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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIV, Issue #3,400
Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
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In the News:

1) Afghanistan: New commander for foreign occupation forces
2) DoJ grants immunity to staffer who set up Clinton’s email server
3) Spain: Socialist Party loses first bid to form government
4) OAS rights commission finds “serious crisis” in Mexico
5) Report: Obama considers Kelly for SCOTUS seat
6) CA: Gun club closed (pretext: Pollution from spent bullets)
7) Carter favors strong encryption, not “back doors”
8) Study: Sleep deprivation can cause “munchies” too
9) Mexico: El Chapo “requests US extradition”
10) Apple files appeal in San Bernardino iPhone case
11) MA: More than 45,000 sign petition to arrest Bill Clinton
12) Ben Stein: “I’ve never voted for a Democrat …”
13) MD: Baltimore school police chief and officers suspended after video emerges of cop slapping, kicking young man
14) SCOTUS hears challenge to Texas abortion law
15) UN Security Council adopts new sanctions on North Korea
16) EU unveils $760 million migrant aid plan
17) Israeli regime claims Syrian regime used chemical weapons during cease-fire
18) Afghanistan: Nine killed in attack on Indian consulate
19) Aerojet Rocketdyne, ULA win $804 million corporate welfare infusion
20) Sports Authority files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, debts exceed $1.1 billion

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Jim Crow redux: Hillary’s race baiting past
22) In the age of Trump, Republicans are in for a reckoning — or a realignment
23) Trump and Sanders are both conservatives
24) Trump taps into economic anxiety resulting from “free trade”
25) Hillary won Super Tuesday, but Bernie won the future
26) Pope Francis, Donald Trump and the problem of populism
27) Trump’s nomination will have real, lasting upsides
28) No more “moments” for Rubio
29) Understanding why the press is generally pro-Brexit
30) Evangelicals are making a big mistake
31) Bringing down the flowers: The controversial history of abortion
32) Subverting a democracy: A fantasy
33) Four levels of government too many
34) How the US government and HSBC have teamed up to hide the truth from a Pennsylvania couple
35) If you pay for it, you should be able to see it …
36) The Tom Woods Show, episode 607
37) Why Marco Rubio is the opposite of a moderate
38) Warren Buffett, out of sample
39) Heartland Daily Podcast, 03/02/16
40) Working-class kids should be challenged, not tested
41) Trump, Berlusconi, Hitler, and the populist moment
42) Another capital atavism
43) Super delegate chicken
44) Understanding the Federal Reserve’s shell game
45) The rise of Donald Trump
46) Super Tuesday funeral: Neoconservatism, an obituary
47) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 50: Michael Dean
48) Free Talk Live, 03/01/16
49) Wilhelm Ropke: The economist who stood up to Hitler
50) Will the nation’s capital have universal school choice?

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

1) Afghanistan: New commander for foreign occupation forces
Source: Military.com

“U.S. Army General John W. ‘Mick’ Nicholson took command Wednesday of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, inheriting America’s longest war and a vicious Talban-led insurgency. Nicholson, 58, took over from U.S. Army General John F. Campbell, who oversaw the end of the international combat mission in 2014 and a subsequent escalation in the Taliban’s war against Kabul.” (03/02/16)

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/03/02/change-command-us-nato-forces-afghanistan.html

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2) DoJ grants immunity to staffer who set up Clinton’s email server
Source: Washington Post

“The Justice Department has granted immunity to the former State Department staffer who worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email server, a sign the FBI investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing is progressing. A senior U.S. law enforcement official said the FBI had secured the cooperation of Bryan Pagliano who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the server in her New York home in 2009. … So far, there is no indication that prosecutors have convened a grand jury in the email investigation to subpoena testimony or documents, which would require the participation of a U.S. attorney’s office. … The Clinton campaign has described the probe as a security review. But current and former officials in the FBI and at the Justice Department have said investigators are trying to determine if a crime was committed.” (03/02/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/in-clinton-email-investigation-justice-department-grants-immunity-to-former-state-department-staffer/2016/03/02/e421e39e-e0a0-11e5-9c36-e1902f6b6571_story.html

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3) Spain: Socialist Party loses first bid to form government
Source: Lompoc Record

“Spain’s Socialist Party lost its first attempt Wednesday to form a government, falling far short of the parliamentary votes needed ahead of a second ballot set for Friday unlikely to solve the country’s political paralysis after an unprecedented fragmented national election two months ago. The Socialists led by Pedro Sanchez got just 130 votes, with 219 against and one abstention. The conservative Popular Party led by acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the far-left newcomer Podemos party joined with several small regional parties to deny Sanchez'[s] attempt at becoming prime minister.” (03/02/16)

http://lompocrecord.com/news/world/spain-s-socialist-party-loses-st-bid-to-form-government/article_abc6102b-40c1-5ff0-a5ba-5f036edef9a7.html

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4) OAS rights commission finds “serious crisis” in Mexico
Source: ABC News

“The human rights situation Mexico is ‘tragic’ and the problems don’t just involve drug violence but also torture, impunity, excessive force and police collusion with criminals, an Organization of American States panel said Wednesday. A report by the Washington-based Inter-American Human Rights Commission also cited increasing detentions of Central American migrants and attacks on journalists and human rights workers, many of which occurred under the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto, who took office in 2012.” (03/02/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/oas-rights-commission-finds-crisis-mexico-37350823

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5) Report: Obama considers Kelly for SCOTUS seat
Source: Reuters

“The White House is vetting federal appellate Judge Jane Kelly for a possible U.S. Supreme Court nomination to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing a person with knowledge of the process. The FBI has been conducting background interviews on Kelly, the Times said, citing the unnamed source. The White House declined to comment on the report. Kelly, a white woman and former public defender, has served on the St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since April 2013. She was confirmed to the post by the Senate on a 96-0 vote.” (03/02/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-kelly-idUSKCN0W42OX

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6) CA: Gun club closed (pretext: Pollution from spent bullets)
Source: Fox News

“The East Bay Regional Park District voted Tuesday to close the Chabot Gun Club amid concerns that taxpayers will be stuck having to pay millions of dollars to clean up pollution from spent bullets. The Oakland Tribune reported the unanimous vote came after more than five hours of comments in a room packed with nearly 500 people. The club’s owner will have one year to close down. Neighbors and environmentalists have criticized the club as a toxic headache, while supporters say the range is a place to learn about gun safety and practice marksmanship.” (03/02/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/03/02/gun-club-closed-because-pollution-from-spent-bullets.html

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7) Carter favors strong encryption, not “back doors”
Source: Charlotte Observer

“Declaring that strong encryption is essential to the nation’s security, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a tech industry audience Wednesday that he’s ‘not a believer in back doors,’ or encryption programs that leave openings for outsiders to read coded files. Carter said he wasn’t commenting on the FBI’s legal battle with Apple over an encrypted iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, mass shooters. But his statement shows the complexity of the encryption debate at a time when the nation’s law enforcement establishment is feuding with tech companies over the use of encryption in consumer products.” (03/02/16)

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/national-business/article63636387.html

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8) Study: Sleep deprivation can cause “munchies” too
Source: Smell the Truth

“Experts now have evidence that lack of sleep can cause people to gourd [sic] on junk food just like they would smoking pot. In a new study published by the health journal Sleep, researchers from the University of Chicago have found that sleep deprivation can send the same chemical signals as cannabis that enhances the ‘guilty pleasures’ associated with eating sweet and salty snacks.” [editor’s note: So if I’m buying chips and cookies at the local Dollar General, I should remember to yawn a lot? – SAT] (03/02/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/03/02/study-sleep-deprivation-can-cause-munchies-like-marijuana

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9) Mexico: El Chapo “requests US extradition”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The jailed Mexican drug lord, Joaquin Guzman, has asked to be extradited to the United States rapidly so he can receive better treatment in prison. His lawyer said Guzman had asked him to stop fighting his extradition because guards at his prison would not let him sleep. ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was recaptured in January, six months after he escaped from prison. Prison authorities say he is woken and checked every four hours. Two US courts have requested Guzman’s extradition on charges of drug trafficking in California, and murder in Texas. But Guzman’s defence teams filed an estimated nine appeals against his extradition.” (03/02/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35712479

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10) Apple files appeal in San Bernardino iPhone case
Source: Politico

“Apple Inc. filed an appeal late Tuesday in its dispute with federal investigators over demands that it create software to help the FBI break into an iPhone used by one of the terrorists who massacred 14 people in San Bernardino, California, in December. … just before 11 P.M. Tuesday, Apple filed formal objections to Pym’s order. The move would ordinarily escalate the dispute to a Senate-confirmed, life-tenure U.S. District Court judge. In its filing, the company said it was taking the new step out of ‘an abundance of caution.’ Under court rules, the company could have waived its right to protest to Pym’s order if it did not file the formal objections by the end of the day Tuesday, two weeks after the magistrate issued the Feb. 16 demand.” (03/02/16)

http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2016/03/apple-files-appeal-in-san-bernardino-iphone-case-220109

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11) MA: More than 45,000 sign petition to arrest Bill Clinton
Source: CNBC

“More than 45,000 people have signed a petition calling for the arrest and prosecution of former President Bill Clinton for what they alleged were violations of Massachusetts election laws — even though state officials have said he acted legally. Leading up to his wife’s victory over U.S. Sen Bernie Sanders of Vermont in the Massachusetts primary on Tuesday, the former president went inside a polling station in Boston, according to multiple reports.” (03/02/16)

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/02/more-than-45k-sign-petition-to-arrest-bill-clinton.html

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12) Ben Stein: “I’ve never voted for a Democrat …”
Source: Raw Story

“Conservative economist Ben Stein revealed on Wednesday that he was considering voting for Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders because Donald Trump was going to ‘sink’ the Republican Party. ‘I went to law school with Ms. Clinton so I’ve always had a kind of fondness for her, she was always a very nice young woman,’ Stein told CNN’s Carol Costello. ‘I admire the fact that Bernie Sanders has a single-payer national health plan. When I worked for [President Richard Nixon] as a speechwriter, I wrote the message that sent up Mr. Nixon’s proposal for a single-payer health plan,’ he recalled. ‘But I would like to see it be a Republican, I’ve never voted for a Democrat. But Mr. Trump, I think, is dangerously misinformed. I like him, but he’s dangerously misinformed.'” [editor’s note: So another “quintessential conservative” crosses over, and reveals himself as a closeted “big govt progressive?” – SAT] (03/02/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/03/ive-never-voted-for-a-democrat-ben-stein-flips-support-to-hillary-and-bernie-because-of-trump

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13) MD: Baltimore school police chief and officers suspended after video emerges of cop slapping, kicking young man
Source: New York Daily News

“The head of the Baltimore school police force and two of its officers were put on administrative leave Tuesday for a video showing an officer slapping, kicking and cursing out a young man. The five-second cell phone clip, which was covertly filmed by a Lake Clifton Eastern High School student, shows an officer loudly slapping a man three times in the face at the school. ‘Go the f— home!’ the officer yells, with a fellow officer standing next to him. As the man stumbles away, the officer kicks him in the back and says, ‘Get the f— out of here!’ It’s unclear when the video was filmed or what led to the officer’s attack. School officials did not immediately return requests for comment.” (03/02/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/baltimore-school-officers-suspended-attack-video-article-1.2549939

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14) SCOTUS hears challenge to Texas abortion law
Source: Houston Chronicle

“Nearly three years after Texas lawmakers approved a far-reaching set of abortion restrictions, the U.S. Supreme Court was set to examine the controversial law Wednesday in a hearing that could affect women’s health across the country for years to come. … The law’s contested regulations require abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and abortion facilities to comply with the expensive standards of hospital-style surgical centers. The case is seen as the most significant abortion-related dispute to come before the Supreme Court since the justices ruled in 1992 that governments could not place an ‘undue burden’ on women seeking the procedure.” (03/02/16)

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Supreme-Court-hears-challenge-to-Texas-abortion-6865252.php

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15) UN Security Council adopts new sanctions on North Korea
Source: Washington Post

“The United Nations Security Council adopted harsh sanctions on North Korea Wednesday, imposing some of the strongest measures ever used to pressure Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons program. The new sanctions come two months after North Korea conducted a test of what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb and a month after it conducted what was widely described as a banned missile test under the guise of launching a satellite into space. But U.S. officials began drafting the measures three years ago, soon after North Korea conducted a previous nuclear test, in order to move swiftly the next time it happened.” (03/02/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/un-adopts-sweeping-new-sanctions-on-north-korea/2016/03/02/309f0514-dfc8-11e5-846c-10191d1fc4ec_story.html

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16) EU unveils $760 million migrant aid plan
Source: USA Today

“The European Union launched a plan Wednesday to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on humanitarian aid for migrants in member states that host large numbers of them. The EU’s executive is proposing to provide $760 million over the next three years for basic necessities like food, shelter, clean water and emergency health care.” (03/02/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/03/02/eu-unveils-plan-760m-aid-migrants/81201700/

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17) Israeli regime claims Syrian regime used chemical weapons during cease-fire
Source: Fox News

“Israel on Tuesday accused Syrian government forces of using chemical weapons against civilians since the start of a cease-fire brokered by the U.S. and Russia aimed at ending the bloody conflict. ‘The Syrians used military grade chemical weapons and lately have been using materials, chlorine, against civilians, including in these very days, after the supposed cease-fire, dropping barrels of chlorine on civilians,’ Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said in Tel Aviv, without providing further details.” (03/02/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/03/02/israel-claims-syria-used-chemical-weapons-during-cease-fire.html

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18) Afghanistan: Nine killed in attack on Indian consulate
Source: NDTV [India]

“In the fourth attack since 2007, heavily-armed terrorists, including suicide bombers, today struck the Indian Consulate in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city, killing nine persons including an Afghan security personnel and causing damage to the chancery. External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi said all Indians in the mission were safe and six terrorists, who carried out the attack, were dead. While two terrorists blew themselves up, four militants were killed by the Afghan National Police.” (03/02/16)

http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/9-killed-in-attack-on-indian-consulate-in-afghanistans-jalalabad-1283335

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19) Aerojet Rocketdyne, ULA win $804 million corporate welfare infusion
Source: Business Finance News

“On Friday, the US Air Force announced its intention to replace Russia-made RD-180 engines for its space launch. In this regard, it granted $804 million worth contract to Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. (NYSE:GY) and United Launch Alliance — a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) and Boeing Co (NYSE:BA). Together they will manufacture US-made rocket booster engines [which they will then charge the Air Force yet more money for actual launches of].” (03/02/16)

http://www.businessfinancenews.com/28035-aerojet-rocketdyne-and-ula-wins-contract-to-replace-russian-rocket-engine/

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20) Sports Authority files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, debts exceed $1.1 billion
Source: Denver Post

“Englewood [Colorado]-based Sports Authority early Wednesday morning filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, hoping to reorganize its operations and reduce its $1.1 billion debt, according to court documents and an interview with CEO Michael Foss. The filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Deleware [sic] was expected. … The company expects to let go about 3,400 of its 15,000 employees as the stores and distribution centers close, Foss said in an exclusive interview with The Denver Post.” (03/02/16)

http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_29585074/sports-authority-files-bankruptcy-debts-exceeding-1-1b

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

21) Jim Crow redux: Hillary’s race baiting past
Source: Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff and Nick Hentoff

“Hillary’s history of race baiting has shown just how small of a politician she has always been. The relevant question is not whether Hillary Clinton is a racist, but whether she is a pragmatic opportunist who pretends to be a racist when it suits her interests to gain a political advantage. Is there a morally appreciable difference between the person who is actually a racist and the person who — with a wink and a nod — sends racially coded messages and encourages harmful, racially disparate policies to win an election?” (03/02/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/jim-crow-redux-hillarys-race-baiting-past

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22) In the age of Trump, Republicans are in for a reckoning — or a realignment
Source: Reason
by Jesse Walker

“Sitting in the ashes of Super Tuesday, what do Republicans see? Donald Trump, the reality-show Le Pen, carried seven states. Marco Rubio, darling of the party establishment, won just one. Several conservatives have started threatening to bolt to a third party if Trump gets the nomination; Trump keeps reminding everybody that he might run as an independent himself if the GOP denies him the crown. With the apocalyptic tone that now comes naturally to political reporters, some pundits are predicting not just a three-way race in November but the collapse of the Republican Party. (At last: an outcome I can root for!) If you’re trying to make sense of this chaos, here are two key facts to keep in mind …” (03/02/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/03/02/party-sorting

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23) Trump and Sanders are both conservatives
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Steven Horwitz

“Those of us who reject the conventional left-right political spectrum often see things that those working within it cannot. For example, in ‘Why the Candidates Keep Giving Us Reasons to Use the ‘F’ Word’ (Freeman, Winter 2015), I argue that Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, seen by many as occupying opposite ends of the ideological spectrum, both embrace the thinking of economic nationalism, if not fascism. They also share a different political tradition. It may seem to contradict their shared fascist pedigree, but Trump and Sanders are both, in a meaningful sense, conservatives.” (03/02/16)

http://fee.org/articles/trump-and-sanders-are-both-conservatives/

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24) Trump taps into economic anxiety resulting from “free trade”
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“Many people don’t ‘get’ Donald Trump’s appeal, ascribing it to his racist, xenophobic talk. But there is another factor, a very strong one, and we had best pay attention. Trump is tapping into an economic anxiety felt by many, many Americans. Our trade policies are at the root of this anxiety, and Trump knows it and says it, and people nod their heads. Many Americans are anxious because for most people the economy has gotten worse, not better. Headlines like ‘Most Americans don’t have enough money to cover a $500 emergency’ tell the story.” [editor’s note: Once again, Mr, Johnson is spot on about this issue – SAT] (03/02/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160302/trump-taps-into-economic-anxiety-resulting-from-free-trade

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25) Hillary won Super Tuesday, but Bernie won the future
Source: In These Times
by Joel Bleifuss

“With Clinton moving closer to the nomination, it looks like we’re sitting down to a pretty lean victors banquet. Where is ‘change’ on the menu? Next to ‘crumbs’? Judging from Super Tuesday’s results, Sen. Bernie Sanders has a long row to hoe if he is going to overtake Hillary Clinton and become the Democratic nominee. By and large, the margins of her victories were larger than the margins of his. But the race for the Democratic nomination is not only a contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. It is also the venue for competing ideas about how social change is made, in which two visions for the future have been offered.” [editor’s note: The real question is, can the Berners evolve and develop their pro-liberty aspects, as the Paulista Tea Partiers have not? – SAT] (03/02/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18921/hillary-clinton-super-tuesday-bernie-sanders-Democratic-Party-future

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26) Pope Francis, Donald Trump and the problem of populism
Source: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Kishore Jayabalan

“After first broaching the subject of the populism of Pope Francis and Donald Trump last September, I admit to being provocative, perhaps excessively so. Then the pope and Trump engaged in a controversy over building walls, with Trump initially taking exception to having his religious faith questioned. … Both sides eventually backed down, but neither seems to have lost much public support or suffered any significant diminishment of his ability to inspire supporters as a result of this brief skirmish. Does this not prove Trump and Francis are populists, each with a reputation of defending the ‘common man’ against entrenched special interests? What would happen when these populisms collide at the first Francis-Trump summit? We may shudder at the thought, but if Catholicism and strident nationalism are indeed so opposed, we may be left waiting for another St. Augustine to resolve the tensions between the City of God and the City of Man.” (03/02/16)

http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/03/02/pope-francis-donald-trump-problem-populism

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27) Trump’s nomination will have real, lasting upsides
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“In 2008, Republicans suffered a landslide defeat after placing Sarah Palin on the ballot and setting her loose on the campaign trail, with the overwhelming approval of the conservative commentariat, to whip up an ugly right-wing populism. Upon losing, Republicans engaged in almost no reflection before launching a campaign of massive resistance to Barack Obama’s presidency. … Conservatives remain loath to acknowledge the obvious, but the liberal critique of their politics is correct, and it took the Donald Trump juggernaut to wake them up to it. Indeed, the fact that liberals had a more accurate read on conservative politics than most professional conservatives seems to bother many conservatives more than the substance of the critique itself.” [editor’s note: Don’t look now, but some of these “progressive” pundits are reading this scenario with a lot more wisdom than most – SAT] (03/02/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/130962/donald-trumps-nomination-will-real-lasting-upsides

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28) No more “moments” for Rubio
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“The Rubio campaign has put together a 1-14 record this year reminiscent of some of the worst performances of the Miami Dolphins. By this point in the 2008 and 2012 races, Huckabee, Santorum, and Gingrich had all had more success, and even the hapless Romney ’08 campaign had won more states than Rubio has. If he were any other candidate, Rubio would be considered a failed also-ran and would be pushed to exit the race sooner rather than later. The fact that there is no pressure on Rubio to drop out is a reminder of one of the ongoing problems with his candidacy: he has extraordinary support from party leaders and donors, but he has relatively little support among voters.” (03/02/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/no-more-moments-for-rubio/

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29) Understanding why the press is generally pro-Brexit
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“Newspaper editors simply are not pondering the subject and then thinking about what they should persuade their readership of. Instead, they’re trying very hard to work out what it is that their readership already believes and then pander to those beliefs. As the above notes, they got it largely right in 1975. The majority of the country was pro-EU and so was the majority of Fleet Street. Similarly The Sun does not consider the relevant manifestos before plumping for Labour or Tory. Instead, it tries to work out what the readership of that paper is likely to vote for. So it is now: the papers can see that there’s rather more opposition to the EU than there used to be and are thus trying to get out in front of their own market.” (03/02/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/media-culture/understanding-why-the-press-is-generally-pro-brexit/

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30) Evangelicals are making a big mistake
Source: USA Today
by Tom Krattenmaker

“It’s nice to see evangelical Christians citing good-sense reasons for their presidential preferences these days. It seems that many are looking not so much for piety but for traits like leadership, strength, competence, and straightforward truth-speaking. Too bad right reasons are leading so many to a wrong choice. Donald Trump, despite making little effort to look and sound evangelical in his campaign, enjoyed substantial and important support from conservative Christians on his way to a series of Super Tuesday wins, as he did in South Carolina a few days before. Why? To hear it from many of his evangelical supporters, it’s because they’re convinced he would be not a godly president, but a good president.” [editor’s note: Not sure this speaks to many among our readership here, but it’s still wisdom worth sharing with those you know – SAT] (03/02/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/03/02/evangelicals-trump-wrong-choice-column/81203674

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31) Bringing down the flowers: The controversial history of abortion
Source: The Atlantic
by Olga Khazan

“The modern abortion debate can feel like trench warfare, with diametrically opposed camps and very few defectors. Surprisingly, though, even the history of abortion is contentious. It’s widely known that there was a legal crackdown on abortion in the U.S. in the 19th century, and clandestine abortions persisted until the practice was legalized with Roe v. Wade in 1973. But scholars don’t agree on whether, before the 1800s, abortion was relatively common and legally accepted, or whether it was considered a grave crime, when it happened at all. This is no idle academic spat. English common law provides the basis for much of the legal precedent in the U.S. (and elsewhere in the former British empire.) More importantly, in his majority opinion in Roe v. Wade, Justice Harry Blackmun cited the historic acceptability of abortion.” (03/02/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/03/bringing-down-the-flowers-the-controversial-history-of-abortion/471762/

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32) Subverting a democracy: A fantasy
Source: La Bocca della Verita
by Gene Callahan

“My friends and I are very wealthy: most of us are billionaires, many of us multi-billionaires. While we are doing well, we would like to lock things in, and make sure that we, and our children, and our children’s children, are at the top of the human heap for decades to come. We have made our money in many ways and are currently invested in many things. But we tend to be concentrated in a few sectors: finance, energy, and the military. And what we most benefit from in those areas is volatility: macroeconomic instability, energy price swings, regime change, and war. So, to the extent we could capture the policy agenda of a very powerful nation we could use that power to create volatility in all of those areas, thereby continuously enhancing our own positions.” (03/02/16)

http://gene-callahan.blogspot.com/2016/03/subverting-democracy-fantasy.html

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33) Four levels of government too many
Source: LewRockwell
by Jack Perry

“It’s not that difficult to criticize the federal government. I mean, I don’t think there’s anyone who can name something intelligent they did recently if they were on a game show called ‘Name That Legislation.’ Be that as it may, there is one incarnation of government we tend to overlook or, in some cases, quite literally write blank checks to. That is local government. We tend to think it’s the feds harassing us, taxing the crap out of us, and poking their noses into our private affairs. And while that is true, no one can actually do that better than your local government.” (03/02/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/03/jack-perry/feds-horrific-not-alone/

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34) How the US government and HSBC have teamed up to hide the truth from a Pennsylvania couple
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“The individuals who work at these criminal cartels can literally do anything they want with total impunity. One of the most egregious examples of this was the $1.9 billion settlement arranged with HSBC for laundering Mexican drug cartel money and dealing with sanctioned countries. If you or I did this we’d be sitting in a concrete box eating porridge through a straw for the rest of our lives, but when ‘masters of the universe’ at big banks do it, the parent company just pays a slap on the wrist fine and life goes on. That’s how oligarch justice works. Although the Department of Justice and HSBC thought the money laundering case was settled ancient history, a determined chemist from Pennsylvania is throwing a wrench into their plans and it could have major implications.” (03/02/16)

http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2016/03/02/how-the-u-s-government-and-hsbc-have-teamed-up-to-hide-the-truth-from-a-pennsylvania-couple/

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35) If you pay for it, you should be able to see it …
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

“That seems like a reasonable and fair principle, therefore it is not surprising that the federal government has a hard time following it. For example, even though the Congressional Research Service (CRS) receives $100 million dollars of taxpayer funding, taxpayers are unable to obtain the many useful studies produced by CRS unless they pay an expensive subscription service.” (03/02/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/pay-able-see

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36) The Tom Woods Show, episode 607
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“I wanted to discuss a few topics in the news, so we got them all done in one episode: the real story of Guantanamo, the federal government and the iPhone, and countries resisting the EU over migrants.” [various formats] (03/02/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-607-potpourri-episode-guantanamo-iphones-and-the-migrant-crisis/

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37) Why Marco Rubio is the opposite of a moderate
Source: Reuters
by Robert Borosage

“Senator Marco Rubio [R-FL] has been crowned the new Republican establishment favorite, the last hope to block the insurgent Donald Trump and the despised Senator Ted Cruz [R-TX] from the GOP presidential nomination. Rubio has garnered heavyweight endorsements, picked up deep-pocket donors and is now savaging Trump on the campaign trail. For the GOP establishment, Rubio offers the possibility of uniting the fractious party. He was a Tea Party favorite in Florida who won the backing of then-Governor Jeb Bush. Rubio is a young, handsome Cuban-American, with an up-by-his-bootstraps backstory, offering the GOP establishment a reach into the Latino community it desperately needs. The effusive imagine him as the Republican John F. Kennedy. Rubio positions himself as the candidate of the future against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Though he has yet to win a primary or caucus, he’s perfected the art of turning defeat into a victory speech.” (03/01/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/03/01/why-marco-rubio-is-the-opposite-of-a-moderate

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38) Warren Buffett, out of sample
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“In a recent post I discussed a couple of arguments against the Efficient Market Hypothesis, which I used to hear a lot when I first started blogging in early 2009. One had to do with the outperformance of hedge funds, and the other was the so-called ‘inevitable’ housing crash in the US (which never occurred in lots of other ‘bubble’ economies, and is reflating again in America.) Another argument was that people like Warren Buffett would persistently outperform the market. This was supposed to violate the EMH. It doesn’t — the EMH predicts that out of every 50 million stock investors, about 49 will beat the market in 20 consecutive years. Buffet never came close to that, but he had some years with huge outperformance, and thus his overall record is amazing. But did it violate the EMH?” (03/02/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/03/warren_buffett_1.html

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39) Heartland Daily Podcast, 03/02/16
Source: Heartland Institute

“In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Randal O’Toole, economic analyst at the Cato Institute, joins Host H. Sterling Burnett to talk about how the incentive structure facing public lands managers has resulted in mismanagement and the armed conflicts we saw in Nevada and Oregon.” [various formats] (03/02/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/03/heartland-daily-podcast-randal-otoole-the-mismanagement-of-public-lands/

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40) Working-class kids should be challenged, not tested
Source: spiked
by Joanna Williams

“Of all the controversial policy directives forced upon schools in recent years — and there have been many — plans to introduce ‘baseline assessments’ must win the prize for being the least popular of all. The image of little four-year-olds being yanked away from play, squeezed into school uniforms and corralled into taking formal tests just days after starting school is surely only something the most child-hating of Gradgrinds could support. Yet from this September, every child starting school in England will be assessed according to the reception baseline. Their skills in reading, numeracy and writing, as well as their social and emotional development, will be measured, scored and recorded. In fact, the development of each child in all of these areas will be combined into just one score. Complex children with emerging personalities and preferences that change daily will be reduced to one single number.” (03/02/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/working-class-kids-should-be-challenged-not-tested/

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41) Trump, Berlusconi, Hitler, and the populist moment
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“Right-wing populists ascend when three toxic forces converge. First, the economy needs to be really lousy for most citizens. Check. Second, the political system ceases to be able to solve problems and loses legitimacy with regular people. Check. Third, some foreign menace causes people to seek shelter in a strongman. Check. Other factors common to successful right-wing populists are these: * They tend to be very good at breaking the rules of conventional political discourse, and at using mass media. * They are not conservatives. They love to use big government to help the masses. More on that in a moment.” (03/01/16)

http://prospect.org/article/trump-berlusconi-hitler-and-populist-moment

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42) Another capital atavism
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Had I ever heard of the zoopraxiscope before, I’d forgotten it by the time I read Randal O’Toole’s recent critique of the latest Washington, D. C., public transit debacle, the new streetcar system. So I had to look it up. It was an early ‘motion picture’ projector. In other words, an ‘atavism.’ According to O’Toole, ‘Streetcars were technologically perfected in the 1880s, so for Washington to subsidize the construction of a streetcar line today is roughly equal to … Los Angeles subsidizing the manufacture of zoopraxiscopes.'” (03/02/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/03/02/another-capital-atavism/

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43) Super delegate chicken
Source: OpEdNews
by Tipsi Magi

“The Democratic Party needs to stop fooling themselves into believing that Sander supporters are going to lay down and take it. They won’t cast their vote to Hillary Clinton just because the Democratic Party tells them to. This is America, and old game politics won’t be tolerated anymore. These supporters believe deep down in every bone that political revolution is necessary to keep this country strong and going for the next 200 years and they refuse to play by the rules of any previous generation before them. It’s time for the world to wake up and accept this. Their message is loud and clear ‘This election will not be bought, and good luck without our vote!'” (03/02/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Super-Delegate-Chicken–W-by-Tipsi-Magi-Bernie-Goldberg_Bernie-Sanders_Bernie-Sanders-Presidential-Campaign_Democratic-Leadership-Council-160302-619.html

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44) Understanding the Federal Reserve’s shell game
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Dan Sanchez

“The Federal Reserve is a key component of the American Transfer State. Under the guise of ‘macroeconomic management,’ it redistributes vast amounts of wealth on an ongoing basis through inflation. The victims of these transfers are ordinary Americans. The beneficiaries are the government and its elite cronies. The Fed masks the nature of this surreptitious taxation and corporate welfare by performing a simple shell game that is just complicated enough to confound the general public.” (03/02/16)

https://mises.org/library/understanding-federal-reserve%E2%80%99s-shell-game

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45) The rise of Donald Trump
Source: CounterPunch
by Dean Baker

“It is undoubtedly scary to many people living outside the United States to see Donald Trump as the leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. He has repeatedly made xenophobic and racist comments and promises to deport 11 million people who immigrated to the United States without proper documentation. This should provide cause for concern, but it is important to understand the basis of Trump’s appeal.” (03/02/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/02/the-rise-of-donald-trump/

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46) Super Tuesday funeral: Neoconservatism, an obituary
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“March 1, 2016, will go down in history as the day the incubus of neoconservatism was banished from the Republican party — and, in effect, destroyed as a viable political force. It’s the day Donald Trump swept the GOP’s Super Tuesday primary, taking — as of this writing — Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, Massachusetts, Arkansas, Vermont, and Tennessee. Three realities are clear from the results …” (03/02/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/03/01/super-tuesday-funeral-neoconservatism-an-obituary/

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47) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 50: Michael Dean
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy this recent episode of the Seeds of Liberty Podcast. This week we were joined by Michael Dean, founder and co-host of the Freedom Feens Radio Show and Podcast. Herein we discussed how debating is not about right and wrong, how running for office under the anarchist party is mental masturbation, Mike Vanderboegh: the most dangerous man in America (according to Bill Clinton), keeping the prison population docile via mandatory writing …” [MP3] (03/01/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/seeds-of-liberty-podcast-episode-50-michael-dean-founder-and-host-of-freedom-feens/

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48) Free Talk Live, 03/01/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Super Tuesday :: Mark’s Carbon Monoxide poisoning :: Sanders vs Trump :: Anti-war Trump? :: Trump smeared unfairly :: Bill Clinton, First Lad :: Vermonsters :: Men in the Ladies Room :: Anarchy.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/01/16)

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49) Wilhelm Ropke: The economist who stood up to Hitler
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“Sometimes there are men of principle who live their values and not merely speak or write about them. People who stand up to political evil at their own risk, and then go on to say and do things that help to remake their country in the aftermath of war and destruction. One such individual was the German, free-market economist, Wilhelm Ropke.” (03/02/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/wilhelm-ropke-the-economist-who-stood-up-to-hitler/

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50) Will the nation’s capital have universal school choice?
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Carol Haynes

“Recently, United States Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced the Educational Freedom Accounts Act (S. 2455), which would create a universal private school choice program in Washington, D.C. for every public school student, including those enrolled in public charter schools. Companion legislation (H.R. 4426) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). Modeled after the recently passed Education Savings Account (ESA) law in Nevada, the bill allows the amount normally spent per pupil in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) to be placed in a parent-controlled account. The funds can be used for tuition, fees, tutoring, curricula and other qualifying expenses to customize the child’s education.” (03/01/16)

http://educationblog.ncpa.org/will-the-nations-capital-have-universal-school-choice/

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