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Tuesday, June 12th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump, Kim sign document committing to “lasting and stable peace regime”
2) SCOTUS approves Ohio GOP’s scheme to disenfranchise likely Democratic voters
3) US officially repeals “Net Neutrality” nonsense
4) DOJ refuses to give Grassley access to agent who interviewed Flynn
5) Could humans live on Mars? “Absolutely,” NASA expert says
6) CA: Breed hangs on to slim lead over Leno in San Francisco mayoral race
7) Trump regime moves to block victims of gang violence and domestic abuse from claiming asylum
8) TN: Woman due in court after video shows grandchild in dog cage
9) Once a haven for refugees, California sees admissions dwindle
10) Former Senate aide James Wolfe turns himself in over “FBI leaks”
11) US drug lord “La Barbie” sentenced to 49 years
12) France: Farmers blockade refineries to force French consumers to pay more for oil
13) Nunes sets deadline for DOJ to provide documents on alleged FBI informant, claiming “obstruction”
14) Egyptian, Ethiopian regimes agree to settle differences over Nile mega-dam
15) Austria: Regime shuts down seven mosques, says “just the beginning” of a crackdown
16) China: Iranian, Russian, Kazakh regimes vow to uphold nuclear deal
17) Hong Kong: Chinese regime sentences independence activist to six years in prison
18) Chinese missile launchers reappear on disputed South China Sea island
19) Inside Obama’s secret meetings with 2020 contenders
20) Italy: Regime refuses to accept migrant rescue ship in standoff with Maltese regime

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Abolish ICE
22) How censorship crosses borders
23) The historical reason I am skeptical about Trump’s G7 free trade proposal
24) What the AT&T-Time Warner merger decisions means for US regulation
25) Legalize cancer fighting
26) Losing the right not to vote
27) The US-North Korea summit: Some daunting obstacles
28) Iraq’s election could yet be won by Iran
29) Trump/Kim meeting shows value of policy over politics
30) The Austrian economists in the First World War
31) How many Dems agree with Bill Maher’s recession wish?
32) The bizarre Trump-Kim summit
33) The case against qualified immunity, part 1
34) The summit: Will South Korean doves or Washington hawks prevail?
35) We’re wasting resources making solar panels in America
36) Monetary cosmopolitanism: Money as a network good
37) Supreme Court upholds Ohio’s vote suppression scheme
38) Donald Trump has an ugly midterm strategy, and Democrats need to be ready
39) America: A prisoner of our “allies”
40) Climate change: A plea for legislation, not litigation
41) Defending American classical liberalism
42) Trump could transform the US-North Korea relationship
43) Quantum Vibe, 06/11/18
44) Takeaways are just too easy for children say the food fascists
45) Mueller or Trump: Pick your poison
46) Why the Surveillance State is dangerous
47) Cognitive dissonance: The psychological phenomenon that explains why intellectuals can’t stop believing socialism works
48) The best answer to Trump’s tariffs: Free trade
49) The state has no business drumming up business
50) Hip replacement: Lesson one

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 06/11/18
52) Who is Jean-Baptiste Say?
53) Cato Daily Podcast, 06/11/18
54) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 205
55) Free Talk Live, 06/10/18
56) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 164
57) The Anarchist Experience, episode 168
58) Interview: Daniel Scott
59) Freedom Feens Radio, 06/10/18
60) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 109

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

1) Trump, Kim sign document committing to “lasting and stable peace regime”
Source: Variety

“U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un concluded a historic summit in Singapore on Tuesday with an unscheduled signing of a document committing their countries to building ‘a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula.’ Pyongyang pledged to work ‘toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,’ while Washington would ‘provide security guarantees,’ the document said. The U.S. and North Korea would also work together to ‘recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.’ However, the communique contained no specifics or concrete measures showing how the goals would be achieved, though the two sides said they would ‘hold follow-on negotiations.’” (06/12/18)

https://variety.com/2018/politics/news/president-trump-kim-jong-un-signing-agreement-summit-1202842231/

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2) SCOTUS approves Ohio GOP’s scheme to disenfranchise likely Democratic voters
Source: NBC News

“In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court gave Ohio a victory Monday in a fight over the state’s method for removing people from the voter rolls, a practice that civil rights groups said discourages minority turnout. At least a dozen other politically conservative states said they would adopt a similar practice if Ohio prevailed, as a way of keeping their voter registration lists accurate and up to date. … Ohio election officials send notices to anyone who fails to cast a ballot during a two-year period. People who do not respond and don’t vote over the next four years, including in two more federal elections, are dropped from the list of registered voters.” (06/11/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/ohio-wins-supreme-court-fight-over-voter-registration-n873226

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3) US officially repeals “Net Neutrality” nonsense
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“The US has officially repealed rules that governed the way net providers treated the data that travelled across their networks. The net neutrality rules said companies had to treat all data equally. Enacted in 2015, the rules sought to stop providers giving preferential treatment to sites and services that paid them to accelerate their data. And critics fear repealing them may see consumers charged extra for anything more than the most basic service. Public protests greeted the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to end use of the rules, with many saying it could have an impact on free speech. But, in December, the FCC voted to repeal the rules. And the regulations expired on Monday.” (06/11/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44438812

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4) DOJ refuses to give Grassley access to agent who interviewed Flynn
Source: Fox News

“Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley isn’t backing down as the Justice Department rebuffs his repeated attempts to speak with the FBI agent whose interview with Michael Flynn was used to indict the ex-national security adviser in the Russia probe. ‘This is no ordinary criminal case,’ Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote in a June 6 letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. ‘Congress has a right to know the full story and to know it now.’ Grassley is pressing his request anew after the DOJ once again rejected his bid to speak with FBI Agent Joe Pientka and to obtain the FBI’s records of the interview. Flynn pleaded guilty in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe to making false statements to the FBI in that interview. He also lost his job at the White House after he was said to have misled Vice President Pence about a discussion with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.” (06/11/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/11/doj-refusing-to-give-grassley-access-to-agent-who-interviewed-flynn.html

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5) Could humans live on Mars? “Absolutely,” NASA expert says
Source: USA Today

“Humans will ‘absolutely’ be on Mars in the future, NASA chief scientist Jim Green told USA TODAY. And the first person to go is likely living today, he said. After the ‘building blocks of life’ were discovered on the Red Planet, life on Mars and living on Mars seems to be less like a scene from the movie The Martian and more like a reality. ‘Now, we see Mars is an even better location for having past life,’ Green said. ‘It’s just getting better and better.’ Mars is more Earth-like than any other planet in the solar system, making it an attractive second option for the human race. There’s also a natural beauty on the planet: a grand canyon that measures nearly the entire width of the U.S. and a volcano the size of Arizona.” (06/11/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/06/11/could-humans-live-mars-nasa-expert/690476002

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6) CA: Breed hangs on to slim lead over Leno in San Francisco mayoral race
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“While she still is in the lead, Supervisor London Breed didn’t make much progress in her quest to become San Francisco’s next mayor Monday. The latest batch of election results released Monday afternoon show her leading by 1,601 votes, or 50.38 percent to 49.62 percent. That’s an increase in her lead of just 21 votes over Sunday’s total. Breed, has persistently chipped away at the narrow lead former state Sen. Mark Leno established on election night, finally overtaking him for the top spot on Saturday by 498 votes; after Sunday’s count she led by 1,580 votes. She has maintained her hold on first-place votes of 10 points or more throughout the week. There are still 17,090 ballots to count. Leno’s camp hoped the bundles of vote-by-mail ballots dropped off at polling places on election day would break his way, following a rule of thumb in San Francisco politics suggesting that more progressive factions of the electorate tend to vote later. But in fact, more later-arriving vote-by-mail ballots have gone Breed’s way. Breed is also the top recipient of first-place votes in nine out of 11 supervisorial districts.” (06/11/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SF-mayor-s-race-Breed-hangs-on-to-slim-lead-12985674.php?t=367d887c60

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7) Trump regime moves to block victims of gang violence and domestic abuse from claiming asylum
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions has ordered immigration judges to stop granting asylum to most victims of domestic abuse and gang violence, a move that could block tens of thousands of people, especially women, from seeking refuge in America. The decision, which immigration advocates are sure to aggressively fight, comes as Sessions seeks to use the authority of his office to sharply change U.S. immigration law to make it less friendly to asylum seekers. The attorney general has the power to issue decisions that serve as binding precedents for immigration judges. In this instance, he used a case involving a victim of domestic violence from El Salvador to rule that survivors of such ‘private’ crimes are not eligible for asylum under U.S. law.” (06/11/18)

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-sessions-asylum-20180611-story.html

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8) TN: Woman due in court after video shows grandchild in dog cage
Source: Raw Story

“A Tennessee woman was scheduled to appear in court on Monday on child endangerment charges after a video showed one of her grandchildren emerging from a pet kennel in the back of an SUV on a hot day, police said. The viral video, which showed two kennels and another child by the car, led to an investigation after the Memphis Police Department received a complaint, according to police documents seen by Reuters. The children, aged 7 and 8, were in the backseat of the vehicle by the time the police found the woman, Leimome Cheeks, 62, the documents show. ‘Many have inquired about a viral video from Saturday that shows two children being transported in pet kennels,’ the Memphis Police Department posted on its on Facebook page. ‘The children were briefly spoken to and they advised there was no room inside the vehicle earlier in the day, and the defendant … told them to get inside the kennel,’ a police affidavit said. It was not immediately clear if the children were held in one or two kennels. The department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.” (06/11/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/tennessee-woman-due-court-video-shows-grandchild-dog-cage

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9) Once a haven for refugees, California sees admissions dwindle
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“In the fall of 2016, Mohanad Al-Manasser received a call that he’d long yearned for. His mother and brother, refugees from Iraq, had been assigned to come to Northern California. Finally, years after fleeing death threats in their war-torn homeland, the family members were on their way to being reunited. Al-Manasser moved to a bigger apartment in the community of Antelope north of Sacramento, set up what would be his mother’s room, and waited. He’s still waiting. A few months after the call, President Trump put in place a temporary ban on the U.S. refugee program, which was followed later in the year by a freeze on refugees from Iraq as well as a cutback on total refugee admissions. ‘I have my country here in America,’ said Al-Manasser, 42, who worked for the U.S. Army in Iraq. ‘But my family does not have a country.’” (06/11/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Once-a-haven-for-refugees-California-sees-12984864.php?t=368c1eb0f1

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10) Former Senate aide James Wolfe turns himself in over “FBI leaks”
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“A former staff member of the Senate Intelligence Committee has turned himself in to the FBI as part of an investigation into government leaks. James A Wolfe, 58, had served for almost 30 years as the committee’s director of security. He is now charged with lying to the FBI. Mr Wolfe was entrusted with top secret information during his tenure, but he has not been charged for any leaks. He lied to the FBI about contacts with three reporters, prosecutors say. Mr Wolfe, who retired in May, was charged on Friday for making false statements in December 2017, including his use of encrypted messaging applications and providing sensitive information about the Senate committee to two reporters. The intelligence panel is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The US Department of Justice accuses Mr Wolfe of being in regular contact with reporters, who he allegedly met at restaurants, bars and in a Senate office building.” (06/11/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44444139

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11) US drug lord “La Barbie” sentenced to 49 years
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“A former US high school athlete who became a Mexican crime lord has been sentenced to 49 years in prison on drug and money-laundering charges. A federal judge in Atlanta, Georgia, ruled Edgar Valdez Villarreal, called ‘La Barbie’ for his light eyes and fair skin, must also forfeit $192 million. He was brought up in a middle-class family in Texas, where he was born, but turned to gang crime as a teenager. Arrested in Mexico in 2010, he was extradited to the US in 2015. He pleaded guilty to the charges in 2016. Valdez, 44, was a member of the Beltran Levya drug cartel.” [editor’s note: I was so hoping this was some Big Pharma “legal” drug lord; oh well – SAT] (06/11/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44446444

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12) France: Farmers blockade refineries to force French consumers to pay more for oil
Source: The Times [UK]

“Farmers began blockading oil refineries and depots around France last night to try to create a fuel shortage and win concessions from the government. The national farmers’ union (FNSEA) was parking tractors and erecting barriers at 13 refineries and storage sites to deny access to staff and vehicles in the Paris area, Toulouse, Lyons, Marseilles, Dunkirk and the mid-Atlantic coast. Their main aim is to stop the use of imported palm oil for the manufacture of biofuels by the Total group.” (06/11/18)

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/french-farmers-blockading-refineries-in-palm-oil-dispute-3bj9ghl35

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13) Nunes sets deadline for DOJ to provide documents on alleged FBI informant, claiming “obstruction”
Source: Fox News

“House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has given the Justice Department until Tuesday to provide access to documents concerning the FBI’s alleged informant looking into any Russian ties to President Trump’s 2016 campaign. In a letter sent Friday to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Nunes said the records should be provided to all committee members ‘and designated staff’ rather than just the so-called ‘Gang of Eight’ — which refers to Republican and Democratic leaders in both houses of Congress as well as top lawmakers from the intelligence panels. ‘DOJ continues to obfuscate and delay its production using an array of tactics, such as incorrectly categorizing the requested documents as Gang-of-Eight-level material in order to limit access,’ wrote Nunes, referring to an April 30 subpoena for the documents.” (06/10/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/10/nunes-sets-deadline-for-doj-to-provide-documents-on-alleged-fbi-informant-claiming-obstruction.html

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14) Egyptian, Ethiopian regimes agree to settle differences over Nile mega-dam
Source: Reuters

“The leaders of Ethiopia and Egypt vowed on Sunday to iron out their differences over a dam Addis Ababa is building on the Nile River that Cairo fears threatens its water supplies. Talks over the Grand Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia’s $4 billion hydroelectric project, have been deadlocked for months. But at a press conferee in Cairo, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signaled they had made a breakthrough. … Ahmed, speaking in his native Amharic language, said Ethiopia was committed to ensuring Egypt’s share of Nile water.” (06/11/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-ethiopia/egypt-ethiopia-agree-to-settle-differences-over-nile-mega-dam-idUSKBN1J60YL

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15) Austria: Regime shuts down seven mosques, says “just the beginning” of a crackdown
Source: NDTV [India]

“Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has promised a crackdown on radical Islam, and on Friday, he announced that his government would shut down seven mosques and could expel dozens of foreign-funded imams from the country. At least one of the mosques the government will close is said to be linked to Turkish nationalists, and the six others are run by a group called the Arab Religious Community. … Kurz’s government insists that the move is intended to protect Austria from radical religious extremism. ‘Political Islam’s parallel societies and radicalizing tendencies have no place in our country,’ Kurz said.” (06/11/18)

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/austria-shuts-down-7-mosques-says-just-the-beginning-of-a-crackdown-1865485

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16) China: Iranian, Russian, Kazakh regimes vow to uphold nuclear deal
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“As US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un prepare to talk about nuclear disarmament in North Korea, countries meeting in China are trying to salvage the Iran deal on uranium enrichment. Trump withdrew from the agreement with world leaders last month. At the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, Iran, Russia and Kazakhstan have vowed to uphold the deal.” [Flash video] (06/11/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/iran-russia-vow-uphold-nuclear-deal-china-summit-180610184744302.html

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17) Hong Kong: Chinese regime sentences independence activist to six years in prison
Source: Time

“A Hong Kong court sentenced activist Edward Leung to six years in prison Monday for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police over illegal street food hawkers two years ago. Leung, 27, was among a generation of young political activists who emerged after 2014’s failed nonviolent protests over Beijing’s decision to restrict elections. His sentence shows the hard line authorities are taking toward those advocating for more open politics in the former British colony.” (06/11/18)

http://time.com/5307852/hong-kong-activist-edward-leung-prison/

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18) Chinese missile launchers reappear on disputed South China Sea island
Source: CNN

“A series of Chinese missile systems have reappeared on a disputed island in the South China Sea, days after satellite imagery appeared to show they had been removed. The initial discovery of their disappearance was made by ImageSat International (ISI) in early June, who provided images showing bare sand where previously there had been a large number of missile launchers. But in new intelligence analysis released Monday, the organization said the weapons had reappeared on Woody Island on the Paracel island chain.” (06/11/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/11/asia/south-china-sea-woody-island-missiles-intl/index.html

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19) Inside Obama’s secret meetings with 2020 contenders
Source: Politico

“Barack Obama has in recent months met with at least nine prospective 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Deval Patrick, pulling them in for one-on-one sessions at his Washington office. All the meetings were arranged quietly, without even some close advisers to the people involved being told of the conversations, in part because of how much Obama bristles at his private meetings becoming public knowledge. All have been confirmed to POLITICO by multiple people who have been briefed on the secretive sit-downs.” (06/11/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/11/obama-2020-elections-sanders-warren-635165

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20) Italy: Regime refuses to accept migrant rescue ship in standoff with Maltese regime
Source: CNBC

“Italy has refused to allow a ship carrying over 600 migrants to dock at any of its ports and said it was shutting its ports, demanding that the Mediterranean island of Malta accept the vessel instead. It refused, promoting a diplomatic rift with Italy and leaving the migrant vessel in limbo. Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s anti-immigrant Lega party and deputy prime minister, took the new government’s stance against immigration one step further Sunday by refusing to allow the search and rescue ship ‘Aquarius,’ which is carrying 629 migrants, to dock in an Italian port, saying Malta was nearer the ship’s location and that it should accept the vessel. … Malta refused, however, with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat saying that Malta ‘will not take the vessel in its ports.’ Malta said the rescue was not conducted in waters where it coordinates search and rescue operations, therefore it was not the appropriate authority to take on the vessel.” (06/11/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/11/italy-refuses-to-accept-migrant-rescue-ship-in-standoff-with-malta.html

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

21) Abolish ICE
Source: Reason
by Shikha Dalmia

“Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was created in the panicked days after 9/11 to enhance national security. But its primary purpose has become hunting down and ejecting people whose main ‘crime’ often is that they can’t obtain a piece of paper from the government authorizing them to live and work in the United States. America got along just fine for 225 years before ICE, the monstrous child of the wars on drugs and terrorism, was spawned. It can do so again.” (for publication 07/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/06/11/abolish-ice

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22) How censorship crosses borders
Source: Cato Unbound
by Jacob Mchangama

“The world seems to be witnessing a cross-fertilization of censorship across continents and regime types. This is best exemplified by Russia’s adoption of a social media legal code inspired by a German law requiring social media platforms to remove hate speech within 24 hours or risk huge fines. Restrictions on free speech adopted with good intentions by democracies end up serving nefarious ends of autocracies. Illiberal measures against fake news are also mushrooming. While President Trump makes seemingly empty threats against the ‘fake news media,’ France has announced its intention to pass a law against false information. Malaysia has already done so, and Kenya is following suit. In 2017 a record 262 journalists were jailed, 21 of them for disseminating false information. We should add to this the continuous threat to free speech from private actors such as terrorists, drug cartels, and wealthy oligarchs.” (06/11/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/06/11/jacob-mchangama/how-censorship-crosses-borders

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23) The historical reason I am skeptical about Trump’s G7 free trade proposal
Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“I have a love for history and like to make comparisons of modern events to history, and in this case I believe there is a very parallel case we can learn from. Here is the problem: It involves Hitler’s Germany. Hitler is obviously the third rail of Internet discourse, but the example is so parallel I am still going to go ahead, with the following proviso: I am not saying Trump is Hitler, or making any such analogy or statement. I am merely attempting to learn from a very similar international negotiation that occurred in the 1930s. … Major western powers were looking for some sort of agreement to head off an expensive and destabilizing arms race of the type that occurred in the run-up to WWI (and which by the way was way too expensive for countries bogged down in the Great Depression). As the powers discussed incremental limits or reductions, one world leader jumped into the fray and proposed that all the powers agree to total disarmament — no more militaries at all. Can you guess who made this radical proposal that would be the envy of any 1960s hippie?” (06/11/18)

http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2018/06/the-historical-reason-i-am-skeptical-about-trumps-g7-free-trade-proposal.html

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24) What the AT&T-Time Warner merger decisions means for US regulation
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Clyde Wayne Crews

“President Donald Trump’s moves to streamline federal regulation and unleash infrastructure have in some ways been unprecedented. But some developments could undermine or swamp the progress made on economic liberalization. … In particular, the Trump administration’s antitrust challenge of AT&T’s merger with Time Warner — the act of challenging it alone, regardless of outcome — strikes a discordant note amid executive actions to foster expansion physical and communications infrastructure in the United States. Just as we hope to expand pipeline, road, bridge, ‘smart city’ and 5G infrastructure like rural broadband, media infrastructure and content-related ventures should proliferate, not be blocked. The problem with the mother-may-I approach? Among plenty else, the AT&T-Time Warner merger was actually announced over a year and a half ago, back in October 2016. The transaction could have long since been underway, as should have been the competitors’ reactions and the attendant consumer benefits those would have brought. Instead we wait, as the Internet and communications transactions move on government time, while the underlying technologies and capabilities themselves accelerate.” (06/11/18)

https://cei.org/content/what-att-time-warner-merger-decision-means-us-regulation

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25) Legalize cancer fighting
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The number of states that have legalized or decriminalized marijuana for recreational or medicinal uses (or both) is growing all the time, usually without the help of politicians with or without cancer. The movement has mostly been carried on by We, the People through initiative and referendum. Especially the crucial early steps. But politicians are beginning to follow our leadership.” (06/11/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/06/11/fighting-cancer-better-with-a-legalized-drug/

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26) Losing the right not to vote
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“Ohio law allows state officials to strike voters from the rolls if they haven’t cast a ballot in three consecutive federal elections and fail to return a single piece of mail. In a 5-4 ruling on Monday, the court’s five conservative justices upheld the law. ‘We have no authority to second-guess Congress or to decide whether Ohio’s [law] is the ideal method for keeping its voting rolls up to date,’ Justice Samuel Alito, concluded for the majority in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute. ‘The only question before us is whether it violates federal law. It does not.’ Voting-rights groups said the ruling would keep lower-income and disadvantaged residents away from the polls. ‘Voters should not be purged from the rolls simply because they have exercised their right not to vote,’ Dale Ho, the director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, said in a statement. ‘This ruling is a setback for voting rights, but it is not a green light to engage in wholesale purges of eligible voters without notice.’” (06/11/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/148956/losing-right-not-vote-husted-v-philip-randolph-institute

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27) The US-North Korea summit: Some daunting obstacles
Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“The on-again, off-again summit meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is on again. However, crucial conditions must be met for the event to become anything other than a brief photo opportunity that later descends into an exchange of vitriol. Various experts have argued that Kim must commit to his country’s complete de-nuclearization for the summit to succeed. That may well be true, and it is highly uncertain whether he is willing to take such a drastic step. Even if he does, there also must be important changes in U.S. policy. Two shifts are imperative. One is that Washington must abandon its fixation on the ‘Libya model’ as the outcome it seeks. … Another change that must occur in Washington’s approach is a greater willingness to make concessions that meet North Korea’s principal policy objectives. Those demands are long-standing and straightforward.” (06/11/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/us-north-korea-summit-some-daunting-obstacles

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28) Iraq’s election could yet be won by Iran
Source: Reuters
by Nussaibah Younis

“The battle to determine the composition of the next Iraqi government has not yet been won, but Iran could secure a strategic victory in the face of lackluster engagement by the United States. Senior U.S. foreign policy officials are distracted by the upcoming summit with North Korea, while those assigned to push back against Iranian influence are solely focused on re-imposing sanctions — failing to appreciate the significance of this potential turning point for Tehran’s regional influence. The elections, which took place on May 12, distributed parliamentary seats across a highly fragmented set of political parties and groups. Iraqi politicians are now negotiating hard to try to build a viable coalition. But the Iraqis are not engaging in this process alone. Foreign powers, particularly Iran and the United States, shape the process of coalition building that follows every election. These powers can bring disparate political parties together, can incentivize them to collaborate, and can act as a referee to ensure that pledges made in the coalition-forming process are honored.” (06/11/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-younis-iraq-commentary/commentary-iraqs-election-could-yet-be-won-by-iran-idUSKBN1J70Z1

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29) Trump/Kim meeting shows value of policy over politics
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“When President Reagan met with Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland, on October 11, 1987, it helped put into motion events that would dramatically change the global system. A line of communication was fully opened with an enemy of decades and substantive issues were on the table. Though the summit was initially reported as a failure, with the two sides unable to sign a final agreement, history now shows us that it was actually a great success that paved the way to the eventual end of the Cold War and a reduction in the threat of a nuclear war. A year later Gorbachev and Reagan met in Washington to continue the dialogue that had been started and the rest is history. Success began as a ‘failure.’ We are now facing a similar situation with President Trump’s historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. As with the Reagan/Gorbachev meetings, detractors on all sides seem determined to undermine and belittle the opening of a door to diplomacy and peace.” (06/11/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/trumpkim-meeting-shows-value-policy-politics

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30) The Austrian economists in the First World War
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Matthew McCaffrey

“The First World War carries a special significance in the history of Austrian economics. It not only symbolized the triumph of militarism and nationalism over the all-too-brief flourishing of liberalism, but also sowed the seeds of fascism, socialism, and the Second World War that ultimately forced the emigration of the Austrians from their native country. The early Austrians were first-hand witnesses to the Great War, and Mises wrote about it in detail in his early book Nation, State, and Economy (1919), in which he tried to explain the ideological and economic causes of the conflict.” (06/11/18)

https://mises.org/wire/austrian-economists-first-world-war

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31) How many Dems agree with Bill Maher’s recession wish?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Rather than rooting on the strong economy, Democrats have taken to ignoring it, belittling it or, like Bill Maher did over the weekend, rooting for a recession. The extent to which Trump critics will go is truly mind-boggling. The unemployment rate is at 49-year lows overall, and lower than ever for African-Americans. Household incomes are at record highs. The U.S. reclaimed its No. 1 rank in competitiveness. Economists are revising their growth forecasts upward. Optimism is at levels not seen in more than a decade. Clearly the economy is doing well. And what’s more, the public is increasingly crediting President Trump for it — as they should, since much of the turnaround is due to his dumping Obamanomics. But what’s a Democrat hoping to reclaim the House majority in November to do? One is to ignore the economy altogether. So, Democrats are trying to turn attention to things like ObamaCare premiums or alleged corruption in the Trump administration. Ignoring the economy will be tough, however, particularly if GDP growth comes in strong in Q2 and unemployment continues to fall.” (06/11/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/economy-bill-maher-recession-trump

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32) The bizarre Trump-Kim summit
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

Overlooked in all of the hullabaloo over the summit in North Korea between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un are two bizarre things: One, the U.S. government is the root cause of the crisis that Trump is trying to resolve and, two, the fact that South Korean president Moon Jae-in is not an equal player in the summit. … The Korean War was always been between North Korea and South Korea. It was never a war between North Korea and the United States. That is, North Korea never attacked the United States and it never invaded the United States. …. the war has always been a civil war between two halves of what used to be one country (just like the Vietnam War was). So, how did the U.S. government become a combatant in Korea’s civil war? By butting into the conflict and sending U.S. soldiers, many through conscription, and U.S. bomber aircraft to fight on the side of South Korea. What business did the U.S. government have in butting into another nation’s civil war? No business at all.” (06/11/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/06/11/the-bizarre-trump-kim-summit/

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33) The case against qualified immunity, part 1
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Joanna Schwartz

“When the Supreme Court first announced that executive officers were entitled to qualified immunity in Pierson v. Ray, the Court described qualified immunity as grounded in common law defenses of good faith and probable cause that were available for state law false arrest and imprisonment claims. But, as Baude and others have shown, history does not support the Court’s claims about qualified immunity’s common law foundations. When the Civil Rights Act of 1871 was passed, government officials could not assert a good faith defense to liability. A government official found liable could petition for indemnification and thereby escape financial liability. But if a government official engaged in illegal conduct he was liable without regard to his subjective good faith.” (06/11/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/06/11/the-case-against-qualified-immunity-part

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34) The summit: Will South Korean doves or Washington hawks prevail?
Source: Our Future
by Miles Mogulescu

“Donald Trump’s unprecedented summit meeting with North Korean President Kim Jong-un could lead to a more peaceful world, or a return to fire-and-fury tweets and provocative military action. It depends, in large part, on whether Trump listens to America’s ally, South Korean President Moon (who has a realistic sense of a process that could lead to peace on the Korean peninsula) or to his neoconservative National Security Advisor John Bolton, who seeks the overthrow of the North Korean regime. Trump himself has no fixed policy views on Korea (or much else) and seems driven largely by his boundless narcissism. On the one hand, this narcissism leads Trump to crave major a breakthrough with North Korea. He believes this would entitle him to a Nobel Peace Prize (Obama, after all, has a Nobel, so Trump wants one, too.).” [editor’s note: Irony might be in the fact that Obama did exactly nothing to deserve his Nobel, while Trump would merit all kinds of awards if he were to pull this off peaceably – SAT] (06/11/18)

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35) We’re wasting resources making solar panels in America
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Art Carden

“The nineteenth-century French economist Frederic Bastiat exhorted us to look beyond what is immediately apparent to the harder-to-see but still-real effects of policies like tariffs. Tariffs produce ‘prosperity’ for some very visible people and their very noisy advocates in Washington, but they do so at the expense of others. Bastiat’s parable of the broken window illustrates his point. When a child breaks a window — as has happened in my house more than once — it’s a mistake to point at the money that has to be spent replacing the window and claim that it ‘encourages the national labor,’ to use a phrase reminiscent of the eighteenth and nineteenth-century mercantilists. I said windows have been broken in my house more than once. Imagine they hadn’t. In that case, we would have retained the money we spent replacing the windows and spent it on other things — and we’d still have a window. Society would be richer, not poorer. This shows us why solar panel tariffs aren’t a win for the United States for three reasons.” (06/11/18)

https://fee.org/articles/we-re-wasting-resources-making-solar-panels-in-america/

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36) Monetary cosmopolitanism: Money as a network good
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Alexander W Salter, PhD

“I previously discussed how an international monetary order promotes cosmopolitanism: an extension of the division of labor across international borders that fosters larger circles of social empathy by extending the practice of the ‘bourgeois virtues.’ In the next few posts, I want to elaborate on the cosmopolitan elements of an international monetary order. But first we need to do some basic economics. Why would we even suppose that international, rather than national, money is desirable?” (06/11/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/sound-money-project/monetary-cosmopolitanism-money-network-good

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37) Supreme Court upholds Ohio’s vote suppression scheme
Source: USA Today
by staff

“With the 2018 elections fast approaching, federal and state officials should be doing everything in their power to ensure that more eligible voters get to the polls. But on Monday, the Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, upheld a controversial Ohio practice in which failing to vote for just two years can ultimately lead to being purged from the voting rolls — a practice that removed 7,500 eligible voters there in 2016. The practice tends to disproportionately purge African Americans and other minorities, who tend to vote less often in midterm elections than white voters. And it fits with a deplorable trend in some Republican-led states to make it harder for minority voters to register — and now, apparently, to remain eligible after registering. The ruling protects similar laws in Georgia, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and it gives other states a green light to adopt Ohio’s method. Just because states can do it, however, doesn’t mean they should do it.” (06/11/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/06/11/supreme-court-upholds-ohio-vote-suppression-scheme-editorials-debates/691576002

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38) Donald Trump has an ugly midterm strategy, and Democrats need to be ready
Source: The Nation
by Robert L Borosage

“We are headed into what is sure to be one of the most vile electoral battles in recent history. Last week, Steve Bannon, Trump’s former minstrel of malevolence, outlined Trump’s strategy for the midterms in an hour-long interview on Fareed Zakaria’s CNN show. Ousted from the White House and from Breitbart, Bannon is more commentator than commander, but his strategy echoed the foul rant Trump delivered in Macomb County, Michigan, in April. Trump will purposefully nationalize the midterms, and cowed Republicans will fall in line. This will be a ‘base-plus election,’ Bannon argued. Trump will be ‘on the ballot in every congressional district.’ It will be an up-down vote on Trump: ‘Trump or Pelosi’ — impeachment or continue the Trump course. Trump will reprise the themes of 2016: Trump against the failed political class, America First against the feckless elite globalists, and, of course, the politics of racial fear and division.” (06/11/18)

https://www.thenation.com/article/donald-trump-ugly-midterm-strategy

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39) America: A prisoner of our “allies”
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“All the Very Serious People are tweeting and retweeting this ‘iconic’ photo of Trump surrounded by the Euro-weenies, with Angela Merkel seeming to lecture the President while the rest of our faithless ‘allies’ look on. It’s ‘America Alone’ — the visual representation of the internationalist worldview: Trump’s policy of ‘America First’ is ‘isolating’ us, and, according to clueless leftists like Michael Moore, Merkel is now the ‘leader’ of the ‘free world.’ This last is good news indeed, for if Merkel is the new leader of the ‘free world’ then the stationing of 35,000 US troops in Germany — at a cost of billions annually — is no longer required and we can bring them home. This also means Germany, rather than the US, will be sending troops all over the world to fight ‘terrorism’ — a move that is sure to cause consternation in certain regions with a history of German intervention, but hey, somebody has to do it!” (06/11/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/06/10/america-a-prisoner-of-our-allies/

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40) Climate change: A plea for legislation, not litigation
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Richard W Weekley

“For many personal injury trial lawyers, the dream is to one day hit the next big litigation jackpot and land a multi-billion-dollar settlement, deploying lawsuits against one American industry after another in a scheme to strike it big. Now, some attorneys believe they’ve uncovered the City of Gold and are ready to cash in on climate change. They’ve partnered with mayors, environmental activists and states’ attorneys general to wage a legally dubious crusade against our nation’s oil and gas producers — all on contingency fee contracts for the lawyers, of course. The legal system has been weaponized for a full-scale attack on a critical player in America’s economy. But this public policy debate is better suited for the halls of Congress and our state capitols, not the halls of justice.” (06/11/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/climate-change-litigation

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41) Defending American classical liberalism
Source: National Review
by Vincent Phillip Munoz

“How should the religiously orthodox be disposed toward America? A number of leading contemporary Catholic intellectuals contend that we should be suspicious of, if not hostile to, the liberal political project, including the American experiment in ordered liberty. … Is the ‘strangeness’ now engulfing traditional religious believers — the cultural persecution of them in elite circles, and the increasing legal pressure on them in everyday life — a product of our liberal political principles working themselves out, as these critics contend? Is a political order based on rights necessarily and essentially hostile to traditional religious belief and practice? I think not.” (06/11/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/06/american-classical-liberalism-response-to-radical-catholics/

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42) Trump could transform the US-North Korea relationship
Source: The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart

“[I]t’s possible that Trump’s unfamiliarity with the details of denuclearization, and his desire to be celebrated as a peacemaker, may be his greatest asset. Because what matters most about the summit isn’t whether it begins the process of eliminating every last ounce of Pyongyang’s plutonium and enriched uranium. What matters most is whether it begins the process of fundamentally changing the relationship between North Korea and the United States. In pursuing peace with North Korea, Trump has the chance to be like Ronald Reagan: not the unyielding, warlike Reagan of Republican myth, but the real Reagan. The man who, in his second term, confounded both establishment centrists and his right-wing base by focusing not on the details of arms control but on fundamentally changing America’s relationship with the USSR.” (06/11/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/06/trump-kim-summit/562460/

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43) Quantum Vibe, 06/11/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (06/11/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1806

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44) Takeaways are just too easy for children say the food fascists
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“The idea that just anyone, armed only with the coin of the realm, should be able to walk the high street and buy food horrifies some. For, as we all know, they might buy food that they enjoy, that they like the taste of, instead of what is approved of by the prodnoses. This will never do, of course it won’t. For what’s the point of putting all the prodnoses into government if we can just do what we want anyway?” (06/11/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/food/takeaways-are-just-too-easy-for-children-say-the-food-fascists/

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45) Mueller or Trump: Pick your poison
Source: The American Conservative
by Robert W Merry

“Many have raised concerns over the constitutional crisis that would ensue if President Trump tries to exercise his presidential authority, as he has threatened, to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of possible Trump-Russia political ‘collusion.’ Those concerns are well-founded. Other voices warn of a constitutional crisis if the Justice Department and the FBI continue to stonewall congressional committees exercising their oversight function in seeking information on the origins of that investigation. Again, the expressed concerns are entirely apt. But the fact is that the country is already in a constitutional crisis, spawned by the Russia investigation and all of its surrounding swirls and eddies. It is a crisis of two narratives. One is the narrative of possible collusion and what is perceived as the legitimate investigation that ensued after evidence of that collusion reached the FBI. The other is a narrative of out-of-control law enforcement officials who sought to drum up what is seen as a phony investigation to thwart Trump’s campaign and then to undermine his presidency.” (06/10/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/mueller-or-trump-pick-your-poison/

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46) Why the Surveillance State is dangerous
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“The problem of the Surveillance State is not so much what it knows as what it can do with what it knows. The Surveillance State is dangerous not so much because it violates some standard of privacy, but because surveillance fuels control. Once in place, a high level of everyday surveillance, like a fixed cost, implies a low marginal cost of information; it makes control less costly and more tempting for the state. By the cost of control, I mean the resource and political costs of imposing new laws and regulations. When the cost of something decreases, its users want more. The more the state knows, the more controls in will enforce in the future.” (06/10/18)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/06/why_the_surveil.html

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47) Cognitive dissonance: The psychological phenomenon that explains why intellectuals can’t stop believing socialism works
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by John Miltimore

“The graveyard of failed socialist states is vast. In recent decades, examples are replete: from the collapse of the Soviet Union, to the horrors in North Korea, to the recent nightmare in Venezuela, the evidence looms large and tragic. Yet among its faithful, there is a persistent belief that ‘real’ socialism does work. … So why, despite its bloody and impoverished track record, do so many educated people still favor socialism and interventionism over free markets?” (06/10/18)

https://thelibertarianrepublic.com/cognitive-dissonance-the-psychological-phenomenon-that-explains-why-intellectuals-cant-stop-believing-socialism-works/

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48) The best answer to Trump’s tariffs: Free trade
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“In the Bible it says, ‘He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone …’ It also has been said that the one who strikes the second blow starts any fight. If the world is to avoid trade wars due to tariffs being imposed by the Trump Administration, both the United States and its trading partners in Europe and North America should look within themselves and ask if they are blameless in their own trade practices, and if it would not be far better if everyone were to simply follow a policy of free trade.” (06/11/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-best-answer-to-trumps-tariffs-free-trade/

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49) The state has no business drumming up business
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“[I]t is unethical for the U.S. government to hold American consumers hostage in a ‘game’ designed to drum up more sales for American businesses. It might well be true that, say, Boeing not only would sell more airplanes if foreign governments lowered their tariffs but would thereby be able to take advantage of larger economies of scale. If you agree that this prospect is insufficient to give to Boeing the ethical right to obstruct the purchases of others Americans, by what logic do you conclude that Trump has the ethical right to obstruct these purchases?” (06/10/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/06/state-no-business-drumming-business.html

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50) Hip replacement: Lesson one
Source: Liberty Unbound
by SH Chambers

“English, like every other living language, constantly evolves. Every utterance holds the promise of change: a new take, a fresh twist, an old word with a new meaning, or a neatly turned phrase that nudges the language, and the people who speak it, in a new direction. This is Donald Trump in the ’80s: ‘You have to think anyway, so why not think big?’ New words are created all the time. The verb ‘mansplain,’ coined less than a decade ago, describes a practice at least twice as old: when a man explains something, a new word, say, to a woman in a condescending manner. And, of course, words just disappear. I haven’t heard ‘tergiversation’ since William Safire died.” (06/10/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1859

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51) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 06/11/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Trump/Kim Summit: Breakthrough or Publicity Stunt?” [Flash video] (06/11/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/trumpkim-summit-breakthrough-or-publicity-stunt

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52) Who is Jean-Baptiste Say?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute

“Per Bylund explains the many contributions of Jean-Baptiste Say (1767–1832), a precursor to the Austrian school of economics.” [various formats] (06/11/18)

https://mises.org/library/who-jean-baptiste-say

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53) Cato Daily Podcast, 06/11/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The confusion over trade that continues to infect the White House has real consequences. Don Boudreaux discusses the latest round of errors following the G-7 talks.” [various formats] (06/11/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/trumps-bad-trade-economics

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54) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 205
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #205, I breakdown Trump’s press conference after the G7. Trump said that Russia should rejoin the G7 without giving Crimea back to Ukraine. Trump stated that a successful summit with Kim Jong Un would be a minimum of establishing a dialog. He also said he expects the diplomatic process with North Korea to be slow. I explain how these statements show Trump bucking the establishment policy North Korean and Russian diplomacy.” [various formats] (06/11/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-205-trump-bucks-establishment-eyes-diplomacy

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55) Free Talk Live, 06/10/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Anarchy Girl Explains all :: Football vs soccer :: Nigerian woman robbed by Customs :: ICE gets caught in a lie :: Soldiers snitch on their pizza delivery guy :: Youtube banning guns? :: Otzi’s tattoos :: Trump’s Trade War :: Mark, Jonny Ray and Darryl.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/10/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-06-10

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56) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 164
Source: The Daily Liberator

“Trump Hat-Trick.” [various formats] (06/10/18)

https://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-164-trump-hat-trick/

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57) The Anarchist Experience, episode 168
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“We discuss the new local legislation putting price caps on Ridesharing surge prices, and these HEADLINES: — Bureaucrats Shut Down Your Kids’ Lemonade Stands? Country Time Will Pay the Fines. — Parents form Organization to Fight Gov’t Officials Who Keep Kidnapping Children — The State as God’s Will — ‘Progressives’ Against (Economic) Progress.” [various formats] (06/10/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/the-anarchist-experience-168/

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58) Interview: Daniel Scott
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Daniel Scott. Herein we discussed his path to Voluntaryism, its not about abolishing the government, why focus on philosophy and morality, move to Somalia, Statist bingo, defining basic terms, there ought to be a law, Sterlin Luxan, Psychologic Anarchist, man and the elephant, using comedy to diffuse tense situations, property is theft argument, megalomaniacal hubris, Trump supporting libertarians, the importance of principles, the humility of Voluntaryists and more!” [Flash video or Flash audio] (06/10/18)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/daniel-scott-co-founder-of-flagship-freedom-podcast/

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59) Freedom Feens Radio, 06/10/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Michael W. Dean two solo shows part 2 of 2. Topics: being the gang boss is no fun, dealing with autistic people, dealing with autistic people who play synthesizer, dealing with humanity if you are autistic, and how to find your place in the world even if you’re not autistic. Plus, Cats! Coffee! Liberty!” [various formats] (06/10/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15903

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60) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 109
Source: Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

“Bilderberg, Marijuana Prosecutions, Sports Politics, Marijuana Morality, RPI Conference.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/10/18)

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/june/10/five-minutes-five-issues-bilderberg-marijuana-prosecutions-sports-politics-marijuana-morality-rpi-conference/

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