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In the News:

1) Appeals court rejects Trump regime’s request to restore travel ban
2) Trump regime backs off bid to reopen CIA “black site” prisons
3) Turkey: Regime detains 400 allege Islamic State members
4) Nigeria: Buhari seeks extended medical leave, fanning ill health rumors
5) Trump to attend NATO summit in May
6) FL: Massive net pulled from illegal reef off Gulf Coast
7) WSJ reports Brazilian gangs are recruiting FARC members
8) MO: Greitens to sign big-government anti-market labor bill
9) Cannabis prices drop as more states approve legal marijuana
10) Romania: Regime scraps corruption decree after protests
11) Marine Le Pen: French election is “choice of civilization”
12) ID: Judge orders no sex for man convicted of sex with 14-year-old
13) Germany: Magazine defends cover showing Trump beheading Statue of Liberty
14) Colombia: Government pays ransom to free congressman held by ELN
15) Two arrested for hacking Washington CCTV cameras before Trump inauguration
16) USDA removes animal welfare reports from its website
17) FCC reverses addition of nine companies to Internet access welfare program
18) Idiot judge forgets that US regime’s jurisdiction doesn’t extend outside US
19) Philippines: Catholic Church slams “reign of terror” behind war on drugs
20) Radio stations hacked to play “F**k Donald Trump” on repeat across the country

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Trump’s blueprint for more government
22) A billion dollars of federally funded paranoia
23) Trump’s foreign policy: Obama’s third term, Bush’s fifth
24) A new front in the war on payday lenders
25) The silence of violence
26) Stop the nagging
27) Who will stand up to this lawless president?
28) Cut corporate taxes and corporate welfare
29) Revolutionary: The modern nullification movement
30) Trump is showing us why he needs a history lesson
31) After the smoke clears at Berkeley, could more have been done?
32) The Trump administration may increase the US role in the war on Yemen
33) The Neil Gorsuch nomination: Does a Protestant seat matter?
34) Strangle the bastard child of prohibition: Abolish the ATF!
35) The Constitution: A slaver document for the ages
36) Return of the torturers: Back to the crime scenes of the past
37) A freer sky for a freer world
38) Who was the founding father of the Fourth Amendment?
39) Will the Senate reject DeVos?
40) Amid the chaos in Berkeley, a grinning face, covered in blood
41) Pulpit politics
42) Price controls and propaganda
43) Bugging out: Screw society and save yourself
44) When raising the minimum wage is a bad thing
45) Congress takes steps to renew Farm Bill boondoggle
46) What is freedom for?
47) Muslims: Keep out!
48) The new edge of intolerance
49) A tweeting president
50) Will Mexico say adios to NAFTA?
51) The great tech exodus begins
52) Hidden in plain sight
53) Freeing butterflies: A grandmother’s journey to homeschooling acceptance
54) Fallacies of the anti-Islam crowd
55) Hypocrisy on executive orders

The Sound and the Fury:

56) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 115
57) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 114
58) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/03/17
59) Free Thoughts Podcast, 02/03/17
60) Free Talk Live, 02/04/17

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

1) Appeals court rejects Trump regime’s request to restore travel ban
Source: The Hill

“A federal appeals court early Sunday rejected the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request to restore President Trump’s travel ban on immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco denied the DOJ’s request an emergency stay, pending full consideration of the motion. … The Justice Department filed a notice Saturday evening that it would formally appeal a temporary nationwide restraining order issued by a federal judge in Seattle on Friday, which immediately halted Trump’s immigration order.” (02/05/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/317952-appeals-court-rejects-trumps-request-to-restore-travel-ban

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2) Trump regime backs off bid to reopen CIA “black site” prisons
Source: Raw Story

“The Trump administration has for now backed off a draft executive order that would have called for a review of whether the United States should reopen overseas ‘black site’ prisons, where interrogation techniques often condemned as torture were used, U.S. officials have told Reuters. The New York Times, citing unidentified officials, on Saturday said the White House was circulating a revised version that did not have language that contemplated reopening the prisons. It said the revised draft did, however, contain parts of the earlier draft, including expanding the use of the military’s Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center.” (02/05/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/trump-administration-backs-off-bid-to-reopen-cia-black-site-prisons-officials

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3) Turkey: Regime detains 400 allege Islamic State members
Source: Straits Times [Singapore]

“Turkish police have detained hundreds of suspected members of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in nationwide raids, just over a month after an attack on an Istanbul nightclub claimed by the extremists. More than 400 suspects were yesterday rounded up in Turkey’s biggest police operation so far against ISIS since the New Year attack on the Reina nightclub just 75 minutes into 2017 that killed 39.” (02/05/17)

http://www.straitstimes.com/world/middle-east/turkey-detains-some-400-isis-suspects-in-nationwide-raids

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4) Nigeria: Buhari seeks extended medical leave, fanning ill health rumors
Source: Yahoo! News

“President Muhammadu Buhari asked parliament on Sunday to extend his medical leave, his office said in a statement, deepening suspicions among many Nigerians that his health is worse than officials are admitting publicly. The statement did not say how much extra time Buhari was seeking off. He had been due to return to work on Monday after taking more than two weeks’ leave for medical checks in Britain. … Buhari’s extended leave could further erode confidence in his administration, already under pressure from investors to let Nigeria’s currency float freely to try to revive an oil-driven economy now is at its weakest in 25 years.” (02/05/17)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/nigerias-president-requests-extended-medical-leave-164645272.html

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5) Trump to attend NATO summit in May
Source: NBC News

“President Donald Trump spoke with the secretary general of NATO on Sunday and agreed to join a meeting of NATO leaders in Europe later this year, after having repeatedly criticized the alliance and having called it ‘obsolete’ as late as last month. Trump spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Sunday evening regarding the United States'[s] ‘strong support for NATO,’ according to the White House press office.” (02/05/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/nato-critic-trump-agrees-attend-brussels-summit-may-n717141

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6) FL: Massive net pulled from illegal reef off Gulf Coast
Source: USA Today

“Grant Erickson was in no mood to fail Friday. ‘Just give it more power,’ he told his crew aboard the Penny V, a shrimp boat based out of Fort Myers Beach. ‘Turn it up another notch. Something will happen. And I don’t care if it spins the boat in circles.’ Erickson and his crew were three of a dozen or so divers and boaters who helped remove a massive shrimping net from an illegal reef about 10 miles off Bonita Beach. ‘It’s about $20,000 worth of gear,’ said Erickson, who owns 12 shrimping boats that ply the Gulf of Mexico from Southwest Florida to Texas and back. Trips of that length typically take 30 days, but Erickson spent Friday volunteering his boat and crew for the net removal.” (02/04/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/02/04/massive-net-pulled-illegal-reef-off-gulf-coast/97498038

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7) WSJ reports Brazilian gangs are recruiting FARC members
Source: PanAm Post

“Colombian Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said Thursday that there is no official information that dissident FARC members are being recruited by Brazilian criminal gangs, as recently reported by the US newspaper the Wall Street Journal. According to Villegas, the criminal organizations ‘Comando Capital’, the ‘Red Force’ and the ‘Family of the North Amazon,’ who commit crimes from the Brazilian prisons, have opened positions in order recruit FARC dissidents, but they have not been successful in their efforts.” (02/03/17)

https://panampost.com/julian-villabona/2017/02/03/wall-street-journal-reports-brazilian-gangs-recruiting-farc-members/

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8) MO: Greitens to sign big-government anti-market labor bill
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Gov. Eric Greitens on Monday will sign ‘right to work’ legislation into law, fulfilling a campaign promise that has been cheered on by Republicans and the state’s [crony capitalist] community. For the state’s unions, it’s a day they have been able to delay under Greitens’ predecessor, Gov. Jay Nixon, who blocked similar efforts with his veto pen and argued, with fellow Democrats, that the measure was a political ploy to weaken Missouri labor. The law will prohibit labor unions from collecting dues as a condition of employment.” (02/05/17)

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/missouri-gov-eric-greitens-to-sign-right-to-work-into/article_67c68456-c5a7-573f-a9fb-87bad29dbd1a.html

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9) Cannabis prices drop as more states approve legal marijuana
Source: Smell the Truth

“Marijuana has risen to become a multi-billion dollar industry, but today’s U.S. legal weed market is offering considerably cheap pot. Prices for marijuana flowers have plunged in states with legal marijuana laws in place, reports Forbes. ‘Wholesale marijuana prices declined in 2016 from $2,500 to $1,000 per pound, with some dispensaries offering recreational ounces as low as $65 on CannaSaver.com,’ said Brian Shapiro, Chief Executive Officer of CannaSaver, to Forbes.” (02/03/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/02/03/pot-prices-drop-as-more-states-approve-legal-marijuana

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10) Romania: Regime scraps corruption decree after protests
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Romania’s government has scrapped a controversial decree that would have shielded many politicians from prosecution for corruption. The decision came at an emergency meeting on the issue, following days of large street protests. One of those behind the move said it was to restore calm in Romania, but also strongly criticised the judiciary. Protesters have vowed to keep the pressure on the cabinet, with some demanding the entire government quits. ‘I hope that this is a real repeal … We are going to keep an eye on them to make sure we are not being had,’ one protester, Daniel, told the news agency AFP.” (02/05/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38871667

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11) Marine Le Pen: French election is “choice of civilization”
Source: Fox News

“French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen blasted globalization and Islamic fundamentalism in her closing speech Sunday of a two-day National Front party conference, calling them ‘two totalitarianisms’ threatening France. To applause and cries of ‘On est chez nous’ (We are in our land), Le Pen served up the grand themes of the party that have made her a leader in early polls of the spring presidential election.” (02/05/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/02/05/marine-le-pen-french-election-choice-civilization.html

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12) ID: Judge orders no sex for man convicted of sex with 14-year-old
Source: Columbus Dispatch

“An Idaho judge has ordered a 19-year-old man not to have sex with anyone before he marries as part of his sentencing for statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl. Judge Randy Stoker sentenced Cody Duane Scott Herrera of Twin Falls to five to 15 years in prison, but he suspended the sentence for a one-year rider program. If the unmarried Herrera completes the program, he’ll be released on probation, which requires celibacy unless he weds. Herrera received the sentence in 5th District Court.” (02/04/17)

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170205/idaho-judge-orders-no-sex-for-man-convicted-of-rape

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13) Germany: Magazine defends cover showing Trump beheading Statue of Liberty
Source: Reuters

“The editor-in-chief of Der Spiegel on Sunday said a front cover illustration of U.S. President Donald Trump beheading the Statue of Liberty, which split opinion at home and abroad, was a response by the German magazine to threats against democracy. Published on Saturday, the cover depicts a cartoon figure of Trump with a bloodied knife in one hand and the statue’s head, dripping with blood, in the other. It carries the caption: ‘America First.’ It followed a series of attacks on Berlin’s policies by Trump and his aides that have marked a rapid deterioration in German relations with the United States.” (02/05/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-germany-spiegel-idUSKBN15J0EU

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14) Colombia: Government pays ransom to free congressman held by ELN
Source: PanAm Post

“Former Colombian congressman Odin Sanchez was liberated this Thursday February 2nd at around 10am (local time) by the ELN guerrilla group, after the government was forced to pay a ransom. The exact place where he was liberated is unknown; however, it is known that it was somewhere in the jungle in the department of Choco. The subversive group stated that the former congressman would be delivered to a humanitarian commission of the International Red Cross near the Baudo River.” (02/03/17)

https://panampost.com/editor/2017/02/03/colombia-government-pays-ransom-free-congressman-held-eln/

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15) Two arrested for hacking Washington CCTV cameras before Trump inauguration
Source: The Hacker News

“Two suspected hackers have reportedly been arrested in London on suspicion of hacking 70 percent of the CCTV cameras in Washington with ransomware ahead of President Donald Trump’s inauguration last month. The arrest took place on 20th January by the officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) of UK after it received a request from United States authorities, but it has not been disclosed until now.” (02/02/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/02/cctv-camera-hacking.html

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16) USDA removes animal welfare reports from its website
Source: KXAN News

“The Agriculture Department has removed animal welfare inspection reports, enforcement records and other information about the treatment of animals from its website, citing privacy and other laws. Tanya Espinosa, a spokeswoman for USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said the information was removed from the site around 11 a.m. Friday. She would not say if the removal was temporary or permanent in the new Trump administration. The information is used by advocacy groups and other members of the public to look up information on commercial dog and horse breeders, some of whom have had a history of abuse. The reports included lists of animal welfare violations at those facilities and also at animal testing labs, and whether those violations have been corrected.” (02/05/17)

http://kxan.com/2017/02/05/usda-removes-animal-welfare-reports-from-its-website/

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17) FCC reverses addition of nine companies to Internet access welfare program
Source: Washington Post

“Regulators are telling nine companies they won’t be allowed to participate in a federal program meant to help them provide affordable Internet access to low-income consumers — weeks after those companies had been given the green light. The move, announced Friday by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, reverses a decision by his Democratic predecessor, Tom Wheeler …. The program, known as Lifeline, provides registered households with a $9.25-a-month credit, which can then be used to buy home Internet service. As many as 13 million Americans may be eligible for Lifeline that do not have broadband service at home, the FCC has found. Roughly 900 service providers participate in the Lifeline program.” [editor’s note: Is the purpose of this program REALLY to “provide Internet access to the poor,” or is it just to find a way to give — as of 2014 — $1.6 billion per year to politicians’ corporate cronies? And does the purpose matter? – TLK] (02/03/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/02/03/the-fcc-is-stopping-9-companies-from-providing-subsidized-broadband-to-the-poor/

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18) Idiot judge forgets that US regime’s jurisdiction doesn’t extend outside US
Source: TechCrunch

“A U.S. judge has ordered Google to hand over emails stored outside the country in order to comply with an FBI search warrant. The warrant in question pertains to a domestic fraud probe. The ruling is notable because it goes against an appeals court judgement last year — recently upheld — pertaining to Microsoft customer data held in servers outside the US. In that instance a federal court ruled the company did not have to hand over data stored on its servers in Ireland to the US government, declining to ‘disregard the presumption against extraterritoriality,’ as the judge put it. However in the Google case, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter ruled on Friday that the act of transferring emails from a foreign server did not qualify as a seizure.” (02/04/17)

https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/04/google-told-to-hand-over-foreign-emails-in-fbi-search-warrant-ruling/

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19) Philippines: Catholic Church slams “reign of terror” behind war on drugs
Source: Reuters

“The Philippines’ Catholic Church assailed President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs for creating a ‘reign of terror’ among the poor, in sermons read out at Saturday services that will be repeated to congregations across the country on Sunday. In its most strongly worded attack on the crackdown on drug pushers and users, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said killing people was not the answer to trafficking of illegal drugs, and it was disturbing that many didn’t care about the bloodshed, or even approved of it. … More than 7,600 people have been killed since Duterte launched his anti-drugs campaign seven months ago, more than 2,500 in what police say were shootouts during raids and sting operations.” (02/05/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-drugs-church-idUSKBN15J0BU?feedType=RSS&

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20) Radio stations hacked to play “F**k Donald Trump” on repeat across the country
Source: The Hacker News

“It’s just two weeks into the Trump presidency, but his decisions have caused utter chaos around the country. One such order signed by the president was banning both refugees and visa holders from seven Muslim-majority countries (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, and Sudan) from entering the United States, resulting in unexpectedly arrest of some travelers at airports. Now, it seems like some anti-Trump protesters have publically declared their fight against the president by exploiting a known flaw in low power FM (LPFM) radio transmitters to play a song the radio stations didn’t intend to broadcast.” (02/02/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/02/radio-station-trump-hack.html

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

21) Trump’s blueprint for more government
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Donald Trump remains blinded — willfully or not I cannot say — by his absurd narrative of America as an aggrieved nation. It’s a narrative that will stimulate the growth, rather than the diminution, of government power. … the theme that unifies most of Trump’s policy positions is wrong: America is not the aggrieved party. It is not everyone’s chump. It’s the abuser and the bully. Trump either doesn’t know this or he does but realizes that no one never won power by telling the public, ‘Elect me and we still stop victimizing the world.’ One can see Trump’s aggrieved-nation shtick in nearly everything he says.” (02/03/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/2017/02/tgif-trumps-blueprint-government/

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22) A billion dollars of federally funded paranoia
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard

“When it comes to mindless excess in the war on terror, it is difficult to compete with the 70+ fusion centers bankrolled by the Department of Homeland Security. They began to be set up around the nation shortly after 9/11 as federal-state-local partnerships to better track terrorist threats. But the centers have been a world-class boondoggle from the start.” (02/03/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/billion-dollars-federally-funded-paranoia/

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23) Trump’s foreign policy: Obama’s third term, Bush’s fifth
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L. Knapp

“Although elected president at least in part on his image as ‘the peace candidate,’ Obama owned eight years of constant war. He waffled on then partially reversed the withdrawal from Iraq negotiated by his predecessor. He stretched the eight-year Afghanistan war to 16 years and counting. He began or expanded operations in Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen, escalating even to extra-judicial assassinations of American citizens. On foreign policy, Obama served George W. Bush’s third and fourth terms. Now Donald Trump looks set to serve Bush’s fifth term and/or Obama’s third.”

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/9330

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24) A new front in the war on payday lenders
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Alice Salles

“‘Big Corporation helps government regulators crush poor people.’ This is a headline fit for a series on the current war against making loans to low-income borrowers — although we’ll never see it framed this way by The Washington Post or The New York Times. But this is exactly what’s happened with payday loans as Google has joined government regulators in an effort to get rid of the payday loan industry and keep low-income working individuals from having access to cash lenders.” (02/03/17)

https://mises.org/blog/new-front-war-payday-lenders

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25) The silence of violence
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Regardless of label, [Milo] Yiannopoulos’s right to speak and the right of others to listen are constitutionally protected. And violence to block a peacefully expressed point of view is never justified. … Either we defend civilization against speech-squelching violence, or inherit an ugly silence.” (02/03/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/02/03/the-silence-of-violence/

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26) Stop the nagging
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“I listen to PSAs cleverly placed between segments of Rush Limbaugh’s show, or Ken Hamblin’s (I wonder who the American Anti-Vivisection League think they’re gonna convince in that audience) and ask myself the same question I ask you now: would you permit a stranger, a neighbor, even a family member, to barge into your living room or office and browbeat you over the least details of your life? Would you let them lecture you about fat, salt, sugar, cholesterol, calories, nicotine, registering for the draft, beating your wife, or recycling garbage? Or would you pitch them right out in the street on their ear? Mark me down for the latter — and tell me why you let a little box with speakers on the front, or a bigger one that pretends to be a window do the same thing you wouldn’t tolerate from a stranger, a neighbor, or a family member.” [editor’s note: As annoying as PSAs are, I can’t imagine them being as annoying as the two shows mentioned – TLK] (02/05/17)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2017/tle909-20170205-02.html

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27) Who will stand up to this lawless president?
Source: spiked
by Wendy Kaminer

“I’m willing to give the president and his henchmen the benefit of the doubt by assuming they’re not stupid enough to believe that this ban will keep us safe. Indeed, I don’t think America’s safety is what they have in mind. They might even regard a terror attack as an opportunity for additional crackdowns on immigration, privacy and dissent, or for forms of martial law. In any case, Trump is not engaged in the hard, often joyless work of governing. He’s campaigning. In fact, he filed for re-election in 2020 with the Federal Election Commission on inauguration day, a mere six hours after being sworn in. The travel ban is partly an electoral gambit and partly a related move towards consolidating power, not just in the executive branch but within the White House walls.” (02/03/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/who-will-stand-up-to-this-lawless-president/

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28) Cut corporate taxes and corporate welfare
Source: Cato Institute
by Chris Edwards, Romina Boccia & Tom Schatz

“President Donald Trump is prioritizing major tax reforms, including a large corporate tax rate cut. The cut has broad support and promises to spur growth, but it will face political opposition if it widens the already rising budget deficit. As such, President Trump would do well to pair his corporate tax cut with a cut in ‘corporate welfare’ spending.” (02/03/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/cut-corporate-taxes-corporate-welfare

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29) Revolutionary: The modern nullification movement
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Maharrey and Michael Boldin

“The modern nullification movement took another leap forward in 2015 and continued to build momentum through 2016. From its early days as a rejection of federal power on a single-issue, the movement has grown organically into a loose coalition of disparate groups doing the same on issues across the political spectrum. The new ‘State of the Nullification Movement’ Report connects the dots between efforts that might seem wholly independent of each other to the casual observer. But, when viewed as a whole, it reveals a thriving movement that has developed into a revolutionary political force.” [summary — full report available as PDF download] (02/03/17)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/02/03/revolutionary-the-modern-nullification-movement/

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30) Trump is showing us why he needs a history lesson
Source: Chicago Tribune
by Clarence Page

“Here’s a tip, if you’re going to speak at a Black History Month event: It helps to know a little black history. President Donald Trump overlooked that advice as he delivered a rambling Black History Month address Wednesday before engaging in a ‘listening session’ with African-American professionals at the White House. It didn’t take long for the real estate developer and former star of ‘The Apprentice’ to start talking about what seems to be his favorite topic, himself. First, he repeated a worn-out assertion that he keeps making at speaking events that ‘the media’ deliberately reported falsely that he had removed a bust of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office. In fact, the Time magazine reporter who was providing pool reports that day realized his mistake within minutes and sent out more than a dozen tweets correcting the mistake and apologizing.” (02/03/17)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/page/ct-trump-black-history-frederick-douglass-perspec-0205-20170203-column.html

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31) After the smoke clears at Berkeley, could more have been done?
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Will Creeley and Adam Steinbaugh

“Last week, we praised University of California, Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks for professing his respect for the First Amendment rights of his students. Faced with calls to cancel Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos'[s] appearance on campus at the invitation of the College Republicans, Chancellor Dirks refused. Instead, he committed the university to treating Yiannopoulos and the College Republicans as it would any other student group bringing a speaker to campus, pledging ‘to ensure the event goes as planned, and to provide for the safety and security of those who attend, as well as those who will choose to protest Yiannopoulos’s appearance in a lawful manner.’ Of course, the event did not go as planned. As the chaotic scene broadcast nationwide Wednesday made all too clear, Berkeley’s efforts proved flatly insufficient against organized efforts to shut down the event through violence.” (02/04/17)

https://www.thefire.org/after-the-smoke-clears-at-berkeley-could-more-have-been-done/

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32) The Trump administration may increase the US role in the war on Yemen
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“As if it weren’t bad enough that the U.S. has enabled the Saudi-led wrecking and starvation of Yemen for the last twenty-two months, Trump may make the U.S. even more complicit in a reckless, unnecessary war that has nothing to do with U.S. security. Worse still, this is being justified as sending a ‘signal’ to Iran, which is not a party to the conflict and offers the Houthis negligible support. It isn’t possible to ‘push back’ against Iran in Yemen because Iran’s involvement in the war is minimal to non-existent. Ideologically-driven analysis that invents an Iranian ’empire’ spreading across the region has been misleading Americans for years, but thanks to the many Iran hawks in the Trump administration it is now in danger of driving terrible policy decisions.” (02/04/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-trump-administration-may-increase-the-u-s-role-in-the-war-on-yemen/

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33) The Neil Gorsuch nomination: Does a Protestant seat matter?
Source: Independent Institute
by William Watkins

“There has not been a Protestant on the Supreme Court since Justice John Paul Stevens retired in 2010. There has not been a Protestant nominated since 1990 when George W. Bush called upon David Souter. Right now there are five Roman Catholics and three Jews. Neil Gorsuch, according to the Washington Post, belongs to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Boulder, Colorado. … So does a Protestant seat matter? Jurisprudentially, no. The Roman Catholic jurists such as Thomas and the late Antonin Scalia have been wonderful in carrying the standard for judicial modesty and an approach to legal interpretation focused on the text and original intent of the ratifiers. Because the Court is not (or should not) be a policy-making body, I don’t buy the argument that ‘diverse’ perspectives are needed and thus we must have a Protestant seat, or a woman’s seat, or a black seat, etc.” (02/05/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/02/05/the-neil-gorsuch-nomination-does-a-protestant-seat-matter/

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34) Strangle the bastard child of prohibition: Abolish the ATF!
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“The ATF is an appendage of the Leviathan that exists without so much of an echo of a whisper of a hint of constitutional legitimacy, for the sole purpose of providing secure, albeit socially useless, employment for reprobates, criminals, and degenerates. No provision of the US Constitution authorizes any agency of the federal government to regulate alcohol, tobacco, or explosives, and the Second Amendment explicitly forecloses federal infringement of the right to own and carry firearms. This means that the ATF is literally a bastard agency carrying out an illegitimate mission.” (02/04/17)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2017/02/strangle-bastard-child-of-prohibition.html

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35) The Constitution: A slaver document for the ages
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“Many Constitutionalists constantly badger everyone around them that the restoration of the document or a return to its origins will create a new yellow brick road where the government acknowledges and protects individual liberty at every turn and the central government in contravention of all human recorded history will remain small and vigilant of every predation on individual liberty. Ad nauseum, the same parroting of nonsense learned in government obedience classes carefully and artfully disguised as civics class begun by a pledge to the centralizing instrument of mankind on the North American continent.” (02/05/17)

http://zerogov.com/?p=5015

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36) Return of the torturers: Back to the crime scenes of the past
Source: CounterPunch
by Melvin Goodman

“The Trump administration has signaled that it is willing to return to the heinous crimes of the past two decades, including torture and abuse, secret prisons, and extraordinary renditions. The appointment of Gina Haspel as the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency clearly indicates that the use of torture, including the use of waterboarding, which has been endorsed by the President, the national security advisor, and the CIA director, could once again be a major part of the U.S. campaign against international terrorism.” (02/03/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/02/03/return-of-the-torturers-back-to-the-crime-scenes-of-the-past/

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37) A freer sky for a freer world
Source: Students For Liberty
by Jean-Baptiste Fink

“States, by controlling flag carriers, are hurting their own economies by giving the impression that they are protecting them. While it is true that Gulf carriers profit off lower oil prices, lower taxes, and maybe some subsidies, it needs to be said that European airlines have to comply with archaic and foolish regulations thanks to their administration, especially to the tax collector. As a matter of fact, taxes on companies are very high and air transport is also subjected to special taxes. Moreover, by limiting the establishment of Gulf carriers in some airports, states create monopolies on the market.” (02/05/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/02/05/freer-sky-freer-world/

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38) Who was the founding father of the Fourth Amendment?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Gary M Galles

“February 5 marks the birth of the American who had the greatest hand in what became the 4th Amendment’s prohibition of unreasonable searches and seizures — James Otis. Unfortunately, ‘one of the most passionate and effective protectors of American rights’ is too-little remembered today. Otis'[s] efforts applied the celebrated English maxim, ‘Every man’s house is his castle’ — or, as William Pitt said in Parliament in 1763, that ‘The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the force of the crown’ — to the colonies, in resistance to Crown-created writs of assistance.” (02/04/17)

https://fee.org/articles/who-was-the-founding-father-of-the-fourth-amendment/

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39) Will the Senate reject DeVos?
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education, got awful reviews for her performance during her confirmation hearing. But no one predicted her confirmation was anything less than a sure deal. Now, suddenly, she’s in big trouble. The DeVos unraveling started late Wednesday when two Republican Senators who voted DeVos out of committee, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, said they can’t back DeVos in a full Senate vote. Today, Republicans are scrambling to save her nomination by moving up Senate cloture vote to Friday with a confirmation vote by the full Senate ‘likely the first vote of next week,’ according to a report from Roll Call, to ‘avoid working on the weekend of the Super Bowl.’ Should the Senate vote result in a 50-50 tie, Roll Call notes, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the deciding vote to confirm her.” [editor’s note: It is still amazing how much more opposition there is to her than to Sessions as AG – SAT] (02/02/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170202/will-devos-lose-her-nomination-for-secretary-of-ed

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40) Amid the chaos in Berkeley, a grinning face, covered in blood
Source: The Intercept
by Robert Mackey

“In the aftermath of the skirmishes in Berkeley this week that gave Brock the measure of viral fame he sought, there is an active debate on the left about whether or not the aggressive tactics of the anti-fascist activists can ever be justified. While leaders of the Antifas, like Yvette Falarca, a teacher at the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, say the use of force is necessary, it is hard not to hear an echo of the Bush Administration whenever the right of pre-emptive self-defense is invoked.” [editor’s note: The bloody-faced subject of this piece notes, correctly, that “Antifa” is just a fascist movement with niche “anti-fascist” branding – TLK] (02/04/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/02/04/amid-chaos-berkeley-grinning-face-covered-blood/

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41) Pulpit politics
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“President Trump is not a particularly religious man but he likes to pander to the evangelical Christians who helped get him elected. He tells them what they love to hear — that their religious freedom is ‘under threat,’ and he’s going to eliminate the threat. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Religious liberty is alive and well in the United States of America. The First Amendment guarantees free exercise of religion and speech to all and those fundamental constitutional freedoms are not under any threat. Nowhere in the Constitution, however, is there any guarantee that churches and religious institutions enjoy tax exempt status.” (02/04/17)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2017/02/pulpit-politics.html

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42) Price controls and propaganda
Source: Cobden Centre
by Alasdair MacLeod

“Most economists agree on one thing; price controls do not work. Many go on to say they create shortages of goods, which inevitably drives black market prices even higher than they would otherwise be. Price controls were last tried in the 1970s, and everyone swore, never again. The suggestion that they could return is laughed at today, even taken as madness. Only in Venezuela and Zimbabwe. However, the likelihood of their reintroduction is greater than generally realised, and is increasing all the time now that there are signs of rising prices.” (02/03/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/02/price-controls-and-propaganda/

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43) Bugging out: Screw society and save yourself
Source: Strike The Root
by Alex R Knight III

“It may well be time to conclude that — between the powers that shouldn’t be, and an endlessly quarreling public ever fighting for support and control of those powers — long before any voluntaryist vision prevails en masse, society itself may simply dissolve into chaos. In other words, people may well just decide that, in effect, suicide is easier than changing. The dollar may also collapse. World War Three could take wings. Any number of other scenarios might arise in such a witch’s brew of discord, fear, fighting, infighting, and reckless printing of currency out of thin air under a burden of over $20 trillion of government debt. If so, then so be it. That’s their choice. The choice of so many blind statists and societal livestock. But it’s not mine. And it doesn’t have to be yours, either.” (02/03/17)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/bugging-out-screw-society-and-save-yourself

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44) When raising the minimum wage is a bad thing
Source: In These Times
by Stephanie Luce & Jen Kern

“Right now, most progressives and leftists appear to be in resistance mode against Donald Trump and his administration. If his early moves are any indication, that’s exactly where they may stay. But politics is not a fixed mark, and (while we are cautious about making predictions in this utterly unpredictable political moment) one issue could emerge to court compromise: the minimum wage. We want economic progress, and it will be tempting to look for openings in the new administration where we could push for gains for workers. We have the momentum of a movement behind us and public support remains high for raising the minimum wage. Having run on a noxiously racist, false economic populism, Trump may need to deliver something to his working-class voters. A $10 wage might seem just the ticket.” [editor’s note: The headline is deceptive; label this “oppo research” – SAT] (02/03/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/19863/when_raising_the_minimum_wage_is_a_bad_thing

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45) Congress takes steps to renew Farm Bill boondoggle
Source: Reason
by Baylen Linnekin

“Perhaps wary of the fact that it took years to pass the most recent Farm Bill in 2014, Congress has already moved to begin deliberations over the next five-year bill, which would likely become law in 2018. The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee will hold its first hearing on the upcoming Farm Bill in Kansas later this month. The Farm Bill is perhaps best known for handing billions of dollars of taxpayer money to a small number of the shrinking percentage of Americans who farm. Pres. Franklin Roosevelt’s agriculture [secretary] Henry Wallace pitched payments to farmers during the Great Depression as ‘a temporary solution to deal with an emergency.’ The emergency — the Depression — ended around the same year that my grandparents went to prom. But the subsidies remain. In fact, they’ve only mushroomed in the decades since their adoption.” (02/04/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/02/04/congress-takes-steps-to-renew-farm-bill

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46) What is freedom for?
Source: Acton Institute
by Ryan T Anderson

“Many Westerners feel that the system is rigged against them; that elites despise the values of ordinary people, that political correctness prevents us from naming — and thus combating — our enemies; that technocrats in Brussels, Geneva, or Washington, D.C., know better, and that we need a radical change to get things back on track. Witness support for Brexit and Trump. These sorts of concerns are among the standard-issue economic, political, and security threats to liberty. But underlying all of these is a deeper threat, with deeper roots: an anthropological and spiritual crisis.” (02/03/17)

http://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/02/03/what-freedom

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47) Muslims: Keep out!
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Eric Margolis

“When I was suffering through advanced infantry training in the US Army many, many moons ago, I learned the Trump negotiating system. Our dreaded first sergeant, Delmar Creech, would terrorize us, inflict push-ups or latrine detail, and then restrict us to barracks over weekends for some minor infraction. We hated him with a passion. But then one Friday he strode into the barracks and, with a big smile, said ‘you boys have been good. I’m granting you PX privileges!’ A cheer erupted. We were being allowed to go to the base store to buy candy, cigarettes, and magazines. Suddenly, everyone said, ‘Sarge ain’t such a bad guy after all.’ This is the secret to Donald Trump’s negotiating tactics: a storm of invective and abuse, followed by some minor concessions.” (02/04/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/02/eric-margolis/warmongers-top/

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48) The new edge of intolerance
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Last weekend, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick informed his employees that he would stay on President Trump’s economic advisory council, even though he, like much of his staff, vehemently opposed many Trump platforms. By Thursday, Kalanick resigned from the panel. The ride-sharing czar’s swift reversal is a sign of the divide widening across America. We are becoming a country where partisans not only don’t talk to each other anymore, soon they won’t dine together anymore either. Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries brought the situation to a head. Across the country, protesters flocked to airports, including New York’s JFK where cab drivers were engaged in a strike.” (02/04/17)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/02/04/the-new-edge-of-intolerance-n2281315

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49) A tweeting president
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“Regardless of Trump’s positions and where I stand in relation to him (I stand against him), this is one facet of his presidency that we should be universally cheering and applauding. We have the President of the United States giving us direct insight into his thoughts and policies, his positions, and his reasons for holding those positions. I’m shocked that some people (in my experience, mostly liberals) think he should stop tweeting. Stop …? You think the President of the United States should stop giving us insight into his actions, policies, and reasons? We need more tweeting, not less.” (02/05/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/02/05/a-tweeting-president/

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50) Will Mexico say adios to NAFTA?
Source: The American Prospect
by Andres Lajous

“Now that Mexico has signaled the beginning of a 90-day period for domestic consultations before beginning negotiations with the United States over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the question facing Mexican leaders is whether they should even expect to reach a new agreement. A few weeks ago, the suggestion that Mexico would walk away from NAFTA would have seemed outlandish; for the last two decades, most Mexican political leaders have been fully committed to the agreement. But a number of influential figures, including former president Ernesto Zedillo, have recently argued that Mexico has no hope of reaching a balanced agreement with Donald Trump and would be better off relying on the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to regulate trade with the United States.” (02/03/17)

http://prospect.org/article/will-mexico-say-adios-nafta

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51) The great tech exodus begins
Source: Niskanen Center
by Ryan Hagemann

“Yesterday, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick surprised many with the announcement that he would be resigning from the Trump Administration’s economic advisory council in response to Mr. Trump’s executive order on immigration. The White House was, to put it mildly, less than thrilled with the announcement. This could be an early sign of a broader mass tech CEO exodus from the Administration’s trenches. Silicon Valley’s willingness to organize politically en masse has been relatively dormant since the days of the SOPA/PIPA fight. However, it now appears as though a counter-insurgency may be brewing.” (02/03/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/great-tech-exodus-begins/

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52) Hidden in plain sight
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox

“One of Donald Trump’s first acts as president was to order federal agencies to repeal two regulations every time they propose one. This is an action that requires some followthrough. … We’ll see whether the followthrough happens. But the idea itself seems exactly what libertarians and conservatives have been waiting for.” [editor’s note: Cox has a reputation as a stickler for language, so it’s surprising that he got that first sentence so wrong. Trump ordered no such thing. He ordered federal agencies to IDENTIFY two regulations FOR repeal for each new regulation proposed. Identification for repeal is not actual repeal – TLK] (02/04/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1663

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53) Freeing butterflies: A grandmother’s journey to homeschooling acceptance
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Zann Carter

“While there are some things about Mom’s story that are unique to our family relationships and her personality, I believe that some of the ways she chose to deal with her homeschooling concerns might be useful to other grandparents. Over the last year, in conversations and letters, my mother has shared with me her thoughts and experiences in becoming a grandmother of homeschoolers. She says the story should start with butterflies.” (02/04/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/freeing-butterflies

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54) Fallacies of the anti-Islam crowd
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Ever since the 9/11 attacks, there has been a fringe element in American society that has claimed that the attacks were part of a centuries-old religious war between Islam and Christianity. They’ve claimed that Muslims constitute a grave threat against everyone in the United States and the Western world because Muslims are supposedly determined to establish a world-wide caliphate, which would necessarily entail conquering the United States, taking over the federal government, and running the IRS, DEA, Federal Reserve, Social Security administration, CIA, NSA, Pentagon, and all the other parts of the federal government. This fringe element has now surged to national notoriety owing to the fact that there are now people within the Trump administration who appear to subscribe to that philosophy. However, there have always been big problems with the anti-Islam mindset. Let’s review three of them.” (02/03/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/02/03/fallacies-anti-islam-crowd/

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55) Hypocrisy on executive orders
Source: USA Today
by staff

“Remember when Republicans were dead set against sweeping executive actions? Remember when they called Barack Obama an imperial president, and worse, for issuing a string of executive orders, presidential memoranda and national security directives? That was so yesterday. In his first 10 days in office, President Trump issued 20 executive actions, more than any incoming president in the modern era. And for the most part, Republicans have adopted a position of silence or support, conveniently forgetting their past practice of denouncing executive decrees as a threat to constitutional governance. Obama, for his part, issued 18 president actions (executive orders, memoranda, national security directives and proclamations) during his first 10 days in office. Obama’s actions included measures on government ethics, waterboarding and a move to close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (an action he was never able to complete during his eight years in office).” (02/04/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/02/01/executive-orders-president-trump-obama-editorials-debates/97347492

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56) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 115
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (Sports, Religion and Banana Republics :: Intellectual ‘Property.'” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/05/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-115-it.html

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57) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 114
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“This week we break out our black light, our Pink Floyd albums, and shoot the shit with Macey Tomlin! Psychedelic activist and anarcho-capitalist. Macey Tomlin talks to us about the healing properties of psychedelics, how psychedelics are inherently anarchist, and the reasons to also be responsible when using them. Macey also talks to us how much safer psychedelics are, than their pharmaceutical counterparts.” [various formats] (02/04/17)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-114-macey-tomlin/

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58) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/03/17
Source: Cato Institute

“Why do key members of the Trump Administration believe the Iran nuclear deal is so weak? How would other signatories to the deal respond to a U.S. withdrawal? John Glaser comments.” [various formats]

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/iran-nuclear-deal-vs-team-trump

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59) Free Thoughts Podcast, 02/03/17
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Alex Nowrasteh joins us this week to talk about immigration in the wake of Donald Trump’s contentious executive order. Is immigration always good for a country?” [various formats] (02/03/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/truth-about-immigration

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60) Free Talk Live, 02/04/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Anti-Borders Commercial :: US Military Creating Refugees and Terrorists :: War in Syria :: Borders and Houses :: Government Protection? :: Trump to Finish the Terrorists? :: Legalize Drugs to End Cartels :: Probation :: State-Run College :: Government and Fear :: Hard-Working Immigrants :: Church-Sponsored Migrants :: Probation Officer.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/04/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-02-04

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