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In the News:

1) Brazil: Government under fire in wake of leaked recording
2) MD: Judge acquits police officer in Freddie Gray killing
3) US regime lifts Vietnam arms embargo in move to counter China
4) Puerto Rico unveils budget that includes $200 million debt payment
5) Leading House conservative wants IRS chief impeached
6) Bernie Sanders supports California cannabis legalization
7) Israel: Shake-up in politics prompts “seeds of fascism” warning
8) Saudi Arabia: GE announces deals worth over $1.4 billion
9) NC: School board votes to stop naming valedictorians
10) US veteran seeks asylum for Iraqi man who saved his life
11) Obama signs bill striking offensive [sic] terms from US laws
12) Microsoft to explicitly ban “terrorist content” on its services
13) Top websites using audio fingerprinting to secretly track web users
14) Ecuador: Bank hacked — $12 million stolen in third attack on SWIFT system
15) Iraq: Regime forces begin battle to retake Fallujah from Islamic State
16) Security theater, Florida edition: Panic as Planned Parenthood employees notice cleaning chemicals in closet
17) SCOTUS orders new trial for black death row inmate convicted by all-white jury
18) Yemen: Islamic state bomber kills Saudi quisling regime army recruits in Aden
19) Syria: Multiple blasts in regime stronghold kill 80
20) Austria: Hofer concedes defeat; Van Bellen wins presidential election

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Much ado about restrooms
22) It’s like they think no one’s paying attention …
23) Liberalism or immigration restrictions, but not both
24) FBI, locals team up to invade citizens’ privacy
25) Will Millennial movement rebuild ivory tower or be crushed by it?
26) Jim Bovard on The Scott Horton Show
27) Oppressing transgender students an attack on public education
28) A praising attack on my immigration article
29) The Democrats’ Sanders
30) End the imperial presidency before it’s too late
31) The Jason Stapleton Program, 05/23/16
32) Save Puerto Rico by setting the island free
33) Latin America is a cautionary tale about socialist experiments
34) Worker bargaining power comes chiefly from competition for workers
35) Fear and censorship in Germany
36) Republicans cannot give up on #NeverTrump
37) Heartland Daily Podcast, 05/23/16
38) Freedom Works / Paul Molloy Show, 05/23/16
39) How anti-Muslim attacks damage America
40) Fatherland, socialism and death!
41) Overtime regulations disproportionately harm young people and startups
42) Hey kids! Try collateral damage at home
43) JK Rowling was right: Free speech is for everyone, not just your friends
44) Kristol and the anti-Trump protest campaign
45) The eighteen
46) Turning point
47) The levee gonna break — debt, demographics, productivity and financialization
48) Airport lines and the TSA
49) Free Talk Live, 05/22/16
50) Words you should never utter: “Federal bathroom policy”

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

1) Brazil: Government under fire in wake of leaked recording
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“Brazil’s interim government came under fire Monday as a secret recording emerged of the new planning minister discussing a purported pact to push for President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment to stall a huge corruption probe that has engulfed much of the nation’s political class. Even some allies of acting President Michel Temer called for the firing or resignation of Planning Minister Romero Juca, also a senator who is under investigation in the multibillion-dollar kickback scheme at state oil company Petrobras.” (05/23/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/ap/brazil-interim-gov-t-under-fire-in-wake-of-leaked/article_3eb29957-d5bf-5e00-9510-40f2e495e170.html

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2) MD: Judge acquits police officer in Freddie Gray killing
Source: CNN

“Baltimore police Officer Edward Nero was found not guilty of all charges Monday in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, Judge Barry Williams ruled Monday after a bench trial. Nero, one of six officers charged and the second to be tried in the Gray case, was accused of second-degree intentional assault, two counts of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.” (05/23/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/23/us/freddie-gray-trial-officer-edward-nero/

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3) US regime lifts Vietnam arms embargo in move to counter China
Source: Fox News

“President Obama lifted the decades-long U.S. arms embargo against Vietnam on Monday in an apparent effort to shore up the communist country’s defenses against an increasingly aggressive China — though he faced criticism that the move takes away U.S. leverage to press for human rights freedoms. Obama announced the full removal of the embargo at a news conference in Hanoi alongside Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang. The president said the move was intended as a step toward normalizing relations with the former enemy and to eliminate a ‘lingering vestige of the Cold War.'” (05/23/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/23/us-lifts-vietnam-arms-embargo-in-move-to-counter-china.html

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4) Puerto Rico unveils budget that includes $200 million debt payment
Source: ABC News

“Puerto Rico’s governor has unveiled a stark budget that sets aside more than $200 million for a critical bond payment as the U.S. territory sinks into a deep economic crisis. The proposed $9.1 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year is $700 million smaller than the current one and calls for nearly $3 billion in cuts to government operating expenses. Legislators have to approve a budget by July 1, the day a $2 billion debt payment is due.” (05/23/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/puerto-rico-unveils-budget-includes-200m-debt-payment-39320348

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5) Leading House conservative wants IRS chief impeached
Source: Raw Story

“The head of a hard-line Republican conservative faction in the U.S. Congress wants to impeach the nation’s top tax officer and said lawmakers could do this without accusing him of any crime. Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen should be impeached within weeks, said Jim Jordan, chairman of the House of Representatives Freedom Caucus, in an interview. Jordan’s demand comes amid numerous Republican attacks on the IRS in recent months. Bashing the tax-collecting agency is a perennial Capitol Hill practice, but Jordan and a handful of other conservatives have been pushing it further than usual. He said Jordan could be impeached simply because he had betrayed the trust put in him by the U.S. public to carry out his job correctly.” [editor’s note: Impeached? Nobody elected him; just fire his ass – SAT] (05/23/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/leading-house-conservative-wants-irs-chief-impeached

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6) Bernie Sanders supports California cannabis legalization
Source: Smell the Truth

“Bernie Sanders has voiced his approval for marijuana law reform in California. Speaking at a campaign rally in San Jose, the Democratic presidential hopeful endorsed the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), the state’s leading initiative to legalize marijuana, the Sacramento Bee reports.” [editor’s note: This is hardly news, nor is the watered-down AUMA – SAT] (05/23/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/05/23/bernie-sanders-supports-california-marijuana-legalization

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7) Israel: Shake-up in politics prompts “seeds of fascism” warning
Source: Reuters

“A military affairs commentator interrupts his broadcast to deliver a monologue: I’m alarmed by what’s happening in Israel, he says, I think my children should leave. Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak warns of ‘the seeds of fascism.’ Moshe Arens, who served as defense minister three times, sees it as a turning point in Israeli politics and expects it to cause a ‘political earthquake.’ The past five days have produced tumult in Israeli politics, since conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unexpectedly turned his back on a deal to bring the center-left into his coalition and instead joined hands with far-right nationalist Avigdor Lieberman, one of his most virulent critics. Lieberman, a West Bank settler, wants to be defense minister. So on Friday, Netanyahu’s former ally and confidant, Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, resigned and quit Netanyahu’s Likud party in disgust.” (05/23/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-politics-idUSKCN0YE1I6

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8) Saudi Arabia: GE announces deals worth over $1.4 billion
Source: Indianapolis Post

“General Electric Co. said Monday it made a series of deals with Saudi Arabia worth over $1.4 billion as part of the kingdom’s ambitious plan to wean itself off crude oil. GE said $1 billion worth of projects would be implemented with the Saudi Arabian Industrial Investments Co., which formed in 2014 by royal order to boost the country’s manufacturing industry.” (05/24/16)

http://www.indianapolispost.com/index.php/sid/244311511

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9) NC: School board votes to stop naming valedictorians
Source: Fox News

“Apparently working your hardest to be the best you can be — and being recognized for the effort — is one lesson a North Carolina school board no longer believes is worth teaching. Citing what it calls ‘unhealthy’ competition among students, the Wake County school board is the latest in the country to make valedictorians and salutatorians a thing of the past, The News & Observer of Charlotte reports. The school board unanimously gave initial approval last week to a policy that would prohibit high school principals from naming valedictorians and salutatorians (titles reserved for the two graduating seniors with the highest grade-point averages) after 2018, according to the newspaper.” (05/23/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/05/23/north-carolina-school-board-votes-to-stop-naming-valedictorians.html

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10) US veteran seeks asylum for Iraqi man who saved his life
Source: ABC News

“After three military combat tours in war-torn Iraq, Chase Millsap returned home to get on with a civilian life. But there was one thing he couldn’t do: leave a comrade behind, certainly not one who had saved his life. Especially not the former Iraqi military officer who had worked with the Americans and was now living a precarious existence as a refugee dodging Islamic State militants seeking to kill him. For the past two years, Millsap has been fighting a different kind of battle, one to gain asylum for the brother in arms he simply calls The Captain.” (05/23/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-veteran-seeks-asylum-iraqi-man-saved-life-39314019

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11) Obama signs bill striking offensive [sic] terms from US laws
Source: Lake News Online

“Federal laws will no longer include outdated and offensive terms used to describe minority groups. President Barack Obama signed a bill striking the several terms, including ‘Negro’ and ‘Oriental’ on Friday, the White House said. Those terms will be replaced with ‘African American’ and ‘Asian American.'” (05/23/16)

http://www.lakenewsonline.com/news/20160523/obama-signs-bill-striking-offensive-terms-from-us-laws

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12) Microsoft to explicitly ban “terrorist content” on its services
Source: The Hill

“Microsoft is updating its terms of use to specifically ban the posting of ‘terrorist content’ on its services. The company is also considering whether to prominently display ‘positive messaging’ in its Bing search results when users look for terror-related materials. However, it will not hide results for terror content on its search engine unless it is banned by local governments.” [editor’s note: Interesting. If they’re serious about this, it will hurt the US government’s propaganda efforts immensely — and Microsoft’s bottom line if they make money off of e.g. military recruitment ads. But I’m guessing they’re not serious and that only very specific “terrorist content,” not the state-sponsored variety, will be banned – TLK] (05/23/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/280708-microsoft-to-explicitly-ban-terrorist-content-on-its-services

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13) Top websites using audio fingerprinting to secretly track web users
Source: The Hacker News

“Despite browsing incognito, blocking advertisements, or hiding your tracks, some websites monitor and track your every move online using a new web-tracking technique called Audio Fingerprinting. This new fingerprinting technique can be utilized by technology and marketing companies to deliver targeted advertisements as well as by law enforcement to unmask VPN or Anonymous users, without even decrypting the traffic.” (05/21/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/05/audio-fingerprint.html

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14) Ecuador: Bank hacked — $12 million stolen in third attack on SWIFT system
Source: The Hacker News

“Bangladesh is not the only bank that had become victim to the cyber heist. In fact, it appears to be just a part of the widespread cyber attack on global banking and financial sector by hackers who target the backbone of the world financial system, SWIFT. Yes, the global banking messaging system that thousands of banks and companies around the world use to transfer Billions of dollars in transfers each day is under attack. A third case involving SWIFT has emerged in which cyber criminals have stolen about $12 million from an Ecuadorian bank that contained numerous similarities of later attacks against Bangladesh’s central bank that lost $81 Million in the cyber heist.” (05/20/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/05/swift-banking-hack.html

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15) Iraq: Regime forces begin battle to retake Fallujah from Islamic State
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“In a televised address on Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that, ‘In the early hours of the morning today, the heroic fighters advanced from different sides’ under the directive to recapture ‘all the areas occupied by (the Islamic State) around Falluja.’ Fallujah, about 30 miles west of Baghdad, has a recent history of heavy combat. The city served as the backdrop for two major American assaults in 2004 during the American Iraq War — assaults where US troops saw some of the fiercest fighting since the Vietnam war. In January 2014 Fallujah was taken by anti-government fighters and established as a stronghold for the Islamic State.” (05/23/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2016/0523/Iraqi-forces-begin-battle-to-retake-Fallujah-from-ISIS

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16) Security theater, Florida edition: Panic as Planned Parenthood employees notice cleaning chemicals in closet
Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“The Planned Parenthood office at 736 Central Ave. in downtown Sarasota was evacuated today and several people were hospitalized by cleaning chemicals in closet, according to the Sarasota Police Department. The case is not being investigated as criminal, police say, and workers are expected to be able to return to the building this afternoon. … A substance found in a stairwell during the investigation was determined to be baby food that was likely spilled during the evacuation, police say. Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences was on lockdown, police report, and all children are safe.” [editor’s note: Yes, this incident appears to have been as mind-bogglingly stupid as the excerpts indicate – TLK] (05/23/16)

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20160523/ARTICLE/160529860

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17) SCOTUS orders new trial for black death row inmate convicted by all-white jury
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a black Georgia man convicted of murder by an all-white jury should have a new trial because the prosecution deliberately excluded African-Americans from the jury based on their race. The court’s decision reversed as ‘clearly erroneous’ an earlier ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court, which had said the defendant had not proved racial discrimination in the selection of his jury. It’s been nearly 30 years since the U.S. Supreme Court set new rules to counter race discrimination in the seating of juries. But in some jurisdictions, the propensity to bar non-white jurors has persisted, even in capital cases such as the one against Timothy Foster, a black man accused of killing an elderly white woman.” (05/23/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/05/23/479166026/supreme-court-orders-new-trial-for-black-death-row-inmate-convicted-by-all-white

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18) Yemen: Islamic state bomber kills Saudi quisling regime army recruits in Aden
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“At least 40 people, most of them army recruits, have been killed in two bomb attacks claimed by so-called Islamic State (IS) in the Yemeni city of Aden. In the first, a suicide bomber targeted young men queuing to enlist at the home of a senior army commander. Shortly afterwards there was a second blast at a nearby army base. Aden is serving as the temporary home of [a puppet regime set up by Saudi invaders] while it seeks to regain control of the capital, Sanaa, from the Houthi rebel [sic] movement.” (05/23/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36357133

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19) Syria: Multiple blasts in regime stronghold kill 80
Source: US News & World Report

“A series of explosions rocked two normally quiet coastal government strongholds in Syria Monday, killing more than 80 people and wounding 200 others, state media and opposition activists said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks. The deadly blasts in the peaceful pro-government cities of Tartus and Jableh were the first of their kind targeting civilians in those areas during Syria’s civil war, now in its sixth year. The targets included bus stations and a hospital, and marked an escalation in the conflict as world powers struggle to restart peace talks in Geneva.” (05/23/16)

http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2016-05-23/syria-tv-more-than-20-killed-in-explosions-in-coastal-city

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20) Austria: Hofer concedes defeat; Van Bellen wins presidential election
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The right-wing candidate in Austria’s presidential election has acknowledged defeat to a left-leaning rival, in a Facebook post thanking his backers for their support. Direct votes Sunday without the count of about 700,000 absentee ballots being counted Monday had given Hofer 51.9 percent while Van der Bellen, a Greens politician running as an independent, got 48.1 percent. But projections Sunday that included the absentee votes had already put Van der Bellen slightly ahead.” (05/23/16)

http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/world/article/The-Latest-Austrian-Greens-candidate-ahead-in-7939785.php

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

21) Much ado about restrooms
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Debates over the US government’s foreign and economic policies have recently taken a backseat to the debate over what bathroom transgender individuals should use. The two sides of the debate both believe that government has the legitimate authority to tell private businesses who they should allow to use their facilities. Few on either side of this debate defend the right of private property owners to decide for themselves who may and may not use their bathrooms.” (05/23/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/ron-paul-much-ado-restrooms

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22) It’s like they think no one’s paying attention …
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“… and I suppose they may be right. ‘They’ being William Weld and Gary Johnson, who seem to have taken up a last-minute campaign strategy of ‘just make shit up about the hard stuff and hope the Libertarian National Convention delegates don’t notice we’re just making shit up.’ … Will the Libertarian Party’s 2016 national convention delegates notice how they’re being played and respond accordingly? I hope so.” (05/23/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/05/its-like-they-think-no-ones-paying.html

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23) Liberalism or immigration restrictions, but not both
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Christopher Freiman & Javier Hidalgo

“Our argument for open borders is straightforward. First, freedom of movement is on a par with other textbook liberal freedoms and so the burden of justification rests with those who would restrict freedom of movement just as it rests with those who would restrict freedom of speech or association. Then we show that the standard arguments for restricting freedom of movement are arguments that liberals wouldn’t accept as justification for restricting any other sort of freedom.” (05/23/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/05/liberalism-or-immigration-restrictions-but-not-both/

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24) FBI, locals team up to invade citizens’ privacy
Source: Cato Institute
by Adam Bates

“Our cellular phones, the U.S. Supreme Court recently opined, contain ‘a digital record of nearly every aspect of [our] lives — from the mundane to the intimate.’ Indeed, many of us use our cellphones to privately convey our love, our insecurities, our fears, our locations, and our most sensitive relationships. Yet right now, across the United States, law enforcement agents have secret, unfettered access to all of it, and the government is trying to keep it that way.” (05/23/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/fbi-locals-team-invade-citizens-privacy

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25) Will Millennial movement rebuild ivory tower or be crushed by it?
Source: TomDispatch
by Aviva Chomsky

“Much of our future is reliably unpredictable, and what more so than the moments when mass movements suddenly break out and sweep across our world? Who expected, for example, that for perhaps the first time in history hundreds of thousands of people would hit the streets of U.S. cities and towns — and millions the global streets from London and Barcelona to Sydney and Jakarta — in early 2003 to protest the coming invasion of Iraq, a war, that is, that hadn’t even begun? Or that such a movement would essentially vanish not long after that war was predictably launched?” (05/22/16)

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176143/tomgram%3A_aviva_chomsky%2C_will_the_millennial_movement_rebuild_the_ivory_tower_or_be_crushed_by_it

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26) Jim Bovard on The Scott Horton Show
Source: JimBovard.com

“Talk show firebrand Scott Horton and I had a rowdy time thumping the hypocritical Obama-Kerry Charade against corruption — but only in foreign countries. This podcast picks up where my USA Today oped left off.” [various formats] (05/23/16)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2016/05/23/mp3-thumping-obamas-corruption-charade-scott-horton/

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27) Oppressing transgender students an attack on public education
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“It didn’t take long for conservatives to turn their attack on the rights of transgender students into an attack on another favorite target of theirs: public schools. In the pages of the conservative journal National Review, the latest screed declares, ‘The Obama administration just destroyed the traditional American public school.’ First, it’s not hard to miss the dog whistle language in this piece, primarily, using ‘traditional’ as a code word for white, straight and Christian and posing as a victim while arguing for ‘the right’ to discriminate against a vulnerable minority. Nevertheless, the target of conservative ire is the recent joint announcement from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education that public schools must allow transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.” [editor’s note: The irony here is, this might be the only positive aspect of this latest “witchhunt” – SAT] (05/23/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160523/why-oppressing-transgender-students-is-an-attack-on-public-education

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28) A praising attack on my immigration article
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The right to be free should never be considered a state policy. As Jefferson pointed out in the Declaration of Independence, people’s fundamental rights, including freedom, pre-exist the state. They are independent of the state. Freedom isn’t something the state gives us. We don’t have to be grateful to public officials for establishing a policy that enables us to be free. We are free by our very nature, and no government has the legitimate authority to destroy, regulate, control, or interfere with the exercise of fundamental rights. Thus, open borders is not a ‘state policy,’ any more than freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion are state policies.” (05/23/16)

http://fff.org/2016/05/23/praising-attack-immigration-article/

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29) The Democrats’ Sanders
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“If Donald Trump supporters had booed a Republican senator at a state convention over the weekend, if they threw chairs because they did not like a delegate count, if Trump’s goons published a state party vice chairwoman’s private phone number — which unleashed a torrent of abusive, obscenity-drenched voice messages that described the acts of violence she deserved — then it would be a big story. And if Trump spoke Wednesday afternoon, you would expect all the cable news networks to air his speech live to see whether Trump would use the occasion to call off the dogs or he would further incite his throng. Except the story I relate does not involve boorish Trump supporters. It involves boorish supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders.” [editor’s note: This is a bit stale but still relevant- SAT] (05/19/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/05/19/the-democrats-sanders-n2165196

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30) End the imperial presidency before it’s too late
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“The Bush Administration aggressively moved to expand executive power, drawing on the dubious legal maneuvering of David Addington, John Yoo, and their enablers. Starting in 2005, the junior senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, would repeatedly insist that Bush’s assertions of executive power violated the Constitution. Nonetheless, Obama inherited a newly powerful executive branch, just as Cheney had hoped. And rather than dismantle it, Obama spent two terms lending the imprimatur of centrist, establishment bipartisanship to Cheney’s vision. Now, Donald Trump is coming.” (05/23/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/05/donald-trump-is-coming/483578/

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31) The Jason Stapleton Program, 05/23/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Last week the Nevada Libertarian Party held their debate, and it was hands down the best show put on this year. With the help of celebrities like Penn Jillette, Drew Cary, and Greg Gutfeld it ended up being a first class event. … While the event was full of great moments, it wants [sic] all sunshine and rainbows. Some of the questions were lacking, and the candidates themselves seemed poorly prepared.” [various formats] (05/23/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/nevada-rocks-the-lp-debate-but-the-candidates-fall-flat/

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32) Save Puerto Rico by setting the island free
Source: USA Today
by Veronique de Rugy & Tad DeHaven

“There’s an old saying about raising children that ‘healthy birds fly away from the nest.’ Applying this concept to territories of the United States, it may be time to consider setting a timetable for Puerto Rican independence as part of any effort by federal policymakers to help the beleaguered island regain its financial health. Puerto Rico is the largest of the United States’ territories in terms of size and population. It’s also one of the largest headaches currently facing policymakers. That’s because the Caribbean island located 1,000 miles southeast of Miami is mired in a debt crisis thanks to a long-slumping economy — an economy hindered by counterproductive federal policies and its own fiscal incompetence.” (05/23/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/05/23/free-puerto-rico-debt-crisis-independence-colonialism-history-column/84751460

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33) Latin America is a cautionary tale about socialist experiments
Source: PanAm Post
by Leonard Quinde Allieri

“Even if socialism could be applied under ideal conditions distant from reality, it would still not achieve great things. Socialists in Latin America could not have risen up at a better time and could not have enjoyed better conditions in which to implement their ideas, especially in countries like Ecuador and Venezuela where the amount of money their governments handled, thanks to the oil boom, was incredibly high. Instead, they failed miserably, showing just how unsustainable socialism really is.” (05/23/16)

https://panampost.com/leonard-quinde/2016/05/23/we-must-not-repeat-the-mistakes-of-21st-century-socialism/

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34) Worker bargaining power comes chiefly from competition for workers
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Workers’ bargaining power ultimately is tied positively to workers’ alternatives: the greater the number, and the better the quality, of a worker’s employment options, the stronger is that worker’s bargaining power. If many different employers are competing for your services — each by offering you good pay, good benefits, and good work conditions — you as a worker have splendid bargaining power. It follows that government interventions that reduce the creation of good jobs — that is, interventions that reduce firms’ incentives to create better opportunities for employing human labor — reduce workers’ bargaining power.” (05/23/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/05/40863.html

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35) Fear and censorship in Germany
Source: spiked
by Sabine Beppler-Spahl

“Earlier this month, Lutz Bachmann, founder and head of Pegida, Germany’s anti-Islam movement, was convicted and fined €9,600 for having called refugees ‘cattle,’ ‘filth’ and ‘scum’ in a 2014 Facebook post. This, a Dresden court ruled, was a criminal offence under Germany’s ‘incitement of the people’ law (‘Volksverhetzung’). … Not one mainstream commentator asked if perhaps Bachmann’s rants (as ugly and despicable as they were) should have been protected under the right to free speech. Despite the fact that Volksverhetzung was never formally established in an election or a referendum, it has been accepted as commonsense law, particularly among the German middle class.” (05/23/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/fear-and-censorship-in-germany/

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36) Republicans cannot give up on #NeverTrump
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“Back in February, when online conservatives first began their unsuccessful campaign to deny Donald Trump the GOP presidential nomination, #NeverTrump meant different things to different people. To its most cynical adopters, like Senator Marco Rubio, the mantra was little more than a rallying cry for his own ailing campaign–an attempt to harness genuine anti-Trump sentiment on the right, less for the purposes of making Trump’s unfitness for the presidency evident than to press a momentary advantage against Ted Cruz and other Republican rivals. #NeverTrump: Because only one person can be the nominee, and I want to be that person! Other conservatives interpreted (and continue to interpret) #NeverTrump as a statement of personal ideological boundaries: Trump isn’t a true conservative, and therefore, as a conservative, I can’t support him.” (05/23/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/133655/republicans-cannot-give-nevertrump

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37) Heartland Daily Podcast, 05/23/16
Source: Heartland Institute

“In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Jonathan Lochwood, executive director of Advancing Colorado, joins host H. Sterling Burnett to discuss the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to bar localities from banning hydraulic fracturing.” [various formats] (05/23/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/05/heartland-daily-podcast-jonathan-lochwood-colorado-supreme-court-bars-local-fracking-bans/

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38) Freedom Works / Paul Molloy Show, 05/23/16
Source: Freedom Works / Paul Molloy Show

“James Sherk — Heritage Foundation overtime pay rule.” [various formats] (05/23/16)

 

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39) How anti-Muslim attacks damage America
Source: The American Prospect
by Arsalan Iftikhar

“Like virtually all Americans, my life changed forever on September 11, 2001–but in a most unique way. Born and raised in the United States, I proudly grew up in my hometown of Chicago and proceeded to receive my ‘Top 20’ education at Washington University in St. Louis, where I received both my undergraduate and law degrees, focusing on international human rights law. But suddenly after 9/11, I immediately became ‘the Muslim Guy’ — one of the go-to pundits that the American media turned to in its fumbling effort to understand the more than one and a half billion people around the world who are believers in Islam. But my life as a Muslim public figure did not truly get turned upside down until the evening of January 7, 2015, when I was invited to go on air with CNN anchor Don Lemon to discuss that day’s terror attack at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.” (05/23/16)

http://prospect.org/article/how-anti-muslim-attacks-damage-america

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40) Fatherland, socialism and death!
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The fall of Venezuela is an atrocity. The comic elements are clear enough — the further you remove yourself from the poverty, chaos, and collapse. We can wallow in a bit of Schadenfreude, taking glee as some American leftists squirm to explain why the socialist paradise they ballyhooed a mere three years ago now tail-spins to the grave. The collapse of this socialist experiment offers an enormous level of tragedy. It’s not pretty.” (05/23/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/05/23/fatherland-socialism-and-death/

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41) Overtime regulations disproportionately harm young people and startups
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Zachary Slayback

“I am a young founding employee at a startup that helps other young people get started in their careers. I see every day the steps that must be taken for young people and young companies to succeed in a constantly changing economy. I experience firsthand and vicariously through the hundreds of customers and vendors I’ve worked with the sacrifices these young people and young companies make in order to set themselves up for success. While I understand the intention of overtime regulation, I urge you to reconsider placing this burden on workers as it will disproportionately harm the young employees and employers alike.” (05/23/16)

https://mises.org/blog/overtime-regulations-disproportionately-harm-young-people-and-startups

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42) Hey kids! Try collateral damage at home
Source: OpEdNews
by David Swanson

“One day a couple of weeks ago I was reading Saint Augustine while driving to the local convenience store, and I accidentally drove right through the front glass wall of the store, smashing up some shelves of junk food. After I’d made my purchases, a police officer stopped me and asked if I’d intended to drive into the store. ‘Oh, not at all,’ I replied. ‘I intended to get here as quickly as possible while also educating myself as quickly as possible. I knew I might crash, of course, but that wasn’t part of my intention.’ ‘Well,’ the cop replied. ‘Where should we send the check for your car repair?’ ‘I’ll let you know,’ I replied, a bit annoyed by the hassle.” (05/23/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Hey-Kids-Try-Collateral-D-by-David-Swanson-Homegrown-Terrorism-160523-494.html

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43) JK Rowling was right: Free speech is for everyone, not just your friends
Source: The Guardian [UK] by Andrew Solomon

“Speaking out about an online petition that sought to ban Donald Trump from visiting the UK, she said, ‘I find almost everything that Mr Trump says objectionable. I consider him offensive and bigoted. But he has my full support to come to my country and be offensive and bigoted there. His freedom to speak protects my freedom to call him a bigot. His freedom guarantees mine.’ Commenting that this libertarian position must be taken ‘without caveats or apologies’, she said: ‘If you seek the removal of freedoms from an opponent simply on the grounds that they have offended you, you have crossed the line to stand alongside tyrants who imprison, torture and kill on exactly the same justification.'” (05/18/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/18/jk-rowling-free-speech-dissent-donald-trump

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44) Kristol and the anti-Trump protest campaign
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Kristol’s pronouncements on all sorts of things are useful for identifying the things that won’t or can’t happen. If he believes there is still a chance for something to occur, that chance never existed or has since vanished, and if he is certain that something will not take place it is a safe bet that it will. His involvement in trying to recruit a protest candidate this year was probably the earliest, best indication that the effort was doomed to fail.” (05/23/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/kristol-and-the-anti-trump-protest-campaign/

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45) The eighteen
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Jim Davidson

“What follows is not meant to be a voter guide, it is a collection of readily available facts and my opinions. You are free to disagree, call me an idiot, or ignore what I’ve written entirely. I don’t expect this article to change your mind about any of these candidates, nor to change the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. If someone is running for the LP nomination and is not listed below, it is because they were not listed, at this late date, on the Libertarian Party web site.” (05/22/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle873-20160522-03.html

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46) Turning point
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“One of the points I cover in every basic presentation I give on sex worker rights is that criminalization is a very recent idea. Invariably, most of the audience is surprised; having been reared in a culture soaked in anti-whore propaganda, they take it for granted that ‘naturally’ we’ve always been persecuted, because victimization and ‘pimps’ and disease and THE CHILDREN! But of course, this is nonsense; though many cultures have come up with laws intended to restrict or ‘regulate’ whoring, the idea that it was an evil which needed to be eradicated by state violence is a 19th-century one, rooted in racism and ‘progressive’ Victorian thought about ‘correcting’ the human race by using law to enforce a Puritanical agenda.” (05/23/16)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2016/05/23/turning-point/

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47) The levee gonna break — debt, demographics, productivity and financialization
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Colin Lloyd

“The absolute level of debt is another factor which is impeding economic potential. Whilst credit creation in the private sector has been choked by continuous regulatory tightening of leverage rules for financial institutions, the capital requirements for investing in “risk-free” assets – ie. Bankrolling the state – has remained unchanged. Meanwhile the reduction of official interest rates to below the level of inflation has enabled governments around the world to dramatically expand deficit financing.” (05/23/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/05/the-levee-gonna-break-debt-demographics-productivity-and-financialization/

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48) Airport lines and the TSA
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“This summer, air travel is for people who expect to go to hell and want to know what it will be like. Security lines have reached epic lengths in many airports. Thousands of travelers have missed flights. And the Transportation Security Administration now advises passengers to arrive two hours before departure for domestic flights — and three in some places. The agency in charge of aviation security has become a major problem. That’s odd, because it was supposed to be a solution. Nearly 15 years after it was created, it’s a case study of how firm, well-intentioned government intervention can produce an exploding cigar.” (05/23/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/05/23/airport-lines-and-the-tsa-your-governmen

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49) Free Talk Live, 05/22/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Supermajority of American Indians Not Bothered by Washington Redskins :: New Mexico :: TX Cop Blocker Dumps Thousands of Pennies in Courthouse :: Indoctrinated Millenials and Science :: Jury Trials in Texas :: Market Protection and Alternatives to Police :: Cantwell :: Clintons Stealing :: More about Cell 411.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/22/16)

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50) Words you should never utter: “Federal bathroom policy”
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“Last week, the Obama administration issued bathroom directives to all public schools in the United States. Today, I eagerly await White House direction on how to wipe my butt. I challenge anybody to reconcile presidential bathroom directives with Madison’s words in Federalist #45.” (05/22/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/05/22/words-you-should-never-utter-federal-bathroom-policy/

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