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Friday, January 4th, 2019
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In the News:

1) FL: Parkland commission recommends teachers be allowed to carry guns
2) Dow closes 660 points lower after Apple cuts sales outlook, weak reading on US manufacturing
3) France: “Yellow Vest” leader arrested
4) China Moon mission lands Chang’e-4 spacecraft on far side
5) Fake “government shutdown” hits E-Verify, other surveillance/police state tools
6) Pompeo tires of being ignored, whines a little about Iran
7) OH: Cleveland Clinic fires resident after online threat to give Jews “wrong meds” surfaces
8) MI: Homeowner shoots, kills intruder
9) UK: “Pirate ship” hand grenade discovered near 17th-century wreck site
10) MO: Teen blinded by mystery illness after cruise
11) Russian doping: Wada chief “bitterly disappointed” as deadline missed
12) Saudi Arabia: Show trial begins for Khashoggi killing scapegoats
13) Administration denies status to young immigrants due to age
14) Senators confirm slew of Trump nominees in final hours of 115th Congress
15) You gonna eat that roadkill? It’s legal now in Oregon
16) Judge dismisses suits aiming to hold Twitter, Facebook, Google liable for 2015 San Bernardino shooting
17) Cathay Pacific mistakenly sells $16,000 flight for $675
18) taly: North Korea diplomat missing, South Korean MP says, after asylum report
19) Israel: Regime official vows to “worsen” conditions for Arab prisoners
20) Warren sides with Trump on Syria withdrawal, Afghanistan drawdown

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The great man theory of governance
22) Why I am still a cryptocurrency enthusiast, 2019 edition
23) Government shutdown shows why we need to decentralize national parks
24) No, that’s NOT what Louis CK was doing
25) Why Trump’s advisors keep quashing his realist whims
26) Making sure the Republican Party dies
27) Deregulation is the only cure for high drug prices
28) Seven global trends to watch in 2019
29) Democrats vs. Trump: Why status quo ante and Obamaism are not enough
30) Mass transit is a colossal government failure
31) The great exchange: How returning Christmas gifts refutes socialism
32) Democrats hate the wall because Trump loves it
33) Our freshwater emergency is worse than you think
34) Last year’s Altcoin Army have become this year’s Bitcoin Brigade
35) San Francisco obstructionism
36) Repressive cosmopolitanism
37) The McConnell era has been terrible for American politics
38) Getting angry at the right targets in the right way
39) Donald Trump’s nationalist moment
40) Louis CK vs. the new pearl-clutchers
41) Quantum Vibe, 01/03/19
42) Classical Greek education
43) The one issue the left and right can agree on
44) Who is afraid of nuclear power?
45) Government shutdown or not, the police state will continue to flourish
46) Ruminating on legislation and rule of law
47) The real loss to the US economy from Trump’s steel tariffs
48) Trump turned the border wall into his Alamo; this won’t end well either
49) Trump EPA to repeal another Obama admin anti-coal regulation
50) Innovation in child care coming from private sector employers

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Freedom Frauds, 01/03/19
52) The Cost, episode 8
53) Clear and Present Danger, episode 19
54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 01/03/19
55) Murderville, GA, episode 3
56) The Law with DK Williams, episode 18
57) Scott Adams Says, 01/03/19
58) Building Tomorrow Podcast, episode 28
59) The Libertarian Angle, 01/03/19
60) Free Talk Live, 01/02/19
61) Constitutionally Speaking, episode 40
62) Political Theater with Jason Dick, episode 50
63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1311
64) Edward Stringham on Fed policy
65) Editor’s Break, episode 129

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

1) FL: Parkland commission recommends teachers be allowed to carry guns
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The commission investigating the high school massacre in Parkland, Florida has included a recommendation in its preliminary report that classroom teachers who volunteer and undergo training should be allowed to carry guns in school. The state-appointed 15-member Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school public safety commission on Wednesday unanimously approved the 446-page report containing that proposal and a slew of other recommendations, many geared towards “hardening” schools as potential targets for mass shooters. The recommendations are now in the hands of outgoing state governor Rick Scott, governor-elect Ron DeSantis and the state legislature.” (01/03/19)

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/02/parkland-school-shooting-commission-report-teachers-carry-guns

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2) Dow closes 660 points lower after Apple cuts sales outlook, weak reading on US manufacturing
Source: USA Today

“The Dow took another big hit Thursday, closing down more than 600 points after Apple warned about slowing revenue and iPhone sales in China, and a key gauge of U.S. manufacturing in December came in weak, heightening investor concerns about slowing global growth. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which is coming off its worst year since 2008, closed down 660 points, or 2.8 percent, to 22,686. The daily point loss, which dragged the blue chip stock gauge down 15.4 percent since its October peak, was bigger than the scary plunge on Christmas Eve and the biggest since Dec. 4. The broader Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index closed 2.5 percent lower, extending its loss from its September all-time high to 16.5 percent. The technology-dominated Nasdaq declined 3 percent and fell back into bear market territory, defined as a drop of 20 percent or more from its recent high.” (01/03/19)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/01/03/dow-jones-industrial-average-falls-apple-revenue-warning/2470660002/

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3) France: “Yellow Vest” leader arrested
Source: New York Times

“The French police have arrested a prominent leader of the Yellow Vest movement for a second time, in a clear sign that the government is following through on a pledge to crack down on the protests that have shaken France for much of the past six weeks. Eric Drouet, a 33-year-old truck driver from the Paris exurbs who was one of the original organizers of the movement, was arrested Wednesday night in Paris for what the authorities said was ‘organizing an undeclared demonstration.’ On Thursday, he was released pending a trial.” (01/03/19)

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/03/world/europe/yellow-vest-france-arrest-eric-drouet.html

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4) China Moon mission lands Chang’e-4 spacecraft on far side
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“China says it has successfully landed a robotic spacecraft on the far side of the Moon, the first ever such attempt and landing. At 10:26 Beijing time (02:26 GMT), the un-crewed Chang’e-4 probe touched down in the South Pole-Aitken Basin, state media said. It is carrying instruments to analyse the unexplored region’s geology, as well to conduct biological experiments. The landing is being seen as a major milestone in space exploration.” (01/03/19)

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46724727

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5) Fake “government shutdown” hits E-Verify, other surveillance/police state tools
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“The government shutdown began with the president’s demand for border security money. But it’s also shut down E-Verify, a federal program that’s supposed to prevent immigrants from working illegally [sic]. If U.S. employers want to check whether their prospective hires are eligible to work, they can’t. The E-Verify database is ‘currently unavailable due to a lapse in government appropriations,’ according to a note on the government-run web site. … Border Patrol [thugs] at the Southwest border are working, but they won’t get paid until the shutdown ends. So are tens of thousands of other immigration [gang enforcers] in the Department of Homeland Security.” (01/03/19)

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/03/681969112/an-irony-shutdown-fight-over-border-security-takes-toll-on-immigration-enforceme

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6) Pompeo tires of being ignored, whines a little about Iran
Source: The Hill

“The Trump administration Thursday warned Iran against planned space rocket launches it said incorporate ballistic missile technology. ‘The United States will not stand by and watch the Iranian regime’s destructive policies place international stability and security at risk,’ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Thursday. ‘We advise the regime to reconsider these provocative launches and cease all activities related to ballistic missiles in order to avoid deeper economic and diplomatic isolation.’ Iran’s defense ministry has announced plans for three Space Launch Vehicle (SLV) launches in ‘the coming months,’ according to the statement. Iran last conducted a space launch in July 2017, when Tehran said it successfully launched a satellite. At the time, the State Department called the launch ‘provocative.’” (01/03/19)

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/423674-pompeo-warns-iran-against-space-launches

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7) OH: Cleveland Clinic fires resident after online threat to give Jews “wrong meds” surfaces
Source: Fox News

“A Cleveland hospital has fired a resident after anti-Semitic comments and threats to give the Jewish people ‘the wrong meds’ surfaced on social media. Lara Kollab was identified as the fired employee behind the comments. She worked as a supervised resident at the Cleveland Clinic from July to September, Cleveland.com reported. ‘She is no longer working at Cleveland Clinic. In no way do these beliefs reflect those of our organization. We fully embrace diversity, inclusion and a culture of safety and respect across our entire health system,’ the Cleveland Clinic said in a statement posted online.” (01/02/19)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/ohio-hospital-fires-resident-after-her-threat-to-give-jews-wrong-meds-surfaced

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8) MI: Homeowner shoots, kills intruder
Source: Ionia Sentinel-Standard

“At 10:38 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, deputies were dispatched to the 4000 block of East Musgrove Highway in Sebewa Township for a report of a burglary in progress. It was indicated that an intruder forced his way into the home and told the residents he was being chased by someone else who was trying to kill him. The homeowner grabbed a firearm and went outside with [Justin] Eddy, but could not locate anyone or any evidence of anyone chasing him, according to a report from the sheriff’s office. When Eddy and the homeowner re-entered the house a short time later, Eddy reportedly became angry with the homeowner and assaulted him, according to the sheriff’s office. The homeowner discharged his firearm at Eddy, striking him in the chest and killing him, just before deputies arrived at the residence.” (01/02/19)

https://www.sentinel-standard.com/news/20190102/intruder-shot-and-killed-by-homeowner-in-ionia-countys-sebewa-township

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9) UK: “Pirate ship” hand grenade discovered near 17th-century wreck site
Source: Fox News

“A gunpowder-filled hand grenade from the wreck of a former pirate ship has washed ashore on a remote U.K. beach. Local historian and author Robert Felce told Fox News that he found the hand grenade in late November at Dollar Cove on Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula. Felce also found a similar grenade at the same site on the Cornwall’s southern coast in May 2017. ‘I don’t use a metal detector — I use sight,’ he explained. ‘I have become accustomed to what a lot of these things look like.’ The heavily encrusted grenades are from the wreck of the Schiedam, a former pirate ship that was being used to transport cargo by the Royal Navy. LiveScience reports that the Schiedam, which was originally a Dutch merchant ship, was taken by Barbary Pirates in 1683, and was subsequently seized by the Royal Navy.” (01/02/19)

https://www.foxnews.com/science/pirate-ship-hand-grenade-discovered-near-17th-century-wreck-site

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10) MO: Teen blinded by mystery illness after cruise
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“After going on a cruise with her family, a Missouri teenager became sick with pain and swelling and even lost her vision — and doctors aren’t sure why. Jordyn Walker was a healthy 15-year-old when she embarked on a cruise with her family in the summer of 2017. But when she returned home, she fell ill and her medical nightmare began.” (01/02/19)

https://www.ajc.com/news/national/missouri-teen-blinded-mystery-illness-after-cruise/5qIzGWeUZekB6IpWgyC8IL/

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11) Russian doping: Wada chief “bitterly disappointed” as deadline missed
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The president of the World Anti-Doping Agency is ‘bitterly disappointed’ after it was confirmed Russia’s anti-doping agency missed the deadline to hand over data from its Moscow laboratory. Rusada was set a 31 December deadline to comply, but Wada’s inspection team were denied full access to samples. The country could now be at risk of another ban from international events after a state-sponsored doping scandal. Wada says it will refer the issue to its compliance review committee. The independent body will next meet on 14 January in Canada, after which it will make a recommendation to Wada’s executive committee. UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) said it was ‘deeply concerned’ by the development: ‘Uninhibited access to the Moscow laboratory and the athlete ‘LIMS’ data, was the first condition of Wada’s reinstatement of Rusada in September 2018. At the same time the process to be followed once the 31 December deadline passed was set out.’” (01/02/19)

https://www.bbc.com/sport/46731241

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12) Saudi Arabia: Show trial begins for Khashoggi killing scapegoats
Source: Financial Times [UK]

“The first hearing in the trial of those accused of killing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was held on Thursday in Riyadh, the kingdom’s attorney-general has said. The public prosecution is seeking punishment for 11 suspects in the case, including the death penalty for five of them. The accused and their lawyers, who attended the hearing, have requested more time to respond to the charges against them. … Saud al-Qahtani and Ahmed Assiri, two senior aides to the crown prince, were previously identified by the attorney-general as having been involved in the killing, but it is unclear if they are among the suspects facing trial. The names of the suspects have not been published, in accordance with the Saudi law of criminal procedures.” (01/03/19)

https://www.ft.com/content/94a7ac30-0f42-11e9-a3aa-118c761d2745

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13) Administration denies status to young immigrants due to age
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Some immigrant youth looking to start over in the United States after fleeing abusive homes are seeing their applications for green cards rejected because the Trump administration says they’re too old. A U.S. government program in place since 1990 has let young immigrants subject to abuse, abandonment or neglect by a parent seek a court-appointed guardian and a green card to stay in the country. While applicants must file paperwork before age 21, the Trump administration has said some are too old to qualify once they turn 18, prompting a flurry of denial notices over the past year in New York, Texas and California and additional questions of applicants in New Jersey. Immigrant advocates have filed lawsuits in New York and California and said hundreds of young people could be affected by the change. ‘This administration is literally going after some of the most vulnerable people trying to seek relief,’ said Mary Tanagho Ross, an appellate staff attorney at Los Angeles-based Public Counsel’s immigrant rights project.” (01/02/19)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Administration-denies-status-to-young-immigrants-13503437.php

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14) Senators confirm slew of Trump nominees in final hours of 115th Congress
Source: Roll Call

“Even amid a partial government shutdown, senators agreed to confirm a large batch of President Donald Trump’s nominees before finishing work less than 24 hours before they would be due to expire. … Trump choices for an assortment of departments and agencies won confirmation, including a batch of U.S. attorneys and several nominees to lead offices of inspectors general. The list also included nominees to be members of the Federal Communications Commission, as well as a batch of foreign service officers.” (01/02/19)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/senators-confirm-slew-donald-trumps-nominees-final-hours-115th-congress

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15) You gonna eat that roadkill? It’s legal now in Oregon
Source: USA Today

“Want to scoop a dead animal off the highway for dinner? It’s now legal in Oregon. Drivers who turn the state’s deer and elk into roadkill now can harvest them for food as a result of the law, which went into effect New Year’s Day. About 20 states already let drivers turn roadkill into food with advocates calling the practice healthier and more humane letting it sit along a street. ‘Eating roadkill is healthier for the consumer than meat laden with antibiotics, hormones, and growth stimulants, as most meat is today,’ noted PETA, or the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, on its site. But the state has rules before a dead animal can become filet mig-roadkill: An animal’s antlers must be turned in within five business days, for example, and it’s illegal to intentionally hit an animal.” (01/02/19)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/01/02/eating-roadkill-now-legal-oregon-under-new-law/2463023002

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16) Judge dismisses suits aiming to hold Twitter, Facebook, Google liable for 2015 San Bernardino shooting
Source: The Hill

“A federal judge in California dismissed two lawsuits earlier this week that sought to hold Google and social media giants Twitter and Facebook liable for the December 2015 mass shooting that killed 14 people and wounded 22 others in San Bernadino, Calif. The companies were accused of aiding and abetting international terrorism and providing material support to international terrorists by allowing terrorist groups to use their platforms. The plaintiffs, which included people either injured in the attack or related to someone who was injured or killed, alleged the shooters were radicalized through social media.” (01/02/19)

https://thehill.com/policy/technology/423518-judge-dismisses-suits-aiming-to-hold-twitter-facebook-google-liable-for

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17) Cathay Pacific mistakenly sells $16,000 flight for $675
Source: Fox News

“A few very lucky people may have snagged the travel-deal of a lifetime this year: Cathay Pacific accidentally sold business and first-class tickets from Vietnam to New York for $675, rather than the standard $16,000. The Hong Kong-based airline said it mistakenly sold business-class seats on August flights for a fraction of the usual price — and it plans to honor the blunder. Although it sold the ticket for around $675, prices for the same route in July and September cost around $16,000. ‘Happy 2019 all, and to those who bought our good — VERY good surprise “special” on New Year’s Day, yes — we made a mistake but we look forward to welcoming you on board with your ticket issued. Hope this will make your 2019 “special” too!’ the company wrote on Twitter.” (01/02/19)

https://www.foxbusiness.com/features/cathay-pacific-mistakenly-sells-16000-flight-for-675

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18) Italy: North Korea diplomat missing, South Korean MP says, after asylum report
Source: Reuters

“A North Korean diplomat who was until recently acting ambassador to Italy has gone missing, a South Korean member of parliament said on Thursday, after a South Korean newspaper reported he was seeking asylum in the West. The diplomat, Jo Song Gil, disappeared with his wife after leaving the embassy without notice in early November, according to Kim Min-ki, a South Korean lawmaker who was briefed by the National Intelligence Service. Earlier on Thursday, the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper, citing an unidentified diplomatic source, said Jo, 48, had applied for asylum to an unspecified Western country and was in a ‘safe place’ with his family under the protection of the Italian government.” (01/03/19)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-italy/north-korea-diplomat-in-italy-missing-south-korean-mp-says-after-asylum-report-idUSKCN1OX0I9

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19) Israel: Regime official vows to “worsen” conditions for Arab prisoners
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan has announced plans to ‘worsen’ conditions for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, including rationing water supplies and reducing the number of family visits. The planned moves, which are expected to come into force in the coming weeks after being approved by the Israeli cabinet, were sharply criticised by Palestinian leaders and activists who described as them as another escalation of human rights violations by Israel. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Erdan said the plan will also see jails removing cooking rights and limiting prisoners’ access to television as well as blocking funds to the Palestinian Authority.” (01/02/19)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/israel-worsen-conditions-palestinian-prisoners-190102151619953.html

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20) Warren sides with Trump on Syria withdrawal, Afghanistan drawdown
Source: CNN

“Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Wednesday it is ‘right’ to withdraw US troops from Syria and Afghanistan. Warren, who recently announced she is forming an exploratory committee ahead of a likely campaign for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ Wednesday night the ‘defense establishment needs to explain what they think winning in those wars look like and where the metrics are.’ Warren, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said there are ‘lots of different problems in Afghanistan, and what seems to be the answer from the foreign policy establishment? Stay forever. That is not a policy. We can’t do that.’ President Donald Trump recently ordered the ‘full’ and ‘rapid’ withdrawal of US military from Syria. … In Afghanistan, the US military has been ordered to begin planning to withdraw about half the troops in the country, a US defense official with direct knowledge of the matter told CNN.” (01/03/19)

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/02/politics/elizabeth-warren-troops-syria/index.html

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

21) The great man theory of governance
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“One of the political phenomena that the Trump administration has brought to the surface is the political philosophy that now guides much of the conservative movement. Unlike libertarians, who have a deep philosophical commitment to the principle of a government with very few, limited powers, conservatives have come to embrace what can be called the great man theory of governance. It holds that people should elect (or select) a great man to serve as president and then loyally and unconditionally support whatever he decides to do in the interests of the nation.” (01/03/19)

https://www.fff.org/2019/01/03/the-great-man-theory-of-governance/

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22) Why I am still a cryptocurrency enthusiast, 2019 edition
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“I’m still enthusiastic about cryptocurrency because I’ve seen what it can do and make plausible predictions about what it will be able to do in the future. Cryptocurrency seizes control of money from governments and puts it in the hands of people. With improvements in its privacy aspects, that’s only going to become more true. In short, cryptocurrency fuels freedom.” (01/03/19)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/14149

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23) Government shutdown shows why we need to decentralize national parks
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“Contrary to the myth that public lands would immediately be sold to rapacious developers and oil drillers were the lands to fall into the hands of state or local governments, the reality is that public lands such as those in national parks are usually viewed very favorably by surrounding communities and by the voters in the states in which they are located. As tourist attractions, and as giant recreational areas for locals, public lands are quite valuable as indirect sources of revenue for both private- and government-sector institutions in the area. The federal government, on the other hand, has no skin in the game when it comes to shutting down monuments and national parks thousands of miles from Capitol Hill. For the feds, it’s all a political game in Washington, DC.” (01/03/19)

https://mises.org/wire/government-shutdown-shows-why-we-need-decentralize-national-parks

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24) No, that’s NOT what Louis CK was doing
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“People are having a fit about Louis CK making fun of ‘Parkland survivors.’ Is that what he really did? No. He was doing what I have done; he was making fun of the handful of nasty little anti-liberty bigots who used their attendance at Parkland as a springboard to promote their mental illness and demand we all adopt the same. The rest of the survivors — those who didn’t become social parasites — were spared his ridicule; he didn’t even mention them. I’ll ridicule David Hogg, his barefoot sidekick girl — I forget her name, and the other ‘survivors.’ They are absurd and deserve all the ridicule they get. They are promoting slavery. They picked the fight and then whined when people struck back. Like the entitled children they are.” (01/03/19)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2019/01/no-thats-not-what-louis-ck-was-doing.html

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25) Why Trump’s advisors keep quashing his realist whims
Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“If Trump sought out qualified advocates of a foreign policy based on realism and restraint, the consequences flowing from his own intellectual limitations would not necessarily be all that negative. But he has been surrounded by utterly conventional thinkers (Mattis, McMaster, Pence) or ultra-hawks (Bolton, Haley, Pompeo). In such an environment, his worthwhile instincts often wither and his worst inclinations become more pronounced. The abrupt Syria and Afghanistan troop withdrawal decisions may be simply another volatile episode. Ideally, they are manifestations of badly needed, overdue policy changes.” (01/03/19)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/why-trumps-advisors-keep-quashing-realist-whims

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26) Making sure the Republican Party dies
Source: Medium
by James Leroy Wilson

“On New Year’s Eve, legendary Saturday Night Live performer Jane Curtin said her New Year’s Resolution is to ‘make sure the Republican Party dies.’ I don’t know if Ms. Curtin elaborated, or what political activism she’s done in the past. I’ll say it’s a worthy sentiment. I’ll also say that the Democratic Party is as much worthy of death as the GOP.” (01/03/19)

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27) Deregulation is the only cure for high drug prices
Source: Independent Institute
by Raymond March

“In the past year, the Trump administration has tried seemingly everything to lower prescription drug prices. A non-extensive list includes using an executive order to lengthen short-term healthcare plans, implementing an international pricing index to keep foreign drug producers from overcharging U.S. patients, targeting drug rebates between producers and middlemen, giving Medicare Part D plans more power to negotiate drug prices, and even threatening drug providers not to increase prices — via Twitter. More recently, President Trump, working closely with Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, proposed a law requiring drug providers to display drug prices on TV advertisements for any drug which costs over $35 a month. Although the rule is still under discussion, many pharmaceutical companies are preparing for it to become law. … Although well intended, this law is unlikely to reduce drug prices for two reasons.” (01/03/19)

http://blog.independent.org/2019/01/03/deregulation-is-the-only-cure-for-high-drug-prices/

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28) Seven global trends to watch in 2019
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by staff

“Sometimes social movement is global and makes headlines. Sometimes it begins almost unnoticed, and spreads. Seven writers took part in this survey, presented as 2019 dawns.” (12/31/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/2018/1231/Seven-global-trends-to-watch-in-2019

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29) Democrats vs. Trump: Why status quo ante and Obamaism are not enough
Source: CounterPunch
by David Schultz

“Beginning January 3, the Democrats have a choice: Do they act simply as anti-Trumps, seeking to reverse his policies and revert to status quo ante Obama- politics, or do they move toward something more transformational? If they are politically smart, they do the latter and build policies and a coalition more permanent. If they do the former they set themselves for failure and position themselves for setting up the conditions that led to their demise over the last generation. The challenge for Democrats is navigating this choice, and it is not clear they can successfully do it given the distinct interests within their party.” (01/03/19)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/01/03/democrats-vs-trump-why-status-quo-ante-and-obamaism-are-not-enough/

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30) Mass transit is a colossal government failure
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Hans Bader

“I like subways and spent most of my adult life taking them to work. Unfortunately, most people prefer to drive. It can take an hour and a half to take buses and trains to work for a commute that would take only half an hour by car. Mass transit is largely a failure and continues to decline despite growing subsidies to many mass transit systems. Light rail systems are white elephants. The money spent on light rail would be better spent on bus lines. The underground corridors used for some subways might better be devoted to self-driving cars.” (01/03/19)

https://fee.org/articles/mass-transit-is-a-colossal-government-failure/

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31) The great exchange: How returning Christmas gifts refutes socialism
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“‘It is more blessed to give than to receive,’ according to the scriptures — but so many people will return disappointing Christmas gifts to the store for an exchange or refund today that January 3 has sometimes been dubbed ‘National Returns Day.’ While it may deflate our ego to know that our gift choices do not bring our loved ones the pleasure we had hoped, there are economic, political, and spiritual truths embedded in this unheralded holiday tradition.” (01/03/19)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2019/01/03/great-exchange-how-returning-christmas-gifts-refutes

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32) Democrats hate the wall because Trump loves it
Source: Fox News Forum
by Deroy Murdock

“‘The Democrats don’t want to let us have strong borders — only for one reason. You know why? Because I want it,’ President Trump said Dec. 26, to the laughter of U.S. troops at Iraq’s Al Asad Air Base. ‘But you gave me an idea, just looking at this warrior group. I think I’ll say, ‘I don’t want the wall.’ And then they’re going to give it to me.’ Trump is on to something. Democrats seem determined to stop his plans for a southern-border wall as revenge for beating Hillary Clinton. As Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday: ‘They want Trump to lose more than they want America to win.’ In Fiscal Year 2018 alone, federal officers apprehended 396,579 illegal aliens on the southwest border. The left loves the fact that those who were caught and released, and others who break into America undetected, likely will become Democrats. So, from their perspective, why give President Trump this win? Some of this might be semantics. The name for the U.S.–Mexican divide could matter politically.” (01/02/19)

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/deroy-murdock-democrats-hate-the-wall-because-trump-loves-it

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33) Our freshwater emergency is worse than you think
Source: In These Times
by Laura Orlando

“The seven Democratic governors who ousted Republican incumbents in November 2018 have another challenge ahead: Each of them faces a freshwater emergency. We use billions of gallons of fresh water each day for drinking, washing, cleaning, mining, manufacturing, construction, farming, moving waste, making electricity and cooling power plants. Most of it comes from rivers, lakes and underground aquifers. The federal government has not moved fast enough to keep up with a cascade of new chemical threats to drinking water, dwindling volumes of fresh water in the Southwest, and the degradation to water quality caused by the droughts and deluges amplified by climate change. This did not start with Trump, but it has gotten worse with climate deniers in charge and appointees, like acting EPA head Andrew Wheeler, who have outright sabotaged regulations. Blue states can take the lead on protecting water where it counts most: at the source. They can articulate an urgently needed national water vision.” (01/02/19)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21599/freshwater-emergency-national-crisis-blue-state-governors-democrats

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34) Last year’s Altcoin Army have become this year’s Bitcoin Brigade
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Kai Sedgwick

“This time last year, altcoiners were jubilant at the soaring value of their respective cryptos, while gloating at BTC’s diminishing dominance. ‘Penny coins’ such as Ripple, Iota, and Verge were rocketing, with fanboys decrying any media outlets that dared to ‘FUD’ them. One year later, and most of those altcoiners have crawled back into the woodwork or returned to their first love — Bitcoin.” (01/02/19)

https://news.bitcoin.com/last-years-altcoin-army-have-become-this-years-bitcoin-brigade/

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35) San Francisco obstructionism
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Bob Tillman wants to build a 75-unit apartment building in San Francisco. He owns the property — a laundromat. He just wants to convert it. But although there are no good reasons why he shouldn’t, city officials and activists opposed to the property rights of developers have been blocking the project. Tillman has spent years and hundreds of thousands of dollars just trying to get started. … Because of the government’s general antagonism to development, and specific policies such as rent control, much less housing is getting built in the city than would have been possible in a fully free market. The population is growing quickly, but housing isn’t keeping up. Which results in unnecessarily high rents and housing prices. None of this is shocking if you understand basic economics.” (01/03/19)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2019/01/03/san-francisco-obstructionism/

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36) Repressive cosmopolitanism
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“Netflix is at the moment being criticized for suppressing an episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, which was critical of Saudi crown prince and de facto ruler Mohammed bin Salman. The decision came after complaints from the Saudi government, a monarchy that proposes to continue taking itself seriously. Netflix took the usual corporate weasel route, issuing a statement reading: ‘We strongly support artistic freedom and removed this episode only in Saudi Arabia after we had received a valid legal request — and to comply with local law.’ The statement is false on its face: A company that ‘strongly supports artistic freedom’ would have done something in defense of that freedom. Netflix here is engaged in what we might call the ‘Corporate Nuremberg Defense.’” (01/03/19)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/01/netflix-global-companies-free-speech-standards-china-saudi-arabia/

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37) The McConnell era has been terrible for American politics
Source: Reason
by Peter Suderman

“We tend to think of political eras in terms of presidents: The 1980s remind us of Ronald Reagan, not Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker. The same is true of the 1990s and Bill Clinton, the post-9/11 era and George W. Bush, the years after the financial collapse and Barack Obama. Now, it is assumed, we are in the era of Donald Trump. But are we? Trump is certainly the most visible elected leader in our national political life. But with his inescapably controversial persona serving as the starkest partisan dividing line in our polarized age, he is, perhaps more than any other modern president, also a figurehead …. the real work of legislating and governing is done by others — in particular, by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell, the chelonian senior senator from Kentucky, is almost certainly the most influential Republican in either chamber of Congress. He is the architect of his party’s legislative strategy and the tactician behind its more process-oriented victories. Where McConnell goes, the rest of the GOP tends to follow.” (for publication 02/19)

https://reason.com/archives/2019/01/03/the-mcconnell-era-has-been-ter

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38) Getting angry at the right targets in the right way
Source: The American Prospect
by Stephanie Coontz

“Women’s rage is all the rage nowadays. Rebecca Traister’s Good and Mad came out a month after Soraya Chemaly’s Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger. And the last two years have seen scores of articles with titles like ‘Does This Year Make Me Look Angry?,’ ‘Women! Reclaim Your Rage,’ and ‘Don’t Call Me ‘Dear,’ F**kface!’ Some 2,400 years ago, Aristotle began a meditation on anger by saying, ‘Anybody can become angry — that is easy.’ But he was addressing men in a patriarchal society where, as Homer put it in The Odyssey, political speech, especially angry speech, was ‘the business of men.’ Back then, it was neither easy nor safe for women to get angry, and in many ways, it still isn’t. From an early age, girls are pressured to suppress anger for fear of being labeled ‘disagreeable,’ and are punished when they do not. The resulting internalization of anger is one reason women have far higher rates of depression, anxiety disorders, and phobias than men.” (01/02/19)

https://prospect.org/article/getting-angry-right-targets-right-way

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39) Donald Trump’s nationalist moment
Source: The American Conservative
by W James Antle III

“There has been considerable pushback against Trump’s nationalist strain, even on the Right. Immigration, trade, and foreign policy all to some extent divide conservatives, many of whom are more drawn to an individualist conception of American society than nationalism or populism. Representative Justin Amash, the Michigan Republican who has emerged as one of the leading antiwar conservatives on Capitol Hill, has taken to Trump’s favorite social media platform to observe that the tariff-hiking president’s nationalism is leading him astray from the free-market gospel.” (01/03/19)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/donald-trumps-nationalist-moment/

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40) Louis CK vs. the new pearl-clutchers
Source: spiked
by Andrew Doyle

“Those who have defended CK have, inevitably, been accused of being ‘outraged by the outrage,’ but this strikes me as an unconvincing assessment of the situation, one possibly adopted in an effort to undermine an alternative point of view through the imputation of hypocrisy. If anything, CK’s defenders seem genuinely weary at having to reiterate what we all know already: he is a comedian who was telling jokes. Such an excruciatingly obvious statement wouldn’t be necessary at all were it not for the fact that the overwhelming majority of our news outlets appear to have ignored this reality, wilfully or otherwise.” (01/03/19)

https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/01/03/louis-ck-vs-the-new-pearl-clutchers/

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41) Quantum Vibe, 01/03/19
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (01/03/19)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1892

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42) Classical Greek education
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“The ancient Greeks had two conceptions of education, techne, concerned with the practical arts and life skills, and paideia, concerned with development of character. In his abstract on Politics and Paedeia Scott Fast writes that these personal qualities or virtues include such things as courage, moderation, righteousness, wisdom, and honesty. Techne involves a teacher teaching a skill such as a master may impart to an apprentice whereas paideia goes beyond that, not simply seeking to emulate the master but to raise an autonomous individual different from his teacher. The object of paideia was arete, that is, virtue and excellence.” (01/02/19)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2019/01/classical-greek-education.html

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43) The one issue the left and right can agree on
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Stoller

“Amazon, as legal scholars were quick to point out, had become a monopoly so powerful it was using its economic heft to exploit not only competitors and suppliers, but entire states. New York and Virginia had agreed to subsidize helipads for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos; Virginia even promised to help the company fight Freedom of Information Act requests. It would be easy to assume that most of the objections to Amazon’s HQ2 deal would come from the left. Senator Elizabeth Warren was, after all, one of the first politicians to criticize Amazon for monopolistic practices, arguing that the e-commerce giant and companies like it had eroded what was once a ‘strong, robust middle class.’ But disdain for corporate concentration is one of the rare things in contemporary American politics that transcends ideological divisions.” (01/02/19)

https://newrepublic.com/article/152680/one-issue-left-right-can-agree

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44) Who is afraid of nuclear power?
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Michael Munger

“Nuclear power is relatively clean, relatively safe, and relatively cheap. Yet the U.S. has not begun construction on a new nuclear power plant since 1977. To understand why this is true, we have to take a detour to pick up one of the most interesting analytical tools in public choice.” (01/02/19)

https://www.aier.org/article/who-afraid-nuclear-power

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45) Government shutdown or not, the police state will continue to flourish
Source: OpEdNews
by John Whitehead

“The government has shut down again. At least, parts of the government have temporarily shut down over President Trump’s demand for a $5 billion border wall. Yet while these political games dominate news headlines, send the stock market into a nosedive, and put more than 800,000 federal employees at risk of having to work without pay, nothing about this government shutdown will diminish the immediate and very real dangers of the American Police State with its roadside strip searches, government surveillance, biometric databases, citizens being treated like terrorists, imprisonments for criticizing the government, national ID cards, SWAT team raids, censorship, forcible blood draws and DNA extractions, private prisons, weaponized drones, red light cameras, tasers, active shooter drills, police misconduct and government corruption.” (01/02/19)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Government-Shutdown-Or-Not-by-John-Whitehead-Censorship_Drone_Fascist_Government-Lawlessness-190102-69.html

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46) Ruminating on legislation and rule of law
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Regular readers of Cafe Hayek know that I put great stock in the distinction between law and legislation. The latter is not the former, and the former does not require the latter. Nevertheless, even I recognize that as long as the state exists, its subjects cannot be given free rein to individually pick and choose which statutes to obey and which to ignore. Although legislation itself might not be law, part of the genuine law is the expectation that people will obey duly enacted legislation.” (01/02/19)

https://cafehayek.com/2019/01/ruminating-legislation-rule-law.html

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47) The real loss to the US economy from Trump’s steel tariffs
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“That tariffs on imported steel mean a loss to the American economy is obvious — by definition those tariffs make steel inside the US more expensive. This reduces the living standard of consumers which isn’t the thing we’re trying to do with an economy at all. We also know this doesn’t increase the number of jobs in the domestic economy, quite the opposite. … It’s not a policy that works. However, the Trump tariffs are in fact worse. For they have loopholes in them — and trying to find that loophole is what makes them worse …” (01/02/19)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/business/the-real-loss-to-the-us-economy-from-trumps-steel-tariffs/

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48) Trump turned the border wall into his Alamo; this won’t end well either
Source: USA Today
by Nir Kossovsky

“President Donald Trump got to the White House riding the support of a stable 40 percent of still-approving voters for whom the most visible manifestation of ‘making America great again’ would be a wall on our southern border. The president made that symbol the single most tangible part of his brand, and he did so very effectively. But now that his supporters expect it and his reputation depends on it, the wall is like his Alamo. He has no choice but to stand his ground and fight to the bitter end. To him, the media’s opinions don’t matter, the Democrats’ opinions don’t matter and the opinions of more moderate, pragmatic members of his own party don’t matter. What he has learned from history and his own experience — in politics and business — is that if broadening your base means disappointing your core audience, it can lead to reputational disaster.” (01/02/19)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/01/02/donald-trump-staked-reputation-border-wall-failure-inevitable-column/2445630002

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49) Trump EPA to repeal another Obama admin anti-coal regulation
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Marlo Lewis, Jr.

“The Environmental Protection Agency published its proposed revision of the Obama administration’s carbon dioxide emission standards for new coal power plants in late December. The Obama standards effectively ban investment in new coal generation — a policy Congress never approved and would not pass if put to a vote. EPA’s proposal will help restore the separation of powers and safeguard affordable energy for American consumers.” (01/02/19)

https://cei.org/content/trump-epa-repeal-another-obama-admin-anti-coal-regulation

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50) Innovation in child care coming from private sector employers
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Emily Stahly

“Here’s a problem most working parents have faced: You’ve found a good sitter or daycare center for your children, but on a day when you absolutely need to be at work, your sitter is ill — or maybe it’s your child who is ill, and the daycare center won’t let you bring her in. It’s hard enough to find one trustworthy childcare provider. Having a backup plan for emergencies is even tougher. It’s a common problem that can cause real difficulty for anyone whose job demands aren’t always flexible, but do we need the government to fix it?” (01/02/19)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/employment-jobs/innovation-child-care-coming-private-sector-employers

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51) Freedom Frauds, 01/03/19
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Jim is puzzled. Is equality a basis for a free society? Some leading philosophers seem to think so, but Jim is not so sure.” [various formats] (01/03/19)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/freedom-frauds-fantasy-based-political-philosophy/

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52) The Cost, episode 8
Source: We Are Libertarians

“Chris Spangle and Chloe Anagnos explain how government interferes with a person’s ability to improve their lives in a new installment of The Cost: The Human Toll of Government Policy.” [various formats] (01/03/19)

https://wearelibertarians.com/the-cost-8-chloes-story-big-government-impedes-self-improvement/

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53) Clear and Present Danger, episode 19
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“Steven Nadler on Spinoza’s ‘book forged in hell’ and the right to ‘think what you like and say what you think.’” [various formats] (01/03/19)

https://www.thefire.org/clear-and-present-danger-podcast-episode-19-steven-nadler-on-spinozas-book-forged-in-hell-and-the-right-to-think-what-you-like-and-say-what-you-think/

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54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 01/03/19
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“President Trump has taken credit for an early stock boom in his presidency. Will a bust threaten him more than ‘Russiagate?’ What hot spots threaten to break into open flame? Liberty Report predictions for 2019.” [Flash video] (01/03/19)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/prospects-for-peace-and-prosperity-in-2019-our-new-year-predictions

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55) Murderville, GA, episode 3
Source: The Intercept

“Shaliesh Patel was visiting Adel when he was brutally murdered in the spring of 2000. Years later, his family still doesn’t know anything about who killed him. Their interactions with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations left them with more questions than answers. But one thing was clear, Patel’s murder was part of an emerging pattern of crime.” (01/03/19)

https://theintercept.com/2019/01/03/murderville-podcast-episode-three/

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56) The Law with DK Williams, episode 18
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“A 5-3 majority held that a violation of Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures does not matter if excluding the tainted evidence would unnecessarily hurt the state’s interest in obtaining convictions. The dissenters, Sotomayor, Kagan, and Ginsburg, were correct and took the libertarian position.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/03/19)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/the-law-ep-18-utah-v-strieff-2016-scotus-rules-that-evidence-found-after-an-unconstitutional-stop-can-still-be-used-against-you/

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57) Scott Adams Says, 01/03/19
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Romney, Trump’s press conference, arctic ice, and nuclear power.” [Flash video] (01/03/19)

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

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58) Building Tomorrow Podcast, episode 28
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Instead of choosing the lesser of two evils at the ballot box, you could rank your preferences, like they did in Maine for the midterm election.” [various formats] (01/03/19)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/building-tomorrow/ranked-choice-voting-better-way-vote

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59) The Libertarian Angle, 01/03/19
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“President Donald Trump has called for the withdrawal of the U.S. military from Syria. While libertarians should laud such a move, what is really going on here? Can we really expect the U.S. military to completely withdraw from an area of the Middle East that it has been trying to influence for so long? FFF president Jacob Hornberger and economics Richard Ebeling discuss.” [various formats] (01/03/19)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-trumps-withdrawal-from-syria-video/

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60) Free Talk Live, 01/02/19
Source: Free Talk Live

“Greyhound Informing Riders of Rights When Border Patrol Shows Up :: Flexing Your Rights :: Podcast Speeds :: Innocent Businessman Shot by Cop on Roadside :: Poor Parents vs Rich Parents :: Wealth Redistribution :: Regulations Killing Poor Entrepreneurs :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Conan.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/02/19)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2019-01-02

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61) Constitutionally Speaking, episode 40
Source: National Review

“This week the guys dig into the Eight Amendment’s prohibitions on excessive fines and bail, and on cruel or unusual punishments.” [various formats] (01/02/19)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/constitutionally-speaking/episode-40-the-eighth-amendment-a-cruel-and-unusual-episode/

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62) Political Theater with Jason Dick, episode 50
Source: Roll Call

“What to Expect as the New 116th Congress Gets Under Way.” [various formats] (01/02/19)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/podcasts/expect-new-116th-congress

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63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1311
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“As the new year begins I devote this episode to (1) a review of the decisions by Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin to leave Patreon and build an alternative, and (2) taking stock of the War on Terror, and why we can be cautiously optimistic.” [various formats] (01/02/19)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1311-good-news-in-2019-war-on-terror-takes-a-hit-and-peterson-rubin-challenge-patreon/

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64) Edward Stringham on Fed policy
Source: American Institute for Economic Research

“The Federal Reserve raises interest rates despite pressure from President Trump. Watch AIER President Edward Stringham discussing the Fed decision on Fox Business.” [Flash video] (01/02/19)

https://www.aier.org/article/edward-stringham-fed-policy-video

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65) Editor’s Break, episode 129
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 129 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: an essay he wrote in October 2018 outlining his personal views on the controversial practice of abortion; what evictionism is and how its a compromise to the abortion debate; and more.” [various formats] (01/02/19)

https://everything-voluntary.com/personal-views-on-abortion-evictionism-23m-editors-break-129

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