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In the News:

1) Italy: Foreign ministry summons US ambassador over NSA spying
2) Federal judge orders discovery concerning Clinton’s illegal private email server
3) NV: Trump tops GOP presidential caucus
4) Guantanamo Bay: Obama reiterates call to close prison in final plan to Congress
5) Report: US Marshals secretly tracked 6,000 cellphones
6) Macedonia: Politicians agree to delay date of early election
7) OK: Judge says two brothers, one adult and one juvenile, can stand trial for killings
8) Students interrogated for organizing free speech event file First Amendment lawsuit against University of South Carolina
9) CA: Leading cannabis measure gets NORML seal of approval
10) Carson: Obama was “raised white”
11) Grassley, Judiciary cronies: We won’t do our jobs any more until Obama’s gone
12) Cornel West: “Clinton is the Milli Vanilli of American politics”
13) Egypt: Four-year-old sentenced to life for murder was error, says military
14) Plastic in Snickers bar prompts Mars recall in 55 countries
15) IRS gang returns NC man’s entire stolen life savings
16) Mars in three days? NASA touts new propulsion system
17) NC: Charlotte passes transgender protections; state may try to override
18) Iraq: Kurdish special forces rescue Swedish girl from Islamic State
19) UT: Senate OKs broad medical marijuana plan
20) TN: Haslam takes issue with lawmakers ordering frivolous refugee lawsuit

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Is tribalism the worst idea in history?
22) #FreeStacy: Twitter meets the Sarkeesian Method and the Streisand Effect
23) Iowa Governor Branstad: Political bribery at its finest
24) Ted Cruz’s assault on the citizenship rights of Americans
25) Privacy is a right, not a luxury — and it’s increasingly at risk for LGBT people
26) Annan speaks out, “The war on drugs is a war on people” — legalize It all
27) “Law” as a Jedi mind trick
28) Why evangelicals are flocking to Donald Trump
29) Amicus brief: Should the NSA be immune to ALL legal challenges?
30) Clinton, Sanders miss the point on student debt
31) Hillary’s paranoid identity politics
32) Trump and the Megyn Kelly effect
33) Obama’s Russian rational for $1 trillion nuke plan signals news arms race
34) The GOP has a Max Max problem
35) Why do we pretend SCOTUS justices are anything but political officials?
36) Why the Bush dynasty fell
37) The problem with Thomas Piketty
38) Isaac Herzog: The man with small answers
39) Heartland Daily Podcast, 02/23/16
40) Unauthorized video: Edward Snowden speaks at NH Liberty Forum
41) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 49: Sterlin Lujan and psychologic anarchism
42) Busting the Feds on “An Economy of One”
43) The Sanders “economic plan” controversy
44) Apple vs. the FBI: Three reasons to side with Apple
45) The bad and the ugly
46) Gary Johnson: The only candidate that can protect your retirement
47) Debtors’ prison in 21st-century America
48) Barbed wire, canned food and generals who should have been shot at dawn
49) Turkey’s convenient war
50) Central banks should stop paying interest on reserves
51) Zetabytes and zombies
52) You want freedom of movement? Then fight for it
53) Electoral distraction and media dysfunction
54) Carl Menger and the foundations of Austrian economics
55) Free Talk Live, 02/22/16

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

1) Italy: Foreign ministry summons US ambassador over NSA spying
Source: The Hill

“Italy’s foreign ministry summoned U.S. Ambassador John Phillips on Tuesday after WikiLeaks released top-secret documents showing how Washington had spied on the Italian prime minister. Foreign Minister Michele Valensise asked for ‘clarifications’ about U.S. surveillance, the Italian ministry said in a statement. The Italian government also alluded to changes that the Obama administration made in 2014, on the heels of damaging leaks from Edward Snowden, to prohibit personal spying on friendly foreign leaders. In response, the American ambassador promised to ‘immediately’ address Italy’s concerns, the foreign ministry claimed.” (02/23/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/270495-italy-summons-us-ambassador-over-reported-nsa-spying

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2) Federal judge orders discovery concerning Clinton’s illegal private email server
Source: Washington Post

“A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that State Department officials and top aides to Hillary Clinton should be questioned under oath about whether they intentionally thwarted federal open records laws by using or allowing the use of a private email server throughout Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. … Although it was not immediately clear whether the government will appeal, Sullivan set an April deadline for parties to lay out a detailed investigative plan that would extend well beyond the limited and carefully worded explanations of the use of the private server that department and Clinton officials have given.” (02/23/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/us-judge-weighs-deeper-probe-into-clintons-private-email-system/2016/02/23/9c27412a-d997-11e5-81ae-7491b9b9e7df_story.html

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3) NV: Trump tops GOP presidential caucus
Source: Los Angeles Times

Donald Trump romped to a third straight election victory Tuesday night, winning the Nevada caucuses and solidfying his position atop the Republican field as the presidential race now expands into a nationwide test. Marco Rubio was trailing far behind in early returns, followed by Ted Cruz in third place. The string of victories, which once seemed implausible for a candidate who started with exceedingly high voter disapproval and exceedingly low regard from political professionals, now gives Trump wins in three disparate parts of the country, the West, South and Northeast.” (02/23/16)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-nevada-gop-caucuses-20160223-story.html

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4) Guantanamo Bay: Obama reiterates call to close prison in final plan to Congress
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“A final plan by Barack Obama to fulfill his pledge to close Guantánamo Bay – functionally identical to what he has already proposed – has already run into heavy political opposition, underscoring the likelihood Guantánamo will remain a detention facility after Obama leaves office. The plan, released on Tuesday in accordance with a congressional request, reiterates previous administration insistences on closing Guantánamo rather than proposing a long-elusive new option with the chance of breaking through more than seven years of GOP refusal on Capitol Hill.” (02/23/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/23/obama-guantanamo-bay-closure-plan-congress?CMP=fb_gu

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5) Report: US Marshals secretly tracked 6,000 cellphones
Source: USA Today

“Federal marshals have secretly used powerful cellphone surveillance tools to hunt nearly 6,000 suspects throughout the United States, according to newly-disclosed records in which the agency inadvertently identified itself as the nation’s most prolific known user of phone-tracking devices. The fact that the U.S. Marshals Service uses cellphone trackers, commonly known as stingrays, has long been among law enforcement’s worst-kept secrets, though the agency still refuses to acknowledge it. The Marshals Service confirmed its use of the devices to USA TODAY only in the process of trying to keep it secret, rejecting a Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of its log of cases in which agents had used stingrays.” (02/23/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/02/23/us-marshals-service-cellphone-stingray/80785616

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6) Macedonia: Politicians agree to delay date of early election
Source: ABC News

“Macedonia’s main political parties agreed late Tuesday to delay the date of early elections initially agreed for April 24, following a demand by the opposition that was supported by the European Union and U.S. Lawmakers voted 83-3 to postpone the formal dissolution of Parliament, which starts the 60-day countdown to the elections, that had been set for midnight Tuesday.” (02/23/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/uncertainty-national-election-date-macedonia-37136533

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7) OK: Judge says two brothers, one adult and one juvenile, can stand trial for killings
Source: ABC News

“Two Oklahoma brothers charged with fatally stabbing their parents and three of their younger siblings in a middle-of-the-night rampage that detectives say was part of a plot to carry out more mass killings can stand trial on first-degree murder charges, a judge decided Tuesday. Special Judge Martha Rupp Carter said there’s enough evidence for 19-year-old Robert Bever and 17-year-old Michael Bever to be tried. She set arraignment for Feb. 29 in Tulsa County District Court. The Bevers both have pleaded not guilty in the July killings of their parents, David Bever, 52, and April Bever, 44, and their siblings Daniel Bever, 12, Christopher Bever, 7, and Victoria Bever, 5. Two siblings survived.” (02/23/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/hearing-set-accused-killing-oklahoma-family-37127517

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8) Students interrogated for organizing free speech event file First Amendment lawsuit against University of South Carolina
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“The University of South Carolina’s (USC’s) marketing materials claim ‘No Limits’ on the student experience–except, it seems, when it comes to constitutional rights. That’s why today, student Ross Abbott and the campus chapters of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) and College Libertarians filed a First Amendment lawsuit against USC with the help of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).” (02/23/16)

https://www.thefire.org/students-interrogated-for-organizing-free-speech-event-file-first-amendment-lawsuit-against-university-of-south-carolina/

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9) CA: Leading cannabis measure gets NORML seal of approval
Source: Smell the Truth

“While many marijuana legalization initiatives continue to bubble, the clear leader of the pack just got one of its biggest endorsements yet from the old guard of cannabis policy reform. Keith Stroup, founder of The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), announced the organization’s endorsement of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) today on Marijuana.com. Earning the seal of approval from the oldest marijuana reform organization in the country is a major feather in the cap for AUMA. California’s leading cannabis legalization initiative adds NORML to an already impressive list of supporters that includes Napster co-founder Sean Parker and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.” (02/23/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/02/23/norml-board-endorses-parker-ca-legalization-bid

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10) Carson: Obama was “raised white”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Barack Obama was ‘raised white,’ Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has claimed. Mr Carson said the president could not understand the African-American experience the way he could. Mr Obama was born to a white American mother and a black Kenyan father. Mr Carson’s parents are African-American. The comments by Mr Carson (a retired neurosurgeon who finished last in South Carolina’s primary) were criticised as ‘loose talk’ by another Republican. ‘He’s an “African” American. He was, you know, raised white,’ Mr Carson told a Politico podcast on Tuesday.” (02/23/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-35644516

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11) Grassley, Judiciary cronies: We won’t do our jobs any more until Obama’s gone
Source: KCRG 9 News

“Republican Senator Chuck Grassley on Tuesday confirmed the Senate Judiciary Committee he chairs will not hold any hearings on anyone President Obama nominates to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Republican members of the Judiciary Committee said they would hold no hearings.” (02/23/16)

http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Grassley-No-Hearings-on-Supreme-Court-Nominee-Until-Next-President-Sworn-In-369889961.html

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12) Cornel West: “Clinton is the Milli Vanilli of American politics”
Source: Raw Story

“Philosopher and Bernie Sanders surrogate Cornel West told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that Hillary Clinton was like the disgraced band Milli Vanilli because she only gave ‘lip service’ to social justice policies. During a Monday interview on CNN’s New Day, West praised Sanders for supporting Jesse Jackson’s 1988 presidential bid, but he wasn’t as impressed with Clinton’s political pedigree. ‘Sister Hillary Clinton is the Milli Vanilli of American politics,’ West charged. ‘She lip-syncs, she gives lip service. But when it comes to policy, who supported the crime bill? Who supported, not just the deregulating of banks, but also pulled the rug from under welfare?’ West also pointed out that ‘corporate media’ have not taken Sanders’ campaign seriously.” (02/22/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/02/cornel-west-sister-hillary-clinton-is-the-milli-vanilli-of-american-politics

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13) Egypt: Four-year-old sentenced to life for murder was error, says military
Source: Indianapolis Post

“In a bizarre ruling, an Egyptian court last week sentenced a four-year-old boy to life in prison after he was convicted of killing four people, nearly killing eight more and vandalizing government property. And the mistake was admitted Monday after military spokesman Colonel Mohammed Samir said the court should have instead sentenced a 16-year-old who shared the name with the convicted toddler, Ahmed Mansour Qurani Ali.” (02/24/16)

http://www.indianapolispost.com/index.php/sid/241578611

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14) Plastic in Snickers bar prompts Mars recall in 55 countries
Source: Reuters

“Mars Inc has recalled chocolate bars and other products in 55 countries, mainly in Europe, due to choking risk after a piece of plastic was found in a Snickers bar in Germany. All of the recalled products, which include Mars, Snickers and Milky Way bars, were manufactured at a Dutch factory in Veghel, a Mars spokeswoman said on Tuesday. They were sold in European countries including Germany, France and Britain, and in certain countries in Asia. The recall, in effect since Monday, follows a Jan. 8 complaint from a consumer in Germany, she said, who found red plastic in a Snickers bar and sent it back to the company.” (02/23/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mars-germany-recall-idUSKCN0VW1UD

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15) IRS gang returns NC man’s entire stolen life savings
Source: Institute for Justice

“It is a major victory for the individual against the seemingly all-powerful IRS. In a single-page letter, sent this morning by fax, the IRS agreed to return a North Carolina convenience store owner’s entire life savings. The IRS seized $153,907.99 from Ken Quran in June 2014, without any warning or meaningful prior investigation, simply because he repeatedly withdrew cash from his bank in amounts under $10,000.” (02/19/16)

http://ij.org/press-release/victory-over-the-irs-irs-returns-n-c-mans-entire-life-savings-after-seizing-it-through-civil-forfeiture/

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16) Mars in three days? NASA touts new propulsion system
Source: Fox 5 DC

“With all the talk of one day launching a human mission to Mars, it still would take upwards of six months to reach the Red Planet. But NASA researchers are working on new laser technology that could allow a craft to reach Mars in as little as three days. Known as photonic propulsion, the system would works [sic] by using lasers to propel a giant sail. Rather than photons from the Sun’s rays, the system would get a boost from Earth-based lasers, according to ScienceAlert.” (02/22/16)

http://www.fox5dc.com/news/95327783-story

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17) NC: Charlotte passes transgender protections; state may try to override
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“The city of Charlotte, N.C., leapt to the forefront of a national debate on LGBT rights on Monday with the passing of a law granting transgender people the right [sic] to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity. … North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has previously said that considers the provision allowing transgender people to select which bathroom they use to be a threat to public safety and has warned lawmakers that the state could step in to negate the vote.” (02/23/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2016/0223/Charlotte-N.C.-passes-transgender-rights-bill-Will-state-let-it-stand

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18) Iraq: Kurdish special forces rescue Swedish girl from Islamic State
Source: Reuters

“A teenage Swedish girl being held by Islamic State militants in Iraq was rescued in a raid by Kurdish special forces last week, the autonomous region’s security council said in a statement on Tuesday. The 16-year-old traveled from Sweden to Syria last year and later crossed into Iraq, where she was rescued near the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul on Feb. 17 by forces from the Kurdish counter terrorism department, the statement said. The Kurdish security council identified the rescued teenager as coming from the Swedish town of Boras and said she had been ‘misled’ into making the journey to Syria by an Islamic State member in Sweden.” (02/23/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamicstate-hostage-idUSKCN0VW18J

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19) UT: Senate OKs broad medical marijuana plan
Source: KUTV 2 News

“Utah Senators have given preliminary approval of a medical marijuana proposal that would legalize edible, vapor and topical pot products. Senators voted 15-13 Monday to advance the bill. Republican Sen. Mark Madsen of Eagle Mountain sponsors the measure and says it will help those with certain chronic conditions who have not found relief through other medications.” (02/23/16)

http://kutv.com/news/local/1-of-2-medical-marijuana-bills-passes-senate-on-to-house-of-representatives

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20) TN: Haslam takes issue with lawmakers ordering frivolous refugee lawsuit
Source: Washington Times

“Gov. Bill Haslam is taking issue with a move by fellow Republicans in the Legislature to order the state attorney to sue the federal government over the refugee resettlement program in Tennessee. … Haslam said that processing can take between 18 months and three years, and that people trying to do harm to Americans aren’t coming into the country under that process.” [editor’s note: The whole point of the lawsuit, which has zero merit, is to lock up the xenophobe vote – TLK] (02/23/16)

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/feb/23/haslam-takes-issue-with-lawmakers-ordering-refugee/

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

21) Is tribalism the worst idea in history?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Barry Brownstein

“Tribalism is the belief in the supremacy of one’s group identity over the rights of individual human beings. Tribal identity fosters negative feelings, even hatred, toward those outside the tribe. Prejudices are reinforced while commerce and contact with those outside of the tribe are minimized. Tribal societies tend to be closed societies. Tribalism is a failed system that has brought poverty, misery, and destruction to the world.” (02/23/16)

https://fee.org/articles/is-tribalism-the-worst-idea-in-history/

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22) #FreeStacy: Twitter meets the Sarkeesian Method and the Streisand Effect
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“[Robert Stacy] McCain is not small beans in the twittersphere: Prior to his account suspension he had amassed more than 90,000 followers, many of whom hung on his every word. Agree with his opinions or not (I usually don’t — his career has been an exercise in continual rotation between race-baiting, gay-bashing and tormenting feminists like Anita Sarkeesian), he’s an engaging and entertaining guy. Twitter’s business model often seems sketchy to outside observers, but there’s no doubt that it relies on one thing above all: Keeping big chunks of its 650 million users active and engaged with other users. When the accounts of popular, prolific users with lots of followers suddenly and inexplicably disappear, eyebrows go up. And McCain is not alone.” (02/23/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4830

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23) Iowa Governor Branstad: Political bribery at its finest
Source: Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

“It doesn’t take a linguist to translate Branstad’s Public-Speak into Backroom Political Speak: ‘Don’t vote for Cruz because he won’t be digging his paw deep into the federal treasury honey pot and pulling out big fat gobs of taxpayer-funded subsidizes for the people in Iowa who own me: Big Ethanol, Big Biofuel, Big Wind Energy, Big Ag.’ He might as well have been saying ‘Bribe me with federal money and I’ll support you!’ The same article, after all, reports that Donald Trump has been ‘hitting Cruz hard for his opposition to ethanol subsidies,’ explaining why the Iowan Insider tax-grabbing Governor loves Trump so much.” (02/23/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/iowa-governor-branstad-political-bribery-at-its-finest

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24) Ted Cruz’s assault on the citizenship rights of Americans
Source: Reason
by Shikha Dalmia

“After his third-place finish in New Hampshire, GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz is trying to reinvent himself as a civil libertarian in a bid for Sen. Rand Paul’s supporters. Paul’s supporters should be very wary. If Cruz’s extreme anti-gay and anti-immigration tirades don’t give them pause already, the Expatriate Terrorist Act, Cruz’s unconstitutional brainchild, which Sen. Paul refuses to support, certainly should.” (02/23/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/02/23/ted-cruzs-assault-on-the-citizenship-rig

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25) Privacy is a right, not a luxury — and it’s increasingly at risk for LGBT people
Source: OpEdNews
by Chelsea Manning

“The US government’s effort to force Apple to build a novel ‘back door’ to a single phone could lead to all of our encrypted data on virtually all of our mobile devices and personal computers being compromised by nefarious adversaries seeking to cause us harm, as many have rightly noted before me. But for queer and transgender people who, as I once did, rely on device encryption to allow us to lead our private lives without legal consequences, the potential repercussions of the government’s efforts to eliminate that encryption are utterly chilling. And even if Apple prevails in court this time, lawmakers across the US and throughout the world are now considering laws that would require that all companies build back doors into all of our devices by default.” (02/23/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Privacy-is-a-right-not-a-by-Chelsea-formerly-Apple-Ceo-Tim-Cook_Lgbt-Rights_Privacy_Rights-160222-308.html

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26) Annan speaks out, “The war on drugs is a war on people” — legalize It all
Source: The Free Thought Project
by Justin Gardner

“In the age of instant information transfer and social media, something as illogical and ludicrous as the War on Drugs cannot be sustained. Government prohibition of psychoactive substances triggers the unrealistic drive to ‘eradicate’ their presence and just ends up being a war on people.” (02/23/16)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/kofi-annan-writes-essay-calling-legalize-drugs-war-drugs-war-people/

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27) “Law” as a Jedi mind trick
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“About half the time it is used, possibly more, the word ‘law’ is nothing more than a Jedi mind trick. There is nothing noble, righteous, or even ‘conservative’ about it. It’s a way for you to be abused via ignorance and inertia. We’ve all seen this trick in action, of course. It’s very common. And, sadly, more or less all of us have fallen (or rather, were pushed) into it at some point. That complicates things because people generally don’t like to admit their errors.” (02/23/16)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/law-jedi-mind-trick

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28) Why evangelicals are flocking to Donald Trump
Source: In These Times
by Theo Anderson

“The vacuum of meaning is filled by religious and political prophets who know precisely what it all means, where the problem lies, who betrayed us and how to get to Heaven. The current GOP race for the presidential nomination poses this great puzzle. A party whose base consists of white evangelical Christians is enamored of Donald Trump, the Republican candidate most out of step with evangelicals on social issues and the most tin-eared regarding religion. Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, recently warned that a Trump presidency would jeopardize ‘the three primary goals of religious conservatives: protecting religious liberty, and opposing abortion rights and same-sex marriage.’ Trump, a Presbyterian who was once pro-choice and a frequent attendee of gay weddings, claims now to oppose abortion and same-sex marriage, but gives little time to either issue.” (02/23/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18902/donald-trump-evangelicals

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29) Amicus brief: Should the NSA be immune to ALL legal challenges?
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka and Perry Willis

“We have another strategic opportunity to file an amicus brief in a crucial case — Wikimedia v. NSA. It is being considered by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. We almost passed on this case because we (both staff and supporters) are overwhelmed. A lot has already happened in this young year. But we just couldn’t let this one go. We had to try. Wikimedia v. NSA builds on work into which DC Downsizers have already invested.” (02/23/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/amicus-brief-should-the-nsa-be-immune-to-all-legal-challenges

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30) Clinton, Sanders miss the point on student debt
Source: USA Today
by James KA Smith

“Chance encounters with former students are often serendipitous shots of joy. Hearing the stories of their journeys, you take some pride in having helped them launch and watch with admiration as they sail toward new horizons. Increasingly, however, my encounters with former students meet them in the doldrums of their twenties, eking out a temp-job existence in a stagnant economy. And like the ‘copper sky’ oppressing Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s ‘ancient mariner,’ weighing down on their stagnation is a burden of debilitating debt, a veritable albatross hung around their necks — a past that prevents them from taking risks in the future. So it is easy to understand their enthusiasm for presidential candidates who come with a promise of liberating them from that debt, no matter how unsustainable those promises might be.” (02/23/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/02/23/college-costs-student-loan-debt-sanders-clinton-voters-column/80776494

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31) Hillary’s paranoid identity politics
Source: National Review
by Thomas Sowell

“Her basic pitch to black voters is that they have all sorts of enemies, and that blacks need her to protect them, which she is ready to do if they vote for her. In short, Hillary’s political fate depends on spreading fear and, if possible, paranoia. Similar attempts to get the votes of women are based on conjuring up enemies who are waging a ‘war on women,’ with Hillary again cast in the role of someone ready to come to their rescue, if they will give her their votes. In both cases, rhetoric and repetition take the place of hard evidence.” (02/23/16)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/431737/hillary-clinton-presidential-campaign-identity-politics-paranoia

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32) Trump and the Megyn Kelly effect
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“During a CNN town hall last week, Donald Trump offered up that he probably works too hard and if he had worked ‘a little bit less,’ he ‘probably wouldn’t have had two marriages that didn’t work out.’ Moderator Anderson Cooper then thanked Trump for participating in the event, and the last town hall before South Carolina Republicans hit voting booths was over. … I understand CNN’s rationale for staging one-on-one interviews in lieu of a debate to give the public a peek at the more personal side of each GOP hopeful. As a journalist, I appreciate the delicate balancing act of trying to ask probing questions without being so confrontational that you become part of the story. But Cooper shouldn’t have let Trump turn his airtime into an infomercial.” (02/23/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/02/23/trump-and-the-megyn-kelly-effect-n2123376

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33) Obama’s Russian rational for $1 trillion nuke plan signals news arms race
Source: The Intercept
by Alex Emmons

“The Obama administration has historically insisted that its massive $1 trillion nuclear-weapons modernization program does not represent a return to Cold-War era nuclear rivalry between Russia and the United States. … But President Obama’s defense budget request for 2017 includes language that makes it clear that nuclear ‘modernization’ really is about Russia after all.” (02/23/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/02/23/obamas-new-rationale-for-1-trillion-nuclear-program-augurs-a-new-arms-race-with-russia/

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34) The GOP has a Max Max problem
Source: Mother Jones
by David Corn

“For the politerati, the 2016 presidential campaign’s No. 1 metaphor — and it has already become a cliche — is the highway lane. Pundits, political operatives, and other observers (perhaps including your aunt) have droned on about which GOP candidate inhabits which lane. There’s been talk of a tea party lane, an Establishment lane, a social conservative lane, a populist lane, and so on. Now that the first three contests of the season have occurred, it’s becoming clear that there are, at most, three lanes, and, in what might be bad news for Republicans, those lanes might not merge anytime soon. In fact, there may be concrete barriers between each of them, and that increases the odds of a big, chaotic crash at the point where these lanes must converge.” (02/23/16)

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/02/trump-rubio-cruz-Republican-lanes-problem

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35) Why do we pretend SCOTUS justices are anything but political officials?
Source: The New Republic
by Eric Segall

“Despite an avalanche of commentary in the popular press, social media, academics circles, and cable news shows on the implications of Scalia’s death, few are willing to say out loud what should now be patently obvious: We are not replacing a judge bound in any real sense by the law but an important political official who happens to sit in a courtroom. This person makes decisions not based strictly on legal interpretations but on his values writ large.” (02/22/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/130280/pretend-supreme-court-justices-anything-political-officials

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36) Why the Bush dynasty fell
Source: The American Spectator
by Jeffrey Lord

“Earth to GOP Establishment: Do you get it yet? Jeb Bush has suspended his campaign. And I will say it: Governor Bush is a good and decent man. He fought hard. In this corner I salute him and wish him well. But if nothing else, the Jeb Bush defeat is a very big moment in the modern history of the GOP. The Fall of the House of Bush (as various headlines would have it) is precisely a reminder of the difference between Reaganites and Bushies. Or, as it were, the conservative base and the GOP Establishment.” (02/23/16)

http://spectator.org/articles/65551/why-bush-dynasty-fell

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37) The problem with Thomas Piketty
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“Perhaps more accurately, we should say one of the problems with the work of Thomas Piketty.” (02/23/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/economics/the-problem-with-thomas-piketty/

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38) Isaac Herzog: The man with small answers
Source: The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg

“Isaac Herzog, the nominal and ineffectual leader of the Israeli opposition, has found what he believes to be a platform for challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: despair of reaching a two-state agreement in the foreseeable future. The main lesson of this exercise is that despair is not an inspiring political message. But then, Herzog has never been accused of being an inspiring politician. Despair does not provide a reason to act; it is an excuse for failing to do so. The danger of Herzog’s despair isn’t just that it will provide the current Israeli government with one more PR argument for inaction, but that it will also fuel the sense in other capitals that there’s nothing to be done about the Israeli-Palestinian problem and therefore no reason to try.” (02/22/16)

http://prospect.org/article/isaac-herzog-man-small-answers

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39) Heartland Daily Podcast, 02/23/16
Source: Heartland Institute

“In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Tom Harris, Executive Director of the International Climate Science Coalition, joins H. Sterling Burnett to talk about his fear that America is committing economic suicide in response to the threat of global warming.” [various formats] (02/23/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/02/heartland-daily-podcast-tom-harris-americas-response-to-global-warming-is-economic-suicide/

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40) Unauthorized video: Edward Snowden speaks at NH Liberty Forum
Source: Free Keene
by Garret Ean

“In the approximately fifty minutes that Snowden was linked into the room, he was interviewed by Reason’s Nick Gillespie on a variety of topics from Snowden’s perspective on current events, the United States presidential race, ideological inspirations, and potential paths for the future. Strangely, an announcement was made before the event requesting that all unofficial filming be suspended. In the interests of objective journalism, I ensured that an audio device was running for the duration of the event, which resulted in poor audio quality compared to what could have been captured without the restriction. Illustrated with images captured by multiple sources from the event, enjoy this presentation of Edward Snowden’s appearance before the audience of the 2016 NH Liberty Forum.” [Flash video] (02/22/16)

http://freekeene.com/2016/02/22/video-edward-snowden-speaks-at-nh-liberty-forum/

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41) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 49: Sterlin Lujan and psychologic anarchism
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy this recent episode of the Seeds of Liberty Podcast. This week we were joined by Sterlin Lujan, the man behind Psychologic-Anarchist.com. Herein we discussed the beginnings of the site, Breaking down cognitive dissonance through anarchist thought, conquering fear, counselors prescribing principles, psyche-ache, prescribing drug cocktails for young boys, how mental illnesses are voted upon and not discovered, chemical imbalance theory, non-maleficence, confirming people’s drug schizophrenia, choice therapy, and more!” [various formats] (02/23/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/seeds-of-liberty-podcast-episode-49-sterlin-lujan-and-psychologic-anarchism/

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42) Busting the Feds on “An Economy of One”
Source: JimBovard.com

“Gary Rathbun, the host of An Economy of One, and I had fun on his Radio America program last Thursday discussing my Mises Institute article on how dependency destroys democracy. Obama’s food stamp recruiting campaigns took a shellacking. Thanks to producer Katie Hileman for setting up the interview and putting together the YouTube video.” [Flash video] (02/22/16)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2016/02/22/youtube-busting-the-feds-on-an-economy-of-one/

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43) The Sanders “economic plan” controversy
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he wants the American people to join him and ‘fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all.’ His website outlines a number of proposals toward this end, including increasing taxation of corporations and the wealthy and using the money to repair the country’s infrastructure, extending public education four years to cover college, extending Medicare to everyone, expanding Social Security and addressing climate change.” (02/23/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160223/the-sanders-economic-plan-controversy

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44) Apple vs. the FBI: Three reasons to side with Apple
Source: Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe

“When the story about the FBI wanting Apple to provide it with software to unlock the phone of the San Bernardino killers came out, I considered blogging about it but decided against it. The case was too clearly in Apple’s favor, I thought. Nobody would side with the government. But now I see that popular opinion leans toward the government. Perhaps I should say a few words in support of Apple.” (02/23/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/02/23/apple-vs-the-fbi-three-reasons-to-side-with-apple/

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45) The bad and the ugly
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox

“I suppose that everyone who has been chained to a sofa and forced to watch the presidential ‘race’ (which is actually a horrible, slow crawl, relieved only by an occasional fall off a cliff) has compiled a mental list of the best, better, worse, and worst verbal performers. Here’s my list.” (02/22/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1522

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46) Gary Johnson: The only candidate that can protect your retirement
Source: Wealth Daily
by Geoffrey Pike

“The presidential race is in full swing and different interest groups are going for different candidates. The presidential race probably doesn’t matter nearly as much as people think because the federal budget is mostly set. If you add up all military spending, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and interest on the debt, it makes up over 80% of the entire budget. All of the many other departments and alphabet agencies get to fight over the remaining 20% or less.” (02/22/16)

http://www.wealthdaily.com/articles/gary-johnson-the-only-candidate-that-can-protect-your-retirement/8043

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47) Debtors’ prison in 21st-century America
Source: The Atlantic
by Whitney Benns and Blake Strode

“Historically, the phrase debtors’ prison refers to any detention facility in which people are incarcerated for their failure to pay a debt. Today, the ‘debts’ that lead to incarceration take the form of monetary penalties established and enforced by municipal courts. For many people throughout the St. Louis region, the nightmare of debtors’ prison is a recurring one: Each time a payment or court date is missed, the court issues another warrant, and the individual is subject to arrest, jail, and additional fines and court fees. Despite prior attempts on the federal level and across the country to prevent the profound injustice of locking people in cages because they are too poor to pay a debt, the practice persists every day.” (02/23/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/02/debtors-prison/462378/

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48) Barbed wire, canned food and generals who should have been shot at dawn
Source: CounterPunch
by Clancy Sigal

“In 1916 at the French fort of Verdun in 303 days of the longest battle ever fought in history 750,000 French and German men died, were wounded or simply were pulverised to tiny bits by shelling from cannon as far away as 17 miles. (The drones of their time.) Not far away on the Somme a million British, French and German soon-to-be-dead men likewise were sent into suicidal hails of machinegun fire by heartless and stupid generals mentally living in yesteryear’s war. The point was not to win or lose but as the German commander boasted, ‘to drain the life blood’ of the enemy. Industrial death was made possible by a new technology, barbed wire, long guns, and canned food.” (02/23/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/23/barbed-wire-canned-food-and-generals-who-should-have-been-shot-at-dawn/

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49) Turkey’s convenient war
Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

“The recent carnage in Ankara comes at a good time for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan has been demanding that the United States and other NATO allies support him in his war against the Kurds of Syria, who are, incidentally, regarded as allies by Washington in the war against ISIS. The Turks have been bombarding Kurdish positions and staging special ops raids, warning the Kurds against the dangers of becoming too successful in their drive to occupy territory vacated by a retreating ISIS. Erdogan has been fulminating constantly about how the Kurds are all terrorists and therefore the real enemy, along the way insisting angrily that the United States join him in that assessment.” (02/23/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/turkeys-convenient-war/

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50) Central banks should stop paying interest on reserves
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Brendan Brown

“In 2008, the Federal Reserve began paying interest on reserve balances held on deposit at the Fed. It took more than seven decades from the US leaving the gold standard — in 1933 — for the fiat regime to do this and thus revoke a cardinal element of the old gold-based monetary system: the non-payment of any interest on base money. The academic catalyst to this change came from Milton Friedman’s essay ‘The Optimum Quantity of Money’ where he argued that the opportunity cost of paper money (any foregoing of interest compared to on alternative money-like instruments such as savings deposits) should be equal to its virtually-zero marginal cost of production.” (02/23/16)

https://mises.org/library/central-banks-should-stop-paying-interest-reserves

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51) Zetabytes and zombies
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The NSA measures its operations in zetabytes. And in the acreage of its Maryland and Utah sprawls. The idea is that the NSA protects us. But notice that government, collecting all that information, and in trying to beat back malicious and sportive hacker attacks from around the world, treats computer companies antagonistically. And it doesn’t provide us, individually, with help on our personal cyber-security: we have to pay for our own cyber-security. When some thief (local or overseas) steals a digital identity and grabs a netizen’s wealth and credit, of what help is government?” (02/23/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/02/23/zetabytes-and-zombies/

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52) You want freedom of movement? Then fight for it
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“spiked wants immigration to be as liberal and as free as possible. Long before the migrant crisis, we made the case for all people — whether they’re within Fortress Europe or without — to have the freedom to flourish wherever they please. But if we want to open the borders, we need to win the argument first. Rather than treating the masses as thick-headed racists, and migrants as a flesh-bound battering ram to progress, we need to make the case for freedom, and how it enhances all of our lives.” (02/23/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/you-want-freedom-of-movement-then-fight-for-it

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53) Electoral distraction and media dysfunction
Source: Antiwar.com
by Dan Sanchez

“America’s moral compass was performing surprisingly well until a few months ago. Citizen journalism and social media were driving the news cycle and framing the narratives. The mainstream media can try to spin atrocity, but they can’t completely control the stories that emerge from war zones and urban occupations, much less how the public conscience responds to those stories. This is especially true now that every individual with a smartphone is potential photojournalist, and any affecting image or alternative news story can go viral through social media. The recent movement against predatory police was not part of the program.” (02/23/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/dan_sanchez/2016/02/22/electoral-distraction-media-dysfunction/

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54) Carl Menger and the foundations of Austrian economics
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“Today is Austrian economist, Carl Menger’s, birthday. Born on February 23, 1840, he died on February 26, 1921, at the age of 81. Menger is most well known as one of the first formulators of the theory of marginal utility, separately though in published form almost simultaneously, with William Stanley Jevons and Leon Walras in the early 1870s. But this work also marked the beginning of a uniquely distinct ‘Austrian School of Economics’ based on the theory of subjective value, of which he became viewed as the ‘founding father.'” (02/23/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/carl-menger-and-the-foundations-of-austrian-economics/

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55) Free Talk Live, 02/22/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Free Keene Blogger Garret Ean Posts Unauthorized Video of Edward Snowden Interview from Liberty Forum, Causing Uproar of Controversy :: Requests vs Requirements :: Did Snowden want to vet the video first? Why the restrictions? :: Irony :: Journalism and Trust :: Defending the FSP :: Security in Room :: Garret Ean, Accountability Activist and Journalist :: Did Garret Wiretap? :: Explict Rules vs Polite Request :: Do Property Rights Negate Your Right to Record? :: Did Snowden really not want recording? :: Lack of Respect? :: JJ, the Official Videographer, Calls In.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/22/16)

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