on patients’ rights
Source: NBC News

“With frustration mounting over lawmakers’ inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as a way to fight what it calls a public health crisis. At its annual policymaking meeting, the nation’s largest physicians group bowed to unprecedented demands from doctor-members to take a stronger stand on gun violence — a problem the organizations says is as menacing as a lethal infectious disease.” (06/13/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/frustrated-american-medical-association-adopts-sweeping-policies-cut-gun-violence-n882681

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19) SC: Sanford loses congressional re-election primary after Trump urges his ouster
Source: Aol News

“U.S. Representative Mark Sanford, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, lost a Republican congressional primary in South Carolina on Tuesday, after Trump urged voters to punish Sanford’s disloyalty by tossing him from office. A few hours before polls closed, Trump tweeted that Sanford was ‘nothing but trouble’ and ‘very unhelpful to me.’ He backed Sanford’s pro-Trump challenger, state legislator Katie Arrington, for November’s congressional elections. Arrington, who made a campaign issue of Sanford’s criticism of Trump, won 50.6 percent of the vote to Sanford’s 46.5 percent with almost all ballots counted. That just crossed the 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff later this month between the top two contenders.” (06/13/18)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/06/13/republican-mark-sanford-loses-in-south-carolina-primary-after-trump-urges-his-ouster/23457737/

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20) Japan: Regime enacts law lowering age of adulthood to 18
Source: Japan Times [Japan]

“The Diet on Wednesday passed a package of amendments that — for the first time in 140 years — includes a measure lowering the definition of adulthood to 18 years old from the current age of 20 but keeps the legal age for drinking, smoking and gambling unchanged at 20. In addition, the package includes a revision to the Nationality Act, which currently obliges those with multiple citizenship to choose one by the age of 22. The revision moves the deadline to 20. It also changes the age when a foreign adult qualifies to be naturalized in Japan to 18 from 20.” (06/13/18)

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/06/13/national/crime-legal/japan-enacts-law-lower-adulthood-age-18/

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

21) Whatever happens next, the Trump-Kim summit is a win
Source: Reuters
by Peter Van Buren

“In the end, diplomacy can work — as a process, not an event. There is no Big Bang theory of nuclear diplomacy. If no further progress is made toward peace on the Korean peninsula, all this (the back-and-forth, the Moon-Kim meetings, the Singapore summit itself) is at worst another good start that faded. It is more likely, however, a turning point. It is easy to announce a morning-after defeat for Trump: to criticize the agreement as vague and lacking in specific commitments regarding denuclearization. But those critics ignore Kim’s moratorium on nuclear and ballistic missile testing, the return of American prisoners, the closing of a ballistic missile test site, and the shutting down of a major nuclear test facility without opening a new one. It is easy to forget that a few months ago North Korea was still testing nuclear devices to spark fears of a dark war. Calling the Singapore summit a failure in light of more detailed agreements and different efforts from the past ignores the reality that all of those past agreements failed.” (06/13/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-vanburen-northkorea-commentary/commentary-whatever-happens-next-the-trump-kim-summit-is-a-win-idUSKBN1J82A4

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22) Caging children, separating families: Has the war on immigration gone too far?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“Dragging young children kicking and crying and screaming from their parents, separating those children from their parents indefinitely, locking those children up in cages (‘dog kennels’) like animals, and subjecting them to the predators of the American police state: these are acts that no decent people should tolerate from their government. … You who are reading this, hold tight to your own children. They won’t be yours for long if the government is allowed to prevail in its view that children of undocumented ‘criminals’ automatically become wards of the state. The government’s rationale goes like this: illegal immigrants are criminals who should be jailed; criminals in jail don’t get to keep their kids; therefore, illegal immigrants shouldn’t get to keep their kids, either. Wait and see. Allow the government to inflict this kind of terror on other people’s children, and it won’t be long before you and yours find yourselves in the government’s crosshairs.” (06/13/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/caging-children-separating-families-has-the-war-on-immigration-gone-too-far/

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23) Confronting America the torturer
Source: The American Conservative
by Lawrence Wilkerson

“Later this month on June 26, the United Nation’s will observe a Day for Victims of Torture. Before 2002, America would have heralded this day, joining in the remembrance and using the resultant global solidarity to advance even further the goal of stopping torture wherever it might occur. No longer. America is now one of the world’s chief, unrepentant, unapologetic, still-polling-positive-on … torturers.” (06/13/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/confronting-america-the-torturer/

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24) Discrimination should be left legally alone
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“Who would be desperate enough to eat a cake baked by someone who doesn’t want to bake it? Would you want a wedding cake someone was forced to bake — at gunpoint? Even if the gun is hidden at first, every law comes down to ‘do as we say or we’ll kill you.’ At best, the newlyweds will get a cake they dare not eat. So why follow this path? Perhaps they claim to only want things to be fair. Guess what — fairness isn’t a feature of the real world. You may as well accept the fact now. What you consider fair, someone else will call unfair.” (06/13/18)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/06/13/voices/discrimination-should-be-left-legally-alone/158083.html

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25) Mueller indictments still don’t add up to collusion
Source: The Nation
by Aaron Mate

“In just over one year, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump campaign and Russia has generated five guilty pleas, 20 indictments, and more than 100 charges. None of these have anything to do with Mueller’s chief focus: the Russian government’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign’s suspected involvement. While it’s certainly possible that Mueller will make new indictments that go to the core of his case, what’s been revealed so far does not make a compelling brief for collusion. The most high-level Trump campaign official to be indicted is Paul Manafort, as well as his former business partner and Trump campaign deputy Rick Gates. The charges, as a Virginia judge observed last month, ‘manifestly don’t have anything to do with the campaign or with Russian collusion.’ Instead, Manafort and Gates are accused of financial crimes beginning in 2008, when they worked as political operatives for a Russia-leaning party in Ukraine (and for which Manafort was previously investigated, but not indicted).” (06/13/18)

https://www.thenation.com/article/mueller-indictments-still-dont-add-collusion

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26) Centrists [sic] very concerned that “Donald fucking Trump is not hawkish enough”
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Today American centrists (who only get to call themselves that because plutocratic media control has made Orwellian neoliberal neoconservatism the dominant ideology in the US) are deeply, profoundly concerned that Donald fucking Trump is insufficiently hawkish. This would be the same Donald Trump whose administration just facilitated the bombing of Yemen’s new cholera treatment center. The same Donald Trump who has increased US troops in Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria. The same Donald Trump who is openly pursuing regime change in Iran. The same Donald Trump whose administration committed war crimes in Raqqa. … The same Donald Trump whose air strikes are killing far more civilians than the drone king Obama’s did. Centrist [sic] pundits and politicians on both sides of the aisle are saying that this very man is being too soft and cuddly toward North Korea.” [editor’s note: gfo check out the link and watch the tweets fly – SAT] (06/12/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/06/13/centrists-are-very-concerned-that-donald-fucking-trump-isnt-hawkish-enough

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27) What Anthony Bourdain taught me about economics
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“The World Bank says that ‘Haiti remains the poorest country in the Americas.’ ‘More than 6 million out of 10.4 million Haitians (59%) were living below the national poverty line of US$2.41 per day and over 2.5 million (24%) were living below the national extreme poverty line of US$1.23 per day.’ What has gone wrong? When Anthony Bourdain set out to make a show in Haiti — which ends up being one of his most spectacular shows — he didn’t seek an overt answer to this question. The lens through which he discovered the functioning of daily life was the same throughout his amazing career: food. Not fancy food. The food that real people prepare and eat in their daily lives. This kept his vision attached to the tactile, real, practical, authentic.” (06/13/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/what-anthony-bourdain-taught-me-about-economics

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28) Trump’s high-risk game of nuclear “deal or no deal”
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“No question, President Trump’s gambit to bring North Korea’s murderous dictator face-to-face at a summit negotiating table was a risky move. But after living through more than six decades of a state of war and with Pyongyang developing a nuclear weapon was worth the risk. The agreement signed on Tuesday at the Singapore summit is of course merely paper. Whether any deal survives its actual signing depends on the goodwill and trustworthiness of the participants. North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, who is himself the third generation of a line of brutal dictators who routinely cheated on deals with both Democratic and Republican presidents, bears close watching. We’re sure that Trump’s saber-rattling rhetoric, which Democrats roundly criticized and coastal intellectual elites thought was crude, made Kim realize his real vulnerability to the U.S. military. Thus his eagerness to do a deal.” (06/12/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trumps-nuclear-deal-north-korea

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29) Against “free speech”
Source: Cato Unbound
by Anthony Leaker

“Jacob Mchangama concludes that ‘unless the United States pushes back against the global free speech crisis, the world is likely to become less free, secure, and prosperous.’ In my view, the world is likely to, and indeed has, become less free, secure, and prosperous precisely because of the policies, ideologies, and values endorsed and promoted by the very people who insist on fostering the idea that there is a free speech crisis or who use ‘free speech’ as a Trojan horse. Hysterical, unempirical claims about national free speech crises should be viewed as part of a broader propagandistic campaign aimed at reigniting and reconfiguring a culture war; as playing a pivotal role in resurgent right-wing nationalisms, part of an onslaught against a range of oppressed minorities and progressive gains of the last half century.” (06/13/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/06/13/anthony-leaker/against-free-speech

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30) FAA puts “diversity” over safety
Source: Independent Institute
by K Lloyd Billingsley

“According to news reports, during the Obama administration, the Federal Aviation Administration diluted standards for air traffic controllers by screening out applicants competent in science and even those with experience as pilots. This was because of a union group charging that the ranks of air traffic controllers were too white, but critics say it puts ‘diversity’ above the safety of the public.” (06/13/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/06/13/faa-puts-diversity-over-safety/

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31) We have an effective competition policy. It’s called free trade.
Source: Niskanen Center
by Samuel Hammond

“Trade agreements increase domestic competition in two main ways: By directly increasing competition among firms for investment and customers; and by leveraging outside political pressure for domestic reforms. The impact of trade on competition can be quantified in terms of falling markups, i.e., the price firms are able to charge above marginal cost. According to one estimate from a 2015 article in the American Economic Review using firm-level Taiwanese data, ‘… opening up to trade strongly increases competition and reduces markup distortions by up to one-half …’ Foreign investment is crucial to competition because foreign owned firms represent new entrants in local markets, above and beyond the competition provided by imports of tradable goods.” (06/13/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/we-have-an-effective-competition-policy-its-called-free-trade/

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32) Social Security & Medicare are slowly dying, but no one in Washington will lift a finger
Source: USA Today
by Andrew Cline

“During the 2012 presidential campaign, an infamous TV ad portrayed vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan murdering a grandmother. As she struggled helplessly, terror contorting her face, he coldly rolled her wheelchair to a cliff’s edge and dumped her over. Being called a murderer was Ryan’s reward for trying to keep Medicare solvent. He had proposed driving down expenses through market competition, hardly a radical concept in the United States of America. Under his plan, the Congressional Budget Office projected that by 2050, federal spending on major health care programs (Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Obamacare exchange subsidies) would fall from 5 1/2% of gross domestic product in 2010 to 4 3/4% by 2050. Not draconian.” (06/13/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/06/13/medicare-social-security-bankrupt-trustees-spending-column/682015002

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33) Without government, who will build the roads? Domino’s Pizza, apparently
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

“We’ve all had the unfortunate experience of opening that square cardboard box after the delivery guy has left, only to find that the cheese and toppings have slid off in what appears to be an act of foul play. Overcome with hanger, you call the pizza store and demand that a new one be sent over. But realistically, between traffic and baketime, you are not going to get that pizza for at least another hour. The struggle is all too real. This problem is apparently so widespread for Domino’s, they recently launched a pizza insurance program that would allow consumers to insure their pizza in case something happens to it during the delivery. While this was a clever idea, especially to those of us who subscribe to a ‘private insurance for everything’ philosophy, it still didn’t save any pizzas. Insured or not, Domino’s still has to make another pizza if one is ruined. So how do you, to the best of your ability, prevent pizzas from being destroyed on the road? You attack the root of the problem and fix the roads themselves. And that is exactly what Domino’s plans to do.” (06/13/18)

https://fee.org/articles/without-government-who-will-build-the-roads-domino-s-pizza-apparently/

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34) Demeritocracy
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has a beef with Stuyvesant High School. It’s about race, of course. Stuy (as it is affectionately known) is a tuition-free accelerated academic/college prep program open to all city residents based on how well they perform on a specific test. Unsurprisingly, Asians make up the bulk of the student body. And de Blasio finds this horrific, a ‘monumental injustice’ — there should be more Hispanic and black students, he says. In front of black parishioners. Demagoguery aside, the New York Mayor’s attack is really against the very idea of a meritocracy.” (06/13/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/06/13/demeritocracy/

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35) Quantum Vibe, 06/13/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (06/13/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1807

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36) Patriarchy defender
Source: Town Hall
by John Stossel

“‘Shame on you! Shame on you!’ chanted protestors after psychology professor Jordan Peterson said he’d refuse to obey a law that would require everyone to call people by the pronoun they prefer — pronouns like ‘ze’ instead of ‘he’ or ‘she.’ It wasn’t just radical college kids protesting. Hundreds of Peterson’s academic colleagues signed a petition demanding that the University of Toronto fire him. The totalitarian left doesn’t just demand that their own point of view be heard. They want resisters like Peterson never to be heard. When he gives speeches, they bring bullhorns to drown him out. The pronoun controversy seems silly. ‘If somebody wants to be called ze or zir, why not?’ I asked him for my next online video. ‘I don’t care what people want to be called,’ he answered. ‘But that doesn’t mean I should be compelled by law to call them that. The government has absolutely no business whatsoever ever governing the content of your voluntary speech.’ … [T]here’s a big difference between privately negotiated modes of address and legislatively demanded, compelled speech.’” (06/13/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2018/06/13/patriarchy-defender-n2489985

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37) How to believe in free speech
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Almost all libertarians earnestly say, ‘I believe in free speech.’ Normally, though, this goes way beyond the right to speak freely. Most libertarians also believe that free speech ‘works’ in some sense — that given a free exchange of ideas, the truth will at least ultimately prevail. On reflection, this is an awkward position. Western countries don’t have completely free speech, but they are amazingly close to this extreme. Furthermore, the anonymity of the internet makes it easy to evade most of the lingering restrictions on free expression. And yet, as you may have noticed, libertarianism has failed to become popular. Which raises an awkward question: If free speech yields truth, then shouldn’t we infer that unpopular viewpoints such as libertarianism are simply wrong?” (06/12/18)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/06/how_to_believe.html

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38) The “ugh” heard round the world: Mika Brzezinski on the Kim-Trump summit
Source: CounterPunch
by Gary Leupp

“MSNBC is pouring cold water over the summit, minimizing its significance. Whose success do Joe and Mika so resent? I submit it’s not Trump’s so much as the success of the Korean people in rallying against Trump’s annihilation threats by concerted (north/south) action. The summit was the product of a joint effort by South Korean President Moon Jae In and Kim Jung Un; the north’s proposal for a talk was submitted through the south. The overwhelming majority of Koreans are delighted by the result. The madman backed off. … MSNBC rather than rejoicing at an agreement establishing diplomatic relations, mutual commitment to lasting peace, negotiations towards complete denuclearization of the peninsula and the return of remains of U.S. troops from the north complains it’s ‘not a deal at all.’ Yes, Eugene Robinson just said that.” (06/13/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/13/the-ugh-heard-round-the-world-mika-brzezinski-on-the-kim-trump-summit/

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39) Loosening marijuana laws could reduce officer cash grabs
Source: The American Spectator
by Johnny Kampis

“As the rhetoric ratchets up after President Trump said he’ll likely support efforts in Congress to end the federal ban on marijuana, the passage of such a law could have unintended side benefits — helping to curb civil asset forfeiture. You know civil asset forfeiture, don’t you? That process by which law enforcement agencies take your goodies — cash, cars, even homes — simply because they suspect it could have been used in a crime, often using the proceeds to fund other goodies, such as guns or vehicles, for their departments. You don’t have to be convicted to lose your stuff, and it can be hell trying to get it back. The process laughs at constitutional due process protections.” (06/13/18)

https://spectator.org/loosening-marijuana-laws-could-reduce-officer-cash-grabs/

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40) Obama created his “cartoon” president
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Douglas MacKinnon

“Life is nothing if not ironic. As related in a new book by one of his former aides, Barack Obama, in his alleged shocked reaction to the election of Donald Trump, said: ‘Maybe this is what people want. I’ve got the economy set up well for him. No facts. No consequences. They can just have a cartoon.’ First, it’s telling that now out of office, Barack Obama’s famous ego still has him buying into the narrative created by the liberal media, the Democratic Party and his aides that he was a ‘successful’ and ‘brilliant’ president. President Obama had, in reality, set up the economy to implode. He and his administration ignored endless ‘facts’ and (thanks to their allies in the media, entertainment and academia) never faced any ‘consequences.’ More than that, Obama has parlayed his political Ponzi scheme into tens of millions of dollars for himself. Now, as he hobnobs with his fellow ultrawealthy liberal Democrats, deep down, he knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that he and one other man are directly responsible for a ‘cartoon’ becoming president of the United States.” (06/13/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/obama-trump-presidency-cartoon-2011-white-house-correpondents-dinner

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41) Trump should hurt Sessions by helping drug offenders
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“While it may be months or years before the results of Donald Trump’s summit with Kim Jong-un are clear, his meeting with the other Kim was an unqualified success. Last week, thanks to the reality TV star Kim Kardashian West’s intercession on her behalf, Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandmother serving a life sentence for nonviolent drug offenses, walked free from a federal prison in Alabama after spending almost 22 years behind bars. Critics of our excessively punitive criminal justice system, while pleasantly surprised by Trump’s commutation of Johnson’s sentence, do not hold out much hope that it marks a shift in attitude for a president who was elected on a ‘law and order’ platform modeled after Richard Nixon’s. But there may be a way, short of finding a celebrity to adopt every federal prisoner who deserves similar relief, to encourage the president to use his clemency powers for good: by emphasizing how much it would upset Jeff Sessions.” (06/13/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/06/13/trump-should-hurt-sessions-by-helping-dr

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42) Does it matter?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“You may have seen this picture. Apparently a lot of people have, thanks to the former 1600 PA squatter’s speechwriter Jon Favreau. He had shared the images on Twitter, mistakenly believing they were taken during Donald Trump’s presidency, and attacking the Trump administration for inhuman treatment of immigrant children. But apparently, the photo was taken at Nogales, Arizona, in 2014. For those whose grasp of history is limited, that was during the LAST administration, when the speechwriter’s boss was in power. These two people — apparently two young teen girls — are border jumpers. Detained by government goons. American government goons. And put into poor facilities. Caged like animals. … All of a sudden, because it happened four years ago, it wasn’t so evil to treat these two young girls this way. At least according to those who oppose the present guy in the White House, and support the guy that was in there before.” (06/12/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/06/12/does-it-matter/

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43) The real reason Facebook and Netflix support Net Neutrality
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Paul Matzko

“Now that the FCC has formally repealed its net neutrality guidelines, many net neutrality advocates are worried about how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will respond. ISPs are middlemen who build and maintain the fiberoptic cables and satellites that allow consumers to connect with Internet Content Producers (ICPs) like Facebook and Amazon. Net neutrality proponents worry that ISPs will create ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ lanes on the information superhighway, which would mean prioritizing some content over other content rather than handling it all in an equal fashion. … Given the lack of competition in many markets, the skepticism of pro-net neutrality activists towards the anti-competitive motives of the ISPs is not unwarranted. However, the same skepticism should be directed towards the major corporate sponsors of the pro-net neutrality push. As much as ISPs stand to gain from the end of net neutrality, Internet Content Providers (ICPs) stand to benefit from the rules remaining in place.” ()6/12/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/real-reason-facebook-netflix-support-net-neutrality

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44) Despite murky details, summit sends North Korea clear message: Welcome to the club
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Michael Holtz & Howard LaFranchi

“The improbable summit in Singapore served as a reminder of how abruptly and drastically the world can change. What had been dubbed a denuclearization summit was actually light on the specifics, beyond its quid pro quo joint statement twinning North Korea’s commitment to denuclearize with US security commitments for Kim. Within hours of the summit’s close, many nuclear policy analysts were bemoaning the lack of details and timelines. But that does not mean the summit was any less of a watershed moment. First, North Korea is the hermit kingdom no more, and it is heretofore a de facto nuclear power — a status Pyongyang has craved for years but which is only now gaining international recognition. Perhaps most momentous for the Korean Peninsula and Asia, the summit suggests an acceleration of the sunset of American power and postwar alliances in Asia.” (06/12/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2018/0612/Despite-murky-details-summit-sends-NK-clear-message-Welcome-to-the-club

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45) Liberals criticizing Korea summit from the right; here’s why they have it all wrong
Source: In These Times
by Sarah Lazare

“‘It is very dangerous to pressure Trump to be hardline.’ Poll after poll shows that the 51 million residents of South Korea overwhelmingly want an end to the 68-year Korean War–which the United States is still officially involved in. A recent survey found that 88.4 percent of South Koreans support the April 27 joint peace declaration by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in. And 81 percent of South Koreans expressed optimism about the Trump-Kim summit. Despite widespread concerns that U.S. President Donald Trump would torpedo an historic opportunity for peace (including through his repeated threats to annihilate the entire Korean Peninsula with nuclear weapons), this worst-case scenario has not yet come to pass. When North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met with Trump in Singapore and on June 12 where they etched out a four-point agreement, the reaction in South Korea was largely a sigh of relief.” (06/13/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21210/liberals-are-attacking-trump-from-the-right-on-north-korea.-heres-why-they

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46) Tyranny comes home: The domestic fate of US militarism
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kelly Wright

“In Tyranny Comes Home professors Christopher Coyne and Abigail Hall methodically connect the dots between centuries of American imperialism abroad and the concentration and consolidation of power within domestic law enforcement agencies at home. Both Coyne and Hall are economists, and that’s worth mentioning at the outset given that a common theme of their book was a refrain that many of us familiar with the economic way of thinking find ourselves thinking: incentives matter. People respond to incentives, and that is just as true for consumers weighing purchasing decisions at the supermarket as it is for former military personnel returning home to pursue careers in law enforcement.” (06/12/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/50904

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47) President Trump’s confused approach to trade is one giant contradiction
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“President Trump’s ideas on trade often seem paradoxical. At the weekend G-7 summit, he floated both abolition of all tariffs worldwide and banning trade with certain countries entirely over the course of just 24 hours. His recent announcement of the removal of exemptions from steel and aluminum tariffs for the European Union, Canada and Mexico was justified on ‘national security’ grounds. Yet reminded that these countries are military allies of the United States, the president retreated to suggesting the tariffs were retaliation for current EU and Canadian trade barriers to U.S. products. Two theories of the president’s approach are consistent with these interventions. The optimistic case for free traders says that Trump is threatening tariffs and using the presidential bully pulpit to try to open up highly protected foreign sectors, and ushering a new era of global free trade. The pessimistic case says the president and his close team are protectionists at heart, and use the veneer of arguments about reciprocity to cover up their true intentions. Sadly, most available evidence now points toward the latter.” (06/12/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/president-trumps-confused-approach-trade-one-giant-contradiction

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48) The Democratic Party’s 2018 view of identity politics is confusing, and thus appears cynical and opportunistic
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“[D]espite the inconsistencies, one of the dominant themes that emerged in Democratic Party discourse from the 2016 election is that it is critically important to support female candidates and candidates of color, and that a failure or refusal to support such candidates when they present a credible campaign is suggestive evidence of underlying bigotry. But all of these stalwart, bedrock imperatives of identity politics seem strangely absent from the 2018 election cycle. These professed beliefs, in fact, seem to have vanished from Democratic Party politics almost entirely. Over and over, establishment Democrats and key party structures have united behind straight, white male candidates (including ones tainted by corruption), working to defeat their credible and progressive Democratic opponents who are women, LGBT people, and/or people of color. Clinton herself has led the way.” (06/12/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/06/12/the-democratic-partys-2018-view-of-identity-politics-is-confusing-and-thus-appears-cynical-and-opportunistic/

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49) The summit
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Some of the commentary that I’m encountering seems to suggest that North Korea’s rulers will denuclearize — or move significantly in that direction — if the U.S. gives enough financial assistance to North Korea to enable its people to enjoy higher living standards. While I would applaud any improvement in the living standards of North Koreans, any such improvement will occur only if, and only to the extent that, genuine market institutions are introduced into that country and allowed the time necessary to grow and to flourish. No amount of U.S. government aid will improve the living standards of ordinary North Koreans. Only liberalization of markets there will achieve this desirable outcome.” (06/12/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/06/the-summit.html

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50) How corporate media got the Trump-Kim summit all wrong
Source: AntiWar
by Gareth Porter

“For weeks, the corporate media have been saying that the Trump-Kim summit could have only two possible results: Either Trump will walk away angrily or Kim Jong Un will trick him into a deal in which he extracts concessions from Trump but never commits to complete denuclearization. The idea that North Korea could not possibly agree to give up its nuclear weapons or its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) has become an article of faith among the journalists covering the issue for big media. Two themes that have appeared again and again in their coverage are that the wily North Koreans are ‘playing’ Trump and that previous administrations had also been taken by North Korea after signing agreements in good faith. But the media have gotten it all wrong.” (06/12/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/porter/2018/06/11/how-corporate-media-got-the-trump-kim-summit-all-wrong

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51) Reason Podcast, 06/13/18
Source: Reason

“A conversation with Eugene Volokh about what’s legal to publish and why — plus doxxing, lock picking, source protection, and more.” [various formats] (06/13/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/06/13/when-does-speech-about-crimes-become-a-c

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52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 06/13/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“You asked … Ron Paul answered! Please enjoy this edition of #AskRonPaul.” [Flash video] (06/13/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/discriminationnon-aggressionmoney-in-politicsaskronpaul

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53) Scott Adams Says, 06/13/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“WAKE UP, PUNCHY!” [Flash video] [editor’s note: This one is well worth your time, as it represents (among other things) the only positive analysis of the video Trump made — FOR KIM, not as a media thing! – SAT] (06/13/18)

https://www.periscope.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1rmxPNaaWjjGN

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54) Intercepted, 06/13/18
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: As TV pundits gasped at the sight of the North Korean and U.S. flags side by side and Trump treating Kim Jong-un as an ‘equal,’ a solid majority of Koreans supported the summit. UC Santa Cruz professor Christine Hong talks about the significance of this moment, how the U.S. has sabotaged peace in the past, and what an end to the war might look like. Tom Engelhardt, editor of TomDispatch, shares an essay on American militarism from his new book, ‘A Nation Unmade by War.’ Journalist Elisabeth Rosenthal explains why the U.S. health care system is so bad and how Trump and the Republicans are trying to make it even worse. Musical artist Yasmine Hamdan shares her thoughts on war, the Middle East, and Trump, and we hear her groundbreaking music. Plus, Trump stops by Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” [various formats] (06/13/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/06/13/bipartisan-war-party-panics-as-kim-meets-trump/

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55) Essential Libertarianism, episode 34
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

The Ethics of Voting, by George H. Smith, part 3. [various formats] (06/13/18)

https://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/06/13/the-ethics-of-voting-part-3-el034/

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56) Humans of Bitcoin, 06/12/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“After the Iraq War, Adam Kokesh turned his rebellious streak on the US govt. The #FinallyFreeAmerica campaign & running for POTUS is just one of his tactics. Is a libertarian, decentralized lifestyle the only option for a free America?” [various formats] (06/12/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e224-War-Veteran-Adam-Kokesh-Takes-On-Trump

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57) Free Talk Live, 06/12/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“North Korea Summit Success :: North Korean Sweatshops :: Secessionist Candidates :: Forced Labor Camps in NK vs US :: Institutionalization :: Labor Camp Story :: Visiting North Korea :: Middle Class Being Destroyed? :: Bad Savings Habits :: Naked Bike Ride :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Vin Armani.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/12/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-06-12

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58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1177
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Should insider trading be a crime? With Donald Trump suggesting that he might pardon Martha Stewart, it’s an opportune moment to examine this important question.” [various formats] (06/12/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1177-insider-trading-a-crime/

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59) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 206
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #206, Will Porter returns to the show to discuss Yemen and North Korea. Will recaps the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. He explains the importance of the Port of Hodeida and how an attack on the port will have catastrophic consequences for Yemen. Kyle and Will argue the term genocide accurately describes the plight of the people of Yemen. Will and Kyle break down the Trump/Kim summit and explain the media’s bias and pessimism in its coverage of the talks. Will reviews the results of the summit, including Trump’s pledge to end war games and commitment to a denuclearized North Korea.” [various formats] (06/12/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-206-genocide-peace-guest-will-porter

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60) Cato Daily Podcast, 06/12/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The rules that Florida has imposed governing hearing aid sellers and customers are onerous and in conflict with federal law. Larry Salzman, a senior attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, discusses a new lawsuit challenging those rules.” [various formats] (06/12/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/floridas-tone-deaf-rules-hearing-aids

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