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Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Nuclear ban talks begin at UN, but US, Russia, others boycott
2) Nunes admits meeting with source of Trump surveillance documents on White House grounds
3) Russia: Kremlin rejects US, EU calls to free detained opposition protesters
4) Report: “Bathroom bill” to cost North Carolina $3.76 billion
5) SpaceX test-fires used rocket ahead of historic Thursday launch
6) More Democrats oppose Trump’s SCOTUS pick
7) MI: Bill would allow hellish threats, heavenly promises to voters
8) GA: Idiot bureaucrats try to tell couple what name their child can’t be given
9) Canada expected to legalize marijuana by July 2018
10) Nigeria: Governor, jailed for corruption, granted bail
11) $10 trillion missing from Pentagon and no one — not even the DoD — knows where it is
12) Internet-connected medical washer-disinfector found vulnerable to hacking
13) Uber slams on the brakes, stops self-driving car tests
14) Ireland: UK-occupied counties face possible government from London after talks fail
15) NYPD cop who killed unarmed teen quits before he’s fired
16) Report: US Senate committee to question Kushner over Russian meetings
17) Fraudsters using GiftGhostBot botnet to steal gift card balances
18) Pence openly meets with, pledges fealty to, lobbyists for foreign power
19) Archdiocese of Mexico calls firms expressing interest in Trump’s wall “traitors”
20) IL: More than a dozen Chicago cops escaped punishment after officials lost track of their cases

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Don’t look to Theresa May to defend freedom
22) Presidential golf breaks: Good for America
23) Protecting children
24) Why Iceland doesn’t have an alt-right problem
25) Disappeared on the border: “Chase and scatter” — to death
26) Is the Russia investigation turning the left into conspiracy theorists?
27) How right-wing media saved ObamaCare
28) Trump finds freedom lacks loyalty
29) Why Trump can’t fix healthcare
30) For GOP on healthcare, there’s no “moving on”
31) Ten lessons from the Republican healthcare debacle
32) Cop supporters share the guilt
33) Conservative renaissance
34) Give Americans straight talk on Syria
35) Policing womanhood
36) Nine reasons the “living, breathing” constitution view is a lie
37) National healthcare is the health of the state
38) Who owns ObamaCare now?
39) I know paid protesters are real (because I’m one of them)
40) Is Trump nuts? Does it matter?
41) Fannie and Freddie’s new bubble
42) Repeal and replace the Democratic Party
43) Saving the world by changing the past
44) On the outside, looking out
45) Where the anti-Russian moral panic is leading us
46) TrumpCare Trumped
47) The Great Goober Train Wreck of 2016
48) Russiagate’s unasked questions
49) Crime fighting heroes
50) Six graphs that reveal big problems for student and auto loans

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 122
52) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 567
53) Lions of Liberty, episode 288
54) Cato Daily Podcast, 03/27/17
55) The Freedom Report, 03/27/17
56) Freedom Feens Radio, 03/27/17
57) Editor’s Break, episode 24
58) The Bob Zadek Show, 03/26/17
59) Free Talk Live, 03/26/17
60) The curious case of Nicolas Maduro’s Venezuela

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

1) Nuclear ban talks begin at UN, but US, Russia, others boycott
Source: Billings Gazette

“U.N. talks aimed at banning nuclear weapons began Monday, but the United States, Russia, China and other nuclear-armed nations are sitting out a discussion they see as impractical. Supporters of the potential pact say it’s time to push harder toward eliminating atomic weapons than nations have been doing through the nearly 50-year-old Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.” (03/27/17)

http://billingsgazette.com/news/world/nuclear-ban-talks-begin-at-un-but-us-russia-others/article_2d5b5730-5eac-5650-b3c7-b9d99c3f41d2.html

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2) Nunes admits meeting with source of Trump surveillance documents on White House grounds
Source: Washington Post

“The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee went to the White House to review the classified documents that he later used to brief the White House on the possibility that President Trump and his associates might have been swept up in legal surveillance, his office acknowledged Monday. Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) went to the White House last week ‘in order to have proximity to a secure location where he could view the information provided by the source,’ Nunes’s spokesman, Jack Langer, said in a statement. Langer said that Nunes also met the unidentified source on the White House grounds. … the revelation that Nunes received his information on the White House grounds is likely to fuel suspicions, as well as accusations from Democrats, that Nunes coordinated his activities with the Trump administration last week, when he rushed to brief the president about intelligence reports that, he said, included references to people affiliated with Trump, and possibly the then president-elect himself.” (03/27/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-panel-plans-to-interview-trump-son-in-law-kushner-in-russia-probe/2017/03/27/84fe10ae-12f9-11e7-ada0-1489b735b3a3_story.html

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3) Russia: Kremlin rejects US, EU calls to free detained opposition protesters
Source: Reuters

“The Kremlin on Monday rejected calls by the United States and the European Union to release opposition protesters detained during what it said were illegal demonstrations the previous day and accused organizers of paying teenagers to attend. The protests, estimated to be the biggest since a wave of anti-Kremlin demonstrations in 2011/2012, come a year before a presidential election that Vladimir Putin is expected to contest, running for what would be a fourth term. Police detained hundreds of protesters across Russia on Sunday, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, after thousands took to the streets to demonstrate against corruption and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.” (03/27/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-protests-kremlin-idUSKBN16Y122

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4) Report: “Bathroom bill” to cost North Carolina $3.76 billion
Source: Fox News

“Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina’s ‘bathroom bill’ isn’t hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years, according to an Associated Press analysis. Over the past year, North Carolina has suffered financial hits ranging from scuttled plans for a PayPal facility that would have added an estimated $2.66 billion to the state’s economy to a canceled Ringo Starr concert that deprived a town’s amphitheater of about $33,000 in revenue. The blows have landed in the state’s biggest cities as well as towns surrounding its flagship university, and from the mountains to the coast.” (03/27/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/27/bathroom-bill-to-cost-north-carolina-3-76b-report-says.html

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5) SpaceX test-fires used rocket ahead of historic Thursday launch
Source: Space.com

“SpaceX is on track to make history later this week. Today (March 27), the company test-fired a Falcon 9 rocket whose first stage launched the robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station last April. If all goes according to plan, the two-stage booster will loft the SES-10 communications satellite Thursday (March 30), in the first-ever orbital mission employing a used rocket. … SpaceX has made a priority of developing reusable rockets, as a way of slashing the cost of spaceflight. The company, founded by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk in 2002, has landed Falcon 9 first stages during eight different orbital missions, with the latest such success coming last month. But Thursday will mark the first time the company has ever re-flown one of these landed boosters.” (03/27/17)

http://www.space.com/36232-spacex-tests-used-rocket-before-landmark-launch.html

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6) More Democrats oppose Trump’s SCOTUS pick
Source: Reuters

“Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee grew on Monday while the White House demanded a ‘fair, up-or-down vote’ in the Senate on confirming Neil Gorsuch to the lifetime post. Four more Democratic senators added their support to a growing effort to block a confirmation vote through the use of a procedural hurdle called a filibuster that requires 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate to allow a confirmation vote requiring a simple majority. Republicans control the Senate 52-48. There are now 20, up from 16 on Friday, who have backed Democratic leader Chuck Schumer’s filibuster call. Democratic opposition to Gorsuch could prompt a Senate showdown over the confirmation of the conservative appeals court judge from Colorado, but Republicans could change the Senate’s rules to disallow filibusters against Supreme Court nominees.” (03/27/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-gorsuch-idUSKBN16Y2IO

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7) MI: Bill would allow hellish threats, heavenly promises to voters
Source: USA Today

“According to current state law, it’s a misdemeanor for people to offer inducements, or punishments, to get someone to vote a certain way. That law applies to ministers as well, who can’t threaten excommunication, dismissal or expulsion from the church as they expound on election issues to their congregation. If they do, they risk losing the congregation’s tax-exempt status. But Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, wants to take ministers out of that law, and introduced a bill in the Michigan legislature last week that would allow them to threaten, cajole and persuade as much as they want.” (03/27/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/03/27/heavenly-hellish-inducements/99707306

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8) GA: Idiot bureaucrats try to tell couple what name their child can’t be given
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“An Atlanta family is at odds with the state over their right to give their daughter the last name of their choosing. Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk, claim that Georgia officials are refusing to grant their daughter — ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah — a birth certificate. … State officials, however, said the child’s name — ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah — does not fit the naming conventions set up by state law. They say that ZalyKha’s last name should either be Handy, Walk or a combination of the two.” (03/27/17)

http://www.ajc.com/news/the-name-allah-family-challenges-state-daughter-name/patEyo3V3PtfFDuBDj0haO/

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9) Canada expected to legalize marijuana by July 2018
Source: Akron Beacon Journal

“Canadians should be able to smoke marijuana legally by July 1, 2018, a senior government official said Monday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government will introduce legislation to legalize recreational marijuana the week of April 10th and it should become law by July next year, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to lack of authorization to discuss the upcoming legislation.” (03/27/17)

http://www.ohio.com/news/world/official-canada-expected-to-legalize-marijuana-by-july-2018-1.756569

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10) Nigeria: Governor, jailed for corruption, granted bail
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“A former Nigerian governor sentenced to five years’ jail for corruption has been granted bail to seek medical care after just 20 days in prison. Bala James Ngilari of northeastern Adamawa state was the first senior government figure successfully prosecuted since President Muhammadu Buhari won elections two years ago, in part because of promises to fight endemic corruption.” (03/27/17)

http://kdhnews.com/news/ap/nigerian-governor-jailed-for-corruption-on-bail/article_0faf21db-ed61-5134-94c8-1f7db0755719.html

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11) $10 trillion missing from Pentagon and no one — not even the DoD — knows where it is
Source: The Free Thought Project

“Over a mere two decades, the Pentagon lost track of a mind-numbing $10 trillion — that’s trillion, with a fat, taxpayer-funded ‘T’ — and no one, not even the Department of Defense, really knows where it went or on what it was spent. Even though audits of all federal agencies became mandatory in 1996, the Pentagon has apparently made itself an exception, and — fully 20 years later — stands obstinately orotund in never having complied. Because, as defense officials insist — summoning their best impudent adolescent — an audit would take too long and, unironically, cost too much.” (03/26/17)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/10-trillion-missing-from-pentagon-and-no-one-not-even-the-dod-knows-where-it-is/

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12) Internet-connected medical washer-disinfector found vulnerable to hacking
Source: The Hacker News

“Internet-of-Things devices are turning every industry into the computer industry, making customers think that their lives would be much easier with smart devices. There are, of course, some really good reasons to connect certain devices to the Internet. For example, remotely switching on your A/C a few minutes before you enter your home, instead of leaving it blasting all day. But does everything need to be connected?” (03/27/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/03/iot-washer-disinfector.html

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13) Uber slams on the brakes, stops self-driving car tests
Source: ZDNet

“Uber has suspended autonomous car tests in the US following an incident in which one of its self-driving cars was involved in a collision in Tempe, Arizona. The ride-hailing service’s tests in both Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have been stopped following the high-impact crash, in which photos on Twitter reveal an Uber car on its side while another vehicle is behind, laden with dents, scratches, and smashed windows. As reported by Bloomberg, the vehicle involved in the collision is a self-driving SUV, one of a fleet being tested by Uber. An Uber spokesperson confirmed the crash, saying that tests have been paused while the ride-hailing service completes an investigation into the situation.” (03/27/17)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/uber-slams-on-the-brakes-stops-self-driving-car-tests/

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14) Ireland: UK-occupied counties face possible government from London after talks fail
Source: Yahoo! News

“Northern Ireland faces the possibility of direct rule from London, as a crucial Monday deadline for forming a new devolved government looks likely to pass unobserved. In January the province’s power-sharing government at Stormont in Belfast collapsed when the late deputy first minister Martin McGuinness of the republican Sinn Fein party stepped down. … Under the terms of the 1998 Good Friday agreement that brought peace to the region after decades of sectarian conflict between unionists and republicans, any devolved government must always include republicans and unionists sharing power. … but Sinn Fein says it will not put forward a candidate for deputy first minister.” (03/27/17)

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/northern-ireland-faces-possible-government-115250564.html

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15) NYPD cop who killed unarmed teen quits before he’s fired
Source: CNN

“A New York police officer who fatally shot unarmed teen Ramarley Graham during a 2012 chase, resigned Sunday after an internal disciplinary trial on Friday. According to an NYPD statement, police officer Richard Haste quit after the NYPD trial commissioner ‘found him guilty on all counts and recommended his employment be terminated.’ … Federal prosecutors closed their investigation in March 2016, saying there was insufficient evidence for a criminal civil rights case against Haste for the shooting. In 2013, Haste pleaded not guilty to charges of first- and second-degree manslaughter for the February 2, 2012 shooting of 18-year-old Graham. A Bronx Supreme Court Judge later dismissed the manslaughter indictment against Haste.” (03/27/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/27/us/new-york-shooting-ramarley-graham-cop-resigns/

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16) Report: US Senate committee to question Kushner over Russian meetings
Source: The Hill

“The Senate Intelligence Committee will reportedly question Jared Kushner as part of its probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The committee wants to question Kushner, a close adviser to the president and Trump’s son-in-law, about meetings he arranged with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, The New York Times reported. … According to The Times, the White House Counsel’s office was told this month about the panel’s request. The White House has previously acknowledged a December meeting at Trump Tower between Kushner, Kislyak and former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Discussions at that meeting reportedly focused on the potential of better relations between the U.S. and Russia.” (03/27/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/325872-senate-committee-to-question-kushner-over-russian-meetings

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17) Fraudsters using GiftGhostBot botnet to steal gift card balances
Source: The Hacker News

“Gift cards have once again caused quite a headache for retailers, as cyber criminals are using a botnet to break into and steal cash from money-loaded gift cards provided by major retailers around the globe. Dubbed GiftGhostBot, the new botnet specialized in gift card fraud is an advanced persistent bot (APB) that has been spotted in the wild by cyber security firm Distil Networks. GiftGhostBot has been seen attacking almost 1,000 websites worldwide and defrauding legitimate consumers of the money loaded on gift cards since Distil detected the attack late last month.” (03/25/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/03/GiftGhostBot-gift-cards.html

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18) Pence openly meets with, pledges fealty to, lobbyists for foreign power
Source: Times of Israel [Israel]

“US Vice President Mike Pence took the main stage at AIPAC’s Polic[y] Conference event on Sunday night with one clear assignment: fire up the audience about the Trump administration’s commitment to supporting Israel. … Pence strategically wove his lengthy pro-Israel Washington bona fides — decades of work with AIPAC, multiple trips to Israel — together with name-drops of his boss, US Donald Trump, whom he described as ‘a true friend of Israel and courageous defender of freedom.’ AIPAC is traditionally a venue for administration officials to trumpet their pro-Israel actions and agenda.” (03/27/17)

http://www.timesofisrael.com/at-aipac-confab-pence-goes-high-on-enthusiasm-low-on-details/

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19) Archdiocese of Mexico calls firms expressing interest in Trump’s wall “traitors”
Source: ABC News

“In a withering editorial published on Sunday, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico said that Mexican firms interested in helping build President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall are ‘traitors to the homeland.’ … After repeatedly claiming that Mexico would pay for the wall, President Trump requested $2.6 billion to start the initial planning and construction in his 2018 budget request. Congress is expected to take up the proposed budget before the end of the fiscal year in September. The editorial, published in the Archdiocese’s weekly publication Desde la fe, lambasted the wall as ‘an open threat that violates relations and peace.'” (03/27/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/archdiocese-mexico-calls-firms-expressing-interest-trumps-wall/story?id=46393601

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20) IL: More than a dozen Chicago cops escaped punishment after officials lost track of their cases
Source: Chicago Tribune

“In a stunning breakdown of the city’s police disciplinary system, Chicago officers found at fault for misconduct have escaped punishment for years because authorities lost track of their cases, a Tribune investigation has found. That means an officer who beat his officer wife and threatened to steal her gun kept working, unpunished, eight years after the incident. Another officer who used his police powers to harass his estranged wife remained on patrol, as has a detective who went on a loud, expletive-laden rant about his dress shoes after a solemn honor guard ceremony.” (03/27/17)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-chicago-police-discipline-lost-cases-20170323-story.html

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

21) Don’t look to Theresa May to defend freedom
Source: spiked
by Luke Gittos

“Last week, Khalid Masood drove a car through pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before crashing into the gates of the Houses of Parliament and stabbing a policeman to death. Four people were killed, five if you include Masood. Prime minister Theresa May issued a statement shortly after the attack which many described as ‘defiant.’ She said the streets of Westminster were ‘ingrained with a spirit of freedom that echoes in some of the furthest corners of the globe,’ and she said this spirit would stay strong after the attack. But her words ring hollow. The problem with celebrating May’s ‘defiant’ speech is that May actually has an appalling record on civil liberties. She has proven herself terrible at protecting freedom. … No sooner had May proclaimed a commitment to the spirit of freedom than her officials were hinting at increased state control of the internet and new forms of spying on citizens’ conversations.” (03/27/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/dont-look-to-theresa-may-to-defend-freedom/

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22) Presidential golf breaks: Good for America
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“On March 27, CNN reports, US president Donald Trump left the White House for a day at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia, his 13th trip to one of the numerous golf courses he owns. The implication of the media’s mild obsession with his trips is that Trump is wasting time playing cow pasture pool when he should be attending to the duties of his office. Former president Barack Obama came in for similar criticism from Republicans — including Donald Trump — over the 333 rounds of golf he played as president according to Golf News Net. That averages 41 outings per year, or one every nine days. Personally, I don’t see the problem. I wish Obama had played more golf, and I’d be happy to see Trump spend seven days a week on the links.” (03/27/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/9952

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23) Protecting children
Source: The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

“Have you ever gone through your home, office, garage, store rooms and considered how many things are marked with some version of: Keep Out of the reach of Children. I just noticed such a warning on a new bag of potting soil. I’ve seen countless others on things I’d never dream of giving to children, and thousands of things children might well use every day, or even once in a while. I don’t have any children around now, so I don’t usually pay much attention to such warnings, but a recent conversation in comments here brought the issue to the front. So, I have a few questions.” (03/27/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/03/27/protecting-children/

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24) Why Iceland doesn’t have an alt-right problem
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Camilo Gomez

“With the recent rise to prominence of right-wing populist parties across Europe, it’s refreshing that Iceland has remained largely immune to such nationalistic rhetoric. On the continent, figures like Marine Le Pen in France and Geert Wilders in the Netherlands are capitalizing on what political scientists are calling a third wave of European populism that began after the international financial crisis of 2008. These parties are characterized by their anti-immigrant, and specifically, anti-Muslim sentiments. They fashion themselves the ‘protectors’ of their homelands’ traditional culture against cosmopolitan globalism. Yet, tiny Iceland has resisted this dirty brand of politics because of the rise of social movements that challenged the power structure of the Icelandic political establishment after the financial crisis of 2008.” (03/27/17)

https://fee.org/articles/why-iceland-doesnt-have-an-alt-right-problem/

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25) Disappeared on the border: “Chase and scatter” — to death
Source: CounterPunch
by John Heid

“The term ‘disappeared’ has generally been associated with people kidnapped by authoritarian regimes and killed without explanation. The United Nations’ definition of ‘enforced disappearance’ now includes state policies which result in persons being disappeared. People don’t just vanish into thin air in the Sonoran Desert. A sophisticated technological network which includes surveillance towers, drones, ground sensors, and cameras work together with an ever-increasing number of Border Patrol agents to create a vast zone of enforcement which pushes people further into formidable, lethal terrain. In effect, the desert becomes a weapon. People do not just disappear. They are disappeared. Their numbers are unknowable, uncountable, and reprehensible — at least in the view of civil society. Even one lost is one too many, let alone thousands. The 1999 ‘Prevention through Deterrence’ enforcement directive which fueled this catastrophe is not only fatally flawed, it is criminal.” (03/27/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/27/disappeared-on-the-border-chase-and-scatter-to-death/

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26) Is the Russia investigation turning the left into conspiracy theorists?
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Last week, after Wednesday’s deadly rampage near Parliament in London, British conservative journalist Louise Mensch tweeted that the terrorist attack has ‘got everything to do with Russia.’ She doubled down Friday on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, propounding the theory, without factual evidence, that allies of the Russian state were stirring up anti-immigrant sentiment in the wake of the attack. ‘Partisans of Russia were out in the streets saying it was an illegal immigrant who did it, trying to turn the London people against our Muslim friends and neighbor,’ Mensch said. One of her fellow guests, MSNBC host Chris Hayes, looked startled by the claim, as well he might since it made little sense.” [editor’s note: I wish some of my “progressive” friends would read this one – SAT] (03/27/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/141622/russia-investigation-turning-left-conspiracy-theorists

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27) How right-wing media saved ObamaCare
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

[T]the GOP didn’t honestly acknowledge the hard tradeoffs inherent in health-care policy before making the case for a market-driven system. Republicans tried to hide the fact of tradeoffs …. And it helps explain how Republicans could win a presidential election and lots of congressional elections on the promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare, only to produce bill so wildly unappealing to voters. Once Republicans commenced governing, the tradeoffs couldn’t be elided any longer. Still, even the insight that Republicans spent years willfully obscuring the tradeoffs involved in health-care policy doesn’t fully explain the last week. Focusing on GOP officials leaves out yet another important actor in this debacle: the right-wing media.” (03/27/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/the-right-wing-media-helped-obamacare-in-spite-of-itself/520851/

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28) Trump finds freedom lacks loyalty
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“President Donald Trump failed to persuade enough House Republicans to vote for his American Health Care Act, leading to its withdrawal from the House floor on Friday. How did the effort to pass a replacement for Obamacare go wrong? Let me count the ways. One. The GOP House has too many members who are like Trump was 2016, when he acted as a Caucus of One. He bucked the GOP establishment and assured the party base that the path to victory was to shout over any and all voices of moderation. When critics said Trump was crossing the line, he rarely retreated. The House GOP Freedom Caucus (a right-of-right rump with close to 30 members) followed the same playbook. On the health care bill, members acted like 30 Trumps, pitted against one Trump.” (03/26/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/03/26/trump-finds-freedom-lacks-loyalty-n2304397

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29) Why Trump can’t fix healthcare
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“Bill Clinton tried to fix America’s health care problems and was shot down by Congress. Barack Obama got his solution enacted only to find most people didn’t like it. Republicans who voted repeatedly to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something far better have found it fiendishly hard to agree on how. It could be that our health care problems don’t get solved because of partisanship, incompetence, corruption or dishonesty among our elected officials. Or it could be because those problems are not soluble.” (03/27/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/03/27/why-trump-cant-fix-health-care

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30) For GOP on healthcare, there’s no “moving on”
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael F Cannon

“On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan trudged to the White House to tell President Donald Trump Republican leaders didn’t have the votes to pass their health care bill. Then, moments before a scheduled vote, leadership withdrew the bill. Paul Ryan says it was a ‘setback’ and that Republicans are ‘moving on’ from health care. Meanwhile, Donald Trump says Obamacare will explode and it won’t be pretty. ‘We will be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future,’ Trump told the media after the House pulled the bill. There is no way this will stand. No matter what President Trump says, he is not done with Obamacare. Congress still needs to rescue Americans from this law. Now they have a chance — and a responsibility — to do it right.” (03/27/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/gop-health-care-theres-no-moving

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31) Ten lessons from the Republican healthcare debacle
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“At the end of last week, the legislative Hindenburg that was the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act met its end in a blazing inferno of failure and recrimination. This was the most momentous occurrence of the early period of the Donald Trump presidency, and it’s full of lessons that will be good to keep in mind in the coming days. Here are ten of the most important ones: 1.) Don’t hire a businessman to do a politician’s job. … 2.) Donald Trump is not a very good negotiator. … 3.) Paul Ryan is not very good at being speaker of the House.” [editor’s note: It gets better, or worse, depending on your own focus – SAT] (03/26/17)

http://prospect.org/article/10-lessons-republican-health-care-debacle

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32) Cop supporters share the guilt
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“Cop — all cops — are evil gang scum, not because of who they were born, but because of what they choose to do. That is simply the plain truth. But, it would be a waste to spend all your life worrying about it. Or them. So, I don’t. There are many harmful things in the world. Disease, natural disasters, a variety of bad characters, thieves, and bullies. Cops are just one of many. You’d go crazy focusing on all the bad stuff. Yes, police are a cancer on society, but just like other forms of cancer, they aren’t going to magically go away tomorrow. I accept this fact and ignore the Blue Line Gang most of the time. The biggest problem, the one which makes me speak out, is that here you have a deadly cancer … that people worship! What’s up with that?” (03/27/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/03/cop-supporters-share-guilt.html

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33) Conservative renaissance
Source: Mises Canada
by Bryce McBride

“As the Conservative Party of Canada enters the final months of its leadership race, it is a good time to both assess the challenges facing the country and formulate responses to these problems that reflect both Conservative and Canadian core values. More specifically, it is a good time to think about how best to reduce our dangerously high levels of debt and reverse the cartelization and regulatory capture of the economy by powerful special interests. As our drift towards crony capitalism has sapped economic vitality, so have we come to rely on increased borrowing to boost economic activity. Thus, a Conservative economic platform promoting competition will also indirectly address our looming debt crisis.” (03/27/17)

https://www.mises.ca/conservative-renaissance/

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34) Give Americans straight talk on Syria
Source: USA Today
by Noah C Rothman

“‘Vietnam Syndrome’ haunted the United States for over a decade after the fall of Saigon. Yet American military missions did not end amid this period of national insecurity and introspection; they were simply not subject to much public debate. Americans did not want to know. A similar malady seems to have accompanied America’s withdrawal from Iraq. U.S. military deployments around the world haven’t abated. If anything, they are intensifying. In Syria, in particular, the slow draw-up of regular American forces has been the focus of far less scrutiny than that mission deserves. But America’s political leaders are not leveling with the public, and the public doesn’t seem to care.” (03/27/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/03/27/americans-need-straight-talk-on-syria-column/99545542

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35) Policing womanhood
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“It’s a sad fact that more women than men support the violent policing of women’s sexualities. Think about that: despite all the ‘feminist’ rhetoric supporting a woman’s supposed right to control her body and sexuality, polls consistently show that more women than men are in favor of criminalizing prostitution; that is, more women than men believe male cops should deceive, rape, rob, brutalize, humiliate, cage and ruin the lives of other women for having sex for reasons of which these women disapprove. Presumably-sane women, many of whom would call themselves ‘feminists,’ think it’s perfectly OK for a state mostly run by men to make laws giving other men the ‘right’ to guess why a particular woman is having sex, raping her if the cop claims it’s to ‘gather evidence,’ then taking her possessions, locking her in a cage and inviting news media to splash her picture all over papers, TV and the internet … because her motivation for having sex is ‘wrong.'” (03/27/17)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/policing-womanhood/

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36) Nine reasons the “living, breathing” constitution view is a lie
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justice nominee Neil Gorsuch have reinvigorated the debate about how to properly interpret the Constitution. The nominee’s reputation as an ‘originalist’ has progressives whipped up into frenzy and once again aggressively peddling the myth of a ‘living, breathing Constitution.’ For whatever reason, Cosmopolitan decided to take a break from peddling soft literary porn to weigh in on the fray. In a recent article titled 9 Reasons Constitutional Originalism is Bullsh*t, Cosmo senior political writer Jill Filipovic manages to cram an astonishing amount of constitutional ignorance into a single column.” (03/27/17)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/03/27/the-living-breathing-lie/

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37) National healthcare is the health of the state
Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

“Ever since the Libertarian Party was formed in December 1971 there has been a hope by some that electing libertarians to high office could slow or reverse the march to greater government control over private affairs. We just had a crystal-clear proof that it’s a fatally-flawed theory. In 2016 the American electorate voted for a Republican president and Republican majorities in both houses of Congress pledged to repeal the Democratic-Party-passed Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. … Debates endlessly rehash everything except the obvious: only a small caucus of Republican legislators had any desire to repeal the ACA and the GOP replacement bill was merely a reshuffling of how government-provided benefits were to be managed. … There’s a lesson here for all political observers, but particularly libertarians: socialistic programs, once enacted into law, can’t be repealed. Politics, itself, foils it.” (03/25/17)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2017/03/national-healthcare-is-the-health-of-the-state/

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38) Who owns ObamaCare now?
Source: The American Spectator
by David Catron

“Otto von Bismarck famously said, ‘Politics is the art of the possible.’ This is a reality that President Trump and the GOP congressional leadership understand. Sadly, a small clique of rigid ideologues constituting about 10 percent of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives is clearly ignorant of this fact. These people call themselves the ‘Freedom Caucus.’ Yet, by refusing to support the American Health Care Act (AHCA) last week, they preserved one of the most outrageous assaults on individual liberty ever signed into law. They have virtually guaranteed that Obamacare will never be repealed. Now they own it.” (03/27/17)

https://spectator.org/who-owns-obamacare-now/

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39) I know paid protesters are real (because I’m one of them)
Source: Cracked
by JF Sargent

“‘Paid protesters’ are all over the news recently, from Donald Trump’s accusation that all the people attending anti-Trump rallies are secretly funded by his enemies, to the evidence that Trump himself hired actors to pretend to be his supporters. Or maybe you’ve heard Elon Musk accuse a disgruntled employee of being a paid union shill? So, what? Is this merely an attempt to discredit the other party, or is it a real job? We talked to ‘Matt’ about all of it (he started as an unpaid protester, graduated to ‘Paid Protester’ at the 2011 Take Back the Capitol event, and worked as an organizer for the Service Employees International Union), and he explained how a career in activism really works.” (03/27/17)

http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-2476-i-know-paid-protesters-are-real-because-im-one-them.html

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40) Is Trump nuts? Does it matter?
Source: The Price of Liberty
of L Reichard White

“Does Mr. Trump really have serious psychiatric problems as increasing numbers of shrinks are suggesting? Since in their DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of mental disorders), the Mental Health Guild has classified just about every possible combination of human emotion and behavior as a psychiatric disorder, they can certainly find Mr. Trump — along with the rest of us — has conditions they would gladly treat but not necessarily cure. For a nice fee, of course. They suggest he’s grandiose, antisocial, narcissistic, and paranoid etc. And, since an Australian study found that 1 in 5 CEOs are psychopaths, we can probably add that and/or ‘sociopath’ to the list.” (03/26/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/03/26/is-trump-nuts-does-it-matter/

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41) Fannie and Freddie’s new bubble
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Douglas French

“Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac still have housing blood on their hands from the 2008 financial crash. However, the giant GSEs, placed in government conservatorship in September 2008, have now, virtually all by themselves, created another bubble, this time in the multifamily rental market.” (03/27/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/03/doug-french/fannie-freddies-new-bubble/

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42) Repeal and replace the Democratic Party
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Lori Heine

“In my previous essay, I made a suggestion that would once have been unthinkable. I said that the country would be better off if the Democratic Party were bumped down to minor league status and replaced on the top tier by the Libertarian Party. Since then, I’ve taken an informal poll of the people in my social sphere. Almost unanimously, the Republicans think it’s a fine idea. I doubt that this comes as any bigger surprise to our readers than it has to me. What would have been surprising to Americans just a few short years ago is that even an overwhelming number of the independents I polled also expressed a desire to see this big shift happen. Independents now outnumber those in either ‘major’ party by a significant margin. Almost nobody who isn’t a Democrat can stand the donkey party anymore. That a huge swath of the population at least hates the GOP less than the Democrats became evident this past November. Even some Democrats can’t stand the Democratic Party.” (03/25/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1682

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43) Saving the world by changing the past
Source: HubPages
by Garry Reed

Review of Wayward World by Jon Roland. (03/27/17)

https://hubpages.com/literature/Saving-the-World-by-Changing-the-Past-Wayward-World-Book-Review

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44) On the outside, looking out
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“This is the great paradox of our time: In 2017, it has never been easier for us to satisfy our wants, but we seldom have been more dissatisfied. In the United States, in Europe, in Latin America, and even (more quietly) in parts of Asia and in Australia, there is a sense that things are not going quite right, that the old order — not only in politics but also in commercial and religious life — is dead on its feet. People have turned to leaders and movements of very different kinds — Hugo Chavez, Marine Le Pen, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, black-mask anarchism — in search of alternatives. In a sense, they are all the same: Those who had felt themselves to be on the outside looking in are now on the outside looking out.” (03/26/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446091/civilization-discontents-modern-life-family-men-fathers-employment

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45) Where the anti-Russian moral panic is leading us
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“McCarthyism started out as a partisan campaign to tar the Democrats as the Kremlin’s party. But at least there was some evidence that the reds had indeed infiltrated the highest reaches of FDR’s administration. In the case of the neo-McCarthyites, their ‘evidence’ consists of sheer assertions by anonymous spooks, cries of ‘it’s classified, we can’t give you the evidence,’ and a case made by profit-making cyber-‘security’ companies like CrowdStrike that is fast coming unglued. In an effort to explain away their stunning election loss, the Democrats — in league with their Deep State and media allies — are embarked on a campaign of vilification that will end the way these things always end: the use of State power to discredit, smear, and ultimately outlaw dissenting opinions.” (03/27/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/03/26/where-the-anti-russian-moral-panic-is-leading-us/

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46) TrumpCare Trumped
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Donald Trump ran, in part, on the promise of getting rid of ObamaCare. But upon taking the reins, two things became obvious: Republicans in Congress lacked the guts to repeal the ACA, and even lacked a coherent scheme to alter it. The new president could hardly be expected to possess the plan they lacked, though on the campaign trail he suggested the best approach: repeal, then open up insurance markets across state lines. The GOP Congress, on the other hand, was all promise and no clue. So Speaker of the House Paul Ryan hastily cooked up what was to be the new TrumpCare — a ridiculous reform package with nothing much to say for it.” (03/27/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/03/27/trumpcare-trumped/

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47) The Great Goober Train Wreck of 2016
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard

“The history of federal peanut policy is the perfect antidote to anyone who still believes that Congress could competently manage a lemonade stand. Federal spending for peanut subsidies will have risen eightfold between last year and next year — reaching almost a billion dollars and approaching the total value of the peanut harvest. This debacle is only the latest pratfall in a long history of horrendous federal mismanagement. The peanut program has long combined the worst traits of feudalism and central economic planning” (03/27/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/great-goober-train-wreck-2016/

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48) Russiagate’s unasked questions
Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

“If the FBI began its investigation of team Trump in late July — after the nomination process but before the election — and the Trump campaign office was located in Trump Tower, doesn’t that confirm that Donald Trump is right when he insists that his office was ‘wiretapped’ during the summer even if his word choice was not apt? And given that former Central Intelligence Agency head John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) chief James Clapper have been most frequently cited as the Obama administration’s possible bag men in arranging for the generation, collection, dissemination, and leaking of information disparaging to Trump, why weren’t they also being questioned?” (03/27/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-many-questions-not-asked-on-russiagate/

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49) Crime fighting heroes
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“[Ayn Rand] goes on to say that thrillers ‘are concerned with only one aspect of a moral being’s existence: the battle of good against evil in terms of purposeful action.’ Not surprisingly then, a great many people like pulp fiction, especially detective stories. Cops and private eyes who hunt down evil men, usually murderers. Murder seems to be the hallmark of the crime novel because murder is unambiguously evil. It is the worst imaginable crime. It doesn’t merely violate a person, it takes his very life away from him. I love crime fiction. I like it in print and on television. Sadly, many libertarians, particularly those of the anarchist persuasion, have a hate-on for cops.” [editor’s note: And on that note, den Ouden demonstrates a profound misunderstanding of said hate-on; but it’s still a good piece on one of my own favorite crime fiction protagonists, Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch – TLK] (03/26/17)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2017/03/crime-fighting-heroes.html

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50) Six graphs that reveal big problems for student and auto loans
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jonathan Newman

“The New York Fed’s most recent household debt report showed ballooning debt and delinquency in student and auto loans. Total household debt has just about reached its previous late-2008 high of over $12.5 trillion. You’ll notice that housing debt (blue) has not increased much since its 2013 low, meaning that the increases in total debt have mostly come from non-housing debt (red). A closer look at the composition of non-housing debt reveals that the biggest increases in debt have come from student and auto loans (red and green, below).” (03/27/17)

https://mises.org/blog/six-graphs-reveal-big-problems-student-and-auto-loans

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51) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 122
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (podcast listening routines; I’ve got such a headache!; pseudo-libertarian sites; border walls and spring break drunkenness) :: Does Jeff Sessions want your town to be less safe?” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/27/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-122-guess.html

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52) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 567
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Watching the Sunday shows this week you’d think all the pundits just got raises. The giddiness was hard to contain. It was evident they were relishing the fact that Republicans failed to deliver their healthcare bill for a vote. But the joke’s on them. Real liberty minded people didn’t want that garbage either. I was overjoyed (while not surprised) to hear that Ryan’s plan to strong-arm Republicans into supporting his tired excuse for healthcare reform had failed.” [various formats] (03/27/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/567-media-goes-orgasmic-over-republican-healthcare-defeat/

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53) Lions of Liberty, episode 288
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s episode of Lions of Liberty, Marc welcomes in NY Times bestselling author and host of The Tom Woods Show and Contra Krugman, Tom Woods!” [various formats] (03/27/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/03/27/288/

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54) Cato Daily Podcast, 03/27/17
Source: Cato Institute

“How should Congress repeal and replace ObamaCare now that the American Health Care Act has failed? Michael Cannon explains.” [various formats] (03/27/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/smart-way-repeal-obamacare

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55) The Freedom Report, 03/27/17
Source: The Libertarian Republic

“Conservative media outlets are in a tizzy after a string of high profile firings and employees leaving, citing less than stringent editorial standards. Now many of these outlets are seeking to professionalize themselves considering that they are facing more scrutiny now their ideas are in power. Austin Petersen breaks down the news.” [Flash video] (03/27/17)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.podbean.com/e/beck-takes-out-tomi/

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56) Freedom Feens Radio, 03/27/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Dianna, Jeremy and Phil tell you how it is.” [various formats] (03/27/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14250

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57) Editor’s Break, episode 24
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 024 looks at the claim that ‘stealing’ creative works, aka piracy, is a form of theft. It’s not; not in the slightest. There, I spoiled it.” [various formats] (03/26/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/editors-break-024-intellectual-property-piracy-theft-11m

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58) The Bob Zadek Show, 03/26/17
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Following Justice Scalia’s death last year, Republicans took a gamble with their #NoHearingsNoVote strategy, refusing to confirm any Supreme Court nominee for the remainder of the election year. Ilya Shapiro, Editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review, defended this strategy on the show last May …. Since the start of Neil Gorsuch’s Senate confirmation hearings, Shapiro has been on a media blitz, cutting through the ‘Kabuki theater’ and interpreting the exchanges between the mild-mannered Colorado judge and his senatorial inquisitors (both friendly and unfriendly). He returns to examine how the rest of the process is likely to unfold, in light of Senator Chuck Schumer’s promise to filibuster.” [various formats] (03/26/17)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2017/3/26/judge-gorsuch-on-the-hot-seat

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59) Free Talk Live, 03/26/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“FTL’s County First Sanctuary County in NH :: Voting and Political Participation Controversy :: Immigration Fears :: Sharia Law and ISIS :: Trump and Reading Between Lines? :: Welfare Numbers :: Government Corruption :: Bloated Bureaucracy :: Bitcoin Conflict :: AFTERSHOW! :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Jonny Ray.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/26/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-03-26

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60) The curious case of Nicolas Maduro’s Venezuela
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“Venezuela was once a thriving country, rich in profits from oil exports. However over the past several years things have gone south due to ‘years of mismanagement under a socialist government’ that the AP reports has ‘ground much of the nation’s production to a halt, and the country [has grown] ever more dependent on imports.’ Not only has the economy ground to a halt, normal life for the people of Venezuela has as well.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (03/26/17)

http://fpp.cc/the-curious-case-of-nicolas-maduros-venezuela/

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