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Thursday, March 30th, 2017
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In the News:

1) US Senate intelligence leaders pledge to pick up “Russia hacked the election” histrionics where House left off
2) US military will investigate itself in Mosul killings
3) US Census to leave LGBT questions off 2020 survey
4) South Africa: Calls for Zuma to quit at freedom icon’s funeral
5) Former Tea Party congressman Steve Stockman hit with 28-count indictment over charity fraud
6) US State Department employee “concealed contacts with China”
7) Venezuela: Ruling party calls Mexico “fake, hypocritical” over human rights criticism
8) FDA nominee moves to untangle potential conflicts of interest
9) US regime to review energy royalty rates on federal land
10) “Microcollege” helps single moms become liberal arts graduates
11) Colombia: Military, police officers launch party with eyes on 2018 election
12) Critics to Ivy Leaguers: “Taxpayer gravy train needs to end”
13) Pennsylvania final state to approve semiautomatic rifles for some types of hunting
14) Iraq: Suicide truck bombing kills 15 in Baghdad
15) Linux botnet spammer pleads guilty
16) Napolitano returns to Fox
17) Westinghouse files for bankruptcy protection
18) SCOTUS orders new look at New York’s credit card surcharge ban
19) Former president of Yemen, now puppet of Saudi invaders, denounces Iran
20) New DNC chief asks for staff-wide resignations
21) CA: Pair behind Planned Parenthood sting hit with second malicious prosecution
22) UK: Police arrest man potentially linked to iOS ransom demand scheme
23) New York firm unveils plan to hang skyscraper from asteroid
24) Congo: Bodies of UN investigators, interpreter found
25) Venezuela: Supreme Court annuls act of congress, parliamentary immunity

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) The tangled web of anti-immigration argumentation
27) Sanctuary cities and DoJ funding: The hypocrisy of Jeff Sessions
28) #NuclearBan: The US government must disarm
29) The nativist bias in the welfare state
30) Russian student uprising: For liberty, against Putin
31) Why are Democrats fighting over free college?
32) Do Americans profit from the Export-Import Bank?
33) ObamaCare repeal is dead — long live ObamaCare repeal
34) For Britain, the real work on Brexit starts now
35) The terrifying rise of nationalist villains in India
36) UBI and health care: What’s wrong with Murray’s approach
37) Educational sabotage
38) America’s deportation squads want to expel our neighbours. We are saying no
39) Can legislation make you forget to buy insurance?
40) Congressional Republicans should legalize long-term undocumented immigrants
41) Did you vote for unfair pay and unsafe workplaces?
42) Government spending limits protect against invasion of taxmen
43) Why tax reform isn’t going to be any easier
44) You shouldn’t blame Islam for terrorism. Religion isn’t a crucial factor in attacks
45) Ryan health plan died of bad politics
46) A victory for the Eighth Amendment
47) Chuck Schumer goes unhinged
48) The marvelous cloud-mind that is the market
49) Philanthropy earns Priscilla Chan Visionary of the Year nomination
50) A tale of two protests
51) Good and bad news
52) Article 50: The dawn of a new Democratic era
53) Does Washington want to start a new war in the Balkans?
54) The JFK brain mystery
55) The problem with paid parental leave

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Cato Daily Podcast, 03/29/17
57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 20
58) The Jason Stapleton Program, 03/29/17
59) Intercepted, 03/29/17
60) Electric Libertyland, episode 13
61) Freedom Feens Radio, 03/29/17
62) Free Talk Live, 03/28/17
63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 878
64) Editor’s Break, episode 25

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

1) US Senate intelligence leaders pledge to pick up “Russia hacked the election” histrionics where House left off
Source: Reuters

“The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday promised a thorough investigation into any direct links between Russia and Donald Trump during his successful 2016 run for the White House. Committee chairman Richard Burr and Mark Warner, its top Democrat, pledged at a joint news conference that they would work together, in contrast with the partisan discord roiling a similar probe by the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee. Burr was asked if the Senate panel wants to determine if there is anything suggesting a direct link to Trump and responded, ‘We know that our challenge is to answer that question for the American people.'” (03/29/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN1702UI

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2) US military will investigate itself in Mosul killings
Source: Boston Herald

“The U.S. military has launched a formal investigation into what role the U.S. played in the deaths of dozens of civilians in Mosul, Iraq, earlier this month, amid warnings from a top American general that the dense urban fight is making it harder to avoid killing innocents. Gen. Joseph Votel, head of U.S. Central Command, told Congress that Islamic State militants are exploiting American sensitivities to civilian casualties, using people as human shields to avoid being targeted by strikes. … Under questioning from lawmakers, Votel repeated U.S. military assertions that the military rules of engagement have not been changed or relaxed to allow for more civilian casualties.” [hat tip — David Klaus] (03/29/17)

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/national/2017/03/us_opens_formal_investiga

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3) US Census to leave LGBT questions off 2020 survey
Source: The Hill

“The Census Bureau’s 2020 survey will not ask about respondents’ sexual orientation or gender identity, dashing LGBT rights groups’ hopes that the new questions would be added and raising concerns that the Trump administration may have squelched the proposal. In a message to Congress sent Tuesday, the Census Bureau laid out the topics it plans to cover in the 2020 Census, when every American household will be asked to provide data about residents’ gender, race, ethnicity and other topics.” (03/29/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/326329-census-to-leave-lgbt-questions-off-2020-survey

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4) South Africa: Calls for Zuma to quit at freedom icon’s funeral
Source: Yahoo! News

“The funeral of celebrated South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada on Wednesday was transformed into a rally against President Jacob Zuma, who had been barred from the event. The family of the African National Congress (ANC) stalwart, one of Nelson Mandela’s closest colleagues in the struggle against white minority rule who died on Tuesday aged 87, had asked Zuma to stay away. … In a fiery eulogy, former president Kgalema Motlanthe said Kathrada was ‘deeply disturbed by the current post-apartheid failure of politics.’ ‘He found current leadership wanting on many fronts … and would not hesitate to call for the resignation of the president of the country with whom the buck stops,’ said Motlanthe.” (03/29/17)

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/zuma-skips-funeral-africa-anti-apartheid-icon-074754472.html

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5) Former Tea Party congressman Steve Stockman hit with 28-count indictment over charity fraud
Source: Raw Story

“The case against Steve Stockman is growing. After being arrested on conspiracy charges earlier this month, the former Texas congressman and his ex-employee were hit Tuesday with a 28-count indictment alleging they stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from charities, some of which they used to finance his campaigns and pay for personal expenses. Stockman and the former aide, Jason Posey, are also accused of trying to cover up the scheme, in which another ex-employee has already pleaded guilty. According to the indictment, from May 2010 to October 2014, Stockman sought out about $1.25 million in donations based on false pretenses. Over those years, Stockman allegedly diverted part of that sum for personal and campaign expenses — including to fund what the U.S. Department of Justice described as ‘a covert surveillance project targeting a perceived political opponent.'” (03/29/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/former-tea-party-congressman-steve-stockman-hit-with-28-count-indictment-over-charity-fraud

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6) US State Department employee “concealed contacts with China”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A veteran US state department employee with access to sensitive information has been accused of concealing her contacts with Chinese intelligence agents, the justice department says. A criminal complaint said 60-year-old Candace Marie Claiborne received tens of thousands of dollars in gifts. The employee has been charged with obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements to the FBI. She was arrested on Tuesday. In court on Wednesday she pleaded not guilty.” (03/29/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-3943915

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7) Venezuela: Ruling party calls Mexico “fake, hypocritical” over human rights criticism
Source: PanAm Post

“Tensions between Mexico and Venezuela rose this week following their differing view on the Organization of American States’ role in restoring democracy to President Nicolas Maduro’s administration. On Tuesday, Mexican Ambassador to the OAS Luis Alfonso de Alba, stated that Venezuela’s situation must be evaluated since there has been alterations ‘to the democratic order.'”

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2017/03/29/venezuelas-ruling-party-calls-mexico-fake-hypocritical-over-human-rights-criticism/

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8) FDA nominee moves to untangle potential conflicts of interest
Source: Raw Story

“Dr. Scott Gottlieb, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has outlined measures he would take to untangle his ties to the pharmaceutical industry if confirmed by the Senate. In an ethics disclosure form filed with the Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday, Gottlieb said he would resign from multiple corporate boards including GlaxoSmithKline Plc and consulting positions.” (03/29/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/fda-nominee-moves-to-untangle-potential-conflicts-of-interest

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9) US regime to review energy royalty rates on federal land
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Interior Department said on Wednesday that it would form a new committee to review royalty rates collected from oil and gas drilling and coal mining on federal lands to ensure taxpayers receive their full value. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the committee would advise him on whether the government is getting a fair price from companies that lease public land for energy and natural resource development. The committee will replace the process put in place by former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to review and overhaul the federal coal leasing program. ‘The programmatic review put in place (by Jewell) was costly and unnecessary,’ Zinke told reporters on Wednesday. ‘I have established a royalty policy committee to provide advice to me about how we value collections across the board,’ he said.” (03/29/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-interior-royalties-idUSKBN1702KC

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10) “Microcollege” helps single moms become liberal arts graduates
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Holyoke, Mass. is a former paper mill town in the state’s western half, which has high poverty and a teen pregnancy rate nearly five times the state average. Founded in 1986, The Care Center, which started as a social services provider, also provides free alternative schooling coupled with comprehensive wraparound supports so that roughly 100 young moms like Perez pass their high school equivalency exam (HiSet) each year. Now, it’s enrolling them in college. Last August, The Care Center, in partnership with Bard College, launched the first nationally accredited ‘microcollege,’ a selective two-year liberal arts associate’s degree program that admits a tight-knit cohort of about 20 Care Center high school graduates each semester. The center provides the young mothers with the same supports (including transportation, health care, child care, and counseling) designed to allow them to focus on one thing that will keep them and their children out of poverty: a degree.” (03/29/17)

http://www.csmonitor.com/EqualEd/2017/0329/First-US-microcollege-helps-single-moms-become-liberal-arts-graduates

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11) Colombia: Military, police officers launch party with eyes on 2018 election
Source: PanAm Post

“This week, police and army members in Colombia announced the creation of the political party ‘Patria Nueva’ (New Homeland) for people of law enforcement wanting a voice in politics. Once the government started implementing policies in accordance with its FARC peace plan, controversy arose surrounding the role of guerrilla members in politics.” (03/29/17)

https://panampost.com/julian-villabona/2017/03/29/colombian-military-police-officers-launch-party-with-eyes-on-2018-election/

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12) Critics to Ivy Leaguers: “Taxpayer gravy train needs to end”
Source: Fox News

“Over a six-year period, Ivy League schools have received tens of billions in tax dollars, bringing in more money from taxpayers than from undergraduate student tuition. In fact, they received more federal cash than 16 state governments. The stunning numbers are all part of a new report, first seen by Fox News, released Wednesday by Open the Books — a non-profit group whose stated mission is to capture and post online all disclosed spending at every level of government. The 43-page report shows the massive amount of money flowing into not-for-profit Ivy League schools, including payments and entitlements, costing taxpayers more than $41 billion from fiscal year 2010 to fiscal year 2015.” (03/29/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/29/critics-to-ivy-leagues-taxpayer-gravy-train-needs-to-end.html

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13) Pennsylvania final state to approve semiautomatic rifles for some types of hunting
Source: Fox News

“Pennsylvania became the last state to approve using semiautomatic rifles for some types of hunting, as the state’s Game Commission gave the official OK on Tuesday. Starting this year, hunters in the state will be able to use the rifles for small game, but not for deer, black bear, elk or turkey. In January, commissioners gave preliminary approval to the use of semiautomatic rifles for both small and large game, but earlier this week they amended the rule in response to concerns from hunters.” (03/29/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/29/pennsylvania-is-last-state-to-approve-semiautomatic-rifles-for-some-types-hunting.html

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14) Iraq: Suicide truck bombing kills 15 in Baghdad
Source: Columbus Dispatch

“Iraqi officials say a suicide truck bomb has targeted a police checkpoint in southern Baghdad, killing 15 people and wounding 45. Security and hospital officials say the bomber detonated the vehicle ‘an oil tanker laden with explosives’ late on Wednesday night. Three policemen are among the dead while the rest were civilians. A number of policemen were also wounded.” (03/29/17)

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170329/iraqi-officials-suicide-truck-bombing-kills-15-in-baghdad

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15) Linux botnet spammer pleads guilty
Source: The Hacker News

“A Russian man accused of infecting tens of thousands of computer servers worldwide to generate millions in illicit profit has finally entered a guilty plea in the United States and is going to face sentencing in August. Maxim Senakh, 41, of Velikii Novgorod, Russia, pleaded guilty in a US federal court on Tuesday for his role in the development and maintenance of the infamous Linux botnet known as Ebury that siphoned millions of dollars from victims worldwide.” (03/28/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/03/linux-botnet-ebury.html

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16) Napolitano returns to Fox
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano returned to the air on Wednesday morning and stood by the unsubstantiated wiretapping claims that got him in hot water with his network nearly two weeks ago. The former New Jersey Superior Court judge had not been on the air since March 16 … Napolitano, citing unnamed sources, had said that the British foreign surveillance agency ‘most likely’ provided Obama with transcripts of Trump’s recorded calls. … Napolitano was called on to discuss a matter involving Aaron Shock, a former Illinois congressman, but briefly said that he and his sources stood by the wiretapping claims.” [editor’s note: When the New York Times or Washington Post cite multiple anonymous sources for a story, they’re assumed to be telling the truth. Why is Napolitano being treated differently? – TLK] (03/29/17)

http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-napolitano-fox-news-20170329-story.html

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17) Westinghouse files for bankruptcy protection
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“Westinghouse, an iconic Western Pennsylvania company with deep roots across the region, filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, potentially putting its about local [sic] 4,500 employees in jeopardy. The company’s bankruptcy comes amid financial turmoil in the U.S. nuclear power industry for Toshiba, the Japanese device giant that bought the Cranberry-based company in 2006. Westinghouse intends to reorganize itself and emerge from bankruptcy, said Sarah Cassella, a company spokeswoman. … The bankruptcy filing Wednesday will trigger a host of legal questions about whether Toshiba remains responsible for losses at Westinghouse and whether the utilities that own the reactors under construction will have to eat more of the cost of completing them. That could mean higher rates for consumers in those areas. In seeking protection under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy act, Westinghouse could still finish building those plants.” (03/29/17)

http://triblive.com/business/headlines/12131864-74/westinghouse-to-file-for-bankruptcy-protection

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18) SCOTUS orders new look at New York’s credit card surcharge ban
Source: Bloomberg

“The U.S. Supreme Court ordered closer scrutiny of a New York law that bars merchants from imposing surcharges on credit-card purchases, giving a group of retailers a partial victory by saying the measure might violate their free-speech rights. Chief Justice John Roberts said the federal appeals court that upheld the law was wrong to analyze it as a form of price regulation. Writing for the high court, he said the measure regulates speech, requiring it to meet a tougher legal test. The decision to return the case to the lower court was unanimous. The case is part of a broader fight by retailers to reduce the $50 billion in ‘swipe fees’ they pay card companies each year. Merchants say they could discourage card use — and reduce those fees — if they were allowed to explicitly impose surcharges on credit purchases.” (03/29/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-03-29/high-court-orders-new-look-at-new-york-credit-card-surcharge-ban

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19) Former president of Yemen, now puppet of Saudi invaders, denounces Iran
Source: The Washington Post

“Yemen’s embattled [former] president has launched a scathing verbal attack on Iran, saying the non-Arab and mostly Shiite nation is pursuing expansionist policies to destroy the Arab identity. Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi told an Arab summit in Jordan on Wednesday that Iran ‘is the true sponsor of terrorism.’ [A Saudi-led war of invasion] has raged in Yemen for two years. The fighting pits Hadi’s troops, backed by a Saudi-led international military coalition of mostly Arab states, against Shiite Houthi rebels [sic], led by Abdul-Malek al-Houthi and backed by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his forces. Iran [allegedly] supports fellow Shiite Houthis.” (03/29/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/the-latest-jordan-says-no-peace-without-palestinian-state/2017/03/29/31658cae-1468-11e7-bb16-269934184168_story.html

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20) New DNC chief asks for staff-wide resignations
Source: United Press International

“The new head of the Democratic National Committee began the long-promised overhaul of the organization on Tuesday, asking for the resignations of all staff members in the first step to rebuild the party after November’s demoralizing defeats. … ‘This is longstanding precedent at the DNC and has happened during multiple chair transitions,’ DNC spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said Tuesday.” (03/28/17)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/03/28/New-DNC-chief-begins-asks-for-staff-wide-resignations/5621490743837/

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21) CA: Pair behind Planned Parenthood sting hit with second malicious prosecution
Source: NBC News

“The anti-abortion activists behind undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood were charged Tuesday with 15 felony counts of invasion of privacy, according to a criminal complaint filed in California. David Robert Daleiden and Sandra Susan Merritt ‘used manufactured identities and a fictitious bioresearch company to meet women’s healthcare providers and covertly record the private discussions they initiated,’ California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. Daleiden and Merritt describe themselves as ‘citizen journalists’ and investigators for the nonprofit, anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress. In a statement Tuesday night, the center responded by promising to release even more secret videos.” [editor’s note: When Planned Parenthood stops taking half a billion dollars a year in corporate welfare from the taxpayers, its business operations can be “private discussions.” Until then, the taxpayers have a legitimate interest in those operations – TLK] (03/29/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/pair-behind-planned-parenthood-sting-videos-charged-california-n739841

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22) UK: Police arrest man potentially linked to iOS ransom demand scheme
Source: The Hacker News

“The British authority has reportedly arrested a 20-years-old young man — potentially one of the member of a cyber criminal gang ‘Turkish Crime Family’ who threatened Apple last week to remotely wipe data from millions of iOS devices unless Apple pays a ransom of $75,000. The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) arrested a young man from London on Tuesday on suspicion of ‘Computer Misuse Act and extortion offences,’ who according to Motherboard, ‘may be connected to the ongoing attempted extortion of Apple by a group calling itself the Turkish Crime Family.'” (03/29/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/03/apple-extortion-icloud-hack.html

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23) New York firm unveils plan to hang skyscraper from asteroid
Source: Newsweek

“A New York architecture firm is taking experimental design out of this world with a plan to hang a skyscraper from an asteroid that would roam between the northern and southern hemispheres. The Analemma Tower, which Cloud Architecture Office is calling the ‘world’s tallest building ever,’ would hang from the sky, suspended by air cables attached to an asteroid. It would travel a figure-eight route over the Earth’s surface, slowing its orbit over New York City, and returning to the same point every 24 hours …. The company is proposing that the tower be constructed in Dubai due to the lower costs of building there compared to New York City. It would receive its power from solar panels, use recycled water and house sleeping quarters two-thirds up the skyscraper.” (03/29/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/new-york-firm-launches-daring-plan-hang-first-skyscraper-asteroid-575565

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24) Congo: Bodies of UN investigators, interpreter found
Source: New Delhi Times [India]

“The bodies of an American and a Swedish investigator with the United Nations and their Congolese interpreter were found in Central Kasai province, authorities said Tuesday, more than two weeks after they disappeared while looking into recent violence there. … Michael Sharp of the United States and Zaida Catalan of Sweden, along with interpreter Betu Tshintela, driver Isaac Kabuayi and two motorbike drivers, went missing March 12 while looking into large-scale violence and alleged human rights violations by the Congolese army and local militia groups. Congo’s police inspector general, Charles Bisengimana, said the bodies were found Monday between the cities of Tshimbulu and Kananga, the provincial capital.” (03/29/17)

https://www.newdelhitimes.com/bodies-of-american-swedish-un-experts-found-in-congo123/

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25) Venezuela: Supreme Court annuls act of congress, parliamentary immunity
Source: PanAm Post

“Venzuela’s Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) reported that it will begin a process of control that will define the limits of the immunity for the deputies of the nation’s National Assembly. The ruling comes within the framework of the approval of the Agreement on the Reactivation of the Implementation of the Inter-American Democratic Charter of the Organization of American States (OAS).” (03/28/17)

https://panampost.com/karina-martin/2017/03/28/venezuelan-supreme-court-annuls-congress-curtails-immunity/

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

26) The tangled web of anti-immigration argumentation
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“Well, people claim, if you have a welfare state, the masses of the world will flood into the USA just to collect the welfare state’s ‘free stuff.’ But why let them? Even under currently existing rules, undocumented immigrants are ineligible for nearly all welfare-state benefits. If a flood of immigrants will break the welfare-state bank, why not simply make immigrants ineligible? Case closed. In that case, the opponents of immigration claim that making the immigrants ineligible for welfare-state benefits won’t work because they will find a way to get the stuff in one way or another. But this objection is, in effect, a declaration that the state is incompetent — which is not exactly a news flash, to be sure. So the anti-immigrationists insist that instead the government must ‘close the borders.’ Notice, however, that in this case the anti-immigrationists, having just insisted that the government is too incompetent to exclude ineligible immigrants from welfare-state benefits, now presume that the government is so competent that it can keep undocumented immigrants out of the country.” (03/29/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/03/29/the-tangled-web-of-anti-immigration-argumentation/

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27) Sanctuary cities and DoJ funding: The hypocrisy of Jeff Sessions
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“I don’t think the federal government should be handing out money and equipment (especially military equipment) to state and local police departments and court systems in the first place. Such gifts always come with strings attached, as Sessions is demonstrating with this stand. Better to keep local law enforcement locally funded and locally controlled. That said, Sessions and his department presumably believe that the money in question (recent examples include grants for ‘Smart Policing,’ police body cameras, and sexual assault kits) makes communities safer. That’s why the money gets handed out, at least in theory. If Sessions does believe that his grants help keep us safe, then he’s essentially threatening to increase the likelihood that you or I will be assaulted, raped, mugged or murdered unless our local, county and state governments bend to his will.” (03/29/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/9985

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28) #NuclearBan: The US government must disarm
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Jared Labell

“Negotiations regarding a global nuclear weapons ban began on March 27 at the United Nations, however, the US government is boycotting the talks and is against any nuclear disarmament deal ‘leading toward their total elimination.’ This is a foolish position to take, even for a government that routinely stakes out poor policies. Although the intricacies and obstacles involved in negotiating a global nuclear arms ban are complex, the solution is simple: our long-term security, prosperity, and liberty are dependent upon the abolition of the nuclear weapons arsenals possessed by the US government and other countries around the world.” (03/29/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/foreign-policy/nuclearban-us-government-must-disarm/

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29) The nativist bias in the welfare state
Source: Reason
by Shikha Dalmia

The central project of the liberal welfare state is to build a society based on a high-minded ethic of altruism rather than narrow self-interest. The whole point is to create a new kind of person whose humane commitments are driven by a more cosmopolitan sensibility beyond his parochial attachments to self, family, and clan. But the opposite has happened: Protecting the welfare state from foreign moochers has become the single biggest stimulus for nativism in the West. That’s true in America, Europe, and, most surprisingly, the paragon of compassion to America’s north, Canada.” (03/29/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/03/29/the-welfare-state

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30) Russian student uprising: For liberty, against Putin
Source: Students For Liberty
by Vera Kichanova

“On Sunday, the 26th of March, thousands of high school and college students took to the streets in almost one hundred cities across the country to support the opposition leader Alexey Navalny in his struggle against corruption and in his presidential campaign. Nothing like that had happened since 2011-2012 when Russia faced the biggest pro-democracy demonstrations in its post-Soviet history. This unprecedented civil uprising five years ago did not result in a revolution, partially because the rallies were only visible in two big cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg. Hence, state-owned TV channels claimed that those who rallied represented the westernized ‘creative class’ but by no means the whole Russian nation. ‘Don’t look at Moscow, do it yourself,’ Navalny called for action in 2017, after publishing an impressive documentary about Medvedev’s corrupt empire, and millennials cheered up. From Kaliningrad to Sakhalin, they started forming up grassroots movements and breaking the information blockade.” (03/29/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/03/29/russian-student-uprising-liberty-putin/

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31) Why are Democrats fighting over free college?
Source: The New Republic
by Graham Vyse

“For Democrats, the one great policy legacy of 2016 was the party’s embrace of free tuition for public colleges and universities. After Bernie Sanders made it a signature policy proposal and proved its political potency (especially with millennials), Hillary Clinton adapted and adopted it when she won the nomination. Over the course of the campaign, the idea evolved from a progressive pipe dream into a concept with massive momentum. This thing was going to happen! But when Donald Trump won and Republicans took control of Congress, a federal free-tuition program became a pipe dream again. The only chance for free college was to start at the state level (in one of the few remaining blue states) and create a model that could spread nationally. Given the popularity of the idea, it’s not surprising that two ambitious Democratic governors (both presidential prospects for 2020) have taken up the call.” (03/29/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/141559/democrats-fighting-free-college

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32) Do Americans profit from the Export-Import Bank?
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Mr. Lester: You’re correct that Export-Import Bank supporters insist that this Bank is a good deal for Americans because most of the loans that it makes to foreign buyers of American exports are repaid with interest to the U.S. government. Alas, this repayment record does not mean that Americans are enriched by the Ex-Im Bank. To begin, the CBO found that if the Bank used more accurate accounting practices its vaunted financial wizardry disappears. But put this point, centered as it is on complex accounting methodology, to the side. Let’s instead do a simple mental experiment.” (03/29/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/03/do-americans-profit-from-the-export-import-bank.html

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33) ObamaCare repeal is dead — long live ObamaCare repeal
Source: The American Spectator
by Ross Kaminsky

“While President Trump has over the course of less than a week vacillated between ‘I’m moving on’ and ‘a deal is near,’ Republican congressmen are ignoring the White House. Mr. Trump has done all the cajoling and arm-twisting he needs to do. Most Republicans are already as motivated as they can be to repeal and replace Obamacare. At this point, more presidential involvement is not only unneeded, but would serve only to slow down the process. Despite President Trump’s back-and-forth, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s depressing statement that the Obamacare ‘status quo … (will) go forward, regretfully,’ every House member I spoke with believes that an improved measure will come up for a vote in less than a month, perhaps in just one to two weeks.” (03/29/17)

https://spectator.org/obamacare-repeal-is-dead-long-live-obamacare-repeal/

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34) For Britain, the real work on Brexit starts now
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“On March 29 British Prime Minister Theresa May will begin Britain’s exit from the European Union by invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. It will start a two-year process of departure – and for now, we know little about what that will look like. When its members signed the Treaty in December 2007, no one could imagine circumstances in which a nation would leave. On one extreme, Britain could crash out of the EU without any deals on trade, migration or other substantive issues. Or it could agree to a ‘hard Brexit,’ regaining the right to limit EU migration within its borders, but losing access to the single market.” (03/29/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-brexit-britain-commentary-idUSKBN170012

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35) The terrifying rise of nationalist villains in India
Source: The Week
by Shikha Dalmia

“They say that when America sneezes, other parts of the world catch pneumonia. That certainly seems to be the case in India, where President Trump’s anti-Muslim attitude is spreading like a virus. Last week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appointed Yogi Adityanath, the country’s most vitriolic anti-Muslim Hindu priest, as chief minister (the governor, essentially) of Uttar Pradesh, the state that houses the world’s greatest Muslim monument, the Taj Mahal. This is tantamount to appointing the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan the governor of Illinois — really — and would have been simply unimaginable without Trump in the White House.” [editor’s note: Modi himself is an anti-Muslim Hindu ethno-nationalist, and became prime minister 2 1/2 years before Trump’s election to the US presidency. I don’t see any particular reason to believe that the latter had anything to do with his appointment of Adityanath – TLK] (03/29/17)

http://theweek.com/articles/687572/terrifying-rise-nationalist-villains-india

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36) UBI and health care: What’s wrong with Murray’s approach
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“How would a Universal Basic Income handle health care? Normally, UBI advocates just say, ‘separate issue’ and move on. But not the great Charles Murray. His In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State proposes two regulations to tackle the problem head on. ‘Regulation #1. UBI recipients must purchase health insurance. ‘Regulation #2. ‘Legally obligate medical insurers to treat the population, of all ages, as a single pool.’ Health insurance is still private and competitive. But if an insurer wants to cut its price, it must cut it for everyone.” … The problem: As long as health insurance remains private and competitive, health insurers compete on quality as well as price.” [editor’s note: Well, no, the real problem is that income guarantees are stupid and evil ideas to begin with – TLK] (03/29/17)

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

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37) Educational sabotage
Source: Town Hall
by Walter E Williams

“Nationally, black junior high and high school students are suspended at a rate more than three times as often as their white peers, twice as often as their Latino peers and more than 10 times as often as their Asian peers. According to former Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the ‘huge disparity is not caused by differences in children; it’s caused by differences in training, professional development, and discipline policies. It is adult behavior that needs to change.’ In other words, the Education Department sees no difference between the behavior of black students and white, Latino and Asian students. It’s just that black students are singled out for discriminatory discipline. Driven by Obama administration pressures, school districts revised their discipline procedures by cutting the number of black student suspensions.” (03/29/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2017/03/29/educational-sabotage-n2304817

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38) America’s deportation squads want to expel our neighbours. We are saying no
Source: OpEdNews
by Bill McKibben

“Vermont, where I live, has the second-smallest population of any state. It’s also among the most rural parts of America, and taken together those two facts produce an iron law: if you see someone with their car stuck in a snowbank, you don’t drive by. You stop and help push. Because if you don’t, nobody else may come by for an hour. Which is why, I think, many of us have spent part of the past couple weeks trying to win the freedom of three of our neighbors — Kike Balcazar, Zully Palacios and Alex Carrillo. They are undocumented immigrants, who came here to work on our farms, and were detained by the (aptly named) Ice, or Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, in New Hampshire, awaiting deportation. … The arrest of these three was clearly punitive and retaliatory. They weren’t just farmworkers — they were leaders of the community, who had come out into the open to try to win some rights for their brethren.” (03/29/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/America-s-deportation-squa-by-Bill-McKibben-Arrest_Deportation_Undocumented_Vermont-170329-650.html

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39) Can legislation make you forget to buy insurance?
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Graham Renz

“SB 185 would create a statewide regulatory framework for TNCs, making it possible for them to operate across different jurisdictions that may have conflicting local regulations (or no TNC regulations at all). The law embodies free-market principles and could create jobs, improve mobility, and increase personal freedom. Show-Me Institute analysts, myself included, have testified in favor of SB 185 and similar legislation (e.g. HB 130) for years. So why is the bill hung up? … In short, the bill seems to have been held up over concerns that TNC drivers, who use their own personal automobiles while on the clock, will simply forget they still need to purchase an individual auto policy.” (03/29/17)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/transportation/can-legislation-make-you-forget-buy-insurance

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40) Congressional Republicans should legalize long-term undocumented immigrants
Source: Niskanen Center
by Matthew La Corte

“As evidenced by his first two months in office, President Donald Trump is eager to fully implement his unprecedented mass deportation campaign targeting nearly all undocumented immigrants. In light of this wide-ranging, ill-advised crackdown — and the myriad problems that it triggers — it is in the hands of Congressional Republicans to seek a legislative solution to regularize the long-term undocumented population. Such a reform would signal that sound policymaking aimed at fixing our broken immigration system — which is widely supported by Republican voters — is the party’s priority.” (03/29/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/op-ed-congressional-republicans-legalize-long-term-undocumented-immigrants/

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41) Did you vote for unfair pay and unsafe workplaces?
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“Who could be against fair pay and safe workplaces? Give you one guess. President Trump just signed a bill, passed by the Republicans in the House and Senate, that repealed President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order. ‘Fair pay and safe workplaces’ says it all. The rule stated that our government should contract with companies that have ‘a satisfactory record of integrity and business ethics.’ It required companies to report if the had violations of workplace laws covering wage theft, discrimination and safety, when applying for new government contracts of $500,000 to $1 million. The federal procurement officers would take that into consideration, and work with the companies to remedy the problems. That is what President Trump and the Republicans repealed.” [editor’s note: I recommend a little Googling here, not as cut-and-dried as he says it is – SAT] (03/29/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170328/did-you-vote-for-unfair-pay-and-unsafe-workplaces

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42) Government spending limits protect against invasion of taxmen
Source: Heartland Institute
by Jesse Hathaway

“No one knows exactly from where they come, but they descend like a horde of locusts, consuming resources people have labored all year to gather. Tasked with serving the ‘collective,’ they take our resources without providing anything in return and then return from wherever they came. Who are they? They’re the taxmen, and they’re coming to take your money. Instead of setting the taxmen free to scour taxpayers’ wallets for increasingly more money, state lawmakers should limit how much the government can spend and demand accountability.” (03/29/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/03/government-spending-limits-protect-against-invasion-of-taxmen/

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43) Why tax reform isn’t going to be any easier
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner

“Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin insists that tax reform will be easy. ‘Health care is a very, very complicated issue,’ Mnuchin recently told a group of financial journalists. ‘In a way, [tax reform is] a lot simpler. It really is.’ Um, no it’s not. If tax reform were easy, we would have done it long ago, especially given the widespread agreement that our tax code is opaque, cumbersome, inefficient, and riddled with inequities. Yet, the U.S. has gone more than three decades, encompassing four presidents, since the last time we seriously reformed taxes. There’s a reason for that.” (03/29/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/why-tax-reform-isnt-going-be-any-easier

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44) You shouldn’t blame Islam for terrorism. Religion isn’t a crucial factor in attacks
Source: The Intercept
by Medhi Hasan

“Khalid Masood, was born and brought up in the UK and would not have been affected in the slightest by a travel ban on Muslims from the Middle East. He was neither a refugee nor an immigrant. He was not of Middle Eastern origin either, and he was not even a Muslim for the vast majority of his life. Born to a white mother and black father as Adrian Elms, and raised as Adrian Ajao, he is believed to have converted to Islam in prison in 2003 and had a well-documented history of criminality prior to mowing down innocent pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, and stabbing a police officer outside the Houses of Parliament, last Thursday afternoon. Does it sound like I am trying to excuse or exculpate Islam and Muslims from responsibility for his heinous crime? You bet I am. And why shouldn’t I?” (03/29/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/03/29/you-shouldnt-blame-islam-for-terrorism-religion-isnt-a-crucial-factor-in-attacks/

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45) Ryan health plan died of bad politics
Source: USA Today
by Christian Schneider

“On the morning of May 27th, 1995, Republican Rep. Sam Brownback’s legislative director made his first appearance on C-Span’s Washington Journal cable television show. Fielding phone calls from viewers early on a Saturday morning, the 25-year old congressional staffer passionately argued for free-market based changes in the American health care system as he fired off budget numbers like a Gatling gun. ‘We would like to offer more choices to health care recipients,’ he nervously told viewers. ‘We would like to instill private sector forces such as choice,’ he said, adding that seniors should be able to both choose their own doctor and “have an incentive to go and save some money in the health care market.’ Nearly 22 years later, Paul Ryan stood in front of the nation as House speaker, explaining why his dream of free-market oriented health reform was dead.” (03/29/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/nation-now/2017/03/29/paul-ryan-health-policy-deserved-better-politics-process-christian-schneider-column/99752790

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46) A victory for the Eighth Amendment
Source: The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps

“The major news out of Moore v. Texas, the Supreme Court’s death-penalty decision announced Tuesday, is that all eight of the current justices rejected a crude list of ‘factors’ the Texas courts had evolved to tell when a criminal defendant can be executed despite evidence that he or she is intellectually disabled. … all the justices on Tuesday rejected what Texas called the ‘Briseno factors,’ named after a 2004 case in which the state Court of Criminal Appeals interpreted Atkins as requiring it to ‘define that level and degree of mental retardation at which a consensus of Texas citizens would agree that a person should be exempted from the death penalty.’ This ‘folks ’round here’ standard is almost a laughable misreading of the Eighth Amendment, which applies to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment. The aim of the amendment was and is not to empower local majorities to define ‘cruel and unusual’ — quite the reverse.” (03/29/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/a-victory-for-the-eighth-amendment/521160/

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47) Chuck Schumer goes unhinged
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“If Trump came up with an inexpensive cure for every type of cancer and initiated a program to distribute it to every person on the planet free for the benefit of mankind, Chuck Schumer would stand up on the senate floor to block it just like he plans to filibuster Trump’s appointment of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the SCOTUS. Since Schumer whines and objects without exception to everything Trump says and does; since he is always invariably negative, he has lost all credibility to opine on any matter involving the President. Everyone knows that he goes way beyond partisan party politics; he does it just for the fun of it. Now Schumer, according to numerous witnesses, is even causing ugly scenes with people in public for simply minding their own business.” (03/29/17)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2017/03/u.html

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48) The marvelous cloud-mind that is the market
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Matt Ridley

“The invention of exchange had the same impact on human culture as sex had on biological evolution — it made it cumulative. So human technological advancement depended not on individual intelligence but on collective idea sharing. The ‘cloud,’ the crowd-sourced, wikinomic cloud, is not a new idea at all. It has been the source of human invention all along. That is why every technology you can think of is a combination of other technologies, and why simultaneous invention is so common as ideas come together to meet and mate when mature. Which is, of course, why the internet is such an exciting development. For the first time, humanity has not just some big collective brains (called trade networks), but one truly vast one in which almost everybody can share and in which distance is no obstacle.” (03/29/17)

https://fee.org/articles/the-marvelous-cloud-mind-that-is-the-market/

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49) Philanthropy earns Priscilla Chan Visionary of the Year nomination
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
by Erin Allday

“Priscilla Chan was just a few years into marriage when she and her husband decided it was time to fulfill a promise they’d made together, quietly, long ago: to build a multibillion-dollar philanthropy serving children and families. Chan was newly pregnant and not long out of her pediatric residency at San Francisco General Hospital. Her husband, Mark Zuckerberg, was busy running Facebook. ‘It was like, ‘Mark, it’s not good timing to launch something, with a newborn,” Chan said with a laugh. But they were young and eager, and the prospect of starting a family was propelling them with new urgency. So, a year and a half ago, they founded the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropy focused on science and education that they will fund with 99 percent of their Facebook shares over their lifetimes.” (03/29/17)

http://www.sfchronicle.com/visionsf/article/Philanthropy-earns-Priscilla-Chan-Visionary-of-11011058.php

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50) A tale of two protests
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“[H]undreds of thousands of Yemenis rallied against the vicious war being waged against them by Saudi Arabia and the United States — and look at the faces in that photo. These are children, their faces distorted by rage at what is happening to their country, and their lives. Their youth is no accident: most of the victims of this sickeningly immoral war are children, felled by US-supplied bombs dropped by US-manufactured war planes, the rest killed by starvation. The Saudis are committing war crimes in Yemen — one of the poorest nations on earth — with the aid and active assistance of the Pentagon, which is now contemplating an even deeper involvement by the US. Yet this massive outpouring of protest received minimal coverage in the Western media compared to another protest that occurred on that same day in Russia, where the Russian bourgeoisie mobilized in the big cities, demonstrating against official corruption.” (03/29/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/03/28/a-tale-of-two-protests/

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51) Good and bad news
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“On the issue of ‘civil asset forfeiture’ — police seizing property from folks merely on suspicion, without a criminal conviction — there is good news. In Idaho, House Bill 202a just passed both legislative chambers overwhelmingly. ‘Among other changes, HB 202a would no longer allow civil forfeiture of the vehicle of a person who merely possessed a controlled substance,’ explained a Spokesman Review report, ‘without using the vehicle in connection with trafficking offenses or obtaining it with drug-trafficking proceeds. …’ It also puts off the table ‘property that’s merely in proximity to illegal drugs’ and the mere possession of cash. Legislation is moving forward in Arizona, too. … Unfortunately, there is also bad news. Even with the new Idaho law and the enaction of the Arizona legislation, police in both states will continue to take people’s stuff without a criminal conviction.” (03/29/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/03/29/good-and-bad-news/

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52) Article 50: The dawn of a new Democratic era
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“Today is one of the greatest days in the history of British democracy. When Theresa May seals the Article 50 letter and sends it to Brussels, she’ll do so under the democratic order of 17.4 million Britons, the largest number of people to have voted for anything in the history of this country. When we cast our votes in the EU referendum last June, it was the first time in decades that our vote felt like it truly meant something. We felt the weight of a real democratic choice as we stood in the voting booth. It’s become a cliche — but it’s true. And today is the day that that democratic clout will finally be made real. It’s more striking for the fact that Brexit is being carried through against the apparently better instincts of our political class.” (03/29/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/article-50-the-dawn-of-a-new-democratic-era-brexit-eu/

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53) Does Washington want to start a new war in the Balkans?
Source: CounterPunch
by David Kowalski

“With Monday’s procedural vote in the U.S. Senate to allow Montenegro into NATO, the Washington elite proved once more that heightening tensions with Russia might not just be inevitable, but actually desirable. With the exception of Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-UT), the entire 100-strong body of the Senate rallied behind the motion that would see the tiny Adriatic state admitted into the Atlantic alliance over the objections of many Montenegrins. The vote set off a 30-hour countdown, during which Senators will debate before putting the issue to a final vote. If you needed more proof that US foreign policy is misguided, just look to what happened to Rand Paul after his earlier decision to block Montenegro’s accession.” (03/29/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/29/does-washington-want-to-start-a-new-war-in-the-balkans/

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54) The JFK brain mystery
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Notwithstanding all the controversy that continues to swirl around the assassination of President Kennedy more than 50 years ago, everyone agrees on at least one fact: There was a gunshot that hit President Kennedy in the head, one that blew out a large portion of his brain. There is no controversy or dispute about that fact. Yet, take a look at this rendition of an autopsy photograph of what is represented to be Kennedy’s brain that is part of the official JFK autopsy records. … while the brain is split in two halves, it is fully intact. That is, it is not missing a quarter to one-third of its mass, which was the amount of the brain that was estimated to have been blown away by the shot that hit Kennedy in the head. … This brain mystery is reinforced by the official autopsy report …. There is only one conclusion that can be drawn from this set of circumstantial evidence: The U.S. military substituted someone’s else’s brain for that of President Kennedy.” (03/29/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/03/29/jfk-brain-mystery/

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55) The problem with paid parental leave
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Xiong Yue

“A Chinese fable called ‘Three in the Morning and Four in the Evening,’ relates this story: An old man in ancient China wanted to reduce his pet monkeys’ food as he can’t afford the previous amount any longer. He first told them that he would reduce the monkey’s ration to three acorns in the morning and four acorns in the evening. Thereupon, his monkeys protested angrily. Then the old man said, ‘How about four in the morning and three in the evening?’ Knowing that he would get four acorns the next morning, the monkey became ecstatic. We may laugh at the monkey in this story, but when actress Anne Hathaway gave a speech at the United Nations this month arguing for paid parental leave for all parents — both mothers and fathers — she is no wiser than the monkey.” (03/29/17)

https://mises.org/blog/problem-paid-parental-leave

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

56) Cato Daily Podcast, 03/29/17
Source: Cato Institute

“Defending free speech amid cries of ‘fake news’ from the highest levels of government is a unique challenge. Flemming Rose comments.” [various formats] (03/29/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/defending-free-speech-uncertain-times

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57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 20
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #20, I discuss several current events related to foreign policy. I update civilians continuing to die from US airstrikes against ISIS. I explain why Assad and Israel threaten each other over Israel bombing Syria. I break down the US is boycotting UN nuclear weapons talks and a few more stories.” [various formats] (03/29/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-20-stories-in-the-news

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58) The Jason Stapleton Program, 03/29/17
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Yesterday, I was watching Morning Joe as I drank my morning cup of Coffee and I heard an exchange between Representative Raul Labrador and Mika Brzezinski. It was evident Raul thought he was coming on to talk about health care, but Mika wanted to make the interview about paid maternity leave. I’d love to tell you Raul knocked it out of the park. It shouldn’t have been hard to do given the fact that Mika isn’t exactly known for being a deep thinker. But unfortunately, Raul failed by making one of the great mistakes conservatives and libertarians make when trying to promote the ideas of limited government and free markets. Watch today’s show as I break down the exchange and teach you the proper way to destroy a progressive in record time.” [various formats] (03/29/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/msnbcs-mika-brzezinski-gets-schooled-on-paid-maternity-leave/

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59) Intercepted, 03/29/17
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted, Naomi Klein confronts the White House’s declaration of war on the planet, dissects the bizarre institution of ‘concierge’ disaster response for the ultra-wealthy and explores whether Trump’s administration is producing the fourth Purge movie where we all are unwitting cast members. The president does not enjoy the new song from Snoop Dogg. Boots Riley of The Coup discusses Trump and Hip Hop and performs. Murtaza Hussain talks about the U.S. bombings in Iraq and Syria that have killed 1,000 civilians in one month. And, we talk to Josh Begley, the developer of an app that tracks U.S. drone strikes that Apple has censored 13 times.” [various formats] (03/29/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/03/29/intercepted-podcast-trump-war-planet/

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60) Electric Libertyland, episode 13
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s Electric Libertyland, Brian McWilliams goes it alone as he takes on the recent ‘scandal’ surrounding House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes, Trump’s ‘bill’ to Germany for NATO backpay, Rand’s stand against NATO and admitting Montenegro, Steve Bannon taking sissy slaps at libertarians, healthcare bills, and a prediction for the new Ghost in the Shell film. He then wraps it up with a personal story about a client who is on hunger strike battling judicial overreach and slander from a sitting judge in Los Angeles. It’s chock full of liberty goodness.” [various formats] (03/29/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/03/29/ell13/

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61) Freedom Feens Radio, 03/29/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Chandler, Jim, James and Veloschka tell you the truth about liberty. FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!” [various formats] (03/29/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14257

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62) Free Talk Live, 03/28/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“People Shocked By Standard TSA Security Screening :: Strip for TSA :: Mexican Police :: Will your ISP soon be selling your internet history? :: Government Organized Crime :: Privacy and the Market :: Loyalty Cards :: Dessert :: Minimum Wage :: Net Neutrality :: Privacy Solutions :: AFTERSHOW – For Real This Time :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/28/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-03-28

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63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 878
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“The legal system that prevailed in Ireland for thousands of years was radically different from what we are familiar with today, with our monopoly judges and emphasis on retribution over restitution. But if you were to ask the average American about any of this, the result would be a blank stare. Hence today’s episode.” [various formats] (03/28/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-878-anarchism-in-ireland-the-history-nobody-knows/

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64) Editor’s Break, episode 25
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 025 is a quick look at Georgism, the political and economic philosophy that argues for tax on land because of its supposed special status as a finite resource. Is it compatible with human nature? Is it ethical? Is it better at reducing conflict over scarce resources than original appropriation?” [various format] (03/28/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/editors-break-025-look-georgism-property-rights-15m

*****
RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST

Editors:
Thomas L. Knapp
R. Lee Wrights
Steve Trinward

Editor Emeritus:
Mary Lou Seymour
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