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In the News:

1) UK: May signs letter triggering Brexit
2) Scotland: Parliament backs independence referendum call
3) Video of TSA thug feeling up teenager goes viral
4) Iran: Regime says Russia can use its military bases “on case by case basis”
5) Trump signs order to roll back Obama’s climate moves
6) Germany: 1.4 million Turks head to polling stations as voting in crucial referendum begins
7) CA: Middle school losing funding because it has too many white students
8) Trump expected to sign controversial hunting bill
9) US hospital shares drop as Republicans weigh healthcare repeal
10) Report: Turkey “spied on” pro-Gulen opponents in Germany
11) All clear given at the White House after “man claimed he had a bomb near the grounds”
12) Turkish bank executive charged in Iran sanctions case in US
13) US Senate Republicans may dump border wall funding to reduce “shutdown” theatrics
14) Fed watchdog to examine cost, security of Trump’s Florida trips
15) Report: US House intelligence panel cancels meetings for the week
16) Panic spreads in Iraq, Syria as record numbers of civilians reported killed in US strikes
17) Trump claims immunity from “Apprentice” contestant’s lawsuit
18) France: “Carlos the Jackal” sentenced to third life term for 1974 attack
19) UK: Marine sentenced in murder of wounded Taliban fighter
20) South China Sea: Aircraft hangars, radar installed on artificial islands
21) OK: Homeowner’s son kills three attempting break-in
22) FL: Two detectives ambushed, shot in unmarked car
23) France: Clashes in Paris over police killing of Chinese man
24) IL: ICE thugs shoot man while trying to abduct his son
25) Feds oppose leniency for Christie allies in Bridgegate sentencing

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Make the anti-war movement great again
27) Did the government spy on Trump? Of course. It spies on all of us!
28) Death at your door: Knock-and-talk police tactics rip a hole in the Constitution
29) Conservative and libertarian Georgians should oppose the death penalty
30) The disgrace of war
31) Stop the Meals on Wheels funding freakout
32) Universal healthcare access is coming. Stop fighting it and start figuring out how to make it work
33) The big lie behind Trump’s education budget
34) Is your health insurance good for you?
35) How you can make cops present a warrant to search your vehicle
36) The false compassion of liberalism
37) Argentina already tried Trumponomics
38) Masood’s motives? We may never know
39) America must divorce dignity from work
40) Stories told to scare children
41) But I don’t WANT it to work!
42) Our right to trial by jury is under attack, the Supreme Court can affirm and protect it
43) Political solutions don’t work
44) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #1: Everything is at its acme
45) The hidden monopolies that raise drug prices
46) How the left learned to love states’ rights
47) It’s stupid — but is it the government’s business?
48) Why ICE raids imperil us all
49) Negative consequences
50) Improving student loan choice would benefit higher education and all involved
51) Why I love guns (& you should too!)
52) What we don’t talk about when we talk about rural poverty
53) The Westminster attack: Savagery versus civilization
54) Occupational licensing reform gains an unlikely boost from the FTC
55) What are the Republicans waiting for?
56) Did the national security state wiretap Trump?
57) Comparing ObamaCare scams
58) More on the injustice of trade “retaliation”
59) Legislating in the real world
60) California bill to ban “fake news” would be disastrous for political speech

The Sound and the Fury:

61) Cato Daily Podcast, 03/28/17
62) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode #107
63) The Libertarian Angle, 03/28/17
64) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 568
65) The LAVA Spurt, episode 58
66) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 19
67) Free Talk Live, 03/27/17
68) Reason Podcast, 03/27/17
69) The Tom Woods Show, episode 877
70) Iona Craig on The Scott Horton Show

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

1) UK: May signs letter triggering Brexit
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Theresa May has signed the letter that will formally begin the UK’s departure from the European Union. Giving official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk later. In a statement in the Commons, the prime minister will then tell MPs this marks ‘the moment for the country to come together.’ It follows June’s referendum which resulted in a vote to leave the EU.” (03/29/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-39422353

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2) Scotland: Parliament backs independence referendum call
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Scottish lawmakers voted Tuesday to seek a new referendum on independence, to be held within the next two years — an unwanted headache for the British government as it prepares to push the European Union exit button. The Edinburgh-based legislature voted 69-59 to back First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s call to ask the British government for an independence vote. Outside, several dozen independence supporters bearing Scottish and EU flags broke into cheers and tears of joy as the news broke. … Scottish voters rejected independence in a 2014 referendum that Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party called a once-in-a-generation vote. But Sturgeon says Brexit has changed the situation dramatically.” (03/28/17)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-scotland-independence-referendum-20170328-story.html

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3) Video of TSA thug feeling up teenager goes viral
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“A Transportation Security Administration official is drawing heavy criticism after a video that shows him patting down a boy at DFW Airport went viral on social media over the weekend. Jennifer Williamson, the boy’s mother, posted the video to Facebook on Sunday morning, writing that she was ‘livid’ at the TSA agent. The two-minute clip shows Williamson’s son, Aaron, standing in a security area at the airport. The agent begins patting down the boy’s arms, back and torso before moving to the back of his shorts and the insides of his legs.” (03/28/17)

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article141064443.html

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4) Iran: Regime says Russia can use its military bases “on case by case basis”
Source: Reuters

“Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Reuters on Tuesday that Russia could use Iranian military bases to launch air strikes against militants in Syria on a ‘case by case basis.’ Russia and Iran are both key allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and have played decisive roles in the past 18 months to turn the tide of the Syrian conflict in his favor. Russian jets used an air base in Iran to launch attacks against militant targets in Syria last summer, the first time a foreign power had used an Iranian base since World War Two.” (03/28/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-iran-rouhani-base-idUSKBN16Z0NU

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5) Trump signs order to roll back Obama’s climate moves
Source: The Hill

“President Trump on Tuesday signed a wide-ranging executive order to start the process of rolling back former President Obama’s aggressive climate change agenda. … The most significant piece of the order instructs the EPA to formally consider repealing the Clean Power Plan. It was the central piece of Obama’s second-term climate agenda, setting a 32 percent cut in the power sector’s carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.” (03/28/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/326124-trump-signs-order-to-roll-back-obamas-climate-moves

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6) Germany: 1.4 million Turks head to polling stations as voting in crucial referendum begins
Source: Chicago Chronicle

“As 1.4 million eligible Turkish voters in Germany headed to the polls to cast their vote in the crucial Turkish referendum on expanding Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers — the sentiment amongst voters was that of conflict and confusion. Polling stations in Germany opened on Monday and was [sic] closely watched in Ankara as the number of eligible voters in Germany make up about half the total number of expatriates who can cast ballots.” (03/28/17)

http://www.chicagochronicle.com/news/252569751/about-14-million-german-turks-head-to-polling-stations-as-voting-in-crucial-referendum-begins

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7) CA: Middle school losing funding because it has too many white students
Source: Fox News

“Having too many white students will cost a California middle school funding and imperil the jobs of some teachers and others. Last week the Los Angeles Unified School District informed parents of students at the Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood that because the white population had exceeded 30 percent, it had to make cuts. Under provisions of a district policy, the school had qualified for additional funding, which enable the hiring of more teachers and having smaller classes, because it had a student body that was 70 percent or higher of Hispanics, blacks, Asians and non-Anglos. However, in the last two years that percentage has fallen beneath the 70 percent level, meaning Walter Reed no longer qualified for those extra funds. The announcement infuriated parents, who fear that class sizes will increase as the number of teachers and other school personnel decreases.” [editor’s note: Okay, I would note that this was an added subsidy for being a good doobie, not basic funding, as is implied by the headline – SAT] (03/28/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/28/california-middle-school-losing-funding-because-it-has-too-many-white-students.html

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8) Trump expected to sign controversial hunting bill
Source: Raw Story

“A controversial hunting law awaits the signature of President Trump after the Senate voted mostly along party lines last week and after clearing the House in February. The Senate voted 52-47 on March 21 to overturn Obama-era hunting restrictions that protected grizzly bears, wolves and other animals on national wildlife refuges in Alaska from baiting, trapping and aerial shooting. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, who introduced the resolution, said the Obama-era rules were an overreach of government power. He shared support with other Alaska Republicans on Capitol Hill. ‘Not only does this action undermine Alaska’s ability to manage fish and wildlife upon refuge lands, it fundamentally destroys a cooperative relationship between Alaska and the federal government,’ Young wrote on his website.” (03/28/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/trump-expected-to-sign-controversial-hunting-bill

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9) US hospital shares drop as Republicans weigh healthcare repeal
Source: Reuters

“U.S. hospital stocks dropped on Tuesday as Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives said they were considering a renewed push to repeal and replace Obamacare, after the effort failed last week. Shares of Community Health Systems Inc (CYH.N) dropped 7.6 percent and Tenet Healthcare Corp (THC.N) shares fell 4.8 percent at mid-afternoon. HCA Holdings Inc (HCA.N), Universal Health Services Inc (UHS.N) and Envision Healthcare Corp EVHC.O were all down around 2 percent. Sector stocks had gained after Republicans on Friday pulled legislation to gut the 2010 Affordable Care Act, often dubbed Obamacare, and said they would move on to other issues on President Donald Trump’s agenda, like tax reform.” (03/28/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-stocks-hospitals-idUSKBN16Z2KE

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10) Report: Turkey “spied on” pro-Gulen opponents in Germany
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“German Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere has said Turkey will not be allowed to spy on Turks living in Germany. Reports say the head of Turkey’s intelligence service handed a list of people suspected of opposition sympathies to his German counterpart. The list is said to include surveillance photos and personal data. Germany and other EU states have banned local rallies in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkish ministers have been seeking to campaign among ethnic Turks in a referendum on 16 April on increasing his powers. Some 41,000 people have been arrested in Turkey since a coup was defeated in July of last year. Many are suspected of following a movement loyal US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Turkey has accused him of organising the coup. ” (03/28/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39416954

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11) All clear given at the White House after “man claimed he had a bomb near the grounds”
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“Secret Service agents cleared the White House’s North Lawn Tuesday morning while the president was home after a man reportedly said he had a bomb. The North Lawn was evacuated and reporters were locked into the press room so that armed agents could search the area just before 10:30am. Around 11:50am, the shelter in place was listed but agents continued to investigate the suspect’s package behind a secure perimeter. Reporters first started tweeting about the incident around 10:25am.” (03/28/17)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4357240/White-House-lockdown-suspicious-package.html

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12) Turkish bank executive charged in Iran sanctions case in US
Source: Epoch Times

“U.S. authorities have arrested an executive of a Turkish state-owned bank accused of conspiring with prominent Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab and others to violate U.S. sanctions on Iran. The arrest of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a deputy general manager of Halkbank, expands a case that has drawn criticism from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who said he believed U.S. authorities had ‘ulterior motives’ in prosecuting Zarrab.” (03/28/17)

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2237234-turkish-bank-executive-charged-in-iran-sanctions-case-in-us/

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13) US Senate Republicans may dump border wall funding to reduce “shutdown” theatrics
Source: New York Daily News

“Senate Republicans indicated on Tuesday they have no plans to shut down the government [sic] over a fight for money for a border wall. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a member of GOP leadership, told reporters Tuesday afternoon that a bill to keep the government funded after April 28 was coming together, and suggested the funding for the wall wouldn’t be included. … Republicans will need some Democratic support to avoid a government shutdow [sic] at the end of April, and Democrats have indicated they’d block any bill that included funds for a wall.” (03/28/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/government-funding-bill-skip-border-wall-article-1.3011909

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14) Fed watchdog to examine cost, security of Trump’s Florida trips
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A government watchdog will examine the taxpayer-funded travel costs when President Donald Trump travels to the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and the security procedures surrounding those trips, several congressional Democrats announced Tuesday. The lawmakers requested the inquiry by the Government Accountability Office after reports that Trump, accompanied by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, openly discussed North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile while at the resort. They also raised concerns about the cost to taxpayers. In a March 24 letter to the lawmakers, GAO said it will examine how the president’s communications and classified information are secured when he’s traveling, including whether a secure space exists at Mar-a-Lago.” (03/28/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Gov-t-watchdog-to-examine-cost-of-Trump-s-Florida-11033739.php

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15) Report: US House intelligence panel cancels meetings for the week
Source: The Hill

“The House Intelligence Committee has canceled its meetings for the week as Democrats push Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) to recuse himself from the panel’s probe into Russian meddling in the election, CNN is reporting. Nunes reportedly canceled a public hearing about Russia that was set to take place on Tuesday. Lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), called on Nunes to step aside from the investigation after the chairman said he visited White House grounds to view classified intelligence one day before briefing President Trump last week.” (03/28/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/326058-house-intel-committee-cancels-meetings-for-the-week-report

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16) Panic spreads in Iraq, Syria as record numbers of civilians reported killed in US strikes
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

“A sharp rise in the number of civilians reported killed in U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria is spreading panic, deepening mistrust and triggering accusations that the United States and its partners may be acting with an unprecedented disregard for lives of noncombatants. The escalation comes as local ground forces backed by air support from a U.S.-led coalition close in on the Islamic State’s two main urban bastions — Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.” (03/28/17)

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/nation-world/ct-islamic-state-airstrikes-iraq-syria-20170328-story.html

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17) Trump claims immunity from “Apprentice” contestant’s lawsuit
Source: USA Today

“Summer Zervos, a former contestant from The Apprentice, sued Trump in New York on Jan. 17, just days before the inauguration. She came forward in October and accused Trump of kissing and groping her in a Beverly Hills hotel room in 2007. Trump denied the accusation, including a series of tweets calling the sexual misconduct allegations ‘100% fabricated and made-up charges,’ ‘totally false’ and ‘totally made up nonsense.’ Zervos'[s] attorney, Gloria Allred, demanded a retraction, to no avail. So, she sued. Zervos'[s] lawsuit claims the alleged defamation was ‘detrimental to Ms. Zervos’s reputation, honor and dignity.’ Trump’s attorneys said in this week’s court filing that the supremacy clause of the U.S. constitution should bar the lawsuit since it could ‘distract a President from his public duties to the detriment of not only the President and his office but also the Nation’ …. The Zervos case will likely rely on standards set in the case involving President Clinton, which clearly says presidents are not immune from private litigation while in office.” (03/28/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/28/trump-claims-immunity-apprentice-contestants-lawsuit/99729932/

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18) France: “Carlos the Jackal” sentenced to third life term for 1974 attack
Source: MSN

“The man known as ‘Carlos the Jackal’ has been convicted in a French court of a deadly 1974 attack on a Paris shopping arcade and sentenced to life in prison for the third time. The Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez is already serving two life sentences in France for murders and attacks he was convicted of perpetrating or organizing on behalf of the Palestinian cause or of communist revolution in the 1970s and ’80s.” [hat tip — David Klaus] (03/28/17)

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/carlos-the-jackal-sentenced-to-life-for-1974-attack/ar-BByXTDE?OCID=ansmsnnews11

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19) UK: Marine sentenced in murder of wounded Taliban fighter
Source: BBC News [UK]

“A Royal Marine convicted of killing a wounded Taliban fighter in Afghanistan has been jailed for seven years. Sgt Alexander Blackman, 42, will be freed in weeks as he has already served more than three years in jail. The sentencing came after the Court Martial Appeal Court ruled Blackman’s original murder conviction should be reduced to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. … The trial was the first time a member of the British armed forces faced a murder charge in relation to the Afghanistan conflict. Two other marines from 42 Commando were tried at the same time but acquitted.” (03/28/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39417239

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20) South China Sea: Aircraft hangars, radar installed on artificial islands
Source: CNN

“Dozens of aircraft hangars and high-end radar capabilities on China’s man-made islands in the South China Sea are almost operational, according to new satellite imagery released by a US-based think tank. … Images released by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, AMTI, taken in early March, show nearly completed defense infrastructure on three of China’s largest artificial islands in the disputed Spratly chain: Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi reefs. … A Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman said Tuesday she wasn’t aware of the report’s details but reiterated the Spratly Islands were Chinese territory. ‘Whether we decide to deploy or not deploy relevant military equipment, it is within our scope of sovereignty. It’s our right to self-defense and self-preservation as recognized by international law,’ Hua Chunying said.” (03/28/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/28/asia/south-china-sea-islands-aircraft-hangars/

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21) OK: Homeowner’s son kills three attempting break-in
Source: CBS News

“Three would-be burglars have been fatally shot by a homeowner’s son who was armed with a rifle, Oklahoma authorities say. The Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office said the homeowner and his 23-year-old son were in the home when three males wearing masks and gloves tried to break in at about 12:30 p.m., reports CBS affiliate KOTV-TV. … KOTV reports the males were 16, 17 and 18 years old. One teen had brass knuckles, one had a knife. Deputies say they arrested a fourth person, a 21-year-old woman, who they believe to be the getaway driver.” (03/27/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/homeowners-armed-son-fatally-shoots-burglars-oklahoma/

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22) FL: Two detectives ambushed, shot in unmarked car
Source: Miami Herald

“Police on Tuesday continued their search for six people involved in an ambush-style shooting of two undercover Miami-Dade police officers in their unmarked car. The detectives were working a gang detail in Brownsville when they were shot late Monday night by suspects who walked past them, opened fire and fled. The officers, who were taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in the back of a pickup by cops who were on the perimeter of the shooting scene, were in stable condition, one grazed by a bullet, the other shot in the leg.” [editor’s note: Cue the “war on police” rhetoric. What likely happened is that one gang’s members mistook a couple of guys sitting in a strange car in a neighborhood they weren’t from for members of a rival gang. Which, come to think of it, is true 😉 – TLK] (03/28/17)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article141150558.html

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23) France: Clashes in Paris over police killing of Chinese man
Source: USA Today

“Violent clashes in Paris between police and protesters angry at the police killing of a Chinese man in his home have left three police officers injured and 35 protesters arrested, authorities said Tuesday. Demonstrators, who were from the Asian community, had gathered in the multicultural 19th district on the French capital’s northeastern edge, police official Agnes Thibault Lecuivre said. They were paying homage to a Chinese man killed Sunday by a police officer, outraged by reports that he was shot in his home in front of his children while he was cutting up fish. Police say the officer fired in self-defense during a raid because the victim, whom Chinese media say is Chinese, wounded an officer with a bladed weapon.” (03/28/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/03/28/clashes-paris-over-police-killing-chinese-man/99719382/

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24) IL: ICE thugs shoot man while trying to abduct his son
Source: Chicago Sun-Times

“A man was shot by a federal immigration agent on Monday morning in the front doorway of his Belmont Central neighborhood home on the Northwest Side. Authorities said the 53-year-old pointed a weapon at U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents as they tried to arrest his son. But an attorney for the man’s family says he was unarmed, and that the agents had no grounds to detain his 23-year-old son, a U.S.-born citizen. ‘I really don’t know what [ICE agents] were doing there, and I don’t think they do either,’ attorney Thomas Hallock said. ‘It’s bizarre.'” (03/28/17)

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/officer-involved-shooting-reported-on-nw-side/

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25) Feds oppose leniency for Christie allies in Bridgegate sentencing
Source: New York Daily News

“Two ex-allies of Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie committed perjury on the witness stand during their corruption trial last fall and shouldn’t be given any leniency at sentencing this week, federal prosecutors wrote to a judge Monday. Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni, who are to be sentenced Wednesday, were convicted last fall of causing traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge in 2013 in a plot against a mayor who didn’t endorse Christie.” (03/28/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/feds-no-leniency-bridgegate-duo-sentencing-article-1.3011069

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

26) Make the anti-war movement great again
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been at war, the longest continuous conflict in its history. Its citizens have witnessed a failed surge into Afghanistan, a catastrophe in Iraq that helped destabilize vast swaths of the Middle East, an unconstitutional war in Libya that created a power vacuum exploited by ISIS, and a drone war that has killed hundreds of innocents in a half-dozen countries. The last two presidents campaigned against dumb wars and won. The more interventionist candidate has lost every election since 2008. Yet the anti-war faction that mobilized against the Iraq War shrunk precipitously during the Obama years, and is less noisy as Trump takes office than anti-pipeline protesters. … The absence of significant protests in the face of this inhumane militarism is a major reason why it is neither emphasized in the press nor kept in check by the most effective brake on killing among those who lack a moral compass: political consequences. Trump and most Republicans won’t worry about civilian deaths until they’re affected by them. Neither will most Democrats.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/make-the-anti-war-movement-great-again/520983/

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27) Did the government spy on Trump? Of course. It spies on all of us!
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“There was high drama last week when Rep. Devin Nunes announced at the White House that he had seen evidence that the communications of the Donald Trump campaign people, and perhaps even Trump himself, had been ‘incidentally collected’ by the US government. If true, this means that someone authorized the monitoring of Trump campaign communications using Section 702 of the FISA Act. Could it have been then-President Obama? We don’t know. Could it have been other political enemies looking for something to harm the Trump campaign or presidency? It is possible. There is much we do not yet know about what happened and there is probably quite a bit we will never know. But we do know several very important things about the government spying on Americans.” (03/28/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/government-spy-trump-course-spies-us

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28) Death at your door: Knock-and-talk police tactics rip a hole in the Constitution
Source: OpEdNews
by John Whitehead

“It was late on a Saturday night — so late that it was technically Sunday morning — and 26-year-old Scott was at home with his girlfriend playing video games when police, in pursuit of a speeding motorcyclist, arrived at Scott’s apartment complex, assumed tactical positions with guns drawn and ready to shoot, and began pounding on his apartment door (because it had a light on and there was a motorcycle parked nearby). Understandably alarmed by the aggressive pounding on his door at such a late hour, Scott retrieved his handgun before opening the door. Upon opening the door, Scott saw a shadowy figure holding a gun outside his door. Police failed to identify themselves. Unnerved by the sight of the gunman, Scott retreated into his apartment only to have police immediately open fire on him. Of the six shots fired, three hit and killed Scott, who had no connection to the motorcycle or any illegal activity.” (03/28/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Death-at-Your-Door-Knock-by-John-Whitehead-Police_Police-Abuse-Of-Power_Police-Shooting_Police-State-170327-108.html

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29) Conservative and libertarian Georgians should oppose the death penalty
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Jennifer Maffessanti

“Thus far, over 156 people nationally and 6 in Georgia have been released from death row because they were wrongly convicted. That’s 156+ individuals who easily could have been wrongly executed had the mistakes that led to their convictions not been discovered. Others have indeed been executed even though plenty of questions about their guilt remained. This is a heartbreaking fact, but it shouldn’t surprise anyone. The staggering number of exonerations indicates that we have some fundamental problems in our criminal justice system. The human element in our judicial process makes the whole idea of a functioning, efficient, and efficacious death penalty absurd. It requires a level of knowledge and insight that is just not possible. There are no greater stakes than life and death, and so long as the death penalty remains an option, innocent lives are endangered.” (03/28/17)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/conservative-libertarian-georgians-oppose-death-penalty/

30) The disgrace of war
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

Here’s a simple question. Give me the first answer that pops into your mind: What’s the purpose of the state? Most people would probably answer, to keep us safe. I can argue that this isn’t the state’s true purpose (and I will, below), but it’s clearly its primary selling point. And so, every war — and there are generally at least 20 of them under way at any point in time — is a screaming condemnation of the state. War is people dying; it is property being destroyed; it is market processes being torn apart. It’s the precise opposite of keeping people safe.” (03/28/17)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/the-disgrace-of-war/

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31) Stop the Meals on Wheels funding freakout
Source: USA Today
by Katrina Trinko

“Here’s the truth the Meals on Wheels funding freakout missed: We don’t need the government to help each other. When President Trump announced his budget this month, there was an uproar over the proposal to end the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program, which states use for a variety of services including (in some cases) Meals on Wheels for seniors. … First, let’s straighten out the facts about Meals on Wheels and Trump’s budget. While Trump wants to eliminate the community development grant and a Community Services Block Grant that also helps the program in some states, the impact of his proposal is not clear. The primary source of federal support for the 5,000 local Meals on Wheels programs, accounting for 35% of their funding, is the Older Americans Act administered by the Department of Health and Human Services.” [editor’s note: I am loving this demonstration of the generosity and volunteerism that categorizes most people I know, including many who claim only govt can do these things (because of greedy rich people) – SAT] (03/28/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/03/28/meals-wheels-funding-freakout-katrina-trinko-column/99703360

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32) Universal healthcare access is coming. Stop fighting it and start figuring out how to make it work
Source: Niskanen Center
by Ed Dolan

“Many observers are describing the dramatic failure of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) as a debacle, but perhaps it will prove to be a step forward. As everyone knows by now, the United States is alone among advanced economies in not having universal access to health care, but it is already much closer to such a system than most people realize. The defeat of the ACHA may be a tipping point in which the forces trying to figure out how to make universal access health care work gain the upper hand over those that are fighting it.” (03/28/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/universal-healthcare-access/

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33) The big lie behind Trump’s education budget
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“Public school supporters are angry at President Trump’s budget proposal, which plans to cut funding to the Department of Education by 13 percent — taking that department’s outlay down to the level it was ten years ago. But the target for their anger should not be just the extent of the cuts but also how the cuts are being pitched to the public. Trump’s education budget cuts are aimed principally at federal programs that serve poor kids, especially their access to afterschool programs and high-quality teachers. At the same time, Trump’s spending blueprint calls for pouring $1.4 billion into school choice policies including a $168 million increase for charter schools, $250 million for a new school choice program focused on private schools, and a $1 billion increase for parents to send their kids to private schools at taxpayer expense.” [editor’s note: So said parents have no right to use the money they have paid in taxes to further their own purposes? How about a property tax revolt then? – SAT] (03/28/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170328/the-big-lie-behind-trumps-education-budget

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34) Is your health insurance good for you?
Source: Heartland Institute
by Dr. Alieta Eck

“Imagine that you don’t feel well. You have had nausea and vague abdominal pain for a week, and you notice that your belt is getting tighter. You have not seen a doctor in a while and sense something could be seriously wrong. So what do you do? Here are two possibilities: 1. You pull out the insurance card that you got through the ObamaCare exchange …. 2. You call the doctor you have seen through the years. … In a perfect world, you would have an insurance card that you could tuck away, reserved for BIG medical events. What if this had been cancer or your nausea and abdominal pain were actually a heart attack? The best insurance would be affordable and would only kick in when you need it for a major medical event, perhaps at $5,000.” (03/28/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/03/is-your-health-insurance-good-for-you/

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35) How you can make cops present a warrant to search your vehicle
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka

“The Collins case is simple … *Police invaded Collins'[s] yard and took the VIN number from a motorcycle he had under a tarp. * The cops did this under a long-standing ‘automobile exception’ based on the idea that cars are mobile, and therefore deserve less protection than houses. * The automobile exception is a holdover from the era of alcohol prohibition. Collins'[s] legal counsel will argue that the automobile exception should not apply so broadly that it extends to vehicles located on private property. Our brief will support that position, but will also argue that the ‘automobile exception’ should not exist at all.” (03/28/17)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/make-cops-get-warrant–search-vehicle

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36) The false compassion of liberalism
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“We all, as individuals, can and should act compassionately and charitably. We can volunteer our time, energy and dollars to help the underprivileged. We can feed the hungry, house the homeless. Most of us feel a moral and ethical responsibility to do so — to ‘do unto others.’ And we do fulfill that obligation more than the citizens of almost any other nation. International statistics show that Americans are the most charitable people in the world and the most likely to engage in volunteerism. … But government, by its nature, is not compassionate. It can’t be. It is nothing other than a force. Government can only spend a dollar to help someone when it forcibly takes a dollar from someone else. At its core, government welfare is predicated on a false compassion. This isn’t to say that government should never take collective action to help people. But these actions are based on compulsion, not compassion. ” (03/28/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2017/03/28/the-false-compassion-of-liberalism-n2304965

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37) Argentina already tried Trumponomics
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by David Libertas

“Try to think of a country that elected a populist president: someone who wanted to boost manufacturing jobs, insists that domestically-sold products should be made domestically, and threatens to use tariffs to shut off foreign competition. How would that work out? I am, of course, referring to President Cristina Kirchner of Argentina, not President Donald Trump. It’s too soon for Trump to have implemented his economic plans, but we can see how Trumponomics will work by looking southwards to Argentina. It is a portent of the doom that awaits us.” (03/28/17)

https://fee.org/articles/argentina-already-tried-trumponomics/

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38) Masood’s motives? We may never know
Source: spiked
by Frank Furedi

“Random acts of terrorist violence inevitably raise the question of why. Why did they do it? Why do they hate us? Why did Khalid Masood drive that vehicle towards dozens of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge — including children — with the sole intent of killing as many of them as possible? The same question is always asked in the aftermath of terrorist attacks. And usually people’s answers tell us more about their own preoccupations and anxieties than about the motives and passions of the latest individual to commit callous acts.” (03/28/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/masoods-motives-we-may-never-know/

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39) America must divorce dignity from work
Source: The New Republic
by Jonathan Malesic

“Lots of Americans have bullshit jobs, ones that have little tangible effect on the world but are nevertheless all-consuming, demanding that workers attend meetings throughout the day and chat on Slack after hours. These jobs proliferate in areas like finance, brand management, and even, I daresay, in journalism. But we’ve all got to eat, and for the majority of adult Americans, that means you need a job. Whether your job does any good for anyone else is another matter. Even as bullshit jobs pile up, millions of Americans have no job at all, or they can only find part-time work. They’ve got to eat, too. They also need dignity, a sense that their lives matter. And dignity is another thing Americans get preeminently from work.” [editor’s note: Even if you oppose the UBI concept with all your might, there is some wisdom in this discussion – SAT] (03/28/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/141664/america-must-divorce-dignity-work

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40) Stories told to scare children
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“When I was a kid, my parents told me several times about kids my age who met with tragedy — while doing whatever it was they didn’t want me to do. What a coincidence! … statists tell tales meant to scare you and manipulate your behavior, too. If there’s no State forcing people to pay against their will, there would be no roads, libraries, parks, or education. You would be dead because warlords would have taken over and raped and murdered your whole family. Without the fear of punishment administered by government, it would be ‘kill or be killed’ chaos. People are greedy, prone to theft and aggression, and only the superheroes in government ‘service’ stand in their way. ‘Democracy [sic] is the worst form of government, except for all the rest.’ Anarchy is just like communism — it can’t work in the real world … because, reasons.” (03/28/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/03/stories-told-to-scare-children.html

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41) But I don’t WANT it to work!
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“‘Universal healthcare access is coming. Stop fighting it and start figuring out how to make it work.’ That’s the title of a piece by Ed Dolan at the Niskanen Center. Of course ‘universal healthcare access’ is a euphemism for ‘socialized’ or ‘single payer’ healthcare. It doesn’t mean that everyone will get healthcare. It means that people who pay more for healthcare now will get less of it so that people who pay less for healthcare now can get more of it. But that’s not the topic of this post. I’m less interested in the details of single payer healthcare than I am in this ‘liberaltarian’ notion (as represented by Niskanen, Bleeding Heart Libertarians, et al.) that libertarians should worry less about dismantling the state and its schemes and more about making those schemes ‘work.'” (03/28/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/03/but-i-dont-want-it-to-work.html

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42) Our right to trial by jury is under attack, the Supreme Court can affirm and protect it
Source: Cato Institute
by Tim Lynch

“On appeal, [Jae] Lee argues that he only pled guilty because of the recommendation from his lawyer. He wants to take his case before a jury. Prosecutors agree that Lee received lousy legal advice, but they say his conviction should still stand because the evidence against him is so strong that a jury trial will not change his legal predicament. They say a jury would find Lee guilty and, as a result, he would still be facing deportation. The Supreme Court should reject the government’s argument that there doesn’t have to be a trial because everyone already knows what the outcome would be. The Constitution guarantees our right to a jury trial in ‘all criminal prosecutions.’ Our commitment to this constitutional safeguard is tested when the government haughtily claims a trial isn’t necessary.” (03/28/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/our-right-trial-jury-under-attack-supreme-court-can-affirm-protect-it

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43) Political solutions don’t work
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“At one point the privacy laws were put into place by the State. The process of getting those laws put into place probably involved a lot of begging and kowtowing from the serfs. But Congress and the presidency have been shuffled around and the new masters disagree with what the former masters did so all of that begging and kowtowing was for nothing. The problem with political solutions is that they’re temporary. Even if you can get the current Congress and president to pass laws that will solve your particular problems, it’s only a matter of time until Congress and the presidency changes hands and undoes the laws you begged so hard to have passed.” (03/28/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/03/28/political-solutions-dont-work/

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44) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #1: Everything is at its acme
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“The observation was first published in the mid-1600s when life, presumably, was far simpler than it is today. And, yet, I don’t feel encumbered by the pace of daily life. It could be that I am blind to the complexities surrounding me but I doubt that the exponential increase in knowledge and technology has made life more difficult rather than more efficient.” (03/28/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7857

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45) The hidden monopolies that raise drug prices
Source: The American Prospect
by David Dayen

“Rob Frankil of Sellersville, Pennsylvania, followed his father into the family business after college. ‘My entire life,’ he said, ‘I’ve been involved with managing and owning independent pharmacies.’ He now owns two stores, a traditional community pharmacy and another that caters to long-term care facilities. Like any retail outlet, Frankil purchases inventory from a wholesale distributor and sells it to customers at a small markup. But unlike butchers or hardware store owners, pharmacists have no idea how much money they’ll make on a sale until the moment they sell it. That’s because the customer’s co-pay doesn’t cover the cost of the drug. Instead, a byzantine reimbursement process determines Frankil’s fee.” [editor’s note: Nice to see a “progressive” site addressing one of the real reasons “healthcare” does not work – SAT] (03/28/17)

http://prospect.org/article/hidden-monopolies-raise-drug-prices-0

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46) How the left learned to love states’ rights
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Andrew Syrios

“Over the course of approximately six hours, the Left in the United States made a spectacular, 180 degree turn on federalism and states’ rights without even recognizing it. Although this lack of self-awareness shouldn’t be particularly surprising coming from the modern Left, which seems to have missed the irony when it goes about shutting down debates on free speech. I’m old enough to remember when the Tea Party was making hay about nullifying Obamacare and Rick Perry even floated the idea about Texas seceding from the union. Not surprisingly, the Left was rather opposed to such antiquated ideas. … Then all of a sudden, on November 8th, 2016, Donald Trump beat out all the predictions and won the presidency. Suddenly, states’ rights became rather appealing to the Left (and lost their allure to much of the Right).” (03/28/17)

https://mises.org/blog/how-left-learned-love-states-rights

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47) It’s stupid — but is it the government’s business?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Should it be illegal? The Atlanta Journal-Constition tells us that in Georgia, bureaucrats are telling a couple what name they can NOT give their child. ‘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.’ … does the State have any business in dictating the names? Apparently, they do not object to the ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina part (which is still really stupid), but the Allah ‘surname.’ (This hardly can be called a ‘family name’ although perhaps her parents believe we are all part of Allah’s (God’s?) family.)” (03/28/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/03/28/its-stupid-but-is-it-governments-business/

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48) Why ICE raids imperil us all
Source: CounterPunch
by Andrew Moss

“Millions of people who have been living and working in the U.S., contributing to their communities and to the economy, are now at risk simply for who they are: people ‘without papers.’ The policy doesn’t simply threaten specific individuals, families, or communities. It imperils all of us, not simply because it emerged from the racialized rhetoric and scapegoating promulgated by candidate and President Trump — and not simply because it enacts these evils in official government policy. It imperils us because it places into question our very identities as Americans. Is citizenship only a matter of status and category, i.e. the possession or non-possession of a birth certificate, green card, or certificate of naturalization? Or does it mean something deeper: a responsibility to one’s fellow human beings?” (03/28/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/28/why-ice-raids-imperil-us-all/

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49) Negative consequences
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“The most common criticism of anarchism is that anarchy can’t guarantee that nothing will ever go wrong, a security that people seem to desperately crave, even though they don’t have it, and even though it’s impossible in a universe that doesn’t seem to care much whether we’re here. ‘What will you do to prevent murder?’ people ask the anarchist, using the anarchist’s inability to definitively prevent murder as a reason for rejecting anarchy. It’s fallacious, of course. The state doesn’t successfully prevent negative consequences either, no matter how much it tries and interferes in our lives.” (03/28/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/03/28/negative-consequences/

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50) Improving student loan choice would benefit higher education and all involved
Source: Cobden Centre
by Vishal Wilde

“A major set of stakeholders that are particularly nervous about Brexit include the British Higher Education establishment. On the one hand, universities are expecting diminished revenues not only in terms of research grants but also through a drop in the number of international students. To allay these fears, the government could liberalise travel, study and work restrictions imposed upon international, full-time students studying at British Universities but, in addition to this, there is also the opportunity to liberalise the student loans system for UK students. Currently, student loans granted by the Student Loans Company are generally restricted to those who are enrolled in British Higher Education institutions but a whole host of benefits can arise if domestic students are allowed to spend their student loans abroad.” (03/28/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/03/improving-student-loan-choice-would-benefit-higher-education-and-all-involved/

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51) Why I love guns (& you should too!)
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“I love guns the way the Black Panthers, Hunter S. Thompson and Alex Cockburn loved guns. I love guns because they empower the poor. They empower the poor to defend themselves without having to rely on the state. More importantly, they empower the poor to defend themselves from the state, be they racist cops, Border Patrol Gestapo or compound torching feds. The Second Amendment is the one civil right that makes all the others possible. Guns insure that poor people can hold their government accountable when they choose to step on the Constitution. I also love guns because I’m queer. I love guns because I don’t look forward to being curb-stomped by a bunch of fucking skinheads for wearing a dress with a beard only to have some hate-fuck pig tell me in traction that I was asking for it.” (03/28/17)

http://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2017/03/why-i-love-guns-you-should-too.html

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52) What we don’t talk about when we talk about rural poverty
Source: In These Times
by Lauren Gurley

“In 2001, Michael Muhammad, a 45-year-old baker from Detroit, moved 1,000 miles south to rural Fayette, Miss. Muhammad saw opportunity in the town’s cheap land, low property taxes and small but tight-knit African-American Muslim community. He and several other followers of the New Nation of Islam pooled their resources for what would be the town’s only bakery — and in 2004, Fayette Bakery and Coffee Shop opened for business. But business was slow, and Muhammad soon began picking up night shifts at a motel in a neighboring county. To increase sales, his employees took turns driving a food truck from Jackson to Baton Rouge, selling fritters, donuts and bean pies.” [editor’s note: Rural poverty is not confined to “black folks”; spend time in any rural area, North or South, regardless of its “racial demographic” – SAT] (03/27/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19983/jefferson-county-mississippi-rural-black-poverty

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53) The Westminster attack: Savagery versus civilization
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Dan Sanchez

“Civilization is most vividly represented by the human city. … Massood’s attack was a barbarian invasion of this civilized scene. … He looked on his victims as a savage warrior looks on members of a rival tribe: not as fellow individual civilians with rights, much less potential trading partners, but as members of an enemy population to be eradicated. Just as individual rights and harmony are the essence of civilization, collectivist (tribal) warfare is the essence of savagery. That very same week, another savage attack on civilians occurred in a different city. A different tribal warrior got behind the controls of an aircraft and dropped a bomb on a building, killing over 130 civilians: men, women, and children. Airstrikes elsewhere in that city killed another 100 civilians. The act was no less barbaric for the facts that the attacker was an American military pilot, the victims were Iraqis, and the city was Mosul.” (03/27/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/foreign-policy/westminster-attack-savagery-versus-civilization/

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54) Occupational licensing reform gains an unlikely boost from the FTC
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“‘The health and safety arguments about why these occupations need to be licensed range from dubious to ridiculous,’ Federal Trade Commission Acting Chair Maureen K. Ohlhausen says about her push to roll back government-mandated licenses for an ever-growing list of jobs. ‘I challenge anyone to explain why the state has a legitimate interest in protecting the public from rogue interior designers carpet-bombing living rooms with ugly throw pillows.’ Federal concern about the proliferation of occupational licensing requirements isn’t exactly brand new. Last year, the Obama administration announced $7.5 million in grants to organizations working to reduce licensing requirements. That’s a year after the feds published a report noting that ‘By one estimate, licensing restrictions cost millions of jobs nationwide and raise consumer expenses by over one hundred billion dollars.'” (03/28/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/03/28/occupational-licensing-reform-gains-an-u

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55) What are the Republicans waiting for?
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M Vance

“The inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20 means that, once again, the Republicans have absolute control of the government. The Republicans regained control of the Congress that they had lost during the last two years of the presidency of George W. Bush when House Republicans won a majority of seats in the 2010 midyear elections and Senate Republicans won a majority of seats in the 2014 midyear elections. Just like when the Republicans held a majority in both Houses of Congress during the last six years of Bill Clinton’s presidency, all that was lacking was a Republican president ‘to make America great again.’ … The Republicans claim they are the party of the Constitution, limited government, fiscal conservatism, and free markets. So what are they waiting for? Christmas?” (03/28/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/03/laurence-m-vance/what-are-the-republicans-waiting-for/

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56) Did the national security state wiretap Trump?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“I confess that I don’t know if the national security state wiretapped Donald Trump or not. But guess what: Neither do all those people in the mainstream press who are indignant — absolutely indignant — that anyone, especially the president of the United States — would suggest such a thing. On what basis do they arrive at absolute certainty that Trump’s enemies in the national-security establishment didn’t wiretap him? On the basis that leading figures in the national-security branch of the federal government have said that they didn’t wiretap him.” (03/28/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/03/28/national-security-state-wiretap-trump/

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57) Comparing ObamaCare scams
Source: Independent Institute
by Gary M Galles

“Speaking on the Boston Herald’s ‘morning drive’ radio show several days ago, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber called the Republicans’ Obamacare ‘repeal and replace’ plan ‘a scam.’ That’s an interesting accusation coming from one of the architects of Obamacare, who helped ‘sell’ the plan to the American people by misleading them. As British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is credited with saying: ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.’ Gruber seems to have mastered all three, using his knowledge of economics to twist things so the less-well-informed would believe his lies. And he has repeatedly bragged about it.” (03/27/17)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9027

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58) More on the injustice of trade “retaliation”
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Mr. McKinney: You again insist that ‘government is duty-bound to protect our companies from subsidized foreign competitors.’ And I again insist that such foreign subsidies, in addition to enriching Americans as a whole, visit no unfairness or injustice on American producers. The reason is that American producers aren’t entitled to — they have no property right in — any portion of American-consumers’ incomes.” (03/27/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/03/more-on-the-injustice-of-trade-retaliation.html

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59) Legislating in the real world
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Rolling back Big Government is not easy, especially when you are not that into it. Robert Draper, profiling Steve Bannon in the New York Times, gives us a view into the mind of Trump’s right-hand man, who appears to think GOP insiders are obsessed with principles. ‘[I]t’s all this theoretical Cato Institute, Austrian economics, limited government — which just doesn’t have any depth to it. They’re not living in the real world.’ At best, this only fits the Freedom Caucus members, who killed RyanCare. But who is avoiding reality, here?” (03/28/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/03/28/legislating-in-the-real-world/

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60) California bill to ban “fake news” would be disastrous for political speech
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Dave Maass

“Memo to California Assemblymember Ed Chau: you can’t fight fake news with a bad law. On Tuesday, the California Assembly’s Committee on Privacy and Consumer Affairs, which Chau chairs, will consider A.B. 1104 — a censorship bill so obviously unconstitutional, we had to double check that it was real. It’s real. The proposed law reads: ‘18320.5. It is unlawful for a person to knowingly and willingly make, publish or circulate on an Internet Web site, or cause to be made, published, or circulated in any writing posted on an Internet Web site, a false or deceptive statement designed to influence the vote on either of the following: (a) Any issue submitted to voters at an election. (b) Any candidate for election to public office.’ In other words, it would be illegal to be wrong on the internet if it could impact an election.” (03/27/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/03/california-bill-ban-fake-news-would-be-disastrous-political-speech

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61) Cato Daily Podcast, 03/28/17
Source: Cato Institute

“The Supreme Court takes up Lee v. United States today. The Cato Institute filed a brief in the case regarding the right to and rationality of defendants asking for a jury trial. Tim Lynch comments.” [various formats] (03/28/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/lee-v-united-states-jury-nullification

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62) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode #107
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“Jeff Berwick joins the JRLP to discuss his story on becoming a libertarian, his adventures exploring the world, his views on the state, and his predictions of the upcoming economic collapse.” [various formats] (03/28/17)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-107-jeff-berwick-the-dollar-vigilante/

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63) The Libertarian Angle, 03/28/17
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss how spontaneous order organizes society in an efficient way while at the same time preserving liberty.” [various formats] (03/28/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-fa-hayek-spontaneous-order/

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64) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 568
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Today my very special guest is Tim Kennedy who many of you know has made quite a name for himself in the world if MMA, self-defense, and personal protection. … We cover a lot of ground in this interview, and I think you’re going to get a perspective on foreign policy that runs contrary to current libertarian opinion.” [various formats] (03/28/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/568-tim-kennedy-on-war-podcasting-and-waterboarding-steven-crowder/

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65) The LAVA Spurt, episode 58
Source: The LAVA Flow Podcast

“Are you still sending your kids to government indoctrination centers? Be careful that they’re not picked up by CPS for some asinine reason, because Child Protective Services is immoral. What’s in the News with stories on a Vault 7 update, taxation of charity, LBRY saves 20,000 lectures, judicially supported tyranny, and the USDA is a terrorist organization. And, a How to Live a LAVA Lifestyle in a Statist Society segment on encrypting your hard drive and facial recognition.” [various formats] (03/28/17)

http://thelavaflow.com/child-protective-services-is-immoral-tls058/

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66) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 19
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #19, I discuss the war in Yemen. For over two years, Saudi Arabia has been waging an air war in Yemen with the assistance of the US. The US is also carrying out raids and drone attacks against al-Qaeda. I explain how the US is fighting on both sides of the Yemeni war and how the civilians are suffering.” [various formats] (03/27/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-19-understanding-the-war-in-yemen

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67) Free Talk Live, 03/27/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Trump Escalating Bombings of Innocents in Iraq, Syria :: Blowback :: Ramping Up Conflict :: White Nationalists Infiltrating Cascadia? :: Racist Ralph :: Sharia Law :: Immigration and Welfare :: Speeding Cameras :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/27/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-03-27

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68) Reason Podcast, 03/27/17
Source: Reason

“On today’s podcast, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Welch discuss Trump and immigration in the context of Robert Draper’s masterful New York Times Magazine story on Steve Bannon, in which the presidential adviser slimes libertarians for ‘not living in the real world.’ The Reason crew also talks about what do about ‘the giant loogie’ hanging off Paul Ryan’s face after the collapse of the GOP’s health care bill and the Speaker’s failure to live up to the title of ‘wonk king;’ whether the coming push for tax reform will go any better than the health care debacle; and the Associated Press'[s] controversial decision to permit journalists to use ‘they’ as a single, gender-neutral pronoun. Is it language evolution or devolution? What would rap super-producer DJ Khaled — famous for invoking the phrase they don’t want you to … — think? To wrap things up, Katherine Mangu-Ward explains the genesis of Reason magazine’s buzz-generating new punctured-wall cover.” [various formats] (03/27/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/03/27/steve-bannon-ryan-trump-health-care

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69) The Tom Woods Show, episode 877
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Donald Trump suffered a setback last week when the American Health Care Act lacked the votes to pass. Here’s a great discussion of why it failed and what its failure means for the future.” [various formats] (03/27/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-877-why-the-health-care-bill-failed-and-what-it-means-for-the-future/

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70) Iona Craig on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Iona Craig, a British-Irish independent journalist, discusses the result of President Trump’s first authorized counterterrorism operation — a SEAL raid on the Yemeni village of al Ghayil that left many civilians dead, including 10 children under 13 years old. The Intercept’s on-the-ground reporting after the raid, combined with eyewitness testimony of surviving villagers, contradict the Trump administration’s claims about the nature and success of the operation.” [various formats] (03/26/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/32617-iona-craig-truth-trumps-highly-successful-january-seal-raid-yemen/

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