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Thursday, January 3rd, 2019
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In the News:

1) No deal on fake “shutdown” after Trump meets with Republicans, Democrats
2) US stocks kick off 2019 on a positive note in volatile session
3) China: Xi threatens Taiwan on independence issue
4) Mexico: Lopez Obrador proposes “free zone” to attract investment, reduce migration to US
5) Russia: US diplomats visit American Paul Whelan amid questions about his detention
6) Drug companies greet 2019 with US price hikes
7) Netflix urges fans not to hurt themselves with “Bird Box” challenge
8) Germany: Regime adopts intersex identity into law
9) Former prosecutor: Mueller won’t submit report for “many, many months”
10) Departure of anti-Trumper GOPers in Senate leaves a void
11) Netflix censors show for Saudi regime
12) India: Women form “20km human chain” around Sabarimala temple for equality
13) Deutsche Telekom sues German regime over 5G auction
14) Pelosi: Dems plan to “reopen government” when they take control of House
15) Public Domain Day opens floodgates and a few cans of worms
16) NV: Police investigate shooting inside Green Valley Ranch casino near Vegas
17) Somalia: Regime orders UN envoy to leave country
18) Peru: Vizcarra accuses AG of damaging big corruption probe
19) WA: Voters decree that under-21-year-olds’ lives don’t matter; people who think they do sue
20) Japan: Van ploughs into Tokyo pedestrians headed for New Year’s prayers

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Race and the contamination of freedom
22) It’s too soon to celebrate Trump’s Syria withdrawal
23) Are we about to see a wave of police using “victim’s rights” law to keep conduct secret?
24) Five weeks after the Guardian’s viral blockbuster Assange/Manafort scoop, no evidence has emerged — just stonewalling
25) Social events no place for politics
26) Bipartisan support for gun confiscation is growing
27) In defense of the court decision striking down ObamaCare
28) US military apologizes for posting uncomfortably honest tweet
29) Trade’s costs are not losses
30) Some “big ideas” for the president two years in
31) How excellent, manufacturers are stockpiling in fear of a no deal Brexit
32) Navigating economic waters in the new political climate
33) 2019: What a wonderful world
34) Understanding populism
35) Our moment at the crossroads
36) 2018, the year of the worker
37) Put the public in public policy
38) How Trump’s first two years might have been a success
39) Pump and dumps are the final indignity for dying coins
40) Steady hand needed: Can Democrats deliver?
41) Trump’s Syria withdrawal does nothing to restore constitutional limits on presidential war powers
42) Trump’s US in 2019: Is the Mideast “War on Terror” paradigm ending?
43) The problem with prophecy
44) The biggest security threats in 2019
45) What does government cost us?
46) Is the end of the brutal war in Yemen finally at hand?
47) US policy toward Cuba attacked America’s freedom and values
48) Quantum Vibe, 01/02/19
49) Happy (deregulated) New Year!
50) Aquinas on the state and its limitations

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 01/02/19
52) Reason Podcast, 01/02/19
53) Political Research Digest, 01/02/19
54) Humans of Bitcoin, 01/02/19
55) The Cost, episode 7
56) Scott Adams Says, 01/02/19
57) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 29
58) Stossel: End racial preferences at colleges?
59) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 202
60) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 292
61) Electric Libertyland, episode 105
62) Postcards from Somalia, episode 26
63) Free Talk Live, 01/01/19
64) Kick the Puppy, episode 16
65) The Bob Zadek Show, 12/30/18

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

1) No deal on fake “shutdown” after Trump meets with Republicans, Democrats
Source: CBS News

“The White House and Capitol Hill appear no closer to a deal after a meeting with President Trump, Democrats and Republicans in the Situation Room on the 12th day of the partial government shutdown Wednesday. The Situation Room, intended for highly classified material, is by nature closed to the press, meaning there were no televised theatrics like the infamous meeting in December when Mr. Trump told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi he would be ‘proud’ to shut down the government over border security [theater]. There is no clear pathway to ending the shutdown, with Democrats insisting they don’t want to fund the president’s proposed border wall, and Mr. Trump demanding his wall be funded — although he’s been unclear on exactly what he would sign. When Democrats’ first day in control of the House begins Thursday, they’ll introduce legislation to reopen the government. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he won’t bring a bill to the floor until he knows the president will sign it.” (01/02/19)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-meeting-today-with-republicans-democrats-in-situation-room-as-shutdown-continues-2018-01-02-live-updates/

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2) US stocks kick off 2019 on a positive note in volatile session
Source: MarketWatch

“U.S. stocks closed the first session of the year on a positive note after volatile trading Wednesday, as a rebound by oil prices and worries about softer global growth vied for market dominance. … The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 18.78 points to finish at 23,346.24, while the S&P 500 index climbed 3.18 points, or 0.1%, to 2,510.03. The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 30.55 points, or 0.5%, to close at 6,665.94.” (01/02/19)

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/dow-futures-sink-more-than-300-points-to-kick-of-2019-as-asian-markets-tumble-2019-01-02

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3) China: Xi threatens Taiwan on independence issue
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday warned Taiwan that independence would be disastrous and both sides must work for ‘reunification,’ calling for political negotiations to achieve this. Speaking in the Great Hall of the People, Xi said China would strive for peaceful reunification but would not rule out force to recover the island it sees as an errant province. … China and Taiwan have been governed separately since the Chinese civil war of the 1940s, when Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists lost to Mao Tse-tung’s Communists. The fleeing Nationalists moved their government to Taiwan, but China insists that the two sides must eventually unite, by force if necessary. Xi’s comments were a rebuttal to the Taiwanese president, Tsai Ing-wen, who on Tuesday called on China to respect Taiwan’s existence and the democratic heritage of her 23-million population.” (01/02/19)

https://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-china-taiwan-20190102-story.html

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4) Mexico: Lopez Obrador proposes “free zone” to attract investment, reduce migration to US
Source: Fox News

“In a bid to reduce migration to the U.S. and attract investment, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has proposed the creation of economic ‘free zones’ along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Tax Incentive Decree for the Northern Border Region, which Lopez Obrador announced Saturday, would create a free zone that would stretch from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Coast and be more than 15 miles wide, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Inside the zone, income taxes would be reduced by a third and Value Added Taxes on imported goods would be slashed in half, the minimum wage would increase 100 percent, and fuel prices would equal U.S. prices, the report said. ‘It’s going to be the biggest free zone in the world,’ Lopez Obrador said. ‘It is very important to project for winning investment, creating jobs and taking advantage of the economic strength of the United States.’ Lopez Obrador, a self-styled left-wing populist, took office Dec. 1 with the promise to help the country’s poor, noting that the nation’s minimum wage had lost 70 percent of its purchasing power in recent decades after devaluations and economic crises.” (01/01/19)

https://www.foxnews.com/world/mexican-president-proposes-free-zone-to-attract-investment-reduce-migration-to-us

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5) Russia: US diplomats visit American Paul Whelan amid questions about his detention
Source: USA Today

“U.S. diplomats were allowed to visit detained American businessman Paul Whelan in Russia on Wednesday, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration would demand his release if the charges against him are unfounded. ‘We’ve made clear to the Russians our expectation that we will learn more about the charges, come to understand what it is he’s been accused of and if the detention is not appropriate we will demand his immediate return,’ Pompeo told reporters during a trip to Brazil. The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that Whelan had met with American consular officials. The State Department, which is operating with minimal staff because of the partial government shutdown, did not immediately respond to questions about the visit with Whelan, in which embassy officials would likely focus on determining his heath status and helping him find an attorney. Russian officials arrested Whelan, a 48-year-old Michigan security executive and ex-Marine, on Monday and charged him with espionage. The Russian Federal Security Service said its investigation into Whelan was ongoing but he could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of spying.” (01/02/19)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/01/02/paul-whelan-russia-espionage-mike-pompeo/2461869002

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6) Drug companies greet 2019 with US price hikes
Source: Reuters

“Drugmakers kicked off 2019 with price increases in the United States on more than 250 prescription drugs, including the world’s top-selling medicine, Humira, although the pace of price hikes was slower than last year. The industry has been under pressure by the U.S. President Donald Trump to hold their prices level as his administration works on plans aimed at lowering the costs of medications for consumers in the world’s most expensive pharmaceutical market. During a White House meeting with members of his Cabinet, U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he expected to see a tremendous decrease in drug prices. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar was at the meeting.” (01/02/19)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-drugpricing/drug-companies-greet-2019-with-u-s-price-hikes-idUSKCN1OW1GA

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7) Netflix urges fans not to hurt themselves with “Bird Box” challenge
Source: Business Insider

“‘Bird Box’ has taken the internet by storm since it debuted on Netflix last month, so much so that Netflix is warning fans not to hurt themselves while performing a new meme challenge based on the movie. The ‘Bird Box Challenge’ finds people blindfolding and filming themselves walking around outside, in the same way that the characters in the movie must cover their eyes or risk being killed by mysterious creatures. Netflix tweeted on Wednesday, ‘Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE. We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes.’” (01/03/19)

https://www.businessinsider.in/Netflix-warned-Bird-Box-fans-not-to-hurt-themselves-doing-a-new-meme-challenge/articleshow/67356261.cms

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8) Germany: Regime adopts intersex identity into law
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Intersex people in Germany can now legally identify themselves as such under a new law adopted in December. People who do not fit the biological definition of male or female can now choose the category ‘diverse’ on official documents. Those choosing the option will need a doctor’s certificate to register. Intersex people are born with both male and female sex characteristics, which can appear at birth or later in life. Other countries have approved laws in recent years to help recognise intersex people. Austria’s constitutional court made a similar ruling to Germany’s in June, while Australia, New Zealand, Malta, India and Canada have all passed measures to redress issues facing intersex citizens.” (01/01/19)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46727611

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9) Former prosecutor: Mueller won’t submit report for “many, many months”
Source: Fox News

“President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani tweeted Sunday that it’s time for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to ‘put up or shut up,’ but former federal prosecutor John Lauro believes it could be ‘many, many months’ before Mueller submits his final report on the Russia probe. Giuliani followed up his ‘challenge’ to the special counsel with another tweet Monday, calling for an end to the ‘Mueller Witch Hunt.’ Meanwhile, on ‘America’s News HQ’ Tuesday, Lauro, who worked in the criminal division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, said the tough rhetoric is ‘typical Rudy.’ Lauro said Giuliani is correct that Mueller has not yet revealed any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, but he noted that Mueller’s team has successfully secured multiple indictments and guilty pleas from former Trump associates and Russian nationals for other crimes.” (01/01/19)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2019/01/01/special-counsel-robert-mueller-trump-russia-report-many-many-months-away-legal-expert

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10) Departure of anti-Trumper GOPers in Senate leaves a void
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Donald Trump’s most prominent GOP critics on Capitol Hill are close to completing their Senate careers, raising the question of who (if anyone) will take their place as willing to publicly criticize a president who remains popular with nearly 9 in 10 Republican voters. Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee engaged in a war of words with the president on myriad issues over the past 18 months, generating headlines and fiery tweets from a president who generally insists on getting the last word. Those battles put them on the outs with many in their own party, and they paid a price. Both decided to retire rather than take on a difficult re-election campaign.” (01/01/19)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Departure-of-Trump-s-GOP-critics-in-Senate-leaves-13501306.php

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11) Netflix censors show for Saudi regime
Source: CNN

“Netflix has blocked an episode of a comedy show that tackles the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi from streaming in Saudi Arabia after officials from the Kingdom complained. … ‘Patriot Act’ host Hasan Minhaj mocked [the Saudi regime’s account of Jamal Khashoggi’s killing] in an episode of his Netflix show …. Netflix added that Saudi officials threatened it with prosecution under the Kingdom’s cybercrime law, which states ‘production, preparation, transmission, or storage of material impinging on public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy, through the information network or computers’ is a crime punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine not exceeding $800,000.” (01/01/19)

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/01/middleeast/netflix-patriot-act-hasan-minhaj-jamal-khashoggi-intl/index.html

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12) India: Women form “20km human chain” around Sabarimala temple for equality
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Women in the southern Indian state of Kerala have formed a 620km (385-mile) human chain ‘in support of gender equality,’ amid a row over access to a prominent Hindu temple. The Sabarimala shrine was historically closed to women of ‘menstruating age’ (defined as between 10 and 50). India’s top court overturned the ban in September, but protesters have since attacked female visitors. The ‘women’s wall’ was organised by the state’s left-wing coalition government. Officials told BBC Hindi’s Imran Qureshi that around five million women from various parts of Kerala had gathered across all national highways to form the chain, which stretched from the northern tip of Kasaragod to the southern end in Thiruvanthapuram. Organisers had predicted a turnout of around three million.” (01/01/19)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-46728521

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13) Deutsche Telekom sues German regime over 5G auction
Source: Reuters

“Deutsche Telekom has filed a lawsuit against Germany’s Federal Network Agency protesting preconditions for participating in a next-generation mobile network frequency auction, Die Welt newspaper said on Tuesday. … Under the revised rules, a new market entrant without its own developed network, such as United Internet, could bid for a 5G license. Deutsche Telekom’s suit claims the new preconditions call into question its investments and discourage further development of network infrastructure, particularly in rural areas, the German paper said, citing a Deutsche Telekom spokesman.” (01/01/19)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-deutsche-telekom-auction/deutsche-telekom-sues-german-government-over-5g-auction-welt-idUSKCN1OV1ND

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14) Pelosi: Dems plan to “reopen government” when they take control of House
Source: Fox News

“California Rep. Nancy Pelosi said that when Democrats retake control of the House of Representatives on Thursday, they will ‘take action’ to end the partial government shutdown. In a letter to Democrats on Tuesday, the presumptive incoming speaker of the House wrote that Democrats plan to ‘pass strong, bipartisan legislation to reopen government, which has already received strong bipartisan support in the Senate.’ Pelosi said a legislative package introduced on Monday includes two bills — neither of which contains funding for President Trump’s long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall. Earlier in the day, Trump asked Pelosi via Twitter to work with him regarding the border, writing: ‘Border Security and the Wall ‘thing’ and Shutdown is not where Nancy Pelosi wanted to start her tenure as Speaker! Let’s make a deal?’” (01/01/19)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pelosi-says-democrats-plan-to-reopen-government-when-they-take-control-of-house

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15) Public Domain Day opens floodgates and a few cans of worms
Source: SlashGear

“January 1, 2019 wasn’t just the start of a new year. It was also the start of a new period in the creative history of mankind. After a 20-year delay, copyrighted works from 1923 are now in public domain, with everyone free to adapt and remix them without fear of prosecution. … The 1976 Copyright Act practically mandated that copyrighted works should be made available in public domain after 75 years. That was still in effect in 1998 when works from 1922 became public domain. But in 1999, the ‘Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act’ was added to tack on another 20 years to that expiry date. While the law was named after one of the lawmakers that sponsored a similar bill, it was a dirty secret that one of the major lobbyists of that law was Walt Disney, who was moving to stop the copyright for Steamboat Willie and, therefore, the first incarnation of Mickey Mouse, from expiring in 2004.” (01/02/19)

https://www.slashgear.com/public-domain-day-opens-floodgates-and-a-few-cans-of-worms-02559662/

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16) NV: Police investigate shooting inside Green Valley Ranch casino near Vegas
Source: USA Today

“Police in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson say one person has been shot inside a casino-resort. Henderson Police told KLAS-TV and KSNV-TV that one person was shot by hotel security inside the Green Valley Ranch resort on Tuesday afternoon. Police told the stations that there is no threat to anyone else. No other details were available. Henderson Police did not return a voicemail seeking details about the incident. The Green Valley Ranch is owned by gaming company Station Casinos. tation Casinos spokeswoman Lori Nelson did not immediately respond to an email seeking information.” (01/01/19)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2019/01/01/green-valley-resort-shooting-police-investigate-nevada-casino/2460553002

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17) Somalia: Regime orders UN envoy to leave country
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Somalia’s government has ordered the top United Nations official in the country to leave, accusing him of interfering with national sovereignty days after he raised concerns about the actions of UN-supported Somali security forces. The foreign affairs ministry said on Tuesday that Nicholas Haysom, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, ‘is not required and cannot work in this country,’ effectively declaring the official persona non grata.” (01/02/19)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/somalia-orders-envoy-leave-country-190102063312918.html

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18) Peru: Vizcarra accuses AG of damaging big corruption probe
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Thousands of Peruvians marched in protest again Tuesday decrying the attorney general’s dismissal of a team investigating the sweeping Odebrecht corruption case in a move that President Martin Vizcarra decried as ‘profoundly damaging.’ Demonstrators carried a giant Peruvian flag through Lima while shouting the name of one of the removed prosecutors in a second night of protests. ‘The people support you!’ marchers cried out. Vizcarra said he would urge congress to declare Attorney General Pedro Chavarry’s office in a state of emergency after rushing back from a foreign trip. He warned that the dismissal of two lead prosecutors could jeopardize the sensitive investigation into allegations of bribery involving some of the country’s highest-ranking politicians. ‘The attorney general is profoundly damaging the interests of Peru and causing outrage among citizens,’ Vizcarra said in a terse statement.” (01/01/19)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Peru-s-president-weighs-response-to-shaken-13501910.php

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19) WA: Voters decree that under-21-year-olds’ lives don’t matter; people who think they do sue
Source: Business Insider

“Washington on Tuesday joined a handful of other states that ban anyone under 21 from buying a semi-automatic assault rifle [sic]. The measures come into effect after voters passed a sweeping firearms measure in November that has drawn a court challenge from gun-rights advocates. … The federal lawsuit says the measure violates the Second and 14th amendments of the Constitution as well as gun sellers’ rights under the Commerce Clause.” (01/02/19)

https://www.businessinsider.com/gun-law-bans-assault-rifle-sales-under-21-washington-us-gun-violence-2019-1

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20) Japan: Van ploughs into Tokyo pedestrians headed for New Year’s prayers
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A small van has ploughed into pedestrians celebrating the new year on one of Tokyo’s most famous streets. The man driving the car fled the scene but was later arrested by police for attempted murder. Nine people were injured, one seriously, by the attacker who struck in the Harajuku fashion district shortly after midnight. The street, which was sealed off to traffic, was packed with people heading to a shrine for New Year’s prayers. The 21-year-old driver of the van was identified as Kazuhiro Kusakabe. Police told broadcaster NHK that he initially told them he had conducted a terrorist act, but then later claimed it was related to executions. It was not clear if he was referring to a specific execution or capital punishment in general.” (01/01/19)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46726401

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

21) Race and the contamination of freedom
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Fabio Rojas

“Should libertarians be actively anti-racist? I think the answer is ‘yes.’ Normally, when we think about anti-racism, we think of the political Left because progressives and modern liberals have adopted anti-racism as a central idea in their worldview. Conservatives today often gravitate toward a position of race neutrality. That means that anti-racism is often under played and sometimes absent beyond the Left. In some cases, people shun or ridicule anti-racism merely out of partisanship, or just to be contrarian. But libertarians should not accept this situation. Historically, classical liberal writers and libertarians have been on the right side of the argument.” (01/02/19)

https://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2019/01/race-and-the-contamination-of-freedom/

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22) It’s too soon to celebrate Trump’s Syria withdrawal
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Yes, it’s possible that President Trump will follow through with his announcement that he’s going to pull out all U.S. troops from Syria. Just don’t bet the farm on it. Already Trump has shifted from pulling out the troops immediately to pulling them out four months from now. No one should be surprised if, four months from now, he comes up with a reason for keeping them there even longer. … Now, I don’t mean to rain on the parade of those who are celebrating Trump’s supposed rebirth of non-interventionism. But there are two factors at work here that need to be emphasized: One, Trump is clearly not a non-interventionist and, two, the enormous power of the national-security establishment to bend U.S. presidents into complying with its will.” (01/02/19)

https://www.fff.org/2019/01/02/its-too-soon-to-celebrate-trumps-syria-withdrawal/

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23) Are we about to see a wave of police using “victim’s rights” law to keep conduct secret?
Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford

“At the end of November, a Pennington County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed Matthew John Lorenzen …. The shooting is under investigation, and the deputy is on paid administrative leave. That deputy has also invoked privacy protections under what’s known as ‘Marsy’s Law’ in order to prevent his name from being publicly released. Marsy’s Law … allows victims of crimes to control whether or not information about themselves gets publicly released. But the law is vague about who exactly is a crime victim. This deputy says he qualifies because Lorenzen reportedly shot at him. A highway patrol officer in South Dakota did the same trick back in October. And officers in North Dakota, which has its own Marsy’s Law, have pulled a similar move. Even though these cops are on the job working for the public, they’re using this law to hide their own identities from the public. Needless to say, that isn’t what these laws are supposed to be for.” (01/02/19)

https://reason.com/blog/2019/01/02/are-we-about-to-see-a-wave-of-police-usi

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24) Five weeks after the Guardian’s viral blockbuster Assange/Manafort scoop, no evidence has emerged — just stonewalling
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“Five weeks ago, the Guardian published one of the most extraordinary and significant bombshells in the now two-plus-year-old Trump/Russia saga. ‘Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort held secret talks with Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and visited around the time he joined Trump’s campaign,’ claimed reporter and best-selling ‘Collusion’ author Luke Harding, Dan Collyns, and a very sketchy third person whose name was bizarrely scrubbed from the Guardian’s byline for its online version but appeared in the print version: Fernando Villavicencio, described by the Washington Post, discussing this mysterious discrepancy, as ‘an Ecuadoran journalist and activist.’ … From the start, the massive holes in the Guardian’s blockbuster were glaring. … the Guardian — which likes to pride itself on flamboyantly demanding transparency and accountability from everyone else — has refused to provide any of its own.” (01/02/19)

https://theintercept.com/2019/01/02/five-weeks-after-the-guardians-viral-blockbuster-assangemanafort-scoop-no-evidence-has-emerged-just-stonewalling/

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25) Social events no place for politics
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“Personally, I don’t think social occasions are any place for politics. Yet politics will crop up in the most devious ways and in the least appropriate places. Having a libertarian in the mix helps unite all the pro-government people against the one who can’t embrace their government extremism.” (01/02/19)

https://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2019/01/02/voices/social-events-no-place-for-politics/160353.html

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26) Bipartisan support for gun confiscation is growing
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jose Nino

“Red flag laws have a history of bipartisan support. And when any piece of legislation has Democrats and Republicans locking arms in agreement, you know trouble lies ahead.” (01/02/19)

https://fee.org/articles/bipartisan-support-for-gun-confiscation-is-growing/

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27) In defense of the court decision striking down ObamaCare
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Rob Natelson

“In 2012, the Supreme Court upheld [ObamaCare’s individual insurance] mandate only because it was supported by a financial penalty the court found to be an ‘indirect tax.’ The court found that other parts of the Constitution did not support the mandate. So when Congress repealed the penalty last year, it left the mandate without any constitutional legs. Judge O’Connor further ruled that without the mandate, no other part of the ACA can stand, because without the mandate Congress would not have enacted the rest of the law. In legal terms, the judge held that the mandate was not ‘severable’ from the rest of the ACA.” (01/02/19)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/01/02/in-defense-of-the-court-decision-striking-down-obamacare/

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28) US military apologizes for posting uncomfortably honest tweet
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“US Strategic Command (or ‘Stratcom’ if you’re trying to make a nuclear-capable arm of the US Defense Department sound cool) has issued an apology for a poorly received New Year’s Eve tweet which has since been deleted. ‘#TimesSquare tradition rings in the #NewYear by dropping the big ball…if ever needed, we are #ready to drop something much, much bigger,’ the offending tweet read, with an attached video featuring B-2 stealth bombers flying all stealth bombery and causing gigantic explosions with bunker buster bombs while words like ‘STEALTH’, ‘READY’ and ‘LETHAL’ flashed across the screen. The tweet concluded with the ostensibly unironic hashtag ‘#PeaceIsOurProfession. ‘Our previous NYE tweet was in poor taste & does not reflect our values,; Strategic Command tweeted. ‘We apologize. We are dedicated to the security of America & allies.’ This statement is, obviously, a lie. The part about ‘security’ of course, because dominating the globe with nonstop military violence and aggression has nothing to do with security, but also the ‘does not reflect our values’ part.” (01/01/19)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/01/01/us-military-apologizes-for-posting-uncomfortably-honest-tweet

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29) Trade’s costs are not losses
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Donald J Boudreaux

“[T]he economic consequences of trade that are commonly labeled losses aren’t really losses. They are costs. The difference between losses and costs is fundamental. More widespread recognition of this difference would go far toward making trade freer. There’s no doubt that anyone who loses a job suffers a burden — a cost. But this cost — or, more accurately, the prospect of having to pay this cost — is the price of admission to the riches of a market economy. To understand why destroyed jobs are costs but not losses first requires an appreciation of the centrality to market economies of what W.H. Hutt labeled ‘consumer sovereignty.’” (01/02/19)

https://www.aier.org/article/trades-costs-are-not-losses

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30) Some “big ideas” for the president two years in
Source: The American Spectator
by Doug Bandow

“The Trump presidency is nearing its halfway mark. Contrary to the dire predictions of many pundits, the country still survives. But whether the president is able to win reelection remains a huge question. Satisfying his base is not enough. He needs to win votes from those who might not have warmed to him personally. To attract those marginal supporters, many of whom chose him over Hillary Clinton, he should offer a few compelling ‘big ideas,’ rationalizing his so far disjointed approach to policymaking.” (01/02/19)

https://spectator.org/some-big-ideas-for-the-president-two-years-in/

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31) How excellent, manufacturers are stockpiling in fear of a no deal Brexit
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“We’re told this news so that we may shiver in fear at the prospect of letting go of Nanny Europa — manufacturers are stockpiling goods in fear of a no deal Brexit and reversion to WTO terms. The truth is that this is good news on two counts, one at the system level and the second as more of a detail about current circumstances. That system point is, hey, great, aren’t we lucky to be using an economic system which has such self-correcting mechanisms built in? The second being that great, we’re gaining a little bolus of stimulus to the economy, ain’t that grand?” (01/02/19)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/business/how-excellent-manufacturers-are-stockpiling-in-fear-of-a-no-deal-brexit/

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32) Navigating economic waters in the new political climate
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by Pinar Cebi Wilber

“The mayhem around trade policy and its ripple effects continue the cause unease about the future of the U.S. and global economies. In the aftermath of the midterm elections, one wonders what the new equation in Congress will mean for the economy. Unfortunately, the otherwise good economic indicators have been shadowed by the uneasy stock market, which is partially due to the insistence of the Administration on certain trade policies. The months of October and November saw an extremely volatile stock market. The election has not changed this volatility: In November, the downturn wiped out the full market gains for the year, and in fact creating a loss for the year. This volatility has been attributed by many to fear of a potential slowdown in economic growth at home and abroad, as well as increasing trade tensions worldwide, particularly between the U.S.A. and China.” (12/31/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/protectionist-trade-trump-growth

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33) 2019: What a wonderful world
Source: Acton Institute
by Philip Booth

“I would like to suggest three reasons why we are so pessimistic. The first is that the news we hear is invariably bad news. Normality is just not interesting. The fact that more people will have lunch today than at any time in the world’s history is not newsworthy. The 49 days out of 50 when my trains run more or less on time make really boring news stories. On the other hand, a trackside fire at Clapham bringing total chaos to the South East of England is both interesting and newsworthy. Normality is boring. The second reason probably arises from how academics act. Academics get rewarded both financially and in terms of prestige for solving problems. So they have a strong incentive to identify problems (which is fine) and to exaggerate problems (which is not fine) in order to attract funds. The third reason is what the philosopher Stephen Pinker called the ‘psychology of moralisation.’” (01/02/19)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2019/01/02/2019-what-wonderful-world

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34) Understanding populism
Source: CounterPunch
by Adrian Kuzminski

“Populism is widely misunderstood. It can be found on both the left and right of the political spectrum. It’s not about how liberal or conservative you are. It’s about the failure of the system to provide economic and social security for a large part of the population. Populists today object to the status quo, to being ruled by elites, to what they see as a rogue establishment, whether left-leaning or right-leaning, that’s no longer accountable to the general public. They’re right about that, but otherwise they have little understanding of how this came to be, how political and economic power came to be concentrated, at their expense, in very few, mostly unaccountable, hands.” (01/02/19)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/01/02/understanding-populism/

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35) Our moment at the crossroads
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Earlier this year I wrote an email to several friends, describing my feelings upon arriving at a crossroads for myself and my work. Surprisingly, nearly all of them wrote back that they were feeling the same thing. And so I think a lot of us have arrived at some type of crossroads lately. How and why we feel to be at a crossroads is a very personal thing of course, but I think I see two reasons that have gotten under our collective skin, so to speak.” (01/01/19)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/our-moment-at-the-crossroads/

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36) 2018, the year of the worker
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“If 2017 was the year of the investor (with stock market gains of more than 25 percent during President Donald Trump’s first year in office) then 2018 was undoubtedly the year of the American worker. These past 12 months have slammed Wall Street hard, with half of 2017’s stock blockbuster gains surrendered. But for now, prosperity has rotated to Main Street USA, where things have rarely been better than in 2018. The bears on Wall Street of the last few weeks have dominated the headlines, but those losses have obscured the steady bullish gains for workers. Not in the last 50 years has the jobs market been as strong as it is today. Start with the fact that at 3.8 percent the unemployment rate is matching its low point of the last half-century. Almost half of the states in the union now have their lowest unemployment rates ever recorded by the Labor Department. The labor market is so attractive for workers today that America is literally running out of qualified workers to fill all the jobs.” (01/01/19)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2019/01/01/2018-the-year-of-the-worker-n2538303

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37) Put the public in public policy
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘Negotiations are impossible without trust,’ wrote Leon Panetta in a Washington Post op-ed. What with all his experience, Mr. Panetta has some reason to be trusted on his chosen subject, government shutdowns. The California Democrat spent 16 years in the Congress before joining the Clinton Administration as Director of the Office of Management and Budget and later serving as White House Chief of Staff. He was Obama’s first CIA Director and then Secretary of Defense. But not every one of the sage’s pronouncements passes muster. ‘Never,’ he advised, ‘negotiate in public.’” (01/02/19)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2019/01/02/public-policy/

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38) How Trump’s first two years might have been a success
Source: The American Conservative
by Robert W Merry

“What could Donald Trump have done differently as president to consolidate his political position? How could he have avoided the beleaguered state in which he now finds himself? Such questions emerge as we watch him struggle with the challenges of his office, often adding to his own difficulties with amateurish missteps and outlandish outbursts. Given that what Trump does is so closely tied to who he is, it may be frivolous to wonder what he could have done differently — or what he could do differently starting now. Most likely he couldn’t have risen to the challenge he created with his electoral triumph because he lacked the political and intellectual attributes to do so. But the hypothetical exercise is worth pursuing because it sheds light on the political opportunity generated by his election.” (01/02/19)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-trumps-first-two-years-might-have-been-a-success/

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39) Pump and dumps are the final indignity for dying coins
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Kai Sedgwick

“You can tell an altcoin is close to death when its price soars. That may sound like a contradiction in terms, but that’s what can happen to crypto assets when they’re in the throes of death. With low liquidity and thin volume, exchange-listed altcoins are prey to manipulators who will send them skyward one final time for a quick profit.” (01/01/19)

https://news.bitcoin.com/pump-and-dumps-are-the-final-indignity-for-dying-coins/

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40) Steady hand needed: Can Democrats deliver?
Source: USA Today
by Chris Truax

“On Jan. 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 lost power in both engines while taking off from New York’s La Guardia Airport. Unable to restart either engine and lacking enough altitude to make the turn back to the airport, the pilot, Captain Chesley Sullenberger, chose to attempt an unprecedented water landing in the Hudson River. In what came to be known as ‘The Miracle on the Hudson,’ Sully managed to safely ditch the plane and all 155 passengers and crew were saved. In 2020, America is facing its own Flight 1549 election. We don’t need a pilot who will take us higher, faster and farther then ever before. We don’t need a pilot who will make America do barrel rolls and loop-the-loops. We need a pilot who can land the damn plane.” [editor’s note: This is good advice for ANY political challenge to the incumbent, whether or not it is designed to topple the throne this time – SAT] (12/31/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/12/31/democrats-2020-nominee-after-trump-steady-hand-progressive-payback-column/2414369002

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41) Trump’s Syria withdrawal does nothing to restore constitutional limits on presidential war powers
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Ilya Somin

“While the Syria intervention lacked proper congressional authorization, constitutional considerations had nothing to do with Trump’s withdrawal decision. Indeed, his administration has doubled down on Obama-era arguments asserting broad presidential authority to initiate military interventions.” (01/01/19)

https://reason.com/volokh/2019/01/01/trumps-syria-withdrawal-does-little-to-r

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42) Trump’s US in 2019: Is the Mideast “War on Terror” paradigm ending?
Source: OpEdNews
by Juan Cole

“The primary post 9/11 paradigm of US foreign policy has been the war on terrorism, which is to say a profound and kinetic military and counter-insurgency engagement of the US Pentagon, CIA and State Department in the Greater Middle East. This paradigm succeeded the Cold War paradigm of 1946-1991, which collapsed when the Soviet Union did. There are some signs that the War on Terror paradigm in US foreign and military policy may be winding down. Trump is trying to get out of Syria, and though the Washington Establishment may succeed in putting some breaks on the withdrawal, it seems likely that Trump mostly will get his way before summer. He obviously would also like to pick up stakes and get out of Afghanistan, though whether he can get his way there is unclear.” (01/01/19)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Trump-s-US-in-2019-Is-the-by-Juan-Cole-Al-Qaeda_Iran_Iraq_Israel-190101-900.html

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43) The problem with prophecy
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“[I]t’s now not at all unusual to see articles calling for decriminalization, attacking the War on Whores and even openly labeling the moral panic as a scam intended to justify censorship of the internet and persecution of sex workers and our clients, families and associates. … the increasing absurdity of ‘sex trafficking’ scary tales involving litter and meaningless non-incidents at retail outlets has forced even cops to deny some of the more extreme and idiotic elements of the mythology. The ‘Super Bowl sex trafficking’ myth is all but dead, and it’s now relatively safe for politicians to support decriminalization. Unfortunately, the US government, billionaire sociopaths like Swanee Hunt, and Hollywood nitwits like Ashley Judd and Ashton Kutcher continue to double down on the fading hysteria, expending huge sums of money and investing their considerable influence on the Very Stupid to artificially prolong the moral panic beyond its natural shelf-life.” (01/02/19)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2019/01/02/the-problem-with-prophecy/

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44) The biggest security threats in 2019
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“With an ongoing trade war between the United States and China, Russian military posturing in Eastern Europe at its greatest since the Cold War and the most unpredictable U.S. administration in living memory, 2019 may offer no shortage of strategic surprises. Here are some of the key areas to watch in the coming 12 months …” (01/01/19)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-threats-apps-commentary/commentary-the-biggest-security-threats-in-2019-idUSKCN1OU121

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45) What does government cost us?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Money is important to almost all of us. Not just all us Americans, but all us around the world. (I know there are exceptions.) So it makes sense to discuss things in terms of money. But where government, and especially the FedGov, REALLY costs us — you and me — the most and worse is intangible: It costs us freedom. It costs us liberty. It costs us opportunity. It not only steals money from us, but it steals a better standard of living, better technology, better futures.” (01/01/19)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2019/01/01/what-does-government-cost-us/

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46) Is the end of the brutal war in Yemen finally at hand?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Gareth Porter

“Until 2018, the Obama and Trump administrations had successfully avoided any congressional move to block US support of the Saudi-Emirati bombing of civilian targets in Yemen, or the country’s air and naval blockade. That success was possible, at least in part, because the US media largely ignored the mass starvation of the Yemeni people and unprecedented cholera epidemic these acts of aggression had wrought. The media also failed to report on the United States’ direct role in that conflict. From mid-2017 to mid-2018, MSNBC ran only a single story that mentioned the United States’ in-flight refueling of Saudi planes and its provision of intelligence for Yemeni bombing targets. Nevertheless, some key members of Congress were well informed about the United States’ complicity in the Saudi coalition’s crimes.” (01/02/19)

https://original.antiwar.com/porter/2019/01/01/is-the-end-of-the-brutal-war-in-yemen-finally-at-hand/

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47) US policy toward Cuba attacked America’s freedom and values
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The decades-long U.S. interventionist policy against Cuba failed to achieve its goal of removing Fidel Castro from power and replacing him with a pro-U.S. regime, similar to the pro-U.S. Batista regime that the Cuban revolution ousted from power in 1959. More important, interventionism against Cuba ended up attacking the freedom and values of the American people.” (01/01/19)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/u-s-policy-toward-cuba-attacked-americas-freedom-and-values/

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48) Quantum Vibe, 01/02/19
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (01/02/19)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1891

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49) Happy (deregulated) New Year!
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by staff

“President Trump has rolled back more federal rules and regulations than any modern American president. But as 2018 ends and 2019 begins, can he keep up the pace? It may be hard. The Competitive Enterprise Institute has just released its year-end reckoning of Trump’s deregulatory moves for this year. As they note, it’s both good and bad. As they describe the president’s 2018 record, it was ‘Better than Obama, Bush II, and Clinton in terms of fewer regulations; but not as good as Trump’s own first year.’ President Trump ended the year with 68,082 pages in the Federal Register, which is the nation’s rulebook. That’s quite low by recent standards, but marks a 10% gain from the end of last year, when the total pages in the register totaled just 61,308 pages, the lowest since 1993.” (12/31/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/regulations-trump-2019

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50) Aquinas on the state and its limitations
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“The word law (lex), [Aquinas] notes, ‘is derived from ligare (to bind), because it binds one to act.’ More specifically, ‘law is a rule and measure of acts, whereby man is induced to act or is restrained from acting.’ Law, to be effective, ‘needs to be in accord with some rule of reason.’ He goes on to argue that the object of human life is ‘bliss or happiness’ and ‘consequently the law must needs regard principally the relationship to happiness,’ and more specifically ‘universal happiness.’” (01/01/19)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2019/01/aquinas-on-state-and-its-limitations.html

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51) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 01/02/19
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“President Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, stunned Washington over the weekend by stating the obvious: Julian Assange and Wikileaks are simply publishers, like the Washington Post and New York Times. If Assange is prosecuted by the US for publishing information, what’s to stop prosecution of the rest of the US media?” [Flash video] (01/02/19)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/giuliani-is-right-free-assange

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52) Reason Podcast, 01/02/19
Source: Reason

“The man whose immigration policies Donald Trump once called ‘maniacal’ and ‘mean-spirited’ has D.C. all in a tizzy with his new #Resistance op-ed, as Robby Soave detailed this morning. So does Mitt Romney have a point? Or is he whitewashing his own contributions to incivil politics and unsound policy? ‘Both’ is pretty much the conclusion of today’s Reason Podcast, editors’ roundtable edition, featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and [Matt Welch]. And speaking of 2020 speculation, we also discuss Elizabeth Warren, Justin Amash, and (of course!) Dave Barry.” [various formats] (01/02/19)

https://reason.com/blog/2019/01/02/mitt-romney-is-both-right-and-wrong

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53) Political Research Digest, 01/02/19
Source: Niskanen Center

“Patricia Kirkland finds that divided government at the state level increases the chance of budget delays that can lead to shutdowns. But she says some states are perennially late and others that face disastrous outcomes for impasse do get their work done. Benjamin Schneer finds that divided government historically does reduce the number of major landmark laws passed by Congress, but only by a few each term. There are also huge differences across time and presidencies, regardless of partisanship. But both confirm the conventional wisdom that divided government will not help improve our governance.” [various formats] (01/02/19)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/are-divided-governments-the-cause-of-delays-and-shutdowns/

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54) Humans of Bitcoin, 01/02/19
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Spotlight on another Bitcoin.com team member. In addition to being an ace developer, [Chris Troutner has] the wilderness survival skills that most of us only see on the Discovery channel.” [various formats] (01/02/19)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e640-Digital-and-Natural-Freedom-Chris-Troutner

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55) The Cost, episode 7
Source: We Are Libertarians

“John and Jess Hooker join Chris Spangle for a conversation about their daughter’s epilepsy and the improvement in her symptoms since introducing her to CBD oil.” [various formats] (01/02/19)

https://wearelibertarians.com/the-cost-7-addis-story-healing-epilepsy-with-cbd-oil/

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56) Scott Adams Says, 01/02/19
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about AOC, AGW, TDS, ye, and coffee.” [Flash video] (01/02/19)

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

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57) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 29
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“In today’s episode Nicky P & Lizzie examine Declaration Day by Iced Earth.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/02/19)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/bet-you-didn%E2%80%99t-know-with-sherry-voluntary-sounds-like-liberty-episode-29/

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58) Stossel: End racial preferences at colleges?
Source: Reason

“Asian Americans are suing Harvard for illegally discriminating against them. The lawsuit forced Harvard to release admissions data which reveal that admitted Asian applicants score 22 points higher on the SAT than whites and 63 points higher than blacks. Harvard admits to using race as a factor in admissions for the sake of diversity. But the school says it does so without any hard quotas or race-based points system — that they merely consider it informally. Past Supreme Courts have allowed that. But the Asian Americans suing Harvard argue that the university gives them artificially low personality ratings to keep their admissions rate down. They say Harvard treats Asian Americans as ‘boring little grade grubbers.’” [Flash video] (01/02/19)

https://reason.com/reasontv/2019/01/02/stossel-end-racial-preferences-at-colleg

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59) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 202
Source: Free Man Beyond the Wall

“‘if yOu dOn’T lIkE iT, sTaRt yOuR oWn pAtReOn!’” [various formats] (01/02/19)

http://freemanbeyondthewall.libsyn.com/episode-202-if-you-dont-like-it-start-your-own-patreon

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60) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 292
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #292, Will Porter returns to discuss Trump’s best foreign policy decisions of 2018. Trump met with North Koren leader Kim Jong-un. He ordered the withdraw of US forces from Syria. The president is reported to be planning the withdraw of US troops from Afghanistan. We also discuss the resignations of Nikki Haley and James Mattis.” [various formats] (01/02/19)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-292-best-of-trump-2018-guest-will-porter

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61) Electric Libertyland, episode 105
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Happy New Year! On this week’s ELL, Brian is insanely drunk on New Year’s Day, because we do NOT take off time for holidays on this podcast! But that’s the perfect cocktail to talk about the latest Louis CK outrage, Elizabeth Warren running for POTUS and the government shutdown.” [various formats] (01/02/19)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2019/01/02/ell-105-the-drunkest-electric-libertyland-ever/

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62) Postcards from Somalia, episode 26
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Ben Shapiro Is A Monsterous Ass Part Deux.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/01/19)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/postcards-from-somalia-episode-26-ben-shapiro-is-a-monsterous-ass-part-deux/

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63) Free Talk Live, 01/01/19
Source: Free Talk Live

“Chinese Uighur Muslims Forced into Reeducation Camps :: US Prisons :: Anti-Trafficking :: Libertarians Infiltrated on Reddit :: Political Takeovers :: New Hampshire Libertarian Successes :: Cannabis Legalization Optimism in New Hampshire :: :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/01/19)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2019-01-01

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64) Kick the Puppy, episode 16
Source: Attack The System

“Syria/Afghan troop withdrawal, Congress strengthens police state in order to wage war on sex workers, moral panics, study finds police officers arrested 1100 times per year, the possibility of future left/right violence, Casey Anthony gets her own reality show, Casey Anthony 4 President, cat owners more likely to be into BDSM than other people, House passes bill banning eating dogs and cats …” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/01/19)

https://attackthesystem.com/2019/01/01/kick-the-puppy-episode-16/

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65) The Bob Zadek Show, 12/30/18
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Without making a specific case for impeaching Trump (with all the partisan pitfalls that would entail), [Gene] Healy’s latest white paper serves as a primer on the purpose, history, and scope of impeachment provisions.” [various formats] (12/30/18)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2018/12/30/low-tweets-and-misdemeanors

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