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Volume XVI, Issue #3,924
Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
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In the News:

1) North Korea: Kim Jong Un meets envoys from South Korea over dinner
2) Former Trump aide Nunberg makes U-turn over Mueller subpoena
3) Syria: Regime lets aid reach Ghouta but blocks medical supplies, presses assault
4) Report: Strzok knew of possible breach into Clinton’s server but didn’t follow up
5) UK: Former Russian spy in critical condition
6) Trump, Ryan face off in rare public GOP clash over tariffs
7) Watchdog group: Pro-Jones super PAC in Alabama broke the law with secret donors
8) KY: Louisville is epicenter for more than 100 cases of hepatitis A
9) Judge orders Shkreli to give up $7.36 million
10) Federal prison workers hope “three billboards” will help them fight Trump’s budget cuts
11) MS: Cochran resigning April 1 amid health challenges
12) Jeff Sessions gets smoked with rolling papers that support pot legalization
13) Turkey: Regime detains four Islamic State suspects in probe of US embassy threat
14) CA: San Francisco will remove pioneer statue some call racist
15) Scientist: NASA is hiding evidence of soft-bodied aliens on Mars
16) Iceland: Police hunt for hundreds of stolen Bitcoin miners
17) US regime orders Qualcomm to delay its board meeting as it looks into Broadcom’s massive takeover bid
18) China: Regime boosts military budget to around 1/4th that of US
19) Islamic State video shows deadly ambush on American soldiers in Niger
20) Mueller’s leaked “hit list” may indicate he’s treating Trump’s team like a “criminal enterprise”

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) “Donny from Queens, you’re on the air”
22) Rural California wants a divorce from rich California
23) We should listen to the Iraqi parliament
24) E-Verify not worth the price to Americans
25) Does the Excessive Fines Clause apply to the states?
26) Against fake civility
27) Trump’s tariff destroys liberty and prosperity
28) Things I have learned about gun control
29) Economics was invented to refute Trump’s tariff arguments
30) There’s nothing to fear about modest banking reform
31) Trade wars will hurt, not help, US security
32) Quantum Vibe, 03/05/18
33) “Corporations are people” is built on an incredible 19th-century lie
34) Trump’s chaos is becoming America’s chaos
35) “We’ll injure ourselves if you injure yourself!”
36) The Constitution’s “poetic” preamble
37) An economic Bill of Rights [sic] for the 21st Century
38) Why we need a smart balanced budget rule
39) Flippy the burger-flipping robot just flipped off minimum wage hikes
40) Secret surveillance and the legacy of torture have paralyzed the USS Cole bombing trial at Guantanamo
41) It’s never been about the Second Amendment, just corporate profits
42) Does president Trump really care about the US?
43) Open letter to the student activists of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
44) The $1.5 billion campaign to whitewash genocide in Yemen
45) Quad: The way ahead and the key challenges
46) The new Cold War is here
47) Jokesters in power
48) The A word
49) Trump’s protectionist follies threaten a trade war
50) Imagine not knowing who the president is

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Cato Daily Podcast, 03/05/18
52) Editor’s Break, episode 63
53) The Bob Zadek Show, 03/04/18
54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 03/05/18
55) One Free Family, episode 7
56) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 163
57) Introducing the Constitutional Canon video series
58) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 337
59) Free Talk Live, 03/04/18
60) The Anarchist Experience, episode 154

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

1) North Korea: Kim Jong Un meets envoys from South Korea over dinner
Source: JoongAng Ilbo [South Korea]

“President Moon Jae-in’s special envoys met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang on Monday, the Blue House said. A 10-member delegation left for North Korea in the afternoon on a mission to persuade the Kim Jong-un regime to join denuclearization negotiations of some sort. Starting at 6 p.m., Kim hosted a dinner for the delegation headed by Chung Eui-yong, the special envoy of Moon, according to Kim Eui-kyeom, presidential spokesman. The delegation was welcomed at the airport in Pyongyang by top North Korean officials including Ri Son-gwon, chairman of the Committee of the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, the spokesman said.” (03/05/18)

http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3045215

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2) Former Trump aide Nunberg makes U-turn over Mueller subpoena
Source: The Times [UK]

“A former aide to Donald Trump insisted last night that he would refuse to appear before the inquiry into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Sam Nunberg, who worked on President Trump’s campaign, challenged investigators to arrest him as he made a series of defiant media appearances in which he said he would not comply with an order to hand over thousands of emails to the investigation led by Robert Mueller, the special counsel. Later, however, he appeared to change his stance, telling the Associated Press: ‘I’m going to end up co-operating with them.’” (03/06/18)

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/former-trump-aide-sam-nunberg-makes-u-turn-over-russia-inquiry-sg0r5c78j

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3) Syria: Regime lets aid reach Ghouta but blocks medical supplies, presses assault
Source: US News & World Report

“Aid trucks reached Syria’s eastern Ghouta region on Monday for the first time since the start of one of the war’s deadliest assaults, but the government stripped some medical supplies from the convoy and pressed on with its air and ground assault. The Russian-backed Syrian army has captured more than a third of the eastern Ghouta in recent days, threatening to slice the last major rebel-held area near the capital in two, despite Western accusations of violating a ceasefire. … A World Health Organization official said the government had ordered 70 percent of medical supplies to be stripped out of the convoy, preventing trauma kits, surgical kits, insulin and other vital material from reaching the area. The International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed some medical equipment had been blocked but gave no details.” (03/05/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-03-05/first-aid-convoys-reach-syrias-ghouta-stripped-of-medical-supplies

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4) Report: Strzok knew of possible breach into Clinton’s server but didn’t follow up
Source: Fox News

“During the final months of the Clinton email investigation, FBI agent Peter Strzok was advised of an irregularity in the metadata of Hillary Clinton’s server that suggested a possible breach, but there was no significant follow up, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter. Sources told Fox News that Strzok, who sent anti-Trump text messages that got him removed from the ongoing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, was told about the metadata anomaly in 2016, but Strzok did not support a formal damage assessment. One source said: ‘Nothing happened.’ Fox News is told the Justice Department Inspector General, Michael E. Horowitz, is aware of the allegations. According to intelligence community directive 732, damage assessments are done ‘in response to unauthorized disclosure or compromise of classified national intelligence.’ Intelligence beyond top secret was identified on the Clinton server. As secretary of state, Clinton chose to [illegally] use a private, non-secure server for government business.” (03/05/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/03/05/fbi-agent-peter-strzok-was-told-possible-breach-into-clintons-server-but-didnt-follow-up-sources-say.html

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5) UK: Former Russian spy in critical condition
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“British media reported Monday that a former Russian spy was in critical condition after coming into contact with an ‘unknown substance,’ a case that immediately drew parallels to the poisoning of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko. National and local authorities said only that a man and a woman were found unconscious Sunday afternoon on a bench in a shopping mall in Salisbury, an English city about 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of London. British media identified him as Sergei Skripal, 66, who was convicted in Russia on charges of spying for Britain and sentenced in 2006 to 13 years in prison. Skripal was freed in 2010 as part of a U.S.-Russian spy swap. Wiltshire Police, which is responsible for the Salisbury area, gave the approximate ages of the unconscious pair and said they appeared to know one another and ‘did not have any visible injuries.’” (03/05/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/British-media-say-former-Russian-spy-in-critical-12729053.php

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6) Trump, Ryan face off in rare public GOP clash over tariffs
Source: WTOP News

“In a remarkably public confrontation, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican allies of President Donald Trump pleaded with him Monday to back away from his threatened international tariffs, which they fear could spark a dangerous trade war. Trump retorted: ‘We’re not backing down.’ … Trump spoke shortly after a spokeswoman for Ryan, a Trump ally, said the GOP leader was ‘extremely worried’ that the proposed tariffs would set off a trade war and urged the White House ‘to not advance with this plan.’ Likewise, Republican leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee circulated a letter opposing Trump’s plan, and GOP congressional leaders suggested they may attempt to prevent the tariffs if the president moves forward.” (03/05/18)

https://wtop.com/white-house/2018/03/trump-embracing-potential-for-trade-war/

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7) Watchdog group: Pro-Jones super PAC in Alabama broke the law with secret donors
Source: Fox News

“A super PAC that spent millions of dollars to support Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama’s Senate race was accused Monday of breaking campaign finance law by engaging in a ‘secrecy scheme,’ failing to disclose donors until after the election last December. A complaint against the Highway 31 political action committee was filed with the Federal Election Commission by the Washington D.C.-based nonpartisan watchdog group the Campaign Legal Center. The complaint alleged that the political action committee used lines of credit from vendors to avoid disclosing that it was backed by well-funded national Democratic groups. ‘Democrats talk the talk about supporting transparency in political money, but then national Democratic groups push aggressive new legal theories to undermine the transparency laws that are on the books,’ Brendan Fischer, a spokesman for the Campaign Legal Center, told Al.com. ‘Despite laws requiring that super PACs disclose their donors, Alabama voters went to the polls on Election Day without knowing who was backing Highway 31.’” (03/05/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/03/05/pro-doug-jones-super-pac-in-alabama-broke-law-with-secret-donors-watchdog-says.html

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8) KY: Louisville is epicenter for more than 100 cases of hepatitis A
Source: USA Today

“A hepatitis A outbreak has health officials vaccinating those at highest risk and scrambling to determine how the virus began to spread here. From November through Friday, Jefferson County has had 115 cases, said Dave Langdon, spokesman for the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Typically, four or fewer cases are reported in an entire year. ‘We don’t know the exact cause,’ Langdon said. One case is an employee at a Kroger store, which prompted the grocery chain to issue an alert Friday to shoppers who bought produce Feb. 4 to 28 at the Dixie Highway store in the Pleasure Ridge Park neighborhood, about 7 miles southeast of downtown. More than 5,700 people have been vaccinated across the city since the outbreak began, Langdon said.” (03/05/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/03/05/hepatitis-outbreak-kentucky/396225002

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9) Judge orders Shkreli to give up $7.36 million
Source: Reuters

“Former drug company executive Martin Shkreli may have to give up a Picasso and a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album, after a U.S. judge on Monday ordered him to forfeit $7.36 million following his conviction of defrauding investors. U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto in Brooklyn said the assets Shkreli could forfeit to satisfy the judgment also include $5 million in a brokerage account and his stake in Vyera Pharmaceuticals, one of the drug companies he founded. Shkreli is scheduled to be sentenced for securities fraud on Friday.” (03/05/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-crime-shkreli/u-s-judge-orders-ex-drug-executive-shkreli-to-give-up-7-36-million-idUSKBN1GH2RS

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10) Federal prison workers hope “three billboards” will help them fight Trump’s budget cuts
Source: USA Today

“If it worked for Hollywood, federal prison workers hope it works for them. Prison union officials are adopting the theme of the Oscar-winning movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in an effort to call attention to dramatic cuts, warning that staffers could die if authorities proceed with a plan to eliminate more than 6,000 positions. Set to appear as early as this week near the Bureau of Prisons’ largest complex outside Orlando, the three prison billboards are expected to depict the image of a coffin, along with the message: ‘Budget cuts lead to deaths in federal prisons.’ Not unlike the movie, in which a mother seeks to shame a local sheriff for his failure solve her daughter’s murder, union officials are trying to call attention to staffers’ plight inside the vast federal prison system.” (03/05/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/03/05/federal-prison-workers-hope-three-billboards-help-them-fight-trumps-budget-cuts/396107002

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11) MS: Cochran resigning April 1 amid health challenges
Source: Fox News

“Republican Sen. Thad Cochran announced Monday he will resign from his post on April 1, amid health challenges, after serving 40 years in the U.S. Senate. Cochran, R-Miss., who sits as the chairman of the influential Senate Appropriations Committee, said he would ‘formally retire’ following the completion of the 2018 appropriations cycle. ‘I regret my health has become an ongoing challenge,’ Cochran said in a statement. ‘I intent to fulfill my responsibilities and commitments to the people of Mississippi and the Senate through the completion of the 2018 appropriations cycle, after which I will formally retire from the U.S. Senate.’ Cochran was first elected to the Senate in 1978, becoming the first Republican in more than 100 years to win a statewide election in Mississippi. He is the tenth-longest serving senator in U.S. history. Prior to joining the Senate, Cochran served three terms in the House of Representatives.” [editor’s note: This “swamp draining” is getting easier by the day – SAT] [additional editor’s note: In order for it to get easier, it would have to be happening at all. No signs yet – TLK] (03/05/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/03/05/mississippi-gop-sen-thad-cochran-resigning-april-1-amid-health-challenge.html

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12) Jeff Sessions gets smoked with rolling papers that support pot legalization
Source: Smell the Truth

“Jeff Sessions'[s] weed-hating face will now help fund efforts to legalize cannabis. An advocacy group has released a line of rolling papers branded with a picture of the attorney general smoking a joint, reports Newsweek. The papers are sold online as a novelty brand called General Jeff’s Old Rebel Session Papers and features a cartoon depiction of a fully-lit Sessions. A portion of each of the $5 packs will be donated to the Drug Policy Alliance. ‘We’re not criminals, junkies or idiots,’ their website reads. ‘Regular Jeffs all over the country — good, responsible, patriotic Americans — have a sesh now and then … and it’s OK!’ Sessions reversed an Obama-era memo protecting state legalized marijuana programs from federal interference in January. His anti-pot stance has been documented for over 20 years.” [editor’s note: I think I’m long overdue for a Jeff session, but i still want to put the elf back on the shelf – SAT] (03/04/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/03/05/jeff-sessions-gets-smoked-with-rolling-papers-that-support-pot-legalization

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13) Turkey: Regime detains four Islamic State suspects in probe of US embassy threat
Source: Boston Herald

“Turkish police detained four Islamic State suspects as part of an investigation into a possible attack on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the country’s state-run news agency reported on Monday. The arrests came as the embassy was closed on Monday over an unspecified security threat. The Anadolu Agency said police detained four Iraqi nationals in connection with the threat against the embassy.” (03/05/18)

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/international/2018/03/turkey_detains_4_is_suspects_in_probe_of_us_embassy_threat

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14) CA: San Francisco will remove pioneer statue some call racist
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“San Francisco’s arts commission voted to remove a 19th century statue that some say is degrading to Native Americans, joining a growing list of cities that have chosen to ban historic markers that nod to controversial figures. After Monday’s unanimous vote, advocates for removal who were in the audience clapped. Critics of removal say the public shouldn’t erase what happened, even if the history is ugly. The ‘Early Days’ sculpture depicts a Native American at the feet of a Spanish cowboy and Catholic missionary. It is part of the Pioneer Monument cluster near City Hall that depicts the founding of California. Native Americans and others say the depiction is demeaning and racist.” (03/05/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/San-Francisco-considers-removing-statue-some-call-12729661.php

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15) Scientist: NASA is hiding evidence of soft-bodied aliens on Mars
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“Evidence of life on Mars is being covered up by Nasa, according to a researcher Barry DiGregorio at a Buckingham University. The agency’s space explorer, the Curiosity rover, has snapped what may be trace fossils created by soft-bodied creatures on the red planet, he says. An upcoming ‘bombshell’ report will reveal how Nasa is aware of the find and has chosen to keep it hidden from the public, the scientist claims. The controversial scientist believes the space agency could be ignoring the find because of its plans for a manned mission in the 2030s, when astronauts will explore Mars in more depth. However, according to Nasa, the shapes captured in images from Mars are simply rock crystals that are currently undergoing analysis.” (03/05/18)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5462711/Nasa-cover-life-Mars.html

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16) Iceland: Police hunt for hundreds of stolen Bitcoin miners
Source: CoinDesk

“The theft of hundreds of cryptocurrency miners in Iceland has led to a series of arrests amid an ongoing investigation. The Associated Press reports that as many as 600 miners — which have yet to be recovered — were stolen during four separate incidents in December and January. Eleven people, including a security worker, have been arrested in connection with the investigation into what has been called the ‘Big Bitcoin Heist.’” (03/05/18)

https://www.coindesk.com/icelandic-police-hunting-hundreds-bitcoin-miners/

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17) US regime orders Qualcomm to delay its board meeting as it looks into Broadcom’s massive takeover bid
Source: CNBC

“A U.S. national security panel on Sunday ordered Monday Qualcomm to put off its March 6 annual shareholder meeting, delaying a long-awaited showdown in the company’s attempt to see off a takeover bid by Broadcom. Separately, Broadcom said the decision was the result of secret moves made by Qualcomm on Jan. 29 to encourage an investigation into the proposed $117 billion buyout offer. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which has the power to stop deals that could harm national security, asked [sic] Qualcomm to postpone the annual meeting and election of directors by 30 days.” (03/05/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/05/qualcomm-secretly-asked-a-us-security-panel-to-probe-its-117b-buyout-offer-delaying-its-shareholder-meeting-broadcom-claims.html

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18) China: Regime boosts military budget to around 1/4th that of US
Source: Washington Post

“China’s government said defense spending would rise by 8.1 percent this year, outpacing economic growth and its biggest increase in three years, even as it insists it is no threat to other countries. President Xi Jinping is attempting to modernize China’s armed forces, vowing to turn them into a ‘world-class force’ that is capable of fighting and winning wars. Defense spending is still about a quarter of U.S. levels, but nevertheless its long-term growth, combined with a more assertive enforcement of China’s territorial claims, has rattled some of China’s neighbors. … In its National Defense Strategy issued at the end of last year, the Pentagon accused China — and Russia — of [acting like the US].” (03/05/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/china-boosts-defense-budget-seeking-world-class-military-but-tells-neighbors-not-to-worry/2018/03/05/17a27efb-2a9d-4508-a06e-f3129bd1ea45_story.html

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19) Islamic State video shows deadly ambush on American soldiers in Niger
Source: New York Daily News

“A propaganda video released by the Islamic State terrorist group shows part of what happened in the 2017 attack that killed four American soldiers in Niger. The clip appeared to come from the helmet of one of the soldiers killed last October, when 11 Special Forces members and around 30 Nigerian soldiers were ambushed in the west African country. … The ISIS video was recently released on the group’s outlet on the messenger service Telegram, though it was not immediately clear why it was revealed now.” (03/05/18)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/isis-video-shows-attack-americans-niger-article-1.3856208

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20) Mueller’s leaked “hit list” may indicate he’s treating Trump’s team like a “criminal enterprise”
Source: Business Insider

“A Grand Jury subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team reportedly targets the majority of Donald Trump’s senior campaign team, including the president, and may indicate criminal wrongdoing within his innermost circle. The subpoena, seen by and labelled a ‘hit list’ by Axios, asks for all texts, letters, handwritten notes, or communications of any kind starting from November 1, 2015, between one unnamed witness and [ten people including US president Donald Trump] …. the inclusion of Roger Stone, who only had a brief stint in the campaign, no subsequent role in the White House, but documented contacts with Wikileaks, may indicate the subpeona is not about obstruction of justice, but rather an investigation into whether or not Trump’s team colluded with Russia.” (03/05/18)

http://www.businessinsider.com/muellers-hit-list-targets-trump-may-indicate-criminal-enterprise-2018-3

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

21) “Donny from Queens, you’re on the air”
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“About the fact that the current president of the United States of America is in the habit of saying astoundingly stupid things in public, there is no debate — how could there be? The debate on the right is mainly between Trump partisans who believe, or at least claim they believe, that President Trump is in the habit of saying astoundingly stupid things in public as part of a grand political scheme (twelve-dimensional chess!) and those who believe that President Trump is in the habit of saying astoundingly stupid things in public because … of the more straightforward reason.” (03/05/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/03/donald-trump-saying-stupid-things-rational-ignorance/

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22) Rural California wants a divorce from rich California
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“We’re starting to hear more about secession. Not the perennial post-election calls of losing parties to secede from a nation controlled by the opposition, but a growing movement for secession from states, with the parts of states (sometimes geographically very large parts of states) wanting to separate from the population-dense urban areas that essentially control state decision-making. Feeling ignored, put-upon, and mistreated, state secessionists want to take their fate into their own hands. At present, there’s little prospect of adding stars to the American flag, but these movements do indicate a widespread sense of dissatisfaction among (mostly rural) populations who feel that they are governed by people in distant urban centers who know little, and care less, about their way of life. Their complaints, in many ways, sound like the complaints of Americans circa 1775.” (03/05/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/03/05/state-secession-does-american-flag-need-more-stars-glenn-reynolds-column/393371002

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23) We should listen to the Iraqi parliament
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“The Iraqi parliament did something extraordinary last week. A majority of elected Iraqi representatives voted to demand that their prime minister draw up a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops from the country. President Obama had withdrawn US troops from Iraq in 2011, after a status of forces agreement could not be reached with the Iraqi government, but he returned the US military to Iraq under the auspices of fighting ISIS. We had no business going into Iraq in the first place and we have no business remaining in Iraq.” (03/05/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/listen-iraqi-parliament

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24) E-Verify not worth the price to Americans
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jose Nino

“Economic arguments aside, E-Verify opens the door for potential civil-liberties violations. At the state level, E-Verify has already showcased its numerous flaws, but like its IRCA predecessor, proponents will clamor for E-Verify to receive even larger budgets and expanded powers. Eventually, the government will integrate other biometric data like fingerprints and iris scans under the guise of ‘fixing’ the system, which would effectively create a national ID system. In times of ‘crisis,’ there’s no telling what power-hungry politicians would do with a national E-Verify mandate at their disposal: create a national gun registry, have access to sensitive medical information, etc.” (03/05/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/e-verify-not-worth-price-americans

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25) Does the Excessive Fines Clause apply to the states?
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Eugene Volokh

“State and local governments have been levying greater and greater fines and relying heavily on forfeitures in recent years, often at the expense of people who can least afford to pay. Fines and forfeitures are punishments, but they can also make money for cities and states, which gives governments an incentive to increase these punishments to excessive levels. The Framers recognized this danger, and included the Excessive Fines Clause in the Bill of Rights to prevent such abuses. But, partly because the Clause has not yet been incorporated against the states, many states and cities are indeed levying excessive fines and forfeitures.” [editor’s note: Like the Second Amendment and unlike the First,
the Excessive Fines Clause simply says that x shall not be done, not just that a specific branch of government shall not do it – TLK] (03/05/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/03/05/does-the-excessive-fines-clause-apply-to

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26) Against fake civility
Source: Town Hall
by Kurt Schlichter

“When the liberals and their squishy-soft allies in Conservative, Inc., start moaning about your dreadful incivility, that’s a clear indicator that you are doing something right and that you need to double down. Civility, once properly understood as a means to an end rather than an end in and of itself, has morphed from an aspiration into a political/cultural gimp suit designed to prevent you from effectively asserting your interests and your point of view. For liberals, civility is a grift; they think it’s a punchline and they’re waiting to laugh at you for embracing it. It’s a way to keep you from interrupting their non-stop attacks on your rights, your faith, and your dignity by convincing you that it’s somehow wrong to get upset when, say, some Astroturf Tot backed up by a bunch of leftist Red Guard orgs like Planned Parenthood and Move On starts shrieking that you have blood on your hands.” (03/05/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2018/03/05/against-fake-civility-n2457141

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27) Trump’s tariff destroys liberty and prosperity
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“It is amazing to me that there are still people in the world who believe in economic protectionism. The fact that a president of the United States is among them is astounding. President Trump has recently announced that he is imposing a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum. A tariff is a tax. It means that American purchasers of imported steel and aluminum will now have to pay additional high taxes to the federal government if they choose to continue buying these items. The federal government pockets the money. Trump’s justification for his tariff decree-law? He says that American purchasers of steel and aluminum are buying these products from foreign producers at a cheaper price.” (03/05/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/03/05/trumps-tariff-destroys-liberty-prosperity/

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28) Things I have learned about gun control
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“One of the positive side-effects of the Trump administration is that citizens are far more informed on the issues than at any time in my memory. The public seems to be getting into the details on a lot of topics lately. Gun control is a great example. I consider myself under-informed on that topic, but improving daily. And I thought it would be useful for some of you to compare your views on the topic to where I’ve evolved so far. What follows is my public confession of ignorance on the topic. I will list the things I believe to be true, while asking readers to fact-check me. … In no particular order, here’s what I think I know: Gun control works. If it didn’t work, the Vegas shooter and the Florida school shooter would have used fully-automatic weapons and killed far more people. The one-time mass shooters are clearly using the most lethal weapons they can get without too much friction.” [editor’s note: Well, on the basis of that one talking point, Adams knows nothing about guns. The two shooters in question used far from “the most lethal weapons” they could easily have procured – TLK] (03/04/18)

http://blog.dilbert.com/2018/03/04/things-learned-gun-control/

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29) Economics was invented to refute Trump’s tariff arguments
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Tom Mullen

“When Adam Smith wrote Wealth of Nations, it wasn’t to refute the ‘godless socialists’ 21st-century Republican voters believe are taking over the world. It was to refute the kinds of protectionist ideas championed by conservatives like Edmund Burke and Alexander Hamilton in Smith’s day, Abraham Lincoln eighty years later, and Trump today. Bastiat remade Smith’s case in 1848. Henry Hazlitt did so again in 1946. Still, these economic fallacies persist because they offer the victims of other bad economic policies villains they can blame for largely self-inflicted wounds.” (03/05/18)

https://fee.org/articles/economics-was-invented-to-refute-trumps-tariff-arguments/

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30) There’s nothing to fear about modest banking reform
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Daniel Press

“The United States financial system is in desperate need of reform. The hundreds of new rules and regulations imposed by the Dodd-Frank Act have devastated the nation’s banks, with compliance costs nearing 83 million paperwork hours and $39 billion. While big banks with armies of lawyers can absorb these costs and still remain profitable, smaller banks simply cannot. Since Dodd-Frank’s passage, more than one in five banks have disappeared across the country, at a rate of nearly one per business day. That’s why the Senate is expected, as soon as this week, to take up its first major piece of banking legislation since Dodd-Frank.” (03/05/18)

https://cei.org/content/theres-nothing-fear-about-modest-banking-reform

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31) Trade wars will hurt, not help, US security
Source: Reuters
by Trevor Kincaid

“Donald Trump’s tough trade talk has the world on edge. With the stroke of a pen, he could unravel the global trading system, raise prices on basic goods, make American businesses less competitive, drive a wedge between the United States and its European allies, and open the door for China to construct new national security based trade barriers. … The U.S. president would also be missing a genuine opportunity to establish a positive legacy on trade. … Trade wars do not benefit anyone. Most people living today don’t remember the last trade war, which is blamed for worsening the pain of the Great Depression and, by some accounts, helping to foster the political extremism that led to World War Two. It started with the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, passed by Congress in 1930 (despite warnings from U.S. allies) under the guise that raising import duties would protect American businesses and reverse trade deficits. Those new taxes were met with an aggressive response from America’s trading partners. The damage was severe and rapid: from 1929 to 1933 U.S. imports decreased 66 percent and U.S. exports decreased 61 percent. Workers lost jobs, farmers lost customers and household items got more expensive.” (03/05/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kincaid-trade-commentary/commentary-trade-wars-will-hurt-not-help-u-s-security-idUSKBN1GH2X9

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32) Quantum Vibe, 03/05/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (03/05/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1766

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33) “Corporations are people” is built on an incredible 19th-century lie
Source: The Atlantic
by Adam Winkler

“Somewhat unintuitively, American corporations today enjoy many of the same rights as American citizens. Both, for instance, are entitled to the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion. How exactly did corporations come to be understood as ‘people’ bestowed with the most fundamental constitutional rights? The answer can be found in a bizarre — even farcical — series of lawsuits over 130 years ago involving a lawyer who lied to the Supreme Court, an ethically challenged justice, and one of the most powerful corporations of the day.” (03/05/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/03/corporations-people-adam-winkler/554852/

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34) Trump’s chaos is becoming America’s chaos
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“President Donald Trump went rogue in his own White House last week, blindsiding his staff by announcing he would impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. His motives apparently had little do with trade policy. NBC News, citing two unnamed officials, reported that ‘Trump’s decision to launch a potential trade war was born out of anger at other simmering issues and the result of a broken internal process that has failed to deliver him consensus views that represent the best advice of his team.’ Those ‘simmering issues’ include the resignation of communications director Hope Hicks, his close confidant; the downgrading of Jared Kushner’s security clearance, which will limit his son-in-law’s ability to advise the president; and the open defiance of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who stood up to Trump’s bullying over the Russia investigation. Frustrated by events he could not control, Trump exerted his executive authority by making a unilateral decision.” (03/05/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147271/trumps-chaos-becoming-americas-chaos

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35) “We’ll injure ourselves if you injure yourself!”
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“To the extent that foreign steel-making capacity is the result of foreign-government subsidies, that capacity isn’t excessive from Americans’ perspective. Instead, it’s foreign-governments’ way of giving to us Americans gifts of steel and aluminum — gifts that we should welcome just as we welcome the sun’s gift to us of light and warmth. Nor is there any reason to believe that that steel-making capacity is temporary. The political forces and economic misunderstanding that propel governments to subsidize industries are notoriously tenacious.” (03/05/18)

http://cafehayek.com/2018/03/44542.html

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36) The Constitution’s “poetic” preamble
Source: Heartland Institute
by Rob Natelson

“The person most responsible for the Constitution’s final form was Gouverneur Morris. The Preamble, which begins with ‘We the People,’ is one of the world’s most recognizable bits of prose — prose that, at least in some ways, approaches poetry. Morris had been well educated in poetics. At King’s College (now Columbia University), his two favorite subjects were mathematics and Latin. His Latin studies introduced him to Virgil, Ovid, and other Roman poets, and his writings contain occasional references to Ovid. From studying Shakespeare, Morris learned English prosody as well. As a young man, he sometimes wrote verse himself. Fortunately, Morris did not essay to render the Constitution in poetry — although at least one modern author has attempted it. Nor is the Preamble technically blank verse. But it certainly was written with meter in mind.” (03/05/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/03/the-constitutions-poetic-preamble/

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37) An economic Bill of Rights [sic] for the 21st Century
Source: The American Prospect
by Mark Paul, William Darity Jr. & Darrick Hamilton

“Economic mobility has drastically declined since the 1940s. Unemployment and underemployment are persistent problems, especially for stigmatized groups who are subject to discriminatory exclusion from employment opportunities. In today’s economy, the American dream is just a dream, or worse, a rhetorical device that draws attention away from the economic reality playing out across the country. Despite long-term growth in the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, in real terms middle-income Americans have less than they did 40 years ago. Poverty, especially amongst the most vulnerable in our society (our children) persists at unjust levels. Despite President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty, declared more than 50 years ago, 43.1 million Americans remain in poverty, nearly 20 million of whom live in deep poverty. There’s no question that past policies intended to reduce poverty and inequality have fallen tragically short. It’s time to think big. The rules that govern our economy are working best for far too few, at the expense of far too many.” (03/05/18)

http://prospect.org/article/economic-bill-rights-21st-century

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38) Why we need a smart balanced budget rule
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“No sooner had Republicans passed much needed tax reform than they agreed to an awful budget deal that will undermine it. Government spending is the true long-term tax burden of government activity. So, to sustain a new, more competitive tax code, which cuts rates, Republicans should have made spending cuts. This was the perfect opportunity to balance the budget and lock in reform. Instead, Republicans did the opposite: trading their favored huge defense spending increases for Democrats’ desired hikes in other areas. As a result, a deficit already forecast to widen substantially will blow up much sooner, putting the gains from tax reform in jeopardy.” (03/05/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/why-we-need-smart-balanced-budget-rule

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39) Flippy the burger-flipping robot just flipped off minimum wage hikes
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“On Monday, CaliBurger started its newest ’employee,’ a learning robot that can cook 150 hamburgers an hour. Flippy doesn’t just flip hamburgers, he exposes why raising the minimum-wage hurts workers. Flippy, built my Miso Robotics, uses thermal imaging to tell it precisely when to flip each patty, allowing for more or less perfect consistency. And it supposedly will get smarter the more burgers it flips, and various attachments will eventually let it handle other aspects of the burger-making process. The fact that CaliBurger decided to use its Pasadena, Calif., restaurant to launch Flippy is instructive. In less than three months, Pasadena’s minimum wage will climb to $12 an hour for those with 25 or fewer employees, and $13.25 for those with 26 or more.” (03/05/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/flippy-the-robot-just-flipped-off-minimum-wage-hikes

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40) Secret surveillance and the legacy of torture have paralyzed the USS Cole bombing trial at Guantanamo
Source: The Intercept
by Shilpa Jindia

“Last month, a judge at Guantanamo Bay suspended indefinitely the trial of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, paralyzing one of the most high-profile cases to go before the island prison’s military commissions system. The February 16 decision ended a monthslong standoff with defense lawyers who claimed that they could not do their work for fear of government surveillance. Nashiri’s story now spans four consecutive presidencies. The 53-year-old Saudi citizen faces the death penalty for his alleged role in the bombing of the USS Cole in October 2000, in which 17 U.S. sailors died. … The pretrial proceedings in Nashiri’s case have plodded onward in obscurity, with the trial finally set to begin this year, but the abrupt cessation has once again raised questions about the legitimacy of the military commissions.” (03/05/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/03/05/guantanamo-trials-abd-al-rahim-al-nashiri/

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41) It’s never been about the Second Amendment, just corporate profits
Source: In These Times
by Leonard C Goodman

“Parkland teenagers are smart enough to understand that the real impediment to sensible gun laws is not the Second Amendment, but lawmakers who take industry money through groups like the NRA. A similar assault rifle [sic] was used in recent mass-murders in Newtown, Ct.; Las Vegas; San Bernardino, Calif.; Sutherland Springs, Texas and Aurora, Colo. A familiar pattern has emerged after mass shootings. Lawmakers offer thoughts and prayers and then quietly shoot down any restrictions on gun sales, citing their fealty to the Second Amendment. There is a chance that this time will be different, thanks largely to the teenagers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who are fighting back against lawmakers who protect industry profits over the lives of their constituents.” [editor’s note: No, the real impediment to sensible gun laws — that is, the complete absence of gun laws — is idiots like Leonard C Goodman – TLK] (03/04/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20954/its-never-been-about-the-second-amendment.-its-about-corporate-profits

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42) Does president Trump really care about the US?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Dr. Frank Shostak

“One would have thought that out of all people, President Trump, who prides himself of placing America first, would never consider imposing tariffs. After all a tariff on any imported good implies curtailing the supply of less costly goods and encouraging the supply to the domestic market of more costly domestically produced goods i.e. punishing the domestic consumers i.e. the Americans. Furthermore, by raising a protection wall to various inefficient domestic industries, Trump’s policies are going to promote inefficiency, thereby undermining the process of real wealth generation.” (03/05/18)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/03/does-president-trump-really-care-about-the-us/

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43) Open letter to the student activists of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Sean Gangol

“I know that the media as well as some of your teachers have probably told you that the reason why there is such resistance to new gun control measures is because of this evil organization known as the NRA, which apparently has unlimited funds to bribe most of congress into doing their biding. It’s hard for me not to laugh at such a silly notion. It’s not the NRA congressmen fear as much as it is the voting base that they represent. Believe it or not gun control is not a popular issue among American voters. Your anti-gun friends would tell you that it is because we are cold and heartless or that we love guns more than people. The truth is that there is a large number of us who are not willing to give up our rights for something that we believe to be irrational.” (03/04/18)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2018/tle963-20180304-04.html

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44) The $1.5 billion campaign to whitewash genocide in Yemen
Source: CounterPunch
by Dan Glazebrook

“150,000 people are thought to have starved to death in Yemen last year, with one child dying of starvation or preventable diseases every ten minutes, and another falling into extreme malnutrition every two minutes. The country is undergoing the world’s biggest cholera epidemic since records began with over one million now having contracted the disease, and new a diptheria epidemic ‘is going to spread like wildfire’ according to [UN humanitarian chief Mark] Lowcock. ‘Unless the situation changes,’ he concluded, ‘we’re going to have the world’s worst humanitarian disaster for 50 years.’ The cause is well known: the Saudi-led coalition’s bombardment and blockade of the country, with the full support of the US and UK …” (03/05/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/03/05/the-1-5-billion-campaign-to-whitewash-genocide-in-yemen/

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45) Quad: The way ahead and the key challenges
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Tridivesh Singh Maini

“The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD) consisting of India, Australia, Japan, and the US has been pitching in favor of a ‘Free and Fair Indo-Pacific’ ever since the first meeting between representatives of member states in November 2017. … The main aim of the alliance, thus in other ways, has been to check China’s assertiveness, especially in the South China Sea, and democracy has been one of the key binding factors between the Quad.” (03/05/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/03/05/quad-the-way-ahead-and-the-key-challenges/

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46) The new Cold War is here
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“If President Trump is ‘Putin’s puppet,’ as the loonies of #TheResistance claim, then why is the Russian leader making speeches threatening to destroy the United States with ‘invincible’ nuclear weapons — and illustrating his threat with a video rendition of a Russia ICBM circling the globe and hitting Florida? Although the Russians deny it, it looks to me like that missile is headed straight for Mar-a-Lago. Putin’s recent speech was over two hours long: the first half was taken up with Putin’s take on every single aspect of life in Russia, from the state of the airports to the housing market to healthcare, illustrating the fact that there is hardly any aspect of human existence that is not touched by the Russian state. It’s a textbook illustration of what we used to call Oriental despotism: constantly exhorting his subjects to do better, Putin has an opinion on every conceivable issue, and then some.” (03/05/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/03/04/new-cold-war/

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47) Jokesters in power
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Ronald Reagan was known to make a jest or two. After being shot, he joked with his surgeons about their partisanship. In front of a hot mic, he shocked the media by saying he had ‘signed legislation to outlaw Russia forever,’ and that bombing would begin ‘in five minutes.’ The down-homey half-quips of George W. Bush turned malaprop into something almost endearing — to some. And Barack Obama’s appearances on talk shows were often well-crafted comedy routines. So, let’s not take President Donald Trump’s recent quip in honor of China’s President Xi Jingping too seriously.” (03/05/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/03/05/jokesters-in-power/

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48) The A word
Source: AnarchoChristian
by AnarchoChristian

“Dropping the A word in public can bring immediate apprehension and derision. Offended parties might leave at first convenience, or engage you and your decision to use such language in public, after all, you might cause a brother to stumble. The A word has its value, but there are a few things to consider before letting it fly at the next party, or company function.” (03/04/18)

https://www.anarchochristian.com/the-a-word/

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49) Trump’s protectionist follies threaten a trade war
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“President Donald Trump has announced the planned imposition of a new, 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on foreign made aluminum entering the United States. This has brought about threats of trade retaliation by a number of America’s trading partners. The menacing clouds of a possible trade war are showing themselves on the global horizon.” (03/05/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/trumps-protectionist-follies-threaten-trade-war/

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50) Imagine not knowing who the president is
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“I’ve frequently pointed to countries like Switzerland as a political model. The basic idea is that the Swiss have a very effective system in place, and thus we don’t focus on who is President. Thus people talk about ‘Thatcher’s Britain,’ or ‘Reagan’s America,’ but no one thinks of Switzerland in terms of who is in power at the moment. Switzerland is Switzerland. Little did I know that even the Swiss don’t pay attention.” (03/04/18)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/03/imagine_not_kno.html

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51) Cato Daily Podcast, 03/05/18
Source: Cato Institute

“How does the announcement of a new breed of Russian nuclear weapons alter the calculus for defending against the nuclear threat? Emma Ashford and Eric Gomez comment.” [various formats] (03/05/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/putins-new-deadly-toys

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52) Editor’s Break, episode 63
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 063 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: immigration, open borders, and the welfare state, and why increasing immigration control is not a libertarian solution to the supposed problem of immigrants exploiting the welfare state, why jurisdiction matters on claims of statutes violations, even for violent crimes, state injustice, his fear of backlash against women due to the #MeToo movement, and more.” [various formats] (03/05/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/welfare-open-borders-jurisdiction-violent-crimes-metoo-backlash-35m-editors-break-063

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53) The Bob Zadek Show, 03/04/18
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Before their wedding, one year ago, Sarah Skwire and Steve Horwitz had both independently written about the libertarian answer to the hot-button question of same-sex marriage. Horwitz, a libertarian economics at Ball State University, has applied an ‘Austrian perspective’ to explain how the evolution of the market, and the relatively recent development of ‘marrying for love,’ is changing the way people might want to structure the marriage contract. Skwire, a senior fellow at Liberty Fund, has studied ‘What Marriage Was Like before Bureaucracy,’ and found — incredibly — that it worked just fine. They join Bob on their one-year anniversary to discuss a Reason article they co-authored last November (Getting the State Out of Marriage) in which they advocate replacing the one-size-fits-all contract with a private system adapted to changing norms around marriage and family life.” [various formats] (03/04/18)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2018/3/2/getting-the-government-back-out-of-marriage

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54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 03/05/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Over the weekend, President Trump said that the US attack on Iraq was like ‘throwing a brick at a hornet’s nest.’ He called it a massive mistake. He’s right, but what’s he going to do about it? We take a look at the Iraq war at 15 years …” [Flash video] (03/05/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/trump-is-right-on-iraq

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55) One Free Family, episode 7
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“What are our real goals in all of our connections with our kids? We dive into what we really focus on with each interaction with our kids. How can we build a stronger connection to our kids? Will this next decision deepen our connection with our child or will it chip away at that connection? This is a lens we try to look through during our interactions.” [Flash audio] (03/05/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/creating-better-connections-off007/

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56) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 163
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #163, I discuss several events occurring around the world. Trump has proposed new steel and aluminum tariffs. Putin announced that Russia has developed nuclear-armed cruise missiles. At the UN, the US is looking to punish North Korea and Assad. I also update the Syrian battlefield.” [various formats] (03/05/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-163-trumps-tariffs-putins-missiles

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57) Introducing the Constitutional Canon video series
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy

“Josh Blackman and I [Randy Barnett] are producing a series of short videos for Wolters Kluwer called ‘The Constitutional Canon’ in which we discuss, the facts, posture, holding and historical context of the principal Supreme Court decisions studied in every constitutional law course.” [Flash video] (03/05/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/03/05/introducing-the-constitutional-canon-vid

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58) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 337
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s episode, Marc is joined by Gene Epstein to discuss Trump’s ‘disastrous’ proposed budget, why it doesn’t address fraud and corruption, and how the upcoming ‘fiscal time bomb’ of U.S. Debt will affect us all.” [various formats] (03/05/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/03/05/gene-epstein-fiscal-time-bomb-u-s-debt-trumps-disastrous-budget/

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59) Free Talk Live, 03/04/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Swedish company to halt TN project because of Trump’s proposed tariffs :: MIT study shows average drive makes $3.37/hr :: Taxation :: Smartphone apps are tracking your location faster than you realize :: Run tracking apps :: Civil disobedience half marathon :: NM is most corrupt state :: Ohio Sheriff hosts gun training class, has overwhelming number of people register :: FL school teacher suspended after reports come out that she hosts White Supremacist podcast :: Texting, driving & self-diving cars :: HOSTS — Darryl, Mark, Jonny.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/04/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-03-04

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60) The Anarchist Experience, episode 154
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“We discuss using the drugs to cure what ails you, Some ancom sympathies based on Being the Change you wish to see in the world, and whether or not we can judge the intentions of State actions based on the results those actions produce.” [various formats] (03/04/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/03/04/the-anarchist-experience-154/

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