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Volume XIV, Issue #3,411
Friday, March 18th, 2016
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In the News:

1) EU closes in on Turkey migrant deal, despite rights concerns
2) Obama hits North Korea with new sanctions for nuke tests
3) Study: Warm summer may spread Zika to NYC and Los Angeles
4) Democrats plan push to force hearings on Supreme Court nomination
5) US Senate holds Backpage in contempt for refusing to pretend idiot demagogues are important
6) Dog bites man #1: MDs get more Pharma $$$, prescribe more drugs
7) New York state man gets longest-ever sentence for supporting Islamic State
8) Canada: Court approves Ontario’s first doctor-assisted death
9) PA: House passes medical marijuana bill
10) Turkey: Kurdish group claims Ankara car bomb attack that killed 37
11) Police issue tickets based on Facebook post
12) Five deputies who escorted sucker-punched protester at Trump rally have been disciplined
13) Dog bites man #2: General says forcing troops to commit war crimes “would lower morale”
14) Nations striving for peace talks slam land grab by Israel
15) Tim Cook: iPhone fight “very much about the future”
16) South Africa: ANC’s Mantashe warns of “mafia state”
17) TN: Free speech bill withdrawn after Islamic State comments
18) US Secret Service apologizes to Gerry Adams over White House ban
19) Researchers: Disease-fighting beer may be close
20) Kerry: Islamic State committing genocide against religious minorities
21) EU antitrust parasites want more info on Apples Irish tax deal
22) MT: Judge says government must act on gas lease on sacred land
23) Bergdahl explains his reasoning in newly released documents
24) Ireland to prosecute top banker who destroyed their economy
25) Pakistan: Court lifts travel ban on Musharraf

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) The FBI wants teachers to go Stasi on American kids
27) Libertarians need to embrace their radical goal
28) Court chooses government viewpoint discrimination
29) Candidates sell unity illusion
30) The Tom Woods Show, episode 620: Trump, Buchanan, and the death of the political consultant
31) The Jason Stapleton Program, 03/17/16: Merrick Garland and the GOP truth bomb
32) Despite appearances, these are great times for human liberty
33) Five big unanswered questions about NSA’s worldwide spying
34) Supreme Court picks need diversity, compromise
35) Free international trade helps low-income workers the most
36) The Iran deal bears some fruit
37) Osborne’s disastrous sugar tax decision in the budget
38) How the Walmart business model is reshaping American public education
39) Vapers just wanna have fun
40) Kocherlakota on the inflation outlook
41) Obama to GOP: Do as I say, not as I did
42) Green is the color of status
43) Merrick Garland, what’s the point?
44) How Bernie Sanders bridged a generational divide
45) The ruins
46) After Bernie, now what?
47) Why would Obama nominate an old white guy to SCOTUS?
48) Including the ocean floor, the feds own much more land than you think
49) The heckler’s veto
50) Can Democrats channel America’s discontent?
51) Exonerations are up, but our justice system is as corrupt as ever
52) Heartland Daily Podcast, 03/16/16
53) A brief history of robot law
54) Cat and mouse, red herring, and a whiff of gingerbread
55) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 03/17/16: Nick Hazelton
56) How Sarah Palin led the GOP to Donald Trump
57) Mario meets Spinal Tap
58) Don’t hate Trump’s supporters
59) No debt ceiling debate in the presidential race
60) Free Talk Live, 03/16/16

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

1) EU closes in on Turkey migrant deal, despite rights concerns
Source: ABC News

“European leaders struggled Thursday to reach a deal that balanced their concerns about legal protections for refugees and Turkey’s human rights record with their desperate need to resolve the migrant crisis. On the table was a tentative plan to send back to Turkey tens of thousands of would-be asylum seekers who set out by boat for the Greek islands, in exchange for concessions that would reward Ankara with billions of dollars in aid, unprecedented visa access to Europe and promises of faster European Union membership talks.” (03/17/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/eu-leaders-push-contested-turkey-migrant-plan-37711888

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2) Obama hits North Korea with new sanctions for nuke tests
Source: MSNBC News

“President Obama slapped North Korea with new economic sanctions Wednesday as punishment for launching a ballistic missile and doing ‘illicit’ nuclear tests in defiance of international warnings. ‘These actions are consistent with our longstanding commitment to apply sustained pressure on the North Korean regime,’ a White House statement read.” (03/16/16)

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/obama-hits-north-korea-new-sanctions-nuke-tests?cid=sm_fb_msnbc

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3) Study: Warm summer may spread Zika to NYC and Los Angeles
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Summer weather may be warm enough to allow the mosquito carrying the Zika virus to spread as far north as New York and across the western U.S. to Los Angeles, according to a study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. Long-range forecasts call for a 40 percent to 45 percent chance that summer temperatures will be warmer than normal, allowing populations of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, blamed for spreading the virus in Latin America and the Caribbean, to expand their range, according to models run by NCAR and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.” (03/17/16)

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2016/03/17/Warm-summer-may-spread-Zika-to-NYC-and-Los-Angeles-study-says/stories/201603170118

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4) Democrats plan push to force hearings on Supreme Court nomination
Source: Washington Post

“Democrats began laying out an aggressive strategy Thursday to get Judge Merrick Garland confirmed by the Senate and seated on the Supreme Court, over what appears to be implacable Republican opposition. The approach, which is being implemented in part by a well-financed group led by former aides to President Obama, involves targeting vulnerable GOP Senate incumbents for defeat by portraying them as unwilling to fulfill the basic duties of their office. The idea is to so threaten the Republicans’ Senate majority that party leaders will reconsider blocking hearings on Garland’s nomination.” (03/17/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/democrats-plan-push-to-force-hearings-on-supreme-court-nomination/2016/03/17/97983d40-ec5b-11e5-a6f3-21ccdbc5f74e_story.html

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5) US Senate holds Backpage in contempt for refusing to pretend idiot demagogues are important
Source: Grand Forks Herald

The U.S. Senate voted unanimously Thursday to hold the weebsite Backpage.com in civil contempt for failing to comply with a Congressional sex trafficking investigation. The move comes after Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer refused to comply with subpoenas or show up for a Senate subcommittee hearing last November focused on how the website has become an online hub for sex trafficking. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., serves on the subcommittee that pushed for this action, the first time in more than 20 years the Senate has held anyone in contempt of Congress. ‘Getting this vote today is historic,’ Heitkamp said. ‘It’s showing [how completely virtuous I am and how everyone should love me more than life itself and come crawling to me for protection whenever I tell them they should scared].” (03/17/16)

http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/politics/3989439-senate-votes-hold-backpage-contempt

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6) Dog bites man #1: MDs get more Pharma $$$, prescribe more drugs
Source: Raw Story

“Doctors have long disputed that the payments they receive from pharmaceutical companies have any relationship to how they prescribe drugs. There’s been little evidence to settle the matter — until now. A ProPublica analysis has found for the first time that doctors who receive payments from the medical industry do indeed tend to prescribe drugs differently than their colleagues who don’t. And the more money they receive, on average, the more brand-name medications they prescribe. We matched records on payments from pharmaceutical and medical device makers in 2014 with corresponding data on doctors’ medication choices in Medicare’s prescription drug program.” (03/17/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/03/doctors-who-get-more-big-pharma-cash-prescribe-more-brand-name-drugs

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7) New York state man gets longest-ever sentence for supporting Islamic State
Source: Reuters

“A New York state resident was sentenced on Thursday to 22-1/2 years in prison for trying to recruit fighters to join Islamic State in Syria — the longest prison term handed out yet to an American convicted of supporting the militant group. Mufid Elfgeeh, 32, of Rochester, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Wolford of the Western District of New York. The district’s U.S. attorney, William Hochul, called Elfgeeh ‘one of the first ISIL recruiters ever captured,’ using another acronym for the militant group.” (03/17/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-new-york-islamic-state-sentence-idUSKCN0WJ31P

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8) Canada: Court approves Ontario’s first doctor-assisted death
Source: ABC News

“A Canadian judge on Thursday agreed that doctors may help a terminally ill man die, the first case in Ontario and the third in the country where someone has pursued an exemption to the law on assisted suicide under a recent Supreme Court ruling. Neither the federal nor provincial government opposed the 81-year-old man’s request. The man, who is identified only by his initials in the ruling, was diagnosed in 2012 with lymphoma.” (03/17/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/court-approves-ontarios-1st-doctor-assisted-death-37723856

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9) PA: House passes medical marijuana bill
Source: Marijuana World News

“Pennsylvania lawmakers in the House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 3 with a vote of 149-43, which would legalize medical marijuana in the state. Wednesday’s debate on the state House floor started shortly after 4 p.m. Rep. Sims argued there is, ‘No metric to measure the smile on a child’s face when they can go a day without a seizure.'” (03/17/16)

http://marijuanaworldnews.com/pa-house-passes-medical-marijuana-bill/

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10) Turkey: Kurdish group claims Ankara car bomb attack that killed 37
Source: Fort Dodge Messenger

“A Kurdish militant group on Thursday claimed responsibility for a suicide car-bomb attack in the Turkish capital that killed 37 people. In a statement posted on its website, the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons said the attack in Ankara was in “revenge” for Turkish military operations against Kurdish rebels in the southeast.” (03/17/16)

http://www.messengernews.net/page/content.detail/id/1118998/Kurdish-group-claims-Ankara-car-bomb-attack-that-killed-37.html?isap=1&nav=5022

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11) Police issue tickets based on Facebook post
Source: Cop Block

“Michael Dalton enjoys making videos on Facebook in his spare time, little did he know it would lead to receiving a visit and citations from local law enforcement, CBS reports. ‘On a whim I say, ‘Hey I’ll do a quick recording.” I found this new little shortcut if you don’t want to go across the highway,’ said Dalton. Dalton recorded footage of the short cut, which showed him traveling over private property in order to access a shopping center more quickly.'” (03/17/16)

http://www.copblock.org/156386/police-issue-tickets-based-on-facebook-post/

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12) Five deputies who escorted sucker-punched protester at Trump rally have been disciplined
Source: Washington Post

“Five sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina have been suspended without pay following a Donald Trump rally where a protester was sucker-punched as he was being escorted out, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday. Videos recorded at the March 9 rally in Fayetteville, N.C., showed a Trump supporter assaulting an anti-Trump protester, who was then detained by numerous uniformed men as his assailant walked away.” (03/17/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/03/16/deputies-suspended-following-failures-to-act-at-trump-rally-in-north-carolina/?tid=sm_fb

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13) Dog bites man #2: General says forcing troops to commit war crimes “would lower morale”
Source: Raw Story

“The top U.S. military officer told the Senate on Thursday that it would harm the morale of U.S. forces to order them to carry out activities such as waterboarding or targeting civilians, options previously cited by leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did not comment on U.S. politics, and Trump’s name did not come up in a question put to him by Senator Lindsey Graham or in Dunford’s response.” (03/17/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/03/top-us-general-being-forced-to-commit-war-crimes-would-lower-troop-morale

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14) Nations striving for peace talks slam land grab by Israel
Source: Knoxville Times

“Germany and France have slammed Israel’s decision to seize large tracts of land in the occupied West Bank, saying the move violates international law and is against the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israeli Army Radio said on Tuesday the land was near the Dead Sea and the Palestinian city of Jericho.” (03/17/16)

http://www.knoxvilletimes.com/index.php/sid/242305171

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15) Tim Cook: iPhone fight “very much about the future”
Source: USA Today

“Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company’s fight with the Federal Bureau of Investigation over an encrypted iPhone is about more than one device. During a lengthy interview with Time magazine published Thursday, Cook echoes the company’s stance on the case, where a judge ordered Apple to break into an iPhone used by one of the assailants in the San Bernardino, Calif., shootings. As he has said in previous statements, Cook notes the government wants to set a legal precedent by forcing Apple to create software to circumvent a feature that disables an iPhone after multiple failed login attempts. ‘It’s not about one phone. It’s very much about the future,’ said Cook in the Time piece.” (03/17/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/03/17/tim-cook-iphone-fight-very-much-future/81906690

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16) South Africa: ANC’s Mantashe warns of “mafia state”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“South Africa risks turning into a ‘mafia state,’ a senior governing party official has warned, as pressure grows on President Jacob Zuma over his links with a wealthy family. Gwede Mantashe made the comments after deputy Finance Minister Mcebesi Jonas alleged the Gupta family had offered him a government promotion. During a rowdy parliamentary session, Mr Zuma denied the family had influenced cabinet appointments. The opposition called on him resign.” (03/17/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35831967

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17) TN: Free speech bill withdrawn after Islamic State comments
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A Republican lawmaker on Thursday defended his comments that free speech rights on Tennessee college campuses should apply to everyone — even recruiters for the Islamic State group. State Rep. Martin Daniel of Knoxville said on the floor of the state House that he supports First Amendment rights for people and groups regardless of whether he agrees with their aims. ‘I will never apologize for defending the First Amendment,’ he said. ‘I will always cloak myself in it, and defend others’ right to speak.’ Daniel had been challenged about the impact of his proposed ‘Tennessee Student Free Speech Protection Act’ in a committee hearing a day earlier. Democratic Rep. John Deberry of Memphis had asked whether it would go so far as to allow people to stand in the middle of campus and ‘recruit for ISIS.’ … Following Daniel’s comments, Chairman Mark White, R-Memphis, abruptly moved to have the bill removed from consideration for the year.” [editor’s note: You mean there’s someone in the Tennessee State Assembly who understands the First Amendment? – SAT] (03/17/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Free-speech-bill-withdrawn-after-Islamic-State-6895769.php

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18) US Secret Service apologizes to Gerry Adams over White House ban
Source: Irish Central

“The US Secret Service apologized to Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams yesterday for denying him entry to the annual official St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the White House. The story was first reported by Irish Central. A spokesman for the Secret Service, Robert K.Hobak, apologized during an interview with The New York Times saying it was an unfortunate administrative error.” (03/17/16)

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/White-House-apologise-to-Gerry-Adams-over-St-Patricks-Day-snub.html

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19) Researchers: Disease-fighting beer may be close
Source: Fox News

“Beer lovers may soon have another reason to throw back a pint of their favorite brew, as researchers said they have taken one step closer to crafting a beer that can help fight disease. In data presented at the 251st National Meeting & Exposition for the American Chemical Society, scientists at the University of Idaho reported they are close to synthesizing healthful hops compounds in a lab. Previous research has linked hops, which give beer its bitter flavor, to halting bacterial growth and disease. ‘When researchers extract healthful chemicals from hops, they first have to determine whether they have separated out the specific compounds they’re interested in,’ project leader Kristopher Waynant, Ph.D., said, according to a news release. ‘But if you can figure out how to make these compounds from scratch, you know they are the right ones.’ Waynant and his team are studying specific compounds found in hops called humulones, which are alpha acids that have anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties, and lupulones, which are beta acids that are not as well understood.” [editor’s note: Beer that fights disease? Be still, my heart – SAT] (03/16/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/03/16/researchers-believe-disease-fighting-beer-may-be-close.html

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20) Kerry: Islamic State committing genocide against religious minorities
Source: USA Today

“The Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday in an announcement likely to have little impact on the U.S. military effort against the militant group. The designation, however, could be a first step toward war crimes trials, supporters said.” (03/17/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/03/17/kerry-islamic-state-committing-genocide/81902778/

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21) EU antitrust parasites want more info on Apples Irish tax deal
Source: Jakarta Globe [Indonesia]

“European Union antitrust regulators have asked Ireland to provide further details on the country’s tax deal with Apple before deciding whether this constitutes illegal state aid to the iPhone maker. The European Commission, which has been investigating the Apple deal for more than two years, said on Wednesday (16/03) that Irish authorities had not responded fully to an earlier query. … The EU competition enforcer in 2014 accused Ireland of swerving international tax rules by letting Apple shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from revenue collectors in return for maintaining jobs. Apple’s vice-president of its European operations, Cathy Kearney, told a European Parliament hearing on Tuesday that the company had paid every cent of its [sic] taxes in Ireland.” (03/17/16)

http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/international/eu-regulators-want-info-apples-irish-tax-deal/

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22) MT: Judge says government must act on gas lease on sacred land
Source: ABC News

“A federal judge accused the Obama administration Wednesday of trying to ‘run the clock out’ on a pending decision on an oil and gas lease near Glacier National Park that’s been held up for several decades. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon gave the Interior Department 24 hours to act on the matter. The 6,200-acre lease is in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine area, considered sacred by the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada. The Interior Department said in November it intends to cancel the lease, but it has yet to follow through. Lease owner Solenex LLC of Baton Rouge, Louisiana wants to drill for gas on the site and says its 1982 lease remains valid. The company sued in 2013 to challenge a longstanding suspension of the lease.” (03/16/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/judge-government-act-gas-lease-sacred-land-37703749

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23) Bergdahl explains his reasoning in newly released documents
Source: KLTV 7 News

“Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl said he left a post in Afghanistan in 2009 to draw attention to what he saw as bad decisions by officers above him, according to documents released Wednesday that also show he was diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder. Attorneys for Bergdahl, who faces charges including desertion, said they released the documents to help counteract negative publicity over the case. Bergdahl told a general who investigated the case that he hoped to cause an alarm by leaving his post, then walk to a larger base in Afghanistan so he could have an audience with a top commander.” (03/17/16)

http://www.kltv.com/story/31490473/bergdahl-explains-his-reasoning-in-newly-released-documents

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24) Ireland to prosecute top banker who destroyed their economy
Source: The Free Thought Project

“A former head of a major Irish bank has been extradited from the U.S. and brought before Dublin District Court to face several charges stemming from the bank’s role in the 2008 financial crisis. David Drumm, former chief executive of Irish Anglo Bank from 2005 until 2008, had been arrested in Boston in October 2015, and originally attempted to fight extradition — but he recently withdrew the objection and was returned to Ireland early on Monday.” (03/15/16)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/irish-banker-facing-charges-extradition-us/#Q5FtjB7WRRIrpgaC.01

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25) Pakistan: Court lifts travel ban on Musharraf
Source: Business Standard [India]

“In a relief to Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s Supreme Court today rejected the government’s plea to continue a travel ban on the former military ruler who is facing trial in a number of cases, including for high treason. The court ruled that there was no legal bar on foreign travel by 72-year-old Musharraf unless he is stopped by the federal government. … The issue of Musharraf’s foreign travel arose when the government launched a high treason case against him in 2013 for suspending the constitution in 2007. The government in April, 2014 banned Musharraf’s foreign travels but the Sindh High Court in Karachi rejected the ban in a decision in June, 2014, which was challenged by the government in the Supreme Court.” (03/16/16)

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/pak-court-lifts-travel-ban-on-musharraf-116031600765_1.html

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

26) The FBI wants teachers to go Stasi on American kids
Source: Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald

“While Apple and the federal government duke it out over the encrypted phone of a dead terrorist, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is keeping things old school by advocating that educators start paying close attention to any radical leanings among their students. … The idea that the FBI, or even public school teachers, have the ability to tell the difference between peaceful radicalism, curiosity, research or even meaningless, shock-value teenage rebellion is fundamentally absurd; additionally absurd in a post-Columbine, zero-tolerance America. The sophomore of 2000 was getting hauled into to the principal’s office, or being detained by the school resource officer for writing a short story where someone uses a gun. The sophomore of 2016 will be eyed with suspicion if they hug a tree, question the war on terror, or happen to be a Muslim.” (03/18/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2016/03/17/the-fbi-wants-teachers-to-go-stasi-on-american-kids/

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27) Libertarians need to embrace their radical goal
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Walter Block belongs to the Rothbard tradition of libertarianism. I would classify them as neophobes. While they do want to bring about change by moving society towards libertarianism they want to do it without radical changes. They want to utilize the already existing political system to elect the already existing politicians to the already existing political offices. … By failing to embrace their radical goal neophobes artificially limit themselves to a course of action libertarians have never been good at (because, after all, it is a course of action created by the opponents of libertarianism). This leads them to do incredibly anti-libertarian things such as support Donald Trump.” (03/17/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/03/17/libertarians-need-to-embrace-their-radical-goal/

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28) Court chooses government viewpoint discrimination
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“A three justice panel of the U.S. 4th Circuit of Appeals has held 2 to 1 that it is perfectly OK for the government to ignore the First Amendment while engaging in viewpoint discrimination. The decision affirmed that the state of North Carolina can issue specialty vehicle license plates with anti-abortion slogans while refusing to also produce tags that offer pro-abortion rights views. The North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation in 2011 allowing motorist’s requests for specialty license plates advocating anti-abortion expression while rejecting all requests from abortion rights advocates to also issue tags saying ‘Respect Choice’ or similar abortion-rights phrases. It’s like the government issuing specialty license plates with the message: ‘Democrats Rule’ while refusing to issue similar plates promoting Republicans.” (03/17/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/03/court-chooses-government-viewpoint.html

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29) Candidates sell unity illusion
Source: Independent Institute
by Gary M Galles

“In 2016 a host of candidates claim to be unifiers, suggesting that supporting them is all we need to resolve our contentious issues. Examples abound. Bernie Sanders'[s] ‘Together’ ad was seen as ‘a clarion call to unite Americans across every conceivable demographic line.’ A recent Newsmax headline about Ted Cruz read, ”Unity Among Grassroots’ will defeat ‘Washington Cartel.” The Blaze even had ‘Donald Trump: The Uniter in Chief?’ atop a story. For better or for worse, Americans disagree on virtually every specific issue. So the central problem is not how to unite, but how to manage our disagreements in a peaceful and jointly productive manner.” (03/17/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8713

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30) The Tom Woods Show, episode 620: Trump, Buchanan, and the death of the political consultant
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Another interesting side effect of the Trump insurgency is that salaries of supposedly indispensable political consultants are coming way down. Trump is crushing the field while spending a pittance on such people, and ignoring all standard political advice. Another person to do this was Pat Buchanan, to whom Trump is often compared. My guest today, Roger McCaffrey, who worked for Pat, describes how Pat did this. It’s a freewheeling, informative, and at times hilarious discussion of then and now.” (03/17/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-620-trump-buchanan-and-the-death-of-the-political-consultant/

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31) The Jason Stapleton Program, 03/17/16: Merrick Garland and the GOP truth bomb
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Well, Obama announced his supreme court nominee today and just as I suspected it’s a middle of the road choice that puts pressure on the Republicans to nominate him rather than waiting for the next president to take office.” [various formats] (03/17/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/merrick-garland-and-the-gop-truth-bomb/

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32) Despite appearances, these are great times for human liberty
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Are you despairing of the presidential electoral trajectory? You are not alone. You are in the majority, one might even say the silent majority. A majority of voters in both major American political parties tell pollsters that they neither like nor trust the front runners for the nomination. This is true even in states where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had their strongest primary victories.” (03/17/16)

http://fee.org/articles/despite-appearances-these-are-great-times-for-human-liberty/

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33) Five big unanswered questions about NSA’s worldwide spying
Source: The Intercept
by Jenna McLaughlin

“Nearly three years after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden gave journalists his trove of documents on the intelligence community’s broad and powerful surveillance regime, the public is still missing some crucial, basic facts about how the operations work. Surveillance researchers and privacy advocates published a report on Wednesday outlining what we do know, thanks to the period of discovery post-Snowden — and the overwhelming amount of things we don’t. The NSA’s domestic surveillance was understandably the initial focus of public debate. But that debate never really moved on to examine the NSA’s vastly bigger foreign operations.” (03/17/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/03/17/five-big-unanswered-questions-about-the-u-s-s-worldwide-spying/

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34) Supreme Court picks need diversity, compromise
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“With a Supreme Court confirmation fight looming, I have a couple of proposals for reform. The first is that we take the ‘advice’ part of ‘advice and consent’ seriously. On Supreme Court appointments, the Constitution provides that the president ‘shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States.’ Traditionally, the way this works is heavy on the ‘consent’ part, but not on the ‘advice.’ Though presidents often consult individual members of the Senate (usually, but not always, among their own party’s leadership), that’s done on an informal, ad hoc basis. Instead, the president sends a name to the Senate, and then waits to see if they confirm. But as the Supreme Court has become far more important in American life, perhaps it’s time to make the ‘advice’ part do more work.” (03/17/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/03/17/supreme-court-merrick-garland-diversity-column/81834920

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35) Free international trade helps low-income workers the most
Source: Atlas Network
by staff

“Protectionists, opponents of globalization, and other people who argue against free trade often claim that trade makes the rich even richer at the expense of lower classes. The opposite is actually true, explains John C. Goodman, president of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research and senior fellow with Atlas Network partner the Independent Institute, in a recent commentary for Townhall.com. Research shows that the poor gain the most from trade, and that the more free trade there is, the more the inequality gap narrows.” (03/16/16)

https://www.atlasnetwork.org/news/article/free-international-trade-helps-low-income-workers-the-most

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36) The Iran deal bears some fruit
Source: Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow

“Iranians have seemed to vindicate the Obama administration’s decision to try diplomacy after years of confrontation with the Islamic republic by electing moderate reformers. The most important objective with the nuclear agreement was to stop movement toward a nuclear weapon. There never was any reason to believe the GOP hawks who argued that the U.S. need only maintain sanctions while huffing and puffing a little more to make Tehran surrender to American dictates. When Washington rejected previous Iranian overtures Tehran added centrifuges. The deal was struck because it was a deal, which meant Iran’s government received benefits too. So far the agreement has pushed Tehran back from developing nuclear weapons and triggered a stronger fight for reform in Iran. That’s a much better start than many observers expected. The accord ended any potential nuclear weapons program for now. And so far Tehran is living up to the accord.” (03/17/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/iran-deal-bears-some-fruit

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37) Osborne’s disastrous sugar tax decision in the budget
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“It’s not that taxing sugar is a particularly bad thing to do. There’s other nice and desirable things that we tax like booze and insurance. Hey, got to get the revenue where you can. Rather, what worries us is the monumental mountain of lies that the campaign for this tax has been built upon. Sugar consumption has been falling in recent decades even as the country gets ever porkier. It is therefore not sugar consumption driving the fact that we’re all becoming lardbuckets. If that is so the tax won’t achieve the stated goal.” (03/17/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/healthcare/osbornes-disastrous-sugar-tax-decision-in-the-budget/

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38) How the Walmart business model is reshaping American public education
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“Walmart’s recent decision to close 269 stores was a blip on the national media radar, but it was big news in small towns and suburban neighborhoods across America. … A Walmart spokesperson told a reporter covering a store closure in a small Mississippi community that closing stores is ‘strictly a business decision… It made fiscal sense.’ That rationale is nothing new. Stories about local communities being devastated by business decisions made in distant headquarters have become a staple of this era. … But what if that story isn’t just about businesses anymore? What if instead of a closed factory or shuttered store, the story is about a closed public school?” [editor’s note: His thesis seems a stretch, but is actually a pretty good one – SAT] (03/17/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160316/how-the-walmart-business-model-is-reshaping-american-public-education

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39) Vapers just wanna have fun
Source: spiked
by Sarah Jakes

“After a lot of official nervousness in the UK about vaping, it is striking that government bodies and public-health officials are now openly arguing that it is much safer than smoking. This is a very different attitude to many countries around the world, where vaping is still restricted and officially frowned on. It is not a surprise, then, that the UK government is taking a relatively liberal approach to the implementation of the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).” (03/17/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/vapers-just-wanna-have-fun/18156

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40) Kocherlakota on the inflation outlook
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“When considering the fact that inflation is expected to run only a few tenths below target, keep in mind that both the Fed and private forecasters have tended to overestimate inflation in recent years. Market forecasts have tended to run lower, although those may have biases as well. In the end I think Kocherlakota’s criticism should be taken seriously, because the one thing we’ve learned over the past decade is that at the zero bound, dovish credibility is much harder to achieve (using their current instruments) than hawkish credibility.” (03/17/16)

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

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41) Obama to GOP: Do as I say, not as I did
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Washington, D.C., should host an Olympics for finger-pointing. There would be no shortage of accomplished practitioners. Start with President Barack Obama, who, in introducing Judge Merrick Garland as his choice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the big bench, asked the Senate ‘to give him a fair hearing and then an up-or-down vote.’ … You’d never guess Obama not only voted against Chief Justice John Roberts but also supported a filibuster (that is, he opposed an up-or-down vote) to thwart the confirmation of Samuel Alito in 2005. Hillary Clinton also opposed Roberts and supported an Alito filibuster. Both Roberts and Alito won confirmation with Democratic support — which tells you they were qualified but not immune to the sort of partisan opposition that Obama now finds distasteful.” (03/17/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/03/17/obama-to-gop-do-as-i-say-not-as-i-did-n2135101

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42) Green is the color of status
Source: The American Spectator
by Marita Noon

“With ‘green’ having become a status symbol, the affluent can afford it. Yet, their desire to ‘broadcast their own goodness’ actually results in higher costs to those who can least afford it.” (03/17/16)

http://spectator.org/articles/65818/green-color-status

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43) Merrick Garland, what’s the point?
Source: OpEdNews
by Marc Ash

“Battle? Ideological confrontation? Reshaping of the Court? Forget it — Garland is a safe pick for America’s ruling class. Obama punted. Hatch defeated him without a fight. Better than Scalia. Sure, but that really doesn’t say much. Scalia was arguably the most purely politically-motivated Supreme Court justice in American history. A ham-fisted, ideologically driven, right-wing operative who came to the court every day with a clearly defined agenda. Will Garland be better? Yes. Will Garland show any courage in moving the country forward? Not likely. Why would anyone who understands the scope of the problems facing the country today fight for this Hatch-Obama offering? They should not.” (03/17/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Merrick-Garland-What-s-th-by-Marc-Ash-Judge-Merrick-Garland_Senator-Orin-Hatch_Supreme-Court_Supreme-Court-Nominee-160316-248.html

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44) How Bernie Sanders bridged a generational divide
Source: In These Times
by Susan J Douglas

“How is it that a 74-year-old man has inspired the loyalty and devotion of thousands of twentysomethings? Aren’t millennials supposed to resent older people, seeing them as demanding ‘seniors’ who have greedily attached themselves to the auricles and ventricles of every government-provided social service available and thus are gleefully and selfishly sucking their children and grandchildren dry? In 2012, former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson (then 81) infamously called older people ‘greedy geezers,’ and numerous pundits have flogged this notion of generational warfare, with older people cast as the clear villains.” (03/17/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18949/bernie-sanders-the-anti-greedy-geezer-youth-vote

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45) The ruins
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“We have just learned something interesting about the nastiest presidential election in American history. No, not this year’s. It’s not the nastiest … yet. It is about the election of 1800, when Thomas Jefferson beat back the Federalist Party and its Alien and Sedition Acts.” ()3/17/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/03/17/the-ruins/

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46) After Bernie, now what?
Source: Salon
by Andrew O’Hehir

“After four defeats and a tie, at best in the big states of Super Tuesday III, Sanders'[s] path to the nomination — to use the execrable phrase of political journalism — is now a strand of gossamer spider web floating on the breeze. There may be valid strategic and political reasons for Sanders to fight on into the spring, and there are states ahead that he might yet win: Wisconsin, Oregon, Maryland, maybe California. But as I have argued in previous misbegotten campaign obituaries, sooner or later the Bernie Sanders movement has to get over Bernie Sanders, at least as a plausible candidate for the Democratic nomination. That leaves us with two questions: Where do Bernie’s voters go in 2016, and what happens to all that unexpected energy he released?” (03/16/16)

http://www.salon.com/2016/03/16/after_bernie_now_what_to_mean_anything_the_sanders_campaign_must_outlast_its_figurehead/

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47) Why would Obama nominate an old white guy to SCOTUS?
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“President Barack Obama’s decision to nominate Merrick Garland, a 63-year-old white moderate and perennial short-lister, to the Supreme Court, has political junkies and lawyers scratching their heads. Speculation had swirled for weeks that Obama would select a young, qualified, liberal ethnic minority to fill Antonin Scalia’s vacancy, a decision that would’ve turned the GOP’s promise to obstruct any nominee into a racially fraught proposition, and possibly elicit the same kind of ugly, racially tinged attacks that Justice Sonia Sotomayor faced seven years ago, but this time in an election year. A conventional wisdom is already forming that Obama chose Garland to wrongfoot Republican senators, who were expecting a more liberal nominee. But that doesn’t really bear much scrutiny.” (03/16/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/131689/obama-nominate-old-white-guy-supreme-court

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48) Including the ocean floor, the feds own much more land than you think
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Brandly

“A few years ago, Dr. Maltsev gave a talk at Ferris State University focusing on the evils of Soviet socialism (a portion of the presentation can be seen here). Nobody disagreed with Yuri’s point that the Soviet economy was socialized, however, some took heavy issue with Yuri’s claim that the US economy was also socialized to a large degree. This led me to consider the degree of land socialism in this country. This is a critical issue. Starting with the available land and labor, the structure of production is determined by the available technology and the capital that we derive from the available land and labor. Government control of the natural resources gives the government tremendous control of the whole economy, distorts prices, and diminishes the efficacy of our economic calculation. Is US land ownership heavily socialized? Let’s begin answering this question by considering the states with the largest percentages of government-owned lands.” (03/17/16)

https://mises.org/library/including-ocean-floor-feds-own-much-more-land-you-think

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49) The heckler’s veto
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

“On Feb. 7, 1946, Arthur Terminiello, a Roman Catholic priest who was a fierce opponent of communism and believed that President Harry Truman was too comfortable with it, gave an incendiary speech in a Chicago hall that his sponsors had rented. The hall held about 800 people, but nearly 2,400 showed up. Father Terminiello’s opponents outnumbered his supporters by a 2-1 ratio. The atmosphere in the hall was electric, with almost everyone present taking sides for or against this priest — all under the watchful eyes of Chicago police. The speech delighted the priest’s supporters and enraged his detractors. When it became apparent that violence might break out, the Chicago police approached Terminiello while he was speaking and asked him to stop and leave the building. He refused to leave and resumed his speech.” (03/17/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/03/andrew-p-napolitano/lessons-chicago/

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50) Can Democrats channel America’s discontent?
Source: The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson

“Come July, when the Republicans and Democrats hold their back-to-back national conventions, those attending both (overwhelmingly, journalists) will experience their accustomed quadrennial culture shock—and then some. At first, the shock registers visually: For years, Republican delegates, party leaders, and funders have been overwhelmingly white, while their Democratic counterparts have constituted a steadily more diverse racial palette. This summer, however, the Republican convention will in all probability be not just overwhelmingly white but white nationalist as well, doubtless prompting the Democrats (who need no prompting) to proclaim that their own delegates are a microcosm of America’s future.” (03/16/16)

http://prospect.org/article/can-democrats-channel-americas-discontent

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51) Exonerations are up, but our justice system is as corrupt as ever
Source: CounterPunch
by Lorenzo Johnson

“In 2014, we witnessed a record 137 exonerations in the United States. The statistics for 2015 have topped that record, however, with 149 exonerations reported by the National Registry of Exonerations at the University of Michigan Law School. Over fifty of these cases involved homicide convictions being overturned. Half of the wrongfully convicted exonerees were African Americans. While the news of more innocent people being set free is good, the numbers point to the disturbing state of our criminal justice system.” (03/17/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/17/exonerations-are-up-but-our-justice-system-is-as-corrupt-as-ever/

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52) Heartland Daily Podcast, 03/16/16
Source: Heartland Institute

“In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, we listen in as Research Fellow and Managing Editor of Budget & Tax News Jesse Hathaway joins AM Tampa Bay radio with Hosts Jack Harris and Tedd Webb. Hathaway joins the show to talk about the Apple vs. FBI encryption debate. Hathaway explains that while people instinctually side with the FBI in this case, compromising encryption of the Iphone will set a dangerous precedent.” [various format] (03/16/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/03/heartland-daily-podcast-jesse-hathaway-apple-vs-the-fbi/

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53) A brief history of robot law
Source: The Atlantic
by Greg Miller

“The legal system has been wrestling with what robots can and can’t do for longer than you might think. A new paper by Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington, paints a surprisingly colorful picture of this history, which Calo dates back to a 1947 plane crash involving an Army fighter plane on autopilot. Courts have pondered the extent to which a robot can resemble a living person, as in a 1993 lawsuit filed by Wheel of Fortune star letter turner Vanna White claiming that a robot lookalike used in a Samsung ad campaign had violated her right to publicity (the trial court said no, an appeals court ruled yes). … So far, courts have mostly treated robots as mindless machines and held humans responsible for their actions. What’s changing now, Calo says, is that robots are becoming more capable of acting and thinking for themselves.” (03/17/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/03/a-brief-history-of-robot-law/474156/

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54) Cat and mouse, red herring, and a whiff of gingerbread
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“I’m not a blood-and-guts kind of viewer, but I love a good horror flick, the kind that keeps the viewer constantly off balance with neat little plot twists and hair-raising anticipation of terror. Skillful pacing is essential to the horror genre; we need to be confused, soothed, startled, thrown off course, cajoled, fooled, and soothed some more until we are terrorized by the tantalizing anticipation of the monstrously unthinkable event — even if that event never occurs. Maybe especially if it never occurs. Too many horror films rely on blood and guts to elicit screams, but a brilliant director can deliver the shivers within a PG-13 rating. In 10 Cloverfield Lane, first-time director Dan Trachtenberg does all of this brilliantly.” (03/15/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1531

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55) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 03/17/16: Nick Hazelton
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Nick Hazelton. Herein we discuss his Anarcho Yakitalist podcast, pioneers in the age of decentralized information, how he became a Voluntaryist, why he dropped out of charter school after 10th grade, his plan for self education, typical day for Nick, the importance of personal liberty, the freedom umbrella of direct action, Agorism is Anarchy/Voluntaryism in action, politicians are the symptom of the problem, Statism is a mental illness, dissociate from the sociopaths, opening a business without asking permission, order following Fascists attacking Amish dairy farmers …” [MP3] (03/17/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/nick-hazelton-voluntaryist-host-and-founder-of-anarcho-yakitalist-podcast/

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56) How Sarah Palin led the GOP to Donald Trump
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“Say what you will about Romney, you would trust him with your wallet or your daughter. Trump? Not a chance. It’s not always possible to identify the moment when a journey to destruction began. But in the case of the Republican Party, there is no doubt: Friday, Aug. 29, 2008. That day, presidential nominee John McCain announced that his running mate would be Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. It was a test for McCain and the GOP rank and file. Both failed, and the party has never recovered. The problem is not that Palin was a poor candidate who helped drag the ticket to defeat. The problem is that she was celebrated for qualities that were irrelevant and excused for defects that should have been disqualifying.” (03/17/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/03/17/how-sarah-palin-led-the-gop-to-donald-tr

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57) Mario meets Spinal Tap
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Sean Corrigan

“Not only is he a man who does not seem to understand how banks actually, not only is he dominated with the idee fixe of his blessed inflation mandate instead of paying more regard to what his institution should — and more importantly — should not do as a contribution to the material well-being of those under its sway, but dear old Mario is clearly no kind of a psychologist, into the bargain.” (03/17/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/03/mario-meets-spinal-tap/

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58) Don’t hate Trump’s supporters
Source: The American Conservative
by Gracy Olmstead

“Even though I share the concerns of many others regarding Trump’s candidacy, I have grown frustrated and saddened by the belligerence this discussion has caused between groups of people. I appreciate, so much, the thoughtful commenters here at TAC — who even when they disagree, present thoughtful and honest opinions without maliciousness. When Trump supporters have commented on my anti-Trump stories, they’ve been thoughtful and respectful. I owe them the same deference. But the #NeverTrump movement has often encouraged attitudes of disdain, scorn, and contempt not just for Trump, but also for Trump voters.” (03/17/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/olmstead/love-the-supporter-hate-the-candidate/

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59) No debt ceiling debate in the presidential race
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Among the many issues not being debated in the presidential nomination races in both political parties is the matter of the debt ceiling, which both political parties continue to raise each time it is reached. Given that the debt ceiling is an acknowledgment that too much debt is a very bad and very dangerous thing for a government and a nation (See Greece and Puerto Rico), wouldn’t you think that this would be something that would be discussed and debated in the course of a presidential race? Well, apparently not in this one.” (03/17/16)

http://fff.org/2016/03/17/no-debt-ceiling-debate-presidential-race/

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60) Free Talk Live, 03/16/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“American Student Sentenced to 15 Years Hard Labor in NK :: Choco Pies :: Crossing Guard Attack Video :: Free Town to Launch in Norway Called Liberstad :: Topless Open Carry :: Taxes :: Steiger’s Law and the Free State Project :: Supreme Court Nominee :: FTL Releases Free State Project from Broadcast Agreement :: Schisms :: Robin Hooding.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/16/16)

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