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In the News:

1) LA: Marine Corps veteran identified as suspect in fatal shooting of three police officers in Baton Rouge
2) OH: Cleveland police union asks Kasich to suspend 2nd Amendment because REASONS
3) Armenia: Police station stormed in Yerevan; hostages taken
4) Venezuela: 100,000 cross border shopping for scarce food
5) Russians launch space station cargo ship; SpaceX up next
6) Turkey: Crackdown following failed coup raises concerns
7) Researchers: Alzheimer’s vaccine is possible
8) AZ: Methodists elect openly lesbian bishop in defiance of ban
9) South Korea: Premier pelted with eggs, bottles over THAAD missile site
10) Bahrain: Regime court “dissolves” opposition
11) US regime curtails federal election observers
12) Israel: IDF fires missiles at Syrian drone
13) Turkey: Erdogan, Gulen exchange accusations over coup attempt
14) Pakistan: Model’s brother says he murdered her for “honor”
15) Scientists: Ducks might be capable of abstract thought
16) UK: Boost for May as Australia seeks free trade deal
17) GA: Former Atlanta cop charged with murder for killing unarmed driver
18) Congress releases secret “28 pages” on alleged Saudi 9/11 ties
19) DARPA challenges hackers to create automated hacking system — win $2 million
20) US military told to avoid 37 American cities for fear anti-police protests may turn violent

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The Saudis did 9/11
22) Six steps in analyzing political issues
23) Gagged!
24) Today’s counterfeit laws not ethical
25) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 87
26) Five words that could sink Trump
27) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 143
28) Degree of certainty: Why Hillary wins
29) Coup or not, Erdogan still the likely winner in Turkey
30) Corruption in the House — and other places, part 1
31) Religious toleration generalized: A quick case for public reason liberalism
32) “Rule of law,” “bad apples” and other myths
33) Fears of a clown
34) Why race relations have gotten worse under Barack Obama
35) Should TSA suffer the death penalty for its crimes?
36) Four ways states can take on the Federal Reserve
37) Mike Pence’s bumpy ride
38) Outsourcing public education
39) Apres Nice: Why we need an antiwar movement
40) What if Obama is wrong about Islam?
41) The problem isn’t tools, it’s terror
42) How to make the Democratic Party Platform actually matter
43) The pump and dump of UK residential property
44) A bipartisan “yes” on a health care tax credit
45) Clinton vs. Trump: Who’s worse?
46) Free Talk Live, 07/16/16
47) The Jason Stapleton Program, 07/15/16
48) The Tom Woods Show, episode 695
49) In the Tank Podcast, episode 47
50) FDR’s destruction of America’s monetary system

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

1) LA: Marine Corps veteran identified as suspect in fatal shooting of three police officers in Baton Rouge
Source: Los Angeles Times

“An armed man identified by law enforcement as ‘a black separatist’ attacked police officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday morning, killing three officers and injuring three others. The suspect in the shooting, a Marine Corps veteran with service in Iraq, was been shot by police. Authorities said they have no information about any additional suspects, but were continuing to investigate the possibility of accomplices. … Baton Rouge police officers and East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies were attacked at about 9 a.m. on Airline Highway, less than a mile from the Baton Rouge Police Department’s headquarters, according to Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department. … The attack comes at a time of heightened racial tensions in Baton Rouge and across the country. On July 5, Baton Rouge police fatally shot Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, sparking protests and triggering a Justice Department civil rights investigation.” (07/17/16)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-baton-rouge-police-shooting-20160717-snap-story.html

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2) OH: Cleveland police union asks Kasich to suspend 2nd Amendment because REASONS
Source: USA Today

“The Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association is asking the governor to suspend state law allowing the open carry of firearms for the duration of Republican National Convention. Alarmed by the succession of deadly police shootings, including Sunday’s deaths in Baton Rouge, police union president Steve Loomis said he is appealing to the governor to declare an emergency. He said the state’s open carry law is making the job of securing the convention ‘much more difficult.’ … ‘Somebody’s got to do something’ Loomis said Sunday. ‘What we have now is completely irresponsible.’ Gov. John Kasich does not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws, spokeswoman Emmalee Kalmbach said. Under Ohio law, legal gun owners can carry firearms in plain sight.” (07/17/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/07/17/cleveland-police-union-weapons-ban-governor-john-kasich/87223128

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3) Armenia: Police station stormed in Yerevan; hostages taken
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“An armed group has stormed a police station in Armenia’s capital, Yerevan, taking hostages and calling for the release of ‘political prisoners.’ One policeman has been killed. The group released a video demanding opposition leader Jirair Sefilian and a number of others be freed, and urging supporters on to the streets. Mr Sefilian has strongly criticised President Serge Sarkisian and his handling of the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The CivilNet newspaper identified the group as the Daredevils of Sassoun and said its members had released a video in which they say: ‘Dear friends, citizens, Armenian nation, it has begun, we are doing this for you … Go out to the streets!’ CivilNet said seven policemen were being held hostage but this has not been independently confirmed. The group was quoted as saying it would retaliate if attacked and had no intention of surrendering.” (07/17/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36818929

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4) Venezuela: 100,000 cross border shopping for scarce food
Source: ABC News

“Almost 100,000 Venezuelans, some of whom drove through the night in caravans, crossed into Colombia over the weekend to hunt for food and medicine that are in short supply at home. It was the second weekend in a row that Venezuela’s socialist government opened the long-closed border with Colombia, and by 6 a.m. Sunday, a line of would-be shoppers snaked through the entire town of San Antonio del Tachira. Some had traveled in chartered buses from cities 10 hours away.” (07/17/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/thousands-cross-venezuela-border-shopping-scarce-food-40644913

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5) Russians launch space station cargo ship; SpaceX up next
Source: CBS News

“Russia launched a Progress space freighter from Kazakhstan Saturday, kicking off a two-day flight to deliver 5,809 pounds of equipment and supplies to the International Space Station. It was the first of two supply runs to the lab complex in just 31 hours, with SpaceX gearing up for a Florida launching overnight Sunday. In pre-dawn darkness, a workhorse Soyuz U booster carrying the Progress MS-03/64P cargo ship roared to life and climbed away from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:41 p.m. EDT (3:41 a.m. Sunday local time). A little less than nine minutes later, the Progress was released to fly on its own, kicking off a 34-orbit rendezvous.” (07/17/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/russians-launch-station-supply-ship-spacex-next-up/

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6) Turkey: Crackdown following failed coup raises concerns
Source: ABC News

“Following a failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the government moved swiftly Sunday to shore up his power and remove those perceived as an enemy, saying it has detained 6,000 people. The crackdown targeted not only generals and soldiers, but a wide swath of the judiciary that has sometimes blocked Erdogan, raising concerns that the effort to oust him will push Turkey even further into authoritarian rule.” (07/17/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/turkish-govt-cracks-coup-6000-detained-40648451

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7) Researchers: Alzheimer’s vaccine is possible
Source: Raw Story

“A new study suggests that a vaccine for the incurable Alzheimer’s disease could become a reality in as little as five years, and may one day become as much of a fixture in the lives of our aging population as the common flu shot. The potential vaccine would address a protein buildup that occurs when two proteins, amyloid-beta (a-beta) and tau, die and create plaques that block connections between brain nerve cells, says the study from researchers at Flinders University in Adelaide Australia in partnership with a research team at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, and University of California, Irvine. Autopsies have shown that these plaques are always present in the brains of deceased Alzheimer’s patients, although Medical News Today reported that it is not clear if there are other underlying processes also contributing to the disease.” (07/17/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/researchers-say-an-alzheimers-vaccine-is-possible

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8) AZ: Methodists elect openly lesbian bishop in defiance of ban
Source: Fox News

“The Western district of the Methodist church has elected an openly gay bishop despite the denomination’s ban on same-sex relationships. The Rev. Karen Oliveto was elected late Friday night at a meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, of the church’s Western Jurisdiction. Oliveto is pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. She is the first openly gay bishop in the 12.7 million-member denomination. The United Methodist Church is deeply divided over LGBT rights. Church law says same-gender relationships are ‘incompatible with Christian teaching.’ But several regional districts are openly defying the prohibition by appointing gay clergy and allowing same-sex weddings in churches. Some instances have led to trials under the church legal system.” [editor’s note: I took the liberty of changing the headline, assuming that a woman preferring same-sex connections would consider herself not “gay” but a lesbian; my apologies if I just confused the issue – SAT] (07/16/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/07/16/methodists-elect-1st-openly-gay-bishop-in-defiance-ban.html

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9) South Korea: Premier pelted with eggs, bottles over THAAD missile site
Source: Military Times

“Angry residents in a rural South Korean town threw eggs and water bottles at the prime minister and blocked him for more than six hours Friday to protest a plan to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system in their neighborhood. Earlier this week, South Korea announced that the missile system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, will be placed in the southeastern farming town of Seongju by the end of next year to better cope with North Korean threats. Seongju residents launched protests, saying they fear possible health hazards from the missile system.” (07/15/16)

http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/2016/07/15/south-korea-premier-pelted-eggs-bottles-over-thaad-missile-site/87130442/

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10) Bahrain: Regime court “dissolves” opposition
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A court in Bahrain has ordered the Sunni Muslim-ruled country’s leading Shia opposition group dissolved and its assets seized, reports say. The ruling follows last month’s move by the government to suspend all activities of the Wefaq National Islamic Society. Funds will be transferred to Bahrain’s government, al-Arabiya TV said. Wefaq has helped lead pro-democracy protests in the country since 2011.” (07/17/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36818610

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11) US regime curtails federal election observers
Source: Reuters

“Federal election observers can only be sent to five states in this year’s U.S. presidential election, among the smallest deployments since the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965 to end racial discrimination at the ballot box. The plan, confirmed in a U.S. Department of Justice fact sheet seen by Reuters, reflects changes brought about by the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision to strike down parts of the Act, a signature legislative achievement of the 1960s civil rights movement. Voting rights advocates told Reuters they were concerned that the scaling-back of observers would make it harder to detect and counter efforts to intimidate or hinder voters, especially in southern states with a history of racial discrimination at the ballot box.” [editor’s note: Well, we already saw how useless they were in California this time – SAT] (07/17/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-voting-observers-exclusi-idUSKCN0ZX0QR

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12) Israel: IDF fires missiles at Syrian drone
Source: Reuters

“Israel on Sunday fired missiles toward an unmanned drone that entered Israeli-controlled airspace from Syria and it turned back, the military said in a statement. ‘Two Patriot air defense missiles were fired toward a drone which infiltrated Israeli airspace in the central Golan Heights. The drone returned to Syria,’ the Israeli army said. A military spokeswoman said there were no known casualties. Israel has often responded to errant mortar fire from the civil war in neighboring Syria on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights with tank and mortar shells and with air strikes, but the use of Patriot anti-aircraft interceptor missiles is unusual.” (07/17/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-syria-interception-idUSKCN0ZX0OR?il=0

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13) Turkey: Erdogan, Gulen exchange accusations over coup attempt
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“A US-based Turkish cleric accused of plotting a coup to overthrow the Ankara government has claimed President Recep Erdogan staged the rebellion himself to justify a major clampdown on opposition forces. Fethullah Gulen, who was a former key ally of Erdogan has been blamed by the politician of using his contacts to develop a ‘parallel structure’ to overthrow the state. Erdogan has called on US President Barack Obama to extradite Gulen, who is based in Pennsylvania. In response to the attempted rebellion, Turkish authorities have detained 2,745 judges and prosecutors whose loyalty to the regime has been questioned. Also, some 2,839 soldiers — including the head of the Third Army Corps in Istanbul, General Erdal Ozturk — have been arrested.” (07/17/16)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3693729/Did-Erdogan-STAGE-coup-based-Turkish-cleric-facing-extradition-botched-rebellion-claims-president-orchestrated-plot-justify-clampdown-civil-rights.html

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14) Pakistan: Model’s brother says he murdered her for “honor”
Source: Fox News

“The brother of slain Pakistani model Qandeel Baloch on Sunday confessed to strangling her to death for ‘family honor’ because she posted ‘shameful’ pictures on Facebook. Baloch, who had become a social media celebrity in recent months, stirred controversy by posting pictures online taken with a prominent Muslim cleric. She was found dead on Saturday at her family home in the central city of Multan. Police arrested her brother, Waseem Azeem, and presented him before the media in Multan, where he confessed to killing her.” (07/17/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/07/17/pakistani-models-brother-says-killed-her-for-honor.html

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15) Scientists: Ducks might be capable of abstract thought
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Humans might not be such standout thinkers after all. Ducklings just might be capable of abstract thought too. A new study suggests that ducklings can learn, and imprint on, the relationship between objects, considering more than just the characteristics of the objects themselves. And that could disrupt what we think about thought.” (07/14/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0714/Ducks-might-be-capable-of-abstract-thought-say-scientists

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16) UK: Boost for May as Australia seeks free trade deal
Source: Sky News [UK]

“Australia has called for a free trade deal with Britain as it plans its withdrawal from the European Union following June’s referendum result. The move is a boost to new Prime Minister Theresa May who described the call as ‘very encouraging’ and insisted it showed Brexit could work for the UK. She spoke to her Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull who said he wanted to open up trading between the two Commonwealth countries. Mrs. May has told International Trade Secretary Liam Fox to begin exploring options but admitted Britain could not sign any deals while it was still a member of the EU.” (07/17/16)

http://news.sky.com/story/boost-for-may-as-australia-seeks-free-trade-deal-10504103

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17) GA: Former Atlanta cop charged with murder for killing unarmed driver
Source: New York Daily News

“An Atlanta cop who killed an unarmed black driver when he blindly fired into a passing car has been charged with murder. Arrest warrants for Officer James Burns — who was fired from the force after the June killing of 22-year-old Deravis Caine Rogers — were issued Friday, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said. The three-year force veteran faces charges of felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and violation of his oath of office, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.” (07/16/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/atlanta-charged-murder-killing-unarmed-driver-article-1.2714036

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18) Congress releases secret “28 pages” on alleged Saudi 9/11 ties
Source: CNN

“A long-classified U.S. report released Friday found that some of the 9/11 hijackers were in contact with and received support from individuals likely connected to the Saudi government. Known as the ’28 pages,’ the secret document was part of a 2002 Congressional Joint Inquiry into the Sept. 11 attacks and has been classified since the report’s completion, despite repeated calls for its release. The document, which the administration finally delivered to Congress earlier Friday, actually contains 29 pages of material, plus a letter from then-CIA Director George Tenet.” (07/15/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/15/politics/congress-releases-28-pages-saudis-9-11/index.html

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19) DARPA challenges hackers to create automated hacking system — win $2 million
Source: The Hacker News

“Why we can’t detect all security loopholes and patch them before hackers exploit them? Because… we know that humans are too slow at finding and fixing security bugs, which is why vulnerabilities like Heartbleed, POODLE and GHOST remained undetected for decades and rendered almost half of the Internet vulnerable to theft by the time patches were rolled out. Now to solve this hurdle, DARPA has come up with an idea: To build a smart Artificial Intelligence System that will automatically detect and even patch security flaws in a system.” (07/13/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/07/hacking-artificial-intelligence.html

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20) US military told to avoid 37 American cities for fear anti-police protests may turn violent
Source: Washington Times

“The Army last week warned all military personnel in the United States to avoid 37 American cities this week over concerns that anti-police protests, dubbed ‘Days of Rage,’ are planned and could turn violent. The July 8 notice from the U.S. Army North said there is a potential for violence or criminal activities in the aftermath of the shootings of five Dallas police officers. The Army notice appears based on an online rumor, since denied, that the anarchist hacker group Anonymous had called for nationwide protests Friday in the U.S. cities.” (07/14/16)

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/14/us-military-told-avoid-37-american-cities-fear-ant/

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

21) The Saudis did 9/11
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“News reports about the recently released 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 attacks are typically dismissive: this is nothing new, it’s just circumstantial evidence, and there’s no ‘smoking gun.’ Yet given what the report actually says — and these news accounts are remarkably sparse when it comes to verbatim quotes — it’s hard to fathom what would constitute a smoking gun. … It would not be stretching the evidence to bluntly state that the suppressed 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry report on the 9/11 terrorist attacks places agents of the Saudi government at the epicenter of the plot. In short, there’s no two ways about it: the Saudis did 9/11.” (07/18/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/07/17/the-saudis-did-911/

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22) Six steps in analyzing political issues
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Wendy McElroy

“Every political issue can be analyzed or argued on at least six levels. The levels are usually conflated, but they should be addressed separately even when there is overlap. Otherwise, confusion rather than clarity results. Indeed, sometimes the only way to make sense of a disagreement is to peel away the layers and inspect them one by one. The gender ‘wage gap’ issue illustrates this dynamic.” (07/15/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/six-steps-analyzing-political-issues/

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23) Gagged!
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“If anyone is unsure or still undecided on the question of whether Hillary Clinton’s legal problems were ‘fixed’ by President Obama’s Department of Justice and the FBI this latest development should convince you once and for all that political corruption is involved at the highest levels of government and the stench of it all is permeating the nation. FBI director James Comey has gagged his agents to prevent them from telling us the whole truth about Clinton’s crimes and exactly why and how she’s escaping justice.” (07/17/16)

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

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24) Today’s counterfeit laws not ethical
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“‘You are the government’ is one of the most useful lies ever crafted by the bullies who mean to enslave you. If you are to blame, you can’t blame anyone else. If a law makes gun ownership or drug use or driving without a seat belt illegal, you can’t really blame the people who wrote the law, nor their hired guns who violently enforce it. It’s your own fault. But, truth gets in the way. If I were government, I could fire all legislators, police, and bureaucrats, because they’d work for me. I could abolish all the harmful laws they have created. I can’t, because I am not the government.” (07/14/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/07/14/mcmanigal-todays-counterfeit-laws-not-ethical/

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25) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 87
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Informal audio quality poll; Thanks For Asking! (Caribbean currencies and left-wing magazines); Completely improvised thoughts on violence against police, vegetarianism, morning walks, Android apps and diabetes medications.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/17/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-87.html

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26) Five words that could sink Trump
Source: USA Today
by Jill Lawrence

“Donald Trump’s campaign manager may have just lost the presidential race for him, and it only took five words. ‘He emotionally reacted to it,’ Paul Manafort told Chris Cuomo on CNN, explaining why Trump postponed a press conference to announce his vice presidential pick in the wake of the attack that killed dozens of people in Nice, France. To be fair, there was more to Manafort’s answer than that. ‘It really bothered him to see that carnage and he felt the pain of the people there, and he said ‘it’s just not right to do something self-serving and political the morning after,” he said of Trump.” (07/15/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/07/15/five-words-donald-trump-president-campaign-jill-lawrence-column/87130160

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27) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 143
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Robby Soave joins us this week to discuss a disturbing new kind of censorship on American college campuses.” [various formats] (07/15/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/campus-freedom

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28) Degree of certainty: Why Hillary wins
Source: Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson

“Donald Trump has picked Mike Pence as his running mate. While I most likely disagree with Pence on most things, he might be a relatively capable Oval Office sitter if Trump wins but resigns in a year to become a judge on America’s Got Talent. But that won’t happen. Whatever Pence’s qualifications may be, the ticket as a whole has a glaring omission: nobody with a Harvard or Yale degree. That means it will lose.” (07/15/16)

http://independentcountry.blogspot.com/2016/07/degree-of-certainlty-why-hillary-wins.html

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29) Coup or not, Erdogan still the likely winner in Turkey
Source: Reuters
by Howard Eissenstat

“Corrupt, egomaniacal and repressive, there is not much to recommend Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan’s rule — save the inescapable fact that he is the democratically elected head of state. And that he is a politician who shines brightest in a fight. Erdoğan is not going to give up. He has millions of supporters who will give their lives for him. He has the support of all the opposition parties. And, because he’s won three elections – he is in the right. Friday night, the streets of Istanbul were filled with people. Mosques in Turkey had been calling the people into the street. Erdoğan was giving the same message on national television — through a FaceTime linkup. One man later shouts back at the television screen, ‘I am a Kurd from Bingöl and I will die [for you].’ Early Saturday morning, Erdoğan again appears on television, now surrounded by supporters at the Istanbul airport. There are continued reports of jets buzzing Ankara and Istanbul.” (07/16/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-primeminister-comment-idUSKCN0ZW092

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30) Corruption in the House — and other places, part 1
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“A Florida Democrat congresswoman, Corrine Brown, and her chief of staff have been indicted for corruption and 21 other charges, according to the indictment posted on ScribD, for bilking $800,000 out of contributors to an ‘education charity’ she and her sidekick used as a personal slush fund. This is, of course, petty cash to congress members, who vote daily on how to steal more money from taxpayers or how to spend stolen money (past, present, and future) on really stupid things, like more power and prestige for themselves, and more pork to buy more votes back in their home district.” (07/16/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9314

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31) Religious toleration generalized: A quick case for public reason liberalism
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Kevin Vallier

“Let’s assume for the sake of argument that there is a true moral principle that requires religious toleration. This means that all religions should be tolerated insofar as is possible. So we shouldn’t tolerate honor killings or child sacrifices, but in general, we should permit as much religious freedom as we can. I think that’s a pretty plausible candidate for a true moral principle. But, of course, if there is such a principle of religious toleration, it cannot be a foundational moral principle, since it is hard to see why a foundational moral principle would single-out religion and give it special authority over and above other belief systems. So if we should tolerate religion, we should tolerate non-religious practices and people who have rich, non-religious conceptions of the good.” (07/15/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/07/religious-toleration-generalized-a-quick-case-for-public-reason-liberalism/

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32) “Rule of law,” “bad apples” and other myths
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“If police lawlessness were some aberration that the system could fix and return to ‘normal,’ why has there been no self-correction in the two years since Ferguson and the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement? Instead we have seen repeated police murders of unarmed black people, followed by mass demonstrations — and followed in turn by rioting cops with tear gas and fire hoses. Far from correcting itself, the system is only capable of doubling down on its existing model of behavior. And if cases like Ferguson or Baton Rouge were about ‘bad apples,’ we would expect to see the offending officers investigated, punished and removed by the system. Instead, we have seen the system come together in defense of them.” (07/16/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45680

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33) Fears of a clown
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Donald Trump has many flaws as a politician, but the narcissistic former reality show star is good at one thing: keeping the media attention on him. During the Republican primaries, this prevented any of his rivals from gaining traction. The conventional wisdom was that in the general election, with a field of just two competitive candidates, Trump wouldn’t be able to dominate. And yet, he is. Clinton is enabling this by making the campaign partly a referendum of Trump, with much of her own energy taken up with explaining why he’s unfit for the presidency. Since both Trump and Clinton now are focused on Trump, we have in effect an election that is all about Trump — just as he desires.” (07/15/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/135081/fears-clown

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34) Why race relations have gotten worse under Barack Obama
Source: Independent Institute
by John C Goodman

“There are three things you need to know about modern American politics: (1) the black vote is hugely important to the Democratic Party, but (2) less than half of black voters actually agree with the Democratic Party’s view of government, and among those who do agree a great many are routinely mistreated by the very politicians they vote for; therefore (3) the only practical way to ensure that the vast majority of black voters reliably and enthusiastically turn out for the Democrats is to avoid debating real issues and focus instead on racial politics.” (07/15/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8824

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35) Should TSA suffer the death penalty for its crimes?
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka and Perry Willis

“The Memphis TSA assaulted a young woman named Hannah. She was flying home to celebrate the end of her brain tumor treatment. Hannah is partially deaf and blind in one eye. She didn’t understand the commands that were barked at her, so the TSA agents pushed her to the floor, banging her head, leaving her bloody and crying. Her mom could’ve helped, but was held back, helplessly watching this assault on her daughter. … How many other TSA assaults, gropings and ‘smaller’ indignities never make the news, because they’ve become routine in the police state known as the American airport? All of this is made worse by the fact that the TSA is completely unnecessary.” (07/15/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/should-tsa-suffer-the-death-penalty-for-its-crimes

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36) Four ways states can take on the Federal Reserve
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Jp Cortez

“While the debasement of the currency is the result of federal policy and banker collusion, the effect is broad and deep. While there has been talk about reform, or at least an audit of the Fed, it is virtually a certainty that the federal government will never relinquish the power it enjoys through control of the monetary system. That said, there are practical steps that can be taken at the state level to promote the use and acceptance of sound money and undermine the Fed’s monopoly on money.” (07/16/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/07/16/four-ways-states-can-take-on-the-federal-reserve/

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37) Mike Pence’s bumpy ride
Source: The American Prospect
by Adele M Stan

“Poor Mike Pence. The Indiana governor, described in news reports on Thursday as the Republican vice presidential pick, awoke Friday morning to speculation among the chattering classes that Trump might be changing his mind. Never mind that: According to the Indianapolis Star, Pence yesterday decided to withdraw from his state’s gubernatorial race and hopped a plane to New York, presumably for the big announcement with his new boss–who turned out not to be there. In short, Pence was getting a taste of what it means to be a friend of Donald J. Trump’s. (Just ask Chris ‘Get on the plane and go home’ Christie.) The suspended animation in which Trump held Pence ended later Friday morning, when Trump tweeted that Pence was his pick. That made Pence the first running mate ever unveiled through Twitter.” (07/15/16)

http://prospect.org/article/mike-pence-bumpy-ride

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38) Outsourcing public education
Source: Show-Me Institute
by James V Shuls, Ph.D.

“Time and again we see benefits from outsourcing public services to private companies. Yet, many fail to see how private school choice programs, such as vouchers or tax credit scholarships, could yield the same benefits. Indeed, the same principles apply to both situations.” (07/15/16)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/local-control/outsourcing-public-education

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39) Apres Nice: Why we need an antiwar movement
Source: CounterPunch
by Ron Jacobs

“Millions of folks around the world are opposed to being in the crossfire between imperial militaries and the enemies they have created and continue to create. Of course, millions of others want their national military brand to bomb and kill more in what is obviously a vain effort to kill all of their enemies. That is why those of us in the former demographic need to get off our asses. Over a dozen years of an official ‘Global War on Terror’ has done nothing but expand the interchangeable elements of war and terror, with their never-ending body counts. The politicians’ answer seems to be to never leave countries their militaries have occupied and expand that presence under various guises in other nations, too.” (07/15/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/15/apres-nice-why-we-need-an-antiwar-movement/

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40) What if Obama is wrong about Islam?
Source: Town Hall
by Bruce Bialosky

“A central tenet of President Obama’s argument regarding our national security is that we should not chastise all Muslims. He repeats often that Islam is a religion of peace. What we need to examine is whether that is just something he states over and over again (hoping Americans will accept it as fact), or whether that is actually true. First, before anyone jumps off the high board let’s determine the parameters. Almost everyone reading this column and/or across the world wants to believe that Islam is a religion of peace. Except, of course, for some wing-nuts: some people who you can never convince of a thing or maybe some Muslims who believe they are directed to violence by their religion or their religious leader.” (07/17/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/brucebialosky/2016/07/17/what-if-obama-is-wrong-about-islam-n2192742

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41) The problem isn’t tools, it’s terror
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“‘Our rifle is only a tool,’ Private Joker notes in Gustav Hasford’s The Short-Timers (adapted to film as Full Metal Jacket). ‘It is a hard heart that kills.’ Focusing on tools misses the point entirely: When they choose to attack, terrorists will buy, beg, borrow, steal or make the tools to do so (the Tsarnaevs used pressure cookers, nails, gunpowder from fireworks and remote detonators made from toy car controllers). Terrorists don’t obey laws or conform to regulations. If they did, they wouldn’t be terrorists.” (07/15/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6695

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42) How to make the Democratic Party Platform actually matter
Source: In These Times
by Maurice Isserman

“In the fall of 1967, Robert Kennedy gathered a select group of trusted advisers at Hickory Hill, his family home in McLean, Va., to discuss his disenchantment with the Vietnam War and his political future. Among those present was historian and former White House aide Arthur Schlesinger Jr. In his 1978 biography Robert Kennedy and His Times, Schlesinger recalled what was said that evening. Liberal activist Allard Lowenstein urged Kennedy to launch an anti-war challenge to incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson in the upcoming Democratic primaries. Schlesinger, for his part, warned Kennedy of the political risks of disloyalty to his party and president, suggesting that the senator instead organize a campaign for a peace plank in the 1968 Democratic Party platform. Kennedy was ambivalent about running, but thought Schlesinger’s proposal a pretty weak substitute. He asked, ‘When was the last time millions of people rallied behind a plank?’ We are, perhaps, about to find out.” [editor’s note: More “oppo research” for your files – SAT] (07/15/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/features/bernie-sanders-hillary-clinton-convention-platform-fight.html

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43) The pump and dump of UK residential property
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Alasdair MacLeod

“Messrs Carney and Osborne are turning out to be a dangerous double-act for UK residential property investors. They have been using monetary and fiscal policies through a combination of directed bank lending, selectively increasing transaction taxes and by implementing other tax policies with a view to suppressing demand for residential property. If they think they can fine-tune these markets, history suggests they will eventually fail.” (07/15/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/07/the-pump-and-dump-of-uk-residential-property/

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44) A bipartisan “yes” on a health care tax credit
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by John R Graham

“Ready for some good news on health reform? Both the presumptive Democratic candidate for President and the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives agree people should be able to spend more money directly on medical care without insurance companies meddling. Both sides would be shocked to have their respective health reforms described as sharing any common ground. However, identifying this common ground might be necessary if either side wants to fix the worst aspects of Obamacare.” (07/18/16)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=26570

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45) Clinton vs. Trump: Who’s worse?
Source: Reason
by Jesse Walker et. al

“It’s not unusual for libertarians to have a hard time backing either major party’s presidential candidate, but the dispiriting choice between Clinton and Trump has even the most Republican-friendly members of the movement holding their noses. So reason decided to ask some prominent libertarian and libertarian-leaning figures which candidate offends them more. Unlike [PJ] O’Rourke and [Rand] Paul, the people surveyed below are not making endorsements here — many will be voting for a third-party candidate or staying home. They’re answering a simpler question: not Who will you vote for? but Which one of these two is worse?” for publication 08/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/07/17/clinton-vs-trump-whos-worse

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46) Free Talk Live, 07/16/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“California Cannabis Proposition Opposed by Ridiculous Police :: Cops Toss Charges on Protestor :: More on Proposition 64 in CA :: Holding Government Accountable :: State Agent Immunities :: Marijuana Helpful :: Cannabis Experiences Vary :: Cannabis Patented? :: Legalize It All :: Border Control :: Order of Repeal :: Welfare.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/16/16)

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47) The Jason Stapleton Program, 07/15/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Nearly 100 dead including 10 children, 25 on life support and 27 in critical condition. Such are the facts in one of the deadliest acts of on French soil since world war II. I wish I could provide some words of hope, but I fear I’m going to come short today. What I can do is try to explain the specifics about this event. ISIS may be relishing in the chaos, but it does not appear this event was in any way associated with ISIS or any other radical group. Instead, it would seem this was merely another deeply disturbed man, recently fired from his job and rejected by the world.” [various formats] (07/15/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/thoughts-on-the-bastille-day-attack-and-the-new-normal-of-violence-around-the-world/

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48) The Tom Woods Show, episode 695
Source: Free Talk Live

“A listener wrote to ask if I might do a show covering a few names who will be familiar to many listeners as sympathizers but not quite Austro-libertarians, and take a look at the good and the bad. David Gordon joins me to discuss Sowell, Nozick, and Epstein. Enjoy!” [various formats] (07/15/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-695-thomas-sowell-robert-nozick-and-richard-epstein-the-good-and-bad-in-three-fellow-travelers/

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49) In the Tank Podcast, episode 47
Source: Heartland Institute

“John and Donny continue their exploration of think tanks across the country in episode #47 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country.” [various formats] (07/15/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/07/in-the-tank-podcast-ep47-the-shrinking-middle-class-removing-barriers-in-your-state-and-coloradocare/

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50) FDR’s destruction of America’s monetary system
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“On April 5, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt issued a decree ordering every American to send his gold coins to the federal government and making it a felony offense for Americans to own gold. FDR’s nationalization of gold was no different in principle from the nationalization of private property that would be carried out by Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro some 25 years later. FDR’s action ranks among the most shocking exercises of dictatorial power in American history.” (07/15/16)

http://fff.org/2016/07/15/fdrs-destruction-americas-monetary-system/

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Thomas L. Knapp
R. Lee Wrights
Steve Trinward

Editor Emeritus:
Mary Lou Seymour
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