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In the News:

1) US political prisoner Chelsea Manning hospitalized, cut off from attorneys
2) Obama breaks promise to end Afghanistan war. Again.
3) Syria: Regime declares 72-hour Eid al-Fitr truce
4) Gretchen Carlson files sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes
5) Lynch: I agree with Comey, Clinton is above the law
6) Guantanamo: US to spend $240 million on upgrades to navy base
7) New Tor-powered backdoor malware targets Macs
8) Fed minutes suggest rate hikes on hold until Brexit impact clearer
9) Libertarians on Clinton Email: The party condemns, the candidate declines
10) Australia: Major human trial will test cannabis effect on skin cancer
11) Report: Scientists have figured out how to regenerate teeth & eliminate root canals
12) KY: AG’s office says Kim Davis violated state’s Open Records Act
13) US House Republicans battle each other on victim disarmament
14) US Treasury sanctions Kim Jong Un for copycatism
15) LA: Video appears to show police shooting a man in Baton Rouge

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Remarks on the Chilcot Inquiry Report
17) Hillary Clinton: More equal under the law than others
18) Internships open doors in a locked-down labor market
19) Fixed!
20) The confessions of Congressman X
21) Hillary Clinton too big for federal brig?
22) Donald Trump’s fingers were always short
23) Piranha in a pantsuit Hillary Clinton homes in on corporate cash
24) The servers of the self-serving
25) Libertarianism for beginners
26) Our air is getting cleaner, and natural gas deserves some fracking credit
27) Too big to jail: Amanda Marshall, Hillary’s Oregon avatar
28) Property rights and law among the ancient Greeks
29) A ticket only a Democrat could love
30) Planned confiscation of other people’s money
31) The LAVA Spurt, episode 3
32) Hillary Clinton, vindicated?
33) Like Hillary Clinton, Britain’s Tony Blair will avoid accountability for his crimes
34) I am not a crook
35) What the FBI didn’t say about Hillary Clinton’s email
36) Was Mises a cynic?
37) Brexit’s opponents echo the arguments of loyalists fearful of American independence
38) A cry of rage and pain
39) Is NATO necessary?
40) The Bob Zadek Show, 07/03/16
41) The damned man: Blair scorched by Chilcot report
42) I would indict Hillary Clinton
43) Last Orders podcast, 07/06/16
44) What globalization isn’t
45) Hillary’s banana republic
46) General Breedlove and the Russophobes
47) Antibiotic resistance and collective harms
48) The presidential race: An opportunity for liberty
49) Grassroots, GOP style
50) Free Talk Live, 07/05/16

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

1) US political prisoner Chelsea Manning hospitalized, cut off from attorneys
Source: NBC News

“Attorneys for imprisoned transgender soldier Chelsea Manning are livid following failed attempts to contact their client after she was briefly hospitalized on Tuesday. Manning, who was convicted in 2013 on espionage charges and other offenses for sending more than 700,000 classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, was taken to the hospital in the early hours of Tuesday, July 5, Army spokesman Wayne Hall confirmed to NBC News. She has since returned back to the United State Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where she is currently serving a 35-year sentence. Hall said that military officials were continuing to monitor Manning’s condition, but gave no details as to what that condition might be. Meanwhile, Manning’s lawyers have not been able to get in touch with her, and are furious to see unverified information relating to her medical status apparently leaked to various media.” (07/06/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/chelsea-manning-hospitalized-cut-attorneys-n604951

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2) Obama breaks promise to end Afghanistan war. Again.
Source: USA Today

“About 8,400 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan when President Obama’s term in office ends in January, Obama said Wednesday, far more than the 5,500 he had previously promised. The changing troop levels reflect a continuing readjustment of troop levels by Obama as he’s struggled between competing goals of maintaining stability in the former terrorist safe haven while fulfilling promises to end the war by the end of his presidency.” (07/06/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/07/06/obama-afghanistan/86746010/

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3) Syria: Regime declares 72-hour Eid al-Fitr truce
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The Syrian military has unilaterally declared a 72-hour truce covering the whole country, state media report. The ‘regime of calm’ began at 01:00 on Wednesday (22:00 GMT on Tuesday) and will last until midnight on Friday. A number of rebel groups have said they will respect the truce, which covers the Islamic festival of Eid al-Fitr.” (07/06/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36722942

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4) Gretchen Carlson files sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes
Source: Politico

“One of Fox News Channel’s top anchors has filed a lawsuit against her former boss, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, alleging wrongful termination and sexual harassment. The news came in a bombshell email sent to reporters on Wednesday morning by the law firm representing Carlson, the host of ‘The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson’ and former co-host of the morning show ‘Fox & Friends.’ … The complaint was filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey and claims Ailes made ‘sexually-charged comments’ to Carlson, ‘ranging from lewd innuendo, ogling and remarks about Ms. Carlson’s body to demands for sex as a way for her to improve her job standing.'” (07/06/16)

http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2016/07/gretchen-carlson-files-lawsuit-against-roger-ailes-alleging-sexual-harassment-225162

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5) Lynch: I agree with Comey, Clinton is above the law
Source: CNN

“Attorney General Loretta Lynch made it official Wednesday: Hillary Clinton will not be charged for using a personal email server during her tenure as secretary of state, removing a long-looming shadow over her 2016 bid. ‘Late this afternoon, I met with FBI Director James Comey and career prosecutors and agents who conducted the investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email system during her time as secretary of state,’ Lynch said in a statement.” (07/06/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/06/politics/loretta-lynch-hillary-clinton-emails-no-charges/index.html

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6) Guantanamo: US to spend $240 million on upgrades to navy base
Source: ABC News

“The U.S. Navy will spend $240 million to construct new buildings and repair existing ones at its base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to a contracting announcement published Wednesday. Up to five companies will be selected to do the work over the next five years, the announcement said. It described the projects in general terms as new construction, renovation, demolition and repairs but did not provide details. More details about the proposed work will be available later when the contracts are awarded, said Sue Brink, a spokeswoman for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast in Jacksonville, Florida.” (07/06/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-spend-240m-upgrades-navy-base-guantanamo-40389072

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7) New Tor-powered backdoor malware targets Macs
Source: PC World

“Security researchers have found a new backdoor program that allows attackers to hijack Mac systems and control them over the Tor network. The new malware has been dubbed Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor by researchers from antivirus vendor Bitdefender and is distributed as a file converter application through reputable websites that offer Mac software. … The good news is that the app is not digitally signed by an Apple-approved certificate, so users will see security warnings on the latest OS X version if they try to install it. On OS X El Capitan (10.11) users would actually need to perform a manual override in order to install the application.” (07/06/16)

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3092227/security/new-tor-powered-backdoor-program-targets-macs.html

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8) Fed minutes suggest rate hikes on hold until Brexit impact clearer
Source: Reuters

“Federal Reserve policymakers decided in June that interest rate hikes should stay on hold until they have a handle on the consequences of Britain’s vote on EU membership, according to the minutes of the Fed’s June policy meeting released on Wednesday. … The Brexit vote shocked investors and triggered $2 trillion in losses in global stock markets the day after the referendum. Anxieties remain, with global financial conditions tightening as investors anticipate it could take years before Britain and the EU agree to new rules on finance, trade and immigration. On Wednesday, U.S. benchmark and long-dated Treasury yields hit record lows, with some investors betting the Fed would keep rates on hold through 2017.” (07/06/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fed-idUSKCN0ZM23F

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9) Libertarians on Clinton Email: The party condemns, the candidate declines
Source: Reason

“After FBI Director James Comey announced yesterday, more or less, that Hillary Clinton likely broke the law but wasn’t going to be prosecuted for it, the Libertarian Party issued a press release condemning the lack of any potential legal punishment for Clinton. Nicholas Sarwark, chair of the Libertarian National Committee, was quoted: ‘This is a serious miscarriage of justice,’ says Nicholas Sarwark, chair of the Libertarian National Committee. ‘One key criteria for laws to be just is that they must be applied equally to all.'” (07/06/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/07/06/libertarians-on-clinton-email-the-party

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10) Australia: Major human trial will test cannabis effect on skin cancer
Source: Smell the Truth

“Marijuana is being called in to fight one of the world’s deadliest, scariest killers — a type of cancer caused by your next summer vacation. Researchers at the University of Canberra have announced a $1 million research project with Israel-based Cann Pharmaceutical to see if the compounds in pot kill live cancer cells in humans as well as they do inside test tubes and mice in the labs. Starting next year, patients will get medical-grade, whole plant extracts of specific cannabis strains alongside their current standard of care for melanoma. About 55,000 Australians have the dangerous cancer of the skin, which can be caused by sun damage to skin cell DNA. Less than ten percent of patients survive skin cancer that has spread underneath the surface of the skin.” (07/06/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/07/06/marijuana-to-fight-skin-cancer-in-major-human-trial

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11) Report: Scientists have figured out how to regenerate teeth & eliminate root canals
Source: Fox News

“Root canals are always fun, right? In reality, word that you need a root canal is some of the worst news most people get at the dentist. Whenever your dentist tells you that’s the next procedure you’re going have to go through, two things are clear beyond the pain you’re about to endure: One, that your throbbing will finally soon go away, and the second is that the tooth that’s getting the root canal is dead. However, researchers have come up with a new kind of biomaterial that not only encourages the natural regeneration of teeth, but also might eliminate root canal procedures for good.” [editor’s note: Where do I sign up? – SAT] (07/06/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/07/06/scientists-figured-out-how-to-regenerate-teeth-and-eliminate-root-canals.html

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12) KY: AG’s office says Kim Davis violated state’s Open Records Act
Source: WDRB

“The Kentucky attorney general’s office says an eastern Kentucky county clerk who made news when she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples last year has violated the state’s Open Records Act. In an opinion released Tuesday, the attorney general’s office said Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis violated the Open Records Act by refusing to produce documents related to the marriage battle. The ‘Lexington Herald-Leader’ said the Washington nonprofit Campaign for Accountability on March 1 requested records between Davis and Liberty Counsel, but Liberty Counsel refused to comply.” (07/06/16)

http://www.wdrb.com/story/32382462/ags-office-says-kim-davis-violated-states-open-records-act

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13) US House Republicans battle each other on victim disarmament
Source: Raw Story

“A divided Republican Party on Wednesday fought over gun control legislation that was cobbled together following last month’s mass shooting in Orlando, raising questions over U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s ability to get the measure passed. While Democrats have said the gun control proposal put forward by Republican leaders was too weak, an influential group of approximately 40 conservative House Republicans announced their opposition as well, saying the plan did not do enough to protect gun buyers. The legislation fails ‘to do enough to address the threat of radical Islamic terrorism,’ according to a statement by the conservative Freedom Caucus. The group also complained of ‘the inclusion of gun control provisions that fail to adequately protect due process.'” (07/06/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/us-house-republicans-battle-each-other-on-gun-control

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14) US Treasury sanctions Kim Jong Un for copycatism
Source: ABC News

“For the first time, the United States has sanctioned North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for human rights abuses. … [According to US State Department spokesperson John Kirby] ‘[t]he government continues to commit extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrest and detention, forced labor, and torture.'” [editor’s note: The NERVE. Who the hell does he think he is, Barack Obama? – TLK] (07/06/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/us-sanctions-north-korea-leader-kim-jong-human/story?id=40378256

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15) LA: Video appears to show police shooting a man in Baton Rouge
Source: New York Times

“Protesters gathered in Baton Rouge, La., on Tuesday night after a black man was fatally shot in an encounter with police officers earlier in the day, an incident that was captured in a graphic cellphone video that began circulating widely on social media. Alton Sterling, 37, was killed in a shooting shortly after midnight Tuesday, the Baton Rouge police said in a statement. The police had received a call from someone who reported having been threatened by an armed man selling CDs outside a store in the eastern part of the city, the statement said.” (07/06/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/06/us/alton-sterling-baton-rouge-shooting.html

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

16) Remarks on the Chilcot Inquiry Report
Source: CounterPunch
by Jeremy Corbyn, MP (Labour, Islington North)

“Mr Speaker, the decision to invade and occupy Iraq in March 2003 was the most significant foreign policy decision taken by a British government in modern times. It divided this House and set the government of the day against a majority of the British people as well as against the weight of global opinion. The war was not in any way as Sir John Chilcot says a ‘last resort.’ Frankly, it was an act of military aggression launched on a false pretext as the inquiry accepts and has long been regarded as illegal by the overwhelming weight of international legal opinion. … The Chilcot Report has rightly dug deep into the litany of failures of planning for the occupation, the calamitous decision to stand down the Iraqi army and to dissolve the Iraqi state. But the reality is it was the original decision to follow the US president into an unprovoked war in the most volatile region of the world and impose a colonial-style occupation that led to every other disaster.” (07/06/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/06/the-iraq-war-was-an-act-of-military-aggression-launched-on-a-false-pretext-on-the-chilcot-inquiry-report/

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17) Hillary Clinton: More equal under the law than others
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“In his July 5 press briefing, FBI director James Comey spoke 2,341 words explaining his decision not to recommend criminal charges over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to transmit, receive and store classified information during her tenure as US Secretary of State. He could have named that tune in four words: ‘Because she’s Hillary Clinton.'” (07/06/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6588

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18) Internships open doors in a locked-down labor market
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Google ‘unfair internships’ and you get a blizzard of complaint. Interns are underpaid. Internships favor the rich. They are exploitative. They are a strategic way of getting around federal labor law. Some want mandates on pay. Others want them forbidden. Here we have a narrow means of escape for young workers, a slight glimmer of hope in a job market that is growing increasingly dark for them. Following college, they can work for free or at a very low rate, for a time, and then perhaps have a greater chance of building a career, or at least avoiding the label ‘loser.’ And then what happens? The opinion elite conspire to wreck that opportunity too. Our laws and institutions set them up to fail, and then smother one of the few chances they have discovered to avoid that fate.” (07/06/16)

https://fee.org/articles/internships-open-doors-in-a-locked-down-labor-market/

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19) Fixed!
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“FBI director James Comey released his long awaited report on TV today concerning the results of his yearlong Investigation into Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Use of a Personal E-Mail System. In it he meticulously listed in detail every false statement, lie and serious crime Ms. Clinton committed with regard to her private e-mail scheme during her tenure in office. Then he looked straight into the camera and concluded with a straight face that he would not be recommending to the Department of Justice that Clinton be prosecuted.” (07/06/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/07/fixed.html

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20) The confessions of Congressman X
Source: Strike The Root
by Alex R Knight III

“A very slim volume was published in late May, which, although it may hold few new revelations for the long initiated, is nevertheless a grimly fascinating window view into the mind of a modern American bureaucrat: At once and at times fraught with sociopathy … and yet filled with a kind of jaded cynicism that belies pangs of bitter conscience, intertwined with a kind of scornful resignation. The picture that emerges is one of a conflicted, psychologically disturbed creature – both frightening, and violently reprehensible.” (07/06/16)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/confessions-of-congressman-x-0

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21) Hillary Clinton too big for federal brig?
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“FBI Director James Comey was right to assert that ‘no reasonable prosecutor’ would press criminal charges against Hillary Clinton. No reasonable prosecutor, former federal prosecutor William Otis, now a Georgetown University law professor, told me, wants to try a criminal case with the potential to tilt a national election. Comey’s remarks were damning. He noted it is ‘a felony to mishandle classified information either intentionally or in a grossly negligent way.’ He asserted there was no ‘clear evidence Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information.’ (But then, attorney Clinton was not going to stipulate any intent to flout the law.)” (07/06/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/07/06/hillary-clinton-too-big-for-federal-brig-n2188531

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22) Donald Trump’s fingers were always short
Source: In These Times
by Chris Lehmann

“Whatever else we end up saying about Donald Trump’s historic run at the presidency, no one can plausibly suggest he came out of nowhere. A fixture in the New York mediasphere for roughly four decades, the bloviating developer has been the equivalent of wallpaper: bright orange, tantrum-prone, terminally self-infatuated wallpaper. When I lived in New York in the late 1990s, many of my workdays began with a trip to my corner bodega, where talk radio played at full blast, with Trump as a near-constant call-in guest. As a result, I’d have to wait for a commercial break to take a bite of my bagel, so my teeth could stop gnashing long enough for me to eat.” (07/06/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19265/trump-fingers-were-always-short

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23) Piranha in a pantsuit Hillary Clinton homes in on corporate cash
Source: OpEdNews
by Donn Marten

“In another sign of just who it is that the Democratic Party truly represents these days, Hillary Clinton is looking to rake in millions from the same greedy corporations that have gutted the working class and created an economic order that best resembles a corrupt banana republic. Following up on her top secret speeches to Wall Street donors and a ravenous appetite for corporate graft, the queen in waiting is seeking to pounce on the establishment’s disillusionment with billionaire iconoclast Donald Trump’s populist call for the junking of globalist hose jobs the likes of NAFTA and the TPP. With the fat cats now running from the Republicans as if they have the Ebola virus they will be welcomed with open arms by Mrs. Clinton who will keep their rackets intact and the golden cash spigots flowing.” (07/06/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Piranha-in-a-Pantsuit-Hill-by-Donn-Marten-Corporate-Greed_Democratic_Democrats_Elections-160706-13.html

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24) The servers of the self-serving
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Feel like Charlie Brown? That football … yanked away again. Yesterday, FBI Director James Comey announced he’s not recommending prosecution of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate. … Donald Trump’s negative standing with voters, 70 percent disapproval in a recent survey, may save Mrs. Clinton. Still, standing in her way remains the fact that a majority of voters just don’t trust her. That won’t change with yesterday’s news.” (07/06/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/07/06/the-servers-of-the-self-serving/

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25) Libertarianism for beginners
Source: Reason
by John Stossel

“It took me years to figure out that markets work better than government. I started out as a typical Ralph Nader-influenced consumer reporter, convinced that companies constantly rip us off. To me and most of my fellow left-leaning reporters, the answer was always: more regulation. Gradually, I figured out that regulation causes many more problems than the occasional rip-off artist does. Companies that served customers well prospered, while market competition meant cheaters seldom got away with cheating for long. Regulation, by contrast, lasted forever. It punished innovation, making it harder for good people to offer better alternatives. How do I spare people the long learning process I went through?” (07/06/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/07/06/libertarianism-for-beginners

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26) Our air is getting cleaner, and natural gas deserves some fracking credit
Source: Heartland Institute
by Isaac Orr

“A new study released by the World Health Organization (WHO) says although outdoor air pollution worldwide has increased by 8% in the past five years, air quality in the United States has become cleaner. A key reason that air quality has improved is because more Americans than ever are now relying on natural gas, and burning natural gas emits fewer pollutants into the atmosphere than burning coal. The air in this country is getting cleaner, and natural gas deserves some fracking credit.” (07/06/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/07/our-air-is-getting-cleaner-and-natural-gas-deserves-some-fracking-credit/

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27) Too big to jail: Amanda Marshall, Hillary’s Oregon avatar
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“As we were recently reminded, lying to federal investigators is a monumentally serious criminal offense, except when it isn’t. While the language of the relevant statute is unambiguous, the practice of applying it is a science of single instances, since such decisions depend entirely on the professional identity of the suspect. Aspiring global imperatrix Hillary Clinton is the most conspicuous recent beneficiary of the ‘Justice’ Department’s deference to the privileged and powerful, but she is not the only one. Former US Attorney for Oregon Amanda Marshall has similarly been spared the prospect of five years in prison by a similar decision not to prosecute her for multiple violations of federal laws during an investigation of her official misconduct.” (07/06/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/07/too-big-to-jail-amanda-marshall.html

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28) Property rights and law among the ancient Greeks
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Gregory Rehmke

“Greek art, architecture, literature, philosophy, and politics clearly mark the beginning of Western civilization. But the Greek contribution to the Western world runs far deeper than its intellectual and artistic accomplishments, its stunning architecture, and its masterful works of philosophy and literature. Greek customs and institutions provided protection to private property unique in the ancient world, and by instilling a strong sense of equality before the law, laid the foundations for Western democracy and the rule of law.” (07/06/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/publications/essays/property-rights-law-among-ancient-greeks

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29) A ticket only a Democrat could love
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“From day two, or so, of President Obama’s first term in the White House, Democrats were pretty sure that he’d be running for re-election against Mitt Romney. Three short years later, Romney was indeed still the frontrunner for the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nomination, but he was having a hard time sealing the deal with conservative GOP primary voters. At various intervals, random dark horses would shoot ahead of Romney in polls, only to fall back out of contention. … [T]he last one to really threaten Romney before voting began, and the only one who had a second, smaller surge (before Romney’s Super PAC clobbered him) was Newt Gingrich.” (07/06/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/134900/ticket-democrat-love

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30) Planned confiscation of other people’s money
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“The language of reporting often masks more than it reveals. Consider your report that ‘Hillary Clinton is expanding her college plan to offer free tuition to millions of families’ (‘Hillary Clinton Expanding College Plan to Offer Free Tuition to Millions,’ July 6). As stated, Ms. Clinton’s plan seems so innocent; indeed, it almost seems as if she’ll use her own funds to pay the tuition bills of millions of families. Of course, such innocence is an illusion created by the habit of reporting on government expenditures as if the only people involved are the grateful recipients of the expenditures and the magnanimous politicians who arrange the expenditures.” (07/06/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/07/41049.html

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31) The LAVA Spurt, episode 3
Source: The LAVA Flow

“Thank you for joining me on the third episode of The LAVA Spurt, The Burn it Down Edition, where we talk about a man being arrested for expressing his freedom of speech.” [various formats] (07/06/16)

http://thelavaflow.com/burn-edition-tls003/

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32) Hillary Clinton, vindicated?
Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

“As a former government employee who has had Top Secret, Codeword, and Special Access Clearances from the Department of Defense, Central Intelligence Agency, and State Department, I find the Clinton defense that she and her team considered the private server to be acceptable practice untenable. Anyone who has handled classified information knows very well that you do not copy it, you do not send it somewhere else or share it with someone who has no need to know, and you do not edit it down to make it unclassified in your opinion. It is not a matter for discussion, debate, or interpretation. For me and the former government employees in my circle, the entire Clinton charade that has been playing out for so many months is unfathomable.” (07/06/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/hillary-clinton-vindicated/

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33) Like Hillary Clinton, Britain’s Tony Blair will avoid accountability for his crimes
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“It’s been a good couple of days for the global two-tiered justice system and its political beneficiaries. Just yesterday, the world gasped in horror as Hillary Clinton was given her much anticipated ‘get out of jail free card,’ further clarifying the similarities between herself and her lawless banker patrons. … Earlier today, the findings from a seven year UK inquiry into the run up to the Iraq War and its disastrous aftermath were revealed. … Despite all of that, absolutely nothing will happen to Tony Blair. Just like nothing happened to Hillary Clinton, or mega bank CEOs. Are you picking up on a pattern yet?” (07/06/16)

http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2016/07/06/like-hillary-clinton-britains-tony-blair-will-avoid-accountability-for-his-crimes/

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34) I am not a crook
Source: The Cagle Post
by Gary Varvel

Cartoon. (07/06/16)

http://www.cagle.com/gary-varvel/2016/07/i-am-not-a-crook-2

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35) What the FBI didn’t say about Hillary Clinton’s email
Source: Reuters
by Peter Van Buren

“Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey’s recommendation that no charges be brought against Hillary Clinton for her use of an unclassified email server while secretary of state is significant, but what he did not address is equally important. Comey stated some 110 emails were classified when they were transmitted and received via Clinton’s personal email server. Comey stressed that he did not find evidence that Clinton intended to violate any laws, or that her actions rose to ‘gross negligence.’ He did not explain the rationale behind this finding.” (07/06/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-clinton-fbi-commentary-idUSKCN0ZM1TG

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36) Was Mises a cynic?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Pawel Nowakowski

“Ludwig von Mises is sometimes criticized for having a weak ethical component in his theory of praxeology. His basic idea, as he famously developed it in Human Action, is that people act. By this he means that every purposive behavior is aimed at replacing a less satisfactory state of affairs with a more satisfactory one. It is impossible to perform an action that would not be directed toward increasing the actor’s satisfaction (or happiness). What we do represents our preferences. Of course, we can regret what we did, but can we regret what we are doing?” (07/06/16)

https://mises.org/blog/was-mises-cynic

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37) Brexit’s opponents echo the arguments of loyalists fearful of American independence
Source: Independent Institute
by William Shughart

“Students of America’s founding era, circa 1763–1787, should be struck by the similarities between the arguments rehearsed by the opponents of a compete break with George III then and those of anti-Brexiters nowadays. Uncertainties about the political and economic consequences of separating from a puissant British Empire, the consequences of expected disruptions to international trade, especially if London retaliated by cutting off access to its Caribbean ports, and the loss of the Royal Navy’s protection of American maritime commerce — all such arguments have been trotted out again recently and energized some opponents of Brexit to call for another vote on June 23rd’s ballot question.” (07/06/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/07/06/brexits-opponents-echo-the-arguments-of-loyalists-fearful-of-american-independence/

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38) A cry of rage and pain
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Neil Lock

“Now some of the dust has settled after the Brexit vote, I thought it might be useful to take a look at who voted which way, and why what happened might have happened. … [O]n the Remain side, the picture looks quite simple. The city slickers and big businessmen that benefit financially from the current set-up, and the supporters of big government and the green agenda, also support the EU. The latte-sipping, Grauniad-reading, political-correctness-loving, humanity-hating classes that think they’re the only people educated enough to be allowed to have opinions on anything, are Remainers to the core. On the other side, it’s much more complicated. The areas with the strongest Leave votes were mostly in a few parts of the country — Essex, Lincolnshire and the industrial Midlands and North. But the reasons for that support seem to vary from place to place.” (07/06/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/07/06/a-cry-of-rage-and-pain/

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39) Is NATO necessary?
Source: Ron Paul Institute
by Stephen Kinzer

“Britain’s vote to quit the European Union was a rude jolt to the encrusted world order. Now that the EU has been shocked into reality, NATO should be next. When NATO leaders convene for a summit in Warsaw on Friday, they will insist that their alliance is still vital because Russian aggression threatens Europe. The opposite is true. NATO has become America’s instrument in escalating our dangerous conflict with Russia. We need less NATO, not more. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was founded in 1949 as a way for American troops to protect a war­shattered Europe from Stalin’s Soviet Union. Today Europe is quite capable of shaping and paying for its own security, but NATO’s structure remains unchanged.” (07/06/16)

http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2016/july/06/is-nato-necessary/

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40) The Bob Zadek Show, 07/03/16
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“In his new book, *The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America,* Francis H. Buckley puts a face to the modern inherited aristocracy, which Founders like Thomas Jefferson had hoped to do away with for good. A Professor at George Mason University School of Law, Buckley honestly admits that he is one the ‘New Class’ — those whose education and birthright advantages have enabled them to ride the wave of globalization and technological progress that has gutted the middle class. This gives him a unique vantage point to describe what he sees standing in the way of opportunity and justice for all. Buckley joins Bob to discuss how America lost the promise of economic mobility for the hardworking poor, and how he thinks we can find our way back.” [various formats] (07/03/16)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2016/7/1/unentrenching-the-new-aristocracy-fh-buckley-on-the-way-back

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41) The damned man: Blair scorched by Chilcot report
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“Surprised — but glad — to see how scathing the Chilcot Report turned out to be. It’s not a criminal indictment, but already, just the bullet points from Chilcot’s press conference are highly damning of Blair as a leader: rushing headlong into a totally unnecessary war, with very dubious legal backing, ignoring reports on the likely consequences of the invasion, bowing to belligerent US wishes at every turn, showing incredible disregard for the soldiers he was sending in to occupy a country (and for the innocent civilians of that country, who, Chilcot notes, died in vast numbers) and knowingly exaggerating murky intelligence to justify the unnecessary campaign. All of these points are now thoroughly established and can’t be disputed, whatever else one might say about Blair’s motives or moral turpitude or criminal responsibility.” (07/06/16)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/the-damned-man-blair-scorched-by-chilcot-report-06072016.html

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42) I would indict Hillary Clinton
Source: USA Today
by Matthew Whitaker

“According to FBI Director James Comey’s statement on Tuesday, former secretary of State Hillary Clinton could have been charged with violating several different code sections, and he detailed the evidence that supports bringing criminal charges. Yet, Director Comey’s judgment was that ‘no reasonable prosecutor’ would bring the case. I disagree. I believe myself to have been a reasonable prosecutor, and when the facts and evidence show a criminal violation has been committed, the individuals involved should not dictate whether the case is prosecuted.” (07/06/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/07/05/reasonable-indict/86731608

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43) Last Orders podcast, 07/06/16
Source: spiked

“On this month’s Last Orders, spiked’s podcast on all things nanny state, Tom Slater and Chris Snowdon are joined by author and former GP Michael Fitzpatrick to discuss whether obese people are malnourished; why the World Health Organisation is so concerned about smoking in Syria; and public health’s exploitation of the youth.” [various formats] (07/06/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/public-health-groups-are-behaving-like-religious-sects-podcast-last-orders/

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44) What globalization isn’t
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner

“If there has been a bogeyman in politics this year, it has been ‘globalization.’ While Brexit was seen by many as the latest rejection of the globalization that has been the mainstay of international economics since the end of the Second World War, American politicians, both left and right, have also turned against it. Donald Trump is, of course, the high priest of anti-globalization. ‘We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism,’ he swears. Bernie Sanders too complains that ‘the increasingly globalized economy, established and maintained by the world’s economic elite, is failing people everywhere.’ And, while Hillary Clinton seldom uses the actual term ‘globalization,’ she often echoes the complaints of anti-globalists, especially on trade issues. But the bitter denunciations of globalization miss the mark.” (07/06/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/what-globalization-isnt

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45) Hillary’s banana republic
Source: National Review
by David French

“Tuesday morning, FBI Director James Comey stepped up to a podium and calmly and methodically demolished every single Hillary Clinton lie, spin, and evasion regarding her misuse of classified information. Months of deception blew up in her face. And then Comey decided to make her president of the United States. Rarely have 30 minutes of television so perfectly encapsulated the decline and fall of the rule of law and the extraordinary privileges enjoyed by America’s liberal [sic] elite. After listing abuse after abuse — and detailing lie after lie — Comey declared that ‘no reasonable prosecutor’ would prosecute Hillary for her obvious and manifest crimes. It’s good to be a Clinton.” (07/06/16)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/437485/hillary-clinton-email-fbi-james-comey-turn-america-banana-republic

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46) General Breedlove and the Russophobes
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The Roman republic began its descent into empire as victorious generals — starting with one Julius Caesar — returned to claim the fruits of their victories, their final conquest being the republic itself. ‘Crossing the Rubicon’ has today become a phrase meaning an event that cannot be undone, usually of ominous portent, and surely this applies to the machinations of one General Philip Breedlove, former Supreme Commander of NATO. Revealed by hackers who broke into his email accounts, Breedlove’s plot to start World War III with Russia recalls the recklessness of Dr. Strangelove in a movie of the same name — except this isn’t a movie, it’s reality.” (07/06/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/07/05/general-breedlove-russophobes/

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47) Antibiotic resistance and collective harms
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Matt Zwolinski

“When patients use antibiotics to treat themselves for problems like viral infections which they lack the power to cure, they get the trivial psychological benefit of (falsely) believing that something has been done to hasten their recovery. When farmers use antibiotics to speed the growth of animals raised on factory farms, they benefit by bringing their animals to slaughter just a little more quickly, while consumers benefit by paying a little less for animal protein. But since we share a microbial environment, and since the more we use antibiotics the more likely bacteria are to evolve resistance, we all face an increased risk of being infected by antibiotic-resistant bacteria that are difficult or impossible to treat. … Libertarians are rightly skeptical of government intervention in many arenas of life. But some collective harms are so grave, and the alternatives so grim, that governments should do something. So what should they do?” (07/06/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/07/antibiotic-resistance-and-collective-harms/

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48) The presidential race: An opportunity for liberty
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Given the antipathy among the American people toward Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the Libertarian Party’s recent nomination of former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson and former Massachusetts Governor William Weld is certain to make libertarianism a hot topic of discussion around the country during this election season. This presents a grand opportunity for libertarians. It is one of those unforeseen events that enable us to advance libertarianism by providing educational resources for people who are discovering libertarianism and deciding to explore it more deeply.” (07/06/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/message-fff-president-jacob-hornberger/

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49) Grassroots, GOP style
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“GOP ‘Grassroots’ people serve exactly the same purpose as the grass (roots and all) on grazing land or in a pasture. It is a ‘sustainable’ source of the consumable resources needed to raise livestock which is then sold or consumed by the rancher/farmer. That is ALL; the roots provide the money and labor to get Republicans elected to, and reelected to, office. Whatever water, fertilizer, and pest control is expended on that grass is the minimum needed to keep that grass alive and producing more. The emphasis is on fertilizer; tell the proles whatever they need and want to hear to keep them volunteering time and money. Water them as needed with seed money and posters and literature and emails and such. With the GOP, the distinction between water and fertilizer is hard to make. And for those rebels or activists or egotists in the GOP grassroots, well that is what pesticides are for.” (07/05/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=4299

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50) Free Talk Live, 07/05/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Panhandling :: Hillary and the FBI :: Sisyphus and Changing Government :: Virgil Vaduva Joins Us :: Bankers :: Depression and Brain Inflammation :: Free Range Eggs :: Flag Burning :: Defeating Depression :: False Claims About Military Flag Poles.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/05/16)

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