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In the News:

1) Spain: PM holds first talks with Catalan pro-secession leader
2) SCOTUS skeptical of drunken-driving breath tests w/o warrants
3) Ethiopia: Troops surround area where 125 children are being held
4) South Korea and allies warn North against fifth nuclear test
5) VW to offer to buy back nearly 500,000 US diesel cars
6) White House announces meeting with weed legalization activists next week
7) Boaty McBoatface? Unlikely British officials accept name
8) EU expands battle with Google with Android antitrust probe
9) Canada: Progressive Conservatives beat New Democrats in Manitoba
10) Canada: Federal marijuana legislation to be introduced in spring 2017, Philpott says
11) MN: SCOTUS set to weigh state’s breath test law
12) US regime spent $18 million destroying marijuana plants last year
13) US Senate passes energy bill
14) Heart-shaped solar flare unleashes burst of radiation causing radio blackouts
15) SCOTUS upholds use of stolen Iranian money to pay victims of terrorism
16) Stoltenberg: NATO, Russia meeting confirms “profound disagreements”
17) Reporters Without Borders: Press freedom in decline
18) NYC: Comptroller orders audit amid suspicion of voting issues
19) Netherlands: Court quashes $50 billion Yukos shareholders’ award
20) Deal reached to evacuate besieged Syrians

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Social Security is definitely welfare
22) The Libertarian Party: The good, bad, ugly, and optimistic
23) How fiat money fuels government spending
24) Repetitive encryption tirades could be giving way to debate over “lawful hacking”
25) Home stretch questions for Gary Johnson, #2
26) Bernie can still be future of the Democratic Party
27) Saudi US selloff threat not to be trifled with
28) The reasonableness of radicalism
29) Freedom betrayed: The Constitution is Lexington’s tombstone
30) Labor’s cautious endorsements
31) Western institutions, alien societies
32) There are better reasons to vote against Trump than judge picks
33) Corporate-backed Democratic Party needs a political revolution
34) Why we think Obama is about to declassify the “28 pages”
35) Freedom Works / Paul Molloy Show, 04/20/16
36) America can’t do much about ISIS
37) Cheer up GOP, maybe Trump is the next Truman
38) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 57
39) Three myths about impeaching Brazil’s president
40) Why isn’t everyone in favor of taxing financial speculation?
41) Is Bitcoin as good as gold?
42) PEGIDA on trial: The German free-speech scandal no one’s talking about
43) Obscene amounts
44) Did the Vatican just throw out its Just War Doctrine?
45) Is laissez-faire too radical for Brazilians?
46) Bernie Sanders and the “right to sue” gun suppliers
47) Free Talk Live, 04/19/16
48) Forcing the innocent to plead guilty, an American disgrace
49) The Tom Woods Show, episode 643
50) Heartland Daily Podcast, 04/19/16

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

1) Spain: PM holds first talks with Catalan pro-secession leader
Source: ABC News

“Catalonia’s new separatist leader presented his demand for an independence referendum during his first meeting Wednesday with acting Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who rejected it as an unacceptable option for the region that accounts for nearly a fifth of Spain’s economic output. Carles Puigdemont said he outlined for Rajoy his roadmap for the establishment of a new Mediterranean nation and a binding referendum for Catalonia’s voters as the two met for more than two hours.” (04/20/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/spain-pm-holds-talks-catalan-pro-secession-leader-38534360

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2) SCOTUS skeptical of drunken-driving breath tests w/o warrants
Source: USA Today

“A majority of Supreme Court justices cast doubt Wednesday on drunken-driving laws in 13 states that make it a crime for drivers to refuse breath or blood tests sought by police without a warrant. While many justices acknowledged the laws’ good intentions (to crack down on drunken driving, particularly in rural states such as Minnesota and North Dakota that are plagued with the problem) they wondered why police can’t get warrants first. ‘You’re asking for an extraordinary exception here,’ Justice Anthony Kennedy told lawyers representing the two states and the federal government. ‘You’re asking for us to make it a crime to exercise what many people think of as a constitutional right.'” (04/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/04/20/supreme-court-drunk-driving-breath-test-warrant/83286598

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3) Ethiopia: Troops surround area where 125 children are being held
Source: Greenfield Daily Reporter

“The Ethiopian government said Wednesday it identified and surrounded an area in South Sudan where an armed group is suspected of holding 125 children hostage. Ethiopian troops had crossed into South Sudan and surrounded Jior and Kok, where the children were allegedly being held by Murle tribesmen, Gatluak Tut, the president of Gambella Regional State, told state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corp.” (04/20/16)

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/e5fa5d6990374af58cb0558febb9e3c2/AF–Ethiopia-South-Sudan-Attack

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4) South Korea and allies warn North against fifth nuclear test
Source: Chicago Chronicle

“In a trilateral meeting held in Seoul, United States, Japan and South Korea voiced their concerns, after reports indicated that North Korea might be preparing for its fifth nuclear test. Recent satellite images had revealed increased movement at North Korea’s nuclear site. Days after the report was released, officials have held senior level diplomatic talks to discuss the joint measures if North Korea continues to defy the United Nations Security Council resolution that has banned its nuclear and ballistic missile development.” (04/20/16)

http://www.chicagochronicle.com/index.php/sid/243319151

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5) VW to offer to buy back nearly 500,000 US diesel cars
Source: Reuters

“Volkswagen AG and U.S. officials have reached a framework deal under which the automaker would offer to buy back almost 500,000 diesel cars that used sophisticated software to evade U.S. emission rules, two people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday. The German automaker is expected to tell a federal judge in San Francisco Thursday that it has agreed to offer to buy back up to 500,000 2.0-liter diesel vehicles sold in the United States, the people said. That would include versions of the Jetta sedan, the Golf compact and the Audi A3. The buyback offer does not apply to the bigger 3.0-liter diesel vehicles also found to have exceeded U.S. pollution limits, including Audi and Porsche SUV models, the people said. U.S.-listed shares of Volkswagen rose nearly 6 percent to $30.95 following the news.” (04/20/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-emissions-usa-idUSKCN0XH2CX

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6) White House announces meeting with weed legalization activists next week
Source: Raw Story

“Activists in a group supporting marijuana legalization said on Wednesday that White House officials had invited them to a meeting next week to talk about issues surrounding the substance. ‘I hope to establish an ongoing dialogue with the White House and cannabis reformers,’ said Adam Eidinger, co-founder of the DCMJ activist group. ‘This meeting is hopefully the beginning of many meetings where the White House will make reforms before this administration’s time ends,’ said Eidinger, who has led efforts to legalize pot in the nation’s capital. The White House had no immediate comment.” (04/20/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/white-house-to-meet-with-weed-legalization-activists-next-week

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7) Boaty McBoatface? Unlikely British officials accept name
Source: Fox News

“British officials said Monday that ‘Boaty McBoatface’ is unlikely to be the name of the country’s newest polar research vessel. The suggestion topped an online poll with 124,109 votes, more than three times the total of its nearest rival, RRS Poppy-Mai. Former BBC radio host James Hand, who suggested the name, apologized for causing the uproar. Hand later said he voted to name the ship after naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough. The Times even supported the name, arguing that Boaty McBoatface would keep people interested in the research that the ship will undertake.” (04/20/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/04/20/british-officials-unlikely-to-name-new-polar-vessel-boaty-mcboatface.html

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8) EU expands battle with Google with Android antitrust probe
Source: Altoona Mirror

“The European Union is broadening its battle with Google, alleging that the technology giant rigs the global market for mobile apps by making its Android operating system give preferential treatment to its own products. ‘Google’s behavior denies consumers a wider choice of mobile apps and services and stands in the way of innovation,’ EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Wednesday.” (04/20/16)

http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/1144181/EU-expands-battle-with-Google-with-Android-antitrust-probe.html?isap=1&nav=760

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9) Canada: Progressive Conservatives beat New Democrats in Manitoba
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The Progressive Conservatives have defeated the New Democratic Party in Manitoba, winning in a landslide election. Manitoba New Democrats (NDP) had been in power since 1999 and a Conservative takeover in the province has not happened in more than a century. Brian Pallister will become the province’s premier, ousting the New Democrats’ Greg Selinger. The Manitoba results are the latest in a string of setbacks for the NDP. National NDP leader Thomas Muclair was recently voted out by the party. The party is attempting to re-identify itself after huge losses to the Liberals in the 2015 federal election.” [editor’s note: Is a “progressive conservative” someone with social issues and no clue about economics … who wants a bigger government to enforce his will? If so, double yuck! – SAT] (04/20/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36095859

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10) Canada: Federal marijuana legislation to be introduced in spring 2017, Philpott says
Source: CBC News [Canadian state media]

“Federal legislation to legalize marijuana will be ready in a year, Canada’s health minister told the UN at a special session of the General Assembly in New York today. ‘We will introduce legislation in spring 2017 that ensures we keep marijuana out of the hands of children and profits out of the hands of criminals,’ Jane Philpott said in her prepared speech to delegates.” (04/20/16)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/philpott-un-marijuana-legislation-legalize-1.3544554

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11) MN: SCOTUS set to weigh state’s breath test law
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Minnesota’s hotly debated law that makes it a crime for suspected drunken drivers to refuse a breath test is facing its toughest test Wednesday as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs the constitutionality of the measure. Two attorneys representing Dakota County will argue on behalf of Minnesota in State vs. Bernard, while D.C.-based attorney Charles Rothfeld will argue for William Bernard of Eagan.” (04/20/16)

http://www.startribune.com/u-s-supreme-court-weighs-minnesota-s-implied-consent-law/376295001/

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12) US regime spent $18 million destroying marijuana plants last year
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

“The Drug Enforcement Administration’s controversial cannabis eradication program continued apace in 2015, new numbers released by the administration show. In 2015, local, state and federal authorities uprooted roughly 4.1 million cultivated marijuana plants in all 50 states, down slightly from the haul of 4.3 million plants in 2014. Federal spending on the program remained at $18 million, consistent with levels seen in previous years.” (04/20/16)

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/04/us_millions_destroying_pot.html

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13) US Senate passes energy bill
Source: The Hill

“The Senate on Tuesday passed a wide-ranging bill to modernize energy policy, the culmination of nearly a year and a half of bipartisan work by top energy senators. The legislation, which its sponsors hope to become the first broad energy law in nearly a decade, is a collection of policy changes aimed at tasks like electric grid modernization and natural gas exports, although it avoids the most controversial proposals on either side.” (04/20/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/276965-senate-passes-energy-reform-bill

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14) Heart-shaped solar flare unleashes burst of radiation causing radio blackouts
Source: Headlines and Global News

“NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has captured images of a mid-level solar flare that looks a bit like a heart in pictures. The new images reveal a bit more about this flare and allow scientists to track how this event may impact Earth. In this case, the flare peaked at 8:29 p.m. on Sunday, April 17. Solar flares themselves are powerful bursts of radiation. While the harmful radiation can’t pass through Earth’s atmosphere, though, flares that are intense enough can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel. This latest flare did just that.” (04/20/16)

http://www.hngn.com/articles/197509/20160420/heart-shaped-solar-flare-unleashes-burst-radiation-causing-radio-blackouts.htm

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15) SCOTUS upholds use of stolen Iranian money to pay victims of terrorism
Source: USA Today

“The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld actions taken by Congress and President Obama that held Iran financially responsible for acts of terrorism dating back to the 1983 bombing of a Marine Corps barracks in Beirut. The 6-2 ruling by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a victory for victims and their surviving family members, who had sought access to some $2 billion in assets controlled by Iran in a U.S. bank.” (04/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/04/20/supreme-court-iran-terrorism-compensation-beirut-bombing/83275082/

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16) Stoltenberg: NATO, Russia meeting confirms “profound disagreements”
Source: Reuters

“NATO’s first formal meeting with Russia’s envoy to the alliance in almost two years underscored the deep East-West divide over the Ukraine crisis and the future of Europe’s security, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said. ‘In the meeting, it was reconfirmed that we disagree on the facts, on the narrative and the responsibilities in and around Ukraine,’ Stoltenberg said after the meeting.” (04/20/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-nato-idUSKCN0XH1E3

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17) Reporters Without Borders: Press freedom in decline
Source: Business Insider [India]

“Advocacy group Reporters Without Borders in its latest annual report released on Wednesday has said that the World Press Freedom deteriorated in 2015 and warned of ‘a new era of propaganda.’ Based on indicators such as media independence, self-censorship, the rule of law, transparency and abuses, the World Press Freedom Index ranks 180 countries. Secretary General of the Paris-based group, Christophe Deloire said that this year’s index saw a decline in all parts of the world.” [editor’s note: The US rose in the ranking from 49th place last year to 41st place this year. Woohoo. Anyone care to wave a flag and chant “We’re Number 41! We’re Number 41!?” – TLK] (04/20/16)

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/press-freedom-in-decline-says-reporters-without-borders-116042000870_1.html

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18) NYC: Comptroller orders audit amid suspicion of voting issues
Source: WAMC Northeast Public Radio [US state media]

“New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has ordered an audit of the city’s Board of Elections after reports that some voters were turned away from poll sites during the state’s presidential primary. The agency’s executive director dismissed the issues Tuesday, saying few people experienced problems.” (04/20/16)

http://wamc.org/post/nyc-comptroller-orders-audit-amid-suspicion-voting-issues

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19) Netherlands: Court quashes $50 billion Yukos shareholders’ award
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

“A Dutch court on Wednesday quashed a $50 billion award Russia had been ordered to pay the former majority shareholders of Yukos, a major win for Moscow in the high-stakes dispute over the dismantling of what was once Russia’s largest oil producer. The former shareholders immediately vowed to continue their legal battle for compensation and to appeal the decision, while the Kremlin hailed it as a key legal victory that should halt a slew of cases around the world aimed at enforcing the award. The Hague District Court’s written ruling overturned a July 2014 decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, which said that Moscow used massive tax claims to seize control of Yukos in 2003 and silence its CEO, Mikhail Khodorkovsky.” (04/20/16)

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/national/business/story/2016/apr/20/dutch-court-quashes-50-billiyukos-shareholder/361135/

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20) Deal reached to evacuate besieged Syrians
Source: Washington Post

“Syrian activists and the Lebanese Al-Manar TV say a deal has been reached to evacuate 500 residents from four besieged Syrian communities. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday six people were evacuated on medical grounds from Foua and Kfraya villages while two were evacuated from Zabadani in the deal sponsored by the United Nations and coordinated by the Red Crescent. The U.N. declined comment. The evacuation would be the first major one since a February cease-fire, which has all but collapsed amid renewed violence.” (04/20/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/the-latest-syrian-group-says-ceasefire-effectively-over/2016/04/20/59f35e02-06e6-11e6-bfed-ef65dff5970d_story.html

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

21) Social Security is definitely welfare
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“After posting my article yesterday, I received several emails from a FFF supporter, with whom I often engage in very enjoyable exchanges, telling me that I am wrong about Social Security. Attempting to distinguish Social Security from food stamps and other welfare programs, he steadfastly insists that Social Security is not a welfare program or a dole program but instead a savings-retirement-insurance program. As I stated to him in my response, he remains a victim of self-deception. The reality is that Social Security is just another welfare program, no different from food stamps, farm subsidies, education grants, or foreign aid to dictators. If Congress decided to repeal Social Security today, which it has the prerogative to do, no one could sue for recovery of his ‘investment’ or ‘insurance premiums.'” (04/20/16)

http://fff.org/2016/04/20/social-security-definitely-welfare/

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22) The Libertarian Party: The good, bad, ugly, and optimistic
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Avens O’Brien

“One day I ask my mother, ‘who are we voting for? Mr. Clinton or Mr. Dole?’ Mum looks at me pointedly and says ‘Neither. Neither represent us! We’re voting for Harry Browne!’ Well, that does it for this 9 year old. I’m a Harry Browne supporter as of this moment. Election day rolls around, and Mum and I go to the polling place at the local school. Mum goes to cast her vote, and I go to cast mine in the kid’s ballot box. … The morning the election results came out, I grabbed the newspaper and looked to see if Harry Browne would be our next president. I saw the vote totals listed, with Clinton, Dole, Perot … and then I realized, Harry Browne didn’t even get a percent. He received less than half a million votes that year. That’s when I learned that I was on the losing team.” [editor’s note: I usually don’t link to The Libertarian Republic because it overwhelms the user with computer-slowing ads. But so far as I know, it’s the only place this extremely interesting piece is available. So proceed at your own risk – TLK] (04/19/16)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/the-libertarian-party-the-good-bad-ugly-optimistic/

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23) How fiat money fuels government spending
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Stefan Gleason

“Sound money advocates are often hit with the charge of being ‘doom and gloomers.’ Yes, we do warn that unsound monetary policies enable unsustainable fiscal commitments, which will lead eventually to a currency crisis. Sound money advocates are also often portrayed as party-poopers. Yes, we do seek to take away the bottomless punch bowl of easy money and replace it with something more solid. However, we are not pessimists or killjoys by nature.” (04/20/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/04/20/how-fiat-money-fuels-government-spending/

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24) Repetitive encryption tirades could be giving way to debate over “lawful hacking”
Source: The Intercept
by Jenna McLaughlin

“Attempts to regulate math are nonsensical. Encryption is here to stay. Arguing about it is a waste of time. At a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Tuesday, a few Members of Congress pivoted away from that tired and ultimately fruitless policy argument to discuss instead what could be considered the next phase of the Crypto Wars. In that phase, the questions are about how law enforcement can get around encryption rather than break through it.” (04/20/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/04/20/repetitive-encryption-tirades-could-be-giving-way-to-debate-over-lawful-hacking/

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25) Home stretch questions for Gary Johnson, #2
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L. Knapp

“Governor Johnson, as of 1996 you supported having state employees kill 13-year-old prisoners …. Have you changed your mind about that? And have you changed your mind on your 1997 support for lowering the bar from unanimity to majority vote for a jury to decide to have state employees kill prisoners? What’s your position on capital punishment this week?” (04/20/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/04/home-stretch-questions-for-gary-johnson_20.html

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26) Bernie can still be future of the Democratic Party
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“For Bernie Sanders, his loss in New York’s Democratic primary must be sobering. Hillary Clinton beat him by 16 percent, worse than expected. Moreover, while Sanders can reasonably complain that the rules set up by the party, requiring voters to be registered as Democrats months in advance, were onerous and disenfranchising, he has to contend with the fact that voter turnout was high. This cuts against Sanders’s claim that he’s attracting the most enthusiastic followers.” (04/20/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/132836/bernie-can-still-future-democratic-partyif-plays-cards-right

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27) Saudi US selloff threat not to be trifled with
Source: Reuters
by Andy Critchlow

“Saudi Arabia rarely jokes about money. So investors can’t easily dismiss a threat that the kingdom will dump its American assets if the U.S. Congress passes a bill allowing victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to sue it for damages. Though a fire-sale would be devastating, it suggests the alternative (an Iran-style freezing of assets) would be an even worse outcome. The warning to Washington lawmakers that the kingdom would sell its U.S. securities portfolio to prevent it from being seized was delivered by Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, according to The New York Times. The report claimed Saudi would be forced to offload up to $750 billion of dollar assets if a bill became law that would strip immunity from foreign governments in cases ‘arising from a terrorist attack that kills an American on American soil.’ The holdings, mainly in Treasury securities, represent Saudi Arabia’s last line of economic defense to lower oil prices, which have weakened its finances.” (04/20/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2016/04/20/saudi-u-s-selloff-threat-not-to-be-trifled-with

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28) The reasonableness of radicalism
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Jason Kuznicki

“Our relative radicalism leads us to some embarrassment when discussing the past: When we go looking for the heroes of liberty, we are in a sense forced to whitewash nearly all of them. Do we like John Locke? Perhaps, though he didn’t think that atheists — or Catholics, for that matter — could be citizens. Should Alexander Hamilton be on our money? Or Andrew Jackson? Both owned slaves, as did ten of the first twelve presidents. And just imagine what they might say if we asked them about women voting, or about abolishing the so-called crime against nature. (Thomas Jefferson, a radical in his own time, recommended lifting the death penalty for sodomy — only to replace it with castration.) Our break with the past is so pervasive, and so complete, that it can be hard to appreciate its full dimensions.” (04/20/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/reasonableness-radicalism

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29) Freedom betrayed: The Constitution is Lexington’s tombstone
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“We celebrate that time of defiance against tyranny when for sixteen years (1775-1791), all thirteen colonial provinces and the thousands of rural polities that existed outside or alongside the framework enjoyed a freedom they had not previously had; unfortunately after 1791 they would become enslaved once again under the totalitarian doomsday machine known as the Constitution.” (04/19/16)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4723

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30) Labor’s cautious endorsements
Source: The American Prospect
by Jake Blumgart

“When Braddock, Pennsylvania, Mayor John Fetterman announced his entrance into the state’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, there was a surge of enthusiasm from progressive activists. The biker-bearded Fetterman looked and sounded like an alternative to the candidates who had already announced (retired Admiral Joe Sestak and ex-state official Katie McGinty) both of whom look straight out of central casting for a senator from the Northeast, with the picture-perfect records to match. Soon after Fetterman’s announcement, at a hip bar in an up-and-coming corner of Philadelphia, the candidate gave his stump speech (focused on inequality and poverty in the small former steel town he represents) to a small crowd of voters, many of whom were sporting Bernie Sanders paraphernalia and visible tattoos.” (04/20/16)

http://prospect.org/article/labor’s-cautious-endorsements

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31) Western institutions, alien societies
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jayant Bhandari

“While some might look at human reason as a given, it has been one of the most difficult endeavors of humanity. It took the West over 2,000 years for its slow and unsure infusion of the concepts of objective reason, critical thinking, and self-awareness. Germinating gradually through a plethora of traditions, religious practices, customs, beliefs, authorities, lies, self-deceptions, inherent reptilian impulses, and socially entrenched interests, all interconnected in an entangled mess, the discovery of reason had to be a slow dance of adjustments, readjustments, and ever-slow improvements, often with serious retracements. Then, about 700 years ago, the sprouts were starting to emerge, culturally and economically. The West galloped ahead of the Rest of the world.” (04/19/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1542

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32) There are better reasons to vote against Trump than judge picks
Source: Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro

“I began joking that Trump would nominate his horse to the high court, in an allusion to the Roman emperor Caligula’s (possibly apocryphal) appointment of his favorite horse to the Senate. It was worth a few laughs. Then Justice Scalia died and the speculation got all too real. That same night, February 13, at the GOP debate in Greenville, South Carolina, Trump mentioned Diane Sykes and Bill Pryor as possible replacements. Whoa. Sykes of the Seventh Circuit (Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin) and Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit (Alabama, Florida, Georgia) are serious people, both appointed by George W. Bush, who would be on any Republican president’s short list. That certainly got my attention, and not just because of these judges’ overall reputations.” (04/20/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/there-are-better-reasons-vote-against-trump-judge-picks

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33) Corporate-backed Democratic Party needs a political revolution
Source: In These Times
by Joel Bleifuss

“In July, win or lose, Bernie Sanders will be bringing his political revolution to Philadelphia. It promises to be quite the party. On the floor of the Democratic National Convention, the delegates will choose a nominee. They will debate the platform that defines what the Democratic Party stands for. And they will set the rules that govern how the party operates going forward — or at least, until the Democratic National Committee (DNC) deems it expedient to change those rules. At the 2008 convention in Denver, under Barack Obama’s leadership, Democrats banned their party and its fundraising outfits from taking money from PACs and lobbyists. That prohibition was overturned in July, when the DNC announced that pay-to-play is a-okay. The message to lobbyists and their PACs: Come on in. That’s no surprise. Today’s DNC is under the sway of Hillary Clinton and under the thumb of Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, two politicians who, when it comes to PACs and lobbyists, have never been able to say no.” (04/20/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19047/the-corporate-backed-democratic-national-convention-needs-a-political-revol

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34) Why we think Obama is about to declassify the “28 pages”
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka

“Good news! The Obama administration will declassify the 28 pages about Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the 9-11 attacks. So says former Senator Bob Graham. But … This doesn’t mean we can relent on pressuring Congress …” (04/20/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/why-we-think-obama-is-about-to-declassify-the-28-pages

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35) Freedom Works / Paul Molloy Show, 04/20/16
Source: Freedom Works / Paul Molloy Show

“Emma Ashford of the Cato Institute on US/Saudi Relations.” [various formats] (04/20/16)

 

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36) America can’t do much about ISIS
Source: The Atlantic
by Stephen Biddle and Jacob Shapiro

“In 2003, David Petraeus, then a division commander in Iraq, famously asked ‘tell me how this ends?’ in reference to the conflict just starting there. It was a good question then, and it’s a good question now. The war against the Islamic State gets a lot of attention, much of it focused on the immediate: Is the war going better or worse this month than last month? Is the Islamic State gaining ground or losing it? Are U.S. air strikes killing more Islamic State leaders or fewer? But these things only matter if they contribute to an ultimate end to the conflict on terms the United States can live with. Will they? In fact, we have a lot of evidence on wars like this and how they typically end. But it’s not a very encouraging story.” (04/20/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/04/isis-containment-civil-war/478725/

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37) Cheer up GOP, maybe Trump is the next Truman
Source: USA Today
by Kenneth Weisbrode

“A prominent American threatens to tear up a major international alliance, to use a nuclear weapon and to upend the political status quo as he rallies an electorate frustrated by a ‘do-nothing Congress,’ a stalled economy and ominous events overseas. In doing this, he divides his party and is denounced frequently by opponents who depict him as a borderline crackpot well out of his league. Yet he proceeds to humiliate nearly every pundit in the country who predicted he’d fail, and fail badly. To some people, this sounds like Donald Trump in 2016. But it describes Harry Truman about 70 years before.” (04/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/04/19/donald-trump-harry-truman-1948-column/83240156

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38) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 57
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“This week we were joined by Jase Gorton, an anarchist who is the proprietor of Redfox Armory Blacksmith Shop. Herein we discussed Dave’s inspirational beard, how Jase got started in blacksmithing, creating an off the grid workshop, bitcoin for blacksmithing, fighting for freedom despite not living to see the end goal, homo sapien statist and homo sapien anarchist, the moral vs. pragmatic arguments for freedom …” [MP3] (04/20/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/seeds-of-liberty-podcast-episode-57-jase-gorton-redfox-armory-blacksmith-shop/

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39) Three myths about impeaching Brazil’s president
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Juan Carlos Hidalgo

“For some in the Latin American left, anything that cuts short a president’s tenure in office — even if it’s an impeachment process stipulated in the Constitution — is a coup. The same narrative was applied when left-wing President Fernando Lugo was impeached by Paraguay’s Congress in 2012. The impeachment process and the crimes for which a president can be impeached in Brazil are clearly outlined in articles 85 and 86 of the Constitution. Moreover, the entire process has been overseen by the Supreme Court, which has thus far found no fault in how things have been conducted. It’s important to add that 8 of the 11 justices in the Supreme Court were appointed by Dilma and her Workers’ Party predecessor, Lula da Silva.” (04/20/16)

https://fee.org/articles/3-myths-about-impeaching-brazils-president/

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40) Why isn’t everyone in favor of taxing financial speculation?
Source: Our Future
by Robert Reich

“Buying and selling stocks and bonds in order to beat others who are buying and selling stocks and bonds is a giant zero-sum game that wastes countless resources, uses up the talents of some of the nation’s best and brightest, and subjects financial market to unnecessary risk. High-speed traders who employ advanced technologies in order to get information a millisecond before other traders get it don’t make financial markets more efficient. They make them more vulnerable to debacles like the ‘Flash Crash’ of May 2010. Wall Street Insiders who trade on confidential information unavailable to small investors don’t improve the productivity of financial markets. They just rig the game for themselves.” [editor’s note: I await feedback to this from libertarian purists; I prefer to call this a “transaction fee” rather than a tax, and note that such shenanigans as these (in addition to being mostly fraud) do NOTHING to produce anything of substance! – SAT] [editor’s note: Prefer to call it anything you like. The word “fee” is usually followed by something like “for service.” If the followup is “because we said so, cough up or die,” it’s a tax. And if you don’t regard the transactions in question as producing anything of substance, well, feel free to refrain from participating in them – TLK] (04/20/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160420/why-isnt-everyone-in-favor-of-taxing-financial-speculation

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41) Is Bitcoin as good as gold?
Source: All Things Bitcoin
by Wendy McElroy

“Gold and bitcoin should be the Batman and Robin of alternate currencies who blast the fiat-evil together. Instead, they quarrel a lot about who’s the best or whether one of them even exists as money.” (04/16/16)

https://allthingsbtc.com/blogs/news/97708929-is-bitcoin-as-good-as-gold

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42) PEGIDA on trial: The German free-speech scandal no one’s talking about
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“Lutz Bachmann, the founder of German anti-immigration movement PEGIDA, will appear in court today on charges of inciting racial hatred. Bachmann was arrested for calling migrants ‘filth’ and ‘cattle’ on Facebook. And, if convicted, he faces up to five years in jail. … The PEGIDA leader’s trial gives the lie to the neat narrative being spun about the B√∂hmermann case — that Erdogan is twisting German law for his own ends, while Angela Merkel, keen to keep him onside during the refugee crisis, is happy to sell free expression down the river. The truth is that censorship in Europe today is not the work of easily offended, foreign despots — let alone the odd crazed Islamist gunman. It’s an internal process, stemming from our own illiberal legislation and underpinned by a crisis of faith in our founding, Enlightened values.” (04/20/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/pegida-on-trial-the-german-free-speech-scandal-no-ones-talking-about/

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43) Obscene amounts
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Campaign finance regulation has been shown to help incumbents. Not unexpectedly, since the regulations are written by sitting legislators against their competitors. But ‘getting money out of politics’ would advantage other groups, too. For example, one consequence of limiting political donations would be to nudge challengers to (a) be rich and mostly self-funding (like Trump is said to be), and (b) be more demagogic, leveraging the ‘free’ publicity from major media.” (04/20/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/04/20/obscene-amounts/

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44) Did the Vatican just throw out its Just War Doctrine?
Source: CounterPunch
by Eric Chenoweth

“Last week, the Vatican hosted a conference on the theme of ‘Nonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing to the Catholic Understanding of and Commitment to Nonviolence,’ organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace along with the global Catholic peace network Pax Christi International. In their concluding appeal to Pope Francis, the 80 conference participants recommended that he reject Just War Doctrine as a viable or productive Catholic tradition. They also recommended that he write a new encyclical laying out the Catholic Church’s commitment to nonviolence in all of its manifestations — including nonviolent action as a means of engaging in conflict, nonviolent conflict resolution as a way of resolving conflict, and nonviolence as the principle doctrine of the Catholic Church. If such an encyclical follows, this is a big deal.” (04/20/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/20/did-the-vatican-just-throw-out-its-just-war-doctrine/

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45) Is laissez-faire too radical for Brazilians?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Bruno Goncalves Rosi

“Following some months of political indecision, it seems impossible to reverse the movement toward the impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. Despite expected criticism from her political support group, the impeachment process goes according to Brazilian law and Dilma’s position becomes ever more indefensible as new evidences of corruption surrounding her and her government arise. But as I wrote some months ago, it is not clear that removing the president can lead the country to really pro-market policies.” (04/20/16)

https://mises.org/blog/laissez-faire-too-radical-brazilians

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46) Bernie Sanders and the “right to sue” gun suppliers
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“In a Rolling Stone interview last December, Sanders said suing a gun dealer who sold a murder weapon is like suing a furniture dealer who sold a table that was used to bludgeon someone to death. During his March 6 debate with Clinton, Sanders forcefully criticized a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, and dealer who supplied the rifle used in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. … Yet during last week’s debate, when Clinton accused Sanders of saying the families of the Sandy Hook victims ‘didn’t deserve their day in court,’ he responded, ‘They have the right to sue, and I support them and anyone else who wants the right to sue.'” (04/20/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/04/20/bernie-sanders-and-the-right-to-sue-gun

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47) Free Talk Live, 04/19/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Porn Declared Public Health Crisis :: Hillary Hot Sauce :: Obama and Ralph :: Puppet Masters :: Sexting :: Mormon Underwear :: Do you have a high need for drama? :: Better Call Saul and Hypochondria :: Being True to Yourself :: Satanic Temple Tenets :: ISIS and Empathy :: James AZ.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/19/16)

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48) Forcing the innocent to plead guilty, an American disgrace
Source: OpEdNews
by John Kiriakou

“Why would an innocent person take a plea? Really, there is no alternative. First, the government uses a technique called ‘charge stacking.’ Have you committed an actual crime? Be prepared for multiple charges, including a lot of ‘throw-away charges,’ like obstruction of justice or making a false statement. In addition, the government will likely levy multiple charges against you for the same crime. The point is not necessarily to convict you on everything, although prosecutors are perfectly happy to do that. The point is that prosecutors will eventually offer you a deal. Take a plea to one count and the others will be dismissed. It’s a negotiating ploy. But for the accused, the question is this: Even if you are innocent, should you take a plea and do a couple of years in prison or should you try your luck at trial, knowing that almost no defendant wins in court? Almost everybody takes the deal.” (04/20/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Forcing-the-Innocent-to-Pl-by-John-Kiriakou-American-Hypocrisy_Criminal-Convictions_Innocent-160420-906.html

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49) The Tom Woods Show, episode 643
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“If there’s one thing our university system is devoted to, it’s ‘diversity.’ Our universities can boast faculty members who look very different from one another and who come from different places — but they more or less think the same. Aren’t ideas a teensy bit important, too? We discuss why universities have so little interest in intellectual diversity.” [various formats] (04/19/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-643-the-one-kind-of-diversity-colleges-avoid/

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50) Heartland Daily Podcast, 04/19/16
Source: Heartland Institute

“In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Kyle Maichle, project manager for constitutional reform joins the show to talk about the rules that govern a potential Article V Convention.” [various formats] (04/19/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/04/heartland-daily-podcast-kyle-maichle-the-article-v-convention-road-map/

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