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Thursday, January 11th, 2018
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In the News:

1) China: Regime officials recommend slowing or halting US bond purchases
2) ICE thugs raid 7-Eleven stores nationwide, abduct 21
3) Myanmar: Prosecutor seeks Official Secrets Act charges against Reuters reporters
4) VT: Senate passes recreational marijuana bill
5) Trump declines to say whether he would sit for interview with Mueller’s team
6) Democratic report warns of Russian meddling across Europe
7) Pence to lead US delegation at Winter Olympics
8) SC: Owner of “Obama Gas Station” faces sales tax evasion charges
9) LA DA: Handcuffed teacher won’t be prosecuted
10) Catherine Deneuve defends men’s “right to hit on” women
11) Report: White House fears mass staff exodus
12) Expert: Kim Jong Un’s weak voice signals possible kidney problem
13) Voter panel made no findings, White House “will destroy data”
14) Issa won’t seek re-election
15) SCOTUS appears sympathetic to Ohio voter roll purge effort
16) Sears raises $100 million in new financing, eyes $200 million in cost cuts
17) Fart-tracking pill spies on your gut gases
18) Buffett on cryptocurrencies: “I can say almost with certainty that they will come to a bad ending”
19) Report: Trump sold $35 million in real estate in 2017, mostly to secretive buyers
20) Ecuador: Regime may seek mediation with UK regime over Assange
21) US Senate Democrats collect co-sponsors to reinstate corporate welfare program for Big Data
22) NZ: Pranksters jam police radios with anti-police music
23) Judge blocks Trump decision to end young immigrant program
24) NC: Court strikes down congressional districts as unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders
25) Trump regime bars oil drilling off Florida after governor’s plea

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Justice denied: Why the government is not going to save us
27) Two modest proposals for choosing better presidents
28) There’s no such thing as a presidential mandate
29) It is silly season in the land of cryptocurrency
30) Why the character of government matters
31) Bid to federalize concealed carry puts GOP in unfamiliar territory
32) Will 2018 be a breakout year for a viable third party?
33) “Drill, baby, drill” is back in Trump era
34) The British Empire in Yemen
35) The Republicans killed anti-Trumpism
36) Even best president no role model
37) First France, now Brazil unveils plans to empower the government to censor the Internet in the name of stopping “fake news”
38) The real scandal should be Trump’s attempt to ban that book
39) Inside the growing backlash against China
40) What weed and DACA need now is law, not orders
41) Oprah Winfrey: Is this the best they’ve got?
42) America’s relationship with Europe: Collateral damage if Trump kills the Iran deal
43) Whether or not Trump’s libel threat violates the First Amendment, it’s clearly an assault on free speech
44) Quantum Vibe, 01/10/18
45) President Trump earns highest presidential approval level of all time
46) How to end “gun” violence in three easy lessons
47) Yemen proves US needs to get a handle on war-making powers
48) Trump’s mental health and the duty doctors have to the wider world
49) Tenth Circuit finds administrator not liable for expelling student over tweets
50) News media harbored & enabled sexual harassment, instead of covering it
51) Jeff Sessions reminds us of our need for the Tenth Amendment
52) My theory on democracy
53) The minimum wage is speeding the robot apocalypse?
54) Oprah and the unbearable lightness of Democrats
55) Trump is wrong. Green card immigrants aren’t a terrorist threat
56) Bannon’s Breitbart exit changes nothing
57) Blame government, not markets, for injustice to consumers
58) Rothbard’s “Left & Right”
59) Punishing poor people
60) Knights in dark satin

The Sound and the Fury:

61) PanAm Podcast, 01/10/18
62) Essential Libertarianism, episode 107
63) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/10/18
64) Electric Libertyland, episode 54
65) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 140
66) Cato Daily Podcast, 01/09/18
67) Free Talk Live, 01/09/18

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1) China: Regime officials recommend slowing or halting US bond purchases
Source: Reuters

“Officials reviewing China’s vast foreign-exchange holdings have recommended slowing or halting purchases of U.S. government bonds, seeing the market for them as becoming less attractive, Bloomberg News said on Wednesday. The report helped push yields of U.S. Treasuries to multi-month highs and caused the U.S. dollar to fall. China has the world’s biggest currency reserves, approximately $3 trillion, and is the biggest foreign holder of U.S. government debt, with $1.19 trillion in Treasuries as of October 2017, data from the Treasury Department show.” (01/10/18)

https://uk.reuters.com/article/usa-bonds-china/update-1-china-officials-recommend-slowing-or-halting-u-s-bond-purchases-bloomberg-idUKL8N1P53YU

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2) ICE thugs raid 7-Eleven stores nationwide, abduct 21
Source: NBC News

“U.S. immigration agents raided dozens of 7-Eleven stores before dawn Wednesday and [abducted] 21 people in the biggest crackdown on a company suspected of hiring undocumented workers since President Donald Trump took office. Some 98 of the convenience stores nationwide — from Los Angeles to New York — were targeted by [thugs] from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, whose top official described the raids as a warning to other companies that may have unauthorized employees on their payrolls.” (01/10/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/immigration-agents-raid-7-eleven-stores-nationwide-arrest-21-people-n836531

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3) Myanmar: Prosecutor seeks Official Secrets Act charges against Reuters reporters
Source: Reuters

“Myanmar prosecutors sought charges on Wednesday against two Reuters reporters under the Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years, the reporters’ lawyer said. Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were detained on Dec. 12 after they had been invited to meet police officers over dinner. Family members have said the two told them they were arrested almost immediately after being handed some documents by the officers they had gone to meet. The two had worked on Reuters coverage of a crisis in the western state of Rakhine, where (according to U.N. estimates) about 655,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from a fierce military crackdown on militants.” (01/10/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-myanmar-journalists/myanmar-prosecutor-seeks-official-secrets-act-charges-against-two-reuters-reporters-idUSKBN1EY2S8

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4) VT: Senate passes recreational marijuana bill
Source: The Hill

“Vermont’s state Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would legalize recreational marijuana use for adults over the age of 21, removing the last major roadblock on the drug’s path to legalization in the state. Gov. Phil Scott (R) is expected to sign the bill when it reaches his desk. Vermont’s Senate had previously passed a version of the bill last summer, but today’s vote was required to approve the state House of Representatives’s decision to remove a study commission from the bill. The bill removes the civil penalty and fine for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana, and allows limited growing of marijuana plants.” (01/10/18)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/368337-vermont-senate-passes-recreational-marijuana-bill-governor

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5) Trump declines to say whether he would sit for interview with Mueller’s team
Source: Washington Post

“President Trump on Wednesday declined to say whether he would grant an interview to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his team, deflecting questions on the topic by saying there had been ‘no collusion’ between his campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election. ‘We’ll see what happens,’ Trump said when asked directly about meeting with the special counsel. Trump then questioned why he would be interviewed, arguing again there had been ‘no collusion’ between his campaign and Russia. … Mueller’s team told Trump’s lawyers in December they are likely to request an interview with the president, The Washington Post has reported, as part of its investigation into Moscow’s [alleged] meddling in the election and whether any Trump associates conspired with Russian agents.” (01/10/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-declines-to-say-whether-he-would-sit-for-interview-with-muellers-team/2018/01/10/823893fa-f645-11e7-91af-31ac729add94_story.html

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6) Democratic report warns of Russian meddling across Europe
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A new report by Senate Democrats warns of deepening Russian interference throughout Europe and concludes that even as some Western democracies have responded with aggressive countermeasures, President Donald Trump has offered no strategic plan to bolster their efforts or safeguard the U.S. from again falling victim to the Kremlin’s systematic meddling. The report commissioned by the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is the first from Congress to comprehensively detail Russian efforts to undermine democracies since the 2016 presidential election. It wastes no time in calling out Trump personally for what it describes as a failure to respond to Russia’s mounting destabilization activities in the U.S. and worldwide. The report was obtained by The Associated Press in advance of its public release Wednesday. ‘Never before has a U.S. president so clearly ignored such a grave and growing threat to U.S. national security,’ the report warns.” [editor’s note: These stories just get sillier – SAT] (01/10/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Dem-senators-report-warns-of-Russian-meddling-12486587.php

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7) Pence to lead US delegation at Winter Olympics
Source: USA Today

“Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, will lead the U.S. delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next month, USA TODAY confirmed on Wednesday, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke to USA TODAY on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly. Pence will make stops during the trip in Japan and Alaska, where he will review some of the United States’ missile defense systems. He also plans to attend the Games, which are scheduled to begin Feb. 9. The news comes one day after North Korea said it will send a delegation to South Korea for the Olympics, including athletes, a cheering squad and high-ranking officials. North Korea has won two medals (one silver and one bronze) in the history of the Winter Games.” (01/10/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2018/01/10/report-mike-pence-united-states-olympics-delegation-pyeongchang/1019954001

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8) SC: Owner of “Obama Gas Station” faces sales tax evasion charges
Source: Fox News

“The owner of a South Carolina gas station named in honor of former President Barack Obama was arrested and charged Tuesday with tax evasion. Murad A. Alhanik, 39, the owner of the Obama Store and gas station in Columbia, S.C., was charged with ‘four counts of sales tax evasion,’ WISTV reported. The South Carolina Department of Revenue said Alhanik filed $971,935 in sales tax returns in the period between 2013 and 2016, but after an investigation the agency found the store’s sales was $2.6 million, according to a press release. Alhanik dodged paying more than $136,000 in sales taxes during that four-year period, the department said. Alhanik was booked into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, arrest records show. He could face up to five years in prison and fines nearing $10,000.” [editor’s note: Well, all taxation is theft, but this almost seems karmic for someone with his statist politics – SAT] (01/10/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/01/10/owner-obama-gas-station-in-south-carolina-faces-tax-evasion-charges.html

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9) LA DA: Handcuffed teacher won’t be prosecuted
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A Louisiana prosecutor says a teacher who was handcuffed and arrested after she spoke about teacher pay at a school board meeting won’t be prosecuted. Widely viewed video shows middle school language arts teacher Deyshia Hargrave screaming on the floor as an officer handcuffs her and orders her not to resist. KATC-TV reports that Hargrave later bonded out of jail on charges of ‘remaining after being forbidden’ and resisting an officer. Ike Funderburk, the prosecutor and city attorney in Abbeville, Louisiana, tells the station he won’t approve the charges for further proceedings. It wasn’t immediately clear when the charges would be formally dismissed.” [editor’s note: But of course neither the officer nor the superintendent who ordered her to leave get squat, and the latter thug still got his raise – SAT] (01/10/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/The-Latest-Threats-prompt-lockdown-after-teacher-12487132.php

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10) Catherine Deneuve defends men’s “right to hit on” women
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“French actress Catherine Deneuve has said that men should be ‘free to hit on’ women. She is one of 100 French women who wrote an open letter, warning about a new “puritanism” sparked by recent sexual harassment scandals. It deplores a wave of ‘denunciations,’ following rape allegations made against US movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. A group of French feminists condemned the letter, accusing the signatories of trivialising sexual violence. Mr Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex, but has admitted that his behaviour has ’caused a lot of pain.’ The letter by French women writers, performers and academics was published in France’s Le Monde newspaper on Tuesday. ‘Men have been punished summarily, forced out of their jobs when all they did was touch someone’s knee or try to steal a kiss,’ it said. ‘Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or clumsily, is not — nor is men being gentlemanly a chauvinist attack.’” [editor’s note: Seems to me like “try to steal a kiss” borders on assault, but anything less is just “boorish behavior;” the key word missing here is “consent” – SAT] (01/10/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42630108

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11) Report: White House fears mass staff exodus
Source: Raw Story

“The White House has reportedly told staff to decide by the end of January if they will be leaving the administration or staying to battle it out in the November mid-terms. According to a source cited by CBS News, the White House is facing an exodus of staff drawn to higher pay packets in the private sector amid plunging morale and exhaustion. The notification is intended to give White House chief of staff John Kelly an idea of the number of staff intending to leave so the departures can be staggered, thus avoiding the impression of a rush to leave the embattled administration. Sources close to the West Wing told CNN that the Trump administration is finding it difficult to fill vacancies, as the Russia probe focuses on close Trump aides and the president’s popularity has plummeted in the polls. In December, deputy national security adviser Dina Powell announced she would be departing the administration, and is expected to leave after Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to the Middle East next week.” (01/10/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/white-house-fears-mass-staff-exodus

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12) Expert: Kim Jong Un’s weak voice signals possible kidney problem
Source: Fox News

“Kim Jong Un may have delivered a defiant New Year’s Day address railing against the United States, but his weak voice during the speech may show the despot is suffering from ‘a kidney problem,’ an audio forensic expert said Tuesday. Chungnam State University professor Cho Dong-uk said he scrutinized Kim’s voice for ‘energy’ and tremors, Korea Times reported. Based on the data, Cho said the leader may have kidney issues. ‘At least, the samples show that his kidneys are weaker than other organs,’ Cho said, according to the Korea Times. Kidney disorders can cause fluid to build up in a person’s body and cause organs to swell. Cho cited Kim’s rotund stature and his drinking and smoking as possible issues.” (01/10/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/01/10/kim-jong-uns-weak-voice-signals-possible-kidney-problem-expert-claims.html

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13) Voter panel made no findings, White House “will destroy data”
Source: Raw Story

“U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial voter fraud panel made no early findings and will not give the Department of Homeland Security any voter data it received, the White House’s top technology official said. In a document filed late on Tuesday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, White House Information Technology Director Charles Herndon said it ‘intends to destroy all state voter data’ the panel had received after Trump disbanded to commission last week ‘The state voter data will not be transferred to, or accessed or utilized by, DHS or any other agency,’ Herndon wrote. Last week, the White House said it was shuttering the presidential election fraud panel amid costly lawsuits by civil rights groups and challenges by a number of U.S. states that had objected to handing over voters’ data.” (01/10/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/voter-panel-made-no-findings-will-destroy-data-white-house

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14) Issa won’t seek re-election
Source: Washington Post

“Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, Hillary Clinton’s one-time chief antagonist on Capitol Hill, announced he will not seek reelection in his Southern California district this year. … Issa faced a highly competitive reelection bid in a district he barely won in 2016, with 51 percent of the vote. One possibility was a rematch between Issa and Democrat Doug Applegate, who already announced his plans to run again, but who faces at least one other Democrat in a primary.” (01/10/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/rep-darrell-issa-hillary-clintons-one-time-chief-antagonist-on-capitol-hill-plans-to-retire/2018/01/10/9048ab50-f61e-11e7-beb6-c8d48830c54d_story.html

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15) SCOTUS appears sympathetic to Ohio voter roll purge effort
Source: Chicago Tribune

The Supreme Court appeared sympathetic Wednesday to states that seek to prune their voting rolls by targeting people who haven’t voted in a while. In a case from Ohio, opponents of the practice called it a violation of a federal law that was intended to increase the ranks of registered voters. Justice Sonia Sotomayor said minorities and homeless people appear to be disproportionately kicked off the rolls. But the court’s conservatives and possibly also Justice Stephen Breyer indicated that they would uphold the state’s effort. Ohio is among a handful of states that use voters’ inactivity to trigger a process that could lead to their removal from voter rolls. A ruling for Ohio could prompt other states to adopt the practice, which generally pits Democrats against Republicans.” (01/10/18)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-supreme-court-voter-purge-20180110-story.html

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16) Sears raises $100 million in new financing, eyes $200 million in cost cuts
Source: US News & World Report

“Sears has secured more financing, and is eying more cost cutting, as the beleaguered retailer reported a big sales drop during the critical holiday season. The company, which operates Sears and Kmart stores, said Wednesday that it secured $100 million in new financing, will seek twice that from other sources, and will attempt $200 million in additional cost cuts this year unrelated to store closings. It also warned that if the company’s efforts to complete these transactions are not fully successful, then the board will consider all other options to maximize the value of its assets. Sears Holdings Corp., which said last week it’s closing more than 100 stores, said that during the November and December period, comparable-store sales tumbled by 16 percent to 17 percent.” (01/10/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2018-01-10/sears-raises-100m-in-new-financing-eyes-200m-in-cost-cuts

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17) Fart-tracking pill spies on your gut gases
Source: CNet News

“For most people, the digestive tract is a mystery. We eat and drink. Hidden things happen. Maybe our stomach rumbles or noises that would make Mel Brooks giggle come out. We do it all over again. We may soon know a lot more about our internal activity thanks to a swallowable pill that tracks the covert happenings in the human gut. A research team led by scientists at Australia’s RMIT University developed the pill, which measures hydrogen, carbon dioxide and oxygen gases in the gut in real time.” (01/10/18)

https://www.cnet.com/news/fart-tracking-pill-gut-ingestible-gases-swallowable-sensor/

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18) Buffett on cryptocurrencies: “I can say almost with certainty that they will come to a bad ending”
Source: CNBC

“Billionaire investor Warren Buffett told CNBC on Wednesday the recent craze over bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies won’t end well. … Also on the show, Buffett’s right-hand man, Charlie Munger, also blasted frothiness in bitcoin — and in venture capital funding. … Buffett’s comments came a day after J.P. Morgan Chase Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon backpedaled his earlier criticisms of cryptocurrencies.” [editor’s note: Of course, in the same interview he confesses that he knows nothing about the subject. I wonder if that’s true, or if he’s talking crypto down with the intention of buying it cheap (he denies that, btw) – TLK] (01/120/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/10/buffett-says-cyrptocurrencies-will-almost-certainly-end-badly.html

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19) Report: Trump sold $35 million in real estate in 2017, mostly to secretive buyers
Source: USA Today

“President Trump’s companies sold more than $35 million in real estate in 2017, mostly to secretive shell companies that obscure buyers’ identities, continuing a dramatic shift in his customers’ behavior that began during the election, a USA TODAY review found. In Las Vegas alone, Trump sold 41 luxury condo units in 2017, a majority of which used limited liability companies – corporate entities that allow people to purchase property without revealing all of the owners’ names. The trend toward Trump’s real estate buyers obscuring their identities began around the time he won the Republican nomination, midway through 2016, according to USA TODAY’s analysis of every domestic real estate sale by one of his companies.” (01/10/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/01/10/trumps-secretive-real-estate-sales-continue-unabated/1018530001

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20) Ecuador: Regime may seek mediation with UK regime over Assange
Source: Independent [UK]

“Julian Assange could be kicked out of Ecuador’s embassy in London after the country’s foreign minister said the situation was ‘not sustainable.’ The WikiLeaks founder was granted asylum in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape allegations, and has been holed up in Knightsbridge for five-and-a-half years. Swedish prosecutors have dropped their investigation into the allegations, but Mr Assange, who denied the allegations, fears he will be extradited to the United States if he leaves the building and that there is a sealed indictment ordering his arrest. … Maria Fernanda Espinosa, Ecuador’s foreign minister, said her country was now seeking possible mediation to resolve the impasse, which she called ‘not sustainable.’ ‘We’re considering, exploring the possibility of a mediation,’ she said, adding that a third country or person could lead a potential mediation.” (01/10/18)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/julian-assange-ecuador-embassy-london-kick-out-us-uk-government-extradition-sweden-rape-a8151286.html

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21) US Senate Democrats collect co-sponsors to reinstate corporate welfare program for Big Data
Source: Tech Times

“Democrats in the U.S. have now collected co-sponsors for a measure that would invalidate the Federal Communications Commission’s vote against net neutrality. To overturn the net neutrality repeal, Senate would use the Congressional Review Act. In December, the FCC repealed Obama-era net neutrality rules which protected [the bottom lines of bandwidth hogs like Netflix and YouTube]. … Using the Congressional Review Act, lawmakers can debate, vote, and undo actions by federal agencies. For the Congressional Review Act, Democrats needed only 30 votes.” (01/10/18)

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/218388/20180110/senate-bill-forcing-vote-reverse-net-neutrality-repeal.htm

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22) NZ: Pranksters jam police radios with anti-police music
Source: Otago Daily Times [New Zealand]

“Mysterious broadcasts of expletive-ridden rap music on southern police radios has interfered with an armed offenders squad (AOS) call-out, putting people ‘in danger.’ Otago coastal acting area commander Inspector Kelvin Lloyd said Dunedin police were aware of non-police members transmitting on police radio over the past few days. The radios have picked up multiple versions of the song F*** tha Police by 1990s Los Angeles rap group NWA. … The song features lyrics critical of police conduct. It is understood it was also repeated several times over the weekend. Radios have also picked up a version of the song by American rock band Rage Against the Machine.” [hat tip — The Daily Liberator] (01/09/18)

https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/expletive-ridden-rap-interferes-aos-callout

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23) Judge blocks Trump decision to end young immigrant program
Source: ABC News

“A federal judge on Tuesday night temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation. U.S. District Judge William Alsup granted a request by California and other plaintiffs to prevent President Donald Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program while their lawsuits play out in court. … DACA has protected about 800,000 people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families who overstayed visas. The program includes hundreds of thousands of college-age students.” (01/10/18)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/judge-blocks-trump-decision-end-young-immigrant-program-52257469

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24) NC: Court strikes down congressional districts as unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders
Source: Raleigh News & Observer

“A panel of federal judges struck down North Carolina’s election districts for U.S. Congress on Tuesday as unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders and gave lawmakers until Jan. 29 to bring them new maps to correct the problem. The ruling comes in cases filed by the League of Women Voters and Common Cause in North Carolina stemming from maps adopted in 2016 during a special legislative session. … The judges — James A. Wynn, a Barack Obama appointee to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and federal district judges W. Earl Britt, a Jimmy Carter appointee, and William L. Osteen Jr., a George W. Bush appointee — were unanimous that North Carolina lawmakers under Republican leadership violated the U.S. Constitution’s equal-protection clause when they drew maps explicitly to favor their party.” (01/09/18)

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article193814154.html

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25) Trump regime bars oil drilling off Florida after governor’s plea
Source: New Hampshire Union Leader

“President Donald Trump’s administration will not allow drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Florida after urging from the state’s governor, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Tuesday. … The Trump administration last week proposed opening nearly all U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, a move aimed at boosting domestic energy production and which sparked protests from coastal states, environmentalists and the tourism industry. The administration’s decision on Tuesday removes from consideration a portion of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, an area that oil drillers have said they are interested in exploring — but not all of it.” (01/10/18)

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20180110/NEWS06/180119970/-1/mobile

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

26) Justice denied: Why the government is not going to save us
Source: CounterPunch
by John W Whitehead

“The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled: it will not hear the case of Young v. Borders. Despite the fact that a 26-year-old man was gunned down by police who banged on the wrong door at 1:30 am, failed to identify themselves as police, and then repeatedly shot and killed the innocent homeowner who answered the door while holding a gun in self-defense, the justices of the high court refused to intervene to address police misconduct. … The body count will continue to mount as long as the courts continue to march in lockstep with the police state, as long as police unions continue to strong-arm politicians into letting police agencies get away with murder, as long as legislators continue to care more about getting re-elected than about protecting the rights of the citizenry, as long as police continue to treat their fellow citizens as enemy combatants on a battlefield, as long as the media continues to focus the spotlight on circus politics, and as long as the citizenry fail to be alarmed and outraged every time the police state shoots another hole in the Constitution.” (01/10/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/01/10/justice-denied-why-the-govenment-is-not-going-to-save-us/

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27) Two modest proposals for choosing better presidents
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Let’s talk about qualifications for the presidency. The US Constitution lists three: A prospective president must be at least 35 years old, be a ‘natural born citizen’ of the United States, and have resided within the US for 14 years. But, of course, many people want more than just those three things in a president, and I guess I can’t blame them. Unfortunately, what people — at least the people who pick major party presidential nominees — usually seem to want is a sitting or former governor or US Senator (or, occasionally, a victorious general). They want ‘political experience.’ I disagree.

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/12480

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28) There’s no such thing as a presidential mandate
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by David Youngberg

“President Trump wants a border wall so much, he’s making its funding a condition of passing DACA. The wall was his signature campaign promise, a fact he surely uses to justify his resolve. Such is the foolish reasoning of the presidential mandate. It is not a new idea: presidents often rely on their election victory to cajole Congress into compliance. But the presidential mandate does not exist.” (01/10/18)

https://fee.org/articles/theres-no-such-thing-as-a-presidential-mandate/

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29) It is silly season in the land of cryptocurrency
Source: The Atlantic
by Derek Thompson

“In October, the Colorado biotech company Bioptix changed its name to Riot Blockchain. The company’s valuation doubled within a few days. … Weeks later, the British company Online PLC changed its name to Online Blockchain. The company’s shares jumped 400 percent. In December, the Long Island Iced Tea Corporatio — which, as you might expect, sold iced tea — rebranded itself Long Blockchain. The company’s shares promptly rose nearly 300 percent. On Tuesday this week, the legacy photography company Kodak announced the launch of KODAKCoin, a ‘photo-centric cryptocurrency to empower photographers and agencies to take greater control in image rights management.’ The stock rose 80 percent in a matter of hours. It is officially silly season in the land of cryptocurrency. … seemingly every multinational company, small business, and fledgling entrepreneur is desperately slapping blockchain onto press releases and venture-capital pitches. Some of these companies might conjure an actual consumer business from this exercise in magical word choice. So far, most of them are doing no such thing.” (01/10/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/01/bitcoin-blockchain-silly-season/550184/

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30) Why the character of government matters
Source: Cato Unbound
by Brink Lindsey & Steven M Teles

“Our current Democratic-Republican debates collapse two different dimensions of politics that can be usefully pried apart. Ideological conflict focuses on the extent of collective action problems and the appropriate scope of government. Those on the right traditionally argue that collective action problems are relatively small–in other words, that most of what is worth doing in society can best be accomplished privately without government involvement. Accordingly, the proper scope of government is fairly narrow. Those on the left, by contrast, see collective action problems — things like external costs, information asymmetries, free riding, public goods, and merit goods — as widespread and important, and thus believe that government can improve greatly upon purely private outcomes through either regulation or public spending. While our position is somewhat idiosyncratic in this debate, we come down on the side of wide-ranging and activist government.” (01/10/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/01/10/brink-lindsey-steven-m-teles/why-character-governance-matters

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31) Bid to federalize concealed carry puts GOP in unfamiliar territory
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Patrik Jonsson

“Shaneen Allen’s rise from single Philadelphia mom to global gun rights icon has the elements of a John Grisham thriller: violent crime, race, and the power of the state over the individual. An African-American, Ms. Allen was arrested in 2012 after a traffic stop in New Jersey. She faced up to five years in prison under New Jersey law — not for lacking a concealed-carry permit for her firearm, but for having the wrong one. A bill passed in the US House in December and now up for consideration in the Senate would force all states to abide by each other’s permits, meaning that concealed-carriers such as Allen would no longer have to navigate a Rorschach-like map of regulations as they navigate the country.” (01/10/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/0109/Gun-rights-Bid-to-federalize-concealed-carry-puts-GOP-in-unfamiliar-territory

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32) Will 2018 be a breakout year for a viable third party?
Source: The American Conservative
by John Burtka III

“[T]he drums are beating. Democrats are tiring of their party ignoring their traditional social-justice core and Republicans are growing weary of the ever-increasing government debt and centralization of power in Washington. As Alexis de Tocqueville noted, ‘There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.’ Enter the 2018 election cycle where several seats in many states will be up for grabs. Lately, state legislatures are even more polarized than the U.S. Congress. Followers of Bernie Sanders feel that the Democratic Party cheated them out of their voice …. Many well-intentioned Trump supporters, although in lockstep with some of his agenda, are disgusted by his personal antics. The Democrats have suffered from an inability to recruit interesting new candidates and the Republicans have failed to bring fresh blood into many of their races. … This is the perfect recipe for the emergence of a viable third party.” (01/10/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/will-2018-be-a-breakout-year-for-a-viable-third-party/

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33) “Drill, baby, drill” is back in Trump era
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Myron Ebell

“The Department of the Interior on Jan. 4 released the draft of an Outer Continental Shelf oil and natural gas leasing plan that would dramatically reverse the current plan put in place by the Obama administration. … It is now abundantly clear that President Trump was not making empty campaign promises when he talked about establishing U.S. energy dominance. This is ‘drill, baby, drill,’ and then drill some more.” (01/10/18)

https://cei.org/content/drill-baby-drill-back-trump-era

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34) The British Empire in Yemen
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Over the holidays, I began watching a Netflix/BBC series entitled The Last Post, which revolves around a contingent of British troops in the early 1960s stationed in Aden, a port city in Yemen, the Arabian country today that Saudi Arabia and the United States are bombing to smithereens. The British troops were there as a remnant of the British Empire …. Periodically British patrols were being ambushed and killed by Yemeni terrorists. The terrorists also kidnapped the 8-year-old son of a British officer and threatened to kill him if the British refused to release a Yemeni terrorist who had been arrested for killing British troops. One British soldier innocently asked another, ‘Why do they want to kill us?’ He really didn’t know. The soldier to whom he addressed the question responded, ‘I just don’t know.’ And they really didn’t seem to know.” (01/10/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/01/10/british-empire-yemen/

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35) The Republicans killed anti-Trumpism
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“David Brooks describes himself as a ‘proud member’ of ‘the anti-Trump movement’ in his latest column for The New York Times, but as the title (‘The Decline of Anti-Trumpism’) suggests he’s ashamed of what’s become of the president’s opposition. The anti-Trump movement, he argues, ‘seems to be getting dumber. It seems to be settling into a smug, fairytale version of reality that filters out discordant information. More anti-Trumpers seem to be telling themselves a ‘Madness of King George’ narrative: Trump is a semiliterate madman surrounded by sycophants who are morally, intellectually and psychologically inferior to people like us.’ Brooks contends that while anti-Trumpers obsess over the president’s fitness for office, ‘the White House is getting more professional’ and ‘briskly pursuing its goals.’” (01/10/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/146555/republicans-killed-anti-trumpism

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36) Even best president no role model
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“When Ronald Reagan began his first successful run for president, I wasn’t quite old enough to vote. I liked what he said and I put a Reagan campaign sticker on my car. During his first term, I felt Reagan did a good job as president, and I voted for him in the next election. Then he did something unforgivable: he colluded with Congress to further regulate guns. This was one of the main reasons I had never supported the other side. Gun laws were a non-negotiable betrayal in my book. Being young and naive, I hadn’t educated myself about Reagan’s anti-gun history in California. I just took people’s word that he was on the side of less government power and meddling. He said the right things, but failed to live up to them. It was a rude shock; one I have never forgotten.” (01/10/18)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/01/10/voices/even-best-president-no-role-model/155652.html

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37) First France, now Brazil unveils plans to empower the government to censor the Internet in the name of stopping “fake news”
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“Yesterday afternoon, the official Twitter account of Brazil’s Federal Police (its FBI equivalent) posted an extraordinary announcement. The bureaucratically nonchalant tone it used belied its significance. The tweet, at its core, purports to vest in the federal police and the federal government that oversees it the power to regulate, control and outright censor political content on the internet that is assessed to be ‘false,’ and to ‘punish’ those who disseminate it. The new power would cover both social media posts and entire websites devoted to politics. … The move to obtain new censorship authority over the internet by Brazilian police officials would be disturbing enough standing alone given Brazil’s status as the world’s fifth most populous country and second-largest in the hemisphere. But that Brazil’s announcement closely follows very similar efforts unveiled last week by French President Emmanuel Macron strongly suggests a trend in which government are now exploiting concerns over ‘Fake News’ to justify state control over the internet.” (01/10/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/01/10/first-france-now-brazil-unveils-plans-to-empower-the-government-to-censure-the-internet-in-the-name-of-stopping-fake-news/

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38) The real scandal should be Trump’s attempt to ban that book
Source: spiked
by Mick Hume

“Opponents claim that the ‘revelations’ in Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House prove President Donald Trump is ‘unfit’ for office. But what exposes Trump is not the petty gossip about eating burgers in bed. The real scandal should be the president’s attempt to suppress the book, and his threat to introduce tougher US libel laws to protect the powerful from criticism. The lie behind Trump’s noise about championing freedom and making America great again is laid bare by his fear and loathing of free speech — the one liberty that has set US democracy apart, protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. Yet amid all the criticism around Fire and Fury, this is one stick the president’s opponents are ill-equipped to use against him. Because the Trump-hating American left fears free speech as much as he does.” (01/10/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-real-scandal-should-be-trumps-attempt-to-ban-that-book/

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39) Inside the growing backlash against China
Source: Reuters
by Peter Marino

“China’s rise over the last generation has been impressive, with the country moving from the periphery to the center of the global system, and climbing from impoverished backwater to a position of substantial wealth and power. But the strategic environment in which China’s ‘lay low’ approach to international affairs has helped to make it the world’s second-largest economy is changing — and a broader backlash against China is beginning. Under President Xi Jinping, Beijing has been pushing an increasingly aggressive and high-profile foreign policy, attracting the sort of attention that Xi’s predecessors had carefully avoided. Now, countries that only a few years ago welcomed Chinese investment and engagement are beginning to mobilize against Chinese influence.” (01/10/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-marino-china-commentary/commentary-inside-the-growing-backlash-against-china-idUSKBN1EY236

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40) What weed and DACA need now is law, not orders
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Garry Doan

“[The Cole Memo and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] were simply announced rather than existing rightfully as laws passed by the legislature limiting the reach of another branch. They are nothing more than self-imposed rules that can be dropped at any time by any whim of the President or his men, and, terrifying for some, both have been or are scheduled to be. The Rohrabacher amendment is merely affixed to the budget, preventing federal funds from being used against state medicinal marijuana laws. However, it needs to be attached anew to each new budget to continue to provide patient protections. It has passed every year for several, but past performance is no guarantee of future results. It’s current version expires before the end of this month. As long as none of these things are codified as stand-alone laws, any protection they offer is fleeting and based on the whim of whoever is in charge (generally somebody hated by roughly half of the country). The advantage of law over executive orders and temporary measures is stability.” (01/10/18)

https://thelibertarianrepublic.com/what-weed-and-daca-need-now-is-law-not-orders/

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41) Oprah Winfrey: Is this the best they’ve got?
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“I admire and respect Oprah Winfrey for her talent and business success. She was the recipient last Sunday of the Golden Globes’ annual Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement at a gathering of her ultra-leftist Hollywood friends and is now being seriously touted by Democrats as the best candidate to beat Donald Trump for President of the United States in 2020. Seriously? Is this the best they’ve got?” (01/10/18)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2018/01/oprah-winfrey-is-this-best-theyve-got.html

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42) America’s relationship with Europe: Collateral damage if Trump kills the Iran deal
Source: The American Conservative
by Trita Parsi

“What was once only whispered is now clearly said: Europe is readying itself for a post-American world, even after the end of the Donald Trump era. And in a surprising twist, the fate of the U.S.-European Union axis may come down to what Trump decides to do with the Iran nuclear deal later this month. Many drew a sigh of relief back in December as the congressional deadline to impose new sanctions on Iran passed. The nuclear deal had survived another challenge, they thought. But the celebrations were premature. Trump can kill the deal this week by simply doing nothing. We’ve seen this movie before — but this time America’s relationship with Europe is at the center of the drama.” (01/10/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/americas-relationship-with-europe-collateral-damage-if-trump-kills-the-iran-deal/

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43) Whether or not Trump’s libel threat violates the First Amendment, it’s clearly an assault on free speech
Source: Reason
by Brian Doherty

“One of the president’s lawyers sent a threatening letter last week to author Michael Wolff and to Steve Rubin, Wolff’s publisher at Henry Holt. The attorney, Charles Harder, claimed to be ‘investigating numerous false and/or baseless statements’ in Fire and Fury, the hot new book on the Trump administration that Wolff wrote and Rubin published. Harder demanded, on behalf of the president of the United States, that Wolff’s book — that is, a work of journalism critical of Trump and his administration — be taken out of circulation. … In short: The president of the United States is demanding a book critical of him disappear from public view under threat of legal punishment. This censorious mentality is appalling, but it sadly is not far outside the norms of American politics.” (01/10/18)

http://reason.com/blog/2018/01/10/trump-libel-suit-blah-de-bladxxxxx

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44) Quantum Vibe, 01/10/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (01/10/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1743

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45) President Trump earns highest presidential approval level of all time
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“The Small Business Optimism Index hit an all-time high. That’s the new Presidential Approval Poll. In olden days (pre-2016), candidates for president were not so different from each other. I can remember pundits complaining endlessly about how similar the Democrats and Republicans had become. In that environment, you can easily imagine someone who voted for Candidate A warming up to Candidate B. In those simpler times, a presidential approval poll meant something. Today, a ‘presidential approval poll’ is little more than taking attendance. … I contend that business optimism (and small business optimism in particular) are the new standard for presidential approval because ‘economics’ captures most of what a president influences.” (01/09/18)

http://blog.dilbert.com/2018/01/09/president-trump-earns-highest-presidential-approval-level-time

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46) How to end “gun” violence in three easy lessons
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“The last time a nuclear weapon was used in combat on this planet was fifteen years before I was born. Like it or not, one reason for that was deterrence. Mutual Assured Destruction was … ahem, overkill, but no one dropped nukes because they didn’t want anyone replying in kind. Criminals, being human, too, also realize this. There have surveys of inmates which showed that given a choice of targets, criminals will choose to avoid a potential victim they believe may be armed. I have personally heard convicted felons state that flatly.” (01/10/18)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=4762

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47) Yemen proves US needs to get a handle on war-making powers
Source: Antiwar.com
by Jason Ditz

“With the Yemen War fast approaching its third anniversary, Afghanistan well into its 17th year, Iraq and Syria seemingly permanent US wars, and escalations ongoing across Africa, the US has seemingly more wars than ever going on. President Trump has been giving the military increasing autonomy in those wars, and the feeling of loss of control is palpable. It’s been years since Congress has willingly asserted its authority on war-making in any serious way, and the president too is now delegating much to the generals. The American public’s ability to give meaningful input on America’s wars is far more limited.” (01/10/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/jason/2018/01/09/yemen-proves-us-needs-get-handle-war-making-powers/

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48) Trump’s mental health and the duty doctors have to the wider world
Source: Fox News Forum
by Dr. Manny Alvarez

“Let’s get one thing straight: Under no circumstances should a doctor diagnose anyone without a physical examination. So why is it that a psychiatrist at one of America’s most highly revered medical institutions is able to meet with more than a dozen lawmakers (all Democrats with the exception of one Republican, according to Politico) to brief them on what she believes is an “unraveling” President Trump, having never examined him? The private briefings, which reportedly occurred over two days in early December, were led by Dr. Bandy X. Lee, a psychiatry professor at Yale School of Medicine. Lee and her colleagues warned officials on Capitol Hill of their belief that President Trump is becoming unhinged and that they are ‘already seeing the signs,’ according to Politico. In order for her to validate her assessment, she would need to physically examine the president, review his medical history, and look at any specific medical data that was relevant to her diagnosis — just to start.” (01/10/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/01/09/dr-manny-alvarez-trumps-mental-health-and-duty-doctors-have-to-wider-world.html

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49) Tenth Circuit finds administrator not liable for expelling student over tweets
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Zach Greenberg

“In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that expelling a student for his off-campus tweets did not violate clearly established law under the First Amendment. The court’s flawed analysis unduly shields colleges from the consequences of violating students’ speech rights. … The Tenth Circuit’s distorted analysis allows administrators to violate students’ free speech rights with impunity. Instead of properly denying qualified immunity to ‘the plainly incompetent or those who knowingly violate the law,’ the court paves the way for more college administrators to escape liability for flagrant First Amendment transgressions.” (01/09/18)

https://www.thefire.org/tenth-circuit-finds-administrator-not-liable-for-expelling-student-over-tweets/

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50) News media harbored & enabled sexual harassment, instead of covering it
Source: USA Today
by Kathy Kiely

“The ongoing bulletins about men in the news media behaving badly have evoked an all-too predictable reaction: We are going to appoint committees and task forces to study the situation! We’re going to come up with workplace rules to ensure that it never happens again! We are shocked, shocked that such depraved behavior could have been occurring in our very own workplaces! How could we have missed this story? As women in the media gather at the Newseum this week to strategize a way forward, I hope they’ll recognize this reality: We didn’t miss the story. From National Public Radio’s Michael Oreskes to NBC’s Matt Lauer to Fox’s Bill O’Reilly, we enabled it from one end of the news spectrum to the other.” (01/08/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/01/08/news-media-harbored-enabled-sexual-harassment-instead-covering-kathy-kiely-column/1012742001

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51) Jeff Sessions reminds us of our need for the Tenth Amendment
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Gary Wood

“A true conservative, in my humble view, cares little about conserving our corrupted Constitution and everything about restoring American federalism — a strict division between state and federal power enshrined in the original Constitution. No better foundation can be used during restoration than the Ninth and Tenth, not as amendments but as keystones.” (01/09/18)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/01/jeff-sessions-reminds-us-of-our-need-for-the-tenth-amendment/

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52) My theory on democracy
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“While reading the first few pages of Jason Brennan’s Against Democracy recently, the idea came to me (not directly from what I was reading, mind you) that the advent of modern democracy may have been the result of a desire by the landowning class to control the means of expropriation.” (01/09/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/my-theory-on-democracy

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53) The minimum wage is speeding the robot apocalypse?
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“Intellectuals like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk increasingly worry about an apocalyptic world awaiting in the not-too-distant future, when automation replaces all human work (and, in time, artificial intelligence displaces humanity). A new UK study finds the robots may have found an ally: a higher minimum wage. A looming increase in the minimum wage will likely result in a robots replacing a growing number of workers, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). … It is not difficult to understand. Owners hire employees to perform tasks necessary to earn a profit. The higher their wage floor, the more tempting it is to invest in automatons who do not take breaks, go on strike, or cop an attitude with the customers.” (01/09/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/01/09/minimum-wage-speeding-robot-apocalypse

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54) Oprah and the unbearable lightness of Democrats
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“The wave of enthusiasm sweeping Democrats and liberal pundits for an Oprah Winfrey presidential run in 2020 shows just how bankrupt the party is of ideas and how bereft it is of credible national leaders. … Everywhere, Democrats and media pundits gushed about the prospect of Oprah running, even though none could identify a single issue on which she’s taken a stand, and even though advocating for her goes against pretty much everything Democrats have been saying about what qualifies someone to be president. Take for example, the party’s alleged devotion to issues. Oprah has taken no noticeable stands on any of them. She’s claimed to have voted for both Democrats and Republicans in the past, and refused to publicly endorse any president until Barack Obama. Staying politically neutral was a smart business decision, since she didn’t want to alienate any part of her fan base. But for all Democrats know, Oprah could be a New Democrat centrist.” [editor’s note: I guess we needed this issue; Trump was getting boring with his “winning” – SAT] (01/10/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/oprah-president-2020-golden-globe-speech

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55) Trump is wrong. Green card immigrants aren’t a terrorist threat
Source: Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh

“From 1975 through 2017, 16 people have been murdered in attacks on U.S. soil by terrorists who entered on a green card. My estimate is that such terrorists, including those in the family-sponsored category that this administration wants to cut, are responsible for 0.4 percent of all deaths in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since 1975. The odds of dying in a terrorist attack committed by an immigrant who entered on a green card during that time are about one in 723 million per year. This number even exaggerates the danger to American citizens and legal immigrants. If you do not include the deaths of the six out of eight people murdered by [Sayfullo] Saipov on Halloween who were Argentinian tourists, the danger to American citizens decreases even further, to about one in 1.2 billion a year.” (01/09/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trump-wrong-green-card-immigrants-arent-terrorist-threat

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56) Bannon’s Breitbart exit changes nothing
Source: The American Prospect
by Adele M Stan

“You’d hardly be human if you didn’t feel a twinge of glee at the fall of Steve Bannon. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy, you might say. Bannon’s resignation from Breitbart News might even restore your faith in the resilience of democracy, but it shouldn’t. However delicious the ignominious fate of the man who painted himself as Svengali to the dummy in the Oval, Bannon’s fast descent from savior to pariah illustrates structural rot in the machinery of the republic, wrought by a Supreme Court whose majority acts in the favor of aspiring oligarchs. Sure, Bannon set his fate in motion through his own hubris. But ultimately his crash stemmed from the whims of a single donor family, as did his rise.” (01/10/18)

http://prospect.org/article/bannons-breitbart-exit-changes-nothing

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57) Blame government, not markets, for injustice to consumers
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
by Donald J Boudreaux

“Are employers in free markets more powerful than workers? Are merchants more powerful than consumers? Many people answer ‘yes.’ I answer ‘no.’ An essential component of a market economy is freedom of contract. Yet a key feature of freedom of contact is freedom not to contract — to say ‘no,’ which protects each adult from being made worse off by those who offer to deal with him or her. If I don’t like an automaker’s price for a car, I don’t buy that car. If I don’t like a job offer, I reject that offer.” (01/09/18)

http://triblive.com/opinion/donaldboudreaux/13135381-74/donald-j-boudreaux-blame-government-not-markets-for-injustice-to-consumers

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58) Rothbard’s “Left & Right”
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by James C Wilson

“The mid-sixties was a unique time in the history of the libertarian movement, as well as in the world at large. US involvement in Vietnam was escalating, the Cold War was at its height, and the civil rights movement had achieved its biggest legislative victory. Dialogue from the political right had become increasingly internationally interventionist, dominated by National Review style anti-communist paranoia. The American political establishment on both sides of the aisle was united in favor of corporatism at home and militarism abroad. It was in this environment that the seminal libertarian author and activist Murray Rothbard (who almost certainly needs no introduction on this site), became disillusioned with the political right and openly sympathetic to the New Left. This evolution in sympathies is captured in Rothbard’s Left & Right: Journal of Libertarian Thought, which was released in a series of volumes from 1965 to 1968.” (01/09/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/50288

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59) Punishing poor people
Source: Town Hall
by John Stossel

“Store owner Kamal Saleh was just hit with thousands of dollars in fines. His crime? He sold three cigars for $8.89. ‘Too cheap!’ say New York City bureaucrats. ‘The cigars should have cost 11 cents more.’ Politicians want you to spend more for tobacco. They decided this after anti-smoking crusader Dr. Kurt Ribisl told the Centers for Disease Control, ‘Higher prices will deter children from smoking.’ A pit of socialist micromanagers called the New York City Council quickly embraced the idea. ‘It’s also being considered very seriously in a number of jurisdictions in California,’ Ribisl told me. When health totalitarians make suggestions, leftist politicians jump.” (01/10/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2018/01/10/punish-poor-people-n2432150

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60) Knights in dark satin
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“It’s awards season again, that glittery time when Hollywood elites gather to praise each other’s work, comment on each other’s clothing, and make political statements we mere mortals in suburbia couldn’t possibly understand without the help of their stunning insights.” (01/09/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1799

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

61) PanAm Podcast, 01/10/18
Source: PanAm Post

“Was Trump Right to End TPS for Salvadoran Immigrants?” [Flash video] (01/10/18)

https://panampost.com/david-unsworth/2018/01/10/trump-tps-salvadoran-immigrants/

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62) Essential Libertarianism, episode 107
Source: Essential Libertarianism

The Power of Non-Violent Resistance, by Jerry M. Tinker. [various formats] (01/10/18)

http://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/01/10/the-power-of-non-violent-resistance-el017/

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63) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/10/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Dianna Keiler and Jeremy Heisenberg talk about drug sniffing dogs, cryotherapy and insane breathing techniques, the majesty of InTheoreum, and a teacher being arrested for questioning a superintendent’s raise.” [various formats] (01/10/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15499

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64) Electric Libertyland, episode 54
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland Brian McWilliams welcomes in stand up comedian, co-star and co-creator of the new Comedy Central show ‘Corporate,’ Jake Weisman. After fighting the demons of audio recording technology, Brian and Jake settle in to discuss how the best comedy is libertarian and dive into some deep conversation on libertarian theory and current events before turning to Jake’s new, dark office place comedy, ‘Corporate.’ Will this be the new ‘South Park’ that libertarian audiences have been craving? Listen in to find out.” [various formats] (01/10/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/01/10/electric-libertyland-ep-54-jake-weisman-co-star-comedy-centrals-corporate/

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65) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 140
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On Foreign Policy Focus #140, Mike Maharry joins the show to discuss how to fight the war state with the 10th Amendment. Mike discuss an effort to preventing future torture, limiting the federal governments use of the National Guard, stopping the arming of American police, and shutting down NSA surveillance. Mike Maharrey is the Communications Director at the Tenth Amendment Center and author of Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty.” [various formats] (01/10/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-140-fighting-the-war-state-with-mike-maharrey

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66) Cato Daily Podcast, 01/09/18
Source: Cato Institute

“A notorious outlaw industrial-scale marijuana farmer is about to get a fairly light sentence for his activities as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions shows himself to be a somewhat toothless pot warrior. Jim Higdon is author of The Cornbread Mafia. He discusses the numerous signs pointing to the approaching end of marijuana prohibition.” [various formats] (01/09/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/new-signs-waning-war-cannabis

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67) Free Talk Live, 01/09/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Forced Drug Testing :: Cannabis Decrim :: Gateway Drug :: Legalize It :: Meth Addiction :: Soda Tax Seattle :: Crypto Girls :: Jamie Dimon and Cryptocurrency :: Extracting Bitcoin Cash :: J-pop :: Government Crackdowns and Cryptocurrency :: Family Court :: Death Penalty :: HOSTS — Ian, Will.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/09/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-01-09

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Thomas L. Knapp
Steve Trinward

Editors Emeritus:
Mary Lou Seymour
R. Lee Wrights
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