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Volume XVI, Issue #3,941
Thursday, March 29th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Judge rejects Trump push to dismiss emoluments lawsuit
2) White House denies discussion of Trump pardoning Manafort or Flynn
3) Ecuador: Regime cuts off Assange’s Internet access at embassy to UK. Again.
4) FBI agent accused of sharing the public’s information with the public
5) DOJ Inspector General reviews alleged FISA abuses by DOJ, FBI
6) CA: Stephon Clark protesters disrupt City Council meeting in Sacramento
7) Amazon shares fall after report Trump wants to curb its power
8) Astronomers find the “impossible”: A galaxy without dark matter
9) Trump to replace Shulkin with Jackson as VA secretary
10) NE: Abortion dispute leads to budget stalemate
11) Trump: “No way” United States will repeal Second Amendment on guns
12) Polish regime buys $4.75-billion Patriot missile system from US corporate welfare queen Raytheon
13) China: Kim meets with Xi during “unofficial visit”
14) Google faces $9 billion “damages” after judge reverses ruling against meritless, evil Oracle lawsuit
15) Myanmar: Parliament picks Suu Kyi confidant as new president
16) Mozilla launches Facebook Container add-on to isolate your web browsing activity from Facebook
17) Planned Parenthood deletes tweet calling for Disney abortion princess
18) NATO joins in Russian diplomat expulsions
19) CDC: Second wave of flu season is just beginning
20) Playboy: We’re quitting Facebook over data scandal

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Ayn Rand and the world she knew
22) Not a post about leaving social networks
23) If you really want to save lives, take aim at government violence
24) Keep your nose on your own property
25) Yes, gun control advocates do want to take away your guns, just ask John Paul Stevens
26) Can the Supreme Court stop gerrymandering?
27) Catholic Social Teaching and tax justice
28) The Atlantic’s gigantic stumble
29) The tsunami called Odebrecht
30) The difference between good globalism and bad globalism
31) Congress is feeding opioid addiction with this bill. Why haven’t they repealed it yet?
32) The anti-gun movement’s use of child crusaders debases national discourse
33) At last, honesty from the left [sic] about hating the Second Amendment
34) How Beijing is winning in the South China Sea
35) Bailing on mass transit
36) When it comes to preventing gun violence, good intentions aren’t enough
37) How to talk about cutting the Pentagon budget
38) Oligarch-owned media outlets really, REALLY want you to love George W. Bush
39) Stocks for the long run but not the short
40) Federal courts ask: What is the meaning of “sex?”
41) Campus censorship is real, and worrying
42) If the Second Amendment falls, our entire Bill of Rights falls
43) Quantum Vibe, 03/28/18
44) The Skripal poisonings and the ongoing vilification of Putin
45) America’s state wreck gathers steam: The Donald’s war cabinet and the fiscal doom loop
46) Karl Marx reports — rising job quits means increased wages to come
47) School options and the rise and fall of cities
48) The conservative case against Gina Haspel
49) Justice Stevens’s Second Amendment hokum
50) Property rights are already virtual

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 86
52) Scott Adams Says, 03/28/18
53) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 173
54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 03/28/18
55) Electric Libertyland, episode 65
56) Political Research Digest, episode 13
57) Essential Libertarianism, episode 28
58) Intercepted, 03/28/18
59) Free Talk Live, 03/27/18
60) Fresh Air, 03/28/18
61) Reason Podcast, 03/27/18
62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1122
63) Cato Daily Podcast, 03/27/18
64) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 03/27/18
65) Bloggingheads.tv, 03/27/18

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

1) Judge rejects Trump push to dismiss emoluments lawsuit
Source: The Hill

“A federal judge on Wednesday rejected President Trump’s push to dismiss a lawsuit accusing him of violating the Constitution by collecting profits from his luxury hotel in the nation’s capital. U.S. District Court Judge Peter Messitte shot down the Justice Department’s request to dismiss the lawsuit, which argued the plaintiffs had no legal standing to sue. The judge, based in Greenbelt, Md., said he will schedule another hearing to weigh the administration’s other claims. The decision is a blow to Trump, who has long claimed that his business arrangements are legal and do not pose a conflict of interest. … Ethics watchdogs say the president is violating the clause every time his hotels or golf courses receive payments from foreign governments because Trump still owns his stake in them.” (03/28/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/380663-judge-rejects-trump-push-to-dismiss-emoluments-lawsuit

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2) White House denies discussion of Trump pardoning Manafort or Flynn
Source: Politico

“White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that there is ‘no discussion or consideration’ of presidential pardons for former aides Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn. The New York Times reported Wednesday that John Dowd, until recently a top member of the president’s legal team, raised in talks with attorneys for Manafort and Flynn the notion that Trump might offer them a pardon. Such talks, which reportedly took place before Manafort and Flynn were charged by Mueller’s team, could be construed as an attempt to influence whether Manafort and Flynn would cooperate with Mueller’s investigation. The Times reporting, which POLITICO has not confirmed, relies on three unnamed sources.” (03/28/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/03/28/trump-pardon-manafort-gates-white-house-489838

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3) Ecuador: Regime cuts off Assange’s Internet access at embassy to UK. Again.
Source: New York Times

“Ecuador’s government said Wednesday that it had suspended internet access for Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who since 2012 has lived in Ecuador’s Embassy in London, out of concern that he was harming its relationships with Britain and other European nations. The decision set off a furious reaction from some Assange supporters. … Ecuador’s government granted Mr. Assange citizenship in January, the latest step in a longstanding diplomatic standoff. But it said it had suspended Mr. Assange’s online communications on Tuesday because he had imperiled ‘the good relations that the country maintains with the United Kingdom, with the rest of the states of the European Union, and other nations’ through his social-media messages. The government did not provide specifics, but some speculated that the decision might have been related to the Western nations’ coordinated actions against Russia after the poisoning of a former Russia spy in Britain. In a series of Twitter posts this week, Mr. Assange was critical of Western nations’ expulsions of Russian diplomats.” (03/28/18)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/28/world/europe/julian-assange-internet-ecuador.html

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4) FBI agent accused of sharing the public’s information with the public
Source: Washington Times

“The Justice Department has filed charges against a former FBI agent accusing him of leaking classified documents to a news outlet. Terry Albury, whom Minnesota Public Radioreported worked on counterterrorism matters at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, stands accused of two counts — ‘knowingly and willfully’ transmitting national defense information to The Intercept, and refusing to hand over a document related to terrorism recruitment.” (03/28/18)

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/mar/28/terry-albury-fbi-agent-charged-leaking-classified-/

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5) DOJ Inspector General reviews alleged FISA abuses by DOJ, FBI
Source: Fox News

“Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced Wednesday he will review potential Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses by both the Justice Department and the FBI, following requests from Congress and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Office of the Inspector General released a statement Wednesday outlining the start of the review. ‘The OIG will initiate a review that will examine the Justice Department’s and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s compliance with legal requirements, and with applicable DOJ and FBI policies and procedures, in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) relating to a certain U.S. person,’ the statement obtained by Fox News read. ‘As part of this examination, the OIG also will review information that was known to the DOJ and the FBI at the time the applications were filed from or about an alleged FBI confidential source.’” (03/28/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/03/28/doj-inspector-general-reviews-alleged-fisa-abuses-by-doj-fbi.html

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6) CA: Stephon Clark protesters disrupt City Council meeting in Sacramento
Source: USA Today

“Protesters disrupted a meeting Tuesday of the Sacramento City Council held to accommodate residents wanting to discuss the shooting death of an unarmed black man by police. Stephon Clark, 22, was fatally shot by police March 18 in his grandmother’s backyard. Officers said they initially thought he had a gun. He was holding a cellphone. At Tuesday’s packed council meeting, Clark’s brother Stevante Clark jumped on the dais and demanded to speak, saying he didn’t think the council would make meaningful changes as a result of his brother’s death. The council adjourned for roughly 15 minutes as a result of the disruption.” (03/28/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/03/27/stephon-clark-protesters-disrupt-city-council-meeting-delay-nba-game-sacramento/464825002

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7) Amazon shares fall after report Trump wants to curb its power
Source: Reuters

Amazon.com Inc shares fell almost 5 percent on Wednesday, wiping more than $30 billion off its market value, after news website Axios reported that U.S. President Donald Trump is obsessed with the world’s largest online retailer and wants to rein in its growing power. Trump has talked about using antitrust law to ‘go after’ the company because he is worried about mom-and-pop retailers being put out of business by Amazon, Axios reported, citing five sources it said had discussed the issue with him. Trump also wants to change Amazon’s tax treatment, the Axios report said, an issue the president raised publicly last year when he called for an internet tax for online retailers, even though Amazon already collects sales tax on items it sells direct to customers.” (03/28/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-com-stocks/amazon-shares-fall-after-report-trump-wants-to-curb-its-power-idUSKBN1H42HG

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8) Astronomers find the “impossible”: A galaxy without dark matter
Source: Raw Story

“Stupefied astronomers on Wednesday unveiled the first and only known galaxy without dark matter, the invisible and poorly-understood substance thought to make up a quarter of the Universe. The discovery could revise or even upend theories of how galaxies are formed, they reported in the journal Nature. ‘This is really bizarre,’ said co-author Roberto Abraham, an astronomer at the University of Toronto. ‘For a galaxy this size, it should have 30 times as much dark matter as regular matter,’ he told AFP by phone. ‘What we found is that there is no dark matter at all. That shouldn’t be possible.’ There are 200 billion observable galaxies, perhaps more, astronomers estimate.” (03/28/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/03/astronomers-find-impossible-galaxy-without-dark-matter/

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9) Trump to replace Shulkin with Jackson as VA secretary
Source: Fox News

“President Trump on Wednesday announced his intention to replace Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin with Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, who currently serves as physician to the president. It marked the latest in a string of swift White House replacements over recent months. Trump also announced that Robert Wilkie, the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, would serve as interim VA secretary pending Jackson’s confirmation. The president tweeted that he was ‘thankful for Dr. David Shulkin’s service to our country and to our GREAT VETERANS!’ Jackson as the Physician to the President since 2013 and gained a national profile earlier this year for holding a sweeping press conference on the president’s health.” (03/28/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/03/28/trump-to-replace-david-shulkin-with-adm-ronny-jackson-as-veterans-affairs-secretary.html

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10) NE: Abortion dispute leads to budget stalemate
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“When Nebraska lawmakers debate their state budget each year, it’s usually a ho-hum affair that prompts conservatives to complain about spending and progressives to lament a lack of funding for education and public services. But this year, the budget talks have been overshadowed by a contentious abortion dispute. The standoff threatens to disrupt other state services and could force the Legislature into a rare special session later this year, lawmakers said. Nebraska’s state finances fell into limbo after lawmakers failed twice to advance a wide-ranging budget bill because of a dispute over health clinics that refer women to abortion providers. Lawmakers fell two votes short of the 33 that were needed to end debate on the budget and allow and up-or-down vote. Speaker of the Legislature Jim Scheer said he was concerned that lawmakers are ‘playing chicken’ with the state budget and warned that the emotionally charged debate could set a bad precedent.” (03/28/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Abortion-dispute-leads-to-budget-stalemate-in-12789022.php

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11) Trump: “No way” United States will repeal Second Amendment on guns
Source: USA Today

“President Trump, the recipient of support from the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups, seized the opportunity Wednesday to stick up for both firearms and conservative judges. The reason for the opportunity: A New York Times column by retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens calling for repeal of the Second Amendment guaranteeing the right to bear arms, saying it has been used to block reasonable gun control legislation. ‘THE SECOND AMENDMENT WILL NEVER BE REPEALED!’ Trump tweeted in response. ‘As much as Democrats would like to see this happen, and despite the words yesterday of former Supreme Court Justice Stevens, NO WAY.’ While he was at it, the president also cited this year’s elections for the Senate, which confirms judicial nominees: ‘We need more Republicans in 2018 and must ALWAYS hold the Supreme Court!’” (03/28/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/03/28/president-trump-no-way-united-states-repeal-second-amendment-guns/465264002

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12) Polish regime buys $4.75-billion Patriot missile system from US corporate welfare queen Raytheon
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Poland on Wednesday inked a deal to buy a US-made Patriot anti-missile system for $4.75 billion (€3.8 billion). ‘It is an extraordinary, historic moment; it is Poland’s introduction into a whole new world of state-of-the-art technology, modern weaponry, and defensive means,’ Polish President Andrzej Duda said during the signing ceremony. The deal with US defense company Raytheon will see Poland acquire four Patriot missile units, which are designed to shoot down incoming missiles and aircraft, with first deliveries expected to be made in 2022.” (03/28/18)

http://www.dw.com/en/poland-buys-475-billion-patriot-missile-system-from-us/a-43165813

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13) China: Kim meets with Xi during “unofficial visit”
Source: Bangor Daily News

“North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a surprise trip to China this week, meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of planned summits with South Korean and U.S. leaders, Chinese and North Korean state media confirmed Wednesday. The journey, which is believed to be Kim’s first foreign trip since he came to power in 2011, adds a new piece to a complex diplomatic puzzle over the future of North Korea’s nuclear program. The announcement ends a mystery that started Monday, when a mysterious train chugged into central Beijing, spurring reports of a high-profile visitor from North Korea.” (03/28/18)

http://bangordailynews.com/2018/03/28/news/world-news/north-korean-leader-meets-with-chinas-president-during-unofficial-visit-to-beijing/

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14) Google faces $9 billion “damages” after judge reverses ruling against meritless, evil Oracle lawsuit
Source: IT Pro

“Oracle’s eight-year copyright battle with Google has a new ruling, with the Federal Court deciding yesterday that Google violated Oracle’s copyright when it re-used elements of Java to create its Android operating system. Judge William Alsup ruled that Google had no ‘fair use’ protection when it built a custom version of the software giant’s Java platform. This reverses the decision reached by a district court that Google’s use of Java APIs was legitimate.” (03/28/18)

http://www.itpro.co.uk/open-source/30859/google-faces-9bn-damages-bill-after-oracle-wins-copyright-claim

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15) Myanmar: Parliament picks Suu Kyi confidant as new president
Source: Reuters

“Myanmar’s parliament on Wednesday picked a close ally of de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi as the country’s new president, a move unlikely to affect a delicate balance of power in a country where the army has retained a large political role. Win Myint, who a week ago resigned from his post as the lower house speaker, was chosen by both chambers of the parliament where Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party holds a comfortable majority.” (03/28/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-myanmar-politics-president/myanmar-parliament-picks-suu-kyi-confidant-as-new-president-idUSKBN1H40WW

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16) Mozilla launches Facebook Container add-on to isolate your web browsing activity from Facebook
Source: VentureBeat

“Mozilla was the first major brand to announce it was ‘pausing’ its advertising on Facebook in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal. Today, the organization announced a new tool it said will help keep Facebook from tracking your browsing across the web. The Facebook Container add-on for Firefox promises to make it ‘much harder’ for Facebook to track you when you’re not on its site. Mozilla has been working on the technology for several years already, accelerating its development in response to what it called a ‘growing demand for tools that help manage privacy and security,’ according to a statement issued by Mozilla today.” (03/27/18)

https://venturebeat.com/2018/03/27/mozilla-launches-facebook-container-add-on-to-isolate-your-web-browsing-activity-from-facebook/

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17) Planned Parenthood deletes tweet calling for Disney abortion princess
Source: Washington Post

“A Pennsylvania branch of Planned Parenthood says a tweet declaring the need for a Disney princess who’s had an abortion was not appropriate and the organization has taken it down. An executive for Planned Parenthood Keystone says the group believes pop culture plays a ‘critical role’ in educating the public and sparking ‘meaningful conversations about sexual and reproductive health issues and policies, including abortion.’” (03/27/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/planned-parenthood-deletes-tweet-calling-for-disney-abortion/2018/03/27/d76d2218-322d-11e8-b6bd-0084a1666987_story.html

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18) NATO joins in Russian diplomat expulsions
Source: Yahoo! News

“NATO on Tuesday joined a wave of countries and groups expelling Russian diplomats over the nerve-agent attack on a former spy in Britain. Russia denounced the actions as ‘boorish’ and insignificant but pledged to retaliate. The mass expulsions were a show of solidarity for Britain, which blames Russia for the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Moscow vehemently denies responsibility and has vowed a ‘tough response’ to the expulsions.” (03/27/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/australia-latest-country-expel-russian-diplomats-080628143.html

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19) CDC: Second wave of flu season is just beginning
Source: Aol

“The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an unfortunate warning to Americans amid an already deadly flu season: It’s not quite over yet. According to a March 23 statement by the organization, a wave of the sometimes fatal Influenza B is spreading across the country at an unusually high rate. Although reported cases of influenza A (H3N2), which have dominated this flu season, decreased during the week of March 11, cases of Influenza B saw an unusual uptick over the same time period.” (03/27/18)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/03/27/cdc-warns-that-second-wave-of-flu-season-is-just-beginning/23396916/

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20) Playboy: We’re quitting Facebook over data scandal
Source: CNN

“Playboy says it’s leaving Facebook over the social network’s handling of user data. The move was announced late Tuesday by Playboy’s chief creative officer, Cooper Hefner, who is the son of the magazine’s late founder, Hugh Hefner. He complained that Facebook’s content guidelines and corporate policies contradict Playboy’s values and that the platform ‘in our opinion continues to be sexually repressive.’ … Last week, tech billionaire Elon Musk deleted the Facebook pages for his two main businesses, electric car maker Tesla (TSLA) and rocket startup SpaceX.” (03/28/18)

http://money.cnn.com/2018/03/28/technology/playboy-leaving-facebook-data/index.html

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

21) Ayn Rand and the world she knew
Source: Notablog
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra

“I’ve been having a conversation with a few friends, and among the issues we were discussing was why it seemed that the novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand set herself up against so many on the left and the right, and burned so many bridges to folks across the political spectrum, who might have been her allies. It is as if Rand and her acolytes created a world, a ‘Galt’s Gulch’ of their own, which became hermetically sealed from the rest of the world. Even as Rand warned against the fallacy of ‘thinking in a square,’ too many of her devoted followers have been incapable of stepping out of that box and critically engaging with the wider intellectual world.” (03/27/18)

https://www.nyu.edu/projects/sciabarra/notablog/archives/002442.html

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22) Not a post about leaving social networks
Source: Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

“Cambridge Analytica is a red herring. Oh, look, F*c*b**k gave your data to eeeeeeeevil Trump people! Never mind that it gave five times as much to those wuuuuuuuuuderful Obama people in 2012! No matter. It’s still lovely to see people finally waking up to the fact that when you’re on FB, you’re the product, not the customer. I wonder how long this will last? Will the rage and revelations against FB begin an online privacy revolution? Or, more likely, will data-gobbling and stupid data-spilling go on unabated after a few token crony-gov regulations? It’s encouraging that even big names like Playboy, Tesla, and Space-X are dumping FB. But as long as Granny and old high school chums are still giving themselves away to the Zuckerbergians, millions are going to hang out there.” (03/28/18)

https://www.clairewolfe.com/blog/2018/03/28/not-a-post-about-leaving-social-networks/

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23) If you really want to save lives, take aim at government violence
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“On March 24, 2018, more than 200,000 young people took the time to march on Washington DC and other cities across the country to demand that their concerns about gun violence be heard. More power to them. I’m all for activism, especially if it motivates people who have been sitting silently on the sidelines for too long to get up and try to reclaim control over a runaway government. Curiously, however, although these young activists were vocal in calling for gun control legislation that requires stricter background checks and limits the kinds of weapons being bought and sold by members of the public, they were remarkably silent about the gun violence perpetrated by their own government.” (03/28/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/really-want-save-lives-take-aim-government-violence/

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24) Keep your nose on your own property
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“Neglecting to understand which things are your business, and which are not, causes many problems. People spend too much time with their noses in places where they don’t belong while ignoring things for which they are responsible. If there’s a guy living in a hole, it is none of your business unless you are the guy in the hole or the owner of the property where the hole was dug. No one else gets to have a say. It’s not your business just because you are law enforcement or a politician who imagines some sort of authority over an area. It’s not your business simply because you object to people living in holes.” (03/28/18)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/03/28/voices/keep-your-nose-on-your-own-property/156913.html

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25) Yes, gun control advocates do want to take away your guns, just ask John Paul Stevens
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“In a New York Times op-ed, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens flat out calls for repealing the 2nd Amendment. While his reasoning makes one wonder how he got on the Court in the first place, he does expose the true agenda of gun control advocates. Stevens begins by praising the ‘civic engagement’ of the youthful protesters, and says Congress should respond by passing a ban on semi-automatic weapons — a ban that was completely ineffective when it was in place for a decade in the 1990s. He wants to raise the age to buy a gun to 21 and establish tougher background checks. That’s exactly what all gun control advocates say they want. Their refrain is constant: We respect people’s right to own guns, we just want prudent restrictions that will protect the children. But then Stevens goes on to say that ‘demonstrators should seek more effective and lasting reform.’ And what does he mean by that? ‘They should demand a repeal of the 2nd Amendment.’” (03/28/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/florida-shooting-gun-control-repeal-2nd-amendment-justice-john-paul-stevens

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26) Can the Supreme Court stop gerrymandering?
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“The basic principle of democracy, if nothing else, is that voters choose their own leaders. Once backed by the popular will, those leaders can then set policies and enact laws on the electorate’s behalf. Voters are fickle and their support can be fleeting, at least in theory, so the mandate to govern is periodically refreshed by regular elections. That elementary idea is under siege today in the United States. Thanks to a surge in partisan gerrymandering over the past decade, American politicians increasingly choose their own voters, not the other way around. The result is ideologically entrenched legislatures that may no longer represent the will of the electorate as a whole, even though their members may accurately reflect their individual districts and constituencies. Fortunately, the Supreme Court is weighing three cases on political gerrymandering this term that may provide a solution.” (03/28/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147672/can-supreme-court-stop-gerrymandering

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27) Catholic Social Teaching and tax justice
Source: Acton Institute
by Robert G Kennedy

“In a letter written in 1789, Benjamin Franklin observed that the new American constitution seemed destined for permanency but also noted that ‘in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.’ Taxation, in one form or another, has been a feature of civilized life for 5,000 years or more and shows no sign of disappearing. No doubt complaints about the fairness of taxation are just as old. My objective is to consider ques­tions of justice with regard to taxation through the lens of the Catholic social tradition. By identifying some of the foundational concepts of the Church’s social teaching and applying them to the subject of taxation, we can draw a few conclusions about what the tradition teaches us — and does not teach us — about the levying of taxes.” (03/28/18)

https://acton.org/pub/commentary/2018/03/28/catholic-social-teaching-and-tax-justice

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28) The Atlantic’s gigantic stumble
Source: The American Prospect
by Adele M Stan

“OK, I’ll admit it — I had hardly paid any mind to Kevin D. Williamson before The Atlantic elevated him to the realm of intellectual legitimacy, a move that has kicked up a lot of dust in the journalism world for hiring him away from the right-wing National Review to be part of its Next Big Thing. I’ve been distracted. My outrage has been focused on the fact that a self-described pussy-grabber occupies the Oval Office — a man who has advanced lies about black people and demonized people from Latin America, a man whose presidential campaign benefited from intervention in our elections by a foreign power that aims to weaken us. So I haven’t spent a lot of time plumbing the depths of the sewer that right-wing media has become. But a Twitter thread from the feminist author Jessica Valenti caught my attention. The thing for which Williamson is most famous is his (since deleted) tweet advocating the execution by hanging of every woman who has an abortion. Valenti notes that this would encompass approximately 25 percent of U.S. women.” (03/28/18)

http://prospect.org/article/atlantics-gigantic-stumble

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29) The tsunami called Odebrecht
Source: PanAm Post
by Victor H Becerra

“The recent resignation of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of the presidency of Peru, after only 19 months in office, has returned the Odebrecht scandal in Latin America to the front pages, although the widespread corruption has long been a focal point for the media. With his resignation, Kuczynski became the highest-level Latin American politician to fall in the scandal while still in office, although it has affected many more. Let us remember briefly what the Odebrecht case is about: the shocking scandal was carried out by the Brazilian construction giant, the largest in Latin America. It began in December 2016, when under the Lava Jato Operation, Brazilian, Swiss and American prosecutors revealed, thanks to rewards given to almost 80 former employees of the construction company, an extensive network of bribes in 11 Latin American countries. In total, USD $788 million in illicit payments were disbursed to dozens of politicians and officials, in order to win contracts for more than 100 lucrative projects in the region.” (03/28/18)

https://panampost.com/editor/2018/03/28/the-tsunami-called-odebrecht/

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30) The difference between good globalism and bad globalism
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“‘Globalism’ and ‘globalization,’ are terms that suffer from a lack of any precise definition. The terms are used freely by a wide variety of commentators to mean both good and bad things — many of which are opposites of each other. Sometimes globalism means lowering trade barriers. Other times it means aggressive foreign policy through international organizations like NATO. Other times it means supporting a global bureaucracy like the United Nations. This lack of precision was recently featured in The New York Times with Bret Stephens’s column ‘In Praise of Globalists.’ Stephens however, also fails to make any serious attempt at defining globalism.” (03/28/18)

https://mises.org/wire/difference-between-good-globalism-and-bad-globalism

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31) Congress is feeding opioid addiction with this bill. Why haven’t they repealed it yet?
Source: USA Today
by US Representative Jim Cooper (D-TN) & US Representative Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ)

“The opioid epidemic continues to rage across America, tearing families and communities apart. In 2016, 64,070 Americans died from drug overdose, usually with opioids. That’s more than the entire number of Americans killed in the Vietnam War. Today, drugs are more dangerous than traffic accidents. The job of Congress is to stop the epidemic, or at least ease the crisis. The last thing Congress should do is make it worse. But, in 2016, Congress passed legislation that reduced the vigilance of federal watchdogs over drug companies that sell opioids. The ‘Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act’ was a bill that sounded good but, in reality, rendered government watchdogs toothless. Because the legislation had a good title and was described as uncontroversial by its sponsors, the legislation passed the House and Senate by unanimous consent and was signed into law in April 2016.” [editor’s note: I agree that overnment watchdogs shouldn’t be rendered toothless. They should be taken around back of the barn and put down entirely – TLK] (03/28/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/03/28/congress-feeding-opioid-addiction-bill-why-havent-they-repealed-yet-column/462699002

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32) The anti-gun movement’s use of child crusaders debases national discourse
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jordan McGillis

“I do not doubt that the teens who led the ‘March for Our Lives’ hold their beliefs sincerely — my contention is that the wider anti-gun movement is shamelessly using the teens to erect an intellectual shield. What sort of person, every cover photo and interview latently ask, could possibly be against these poor kids? This tactic stifles credible commentary in much the same way as we see advocacy for lower military budgets smeared as unpatriotic. It is the employment of emotion to cow rational dissent.” (03/27/18)

https://fee.org/articles/the-anti-gun-movement-s-use-of-child-crusaders-debases-national-discourse/

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33) At last, honesty from the left [sic] about hating the Second Amendment
Source: National Review
by Kyle Smith

“I don’t think conservatives realize just how huge a win it is for our side that the Left [sic] has finally been smoked out on the Second Amendment. Progressives are finally coming clean about how much they hate it, and wish to see it repealed. Good luck with that. The essence of the Left [sic] is that they must always be pushing on toward some previously unthinkable social goal; once upon a time it was racial equity and, starting in the 1990s, gay marriage. Gradually the position of the most dreamy-eyed among them takes hold with the most left-wing [sic] officials in the safest seats, then spreads out to become dogma for the Democratic party as a whole.” [editor’s note: Interesting piece, but as expected given the venue it misses the fact that “progressives” are center-rightists who, if political ideology is a circle, are perhaps five degree from “right”-most American mainstream – TLK] (03/28/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/at-last-honesty-from-the-left-about-hating-the-second-amendment/

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34) How Beijing is winning in the South China Sea
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“Earlier this month, the USS Carl Vinson became the first American aircraft carrier to visit Vietnam since the Vietnam War ended in 1975. Coming alongside the news that a record 23 nations from Southeast Asia and beyond would be joining biennial naval exercises in the eastern Indian Ocean, it was a potent reminder of just how eager the nations surrounding the South China Sea are to embrace powerful allies to fend off a rising China. But as Beijing’s regional clout continues to grow, it can be hard for weaker nations to resist it, even with these allies’ support. Barely three weeks after the Vinson’s visit, the Vietnamese government bowed to Chinese pressure and canceled a major oil drilling project in disputed South China waters. It was yet another sign of the region’s rapidly shifting dynamics.” (03/28/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-china-commentary/commentary-how-beijing-is-winning-in-the-south-china-sea-idUSKBN1H42JY

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35) Bailing on mass transit
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Around the country, our major metropolitan transit systems have hit the skids. ‘Between 2016 and 2017, ridership fell in each of the seven largest transit markets,’ the Washington Post informs. You might guess that the reason for declines in ridership might have something to do with bad planning and poor service. Washington, D.C.’s Metro system, with which I am all-too familiar, is a horror … run by people I wouldn’t trust to sweep your driveway much less mine, and certainly not to manage how I get between those (or any other) two locations. But the Post quotes an urban planning scholar who attributes the decline (in part) ‘to increased car ownership, particularly among low-income and immigrant populations, who were in a better position to afford cars following the Great Recession.’” (03/28/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/03/28/bailing-on-mass-transit/

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36) When it comes to preventing gun violence, good intentions aren’t enough
Source: Reason
by Jonathan Blanks

“Too many people are injured or killed as a result of gun violence in this country. Although the number of gun deaths has generally declined in recent decades, the recent spate of spree shootings in schools and concentrated violence in certain American cities reinforce the necessity that more can and should be done. Unfortunately, many of the policies aimed at reducing gun violence have little or no measurable impact on safety. Some, in fact, may even inflict other harms while doing so. The unintended consequences of these proposals serve as a reminder that when it comes to reducing gun deaths, good intentions aren’t enough.” (03/28/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/03/28/when-it-comes-to-preventing-gun-violence

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37) How to talk about cutting the Pentagon budget
Source: The American Conservative
by Jonathan Bydlak

“Whether out of ignorance or old-fashioned intellectual laziness, it’s easy to advocate for policies without thinking through the details. If you’ve ever told someone that your ideal energy policy is ‘the free market’ or that we ‘just need single payer’ to fix health care, I’m looking at you. Perhaps nowhere is this tendency more pronounced than in matters of foreign policy and national security. Despite their fondness for broad, empty talking points about ‘building up’ a ‘depleted military,’ those who push for larger defense budgets are not the main culprits. Who among us hasn’t heard the line that the U.S. spends more ‘than all other countries combined’ on national defense without any attempt to understand why we might want to? Or that a particular program ‘needs to be ended’ with no further thought given to what takes its place?” (03/27/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-to-talk-about-cutting-the-defense-budget/

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38) Oligarch-owned media outlets really, REALLY want you to love George W. Bush
Source: Medium
by Caitlin Johnstone

“There’s a major breaking news story being reported on by both liberal and conservative mainstream media outlets across America, and it urgently needs your attention. The major news story can be summed up as follows: a former US president went to a wedding where there was dancing, and that former US president joined in the dancing. … That’s it. That’s the entire news report. That’s right, all the plutocrat-controlled media, from the Murdoch-controlled Fox and Friends to the Brian L. Roberts-controlled Today Show to the Zucker and Bewkes-controlled CNN to the Phillip Anschutz-controlled Washington Examiner to the Koch-controlled Time Magazine urgently wants you to know that former US president George W Bush is capable of bobbing in time to music like a normal human being. It is very important to these oligarchic lackeys that you be made aware of a few seconds of video footage showing a war criminal dancing around being happy with no visible blood on his hands.” (03/28/18)

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39) Stocks for the long run but not the short
Source: Cobden Centre
by Colin Lloyd

“The first part of the title of this Macro Letter is borrowed from an excellent book originally written in 1994. Among several observations made by the author, Jeremy Siegel, was the idea that stocks would at least keep pace with GDP growth or even exceed it at the national level. The data, which went back to the 19th Century, showed that stocks also outperformed bonds in the long-run. The price one has to pay for that outperformance is higher volatility than for bonds and occasional, possibly protracted, periods of under-performance or, if your portfolio is concentrated, the risk of default.” (03/28/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/03/stocks-for-the-long-run-but-not-the-short/

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40) Federal courts ask: What is the meaning of “sex?”
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Harry Bruinius

“A number of federal courts have begun to ask a question that has become more and more subtle over the past few years: What is the meaning of ‘sex?’ It’s a question that has in many ways evolved out of the storms of cultural change that have surrounded the country’s shifting ideas about human sexuality and gender over the past few decades. Many of these culminated in the US Supreme Court’s landmark 5-to-4 decision in 2015, in which a bare majority declared same-sex marriage a constitutional right. On the one hand, the high court’s epoch-changing decision that legalized same-sex marriage created the kind of situation that inevitably arises out of rapid cultural change. Today, neither the federal government nor some 28 states offer any explicit civil rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people (LGBTQ), either in the workplace or any other arena of daily life.” (03/28/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/0327/Federal-courts-ask-What-is-the-meaning-of-sex

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41) Campus censorship is real, and worrying
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“Free speech on campus is having a moment in the UK. After decades of creeping censorship, of students’ unions No Platforming speakers and universities throwing bureaucratic hurdles in front of free speech, some academics, newspaper columnists and MPs have finally started to clock that blacklists and overwrought speaker-vetting policies have no place on a university campus. Good for them. But a report released yesterday by the Joint Committee on Human Rights proves that many still don’t get how deep this problem runs, nor do they grasp how campus censorship operates.” (03/28/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/campus-censorship-is-real-and-worrying/

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42) If the Second Amendment falls, our entire Bill of Rights falls
Source: Fox News Forum
by Robert Charles

“The startling new proposal by 97-year-old former Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment to our Constitution’s Bill of Rights is unwise, dangerous and totally unrealistic. For 227 years, the amendment has guaranteed that ‘the right of the People to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.’ We should not abandon it. The first 10 amendments to the Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. These amendments are the foundation of our liberty and the lasting legacy of the Founding Fathers who so wisely created a Constitution designed to protect the freedom of generations far into the future. These rights are a major factor in what makes America an exceptional nation and a beacon for freedom that attracts people from the world over. Once we begin whittling away at one of our rights in the Bill of Rights, what’s to stop the erosion of the others? Freedom of speech? Freedom of religion?.” (03/28/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/03/28/if-second-amendment-falls-our-entire-bill-rights-falls.html

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43) Quantum Vibe, 03/28/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (03/28/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1776

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44) The Skripal poisonings and the ongoing vilification of Putin
Source: CounterPunch
by Gary Leupp

“Putin is ex-KGB. Very rational and calm. He knows all about agents and double agents. I doubt that he is morally judgmental; he understands why people do what Skripal did. He made a deal for the man’s release eight years ago. His only motive to kill him at this point would be to punish Skripal for past sins and warn others not to ever sell secrets. But why would such a rational person incur global outrage by using a banned agent to attempt to murder a British citizen and his Russian daughter, for no compelling reason? There are international legal processes for investigating charges of use of chemical weapons. Russia has asked Britain to observe them, providing evidence, samples, details. It urges adherence to rules established by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to establish the facts. But London has merely announced it knows Putin was responsible for the state of these two on that park bench.” (03/28/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/03/28/the-skripal-poisonings-and-the-ongoing-vilification-of-putin/

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45) America’s state wreck gathers steam: The Donald’s war cabinet and the fiscal doom loop
Source: Antiwar.com
by David Stockman

“Last week the Donald’s incipient trade war got Wall Street’s nerves jangling, but that wasn’t the half of what’s coming. To wit, Trump has now essentially formed a War Cabinet and signed a Horribus spending bill that is a warrant for fiscal meltdown. Indeed, the two essentially comprise a self-fueling doom loop which means Washington’s descent into fiscal catastrophe is well-nigh unstoppable; it’s all over except for the screaming in the bond pits. That is, Trump’s new War Cabinet of John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, Gina Haspel, and Mad Dog Mattis is arguably the most interventionist, militarist, confrontationist and bellicose national security team ever assembled by a sitting President.” (03/28/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/david_stockman/2018/03/27/americas-state-wreck-gathers-steam-the-donalds-war-cabinet-and-the-fiscal-doom-loop/

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46) Karl Marx reports — rising job quits means increased wages to come
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“It’s rather true that Karl Marx was wrong on many things. What he wasn’t wrong on was the determination of wages. Which is useful for we can adopt his analysis to predict what’s about to happen to UK wages — they’re going to start rising, which will be nice. The reason being that people are quitting jobs in ever increasing numbers …. Think on what he said about wages. If there’s that reserve army of the unemployed out there then the capitalists don’t have to raise wages. Even if productivity and profits increase, even if the workers thereby become bolshie, the exploiters just don’t have to share that rising wealth. For they can just fire people and take some of those unemployed. Or if they need more labour they can just take some of those unemployed. Posit that there is no such reserve army. The capitalists are now in competition with each other for the workers they can exploit, whose faces they will grind into the dust.” (03/28/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/2018/03/28/karl-marx-reports-rising-job-quits-means-increased-wages-to-come/

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47) School options and the rise and fall of cities
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Susan Pendergrass

“It’s a problem that plagues many U.S. cities: How can we make sure that all families have access to a high-quality school? Charter schools can be a good starting point, since they can be strategically placed in neighborhoods where parents don’t have other good options. It’s unlikely that a city will convert all of its schools to charter schools (with the exception of hurricane-ravaged New Orleans), but several cities have found a middle path. In these cities, neighborhood public schools are contracted to charter school networks or other nonprofits. While the schools are given significant autonomy, they are still overseen by the local public school district.” (03/27/18)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/school-choice/school-options-and-rise-and-fall-cities

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48) The conservative case against Gina Haspel
Source: OpEdNews
by John Kiriakou

“President Trump’s decision to nominate Gina Haspel as director of the Central Intelligence Agency is one of the most polarizing personnel decisions of his presidency. Predictably, progressives like senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have come out strongly against her. Libertarian-leaning Republican senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said that not only will he vote against Haspel, he will also filibuster the nomination. Paul does that kind of thing to nominees who have a background in the CIA’s torture program; he filibustered John Brennan’s nomination as CIA director when President Obama made that appointment in 2013. But there is also a conservative case to be made against Haspel. At least, there is a Christian case against her.” (03/27/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Conservative-Case-Agai-by-John-Kiriakou-CIA_Filibuster_Gina-Haspel_Republican-180327-818.html

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49) Justice Stevens’s Second Amendment hokum
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Like so many progressives and conservatives, Stevens obviously believes that the right of people to keep and bear arms comes from the Second Amendment. Repeal the Second Amendment, the argument goes, and — Voila! — the right to own guns disappears. With all due respect to a lawyer who has served on the U.S. Supreme Court, that view of rights and the Constitution is just plain wrongheaded. But unfortunately it is a view that is ingrained in students in public (i.e., government) schools, in state-supported colleges and universities, and yes, in all those government-approved law schools that the state requires people to attend as a condition of getting a government license to practice law.” (03/28/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/03/28/justice-stevenss-second-amendment-hokum/

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50) Property rights are already virtual
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Kate Sills

“The first kind of rights are the prerequisites for true consent. The inalienable rights of the Declaration of Independence — life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — fit into this category. They are the necessary starting points for a moral society in which voluntary exchange and associations can occur. Borrowing from contract law, we can see that without these basic rights, a person cannot be said to freely consent to further obligations. … The second kind of rights are unfortunately often confused with the first, but they are quite different. … These rights are the product of ‘club rules’ that must be agreed to in order to join a community, and we can imagine many different kinds of rules and organizational structures that would be morally unobjectionable, even if they are functionally different. Property rights are a primary example of these societally-defined rights.” (03/27/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/property-rights-are-already-virtual

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51) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 86
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“I took a pretty hard line on government indoctrination centers recently, and I caught a lot of flak for it. What did I say, why did I say it, and do I still stand behind it? What’s in the News with stories on school suspension for going to the gun range after school, a court decides to remove gun rights from marijuana card holders, Tennessee wants to prohibit DUI offenders from buying alcohol, NSA targeted Bitcoin users, and feds make sex work less safe. Also, a And Yet Another Bad Cop segment on the murder in Sacramento.” [various formats] (03/28/18)

http://thelavaflow.com/government-indoctrination-centers-tlf086/

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52) Scott Adams Says, 03/28/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams returns to talk about Roseanne, North Korea, and CNN. (blocking anyone who complains about the sound)” [Flash video] (03/28/18)

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

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53) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 173
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #173, I discuss the US expelling 60 Russian diplomats. Several other countries also expelled Russian diplomats in response to an alleged Russian nerve agent attack in the UK. I look at the evidence behind the allegations and respond to US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman. I break down new developments in the Yemeni Civil War and the Afghan War.” [various formats] (03/28/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-173-kicking-the-russians-out

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54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 03/28/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The ongoing fiasco with the hugely cost over-run and under-performing F-35 demonstrates precisely why President Trump’s massive increase in military spending will not bring more security to the US. It is a ‘get rich’ program for the political elite and the military-industrial complex.” [Flash video] (03/28/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/f-35-boondoggle-more-military-spending-is-not-more-security

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55) Electric Libertyland, episode 65
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland, host Brian McWilliams wades through a river of news including the March for Our Lives, Killer Mike spitting truth on gun rights then bitching out, a PA school’s bizarre yet hilarious plan for student defense, Rand Paul’s spending bill tweet storm and Zombie Bolton refusing to die. Also … is there actually a reason to support Mitch McConnell?” [various formats] (03/28/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/03/28/ell-65-march-of-the-wooden-soldiers-zombie-bolton-just-wont-die/

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56) Political Research Digest, episode 13
Source: Niskanen Center

“Public opinion and political parties are dividing across states, but is public policy following these differences, with conservative publics and majority Republican parties enacting more conservative policies? Christopher Warshaw finds shifts in state public opinion are reflected in policy, but not always through majority parties. Mark Richardson finds that majority state parties still need to win over centrist legislators and governors to pass charter school and abortion policies. Both find signs of life in statehouse democracy.” [Flash audio] (03/28/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/episode-13-red-blue-states-making-red-blue-policies/

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57) Essential Libertarianism, episode 28
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

Why I refuse to register (to vote or pay taxes), by Anonymous. [various formats] (03/28/18)

https://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/03/28/why-i-refuse-to-register-el028/

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58) Intercepted, 03/28/18
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: Famed women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred, who has a case against Trump that may result in her deposing the president, analyzes his legal battles ahead. The former national security briefer to George H.W. Bush, Ray McGovern, talks about John Bolton, Russia, and the CIA’s twitter account engaging in domestic propaganda by campaigning for Gina Haspel. McGovern, who spent 27 years at the CIA, also explains why the elder Bush called Bolton and his crew the ‘crazies.’ Jared Kushner has a new bromance with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, but MBS has apparently been running around bragging that he has Kushner ‘in his pocket.’ The Intercept’s Ryan Grim and Alex Emmons talk about Kushner, the Presidential Daily Brief, and MBS’s royal putsch that made him next in line for the Saudi throne.” [various formats] (03/28/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/03/28/intercepted-podcast-donald-trumps-stache-infection/

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59) Free Talk Live, 03/27/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Silk Road Founder’s Fifth Birthday in Prison :: Self Sacrifice :: Political Action :: Mark Whining About Other NH Activists :: Selfish Argument for Making World a Better Place :: Innovation and the Wealth Pie :: Bored Teenagers :: Entrepreneur :: Anti-Gun March and Police Confiscating :: Calling Talk Radio :: Mark Predicts Failure For Liberty, Embraces Closed Borders :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/27/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-03-27

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60) Fresh Air, 03/28/18
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Growing Up Undocumented: Sara Saedi was two when her parents fled Iran and moved to California. Her new memoir, ‘Americanized,’ describes her 18-year-long path to citizenship, and the lingering anxiety of being undocumented. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews ‘Miles Davis & John Coltrane: The Final Tour,’ recordings of the last engagements Coltrane played as a sideman with Davis.” [Flash audio] (03/28/18)

https://www.npr.org/podcasts/381444908/fresh-air

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61) Reason Podcast, 03/27/18
Source: Reason

“The Americans is at once deeply serious and darkly comic, a domestic drama that plays out against the backdrop of the 20th century’s twilight struggle. [Nick] Gillespie recently sat down with Joe Weisberg, the show’s creator, and Joel Fields, an executive producer and one of its lead writers, to discuss the genesis and meaning of the series, their thoughts on the Cold War, how changing technology is leading to better television, and what we can expect from the series’ final season.” [various formats] (03/27/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/03/27/how-to-think-about-the-americans-final-s

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62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1122
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Scott Horton joins me to discuss the views — on Iraq, North Korea, Russia, Afghanistan, and Iran — of John Bolton, who was recently tapped to replace H.R. McMaster as National Security Advisor. Check out this episode and you’ll be better briefed on the subject than pretty much anyone, anywhere.” [various formats] (03/28/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1122-john-bolton-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

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63) Cato Daily Podcast, 03/27/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The Federal Reserve’s new leadership may indicate changes in a few policies. Tate Lacey comments.” [various formats] (03/27/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/new-fed-same-old-fed

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64) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 03/27/18
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“Is there a campus free speech crisis? On this episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, Nico is joined by FIRE’s Will Creeley and Samantha Harris to discuss this simmering question.” [various formats] (03/27/18)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-is-there-a-campus-free-speech-crisis/

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65) Bloggingheads.tv, 03/27/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Aaron Mate (The Real News) … The Real News, a viewer-supported site … Why Aaron, like some others on the left, is a Russiagate skeptic … What we talk about when we talk about the ‘Deep State’ … Aaron throws cold water on the idea that Mueller is gonna get Trump … Are liberals obsessed with Russia to their own detriment? … The perils of rejecting the conventional wisdom … What the Buddha would say about hating Trump.” [Flash video] (03/27/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/52402

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