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Thursday, May 18th, 2017
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In the News:

1) US DoJ names special prosecutor for “Russian election meddling” probe
2) American political prisoner Chelsea Manning released
3) Ireland: Kenny announces resignation as Fine Gael leader
4) Sources: Trump regime to continue meeting some US obligations in Iran nuclear deal
5) NJ: Legislators buck Christie, introduce recreational cannabis bill
6) Miss USA responds to backlash: “I stand behind what I said”
7) Report: If asteroid had hit elsewhere, dinosaurs could still be roaming the Earth
8) Conservative Indiana town rallies around immigrant facing deportation
9) A teenager designed a pocket-sized satellite that will fly on a NASA mission
10) Sanders misses financial disclosure filing deadline
11) Flight attendants accuse Frontier Airlines of discrimination against mothers
12) EU starts legal action against Italy over Fiat Chrysler emissions
13) Indonesia: Sharia thugs order public caning of gay couple
14) DC: Blood clash outside Turkish embassy sends nine to hospital
15) GA: State employees kill prisoner
16) Putin offers transcript to prove Trump did not pass secrets to Russia
17) UK: Lloyds Bank returns to private ownership
18) Greece: General strike disrupts services
19) WA: Regime buckles to federal “REAL ID” imposition
20) LA: New Orleans regime workers begin takedown of third Confederate-era monument

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) This dangerous moment
22) What is “neoliberalism” anyway?
23) America’s reign of terror: A nation reaps what it sows
24) Repeal the ObamaCare taxes
25) Exploring different views worthwhile
26) Why a free press matters now more than ever
27) Latest from Sessions: Cruel and stupid
28) Why don’t reporters care who killed the DNC’s Seth Rich?
29) The conservative think tank health care racket
30) Statement concerning Laura Poitras’s film “Risk”
31) Let’s say it — Ian Brady was evil
32) America’s most dangerous temp
33) Entrepreneurship’s split-personality problem
34) The cesspool of the modern college campus
35) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #235: Know how to ask.
36) The slow-motion assassination of President Trump
37) The states are revolting against the war on drugs
38) Did Seth Rich contact WikiLeaks?
39) These Federal Aviation Administration regulations are why we’re not going to Mars
40) Roger Stone, cockroach of American politics
41) The real roots of the worldwide ransomware outbreak: Militarism and greed
42) A big fat freak-out over Donald Trump’s “skinny budget”
43) The impeachment trap: Be careful what you wish for
44) Manufacturing resistance — the American public is being manipulated into irrelevance
45) School choice will lift up black community
46) Excess diesel NOx emissions cause 0.07% of deaths globally
47) How food stamps subverted democracy, part 2
48) Security is ruining the Internet
49) Ballots & books
50) Cashless and thoughtless

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 128
52) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 41
53) Intercepted, 05/17/17
54) American Foreign Policy, episode 2
55) Electric Libertyland, episode 20
56) Freedom Feens Radio, 05/17/17
57) Free Talk Live, 05/16/17
58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 910
59) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 601
60) The Back Story, episode 17

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

1) US DoJ names special prosecutor for “Russian election meddling” probe
Source: Politico

“The Justice Department on Wednesday named former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel investigating Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 presidential election, including any possible involvement of President Donald Trump’s campaign in that effort. Meeting the increasingly strident demands of Democratic lawmakers, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tapped Mueller to oversee the probe, despite recent White House statements that they viewed the appointment of a special counsel as unnecessary. … Trump has called the Russia inquiry a “taxpayer-funded charade,” and said accusations of collusion are ‘fake news’ and a ‘hoax’ pushed by Democrats as an excuse for losing the election.” [editor’s note: I’ll be interested to see if any evidence ever is actually revealed, or if this thing is going to continue running on fumes forever – TLK] (05/17/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/17/justice-dept-to-appoint-special-prosecutor-for-russia-probe-238524

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2) American political prisoner Chelsea Manning released
Source: NBC News

“Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning walked out of a military prison early Wednesday after seven years behind bars. Manning’s 35-year sentence for leaking an enormous trove of military intelligence records was commuted by President Barack Obama in January. At the time, the White House said Manning had accepted responsibility, expressed remorse and served time. A U.S Army official confirmed to NBC News that she was released from Fort Leavenworth military prison at around 3 a.m. ET.” [hat tip — David Klaus] (05/17/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/chelsea-manning-released-prison-after-obama-grants-clemency-n760616

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3) Ireland: Kenny announces resignation as Fine Gael leader
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Ireland’s prime minister, Enda Kenny, is stepping down as the leader of his Fine Gael party, triggering a leadership contest. Kenny told his colleagues at a meeting of his parliamentary party in Dublin that he was retiring at midnight on Wednesday, and that he expected a successor to be in place by 2 June. The 66-year-old former teacher, born in Mayo, is the longest-serving member of the Irish parliament, having first been elected in 1975. He has led the centre-right Fine Gael party for 15 years and been prime minister since 2011. Kenny has served as acting PM since March, when he tendered his resignation amid growing internal party pressure to stand down over his failure to secure a majority government in the general election in 2016. Kenny stayed in his post after the election thanks to the support of a range of independent MPs and the tacit backing of Fine Gael’s major rival opposition party, Fianna Fail.” (05/17/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/17/enda-kenny-announces-resignation-fine-gael-leader

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4) Sources: Trump regime to continue meeting some US obligations in Iran nuclear deal
Source: Reuters

“The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, who slammed the Iran nuclear deal as a candidate, on Wednesday will extend sanctions relief for Iran that was called for under the 2015 pact, two U.S. officials told Reuters. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the administration would formally announce it was renewing sanctions waivers that were granted to Iran as part of the deal, under which Tehran agreed to limit its nuclear program. A State Department spokesman declined comment on the matter.” [editor’s note: Kind of sad that “US government will do what it agreed to do” is, um, news – TLK] (05/17/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-usa-idUSKCN18D1W6

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5) NJ: Legislators buck Christie, introduce recreational cannabis bill
Source: Smell the Truth

“Contrary to Gov. Chris Christie’s anti-pot stance, New Jersey lawmakers are working to become the next state to legalize marijuana. A bill to legalize, regulate, and tax the recreational adult use of marijuana was introduced in the state Senate on Monday, reports NJ.com. Under the bill, adults 21 and over would be allowed to possess up to one ounce of marijuana or 16 ounces of cannabis-infused products, including edibles. A tax on marijuana sales would be established, beginning at seven percent and rising to 25 percent over the course of five years. Although Democratic Sen. Nicholas Scutari doesn’t expect the law to pass this year under Gov. Christie, he hopes the bill will gain enough support once Christie leaves office in January.” (05/15/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/05/15/new-jersey-lawmakers-introduce-recreational-marijuana-bill

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6) Miss USA responds to backlash: “I stand behind what I said”
Source: Fox News

“Newly-crowned Miss USA Kara McCullough appeared on ‘Fox & Friends’ [Wednesday] to react to the backlash over her responses during the question rounds of Sunday night’s competition. McCullough, who was representing the District of Columbia, was asked whether she thinks that affordable health care for all U.S. citizens is a right or a privilege. McCullough said it is a privilege. McCullough was also asked to explain what she considers feminism to be and whether she considers herself feminist. McCullough said she likes to ‘transpose’ the word feminism to ‘equalism.’ McCullough, a 25-year-old nuclear chemist, told Ainsley Earhardt this morning that she’s not backing down from her statements, despite the social media backlash.” [editor’s note: OMG, they chose someone with a brain as well as a pretty face; beauty contests will never be the same – SAT] (05/17/17)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/05/17/miss-usa-kara-mccullough-stands-behind-her-health-care-feminism-statements

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7) Report: If asteroid had hit elsewhere, dinosaurs could still be roaming the Earth
Source: USA Today

“If the asteroid had hit the Earth a matter of seconds earlier or later, dinosaurs could well still be doing their dinosaur thing and we would probably not exist. That’s the finding of scientists who have been digging around the massive Chicxulub Crater just off the coast of Mexico, which was created when a nine-mile-wide asteroid hit the Earth about 66 million years ago, an event that is believed to have led to the dinosaur die-off that wiped out giants such as Tyrannosaurus Rex. According to a just-aired BBC documentary, ‘The Day The Dinosaurs Died,’ because the asteroid hit in the shallow waters surrounding the Yucatan Peninsula (rather than plunging into deep ocean) it created a giant sulfur cloud from the underlying gypsum, which led to the global winter that killed plant and animal life, including the dinosaurs.” (05/17/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2017/05/17/dinosaur-destroying-asteroid-still-roaming-earth/101783508

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8) Conservative Indiana town rallies around immigrant facing deportation
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Election results alone might paint this small town as no more than another conservative bastion that helped elevate Donald Trump to the presidency. Its residents say they value Trump’s businessman approach to politics, especially those who struggled during the recession, when Elkhart County had one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. It would seem an unlikely place for a groundswell of support to rise up for an immigrant who is in the country illegally and scheduled for deportation Wednesday. But politics here aren’t black and white. Get to know Elkhart’s residents, and they’ll say it’s a town of entrepreneurs and RV industry workers who believe that anyone, with the right amount of hard work and resolve, can climb the economic ladder.” (05/17/17)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/immigration/ct-immigration-elkhart-indiana-trump-met-20170517-story.html

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9) A teenager designed a pocket-sized satellite that will fly on a NASA mission
Source: Mic

“An 18-year-old created the world’s lightest functioning satellite, and it’s going to be launched on a real NASA mission next month. Rifath Sharook, who is from Tamil Nadu, India, made the pocket-sized satellite for a competition called Cubes in Space, which is an international design challenge that asks students aged 11 to 18 to fit their space-worthy invention inside a 13-foot cube. The pocket-sized 3-D printed satellite is much smaller than that. It weighs just 0.14 pounds and will measure the rotation, acceleration and magnetosphere of Earth, Sharook told Business Standard.” (05/17/17)

https://mic.com/articles/177375/a-teenager-designed-a-pocket-sized-satellite-that-will-fly-on-a-nasa-mission#.4idDb0CBI

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10) Sanders misses financial disclosure filing deadline
Source: The Hill

“Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has missed the deadline to file his annual financial disclosures with the Senate, a move that continues to delay a complete examination of how his 2016 presidential bid affected his personal wealth. Sanders’s Senate office missed the annual deadline to file his personal financial disclosure on Monday, instead requesting and receiving a 20-day extension. The Vermont news blog VTDigger first reported the extension. Those documents, when filed, will shed light on Sanders’s financial situation from 2016, a pivotal year in the senator’s career when he ran for president and emerged as one of the top figures in progressive Democratic politics.” (05/17/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/333818-sanders-misses-financial-disclosure-filing-deadline

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11) Flight attendants accuse Frontier Airlines of discrimination against mothers
Source: Denver Business Journal

“Frontier Airlines got hit with another round of discrimination complaints today, as a pair of female flight attendants filed a federal complaint alleging the Denver-based carrier does not provide them adequate space to pump milk following pregnancy leave. The complaint, filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, comes one year after four women pilots leveled similar accusations against Frontier. A spokesman for the airline said its policies and practices comply with all federal and state laws as well as with the relevant provisions of the collective bargaining agreement between Frontier and its flight attendant group.” (05/16/17)

http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2017/05/16/flight-attendants-accuse-frontier-airlines-of.html

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12) EU starts legal action against Italy over Fiat Chrysler emissions
Source: Business Insider

“The European Commission launched legal action against Italy on Wednesday for failing to respond to allegations of emission-test cheating by Fiat Chrysler, in a procedure that could lead to the country being taken to court. The Commission said Italy had failed to convince it that devices used to modulate emissions on Fiat Chrysler vehicles outside of narrow testing conditions were justified.” (05/17/17)

http://www.businessinsider.com/r-eu-starts-legal-action-against-italy-over-fiat-chrysler-emissions-2017-5

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13) Indonesia: Sharia thugs order public caning of gay couple
Source: ABC Online [Australia]

“Two young gay men have been sentenced by a religious court in the Indonesian province of Aceh to receive 85 strokes of the cane during a public ceremony. The men, aged 20 and 23, are the first people to be convicted of homosexuality in Indonesia. They were prosecuted under Aceh’s strict sharia code. The sentence is greater than the original prosecution demand of 80 strokes each.” (05/17/17)

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-17/gay-men-in-aceh-sentenced-to-caning/8534054

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14) DC: Blood clash outside Turkish embassy sends nine to hospital
Source: New York Daily News

“The lawn outside Turkey’s D.C. embassy turned into a war zone just moments after President Trump welcomed his Turkish counterpart at the White House Tuesday afternoon. The surreal scene pitted opponents to President Erdogan’s recent consolidation of power against the leader’s supporters around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. A suited man stomped a bullhorn-toting protester in the head, according to video of the chaotic melee. An officer with the Metropolitan Police Department was forced to repeatedly bash several assailants with a baton just to stop them from driving their feet into a woman’s back. In total, nine were taken to the hospital following the bloody battle. Two were seriously hurt. Flint Arthur, a protester from Baltimore, told CNN that Erdogan backers had broken the police lines to attack his fellow protesters.” (05/17/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/bloody-clash-turkish-embassy-sends-9-hospital-article-1.3171990

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15) GA: State employees kill prisoner
Source: USA Today

“Georgia carried out its first execution of the year early on Wednesday, putting to death a man convicted of killing a 73-year-old neighbor in 1992. J.W. Ledford Jr., 45, was pronounced dead at 1:17 a.m. at the state prison in Jackson, more than six hours after his initial execution time. The delay was waiting for a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, which denied his request for a stay.” (05/17/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/05/17/georgia-execution-death-penalty/101782078/

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16) Putin offers transcript to prove Trump did not pass secrets to Russia
Source: Raw Story

“Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had not divulged any secrets during a meeting in Washington with Russian officials and offered to prove it by supplying Congress with a transcript. But a leading U.S. Republican politician said he would have little faith in any notes Putin might supply. Two U.S. officials said on Monday Trump had disclosed classified information about a planned Islamic State operation to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when they met last week, plunging the White House into a fresh controversy just four months into Trump’s tenure.” [editor’s note: Once again, he said, he said passes for “news” coverage – SAT] (05/17/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/vladimir-putin-says-can-prove-trump-did-not-pass-russia-secrets

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17) UK: Lloyds Bank returns to private ownership
Source: MarketWatch

“Lloyds Banking Group PLC is back in private hands after the U.K. government sold its remaining shares in the bank it bailed out during the financial crisis. The government sold its last 638.4 million shares, or 0.89% of Lloyds’ issued share capital, on Tuesday for an undisclosed sum. It is putting the money raised from the sale toward reducing the national debt.” (05/17/17)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/lloyds-bank-returns-to-private-ownership-2017-05-17

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18) Greece: General strike disrupts services
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Hospitals, transport services and government offices across Greece have been severely affected by a general strike over new austerity measures. Industrial action began on Tuesday but has now been ramped up nationally by members of the big trade unions. Ferry services stopped and buses and trains were limited. Flights were also being hit for several hours. MPs are set to vote on controversial reforms on Thursday that will cut pensions and end tax breaks. The left-wing Syriza government needs to make further savings before eurozone finance ministers agree to hand over further loan cash as part of its latest bailout deal.” (05/17/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39946531

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19) WA: Regime buckles to federal “REAL ID” imposition
Source: US News & World Report

“People in Washington state likely won’t have to worry next year about the identification they take to the airport after Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure Tuesday seeking to make the state one of more than two dozen in compliance with federal identification requirements. Washington and several other states have struggled for years to comply with the REAL ID Act, a 2005 federal law that requires state driver’s licenses and ID cards to have security enhancements and to be issued to people who can prove they are legally in the United States [sic]. The law was passed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to strengthen rules for identification [demanded] at airports and federal facilities.” (05/16/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/washington/articles/2017-05-16/washington-becomes-latest-state-to-seek-id-compliance

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20) LA: New Orleans regime workers begin takedown of third Confederate-era monument
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Piece by piece, New Orleans’ landscape is changing as city workers take down massive works of bronze and stone that once seemed immoveable in a region where some still cling to a Confederate legacy. The city announced late Tuesday that it had begun the process of removing a statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard — the third of four monuments city officials plan to take down. The news release came as police cordoned off the site and what appeared to be a large crane was moved into position. … Workers at the Beauregard removal also covered their faces [in open violation of a New Orleans city ordinance banning such concealment] and wore helmets but the atmosphere appeared slightly more low-key, with work starting in the evening after sunset.” (05/17/17)

http://www.startribune.com/confederate-monument-supporters-gather-at-beauregard-statue/422637334/

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

21) This dangerous moment
Source: The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher

“Douthat is correct about the perils of someone of Trump remaining in office. He does not know what he’s doing, and cannot control himself. Nobody in Washington can or should trust him. He has all but destroyed his own presidency. True, he gave us a good (we think) Supreme Court justice, but all the other things Trump might have accomplished will almost certainly not happen now, because of the non-stop drama that Trump causes. And he’s such a narcissist that even after he has screwed up so badly in the past two weeks that he has some Republicans in Congress using the i-word (impeachment), he stood today before graduating Coast Guard members and whined about how mean everybody is to him …. ‘No politician in history … has been treated worse or more unfairly’ …. If one of my kids said that, I would chastise them for self-pity and excuse-making. You would do the same to your kids. This is a 70-year-old man who is President of the United States. So it’s a massive risk having a man-child like this as Commander in Chief of a nuclear-armed great power. Having said that, removing him, even if done constitutionally, also runs a massive risk …” (05/17/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/this-dangerous-moment/

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22) What is “neoliberalism” anyway?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“The term ‘neoliberalism’ is being flung around everywhere these days, usually with a haughty sense of ‘everyone knows what this is.’ But do we really? You may think you know, but there’s very little agreement among everyone else. Looking up the term on Google Trends reveals some interesting clues about what’s going on. … We need a firmer fix on what this term means. Is there a founding thinker, book, or meeting? The answer is yes. The thinker is the American journalist Walter Lippmann (1889-1974).” (05/17/17)

https://fee.org/articles/what-is-neoliberalism-anyway/

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23) America’s reign of terror: A nation reaps what it sows
Source: OpEdNews
by John Whitehead

“Who designed the malware worm that is now wreaking havoc on tens of thousands of computers internationally by hackers demanding a king’s ransom? The U.S. government. Who is the biggest black market buyer and stockpiler of cyberweapons (weaponized malware that can be used to hack into computer systems, spy on citizens, and destabilize vast computer networks)? The U.S. government. What country has one the deadliest arsenals of weapons of mass destruction? The U.S. government. Who is the largest weapons manufacturer and exporter in the world, such that they are literally arming the world? The U.S. government. Which is the only country to ever use a nuclear weapon in wartime? The United States. … Are you getting the picture yet? The U.S. government isn’t protecting us from terrorism. The U.S. government is creating the terror. It is, in fact, the source of the terror.” (05/17/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/America-s-Reign-of-Terror-by-John-Whitehead-Al-qaida_Blowback_Counterterrorism_Malware-170516-334.html

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24) Repeal the ObamaCare taxes
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Sheldon Richman

“The American Health Care Act, the House bill intended to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), is frequently opposed on the grounds that it cuts taxes for the rich. This may seem like an odd criticism of a purported health-insurance reform, but we must understand that Obamacare can reasonably be viewed as a massive tax increase disguised as health-insurance reform. If that’s the case, then those who favor Obamacare would naturally dislike the repeal of its tax increases. One is reminded of Thomas Paine’s insight in Rights of Man: ‘In reviewing the history of the English Government, its wars and its taxes, a bystander, not blinded by prejudice nor warped by interest, would declare that taxes were not raised to carry on wars, but that wars were raised to carry on taxes.’ Likewise, perhaps taxes were not raised to carry on health-insurance reform, but rather health-insurance reform was raised to carry on taxes.” (05/17/17)

https://www.aier.org/research/repeal-obamacare-taxes

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25) Exploring different views worthwhile
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“It is important to know where you stand on issues, and why. It’s equally important to understand the position others take. Especially when those positions are the opposite of yours. To understand the other side, you need to talk to them, and to read things written from their perspective. It might be unpleasant, but it’s necessary. I don’t mean you should join them to participate in things you know are wrong. Never violate your principles, but learn why they believe what they believe and why they do what they do. It will make you a stronger, wiser person in the long run; better able to defend your position.” (05/17/17)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2017/05/17/voices/exploring-different-views-worthwhile/152453.html

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26) Why a free press matters now more than ever
Source: Our Future
by Kathy Mulady

“Freedom of the press is at the very top of the Bill of Rights, our founders’ list of freedoms essential to democracy. That a reporter can now be arrested in the United States for doing his job, asking a public official about public business in a public place, should send a chill of dread through the heart of every person in this country. Dan Heyman, a radio reporter for Public News Service in West Virginia, asked Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to respond to a question just days after a narrow vote in the House to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which if passed will end health coverage for 24 million Americans. When Price didn’t respond, Heyman asked again. He persisted. Then he was arrested. For asking a question and insisting on an answer.” [editor’s note: If only they’d then stick to the facts, and know the line between “news” and “opinion” – SAT] (05/17/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170517/why-a-free-press-matters-now-more-than-ever

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27) Latest from Sessions: Cruel and stupid
Source: Town Hall
by John Stossel

“President Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, ordered federal prosecutors to seek maximum penalties for drug-related crimes. This is both cruel and stupid. It’s cruel because Session’s 5,000 prosecutors must now push for long jail sentences even for people who pose no violent threat and for some who are utterly innocent. It’s stupid because it will cost America a fortune but won’t make us safer. The U.S. already locks up more people than any other country. We have 4 percent of the world’s population but more than 20 percent of the world’s prisoners. This happened partly because of bad reporting by people like me.” (05/17/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2017/05/17/cruel-and-stupid-n2327619

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28) Why don’t reporters care who killed the DNC’s Seth Rich?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Here’s a story that would seem ripe for media bloodhounds to pursue. A disgruntled insider may have leaked damaging information about his employers, and was later murdered on his way home by two unidentified assailants. Put President Trump’s name somewhere in the mix and it would be the latest scandal-to-end-all-scandals, capturing wall-to-wall coverage, eliciting new calls for independent prosecutors and impeachment, and probably making Jimmy Kimmel cry again. But since the person involved worked for the Democratic National Committee, it’s being ignored by everyone in the press except a cadre of conservative reporters. The story involves Seth Rich, a DNC staffer who was gunned down near his home in Washington, D.C., last July — shot twice in the back by two assailants seen following him on a security camera, in what has been described by police as a botched robbery, although the killers didn’t take anything from Rich. His murder remains unsolved.” (05/16/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/why-dont-reporters-care-who-killed-the-dncs-seth-rich

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29) The conservative think tank health care racket
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Reform, of course, is one of the distinguishing characteristics of conservatives. They love pointing out the faults, failures, and foibles of welfare-state programs but then invariably end up calling for reform rather than repeal of the program. In fact, one of the best ways to determine whether a writer or a speaker is a libertarian or a conservative is by examining his solution to welfare-state problems. If someone’s article or speech calls for reforming a program, there is a 95 percent probability that he is a conservative. If it instead calls for repealing a program, there is a 95 percent probability that you’re dealing with a libertarian.” (05/17/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/05/17/conservative-think-tank-healthcare-racket/

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30) Statement concerning Laura Poitras’s film “Risk”
Source: Newsweek
by Margaret Ratner Kunstler, Demorah Hrbek, Ranata Avila & Melinda Taylor

“We are lawyers for WikiLeaks. We are speaking out because we believe that Laura Poitras’s film Risk, released in U.S. theaters on May 5 this year, places our clients in legal jeopardy. The film serves to undermine WikiLeaks just as the Trump administration has announced that it intends to prosecute its journalists, editors and associates. Our first issue with Risk is that the film was edited in New York, where the raw footage can more easily be seized by the U.S. government. By moving the editing location from Berlin to the U.S., Poitras has endangered our clients and reneged on written agreements with WikiLeaks that explicitly forbid her from editing the footage in the United States. …Poitras has also violated her unambiguous promise to the subjects of the film that they would have an opportunity to review the film in advance and request changes, and that they could decline to appear if they or their lawyers felt that the movie put them at risk.” (05/17/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/wikileaks-attorneys-blast-citizenfour-maker-poitras-610362

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31) Let’s say it — Ian Brady was evil
Source: spiked
by Luke Gittos

“Ian Brady died this week. Brady and his then girlfriend Myra Hindley murdered five children between 1963 and 1965. They buried their victims on the moors around Manchester, and came to be known as the Moors Murderers. Brady’s death has incited discussion about the relationship between mental illness and evil. His solicitor sparked outrage when, in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he refused to describe Brady as ‘evil,’ instead suggesting that ‘the more interesting issue is how his mind developed in that way and what caused that mental illness.’ … Many are angry with Brady’s lawyer, yet his remarks reflect a broader discomfort with using the E word today. Recent developments in clinical psychology have reduced the notion of ‘evil’ to the level of biology.” (05/17/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/lets-say-it-ian-brady-was-evil/

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32) America’s most dangerous temp
Source: The American Prospect
by David Dayen

“Two weeks ago, 44-year-old Keith Noreika was just another corporate lawyer, advising bank clients on evading regulatory enforcement. Today he runs the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the second-most important banking regulator in the federal government. And nobody seems to know how long Noreika will hold this power, how much authority he will wield, or whether he will use the office to assist the very large banks for which he previously worked. You’ve heard of the fox guarding the henhouse; this is the case of a hen, plucked out of line and made the lead watchman. OCC needed a leader after Obama-appointed comptroller Thomas Curry’s five-year term expired in April. Rather than make a career staffer acting comptroller until the Senate confirmed a replacement (the common practice for federal agencies) Trump’s Treasury Department (OCC sits within Treasury) hired Noreika off the street as a ‘first deputy comptroller,’ and slid him into the top slot when Curry stepped down May 5.” (05/17/17)

http://prospect.org/article/america%E2%80%99s-most-dangerous-temp

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33) Entrepreneurship’s split-personality problem
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Per Bylund

“Entrepreneurship as a higher education discipline has something of a split personality. Its roots are in practical instruction and business school curriculum operating as a trade or vocational school, supplying students with skills necessary to manage firms.” (05/17/17)

https://mises.org/blog/entrepreneurship%E2%80%99s-split-personality-problem

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34) The cesspool of the modern college campus
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“An art professor called for the shooting of every Congresscritter (most GOP, I admit) who voted for the so-called ‘repeal’ of ObummerCare. He called for them to be lined up and shot because they have blood on their hands in response to the WaPo call for them to ‘be held accountable’ for the abomination. This was reported by Campus Reform Now. I haven’t yet found any report where this faculty member has been suspended for ten days, reported to the Secret Service or FBI for his death threats, or even had his university administration chide him for his threats, which seem a whole lot more believable than that a school danger exists because a thirteen-year-old ‘liked’ a picture of an AirSoft pistol. But not, of course, to the modern mavens of academia, who will continue their efforts to finish destabilizing not just their students but their nations.” (05/17/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/05/17/the-cesspool-of-the-modern-college-campus/

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35) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #235: Know how to ask.
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Our society values spontaneity over restraint, bluntness/rudeness over tact, indulgence over self-restraint, ‘going for it’ over planning … Arguments can be made for either side but I think the classical virtues win hands-down when it comes to constructing a successful life. And, as with every construction, it is brick by brick, board by board. One piece is knowing how to refuse; another is knowing how to ask.” (05/17/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.8022

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36) The slow-motion assassination of President Trump
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“I saw this quote on CNN.com today: ‘The episode is the latest woe for Trump, whose administration is engulfed in a series of scandals linked to Russia.’ A ‘series of scandals linked to Russia?’ Would it be equally accurate to characterize it as a series of stories manufactured by the media, none of which have been confirmed to be a big deal? Today’s headline news is that an alleged Comey memo indicates President Trump tried to obstruct justice in the Flynn investigation by saying to Comey in a private meeting, ‘I hope you can let this go.’ Key word = hope. … Do you see Trump asking Comey to end the Flynn investigation in the quote ‘I hope you can let this go’?” [editor’s note: No matter how much you may detest Trump for his personal habits, it’s hard to deny this being “Deflategate III” – SAT] (05/17/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/160770453201/the-slow-motion-assassination-of-president-trump

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37) The states are revolting against the war on drugs
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Mark Thornton

“On the same day that Attorney General Jeff sessions announced that he would attempt to revamp the war on drugs, it came to my attention that potentially more important events regarding the war on drugs were taking place in Vermont, the ‘freedom and unity’ state. It would seem that the state legislature in Vermont has voted to eliminate the war on marijuana in the state for recreational use. This is important, critically so, because all of the efforts to legalize recreational marijuana so far have been done by the processes of voter-sponsored ballot initiatives and referendums. In other words, marijuana legalization is now taking place in at least one state legislature, not just the ballot box.” (05/17/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/05/mark-thornton/states-resist-feds/

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38) Did Seth Rich contact WikiLeaks?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“I’ve said from the beginning that 1) There is no convincing evidence that the Russians hacked the DNC, or fooled John Podesta into giving out his email account password, and 2) It was most likely an inside job. While it may be an overstatement to say that this latest story confirms it, it certainly calls the Russian conspiracy theory into serious question. Yet both the House and the Senate have launched investigations designed to prove ‘collusion’ between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin — to say nothing of the FBI probe. Will the same attention be paid to the Rich-MacFayden correspondence? Of course not. The Rich family is denying that there’s any evidence their son was in contact with WikiLeaks: but their official spokesman — yes, they have one — is one Brad Bauman, a self-described ‘crisis consultant’ for the Democrats. Which is very appropriate, since these new revelations do indeed constitute a crisis for the Democrats, who have based their entire post-election strategy on a flimsy conspiracy theory that has been debunked by cyber-security experts (the ones who aren’t in the pay of the DNC, that is).” (05/17/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/05/16/did-seth-rich-contact-wikileaks/

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39) These Federal Aviation Administration regulations are why we’re not going to Mars
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Clyde Wayne Crews

“[A]long with either eight or nine planets in the Solar System, there are at least 180 moons beyond our own, a couple of them (Ganymede and Titan) even larger than the planet Mercury. And there are more that two million asteroids larger than a half-mile in diameter. So resources in space are infinite as far as humanity is concerned. There’s a lot of room, and little concern about bumping into one another. Just go walk the scale model of the solar system in front of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.. The model of the Sun is less than volleyball sized, and on that scale, the plaque that tells you where the nearest star Proxima Centauri would be in relation might shock. However I’m not sure how many folks, or even members of Congress outside its House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, realize just how thoroughly commercial space activities like asteroid mining are apt to be regulated.” (05/16/17)

https://cei.org/content/these-federal-aviation-administration-regulations-are-why-were-not-going-mars

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40) Roger Stone, cockroach of American politics
Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard

“Last week, shortly after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Roger Stone tweeted, ‘Somewhere Dick Nixon is smiling.’ Then he had a cigar. And then he told Politico about it. It’s no surprise that Stone was celebrating. He had been lobbying Trump to fire Comey for weeks, according to multiple sources. This was staggeringly inappropriate in a way that’s become commonplace in the early days of the Trump administration: Stone, alongside his former lobbying partner Paul Manafort, was being investigated by the FBI for possibly illegal contact with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign. As such, it turned out to be a good week for Netflix to release the documentary Get Me Roger Stone. He’s a man whose fingerprints are all over some of the worst aspects of American politics in the past five decades: Watergate, lobbying, negative advertising, the 2000 recount, the Clinton conspiracy complex, and, perhaps most famously, Donald Trump.” (05/17/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/142744/roger-stone-cockroach-american-politics

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41) The real roots of the worldwide ransomware outbreak: Militarism and greed
Source: The Intercept
by Sam Biddle

“The NSA did not create WannaCry. Rather, it discovered weaknesses in various versions of Windows and wrote programs that would allow American spies to penetrate computers running Microsoft’s operating system, and it was one of these programs, codenamed ETERNALBLUE and repurposed by still-unidentified hackers, that allowed WannaCry to spread as quickly and uncontrollably as it did last week. Whether or not you think the causal chain is such that the NSA is in some sense morally responsible, it’s undeniable that without the agency’s work, there is no ETERNALBLUE, and without ETERNALBLUE, there is no May 2017 WannaCry Crisis. In this sense, Microsoft is right–but the blame shouldn’t end there. Microsoft also did not create WannaCry. But it did create something something nearly as bad: Windows Vista, an operating system so horrendously bloated, broken, and altogether unpleasant to use that many PC users back in 2007 skipped upgrading altogether, opting instead to stick with the outdated Windows XP, a decision that has left many people on that decade-and-a-half-old operating system even today, years after Microsoft stopped updating it.” (05/16/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/05/16/the-real-roots-of-the-worldwide-ransomware-outbreak-militarism-and-greed/

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42) A big fat freak-out over Donald Trump’s “skinny budget”
Source: Reason
by Katherine Mangu-Ward

“Presidential budgets have all the legal force of a letter to Santa — they’re essentially the White House asking Congress for a pony. The ‘skinny’ blueprint released by the Office of Management and Budget in March is the result of even less consultation and collaboration than usual with the legislators who hold actual budget-making power, which makes wish fulfillment even more unlikely. Nevertheless, when President Donald Trump announced $54 billion in cuts to several federal agencies, the press immediately got to work on its own form of slash fiction, fetishizing the appropriations status quo and moaning over any possibility of budgetary restraint.” (for publication 06/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/05/17/a-big-fat-freak-out-over-donal

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43) The impeachment trap: Be careful what you wish for
Source: In These Times
by Jeff Alson

“Donald Trump’s abrupt firing of an FBI director who was leading the investigation of the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia has sparked a new flurry of calls for impeachment. The impulse is understandable. Comey’s firing is just the latest in a litany of outrageous behavior that’s shredding the credibility of the presidency: from the financial conflicts of interest to the pathological lying to the authoritarian attacks on the judicial branch and the press. But outrage aside, we must keep one thing in mind: how progressives and Democrats approach impeachment could shape our democracy and the domestic political landscape for a generation. We must focus on what is best for the American people, not on what is worst for our so-called president.” [editor’s note: The side effects of all this (demystifying and deligitimizing the “imperial Presidency” forever?) might be worth it all – SAT] (05/16/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20141/the-trump-pence-impeachment-trap-be-careful-what-you-wish-for

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44) Manufacturing resistance — the American public is being manipulated into irrelevance
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“No honest person could accuse me of being a Trump fan or supporter. I refused to back his candidacy despite my total disdain for Hillary Clinton and pretty much everything she stands for. More importantly, I’ve written a multitude of articles since he was inaugurated severely taking him to task on a wide variety of subjects. I’ve tirelessly discussed how he’s outsourced his economic policy to Goldman Sachs, and condemned his burgeoning neocon foreign policy, evidenced by his disturbing coziness with the autocratic barbarians of Saudi Arabia. Nevertheless, the most incredible aspect of the past four months is not how much of a fake populist Trump’s proven to be, but how the corporate media’s managed to disgust me even more. I’m happy to become outraged at Trump, because I find many things about Trump outrageous. That said, I find it telling that the stuff about Trump that outrages me, is never the same stuff which outrages the corporate media. Why is that?” (05/16/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/05/16/manufacturing-resistance-the-american-public-is-being-manipulated-into-irrelevance/

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45) School choice will lift up black community
Source: USA Today
by T Willard Fair

“I was in high school when Brown v. Board of Education was decided 63 years ago. That makes me an old man, one who was at the forefront of the civil rights movement during its most tumultuous days. I took the fight for equality to South Florida, joining the Miami Urban League in 1963 and becoming its CEO at the age of 24. There I met Martin Luther King, Jr., and from that inspiration took on a power structure that through practice, if not written policy, dictated what black people were and were not allowed to do. We succeeded in overcoming that by developing young black leaders, by refusing to accept subservience, by rejecting incremental gains and, instead, demanding full inclusion. This is the same formula that brought change to communities across this nation.” (05/17/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/05/17/charter-schools-black-naacp-unions-education-column/101743268

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46) Excess diesel NOx emissions cause 0.07% of deaths globally
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“So we’re told in this latest paper at least, the NOx emissions from diesel engines, over and above what emissions standards say they should be spewing out, cause 0.07% of deaths globally: ‘Diesel driven cars, lorries and buses churn out far more air pollution than standard testing procedures suggest, leading to many thousands of unreported deaths, scientists claim. The excess emissions of harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) exhaust gases can be linked to 38,000 premature deaths worldwide, according to the new research.’ Mr. Google, our friend, tells us that there are some 54 million deaths a year globally. Thus that 0.07%. At which point we’ve got to ask the obvious economic question — compared to what?” (05/17/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/excess-diesel-nox-emissions-cause-007-of-deaths-globally

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47) How food stamps subverted democracy, part 2
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard

“Last month we saw how political demagoguery helped make hunger a major issue in American politics beginning in the late 1960s. After Jimmy Carter was elected president in 1976, liberals and their media allies largely declared victory over hunger. Carter was a humane progressive and there was no reason to beat that drum — especially since food-aid programs continued gradually expanding. But in November 1980, Ronald Reagan defeated Carter, and the nation had the most conservative-sounding president since the New Deal. The liberal media vilified Reagan’s efforts to curb social spending; he was sometimes tagged as a fascist for his budget-cutting efforts. Thanks in part to a severe recession, food-stamp spending soared 44 percent between 1980 and 1983 and the number of recipients increased by several million. But the media fanned a hunger crisis by using the same shaky claims that they had trumpeted in the prior decade.” (05/17/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/food-stamps-subverted-democracy-part-2/

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48) Security is ruining the Internet
Source: CounterPunch
by Ted Rall

“Hackers, we’re told, are ruining the Internet. I say our reaction to hack attacks has ruined it. It’s like 9/11. Three thousand people died. But attacking Afghanistan and Iraq killed more than a million. We should have sucked it up instead. Security often destroys the very thing it’s supposed to protect. Take the TSA — please! Increased airport security measures after 9/11 have made flying so unpleasant that Americans are driving more instead. Meanwhile, ‘civil aviation’ flights out of small airports — which have no or minimal security screenings — are increasingly popular. So are trains — no X-ray machines at the train station, either. Get rid of TSA checkpoints at the airport, let people walk their loved ones to the gate so they can wave goodbye, and I bet more people would fly in spite of the risk. It’s not just government. Individuals obsess over security to the point that it makes the thing they’re protecting useless.” (05/17/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/17/security-is-ruining-the-internet/

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49) Ballots & books
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The people of Roseburg, Oregon, aren’t paying enough in taxes. That’s the upshot of Kirk Johnson’s recent New York Times article, ‘Where Anti-Tax Fervor Means ‘All Services Will Cease.” ‘For generations in America,’ readers are informed, ‘small cities … declared their optimism and civic purpose with grand libraries that rose above the clutter of daily life and commerce.’ And then, the unthinkable: ‘last fall, Douglas County residents voted down a ballot measure that would have added about $6 a month to the tax bill on a median-priced home and saved the libraries from a funding crisis.’ How dare voters so vote? Didn’t they know the Times wanted those libraries fully funded? Where was the ‘optimism and civic purpose’ of Roseburgians?” (05/17/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/05/17/ballots-books/

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50) Cashless and thoughtless
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jayant Bhandari

“There has been a lot of push from international organizations to make poor societies around the world copy Western institutions, and recently to go cashless. Blind to differences in cultures, these international organizations have hugely over-estimated the organizational capabilities of people in the emerging markets — in the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, Africa, and Latin America.” (05/15/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1700

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51) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 128
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (Blogrolls; “White Nationalists” in the Libertarian Party; Knapp The Censor; I Want To Ride My Bicycle; Cold War and Anarchist Reading Recommendations) :: I Stand With Arvin.” [various formats] (05/17/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-128.html

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52) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 41
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #41, I discuss the recent survey that identified only 37% of Americans can find North Korea on a map. I make the case that people who support a hostile policy against North Korea should be able to find North Korea on a map. I think so few Americans being able to find North Korea on a map illustrates how out of touch Americans are with our foreign policy. I also update several foreign policy current events.” [various formats] (05/17/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-41-who-cares-if-americans-can-find-north-korea-on-a-map

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53) Intercepted, 05/17/17
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted, investigative journalist Marcy Wheeler and The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald analyze the latest insanity emanating from the White House. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tim Weiner and Intercept writer Trevor Aaronson discuss the firing of James Comey and debate his FBI legacy. And Palestinian author and journalist Rula Jebreal explains why President Trump is going to Saudi Arabia and Israel on his first international trip.” [various formats] (05/17/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/05/17/intercepted-podcast-donald-trump-and-the-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-presidency/

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54) American Foreign Policy, episode 2
Source: Attack The System

“Todd Lewis is joined by Keith Preston to discuss Part 2 of our series on US foreign policy spanning the Mexican War to the end of the Civil War.” [Flash video] (05/17/17)

https://attackthesystem.com/2017/05/17/american-foreign-policy-2-transition-1846-1865/

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55) Electric Libertyland, episode 20
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s Electric Libertyland, host Brian McWilliams welcomes in his brother-in-law, legal mind and conservative Democrat, Steven Betz. Brian and Steven discuss Social Justice Warriors and the AHCA for a bit before diving into a ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that refused to set precedent for removing immunity from a police officer.” [various formats] (05/17/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/05/17/ell20/

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56) Freedom Feens Radio, 05/17/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Lisa Feen and Michael W. Dean welcome the triumphant return of founding Feen Neema Vedadi. Topics include peaceful parenting, aliens as possible saviors, libertarian infighting, and what has happened in liberty since Neema was a regular on the Feens.” [various formats] (05/17/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14507

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57) Free Talk Live, 05/16/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Trump Comey Controversy :: Institutionalized Racism and Privilege :: Global One-Time Welfare Payments :: Oklahoma Going Broke :: Smoke Free Businesses, Cars, Homes :: Edgar Friendly :: Marrying Yourself :: Homophobic Hermaphrodite :: Libertarian Caucus :: AMP Restructuring :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/16/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-05-16

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58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 910
Source: Tom Woods Show

“Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, who is presently a visiting professor of government and public policy at the College of William and Mary, had a long career in the U.S. military and served as Chief of Staff to Gen. Colin Powell from 2002 to 2005. He is a board member of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.” [various formats] (05/16/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-910-col-lawrence-wilkerson-on-the-american-empire-past-present-and-future/

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59) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 601
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Apparently, during a meeting with the Russians, Trump ‘leaked’ information to the Russians about an ISIS terror plot. If I understand the particulars, the issue has more to do with a potential violation of an intelligence sharing agreement rather than a serious covert infraction.” [various formats] (05/16/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/601-trump-reveals-classified-infomation-is-it-important/

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60) The Back Story, episode 17
Source: Everything Voluntary

“The Back Story 017 takes a hard look a the world’s deadliest religion, statism.” [various formats] (05/16/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/back-story-017-worlds-deadliest-religion-5m

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