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In the News:

1) Thousands of ICE abductees sue private [sic] prison firm over enslavement
2) Trump orders expansion of US support for al Qaeda and their Saudi sponsors in Yemen
3) Sources: Comey asked DoJ to refute Trump’s wiretapping claims
4) NY: Bill would legalize recreational marijuana, nullify federal prohibition
5) Nude photo scandal shakes US Marine Corps
6) Nuclear submarine plans found in Welsh charity shop
7) MT: “Poet-musician” among Democrats running for congressional seat
8) Russian politician Igor Lebedev proposes legalising football hooliganism
9) OK: Muslim students asked “Do you beat your wife?” by idiot pol
10) Arizona lawman challenges Trump’s border wall
11) Mexico opens migrant defense centers at US consulates
12) Israel moves toward decriminalizing marijuana use
13) Somalia: 110 dead of starvation in 48 hours
14) Income tax audits plummet as IRS gang loses enforcers to budget cuts
15) Deployed US Navy has a pregnancy problem, and it’s getting worse
16) Iraq: Wave of Islamic State car bombs targets regime troops in west Mosul
17) Keystone corporate welfare boondoggle won’t use US steel despite Trump pledge
18) Iran: Regime “successfully” tests S-300 air defense system
19) Turkey: Pilot of crashed Syrian jet rescued
20) Authoritarian nationalists stage rallies across US; some attract counter-protesters

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Greyball: Uber’s super cool app to subvert trolls
22) Trump assumes command of the American Church
23) Trump is the enemy of neocons, but he’s not our friend
24) Building border wall won’t end well
25) We must rise from the ashes of liberal democracy
26) How Madeline Albright deployed PTSD to make me antiwar
27) We can now use Visa to pay Bitcoin network transaction fees
28) Growing up with the war tax resisters
29) What can we learn from Portugal’s drug policy
30) Overkill, not parsimony
31) The right way to handle Jeff Sessions
32) When so-called anarchists look to the state as savior
33) Defibrillating the First Amendment
34) Jeff Sessions’s evasions
35) An interesting mistake
36) Trump’s speech: A budget-busting spending spree
37) Resign, Jeff Sessions; it’s not about Russia, but about justice
38) Bureaucrats Gone Wild department
39) Wealth is concentrating too fast to keep up
40) The Democrats and the zombie horde
41) Special Prosecutor or witch hunter?
42) White House destroys its own justification for the travel ban
43) Natural law: Greek or Israelite?
44) Donald Trump, social engineer
45) Let’s hope the Lords have signed their own death warrant
46) Language is destiny: Free your mind and the rest will follow
47) Budgets, taxes, deficits and debt: Or, Mulvaney versus the math
48) Drafty logic in Sweden
49) Is being for more immigration inherently unlibertarian?
50) Repealing ObamaCare will create jobs

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Free Talk Live, 03/05/17
52) The Scott Horton Show, 03/01/17
53) Why liberty lovers should move to New Hampshire ASAP
54) spiked podcast, 03/04/17
55) Free Talk Live, 03/04/17
56) Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 65
57) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 177
58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode #9
59) Felony Friday, episode 61
60) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 553

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

1) Thousands of ICE abductees sue private [sic] prison firm over enslavement
Source: Los Angeles Times

“A federal judge ruled on Feb. 27 that the plaintiffs could move forward with a class-action lawsuit against GEO Group, which operates dozens of private prisons and detention centers across the country. The company, which contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to operate the 1,500-bed center in Aurora, says it has done nothing wrong, noting in a court filing that such [abductee work] programs are ‘fully authorized by the federal government — and have been for decades.’ … In his decision, U.S. District Judge John Kane certified two classes of plaintiffs. One class involves roughly 2,000 people who, like Xahuentitla, participated in the voluntary [sic] work program. She also alleges that she was only paid for two of the four weeks she worked in the program. The other class involves up to 60,000 immigrants who plaintiffs’ attorneys say were coerced to mop floors, clean windows, wipe down mattresses and clean up dining areas under the threat of solitary confinement, according to court filings.” (03/05/17)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-immigrant-workers-20170305-story.html

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2) Trump orders expansion of US support for al Qaeda and their Saudi sponsors in Yemen
Source: Military.com

“More than two years after a multi-sided civil war [read: A revolution followed by a Saudi invasion] erupted in Yemen that allowed al-Qaida’s local franchise to amass power and seize territory, President Donald Trump has told the Pentagon to conduct a complicated counter-terrorism [sic] campaign. Trump’s decision, just six weeks into his presidency, intends to reverse the largely unchecked expansion across southern Yemen of the group, Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.” [editor’s note: The US, Saudi Arabia and al Qaeda are one side of this war; the Houthi “rebels” who took over a couple of years ago are the other – TLK] (03/05/17)

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/03/05/trump-orders-counterterrorism-expansion-yemen.html

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3) Sources: Comey asked DoJ to refute Trump’s wiretapping claims
Source: ABC News

“FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly refute President Trump’s assertion that his predecessor, President Obama, ordered a wiretap of Trump’s phones prior to the November 2016 election, government sources familiar with Comey’s thinking confirm to ABC News. Comey was concerned the president’s tweets — which he believes are inaccurate — created the impression that the FBI acted improperly, and he wanted to set the record straight, the sources said. The FBI and Department of Justice declined to comment. Trump, who offered no evidence for his claims, tweeted Saturday that Obama was a ‘bad (or sick) guy,’ and likened the alleged taps to Watergate.” (03/05/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/fbi-director-james-comey-asked-justice-department-refute/story?id=45927629

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4) NY: Bill would legalize recreational marijuana, nullify federal prohibition
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), along with nine co-sponsors, introduced Senate Bill 3040 (S3040) to legalize recreational cannabis under a new regulatory regime enforced at the state-level. The legislation reads, in part: ‘The intent of this act is to regulate, control, and tax marijuana [sic] in a manner similar to alcohol, generate millions of dollars in new revenue, prevent access to marijuana [sic] by those under the age of eighteen years, reduce the illegal drug market and reduce violent crime, reduce the racially disparate impact of existing marijuana [sic] laws, allow industrial hemp to be farmed in New York state, and create new industries and increase employment.” (03/03/17)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/03/new-york-bill-would-legalize-recreational-marijuana-nullify-federal-prohibition/

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5) Nude photo scandal shakes US Marine Corps
Source: Marine Corps Times

“The U.S. Marine Corps is investigating allegations an unspecified number of military personnel and veterans allegedly distributed nude photos of female colleagues and other women as part of a perverse social media network that promotes sexual violence. The explosive revelation was first reported by The War Horse and published Saturday via Reveal, part of the Center for Investigative Reporting. Potentially hundreds of Marines may be caught up in the scandal, which has shaken top Pentagon officials and prompted death threats against the Marine veteran who disclosed it.” (03/05/17)

https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/articles/marines-nude-photo-scandal

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6) Nuclear submarine plans found in Welsh charity shop
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A north Wales town has a cold war thriller on its hands after nuclear submarine plans were found in a charity shop suitcase. Staff at a Barnardo’s store in Porthmadog, Gwynedd, were amazed to discover the document showing details of the former £200m HMS Trafalgar. ‘Someone said that if the phone rang and it was someone with a Russian accent, I should put it down,’ joked manager, Stella Parker. The plans will be auctioned off.” (03/04/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-39166971

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7) MT: “Poet-musician” among Democrats running for congressional seat
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Democrats from across Montana converged in the capital Sunday to nominate a candidate to fill the state’s only congressional seat, vacated by Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke to lead the U.S. Interior Department. About 150 delegates were choosing from eight candidates, including two legislators and several political newcomers, to represent the Democratic Party in a special election May 25. ‘I come here not as a career politician rising through the ranks,’ said Rob Quist, a well-known entertainer. ‘As a poet-musician, I ask you to look outside the bubble of Helena to a man who has represented Montana from behind a different kind of microphone.’ Quist is making his first run for office and is widely considered among the front-runners in the party’s bid to recapture a seat that a Democrat has not held in 20 years. State Reps. Kelly McCarthy and Rep. Amanda Curtis also were nominated, as well as Dan West, a former aide to President Barack Obama and former Montana U.S. Sen. Max Baucus.” (03/05/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Montana-Democrats-picking-candidate-for-10978450.php

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8) Russian politician Igor Lebedev proposes legalising football hooliganism
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“A Russian politician has proposed legalising football hooliganism and turning it into a sport. Igor Lebedev has drawn up rules for ‘draka’ (the Russian word for fight), which he said would involve 20 unarmed competitors on each side in an organised brawl. Groups of Russia fans were deported from France after repeated scenes of violence at Euro 2016. Russia will host the next World Cup in summer 2018. Lebedev, who represents the opposition Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, is also on the board of the Russian Football Union.” [editor’s note: Seems reasonable, given how American college fans often react to rise and fall in their chosen teams’ fortunes, to let them actually “play the game” – SAT] (03/05/17)

http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/39172314

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9) OK: Muslim students asked “Do you beat your wife?” by idiot pol
Source: Reuters

“Muslim students visiting an Oklahoma lawmaker’s office in the state capitol were required to fill out a form that asked if they beat their wives and other questions that offended them, an Islamic advocacy group said. The two-page form from Republican state Representative John Bennett’s office, which was shared by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), also asked whether they believed an adherent to Islam should be punished for leaving the faith and if Muslims should rule over non-Muslims. A staff member at Bennett’s handed the form to Muslim students who visited his office on Thursday seeking to meet with him, said Adam Soltani, the executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of CAIR. It was presented as a requirement before they could meet Bennett, Soltani said.” (03/05/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-muslims-oklahoma-idUSKBN16C0WT

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10) Arizona lawman challenges Trump’s border wall
Source: USA Today

“Tony Estrada is the law here, not President Trump. The well-worn crossing along the Mexican border is a place where President Trump’s strident campaign rhetoric aimed at Mexican immigrants still throbs. And few feel the sting more than the 73-year-old Santa Cruz County sheriff. Born in neighboring Nogales, Mexico, Estrada arrived in the United States, at the age of 1, and now occupies the local public safety building that bears his name. His personal story is a familiar one in the dusty town that for decades has marked the beginning of thousands of hopeful immigrant narratives. Yet this place and Estrada’s deep roots here underscore some of the most complicated issues confronting the Trump administration’s contentious efforts to secure the border, from a White House directive authorizing local police to assist with federal immigration enforcement to the proposed wall.” (03/05/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/03/05/arizona-lawman-challenging-president-trumps-border-wall/98492128

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11) Mexico opens migrant defense centers at US consulates
Source: Raw Story

“Mexico opened legal aid centers at its 50 consulates across the United States on Saturday to defend its citizens, the Mexican government said, amid worries of a crackdown on illegal immigration [sic] under U.S. President Donald Trump. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray exhorted the U.S. government to respect the rights of Mexicans and called for the United States to allow a path to legality for undocumented migrants. ‘We are not promoting illegality,’ Videgaray said, according to a video of an event at the Mexican consulate in New York provided by the foreign ministry, saying that Mexico supported following the law, but that means respecting human rights. Trump has issued orders to initiate tougher deportation procedures during his first month in office, following up on campaign vows to fight illegal immigration and to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.” (03/05/17

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/mexico-opens-migrant-defense-centers-at-us-consulates

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12) Israel moves toward decriminalizing marijuana use
Source: Fox News

“The Israeli government has taken a step toward decriminalizing marijuana use. Israeli media say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet has approved a measure that would reduce penalties for possession of marijuana. If caught, smokers would pay a fine, instead of facing criminal charges. Netanyahu said ahead of Sunday’s meeting that a ‘new enforcement policy’ should be drawn up ‘cautiously and in a controlled manner.’ The decision does not mean that Jerusalem will now have Amsterdam-style coffee shops. The Haaretz daily said a committee would study ways to regulate the use of pot.” (03/05/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/03/05/israel-moves-toward-decriminalizing-marijuana-use.html

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13) Somalia: 110 dead of starvation in 48 hours
Source: USA Today

“Somalia’s prime minister said Saturday that 110 people have died from hunger in the past 48 hours in a single region — the first death toll announced in a severe drought threatening millions of people across the country. Somalia’s government declared the drought a national disaster on Tuesday. The United Nations estimates that 5 million people in this Horn of Africa nation need aid, amid warnings of a full-blown famine.” (03/04/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/03/04/somalia-110-dead-hunger-past-48-hours-drought/98739642/

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14) Income tax audits plummet as IRS gang loses enforcers to budget cuts
Source: Washington Post

“As millions of Americans file their income tax returns, their chances of getting audited by the IRS have rarely been so low. The number of people audited by the IRS in 2016 year dropped for the sixth straight year, to just over 1 million. The last time so few people were audited was 2004. Since then, the U.S. has added about 30 million people. The IRS blames budget cuts as money for the agency shrunk from $12.2 billion in 2010 to $11.2 billion last year. Over that period, the agency has lost more than 17,000 employees, including nearly 7,000 enforcement agents. A little more than 80,000 people work at the IRS.” [editor’s note: Good news, but that’s still a little more than 80,000 too many – TLK] (03/05/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/income-tax-audits-plummet-as-irs-loses-agents-to-budget-cuts/2017/03/05/1c5129ae-01a3-11e7-9d14-9724d48f5666_story.html

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15) Deployed US Navy has a pregnancy problem, and it’s getting worse
Source: The Daily Caller

“A record 16 out of 100 Navy women are reassigned from ships to shore duty due to pregnancy, according to data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group. That number is up 2 percent from 2015, representing hundreds more who have to cut their deployments short, taxing both their unit’s manpower, military budgets and combat readiness. Further, such increases cast a shadow over the lofty gender integration goals set by former President Barack Obama.” [editor’s note: Tempest in a teapot. If pregnancy is considered a medical condition that rates transfer out of deployment, and if it is avoidable, then the Navy is already set up to handle it under Article 115 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (“Malingering”) – TLK] (03/01/17)

http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/01/exclusive-deployed-us-navy-has-a-pregnancy-problem-and-its-getting-worse/

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16) Iraq: Wave of Islamic State car bombs targets regime troops in west Mosul
Source: Fox News

“Iraqi troops encountered the ‘heaviest’ clashes yet with Islamic State group fighters Sunday in western Mosul since the start of the new push more than two weeks ago, according to a senior commander. Maj. Gen. Haider al-Maturi of the Federal Police Commandos Division told The Associated Press that ISIS militants dispatched at least six suicide car bombs, which were all destroyed before reaching the troops. The militants, he said, are moving from house to house and deploying snipers.” (03/05/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/03/05/wave-isis-car-bombs-targets-iraqi-troops-in-west-mosul.html

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17) Keystone corporate welfare boondoggle won’t use US steel despite Trump pledge
Source: Raleigh News & Observer

“The Keystone XL oil pipeline won’t use American steel in its construction, despite what President Donald Trump says. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday that’s due to language in a presidential directive Trump issued in January. The directive applies to new pipelines or those under repair. Sanders said it would be hard to do an about-face on Keystone because it’s already under construction and the steel has been acquired. Trump said as recently as last week that Keystone and the Dakota Access pipeline must use American steel ‘or we’re not building one.'” (03/04/17)

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article136334423.html

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18) Iran: Regime “successfully” tests S-300 air defense system
Source: Yahoo! News

“Iran ‘successfully’ tested the Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air missile defence system, Press TV reported on Saturday. During the test, conducted in the presence of several Iranian military and government officials, the missile system successfully detected, tracked and intercepted a ballistic missile, the report said.” (03/04/17)

https://in.news.yahoo.com/iran-successfully-tests-300-air-defence-system-164405495.html

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19) Turkey: Pilot of crashed Syrian jet rescued
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The pilot of a Syrian military aircraft that crashed near the border between Syria and Turkey has been found alive and taken to a hospital, officials say. The Syrian pilot ejected before the crash, in southern Turkey. He has some spinal fractures but is not in a critical condition, reports say.
It is unclear what caused the crash. An Islamist group which is fighting Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said the plane had been shot down, but the Syrian government has not confirmed it.” (03/05/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39172115

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20) Authoritarian nationalists stage rallies across US; some attract counter-protesters
Source: ABC News

“Thousands of people across the country took to the streets Saturday in a show of support for President Trump, participating in rallies and proudly carrying American flags and signs that read messages such as ‘Deplorables for Trump’ and ‘Make America Great Again.’ … Aside from New York City and Washington, where proponents and counter-protesters staged rallies at Trump Tower and near the Washington Monument, cities of all sizes and in blue and red states, were the site of rallies celebrating President Trump. A similar gathering was also held near Trump’s Florida getaway, Mar-A-Lago. But Trump supporters were met by Trump opponents in several cities, and in some cases, these confrontations led to arrests.” (03/05/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/thousands-trump-supporters-stage-rallies-us-attract-counter/story?id=45919456

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

21) Greyball: Uber’s super cool app to subvert trolls
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey Tucker

“What can a company do about trolls who use their technology to hurt the company and other consumers? It’s a tough problem for a technology company like Uber because anyone can download the app and summon a car and get picked up. Some of these accounts, inevitably, will belong to bad actors who are up to no good. Reputation data for individual users are fantastic, but there’s still the problem that users can make new accounts. What can you do? Several years ago, reveals the New York Times, Uber had a fantastic idea. For a suspected malevolent troll who used the service, the company dropped an extra layer on their smartphone application. The passenger would call a car, someone would answer the query, but then the ride would be canceled. This happened repeatedly. The beauty of this strategy is that the person doesn’t know it is happening and the process discourages the creation of new user accounts. It’s not blackballing. It’s about being ‘greyballed,’ which is the name of the application.” (03/04/17)

https://fee.org/articles/greyball-uber-s-super-cool-app-to-subvert-trolls/

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22) Trump assumes command of the American Church
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“As Donald Trump demonstrated in his first address to Congress, no matter how loathsome a ruler may be, he can bring an assembly of politicians to its feet and disarm some critics simply by invoking the quasi-secular faith — Americanism — and eulogizing the latest uniformed war-state employee to sacrifice his life for it. Trump has indeed shown he can fill the job expected of any president: supreme head of what Andrew Bacevich calls the Church of America the Redeemer. … If we are ever to abolish America’s bloody and costly permanent war state we will have to rethink the quasi-secular faith which holds that dying — and killing — for one’s country is the greatest honor and virtue to which one one can aspire. It is time we learned that killing and dying for an ideology — even so-called liberal democracy — is as bad as doing so for a religion — even so-called radical Islam.” (03/03/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/2017/03/tgif-trump-assumes-command-american-church/

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23) Trump is the enemy of neocons, but he’s not our friend
Source: Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald

“It is tempting to watch Trump fight with the security state and give the neocon elites heart attacks and to cheer him on. It’s laughable to watch former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright bemoaning Trump’s rhetoric being a terrorist recruitment tool, considering her ‘the price was worth it’ Iraq sanctions comment that should live in infamy. (She is correct that Trump’s anti-immigrant decisions and rhetoric are foul, but the woman, like all powerful people, seems to have been born without a self-awareness gene.) No matter how many hawkish villains dislike him, Trump is not a friend to peace either.” (03/03/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2017/03/03/trump-is-the-enemy-of-neocons-but-hes-not-our-friend/

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24) Building border wall won’t end well
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“Whatever else it might accomplish, President Trump’s border wall has already divided America. I oppose the wall, believing it’s a bad idea, but mine isn’t a popular opinion — even among libertarians. Some wall supporters make the analogy of fencing your property, saying fences make good neighbors. I agree, but it doesn’t apply. The US government doesn’t own all the land within the borders drawn on the map, even if it believes it does. If I decide to fence off my own property to keep out people I don’t like, but I build my fence around your property, too, without your consent, have I done the right thing? What if I force you to pay for the fence even after you’ve told me you don’t want it? Am I being a good neighbor? What if I also control who is allowed onto your property and who you trade with?” (03/05/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/03/building-border-wall-wont-end-well.html

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25) We must rise from the ashes of liberal democracy
Source: In These Times
by Slavoj Zizek

“Donald Trump’s January 20 inaugural address was ideology at its purest, its simple message relying on a series of obvious inconsistencies. At its most elementary it sounded like something that Bernie Sanders could have said: I speak for all you forgotten, neglected and exploited hardworking people. I am your voice. You are now in power. However, beyond the obvious contrast between these proclamations and Trump’s early nominations (Rex Tillerson, the voice of exploited, hardworking people?), a series of clues give a spin to his messaging. Trump talked about Washington elites, not about capitalists and big bankers. He talked about disengaging from the role of the global policeman, but he promises the destruction of Muslim terrorism. At other times, he has said he will prevent North Korean ballistic tests and contain China’s occupation of South China Sea islands. So what we are getting is global military interventionism exerted directly on behalf of American interests, with no human-rights-and-democracy mask.” (03/03/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19918/slavoj-zizek-from-the-ashes-of-liberal-democracy

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26) How Madeline Albright deployed PTSD to make me antiwar
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“Leslie Stahl: We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it? [Madeline] Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price — we think the price is worth it. Right after I heard that, within a few days at most, the dream started. Not all the time. These days, not even that often. But still, to this day, occasionally. In the dream, I’m surrounded by children, and they’re all just standing there silently. Looking at me. Looking at me with that face. You know the face. It’s the face of someone who’s been hurt and who can’t understand exactly what just happened or, especially, why someone would do such a thing to him or her.” (03/04/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/03/how-madeline-albright-deployed-ptsd-to.html

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27) We can now use Visa to pay Bitcoin network transaction fees
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Roger Ver

“As any Bitcoin user knows, the network is completely full now. Every business is spending countless hours dealing with customer support requests relating to transaction that haven’t confirmed. In the last year confirmation times have gone up from about 10 minutes, to nearly two hours! I was stunned earlier today when I came across a service that now allows people to pay with CREDIT CARDS to have their Bitcoin transaction confirmed! … It is worth noting that this kind of fee market is exactly what the current Core team have been advocating for years. Now they have it, and it is a disaster just like myself, Gavin Andresen, and many others have been saying all along.” [editor’s note: My last Bitcoin transaction took about 30 hours to confirm. Ver is right — this is insane and it will kill Bitcoin if it isn’t fixed – TLK] (03/05/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/we-can-now-use-visa-to-pay-bitcoin-network-transaction-fees/

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28) Growing up with the war tax resisters
Source: The New Republic
by Cale Guthrie Weissman

“The memory is vague, perhaps implanted. It may only exist because my mother has taken great pains over the years to remind me of it. It was either 1991 or ’92, and I am about three years old. It’s Christmas Day and we’re at a house in my hometown of Colrain, Massachusetts. Other people are there, too. We brought cookies to the event. At the time I thought of it as a party; I know now it was not. This memory was my mother’s way of telling me that I’ve always, even as a child, been politically active. We were there offering support to our neighbors, Randy Kehler and Betsy Corner. They had been war tax resisters for decades, and at this moment they were having their house repossessed by the IRS. My mother had dragged her preschool-aged son to what was essentially an act of civil disobedience.” (03/03/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/141077/growing-war-tax-resisters

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29) What can we learn from Portugal’s drug policy
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall and Kaila Preston

“For more than 100 years the United States has looked to prohibition to curtail the use of drugs. Proponents argue that by making substances like marijuana, cocaine and heroin illegal, government can significantly reduce drug-related crime, prevent addiction and stop the spread of drug-related disease. The results have been less than impressive. In fact, Michael Botticelli, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said the War on Drugs has consisted of ‘failed policies and failed practices.’ Among alternative policies proposed to better achieve the stated goals are decriminalization of drugs — relaxed enforcement and penalties for drug offenses — and outright legalization of all drugs. Yes, all of them. These options may sound counterproductive, but the data tell a different story.” (03/03/17)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9011

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30) Overkill, not parsimony
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Two truths: national defense is a necessity; national defense is a racket. The latter is the case because the former is the case. Big spenders rely on ‘better safe than sorry’ to always push the envelope, over-investing rather than under-investing. So, we are trapped — and our new president knows this.” (03/03/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/03/03/overkill-not-parsimony/

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31) The right way to handle Jeff Sessions
Source: Reuters
by Tim Weiner

‘I did not have communications with the Russians’ goes down with ‘I did not have sexual relations with that woman’ as one of the bigger lies in American political history. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a lawyer, as was President Bill Clinton. Unless they cut class in law school, they’ve always known it’s bad practice to raise your right hand, swear to tell the truth, and then tell nothing like the truth. Clinton parsed perjury with the phrase ‘it depends what the meaning of the word “is” is.’ Sessions will have to top that by refining the meaning of the word ‘not.’ In case you caught some sleep last night, here’s what’s up. The whiff of cordite from a smoking gun is wafting through the marbled corridors of Congress.” [editor’s note: It is so nice to see comments about stopping Sessions, for the real reasons – SAT] (03/03/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sessions-russia-commentary-idUSKBN1692OE

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32) When so-called anarchists look to the state as savior
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Larken Rose

“The first argument: This is a crisis! Government needs to act! Look at all these scary stories about incidents of gun violence! Is that what you want?! … The second argument: This is a crisis! Government needs to act! Look at all these scary stories about incidents of immigrants committing violence! Is that what you want?! … If you think one of those arguments is bogus, and the other is compelling, it’s because fear has addled your brain, and scared the principles right out of you.” (03/04/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/called-anarchists-look-state-savior

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33) Defibrillating the First Amendment
Source: Anarchy Central
by Aria DiMezzo

“When Mississippi passed its Religious Freedom Bill, I was initially behind it. I was misled by an attorney friend into thinking that the bill merely allowed Christian businesses to discriminate against people whose lifestyle choices they didn’t approve of. In reality, the bill did allow that, but it also prevented anyone from discriminating against Christians in retaliation. Upon learning that, I immediately dropped support, because … No, this has to go both ways. If an employee is going to discriminate and refuse to fix a gay person’s computer, then I need the right to discriminate against employees who refuse to do their job because of their religious beliefs. It has to be a two-way street, and what Mississippi’s law attempted to do wasn’t reassert the right of religious people to act in accordance with their religious beliefs; it was to do that and to protect them from any and all consequences of that.” (03/03/17)

https://www.anarchycentral.com/2017/03/03/defibrillating-the-first-amendment/

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34) Jeff Sessions’s evasions
Source: USA Today
by staff

“Charges of Russian interference in last year’s presidential election continue to hover over the Trump presidency like a dark cloud. And on Thursday, it rained down again. Less than two days after the president’s well-received address to Congress, the White House was roiled by revelations of two meetings during the campaign between the Russian ambassador and Jeff Sessions, then a senator and Trump adviser and now the attorney general. At the end of a tumultuous day, as prominent Republicans joined Democrats in calling for Sessions to remove himself from any Justice Department investigation of Russian meddling, Sessions did what he had to do and should have already done: He announced his recusal, saying, ‘I feel like … I should not be involved investigating a campaign I had a role in.'” (03/02/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/03/02/jeff-sessions-evasions-editorials-debates/98656238

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35) An interesting mistake
Source: Ideas
by David Friedman

“I recently gave and graded a midterm exam on the application of economics to law. On one problem a number of students made the same interesting mistake, interesting for two reasons. It illustrates one of the ways in which it is easy to misunderstand economic ideas. And it points to a conceptual mistake this is common, important and dangerous. The problem involved the effect of alternative legal rules on the interaction between an airline and three thousand homeowners near the airport. One way of dealing with noise was for the airline to reduce it at a cost of a million dollars. Another was for the homeowners to achieve the same effect by soundproofing their houses at a cost of four hundred dollars each, for a total cost of 1.2 million dollars.” (03/04/17)

http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/2017/03/an-interesting-mistake.html

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36) Trump’s speech: A budget-busting spending spree
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“Trump hit all the right rhetorical beats with soaring language about the future and ‘we’ and ‘us’ doing wonderful things together while un-ironically declaring that ‘Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed. Every problem can be solved. And every hurting family can find healing, and hope.’ Perhaps more alarming, however, are the more concrete declarations about policy. This wasn’t just a speech in which Trump promised to solve everyone’s problems. He promised to make government bigger, more active, and a lot more expensive.” (03/03/17)

https://mises.org/blog/trumps-speech-budget-busting-spending-spree

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37) Resign, Jeff Sessions; it’s not about Russia, but about justice
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is a man out of time, a holdover from an age when some people believed that certain groups were exempt from the rule of law. He may be out of time in another way, too: His days as Attorney General might be numbered. Even in the Senate, Sessions was something of a fringe figure on the far right. Then he had the foresight or good timing to be one of the first politicians to get on board the Trump train. Sessions quickly moved, in the words of one headline, ‘from the fringe to prime-time.’ How extreme is Jeff Sessions? The head of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, Heidi Beirich, reviewed Session’s comments about Muslims and immigrants and concluded he had engaged in ‘hate speech.'” (03/02/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170302/resign-jeff-sessions-its-not-about-russia-its-about-justice

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38) Bureaucrats Gone Wild department
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“This has been going on for some time. Just a couple of days ago it was in the news again, specifically US News (and World Report) tells us that Pepsi distributors are laying off 80 to 100 workers. It had been known to be coming. One of the city’s largest beverage distributors had said in February that it was cutting 20% of its workforce in March, and one of the big grocery chains will drop 300 jobs. Worse, most of those jobs will probably move OUTSIDE the city to the now-booming stores in the ‘burbs. So now we see a big-city soda pop tax is both cratering the city budget … and killing jobs. Two months ago, Philadelphia imposed a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on both sugary and sugar-free beverages to fund schools and parks.” (03/04/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/03/04/bureaucrats-gone-wild-department/

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39) Wealth is concentrating too fast to keep up
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“Equal exchange — that is, exchange between equals — is a positive-sum transaction in which neither party benefits at the other’s expense. Privilege is just the opposite. For every guy who gets a dollar he didn’t work for, Wobbly leader Big Bill Haywood said, there’s another guy who worked for a dollar he didn’t get. The reason is that the exchange isn’t between equals. One party is able to benefit at the other’s expense because they are unequal in power; one of them has the power of the state at their back. If you look at the richest people and largest corporations in the world, you will find that their wealth comes not primarily from producing things, but from controlling the conditions under which other people are allowed to produce. That’s right — they collect rents for the ‘productive service’ of not obstructing productive activity by other people.” (03/05/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/48093

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40) The Democrats and the zombie horde
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox

“I’m not gushing with praise about President Trump’s big speech on February 28, but one of his actions on March 1 does make me gush a little. I chose that verb with cunning: it alludes to his signing of an executive order striking down President Obama’s ‘Waters of the United States’ rule, which gave the EPA the authority to harass people who try to do almost anything about the water on their land, even if the water is nothing but ponds or ‘vernal pools’ (i.e., puddles that show up when it rains). And when I say ‘harass’ I mean harass. The EPA has tried to make malefactors pay tens of thousands of dollars a day in fines.” (03/03/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1674

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41) Special Prosecutor or witch hunter?
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer of the Senate and Nancy Pelosi of the House on Thursday called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from any investigations into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, to resign from office and to appoint a special prosecutor. ‘A special prosecutor is what’s called for and if the administration has nothing to hide, they won’t object,’ Schumer argued. While Sessions did recuse himself before the end of the day, the former Alabama senator and U.S. attorney did not resign and he did not name a special prosecutor. There isn’t much Congress can do about it either, as Schumer well knows, because Congress let the law that allowed legislators to name an independent counsel lapse in 1999. At the time, Democrats were especially anxious to slay the beast of special prosecutor.” (03/05/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/03/05/special-prosecutor-or-witch-hunter-n2293936

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42) White House destroys its own justification for the travel ban
Source: Cato Institute
by David Bier

“President Trump may roll out a revised executive order temporarily banning immigration from six or seven majority Muslim countries this week. When a federal judge held up enforcement of the original order last month, his administration argued in court that any delay in implementation — even for a few days — would ‘irreparably harm’ America. But now the administration’s own actions have thoroughly undermined this line. It is clear that the administration itself doesn’t even buy its own argument for the order.” (03/03/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/white-house-destroys-its-own-justification-travel-ban

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43) Natural law: Greek or Israelite?
Source: Reformed Libertarian
by Brandon Adams

“The concept of natural law is important because it transcends positive laws made by man. As Aquinas said, representing natural law theory as a whole, ‘if in any point it [a man-made law] deflects from the law of nature, it is no longer a law but a perversion of law.’ This is why we and Gordon Clark both appeal to it favorably — as a check against legislation. However, as has been shown, there is disagreement over the content and source of natural law. Greek natural law and Israelite natural law are seeking to answer two different questions. Greek natural law asks ‘What is man’s good?’ Israelite natural law asks ‘What does God require of man?’ The Christian is going to answer ‘What is man’s good?’ with ‘Doing what God requires,’ so there will be a great deal of overlap. But the two questions are distinct.” (03/02/17)

http://reformedlibertarian.com/articles/philosophy/natural-law-greek-or-israelite/

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44) Donald Trump, social engineer
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“At his daughter Ivanka’s urging, President Trump is showing us his liberal or progressive side by urging Congress to enact tax-code legislation relating to childcare and paid leave. Of course, this shouldn’t surprise anyone given that conservatives have, one, long supported other liberal programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, and, two, have long supported the income-tax code as a method of social engineering. Trump is providing a valuable lesson for Americans. Not only does income taxation provide government officials to seize whatever percentage of people’s income they want, Trump is reminding us that it also provides a means by which government officials can provide special benefits to people or manipulate them into doing what the government wants them to do.” (03/03/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/03/03/donald-trump-social-engineer/

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45) Let’s hope the Lords have signed their own death warrant
Source: spiked
by Mick Hume

“Question: what could be worse than 350-odd unelected members of the House of Lords voting to thwart the will of the 17.4million people who voted for Brexit? Answer: the way that some liberals in the UK hailed this anti-democratic ‘revolt’ in the Lords as if it was a noble blow for freedom and equality. To anybody with a democratic bone in their body, however, the peers’ vote to defeat the elected government on Brexit surely ought to end the argument for abolishing the unaccountable House of Lords. The Lords should have signed their own death warrant this week.” (03/03/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/lets-hope-the-lords-have-signed-their-own-death-warrant-brexit-article-50/

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46) Language is destiny: Free your mind and the rest will follow
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“Whether we are reading books (an increasingly uncommon practice), watching television, interacting on the internet or engaging in conversation with friends and family, all of these activities consistently and irrevocably develop and refine the way we view the world around us. First and foremost, our language and employment thereof has the most significant impact on us. I do not want to bother with the noxious collectivist apologias familiar to the deconstructionists like Chomsky and Foucault who profess that literary texts and contemporary conversation are freighted with the various Politically Correct bugbears like race, class and gender which to me is a neat but erroneous substitute for thinking things through. But they do make an important point: our language, in this case, English, informs and prejudices cogitation in an unconscious fashion that can short-circuit clear and conscious thinking.” (03/03/17)

http://zerogov.com/?p=5026

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47) Budgets, taxes, deficits and debt: Or, Mulvaney versus the math
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“On one hand, in addition to the increased defense spending, Trump wants a $1 trillion infrastructure program and he’s pledged not to touch Social Security or Medicare spending. On the other hand, he’s promised to cut taxes. Even if his hands weren’t so famously small, they’d have trouble holding on to both sets of promises while juggling two more in the air: He’s promised to reduce the federal government’s annual spending deficit and pay down its gigantic debt.” (03/03/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/9584

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48) Drafty logic in Sweden
Source: Cafe Hayek

“Sweden’s government re-instated military conscription because, as it says,’the all-volunteer recruitment hasn’t provided the Armed Forces with enough trained personnel. The re-activating of conscription is needed for military readiness’ (‘Sweden institutes military draft for both men and women,’ March 3). No; it’s simply untrue that conscription is ‘needed.’ More recruits could instead be gotten by raising military pay.” (03/03/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/03/42344.html

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49) Is being for more immigration inherently unlibertarian?
Source: Reason
by Brian Doherty

“After writing a long essay about how and why modern American libertarianism in the tradition of Ludwig Von Mises has free trade and free migration as a core component, many people told me that no matter what I or Mises thought, the free migration part especially was a terribly naive position for a libertarian. Why? Because immigrants tend to vote more Democratic. This, say many trying to convince libertarians to turn on more open immigration, means they will vote for larger and more expensive government in a manner that’s supposedly dangerously distinct from the larger group of American voters.” (03/03/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/03/03/is-being-for-more-immigration-an-inheren

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50) Repealing ObamaCare will create jobs
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by John R Graham

“Obamacare channeled billions of dollars out of the productive economy and diverted it towards a health-services sector that has become even more bloated than it was before 2010. Last July, Dr. Bob Kocher, a venture capitalist who served as a special assistant to President Obama when the Affordable Care Act was created, noted that more than half of all health care workers today are administrators, up from just over a third before Obamacare became law. These are paper pushers, not doctors and nurses — not the kind of jobs we should be bragging about. Because Obamacare diverted money into health spending, technically lots of jobs have been added by the health care sector. This provides cover for a superficial story that Obamacare has been a job-creation machine.” (03/03/17)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=26719

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51) Free Talk Live, 03/05/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Homophobe Tom :: Jury Selection :: Separating in Relationships :: Economics in One Lesson – Parity Prices aka Price Fixing :: Inflation :: Incredible Shrinking Product Packaging! :: Arcade City :: Holocaust Denier :: Economic Freedom Index Shows US Dropping Again for 2017 :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Jonny Ray.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/05/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-03-05

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52) The Scott Horton Show, 03/01/17
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Daniel McCarthy, editor-at-large of The American Conservative, discusses the poor showing of libertarian politicians in 2016, despite Ron and Rand Paul’s national prominence and two strongly disliked presidential candidates in Clinton and Trump; and how ‘virtue libertarianism’ can revive the American commitment to liberty, keep the left and right more intellectually honest, and provide a means to punish vice and reward virtue without getting the government involved.” [various formats] (03/01/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/2017/03/3117-daniel-mccarthy-reviving-libertarianism-time-political-transformation-left-right/

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53) Why liberty lovers should move to New Hampshire ASAP
Source: Free Keene

Ian Freeman speaks at the Anarchopulco festival. [Flash video] (03/05/17)

http://freekeene.com/2017/03/05/why-liberty-lovers-should-move-to-new-hampshire-asap-anarchapulco-2017/

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54) spiked podcast, 03/04/17
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast, Brendan O’Neill looks at the truth behind Trump’s comments on Sweden, Sabine Beppler-Spahl says Martin Schulz isn’t all he seems, and Josie Appleton discusses her piece on the Front National in this month’s spiked review.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/04/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/we-must-tell-the-truth-about-sweden/

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55) Free Talk Live, 03/04/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Ridesharing and UBER :: UBER Greyballs Government Officials :: Cabbie Calls In to Support Regulations :: Certification vs Regulation :: Automated Drivers :: UBER Driver Calls In :: L.A. Stinging UBER :: Qualifications :: Truckers :: Insurance :: Former Co-Host Driving for UBER :: Fingerprinting and Background Checks :: Regulatory Abuse :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/04/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-03-04

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56) Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 65
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Episode 065 features an interview of Skyler by Peaceful Anarchism host Danilo Cuellar. The conversation is wide-ranging and covers such topics as Skyler’s books, voluntaryism, peaceful parenting, unschooling, Frederic Bastiat, voluntary communism, Democracy, property rights, spanking, kindness, addiction, and more.” [various formats] (03/03/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/episode-065-skyler-interviewed-peaceful-anarchism-podcast-1h10m

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57) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 177
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Peter Van Doren joins us this week to talk about health care economics. How much should we spend on health care, and how would we know the answer to that question?” [various formats] (03/03/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/how-economists-think-about-health-care-economics

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58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode #9
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF 9#, I discuss the refugee crisis and how the US created it. I also discuss the Sessions scandal, US defense spending, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and North Korea.” [various formats] (03/03/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/foreign-policy-focus-9-the-us-created-the-refugee-crisis

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59) Felony Friday, episode 61
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode of Felony Friday Israel Torres joins the show to share what it was like to have his life sentence commuted by President Obama. Israel was sentenced to life in prison at the age of twenty-one for a nonviolent drug offense. He thought he would be serving out his life sentence until President Obama commuted his sentence and granted Israel his freedom. Now that Israel has rejoined society he is contributing value and proving every day that non-violent drug offenders can do great things once given a chance to prove their worth on the outside.” [various formats] (03/03/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/03/03/ff61/

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60) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 553
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“I’ve had several requests to talk about the current Kansas budget shortfall. A lot of progressives are using the massive budget shortfalls we have here as evidence that tax cuts don’t work. Today I’ll give you the facts and explain why it’s been such a disaster here in Kansas.” [various formats] (03/03/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/553-republicans-work-from-the-democrat-playbook/

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