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Friday, April 13th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Syria: OPCW experts arrive to investigate chemical attack claims
2) Trump: “If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller … I would have fired him”
3) China: Regime announces Taiwan Strait live-fire drills amid tensions
4) Pompeo promises to remain as dishonest and belligerent as ever if confirmed as US Secretary of State
5) Trump weighs rejoining TPP, tones down China trade threat
6) ICE thugs under investigation after couple fleeing abduction die in car crash
7) TX: Stockman convicted on 23 of 24 felony charges
8) New Zealand: Regime bans all new permits for offshore oil and gas exploration
9) NTSB says it booted Tesla from crash probe, but Tesla says it withdrew and will complain to Congress
10) Three vast “holes” just appeared on the Sun — and they’re bombarding Earth with geomagnetic storms
11) EPA whistleblower allegations against Pruitt prompt more calls for ouster
12) $30,000 rumor? Tabloid paid for, spiked, salacious Trump tip
13) Report: Greek fighter jet down after dogfight with Turkish jet
14) Novichok used in UK spy poisoning, chemical weapons watchdog confirms
15) FDA investigating professor for doing research without asking them pretty please with sugar on top for permission
16) DC: Naked man shocked with Taser after attacking subway passengers
17) Central African Republic: Protesters lay corpses in front of UN peacekeeping mission after clashes
18) Pope admits “grave errors,” begs forgiveness in Chile sex abuse case
19) UK: May summons cabinet to discuss escalating war of aggression in Syria
20) MO: Bombshell report details sexual misconduct allegations against Greitens

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Trump loudly insists that he is incompetent
22) Alt-liberARYANS: Going over to the dark side
23) The Senate vs. Facebook: Beware untrustworthy partners, revisited
24) “Fake news” is a moral panic
25) Striking Assad might boost Trump’s prestige. It won’t serve American interests.
26) The race to replace Paul Ryan says everything about party politics in 2018
27) What’s the best objection to open borders?
28) The real threat to Donald Trump
29) Thinking outside of the box
30) Why is the government still regulating the railroads?
31) Why Sweden is not socialist, and never really was
32) Fiddling with the franchise
33) The US empire has been trying to regime change Syria since long before 2011
34) Why write about foreign policy?
35) How an OTC Bitcoin scammer almost stole $600 million
36) Against war in Syria
37) Black political power means zilch
38) Ideological diversity can’t be stopped in the Internet age
39) When is hysteria treason?
40) As the war machine threatens
41) Charles Murray is a marketing genius
42) America’s military options for Syria are … bad!
43) Celebrating the libertarian ideas in the Declaration of Independence
44) Bolton’s Iran policy: Could it strengthen the China-Russia-Iran-Pakistan axis?
45) Russia scandal: Will Devin Nunes investigation prove “Deep State” collusion By FBI & DOJ?
46) Sure, 420 money helped inspire John Boehner’s belated cannabis 180, but it’s still worth applauding
47) Overdose deaths are the product of drug prohibition
48) Dropping hypocrisy bombs on Syria
49) How conservative are today’s radical leftists
50) The left’s war on science

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/12/18
52) Free Talk Live, 04/11/18
53) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1133
54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/11/18
55) Editor’s Break, episode 74

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

1) Syria: OPCW experts arrive to investigate chemical attack claims
Source: Yahoo! News

“Two groups of experts from the OPCW chemical watchdog will arrive in Syria on Thursday and Friday to investigate allegations of chemical weapons use in a rebel-held town, Syria’s UN ambassador Bashar Jaafari said. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons decided to dispatch a fact-finding mission to the rebel-held town of Douma following reports that more than 40 died from exposure to toxic gas at the weekend. ‘We will facilitate the arrival of the team to anywhere they want, in Douma, to check wether or not there was use of chemical substances,’ Jaafari said.” (04/12/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/opcw-experts-begin-arriving-syria-syrias-un-envoy-155158015.html

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2) Trump: “If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller … I would have fired him”
Source: St. Louis POst-Dispatch

“President Donald Trump said Thursday that if he wanted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, he would have months ago. ‘If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him. Just more Fake News from a biased newspaper,’ Trump tweeted Thursday morning. Trump was disputing a New York Times report published Tuesday that said the President sought to fire Mueller in December following reports that Mueller was seeking Trump’s financial records.” (04/12/18)

http://www.stltoday.com/news/trump-tweets-if-he-wanted-mueller-fired-he-would-have/article_cb7584a8-afe5-5a71-b434-7297ee690d55.html

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3) China: Regime announces Taiwan Strait live-fire drills amid tensions
Source: The Washington Post

“China on Thursday announced live-firing military exercises in the Taiwan Strait amid heightened tensions over increased American support for Taiwan’s government. The announcement by the maritime safety authority in the coastal province of Fujian coincided with a statement from their counterparts in Hainan province that the navy was ending a three-day exercise in the South China Sea one day early. No explanations were given in either case and the Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to questions. The Fujian authorities said the one-day Taiwan Strait drill will be held next Wednesday.” (04/11/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/south-china-sea-drills-underscore-chinas-sovereignty-claims/2018/04/12/a082eaf4-3e16-11e8-955b-7d2e19b79966_story.html

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4) Pompeo promises to remain as dishonest and belligerent as ever if confirmed as US Secretary of State
Source: Reuters

“U.S. Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo promised on Thursday that he would be willing to break from President Donald Trump if necessary, saying he would take a tough line with Russia and that he wanted to ‘fix’ the Iran nuclear deal. Pompeo, who is currently director of the CIA, blamed tensions between Moscow and Washington on Russia’s ‘bad behaviour’ and said he would support more American sanctions against Russia. ‘(Russian President) Vladimir Putin has not yet received the message sufficiently,’ Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his relatively smooth confirmation hearing.” (04/12/18)

https://in.reuters.com/article/usa-trump-pompeo/trump-nominee-pompeo-pledges-to-be-tough-on-russia-fix-iran-deal-idINKBN1HJ22Q

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5) Trump weighs rejoining TPP, tones down China trade threat
Source: Bloomberg

“President Donald Trump told lawmakers he is considering rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the free-trade deal he withdrew from shortly after taking office, as he expressed confidence the U.S. is headed toward resolving trade conflicts without economic disruption. A week after escalating tensions with his threat to impose tariffs on an additional $100 billion in Chinese products, Trump said Thursday the two countries ultimately may end up levying no new tariffs on each other. … Trump withdrew the U.S. from the accord during his first week in office. The pact, which was conceived as a counterweight to China’s economic dominance in the region, had been negotiated under the Obama administration but never approved by Congress.” (04/12/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-12/trump-deputizes-kudlow-lighthizer-to-review-tpp-sasse-says

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6) ICE thugs under investigation after couple fleeing abduction die in car crash
Source: Los Angeles Times

“The deaths of two Central Valley farmworkers in a car accident near Delano has become a flash point in the immigration battle between California and federal officials cracking down on people in the country illegally [sic]. The parents of six were killed in a car crash while they were fleeing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. ICE says the two were not the targets ICE was looking to [abduct], but there are discrepancies about whether agents chased them. Delano police have submitted a case to the Kern County district attorney’s office, which will decide whether to file criminal charges against ICE officers for what police say were discrepancies in the officers’ accounts of the incident.” (04/12/18)

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-delano-crash-explainer-20180412-story.html

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7) TX: Stockman convicted on 23 of 24 felony charges
Source: Texas Tribune

“Steve Stockman, a Republican former congressman from Texas, has been convicted of defrauding two conservative mega-donors and funneling their $1.25 million into personal and campaign expenses as part of what prosecutors have described as a ‘white collar crime spree.’ A jury in federal court in Houston ruled Thursday afternoon that Stockman is guilty of all but one of the 24 felonies he was charged with last March. After about 16 hours of deliberations over three days, the 12-person panel only declined to convict on one of four counts of wire fraud. … That verdict puts Stockman … at risk of decades in federal prison. And in the immediate future, it sends him into federal custody, where he will remain pending sentencing in August. U.S. Marshals took him into custody shortly after the verdict was read, over the objections of his lawyers. The prosecution had warned that he might be a ‘flight risk’ …” (04/12/18)

https://www.texastribune.org/2018/04/12/texas-congressman-steve-stockman-found-guilty-felony-charges/

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8) New Zealand: Regime bans all new permits for offshore oil and gas exploration
Source: Independent [UK]

“New Zealand has banned all new permits for offshore oil and gas exploration, the government has announced. The change in direction, which faced furious opposition by industry groups, was hailed as an example of ‘bold global leadership’ by environmental campaigners. Prime minister Jacinda Ardern said it would help ‘protect future generations from climate change’ and promised nobody would be losing their job as a result.” (04/12/18)

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/new-zealand-offshore-ban-permits-oil-gas-exploration-jacinda-ardern-climate-change-global-warming-a8301181.html

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9) NTSB says it booted Tesla from crash probe, but Tesla says it withdrew and will complain to Congress
Source: CNBC

“The National Transportation Safety Board has “revoked” Tesla’s status as a party to its investigation of a fatal crash that took place in Mountain View, California, in March. However, Tesla maintains it withdrew from the probe. … ‘It’s been clear in our conversations with the NTSB that they’re more concerned with press headlines than actually promoting safety,’ Tesla said. ‘Among other things, they repeatedly released partial bits of incomplete information to the media in violation of their own rules, at the same time that they were trying to prevent us from telling all the facts. We don’t believe this is right and we will be making an official complaint to Congress.’” (04/12/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/12/ntsb-revokes-tesla-status-as-a-party-to-crash-investigation.html

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10) Three vast “holes” just appeared on the Sun — and they’re bombarding Earth with geomagnetic storms
Source: Newsweek

“Three vast ‘holes’ have opened up on the Sun over the past week, according to NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), allowing high-speed solar winds to escape into space and bombard the Earth. These so-called coronal holes are gaps in the star’s outermost atmosphere, which are less dense and cooler than their surroundings. … The holes spew out charged particles which can affect animals and electronic systems on Earth, and cause auroras to appear at lower latitudes than normal if they interact with the magnetosphere — the region around our planet dominated by its magnetic field.” (04/12/18)

http://www.newsweek.com/three-vast-holes-just-appeared-sun-and-theyre-bombarding-earth-geomagnetic-883400

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11) EPA whistleblower allegations against Pruitt prompt more calls for ouster
Source: USA Today

“Prominent Democrats are again pressing President Trump to fire EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt after a whistleblower detailed a litany of what he said were abuses of power, ethical missteps and wasteful spending. Kevin Chmielewski, a Trump supporter who served as deputy chief of staff for operations under Pruitt, told staff members of the Democratic lawmakers the administrator overspent his office allowance, demanded security measures that weren’t warranted, and insisted on exorbitant travel arrangements — including the rental of a $100,000-per-month private jet, according to documents the lawmakers released Thursday. Several EPA officials who questioned or challenged the expenses were often retaliated against and demoted, including Chmielewski who was placed on unpaid administrative leave after he refused to retroactively approve first-class airfare for a senior Pruitt aide on a return flight from Morocco in December, according to the letter.” (04/12/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/04/12/epa-whistleblower-allegations-against-scott-pruitt-prompt-more-calls-ouster/511010002/

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12) $30,000 rumor? Tabloid paid for, spiked, salacious Trump tip
Source: Associated Press

“[M]onths before the company that owns the National Enquirer paid $150,000 to a former Playboy Playmate who claimed she’d had an affair with Donald Trump, the tabloid’s parent made a $30,000 payment to a less famous individual: a former doorman at one of the real estate mogul’s New York City buildings. As it did with the ex-Playmate, the Enquirer signed the ex-doorman to a contract that effectively prevented him from going public with a juicy tale that might hurt Trump’s campaign for president. … [Dino] Sajudin got $30,000 in exchange for signing over the rights, ‘in perpetuity,’ to a rumor he’d heard about Trump’s sex life — that the president had fathered a child with an employee at Trump World Tower, a skyscraper he owns near the United Nations. The contract subjected Sajudin to a $1 million penalty if he disclosed either the rumor or the terms of the deal to anyone.” (04/12/18)

https://www.apnews.com/f37ecfc4710b468db6a103a245146172

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13) Report: Greek fighter jet down after dogfight with Turkish jet
Source: Yahoo! News

“A Greek air force Mirage 2000-5 fighter jet reportedly went down after a dogfight with Turkish jets near the Aegean island of Skyros. Both Greek and Turkish media outlets reported the crash, and that a Greek navy search and rescue option is underway. ‘An M2000-5, 9 nautical miles of Iskiri (Skiros) Island disappeared in the north east’ Turkey’s Millyet.com.tr reported. The Turkish outlet reported that Turkey’s military said its jets where nowhere near the scene of the crash at the time.” (04/12/18)

https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/greek-fighter-jet-reportedly-went-115410549.html

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14) Novichok used in UK spy poisoning, chemical weapons watchdog confirms
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The international chemical weapons watchdog has backed the UK’s findings on the identity of the chemical used to poison the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury. The findings by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will be a major relief to the UK, which has said novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by Russia, was used in the attack. … The OPCW does not have the power to identify the source of the nerve agent, only to spell out its chemical properties.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/12/novichok-used-in-spy-poisoning-chemical-weapons-watchdog-confirms-salisbury

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15) FDA investigating professor for doing research without asking them pretty please with sugar on top for permission
Source: US News & World Report

“A Southern Illinois University professor is being investigating for allegedly injecting people with an unauthorized vaccine for herpes. The FDA is investigating William Halford for administering his experimental vaccine to patients without safety oversight from the organization or an institutional review board. Halford, who died in June, gave participants the vaccine in St. Kitts and Nevis, islands in the southern Caribbean, in 2016, and in Illinois hotel rooms in 2013 … Now, the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations is looking into whether people at Halford’s former company, Rational Vaccines, or Southern Illinois University had knowledge of his actions and violated FDA regulations by assisting him in unauthorized research, four people familiar with the situation told Kaiser Health News.” [editor’s note: The story doesn’t mention any claims of harm to research subjects, or even claims that they did not give informed consent. It appears to be entirely about him not bowing and scraping to FDA (even outside the US!) – TLK] (04/12/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-care-news/articles/2018-04-12/fda-launches-investigation-into-professor-who-gave-unauthorized-herpes-vaccine

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16) DC: Naked man shocked with Taser after attacking subway passengers
Source: New York Daily News

“A nude man harassing passengers on a Washington, D.C., subway was shocked with a Taser by police early Thursday, authorities told local media. Police stunned the bare straphanger just after 6 a.m. as the train pulled into the Dupont Circle station, according to local ABC affiliate WJLA.” [editor’s note: Did someone forget to give the padlock on John Bolton’s cage a little jiggle last night to make sure it was secure? – TLK] (04/12/18)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/naked-attacker-tasered-attacking-dc-subway-passengers-article-1.3929736

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17) Central African Republic: Protesters lay corpses in front of UN peacekeeping mission after clashes
Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“The Central African Republic, one of the world’s poorest and most unstable countries, was rocked after 19 people, including a UN soldier, were killed and more than 100 wounded in clashes between peacekeepers and militias in a flashpoint Muslim enclave of the capital. Bangui’s bloodiest flare-up in two years brought hundreds of angry residents of the PK5 district to the base of the United Nations mission, MINUSCA. There they laid out the corpses of 17 men who they said had been killed by UN troops on Tuesday — violence that according to MINUSCA had begun with an ambush of peacekeepers after they had launched a security sweep.” (04/12/18)

http://www.scmp.com/news/world/africa/article/2141365/demonstrators-lay-corpses-front-un-mission-central-african

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18) Pope admits “grave errors,” begs forgiveness in Chile sex abuse case
Source: Firstpost [India]

“Pope Francis has admitted he made ‘grave errors’ in judgment in Chile’s sex abuse scandal and invited the victims he had discredited to Rome to beg their forgiveness. In an extraordinary public letter, Francis also summoned all of Chile’s bishops to the Vatican for an emergency meeting in the coming weeks to discuss repairing the damage from the scandal, which has badly tarnished his reputation and that of the Chilean church. … Francis blamed a lack of ‘truthful and balanced information’ for his missteps in judging the case of Bishop Juan Barros, a protege of Chile’s most notorious predator priest, the Reverend Fernando Karadima. He strongly defended the bishop during his January visit to Chile despite accusations by victims that Barros had witnessed and ignored their abuse.” (04/12/18)

https://www.firstpost.com/world/pope-francis-admits-he-made-grave-errors-in-chile-sex-abuse-case-wants-to-beg-victims-for-forgiveness-4428599.html

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19) UK: May summons cabinet to discuss escalating war of aggression in Syria
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Theresa May has summoned ministers to an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the UK’s response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria. Ministers are expected to back her call to join military action threatened by the United States and its allies. Sources say the PM is prepared to take action against the Assad regime without first seeking Parliamentary consent. But there have been calls from opposition parties and some Tories for MPs to get a vote beforehand.” (04/12/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43733861

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20) MO: Bombshell report details sexual misconduct allegations against Greitens
Source: Business Insider

“Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens initiated a physically aggressive unwanted sexual encounter with his hairdresser and threatened to distribute a partially nude photo of her if she spoke about it, according to testimony from the woman released Wednesday by a House investigatory committee. The graphic report details multiple instances in which the woman said Greitens spanked, slapped, grabbed, shoved and called her derogatory names during a series of sexual encounters as he was preparing to run for office in 2015. The testimony contradicts Greitens’ previous assertions that ‘there was no violence’ and ‘no threat of violence’ in what he has described as a consensual extramarital affair. The report, signed by all five Republicans and two Democrats on the committee, describes the woman’s testimony as credible and notes that Greitens has so far declined to testify or provide documents to the panel. … The special House investigation was initiated shortly after Greitens was indicted in February on a felony invasion-of-privacy charge for taking a nonconsensual photo of the partially nude woman and transmitting it in a way that could be accessed by a computer.” (04/12/18)

http://www.businessinsider.com/eric-greitens-sexual-misconduct-allegations-report-2018-4

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

21) Trump loudly insists that he is incompetent
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“Donald Trump’s supporters insist that the public shouldn’t lose faith in the president as Robert Mueller and the Department of Justice delve ever more deeply into his affairs. Sure, his personal attorney’s office was raided and his political associates keep having to strike deals after getting caught breaking the law. But Trump supporters believe the president when he says that he is a victim of idiocy and corruption — that Jeff Sessions made ‘a very terrible mistake for the country’ by recusing himself from the Russia investigation, that James Comey is out to besmirch his reputation, and that Rod Rosenstein is enabling ‘a witch hunt.’ Now, I don’t think the evidence supports Trump’s claims. But for the sake of argument, imagine all of that is correct and that his supporters are right to believe it. That leaves Team #MAGA with an inconvenient problem: While Trump is not a crook in that telling of events, he is nevertheless an utterly incompetent president. … at the very least, per Trump’s own narrative, he utterly failed to appoint ‘the best people.’” (04/12/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/04/trump-competence/557723/

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22) Alt-liberARYANS: Going over to the dark side
Source: HubPages
by Garry Reed

“Libertarianism, like all emerging social and political thought, is a slowly moving philosophical process. But those who abhor and want to counterattack the identity politics of the alt-left don’t want evolution, they want revolution. They want instant gratification. So they’re abandoning libertarianism for a form of ultra-right collectivist nationalist racist identity-based politics of their own and are oxymoronically calling it ‘alt-libertarianism,’ thereby becoming no better than those they oppose.” (04/12/18)

https://hubpages.com/politics/Alt-LiberARYANS-Going-Over-to-the-Dark-Side

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23) The Senate vs. Facebook: Beware untrustworthy partners, revisited
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“[T]he US Senate wants you to believe that it can, if it deems itself called upon to do so, excel the efforts of Mark Zuckerberg to safeguard the information you entrust to social media. Cue laughter, followed by horror as the realization dawns that yes, the US Senate will undoubtedly soon deem itself called upon to do that. It’s not that the rest of us need their help. We don’t, and even if we did they couldn’t help us. It’s that we don’t understand the real problem, and they do. The real problem is not with Facebook’s handling of your information. The real problem is that politicians never have as much power as they want to have.” (04/12/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13260

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24) “Fake news” is a moral panic
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Sam Dumitriu

“[F]ake news is too useful a narrative. Rather than face hard questions about candidate choice, voter disenchantment and campaign tactics, unsuccessful campaigns can blame social media for spreading misleading news stories. It’s useful for the New York Times to shift the focus on to fake stories about the Pope endorsing the Donald and away from their reporting of Hillary Clinton’s emails. And it’s useful as well for the other legacy media companies who compete with Facebook, Google and Twitter for ad revenue.” (04/12/18)

https://fee.org/articles/fake-news-is-a-moral-panic/

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25) Striking Assad might boost Trump’s prestige. It won’t serve American interests.
Source: Cato Institute
by John Glaser

“Though he still nods rhetorically to the idea of a less interventionist foreign policy, Trump doesn’t appear to have needed much coaxing to ratchet up his talk of additional military action. Having just installed the ultimate hawk in new national security adviser John Bolton and chemical attacks again providing him an opportunity to act ‘presidential,’ Trump is once again tilting toward a resort to unwarranted force, for all the wrong reasons. The 2017 strike had no utility beyond bolstering the perception that America (read: Trump) was projecting strength.” (04/12/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/striking-assad-might-boost-trumps-prestige-it-wont-serve-american-interests

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26) The race to replace Paul Ryan says everything about party politics in 2018
Source: In These Times
by Kate Aronoff

“Yesterday — following months of rumors — news broke that House speaker and P90X workout enthusiast Paul Ryan won’t seek re-election for the House seat he’s held for 20 years. The decision is a clear boon for Democratic challenger Randy Bryce, an ironworker and union organizer running as a progressive populist on a strong left platform …. Before going into the midterms in November, Bryce will have to win an August 14 primary against another progressive, Janesville teacher Cathy Myers, who has criticized national Democrats’ backing of her opponent. Since Ryan’s announcement, the Cook Political Report has changed its prediction for the race from ‘solid Republican’ to ‘lean Republican,’ and polls could shift even farther in Democrats’ favor in the coming weeks. With Ryan out, Paul Nehlen, an avowed white supremacist, is now the leading Republican in the race. … Nehlen’s recent exploits include getting kicked off of Twitter and PayPal for making inflammatory racist and anti-Semitic statements. He was even removed by Gab — an online haven for the alt-right — for doxxing an opponent alt-right troll.” (04/12/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21067/paul_ryan_randy_bryce_paul_nehlen_2018_wisconsin/

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27) What’s the best objection to open borders?
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Javier Hidalgo

“I’m an open borders zealot. Long ago, the great Bryan Caplan and Lant Pritchett persuaded me that immigration restrictions are a moral catastrophe and that states should open their borders to immigrants. I’ve spilled some ink defending that view over the years. But, as some guy once said, ‘He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that.’ So I want to discuss what I take to be the best objection to open borders here and see what people think. Here’s the objection. It’s incredibly important for liberal democracies to survive and flourish.” (04/12/18)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/04/whats-the-best-objection-to-open-borders/

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28) The real threat to Donald Trump
Source: Fox News
by Andrew P Napolitano

“Did the FBI lawfully break in to the headquarters of the president’s family business and cart away files and equipment from his lawyer, as well as legal and financial files of the president himself? The short answer is: yes. Here is the back story.” (04/12/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/04/12/judge-andrew-napolitano-real-threat-to-donald-trump.html

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29) Thinking outside of the box
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Norman Imberman

“Most people will agree that there is more conflict, disharmony, mal-contentment and civil disobedience today than there has ever been in the history of our planet. What if that which is needed is thinking outside of the box? The box that has failed throughout history is called politics. Most solutions have been sought through the ballot box with little success. In fact, perhaps it’s the ballot box that is responsible for the class warfare that is rampant throughout, not only our country, but throughout the world. A new thinking outside of the box may be the answer, just as it was when the great minds of the past innovated their various solutions. I submit that by continuing to think within the present box of politics and ballots, in the long run, mankind will cease to exist on this planet. We are ballot-boxing ourselves into oblivion.” (04/12/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/thinking-outside-of-the-box

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30) Why is the government still regulating the railroads?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“Why was the [Surface Transportation Board] created when the [Interstate Commerce Commission] was abolished? Why is it that roughly 20 percent of rail traffic is still regulated? Why is it that only half of all railroad traffic on a revenue basis is exempt from regulation?” (04/12/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/government-still-regulating-railroads/

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31) Why Sweden is not socialist, and never really was
Source: PanAm Post
by Guillermo Rodriguez

“Sweden is not a socialist economy, and it never was. Not even according to its radical social democrats. But it did represent an attempt to gradually and indirectly implement socialist totalitarianism through the cultural and material hegemony of the state.” (04/11/18)

https://panampost.com/guillermo-rodriguez/2018/04/12/why-sweden-is-not-socialist-and-never-really-was/

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32) Fiddling with the franchise
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Lowering the voting age seems odd, at best, with society lurching in the other direction — raising the age of adulthood for everything else. Decades ago, the legal age to purchase alcohol was 18 in some places; today it is 21 everywhere. In Virginia, one may still drive at 16, as I could back in the day … but now there are limits on other young people riding in the car unless the driver is 18. More ominously, facilitation by many public schools of the recent student walkouts and marches present the strongest argument against lowering the voting age: So long as government schools act in a partisan manner, indoctrination and intimidation would be rampant.” (04/12/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/04/12/fiddling-with-the-franchise/

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33) The US empire has been trying to regime change Syria since long before 2011
Source: Medium
by Caitlin Johnstone

“One interesting and completely undeniable fact that we don’t talk about nearly enough is how Syria has been a target for regime change by the US-centralized power establishment since long before the uprising in 2011. Proponents of US military interventionism in Syria will avoid addressing this known fact like the plague. They’re more than happy to dispute claims about false flags and the White Helmets, but if you start asking them ‘Hey don’t you think it’s a little odd that the government we’re all freaking out about right now just so happens to be one that’s been a target for regime change by US defense and intelligence agencies since long before any of this started?’ they get real squirmy all of a sudden. It’s true though. Let’s go over five key items in the mountain of evidence for this, starting with the most recent and working our way backward.” (04/11/18)

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34) Why write about foreign policy?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“[W]hy write about foreign policy at all? Why is it so important? And what does it have to do with libertarianism, the philosophy of limited government, free markets, and individual freedom? The answer is fairly simple: we can’t have an empire and a republic at the same time. It is one or the other. There is no way to limit the power of the government when it aspires to global hegemony.” (04/12/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/04/11/why-write-about-foreign-policy/

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35) How an OTC Bitcoin scammer almost stole $600 million
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Kai Sedgwick

“OTC trading involves high value deals that can run into the hundreds of millions of dollars. Whales want privacy and zero slippage, which isn’t possible on a cryptocurrency exchange, while buyers want large quantities of bitcoins at below market rates. It’s an arrangement that suits both parties, but for it to work, trust is essential as the cautionary tale of a $600 million OTC scam shows.” (04/11/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/how-an-otc-bitcoin-scammer-almost-stole-600-million/

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36) Against war in Syria
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by the editors

“President Donald Trump has announced that he plans new missile strikes against the Syrian regime in response to an alleged chemical attack on Syrian civilians in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus. The US has offered no evidence of the attack, since, as the Financial Times has admitted, confirmation of any such attack could take weeks. Moreover, confirming the attack took place at all is not the same thing as confirming that the Syrian regime was responsible for it. The Trump administration, apparently, has little interest in such technicalities, and advocates for immediate military intervention point out that evidence could be lost in the meantime. So the absence of evidence is evidence. But, as Tucker Carlson noted in an important segment at Fox News, even if it can be proven that the Syrian regime is responsible for the attack, it’s unclear how a new attack on Syria will ‘make the US safer.’” (04/12/18)

https://mises.org/wire/against-war-syria

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37) Black political power means zilch
Source: Town Hall
Walter E Williams

“It’s often thought to be beyond question that black political power is necessary for economic power and enhanced socio-economic welfare. That’s an idea that lends itself to testing and analysis. Between 1970 and 2012, the number of black elected officials rose from fewer than 1,500 to more than 10,000. Plus, a black man was elected to the presidency twice. Jason Riley, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, tells how this surge in political power has had little beneficial impact on the black community. In a PragerU video, ‘Blacks in Power Don’t Empower Blacks,’ Riley says the conventional wisdom was based on the notion that only black politicians could understand and address the challenges facing blacks. Therefore, electing more black city councilors, mayors, representatives and senators was deemed critical. Even some liberal social scientists now disagree.” (04/11/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2018/04/11/black-political-power-means-zilch-n2469116

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38) Ideological diversity can’t be stopped in the Internet age
Source: National Review
by JJ McCullough

“A lot of commentators take it for granted that certain sorts of journalistic publications have a moral obligation to offer a diversity of perspectives from those who do their political and social commentary. The assumption holds that a great crime is being perpetrated against a readership when it’s not exposed to ‘all sides’ of contentious matters, with consequences that presumably taint broader American democracy, which does not benefit from a sheltered or half-informed populace. Yet such logic seems to rest heavily on rather dated assumptions about how opinion journalism is consumed in modern America, and about just how much freedom is enjoyed by those doing the consuming. Hand-wringing about a lack of conservatives here or a lack of progressives there evokes the technological limitations of a long-ago age when the allocation of physical space on the finite printed pages of a few elite publications was the only metric by which ideological diversity in America could be measured …” (04/12/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/ideological-diversity-internet-age-political-discourse-cant-be-stopped/

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39) When is hysteria treason?
Source: CounterPunch
by Paul Edwards

“America is now run by an infantile hysteric who dominates the smoking wreckage of a sclerotic bureacracy, and a noxious, putrid cloaca of a Congress, in conjunction with a pompous, dimwitted military generalled by ignorant, insulated automatons, pickled in their own yahoo Jingo dogma. This authoritarian combination of malevolence and idiocy has brought us to the brink of incomparable catastrophe that the hysteria from the President, and from all official voices, has rendered increasingly likely, if not certain. Sadly, possibly tragically, there is no significantly powerful and morally persuasive corpus of opposition to the virus of war madness that has infected our entire political apparatus. The elites are uniformly complicit. Not that getting support for war has been difficult in America. It has always been easy for the controlling elite.” (04/12/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/04/12/when-is-hysteria-treason/

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40) As the war machine threatens
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“War drums are beating again, and fairly seriously, it seems. And so I’d like to make a few points before things get out of hand. Because once the bodies start piling up, instincts will be overloaded, and reason will be difficult.” (04/11/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/as-the-war-machine-threatens

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41) Charles Murray is a marketing genius
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“In 1966, Nathaniel Weyl, a former communist who had become a National Review reactionary, went on a junket to Rhodesia, then a British colony ruled by a white minority that excluded the black majority from political power. During his visit, Weyl was provided data by the Rhodesian government that an unusually large number of white children there had stratospheric IQs of 180 or more. Weyl thus concluded that he had discovered a land of white geniuses. ‘Thus, white Rhodesians are an elite element within the English-speaking world in terms of psychometric intelligence,’ he wrote in the journal Intelligence. ‘Salisbury whites appear larger, healthier, more vigorous, alert and bright than London whites. Beatniks, transvestites and obvious homosexuals are conspicuously absent.’ … This screed is noteworthy because Weyl is one of the many eccentric, dubious sources who are cited as authorities in The Bell Curve, a controversial 1994 book about race and intelligence written by the Charles Murray and the late Richard J. Herrnstein.” (04/11/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147960/charles-murray-marketing-genius

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42) America’s military options for Syria are … bad!
Source: Niskanen Center
by Matthew Fay

“The United States is preparing for a military strike on the Assad regime. At least that’s what a tweet from President Trump suggested early this morning. It is unclear at the time of this writing when it will take place, but a military strike has been likely since reports surfaced of the regime’s latest use of chemical weapons in the Syrian town of Douma. A number of analysts have laid out America’s options for a military strike on the Assad regime in response to its chemical weapons usage. None are good.” [editor’s note: Absent a declaration of war by Congress, none are legal either – TLK] (04/11/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/americas-military-options-for-syria-are-bad/

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43) Celebrating the libertarian ideas in the Declaration of Independence
Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“April 13 marks the 275th birthday of Thomas Jefferson. It can be difficult to grapple with Jefferson’s full legacy, because although he penned some of the most inspiring rhetoric about liberty and self-ownership, he also held human beings in bondage until his dying day. On slavery, Jefferson talked the talk of emancipation but failed to walk the walk. He died a slaveholder and was the father of children borne by his slave Sally Hemings. Libertarians unequivocally condemn the institution of slavery, no matter the historical context. Still, although Jefferson failed to live by his own ideals, we can be inspired by what he wrote about human freedom. The Declaration of Independence, America’s founding document, is profoundly libertarian.” (04/11/18)

https://www.lp.org/celebrating-libertarian-ideas-declaration-independence/

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44) Bolton’s Iran policy: Could it strengthen the China-Russia-Iran-Pakistan axis?
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Tridivesh Singh Maini

“John Bolton, who took over as Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser on April 8, has had significant differences with India on a number of issues in the past. As US Ambassador to the UN, he opposed India’s elevation to the United National Security Council (UNSC), even at a time when relations were at a high during the Manmohan Singh-Bush era. Bolton had initially opposed the Indo-US nuclear deal, though later he lent his support. While the Trump administration has sought to elevate India’s role in the Indo-Pacific region, Bolton has expressed the view that there are some fundamental differences between India and the US. … If one were to look beyond the possible ramifications for the Chabahar Project in Iran, as well as other economic ramifications, New Delhi would also be wary of Iran moving even closer to Pakistan and Russia, in case Bolton does adopts an excessively hawkish stance vis-a-vis Iran.” (04/12/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/04/12/boltons-iran-policy-could-it-strengthen-the-china-russia-iran-pakistan-axis/

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45) Russia scandal: Will Devin Nunes investigation prove “Deep State” collusion By FBI & DOJ?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Among the many investigations going on related to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, one stands out as notable: The investigation by the House Intelligence Committee and its hard-charging chairman, Devin Nunes, of how the FBI came to spy on the Donald Trump campaign. It’s now coming to a head. It all hinges on release of a two-page document, the one that the FBI supposedly used to kick off an investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Nunes has requested an ‘unredacted’ version of the document, but the Justice Department has so far refused. Wednesday was the deadline set by Nunes ‘They’re the ones that open an investigation into a presidential campaign using our counterintelligence capabilities,’ he told Fox News. ‘So this in and of itself was unprecedented, it’s crazy, the American people know it’s crazy. And the longer that they block this from us. I think the more the American people are going to become frustrated, and it’s going to look badly on the Department of Justice and the FBI.’” (04/11/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/russia-scandal-will-devin-nunes-investigation-prove-deep-state-collusion-by-fbi-doj

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46) Sure, 420 money helped inspire John Boehner’s belated cannabis 180, but it’s still worth applauding
Source: The Daily Beast
by Ricardo Baca

“After years of being ‘unalterably opposed’ to the legalization of cannabis, former Republican speaker of the House and Ohio congressman John Boehner has changed his mind. … Boehner said ‘my thinking on cannabis has evolved’ and announced his new role on the board of advisers of a large if little-known American cannabis company called Acreage Holdings …. Even if Boehner is primarily motivated by the prospect of a 420-derived paycheck, his 180-degree swing still represents a significant shift — and will likely be remembered as one of the first high-profile prohibitionists-turned-advocates to come from the upper ranks of the U.S. federal government.” (04/12/18)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/sure-420-money-helped-inspire-john-boehners-belated-cannabis-180-but-its-still-worth-applauding

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47) Overdose deaths are the product of drug prohibition
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“During Prohibition, drinkers never knew what they would get when they set out to slake their thirst. Bootleggers often sold products adulterated with industrial alcohol and other toxins. Some 10,000 people were fatally poisoned before America gave up this grand experiment in suppressing vice. So it was a tragedy but not a total surprise when three deaths were reported in Illinois from synthetic marijuana laced with an ingredient (possibly rat poison) that caused severe bleeding. Nationally, in 2015, says the Drug Policy Alliance, ‘poison control centers received just under 10,000 calls reporting adverse reactions to synthetic cannabinoids, and emergency rooms received tens of thousands of patients.’ People consume synthetic cannabis for the same reason people once consumed bathtub gin: Their drug of choice is illegal.” (04/12/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/04/12/overdose-deaths-are-the-product-of-drug

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48) Dropping hypocrisy bombs on Syria
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Whatever bombs Donald Trump decides to use against Syria, one thing is for certain: the U.S. government has already dropped enough hypocrisy bombs on that country to last a lifetime. Trump, Congress, and the U.S. national-security establishment (e.g., the Pentagon and the CIA) are shedding big crocodile tears over the plight of the Syrian people, especially those who recently died or suffered from a purported gas attack supposedly committed by the Syrian government against Syrian revolutionaries. The truth is that U.S. officials couldn’t give a hoot for people in Syria.” (04/12/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/04/12/dropping-hypocrisy-bombs-syria/

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49) How conservative are today’s radical leftists
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“This is one of those things I’m not sure we should be pointing out. For we’ve got a large number of Britain’s radical leftists all marching off in the right direction. But if I point this out — no, not because it’s me but because of what I’m pointing out — they’ll all stop and do something vastly more stupid. But, you know, journalism speaking truth to power and all that. Beacons of shining light illuminating society even if we’re to believe the more drugged of the American press. What’s happening is that these radicals, oh so new and delivering that Brave New World, have retreated to the wisdom of Edmund Burke …” (04/12/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/2018/04/12/how-conservative-are-todays-radical-leftists/

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50) The left’s war on science
Source: Fox News Forum
by John Stossel

“We’ve been told conservatives don’t believe in science and that there’s a ‘Republican war on science.’ But John Tierney, who’s written about science for The New York Times for 25 years and now writes for the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, told me in my latest online video, ‘The real war on science is the one from the left.’ Really? Conservatives are more likely to be creationists — denying evolution. ‘Right,’ says Tierney. ‘But creationism doesn’t affect the way science is done.’ What about President George W. Bush banning government funding of stem cell research? ‘He didn’t stop stem cell research,’ Tierney reminds me. ‘The government wouldn’t fund it. It turned out that it really didn’t matter much.’ Private funding continued and, so far, has not discovered much.” (04/11/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/04/11/john-stossel-lefts-war-on-science.html

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51) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/12/18
Source: Cato Institute

“A new law that’s supposed to crack down on sex trafficking will likely make sex work less safe and compel internet forums to shut down or spy on their users. Elizabeth Nolan Brown of Reason comments.” [various formats] (04/12/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/fosta-federal-seizure-backpagecom

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52) Free Talk Live, 04/11/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“DHS to Monitor Media via Huge Database :: Forkfest :: Tax Day and Goliath :: NH Secession Update :: South Carolina Secession Bill :: More on DHS Monitoring Plot :: Drug Lab Tester Convicted, Judge Overturns 7,000+ Cases :: Universal Basic Income Cryptocurrency :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Conan.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/11/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-04-11

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53) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1133
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Whether you’re a car enthusiast or not, you have to love Eric Peters: insanely knowledgeable and thoroughly libertarian. We have a lot to discuss today: nanny-ish new cars, the consequences of federal regulation, the ‘mobile driver’s license’ and the privacy issues involved, the Jeep we’re allowed to buy but not drive, and a lot more.” [various formats] (04/11/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1133-the-state-keeps-messing-with-your-car-but-the-car-companies-can-be-annoying-too/

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54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/11/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“oday was a fast-breaking news day as the US appears to be moving closer to a massive military assault on Syria over unproven claims that Assad released chlorine gas on Syrian citizens. President Trump Tweeted a military threat to Russia this morning, followed minutes later by a more reconciliatory Tweet. Meanwhile, military movement on the ground, air, and sea suggests a major confrontation is imminent. Will Americans opposed to such a potentially catastrophic clash be able to stop the war machine? Tune in to this special edition of the Liberty Report.” [Flash video] (04/11/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/trumps-madness-in-his-march-to-war

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55) Editor’s Break, episode 74
Source: Everything Voluntary

“ditor’s Break 074 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: what fathers need to do so that their children will always talk to and confide in them; inconsistencies among right-wing (red) and left-wing (blue) politics regarding their views on government and gun control; a short look at the Backpage.com and Silk Road shutdowns; the difference between education and schooling; and more.” [various formats] (04/11/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/fatherhood-red-blue-backpage-silk-road-education-vs-schooling-22m-editors-break-074

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Steve Trinward

Editors Emeritus:
Mary Lou Seymour
R. Lee Wrights
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