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In the News:

1) Pentagon confirms Iraq airstrike that allegedly killed more than 100 civilians
2) Hundreds arrested as anti-corruption protests sweep Russia
3) CA: Trump regime supporters, foes clash at rally
4) Hong Kong: Committee chooses Beijing regime’s candidate as next chief executive
5) Iran: Regime imposes sanctions on 15 US firms
6) University of Texas survey: Survey claims nearly 15% of female students raped
7) OH: Cincinnati nightclub shooting: One killed, 14 injured
8) Cuban doctors sent to Venezuela say they were deceived, forced to fabricate statistics
9) CA: Bill introduced to block police from assisting federal raids on legal cannabis
10) Iran denies harassing US warships in Gulf, warns of clashes
11) Democrats introduce “MAR-A-LAGO Act”
12) Venezuela: Regime blames climate change after its troops invade Colombia
13) Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul
14) China and others lift ban on meat from Brazil
15) Former Penn State president Graham Spanier convicted of child endangerment
16) Google Street Views cars are now mapping gas leaks across America
17) US immigration judge grants asylum to Singapore teen blogger
18) Egypt: Mubarak freed after six years in detention
19) Trump approves construction of big-government “Keystone XL” corporate welfare boondoggle
20) Trump’s police state escalation exacerbates Obama’s strangulation of US farm sector

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Anoop Verma and the nature of Objectivism
22) Rudd re-declares governments’ lost war on strong encryption
23) Order in the court: Let us pray
24) Trump’s war on terror has quickly become as barbaric and savage as he promised
25) Bemused over Russian “meddling”
26) Why can’t you pay for sex?
27) The death of Paul Ryan, policy genius
28) The prophylactic state
29) Comey must recuse himself from Trump-Russia probe
30) Can religious charities take the place of the welfare state?
31) Trump’s art of no deal on healthcare
32) The evidence does not lie: Prosperity is conquering the world by leaps and bounds
33) RyanCare fail: Big victory for House Freedom Caucus
34) Conservatives better hope that wages and prices are sticky
35) A true Republican healthcare unraveling
36) Inconsistencies in Trump’s national security policies
37) A view of the swamp from across the pond
38) Trump’s military budget is not NATO’s fault
39) Government funding cheapens the arts
40) Economic nationalists should be the very LAST people to endorse the use of 41) Why free trade is officially dead
42) Trump’s healthcare debacle
43) Another loss for broadcast TV streaming, and a dangerous shift of decision-making power
44) The New Deal, part 1: Domestic policy
45) Washington’s princes of paperwork are crushing physicians and bankrupting, if not killing, patients
46) A trout in the milk
47) Is Trump another Obama on foreign policy?
48) The truth about the single market
49) Reason-able?
50) Why does nation-building fail? Because it’s socialist interventionism

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 119
52) Primary Concerns, 03/24/17
53) spiked podcast, 03/26/17
54) Editor’s Break, episode 23
55) The Tom Woods Show, episode 876
56) Rantings & Ravings Rebooted, episode 1
57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 18
58) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 566
59) Cato Daily Podcast, 03/24/17
60) Unraveling Political Theory, episode 6
61) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 180
62) Felony Friday, episode 64
63) The LAVA Spurt, episode 35
64) The AnCap Barber Shop, episode 12
65) Daniel McAdams on The Scott Horton Show

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

1) Pentagon confirms Iraq airstrike that allegedly killed more than 100 civilians
Source: New York Post

“An initial review of airstrikes over the past days indicates that the U.S.-led coalition has struck fighters and equipment of the Islamic State group west of the northern city of Mosul at the request of Iraqi security forces, where there were allegations of civilian casualties, the Pentagon said Saturday. The coalition said in a statement that the airstrike was conducted on March 17. Reports have indicated that the airstrikes have allegedly killed more than 100 civilians in western Mosul where U.S.-backed government troops are fighting IS.” (03/25/17)

http://nypost.com/2017/03/25/pentagon-confirms-airstrike-that-allegedly-killed-more-than-100-civilians/

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2) Hundreds arrested as anti-corruption protests sweep Russia
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Tens of thousands of people rallied, and hundreds were detained Sunday in Russian cities during massive, mostly unsanctioned rallies organized by anti-corruption whistleblower and opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The demonstrations were the largest in Russia in years and came three weeks after Navalny’s Fund to Fight Corruption released a YouTube documentary, now viewed 11 million times, detailing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s purported involvement in massive corruption schemes. … In Moscow, several protesters clashed with police after Navalny was rounded up just minutes after joining the rally. Protesters tried to block a slow-moving police van with Navalny, the 40-year-old head of the unregistered Progress Party, inside.” (03/26/17)

http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-russia-protests-20170326-story.html

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3) CA: Trump regime supporters, foes clash at rally
Source: United Press International

“Four people were arrested after pro-Trump supporters and counter-protesters sparred at a Make America Great Again rally in Huntington Beach, Calif. Elsewhere, rallies across the nation Saturday were generally peaceful with only a few arrests. … three men were arrested on suspicion of illegal use of a Taser, and one woman was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery. The Los Angeles Times reported a counter-protester allegedly attacked a female organizer, Jennifer Sterling, with pepper spray. Flag-waving Trump supporters then tackled, punched and kicked the offender, who was wearing a black mask. The man jumped over a fence and ran along Pacific Coast Highway. He was detained by California Highway Patrol officers.” (03/26/17)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/03/26/Trump-supporters-foes-spar-at-Southern-California-rally/8881490549331/

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4) Hong Kong: Committee chooses Beijing regime’s candidate as next chief executive
Source: MarketWatch

“Hong Kong’s electoral committee picked a staunchly pro-China candidate to lead the city in voting that underscored Beijing’s growing political influence on the former British colony. The 1,194-member committee stacked with pro-Beijing business leaders and politicians chose Carrie Lam, a longtime city official, who was widely viewed as Beijing’s favorite in the three-person race. During the campaign, electors acknowledged receiving phone calls from Beijing representatives instructing them to pick Lam. … President Xi Jinping is tightening political control ahead of a Communist Party congress this fall that is expected to further cement his leadership.” (03/26/17)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/pro-china-candidate-carrie-lam-to-be-hong-kongs-next-leader-2017-03-26

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5) Iran: Regime imposes sanctions on 15 US firms
Source: Bloomberg

“Iran said Sunday it has imposed sanctions on 15 American companies over their alleged support for Israel, terrorism and repression in the region. A Foreign Ministry statement carried by the state-run IRNA news agency said the companies are barred from any agreements with Iranian firms and that former and current directors will not be eligible for visas.” (03/26/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-26/iran-imposes-sanctions-on-15-us-companies

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6) University of Texas survey: Survey claims nearly 15% of female students raped
Source: Fox News

“Nearly 15 percent of female undergraduates at the University of Texas at Austin reported being raped in a survey released by officials at the 50,000-student campus Friday. The survey comes at a time when Baylor University and state lawmakers are facing a widespread sexual assault scandal involving football players at the nation’s largest Baptist university. The Texas survey data works out to about 1 in 7 undergraduate women in Austin. Nationwide, about 1 in 4 college women reported unwanted sexual contact in a 2015 survey by the Association of American Universities.” (03/25/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/25/university-texas-survey-nearly-15-percent-female-students-raped.html

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7) OH: Cincinnati nightclub shooting: One killed, 14 injured
Source: CNN

“One person was killed and 14 injured in a shooting at a crowded hip-hop nightclub about 1 a.m. Sunday in Cincinnati. Several victims are undergoing surgery, Cincinnati Police Sgt. Eric Franz told CNN. Police do not have any suspects in custody but are interviewing witnesses. Cincinnati Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate said there was ‘only one reported shooter.'” (03/26/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/26/us/ohio-nightclub-shooting/index.html

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8) Cuban doctors sent to Venezuela say they were deceived, forced to fabricate statistics
Source: PanAm Post

“Two Cuban doctors who abandoned their ‘foreign mission’ in Venezuela said they were lied to about the conditions of the country, and forced to continue those lies in order to make it seem better than it is. ‘I was in the Cuban medical mission in Venezuela 14 months and we were deceived when we arrived to Venezuela,’ Dr. Yanisley Felix said. ‘It was not what we expected. Working conditions, living conditions, lying about what the mission consisted of and our purpose there.'” (03/24/17)

https://panampost.com/karina-martin/2017/03/24/cuban-doctors-sent-to-venezuela-say-they-were-deceived-forced-to-fabricate-statistics/

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9) CA: Bill introduced to block police from assisting federal raids on legal cannabis
Source: Smell the Truth

“Fearing the recent anti-marijuana comments made by members of the Trump administration, a group of California lawmakers have introduced a bill to make sure state law enforcement doesn’t end up working against the will of voters by assisting feds crack down on legal cannabis, reports the Los Angeles Times. Assembly Bill 1578 was presented this week by six Democratic legislators concerned with recent comments from newly minted Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who both hinted at greater federal interference in states that have legalized marijuana. ‘Prohibiting our state and local law enforcement agencies from expending resources to assist federal intrusion of California-compliant cannabis activity reinforces … the will of our state’s voters who overwhelmingly supported Proposition 64,’ said the bill’s lead author, Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles). The measure has drawn resistance from some local law enforcement officials who believe federal law should be observed over state’s rights.” (03/24/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/03/24/california-introduces-bill-to-block-police-from-assisting-federal-raids-on-legal-pot

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10) Iran denies harassing US warships in Gulf, warns of clashes
Source: Reuters

“Iran denied on Saturday U.S. accusations that its fast-attack boats were ‘harassing’ warships at the mouth of the Gulf, and said Washington would be responsible for any clashes in the key oil shipping route. U.S. Navy commanders earlier accused Iran of jeopardizing international navigation by ‘harassing’ warships passing through the Strait of Hormuz and said future incidents could result in miscalculation and lead to an armed clash. They spoke after the U.S. aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush confronted what one of the commanding officers described as two sets of Iranian Navy fast-attack boats that had approached a U.S.-led, five-vessel flotilla as it entered the Strait on Tuesday on a journey from the Indian Ocean into the Gulf. It was the first time a U.S. carrier entered the narrow waterway, where up to 30 percent of global oil exports pass, since President Donald Trump took office in January pledging a tougher U.S. stance towards Iran.” (03/25/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-security-carrier-iran-idUSKBN16W0TA

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11) Democrats introduce “MAR-A-LAGO Act”
Source: USA Today

“A group of Democratic members of Congress are playing the clever acronym game again. One of the latest to be introduced and to target the Trump administration: the ‘Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act.’ Yes, the ‘MAR-A-LAGO Act.’ The legislation would require the publication of White House visitor logs, something that was done regularly by the Obama administration but has since ended since President Trump took office. It would also mandate the release of visitor logs at other locations where the president conducts business — for example, Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida resort that he has recently called the Southern White House. Introduced by Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Tom Carper of Delaware and Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois, it comes after the president has spent five weekends in Mar-a-Lago since his inauguration.” (03/24/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/03/24/democrats-introduce-mar-a-lago-act/99585476

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12) Venezuela: Regime blames climate change after its troops invade Colombia
Source: PanAm Post

“Venezuela tried to downplay its illegal entry of troops into Colombia this week by claiming the constantly changing direction of a river near the border accidentally led the soldiers beyond their jurisdiction. Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said the Venezuelan soldiers entered Colombia”s eastern department of Arauca as a result of the Arauca River, which she said is constantly changing its flow and direction.” (03/24/17)

https://panampost.com/julian-villabona/2017/03/24/venezuela-blames-climate-change-after-its-troops-invade-colombia/

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13) Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“House Republicans’ failure to repeal Barack Obama’s health care law deals a serious blow to another big part of President Donald Trump’s agenda: tax reform. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., say they will soon turn their attention to the first major re-write of the tax code in more than 30 years. But they will have to do it without the momentum of victory on health care. Just as important, the loss on health care will deprive Republicans of $1 trillion in tax cuts. The GOP health plan would have repealed nearly $1 trillion in taxes enacted under Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The bill coupled the tax cuts with spending cuts for Medicaid, so it wouldn’t add to the budget deficit. Without the spending cuts, it will be much harder for Republicans to cut taxes without adding to the federal government’s red ink.” [editor’s note: That ship has sailed, with the $50 billion added to the warmongering coffers – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Nope, that ship hasn’t sailed. Trump has made a proposal, and that’s where things stand. Granted, the actual budget will likely be even worse than the proposal, but that’s all in the future – TLK] (03/25/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Failure-on-health-bill-hurts-prospects-for-tax-11027359.php

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14) China and others lift ban on meat from Brazil
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“China has lifted a ban on imports of Brazilian meat imposed over allegations that companies have been selling unsafe produce for years. Brazil’s Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi says the move follows a ‘giant effort’ by officials to explain the investigation into tainted food. Chile and Egypt have also lifted their bans, the Brazilian government says. Brazil is the world’s biggest red meat and poultry exporter, selling more than $12 billion a year. The scandal was triggered by a huge federal police operation last week that found evidence that meat-packers had been selling rotten and substandard produce for several years.” (03/25/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-39394937

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15) Former Penn State president Graham Spanier convicted of child endangerment
Source: Washington Post

“A jury found former Pennsylvania State University president Graham Spanier guilty of one misdemeanor count of child endangerment Friday, ending a case that dragged on for more than four years over whether Spanier and two other university executives covered up previous allegations made against former Penn State assistant football coach and convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky. … Former Penn State vice president for business and finance Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley, who both originally faced the same charges as Spanier, struck deals with the prosecution earlier this month in which each pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of endangering children. Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing 10 boys.” (03/24/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/former-penn-state-president-graham-spanier-convicted-of-child-endangerment/2017/03/24/d1936e34-109a-11e7-9b0d-d27c98455440_story.html

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16) Google Street Views cars are now mapping gas leaks across America
Source: The Drive

“Google’s Street View cars have begun pinpointing the places where natural gas is leaking from pipes as the cars roll across the roadways of America’s towns and cities. The Google cars have been outfitted with methane-detecting sensors by a group of scientists from Colorado State University, thanks to funding by the Environmental Defense Fund and as part of a partnership with Google Earth Outreach. … Methane — the key ingredient in most forms of natural gas used by municipalities — is an exceedingly powerful greenhouse gas, packing dozens of times the global warming power of the more frequently-vilified carbon dioxide. Yet in many parts of America, it’s carried about in old, cracked pipelines that allow it to spew into the air.” (03/24/17)

http://www.thedrive.com/tech/8624/google-street-views-cars-are-now-mapping-gas-leaks-across-america

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17) US immigration judge grants asylum to Singapore teen blogger
Source: US News & World Report

“A blogger from Singapore who was jailed for his online posts blasting his government was granted asylum to remain in the United States, an immigration judge ruled. Amos Yee, 18, has been detained by federal immigration authorities since December when he was taken into custody at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Attorneys said he could be released from a Wisconsin detention center as early as Monday. … Yee left Singapore with the intention of seeking asylum in the U.S. after being jailed for several weeks in 2015 and 2016. He was accused of hurting the religious feelings of Muslims and Christians in the multiethnic city-state. Yee is an atheist.” (03/25/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/illinois/articles/2017-03-25/us-immigration-judge-grants-asylum-to-singapore-teen-blogger

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18) Egypt: Mubarak freed after six years in detention
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been freed from detention, six years after being overthrown. Mr Mubarak left a military hospital in southern Cairo and went to his home in the northern suburb of Heliopolis, his lawyer said. He was ordered freed earlier this month after Egypt’s top appeals court cleared him over the deaths of protesters in the 2011 uprising.” (03/24/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39378045

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19) Trump approves construction of big-government “Keystone XL” corporate welfare boondoggle
Source: CNBC

“President Donald Trump on Friday approved the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline linking Canadian oil sands to U.S. refiners, a project blocked by former President Barack Obama. TransCanada said earlier in the day the U.S. Department of State had issued a presidential permit for the project.” (03/24/17)

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/24/transcanada-gets-presidential-permit-to-construct-the-keystone-xl-pipeline.html

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20) Trump’s police state escalation exacerbates Obama’s strangulation of US farm sector
Source: Cedar Rapids Gazette

“[Arnulfo] Solorio is one of a growing number of agricultural businessmen who say they face an urgent shortage of workers. The flow of labor began drying up when President Barack Obama tightened the border. Now President Donald Trump is promising to deport more people, raid more companies and build a wall on the southern border. … Farmers are being forced to make difficult choices about whether to abandon some of the state’s hallmark fruits and vegetables, move operations abroad, import workers under a special visa or replace them altogether with machines. … raises and new perks have not tempted native-born Americans to leave their day jobs for the fields. Nine in 10 agriculture workers in California are still foreign born, and more than half are here illegally [sic], according to a federal survey.” [editor’s note: But oh, how the immigration authoritarians will whine about prices going up … – TLK] (03/23/17)

http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/nation-and-world/immigration-crackdown-worsening-workers-shortage-20170323

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

21) Anoop Verma and the nature of Objectivism
Source: Notablog
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra

“[L]ater generations tend to view a whole group of folks (young ‘acolytes’) who have emerged from the work of any particular individual (be it Marx, Freud, etc.) as part of a larger ‘ism.’ In this case, the ‘ism’ isn’t Objectivism, but ‘Randianism.’ I think that in a hundred years or so, folks looking back on this ongoing debate are not going to be as picky as the current generation. They may very well look back on this era and say that a bunch of ‘Randians’ argued over the meaning of what Rand called ‘Objectivism,’ and split into various sub-movements, all of them variants on Rand’s overall philosophy. Rand herself knew that this would be the case; she once remarked that no philosopher could possibly develop all of the implications of her philosophy in her own lifetime, and that over time, those who follow her would attempt to fill in those areas that she had not addressed. One would hope that the ‘fill-ins’ would not be simply consistent with Objectivism, but with something even more important: reality.” (03/25/17)

https://www.nyu.edu/projects/sciabarra/notablog/archives/002249.html

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22) Rudd re-declares governments’ lost war on strong encryption
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd is upset. She considers it ‘unacceptable’ that she can’t read your private chat messages and wants that fixed. Naturally, she publicly ties her demand that you surrender your privacy to the fight against terrorism. Fortunately, Rudd won’t get her way. That’s not because her demand is evil and wrong-headed, although it is. It’s because her demand is impossible to implement.” (03/26/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/9944

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23) Order in the court: Let us pray
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“There is no end to the number of government officials in America who think they have authority from God Almighty to ignore the First Amendment Establishment Clause and use their public positions to promote their religious beliefs. I have the obligation to call them out time and time again. Dealing with these sanctimonious morons is like playing the game of whack-a-mole with a ping pong paddle. Now in Texas we have Montgomery County Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack, who has installed his own tradition of beginning each session of his court with Christian prayers. But don’t say he didn’t warn us. He campaigned for his government job vowing it instill ‘religious values’ in his office and promised to implement a ‘chaplaincy program.'” (03/26/17)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2017/03/order-in-court-let-us-pray.html

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24) Trump’s war on terror has quickly become as barbaric and savage as he promised
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“Each time Trump drops another bomb, various pundits and other assorted Trump opponents smugly posit that his doing so is inconsistent with his touted ‘non-interventionism.’ This is just ignorance of what these terms mean. By escalating violence against civilians, Trump is, in fact, doing exactly what he promised to do, and exactly what those who described his foreign policy as ‘non-interventionist’ predicted he would do: namely, limitlessly unleashing the U.S. military when the claimed objective was the destruction of ‘terrorists,’ while refusing to use the military for other ends such as regime change and humanitarianism. If one were to reduce this mentality to a motto, it could be: fight fewer wars and for narrower reasons, but be more barbaric and criminal in prosecuting the ones that are fought.” (03/26/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/03/26/trumps-war-on-terror-has-quickly-become-as-barbaric-and-savage-as-he-promised/

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25) Bemused over Russian “meddling”
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“I must confess that liberals and the liberal press are amusing me to no end over their heated and exuberant reaction to the Trump-Russia meddling ‘scandal.’ I find the whole controversy to be absolutely hilarious. A question that stands out in all this: What’s wrong with an American politician ‘colluding’ with a Russian politician to win an American election?” (03/24/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/03/24/bemused-russian-meddling/

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26) Why can’t you pay for sex?
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Ninos Malek

“Consensual sex is legal. But as soon as one party offers cash to another in exchange for sex and that money is voluntarily accepted, it’s considered prostitution, and that is illegal. This is hypocritical, illogical, and wasteful — and it needs to stop.” (03/25/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/cant-pay-sex

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27) The death of Paul Ryan, policy genius
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“During last year’s Republican primaries, Marco Rubio famously described Donald Trump as a ‘con artist.’ But this week, with the disastrous rollout of the American Health Care Act, we’ve seen the con artist get played by an even slicker, more professional grifter. And Trump is not alone in being conned: House Speaker Paul Ryan has been fooling a lot of people for a long time, making the world believe that he’s the foremost Republican policy wonk, an expert in the fine print of budgets who could bring a much-needed seriousness to Washington. In an ideal world, the damage caused by Ryan’s role in pushing the deeply flawed AHCA won’t be limited to his relationship with Trump. This episode should strike at the real root cause of the mess: The powerful, persistent Washington myth that Ryan is a policy genius.” (03/24/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/141600/death-paul-ryan-policy-genius

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28) The prophylactic state
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“Libertarians often castigate the state as an agency of force, an institution that divides people into rulers and the ruled, governors and the governed. This is particularly so in modern democratic societies. Libertarians often speak of the tyranny of the majority. And while there is much truth in this, it is, unfortunately, not an accurate view of modern democratic governments. It does not come to grips with the motivations of liberals and left-wing politics. To get at what motivates modern liberals, we have to understand the roots of modern liberalism — which is classical liberalism. The classical liberal goal was individual freedom.” (03/25/17)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-prophylactic-state.html

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29) Comey must recuse himself from Trump-Russia probe
Source: Fox News Forum
by Dennis Kucinich

“FBI Director James Comey should recuse himself from all further investigations into the 2016 presidential campaign and its aftermath. Here’s why: On Oct. 28, Comey announced the discovery of new Clinton emails, creating a media firestorm that tilted the election toward Donald Trump. This week, testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, Comey confirmed a report leaked to the media last summer that the FBI was investigating allegations of a connection between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Comey could have shared his concerns about both campaigns before the November election, and let the public decide. He did not. If it was appropriate to withhold information about an investigation into the Trump campaign in July, he should have applied that same logic to the Clinton campaign in October. Hillary Clinton, charged not with a crime but by innuendo, paid the price at the polls. She was convicted in the court of public opinion.” (03/24/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/03/24/dennis-kucinich-fbi-director-comey-must-recuse-himself-from-trump-russia-probe.html

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30) Can religious charities take the place of the welfare state?
Source: The Atlantic
by Emma Green

“With billions of dollars worth of cuts to federal social services likely ahead, the wars of religion have begun. Bible verses about poverty have suddenly become popular on Twitter, with Republicans and Democrats each claiming to better know how Jesus would think about entitlement spending. While conservatives tend to bring religion into public-policy conversations more than liberals, the valence is often switched when it comes to the budget: Liberals eagerly quote the Sermon on the Mount in support of government spending, while conservatives bristle at the suggestion that good Christians would never want cuts. But it’s more than posturing. If government steps back, religious organizations may need to step up. Much of the infrastructure and money involved in the charitable provision of social services is associated with religion, whether it’s a synagogue’s homeless-sheltering program or a large aid organization such as Catholic Relief Services.” (03/26/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/budget-religion/520605/

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31) Trump’s art of no deal on healthcare
Source: USA Today
by EJ Montini

“So, the art of the deal isn’t exactly the same as the art of the bill. When it came down to it, President Trump figured he could strong-arm members of his own party the way he may have bullied stooges in the boardroom. Didn’t happen. The healthcare bill he said was great and we’d all love didn’t have the votes and got pulled. Lesson learned? I doubt it. I’d guess that Trump’s public relations machine will attempt to spin the congressional rebuff into some kind of super secret but highly successful strategy that will never be revealed but which we all should assume has worked brilliantly. The bottom line, however, is that with health care reform Trump made too many promises he can’t keep. The hardliners are pushing for a bill that rushes to the steep cliff of cruelty … then jumps off. The moderates want to keep a few of the things in Obamacare that their constituents really like and expect to keep.” (03/25/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/nation-now/2017/03/25/art-of-no-deal-on-health-care-ej-montini-column/99616450

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32) The evidence does not lie: Prosperity is conquering the world by leaps and bounds
Source: Students For Liberty
by Luis Pablo de la Horra

“The scourge of starvation has been a constant in the history of humankind. Undernourishment was a chronic condition for the vast majority of the population since the emergence of Homo Sapiens Sapiens. This started to change in the nineteenth century thanks to the Industrial Revolution, which lifted the living standards of the masses in a way that nobody could have imagined a few centuries before. However, it was not until the twentieth century when undernourishment suffered a steep decline on a global basis. In the period 1947-2015, undernourishment dropped by 37 percentage points, from 50 to 13 percent of the world population. This decline seems even more astonishing when one considers that the world population has doubled since the 1950s. As pointed out by Norberg, this drop is in part due to the huge increase in agricultural productivity that took place in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.” (03/26/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/03/26/evidence-not-lie-prosperity-conquering-world-leaps-bounds/

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33) RyanCare fail: Big victory for House Freedom Caucus
Source: Town Hall
by Arthur Schaper

“For strategic reasons, I have signed onto liberal newsletter eblasts, so that I can know what the enemy is doing in my state. After Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act (ACHA), every Democratic lawmaker, candidate, and special interest group exulted in their victory: ‘Your calls made the difference!’ … ‘We did it!’ … ‘You saved health care.’ Uh, no. Because Obamacare remains intact, healthcare remains in morbid free-fall. Doctors are still quitting the medical field, with premiums rising, health insurance exchanges failing, and hospitals closing. Democrats did themselves no favors in fighting against reforms. Obamacare is still an albatross hanging around their necks, and they will have to blatantly lie to voters that it’s working, or that somehow the Republicans are to blame because … they keep trying to fix the mess created by the Democratic Party.” (03/25/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/arthurschaper/2017/03/25/ryancare-fail-big-victory-for-house-freedom-caucus-n2304017

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34) Conservatives better hope that wages and prices are sticky
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“I believe that a combination of sticky wages and monetary shocks produce most of America’s economic slumps, including the Great Contraction of 1929-33, as well as other big recessions like 1920-21, 1937-38, 1981-82 and 2008-09. I do not believe the capitalist system is ‘inherently unstable’ and that big government is needed to stabilize it, rather I believe that it is naturally stable, as long as bad monetary policy doesn’t interact with wage stickiness to produce business cycles. But suppose it were shown that I am wrong, and that wage/price stickiness is not an issue — what then? That would be very bad news for my laissez-faire ideology. Now I’d have to concede that events like the Great Contraction of 1929-33 showed that capitalism is indeed inherently unstable, and that this problem could not be fixed with good monetary policy. Now I’d have to entertain other solutions, such as big government and or comprehensive economic planning.” (03/25/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/03/conservatives_b.html

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35) A true Republican healthcare unraveling
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Starr

“Imagine if Donald Trump had been a genuine populist and followed through on his repeated promises to provide health insurance to everybody and take on the pharmaceutical and insurance industries. Populists in other countries have done similar things, and Trump might have consolidated support by emulating them. Of course, Trump’s promises about health care weren’t any more genuine than his promises about Trump University. But even if he had been in earnest, he would have still faced a problem. Unlike right-wing populists elsewhere, Trump did not come to power with a party of his own or well-developed policies. He came tethered to the congressional Republicans, entirely dependent on them to formulate and pass legislation. That dependence will likely complicate Trump’s ambitions in such areas as trade policy. But nothing so far has made more of a mockery of Trump’s populism than the health-care legislation introduced in early March by Paul Ryan and the House Republican leadership and fully backed by Trump.” (03/24/17)

http://prospect.org/article/true-republican-health-care-unraveling

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36) Inconsistencies in Trump’s national security policies
Source: Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland

“The recent North Korean missile tests raise questions about contradictions in President Donald Trump’s national security policies. During his campaign Trump implied that the United States should fight fewer wars overseas and demanded that U.S. dependents, Japan and South Korea, do more for their own defense, perhaps even getting nuclear weapons. Yet a recent article written by David Sanger, a national security reporter for the New York Times, noted that Trump had tweeted that North Korean acquisition of a long-range missile ‘won’t happen’ and that his administration was considering preemptive military strikes on North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs or reintroducing U.S. tactical (short-range) nuclear missiles into South Korea, which were removed twenty-five years ago. So which is it — demanding U.S. allies do more or ramping up America’s efforts to make them even more reliant on American power? And this is not the only Trump policy contradiction.” (03/24/17)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9026

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37) A view of the swamp from across the pond
Source: In These Times
by Jane Miller

“Almost every BBC television news bulletin starts these days with a picture of your president signing his name on an executive order. One gets the impression of a man continually (and with a flourish) signing ‘Donald J. Trump,’ over and over again, and perhaps never having time to write or read or do anything else. He casts a long shadow, but, of course, we have other things on our minds here, too. Here in England, we have just had two by-elections. Labour managed to pull off a win in Stoke but lost decisively to the Tories in Copeland. Neither constituency has a large immigrant population, yet immigration was seen as a vital issue in both races. We have a Prime Minister, Theresa May, who literally held hands with Trump and invited him to Buckingham Palace much earlier in his reign than she needed to.” (03/24/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19956/view-of-the-swamp-from-across-the-pond-trump-corbyn-brexit

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38) Trump’s military budget is not NATO’s fault
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Trump may think that the American military is not powerful enough because its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have dragged on for more than a decade and other wars, such as those in Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, show no signs of success. Trump’s mistake is in believing that such failure indicates weakness, but in fact it shows that those wars by nature are unwinnable, short of nuking the countries and killing everyone — in which case new conflicts would be provoked. Instead of increasing the military budget, we ought to be debating the imperial mission the budget finances.” (03/24/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/sheldon/tgif-trumps-military-budget-not-natos-fault/

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39) Government funding cheapens the arts
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“For many years, a thief has been regularly robbing homes across the country and then spending much of the loot in stores at various shopping malls. He’s not a completely selfish fellow; he donates a substantial portion of the stolen money to what he regards as worthy causes. In any event, he’s been getting away with it and remains at large. In a nearly full-page article on March 21, USA Today reported its findings after presumably checking in with the businesses and charities that benefited from the thief’s ‘generosity.’ Lo and behold, every single one of them proclaimed the thief to be a public benefactor! All had become so dependent upon the bandit that in unison they expressed real fear he might find honest work and leave them in the lurch.” (03/25/17)

https://fee.org/articles/government-funding-cheapens-the-arts/

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40) Economic nationalists should be the very LAST people to endorse the use of retaliatory subsidies
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“If subsidies are generally economically beneficial — if governments are generally good at ‘picking winners’ — there is no need or cause for the U.S. government to wait for other governments to use subsidies before it uses subsidies. Yet most of us Americans are justifiably skeptical of subsidies. We correctly understand that subsidies doled out by the national, state, and local governments generally inflict damage on the American economy. We realize that subsidies slow economic growth. We know that governments are losers at picking winners. We grasp the reality that subsidies misallocate resources. We sensibly conclude that subsidies make us, on the whole, poorer than we would be without subsidies. The major exception to this healthy hostility to subsidies is the set of subsidies said to be in retaliation for foreign-government subsidization of foreign industries that compete with American industries.” (03/24/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/03/42498.html

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41) Why free trade is officially dead
Source: Cobden Centre
by Alasdair MacLeod

“G20 Finance ministers meeting in Baden Baden last weekend agreed, on America’s insistence, to drop the long-standing commitment to free trade from the final communique. It is hard to know to what extent America’s position is driven by her autarkic view on world trade, or to what extent it is an acknowledgement of the fruitlessness of paying lip-service to an ideal which is never delivered. Doubtless, it’s a bit of both. It is certainly true that finance ministers in the advanced nations have always shown a protectionist attitude towards international trade, protectionism that has intensified through attacks on American international corporations, which to a large extent can choose where to pay their taxes.” (03/24/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/03/why-free-trade-is-officially-dead/

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42) Trump’s healthcare debacle
Source: The American Conservative
by Robert W Merry

“Political capital is like financial capital. A politician invests it in ventures that may or may not pay off. The more bold the venture, the greater the risk — but also the greater the potential return if things go well. But the politician, like the financial investor, has to understand the market. If either makes an investment based on a faulty perception of the market, the investment almost surely will go south. Then the financial investor ends up with less financial capital to play with, just as the political investor ends up with less political capital. President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan invested a large chunk of political capital in health care. They didn’t know the market. The investment went south, taking with it a large store of political capital. Now they have less to play with.” (03/24/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trumps-health-care-debacle/

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43) Another loss for broadcast TV streaming, and a dangerous shift of decision-making power
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Mitch Stoltz

“Another court has ruled that streaming local broadcast TV channels to mobile devices is something that only traditional pay-TV companies can do — startups need not apply. The Ninth Circuit appeals court has ruled that FilmOn, an Internet video service, cannot use the license created by Congress for ‘secondary transmissions’ of over-the-air TV broadcasts. That likely means that FilmOn and other Internet-based services won’t be able to stream broadcast TV at all. That’s a setback for local TV and the news, weather, local advertising, and community programming it carries. The court’s harmful ruling is bad enough, and is made worse by the way it arrived at that decision. Instead of interpreting the Copyright Act according to its own independent judgment, the court deferred to the opinion of the Register of Copyrights, an official who has no authority to make or interpret laws on her own.” (03/24/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/03/another-loss-broadcast-tv-streaming-and-dangerous-shift-decision-making-power

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44) The New Deal, part 1: Domestic policy
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Joseph R Stromberg

“[E]arly in my lifetime you could still tell an overwrought person, ‘Don’t make a federal case of it!’ Today this joke has no reach. Whatever the grievance, there very likely is a federal case in it. This change is the work of the New Deal, multiplied by the New Deal-at-War, forty years of Cold War, and other parallel causes. The Great Depression brought America’s state builders back to Washington in 1933. They were keen to overthrow the laissez faire and ‘isolationism’ of the Republican New Era (neither of which, strictly speaking, exactly existed in the 1920s) and to renew America’s wartime experiments with big, unaccountable government, largely abandoned as of 1919.” (03/24/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/new-deal-part-1-domestic-policy/

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45) Washington’s princes of paperwork are crushing physicians and bankrupting, if not killing, patients
Source: Cato Institute
by Steve H Hanke

“In the rancorous to and fro over the repeal of ObamaCare and its possible replacement with the American Health Care Act, an elephant in the room has remained unnoticed. It’s that giant bundle of burdensome regulations that is crushing physicians, their staffs, and sending the costs of healthcare soaring. A recent, detailed study published by the American Medical Association (AMA) sheds a common-sense light on what Washington chooses to ignore. For every hour physicians spent with patients, almost two additional hours are spent pushing papers. Even when face-to-face with patients, doctors spent 37% of their time filling out forms.” (03/24/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/washingtons-princes-paperwork-are-crushing-physicians-bankrupting-not

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46) A trout in the milk
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee grilled Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Talk about a silly rite. Senators repeatedly fired questions about specific legal views that no High Court nominee ever answers. Why not? Because to answer would be to pre-judge possible future cases. That didn’t prevent displays of faux-outrage from committee Democrats, though.” (03/24/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/03/24/a-trout-in-the-milk/

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47) Is Trump another Obama on foreign policy?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald

“The shiny, new, politics-free status of Donald Trump made him a Rorschach test for hopes and fears on foreign policy. And Trump’s propensity for taking all sides of each issue made him even harder to pin down. Here we are more than six weeks into his tenure as president, and the first reports of his plans and his decisions are coming in, and are being mused over by supposed experts. … he appears to be something less dramatic than either his ardent supporters or his most fearful haters suggested. In fact, Trump may be a lot like Obama in terms of foreign policy, but with more delegation to the Pentagon, and even more use of Special Forces.” (03/24/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2017/03/23/is-trump-another-obama-on-foreign-policy/

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48) The truth about the single market
Source: spiked
by Phill Mullan

“Even many Brexit supporters seem to accept that more expensive and reduced levels of trade with the EU would be costly for the British economy, depicting this as a necessary, if unfortunate, expense of regaining sovereignty. We should all be less negative about the economic consequences of changing Britain’s trading relationships. Countries around the world, and throughout history, have traded successfully without formal trade agreements. Today, Britain’s biggest single export market is the US — a country it has no trade agreement with. Meanwhile none of the top three exporters into the Single Market — that’s China, the US and Russia — have trade agreements with the EU.” (03/24/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-truth-about-the-single-market/

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49) Reason-able?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Those who are true followers of Jesus Christ do NOT use the government, or advocate the use of government and military force to act against people of other religions. We do have an example of Paul getting government assistance to protect himself from those of another religion who wanted to kill him, but we have no example in the Bible, or for the first several hundred years, of those who claimed to be christian, demanding that government pass laws and take actions against those who practiced things which they believed either to be sinful or damaging to society. It is obvious that those in DC, Vermont, and elsewhere, who banned the practice of polygamy, stole properties from the LDS church, imprisoned those who committed polygamy were (despite their claims otherwise) NOT christians as defined by the Bible, and usually not even by their various religious affiliations.” (03/24/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/03/24/reason-able/

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50) Why does nation-building fail? Because it’s socialist interventionism
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Michael S Rozeff

“The literature on nation-building is largely empirical, that is, a series of case studies. There are numerous factors, varying from case to case, that researchers have identified that they think explain the failures. Their methodology implies that if these factors are handled better the next time around by the nation-builder, then success will result. However, after over 150 years of trying, the formula for success, if there is one, still eludes the nation-builders. Could it be that they are not seeing the real reasons for their failures? Could it be that their hopes and illusions are blinding them to the reality? Nation-building is doomed to failure because a ‘legitimatized’ state cannot be constructed by an exogenous nation-builder.” (03/24/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/03/michael-s-rozeff/nation-building-fail/

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51) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 119
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“This week we are honored to feature Rodger Paxton! Rodger is a fellow Anarcho-Capitalist, and podcast host of the LAVA Flow. Johnny also asks Rodger some loaded questions from a Salon magazine article ’11 questions to see if libertarians are hypocrites.’ Rodger Paxton is a great voice for the liberty movement and he also discusses his new projects at Pax Libertas Productions, you can’t miss this one!” [various formats] (03/25/17)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-119-rodger-paxton/

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52) Primary Concerns, 03/24/17
Source: The New Republic

“Former Principal Deputy Assistant General in the US Department of Justice Civli Rights Division Samuel Bagenstos comes on the show to talk to New Republic Senior Editor Brian Beutler about the mire of Republicans’ healthcare reform efforts, and how Neil Gorsuch stacks up as a Supreme Court nominee.” [various formats]

https://newrepublic.com/article/141618/death-spiral-looks-like

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53) spiked podcast, 03/26/17
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast, Brendan O’Neill discusses the Westminster terror attack, Naomi Firsht looks at the ad boycott of Google and Luke Gittos explains why Liz Truss’s proposed rape reforms would damage justice.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/26/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/after-westminster-dont-give-in-to-fear/

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54) Editor’s Break, episode 23
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 023 is a correction to the previous episode on charity being wrong and counterproductive, with a look at the nobility and beneficence of many forms of volunteerism.” [various formats] (03/25/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/editors-break-023-volunteerism-bad-wrong-counterproductive-7m

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55) The Tom Woods Show, episode 876
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Inequality is the battering ram the left is using these days to justify all kinds of programs of intervention. In this episode we drive a stake through its heart.” [various formats] (03/24/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-876-the-inequality-hucksters/

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56) Rantings & Ravings Rebooted, episode 1
Source: The Anarchist Shemale

“In this episode, we discuss the GOP’s attempts to modify the Affordable Care Act, and the effects we can expect that to have. Spoiler: it will really piss off the GOP’s voter base.” [Flash audio] (03/25/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/03/25/rantings-ravings-reboot-ep-01/

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57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 18
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #18, I give non-interventionists some arguments to use for talking to republicans. The message of noninterventionism can be sold to a conservative crowd. Conservatives are in a great position to move the GOP platform. I also update Tillerson, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.” [various formats] (03/24/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-18-how-to-talk-to-republicans

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58) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 566
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“The President’s ultimatum brings up an important question; one Rep. Thomas Massie asked in a Twitter post this morning. “If Exec branch tells Legislative branch ‘when 2 vote’ ‘how 2 vote’ & ‘what it will b allowed 2 work on if vote fails,’ is that a republic?'” [various formats] (03/24/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/566-trump-delivers-ultimatum-to-congress-massies-response-is-priceless/

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59) Cato Daily Podcast, 03/24/17
Source: Cato Institute

“Driverless cars will change where you life, how you work, and will reshape whole industries. And they’ll be here before you know it. Randal O’Toole comments.” [various formats] (03/24/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/driverless-cars-are-coming

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60) Unraveling Political Theory, episode 6
Source: Attack The System

“In episode 6, Keith [Preston] and Tim [Bryant] discuss classical liberalism and reform liberalism (often considered progressivism today), which is a philosophy that came out of the enlightenment that held the idea that citizens have inalienable rights against established systems of power, like the monarchy or the state.” [Flash video] (03/24/17)

https://attackthesystem.com/2017/03/24/unraveling-classical-political-theory-the-roots-of-the-left-part-i-classical-liberalism-and-progressivism/

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61) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 180
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Patrick G. Eddington joins us this week to tell us about the history of the Central Intelligence Agency, how the CIA operates, and what the new Wikileaks revelations mean for our privacy online.” [various formats] (03/25/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/cia-listens-free-thoughts

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62) Felony Friday, episode 64
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Today on Felony Friday Lenore Skenazy joins the show. Lenore is an advocate for letting kids be kids and she believes that parents and government are trending in a dangerous direction. And these factors have created a generation of overprotected, safe space loving college students.” [various formats] (03/24/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/03/24/ff64/

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63) The LAVA Spurt, episode 35
Source: The LAVA Flow Podcast

“The city of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is trying to steal property using eminent domain, but some citizens aren’t just sitting idly by and letting it happen, including a listener of The LAVA Flow. Thank you for joining me on the thirty-fifth episode of The LAVA Spurt, Myrtle Beach City Stealing Property.” [various formats] (03/24/17)

http://thelavaflow.com/myrtle-beach-city-stealing-property-tls035/

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64) The AnCap Barber Shop, episode 12
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“We have a guest panelist, Paul Johnson, and we’re talking Trump this far and personal identity.” [various formats] (03/24/17)

http://www.ancapbarbershop.com/trump-this-far-personal-identity-abs012/

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65) Daniel McAdams on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Daniel McAdams, Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, discusses how Rand Paul’s Stop Arming Terrorists Act could impact terrorism-supporting countries like Saudi Arabia; and the Mises Institute event ‘Symposium with Ron Paul: War and Peace in the Age of Trump,’ scheduled for April 8, 2017 in Lake Jackson, Texas.” [various formats] (03/22/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/32217-daniel-mcadams-senator-rand-pauls-stop-arming-terrorists-act/

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