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In the News:

1) Venezuela: Regime agents abduct opposition leaders in growing crackdown
2) Russia: Putin signs Internet censorship law
3) Scaramucci sacked as Trump media chief
4) Arpaio found guilty of criminal contempt of court
5) Report: Congress seeks to deregulate gun silencers
6) Niagara Falls: Officials explain why the water turned black
7) Study: Earth’s atmosphere to warm by at least another 2 degrees
8) OH police chief: Woman used my business card to snort heroin
9) Game of Thrones script “stolen in HBO hack”
10) Report: US embassy in Moscow locked out of diplomatic property
11) Sanders: Liberals shouldn’t trust Democrats
12) AL: Inmates escape using peanut butter
13) NJ: Professor who taught “Beyonce” classes calls for “someone to just shoot” Trump
14) Afghanistan: Islamic State targets Iraqi embassy in Kabul; four attackers killed
15) Report: McCain will offer Afghanistan strategy in September
16) Venezuela: Maduro claims victory for new assembly
17) Tor co-founder: “There is basically no Dark Web”
18) Kenya: Election official tortured, killed days before vote
19) Wikileaks releases thousands of Macron campaign emails
20) Pakistan: Ally of ousted PM Nawaz Sharif nominated to replace him
21) Mass exodus from Coinbase spawns Bitcoin withdrawal delays
22) Lawsuit against CIA psychologists who compared themselves to Nazi gas manufacturer headed to trial
23) TN: Son of Nashville mayor dies of apparent drug overdose
24) Saudi Arabia: Internationalization of holy sites “a declaration of war”
25) OH: Lawyer says juror might have stolen opioid evidence at trial

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Don’t let politics smash your ideals
27) Obamacare: Time for Trump to make Congress share the pain
28) North Korea or Iran … where will President Trump attack first?
29) Was Buchanan’s and Tullock’s enterprise “like Calhoun’s?”
30) South Korea thinks about acquiring nuclear weapons. Good?
31) Hermitage Capital founder: Fusion GPS (Trump dossier creator) worked For Russian government
32) Teaching freedom
33) People keep telling me to stop blogging about North Korea
34) Freedom and the fear of self-responsibility
35) Congress needs to provide Dreamers with permanent protection
36) How onerous are Basel III’s constraints on bank leverage?
37) How the European Union keeps poor countries poor
38) The link between Trump’s attacks on immigrants & deaths in the desert
39) Close all US military bases on foreign soil
40) The Russians were involved, but it wasn’t about collusion
41) Saddle up
42) The person, and the policy, that could ease Syria’s suffering
43) Let Donald Trump fire Jeff Sessions
44) Why is there a budget crisis in Connecticut?
45) Submission
46) The presidency in exile
47) Why decentralized economic planning is so important
48) How Romney loyalists hijacked Trump’s foreign policy
49) Ice cap history, present, don’t fit climate alarmist tall tales
50) Trump’s humiliation of Sessions just plain ugly to watch
51) The tweet that is shaking the War Party
52) TSA justifies pat downs with op-eds — is my paper trail to blame?
53) Public schools or government schools?
54) ObamaCare’s casualties
55) Blood in the homes — not just the streets

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Reason Podcast, 07/31/17
57) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 306
58) Freedom Feens Radio, 07/31/17
59) American Foreign Policy, episode 4
60) Free Talk Live, 07/30/17
61) The Tom Woods Show, episode 963
62) Does the system preserve the status quo?

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

1) Venezuela: Regime agents abduct opposition leaders in growing crackdown
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Venezuela’s domestic intelligence service on Tuesday arrested two opposition leaders following months of deadly anti-government protests. Leopoldo Lopez and Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma have been vocal critics of the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. In a tweet, Lopez’s wife, Lilian Tintori, posted a video showing the pro-democracy activist being detained by Venezuelan authorities. ’12:27 in the morning: the moment when the dictatorship abducts Leopoldo at my house. We will not bow,’ Tintori wrote in the tweet. … Meanwhile, Gaby Arellano, a parliamentarian with the opposition-controlled National Assembly posted a video showing Venezuelan intelligence agents detaining Ledezma in the middle of the night, escorting him out of his residence while still wearing pajamas. The arrests came a day after Venezuelan electoral officials announced the results of an internationally-condemned election for an all-powerful constituent assembly that supersedes parliament. Opposition parties boycotted the vote, saying it was a ploy for Maduro to consolidate power.” (08/01/17)

http://www.dw.com/en/venezuela-arrests-two-opposition-leaders-in-growing-crackdown/a-39914974

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2) Russia: Putin signs Internet censorship law
Source: ZDNet

“Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law prohibiting the use of technology that provides access to websites banned in the country. The law signed on Sunday is already approved by the Duma, the lower house of parliament, and will come into effect on November 1, 2017. It will ban the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other technologies, known as anonymisers, that allow people to surf the web anonymously.” (07/31/17)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/putin-bans-vpn-use-in-russia/

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3) Scaramucci sacked as Trump media chief
Source: BBC News

“White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has been fired after less than 10 days in the post. The former Wall Street financier had drawn criticism after calling a reporter to give a profanity-laced tirade against his colleagues. Mr Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus and spokesman Sean Spicer both left their posts over his appointment. The decision was made by Mr Trump’s new chief of staff, John Kelly, who was sworn in on Monday.” (07/31/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40782299

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4) Arpaio found guilty of criminal contempt of court
Source: Arizona Republic

“The immigration policies that elevated former Sheriff Joe Arpaio to fame were the same that would ultimately lead to his political demise and conviction of a federal crime. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton found Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt of court, finding that he willfully violated a federal judge’s order. The sentencing phase will begin Oct. 5. Arpaio faces up to six months in confinement, a sentence equivalent to that of a misdemeanor. Bolton’s ruling follows a five-day June and July trial, in which Department of Justice prosecutors argued that the 85-year-old had intentionally flouted a federal judge’s orders halting Arpaio’s signature immigration round-ups.” (07/31/17)

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2017/07/31/maricopa-county-sheriff-joe-arpaio-found-guilty-criminal-contempt-court/486278001/

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5) Report: Congress seeks to deregulate gun silencers
Source: Fox News

“A handful of proposed federal bills would make gun silencers more readily available. And they may overrule Illinois’ ban on the firearms accessory. Gun suppressors have been heavily regulated since the Great Depression. They reduce the sound of a gunshot to levels that aren’t as damaging to a shooter’s hearing. That’s why U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has introduced a bill that would deregulate them. There is also a companion bill in the Senate sponsored by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. National Association of Gun Rights President Dudley Brown stresses suppressors are made to preserve hearing ability. ‘It’s a broad freedom that is largely unpracticed in America except through incredible regulation,’ he said. ‘We want to get rid of that.'” (07/31/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/31/federal-lawmakers-seek-to-deregulate-gun-silencers.html

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6) Niagara Falls: Officials explain why the water turned black
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Mystery surrounding a foul-smelling black cloud that appeared in water at the base of the Niagara Falls on the US-Canadian border has been explained. Experts say the discharge (which at one point was feared to be an oil leak) was caused by residue from black carbon filters used to clean the water. The leak happened during maintenance work on Saturday, US officials say. The Niagara Falls Water Board (NFWB) has since apologised for causing alarm to residents and tourists. In a statement the board said the ‘inky water’ was the result of ‘routine, necessary and short term change in the waste water treatment process’ at its plant near the city of Buffalo.” (07/31/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40777634

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7) Study: Earth’s atmosphere to warm by at least another 2 degrees
Source: USA Today

“A scientific study released Monday said that the Earth’s atmosphere will warm by at least another 2 degrees C (3.8 degrees F), regardless of what we do in the future to limit greenhouse gas emissions. There’s only a 5% chance that Earth will warm 2 degrees or less by the end of this century, the study said. It shows a mere 1% chance that warming could be at or below 1.5 degrees, which was the target set by the landmark 2016 Paris Agreement. ‘Our analysis is compatible with previous estimates, but it finds that the most optimistic projections are unlikely to happen,’ said study lead author Adrian Raftery of the University of Washington. ‘We’re closer to the margin than we think.’ The study was published in the peer-reviewed British journal Nature Climate Change. The burning of fossil fuels such as gas, oil and coal is causing the planet to warm to levels that cannot be explained by natural factors, scientists say.” (07/31/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2017/07/31/global-warming-atmosphere-warm-least-another-2-degrees/526574001

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8) OH police chief: Woman used my business card to snort heroin
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“This wasn’t the intent when an Ohio police chief left his business card for a resident: The officer discovered that a woman later used the rolled-up card to snort heroin. Canal Fulton Police Chief Douglas Swartz shared the story on Facebook with a plea for people to call emergency responders if they come across drugs rather than touching potentially dangerous substances themselves. Swartz says someone found the woman passed out on Sunday and brought her to the police station seeking help, along with spilled powder that the well-intentioned observer had scooped up with his bare hands.” (07/31/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Police-chief-Woman-used-my-business-card-to-11720169.php

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9) Game of Thrones script “stolen in HBO hack”
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“A group of hackers claims to have stolen the script for a forthcoming Game of Thrones episode and other data in a breach at entertainment firm HBO. The group says it has 1.5 terabytes of the company’s data and has posted episodes of Ballers and Room 104 online. It added that more material would be released ‘soon.’ HBO confirmed it had experienced a ‘cyber incident’ in a statement. In an email published by Entertainment Weekly, the hackers appeared to offer more details in exchange for favourable coverage. ‘Hi to all mankind,’ they wrote. ‘The greatest leak of cyber space era is happening.’ They encouraged recipients to download the material and added: ‘Whoever spreads well, we will have an interview with him.’ Reports have said the allegedly stolen Game of Thrones script appears to be from the fourth episode of season seven, which is currently being broadcast.” (07/31/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40776517

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10) Report: US embassy in Moscow locked out of diplomatic property
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. embassy in Moscow accused Russian authorities on Monday of barring diplomatic staff from a property on the outskirts of Moscow, after having earlier agreed to grant access until midday on Tuesday for them to retrieve belongings. A Russian foreign ministry official, quoted by state news agency RIA, said the U.S. embassy had sent in its trucks without first obtaining permits which, the official said, are required by law because the property is in a conservation area. The property, in a picturesque spot on a bend in the Moskva river northwest of the capital, is leased by the U.S. embassy for its staff to use for recreation. Moscow has said it is taking it back as part of retaliatory measures after Washington approved a fresh round of sanctions against Russia.” (07/31/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-retaliation-dacha-idUSKBN1AG23M

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11) Sanders: Liberals shouldn’t trust Democrats
Source: Raw Story

“Even though the Democratic Party apparently has moved toward the left following the election of President Donald Trump, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has a warning for progressives. ‘Do not underestimate the resistance of the Democratic establishment,’ Sanders told The New Yorker. Sanders has returned to classifying as an Independent following his second-place finish in the 2016 Democratic primaries. While he came up short against Hillary Clinton and his ally, Keith Ellison, lost the race to lead the Democratic National Committee, many credit Sanders for the Democratic Party’s leftward policy shift. Ideas Sanders has long promoted, such as a $15 minimum wage, a trillion-dollar investment in infrastructure and a nationwide single-payer health care system, are gaining popularity in the party.” (07/31/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/bernie-sanders-says-liberals-shouldnt-trust-democrats

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12) AL: Inmates escape using peanut butter
Source: CBS News

“An Alabama sheriff says a dozen inmates escaped from his county jail by covering up the numbers identifying an outside door with peanut butter, and then persuading a new jail employee watching them on closed-circuit television to open it from his control booth. ‘Changing numbers on doors with peanut butter — It may sound crazy, but these kinds of people are crazy like a fox,’ Walker County Sheriff James Underwood told a news conference. ‘He thought he was opening the cell door for this man to go in his cell, but in fact he opened up the outside door.’ … All but one of the dozen inmates were captured within hours, and the sheriff said he hopes and expects the last one to be back in custody by day’s end. He said the only person seriously hurt in the entire escape incident was an inmate who sliced his thumb climbing over a razor-wire fence.” (07/31/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sheriff-12-escaped-alabama-inmates-used-peanut-butter-to-fool-guard/

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13) NJ: Professor who taught “Beyonce” classes calls for “someone to just shoot” Trump
Source: Fox News

“A professor who has taught classes on Beyonce and was once ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation for his political rhetoric said he wished that someone would shoot President Trump. ‘Trump is a f***ing joke. This is all a sham,’ women’s studies professor Kevin Allred tweeted, according to the Washington Times. ‘I wish someone would just shoot him outright,’ he reportedly wrote in the now-deleted tweet. Over the weekend, Allred (who the College Fix said teaches at Montclair State University in New Jersey) also retweeted the infamous image of Kathy Griffin holding the president’s head. Allred later clarified his tweet, saying that wishing death on the president is different than making a threat on his life.” (07/31/17)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/07/31/professor-calls-trump-be-shot-kevin-allred-montclair-rutgers-beyonce

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14) Afghanistan: Islamic State targets Iraqi embassy in Kabul; four attackers killed
Source: Beloit Daily News

“The Islamic State group targeted the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul on Monday, with a suicide bomber blowing himself up outside the gates, followed by three gunmen who stormed into the building. The assault set off a four-hour firefight that ended only after Afghan security forces had killed all the attackers. There were conflicting reports of casualties as the attack unfolded, with a witness at the scene saying he saw bodies of at least two policemen lying on the road outside the embassy soon after the attack began.” (07/31/17)

http://www.beloitdailynews.com/article/20170731/AP/307319982

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15) Report: McCain will offer Afghanistan strategy in September
Source: Raw Story

“Republican U.S. Senator John McCain said on Monday he would offer a plan for a U.S. strategy in the war in Afghanistan as an amendment to a defense authorization bill in September. ‘Eight years of a ‘don’t lose’ strategy has cost us lives and treasure in Afghanistan,’ McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement. ‘When the Senate takes up the National Defense Authorization Act in September, I will offer an amendment based on the advice of some our best military leaders that will provide a strategy for success in achieving America’s national interests in Afghanistan.'” [editor’s note: Listening to anything John McCain has to say on US foreign or military policy strikes me as “hey, hold my beer and watch this” level idiocy – TLK] (07/31/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/senator-mccain-says-he-will-offer-afghanistan-strategy-in-september

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16) Venezuela: Maduro claims victory for new assembly
Source: CNN

“President Nicolas Maduro has thanked ‘the brave people of Venezuela’ for voting in a controversial election for a new Constituent Assembly that will have the power to rewrite his country’s constitution. The election will allow Maduro to replace Venezuela’s current legislative body — the National Assembly — with the new assembly, made up of 545 members, all nominated by his administration. … The opposition boycotted the election as a fraud and has called for massive protests to begin again Monday.” (07/31/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/31/americas/venezuela-constituent-assembly-election/index.html

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17) Tor co-founder: “There is basically no Dark Web”
Source: FossBytes

“Talking at the DEF CON convention in Las Vegas, the TOR Project co-founder Roger Dingledine said that the dark web doesn’t exist and it’s just a few web pages. He added that media has wrongly labeled it as a heaven for illegal activities. Also, only 3% of TOR users connect to a hidden .onion website.” (07/31/17)

https://fossbytes.com/no-dark-web-doesnt-exist/

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18) Kenya: Election official tortured, killed days before vote
Source: Topeka Capital-Journal

“An official crucial to running Kenya’s presidential election next week has been found tortured and killed, the electoral commission chairman said Monday, as concerns grew that the East African nation’s vote again would face dangerous unrest. Wafula Chebukati helped identify the body of Christopher Msando at the city morgue and said he had injuries to the neck and head. Mssando had been reported missing a few days ago. … The main opposition group has charged that President Uhuru Kenyatta wants to rig the elections, an accusation the presidency has denied. The National Super Alliance called Msando’s death an assassination and an attempt to disrupt the elections.” (07/31/17)

http://cjonline.com/news/2017-07-31/kenya-election-official-tortured-killed-days-vote

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19) Wikileaks releases thousands of Macron campaign emails
Source: Telegraph [UK]

“More than 20,000 emails from Emmanuel Macron’s presidential campaign have been published by Wikileaks. The whistleblowing website released the trove of leaked emails on Monday as a searchable archive. It comes almost three months after the Macron campaign was hacked on the eve of his election. … The campaign has previously blamed Russian interests for the hacking and cybersecurity researchers have linked the attack to a group known as APT28 or Fancy Bears, the group believed to have hacked the US Democrats last year and which is often linked to the Kremlin. Russia has denied responsibility and the head of France’s cybersecurity agency, Guillaume Poupard, has said there is no evidence of Russian interference.” (07/31/17)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/31/wikileaks-releases-thousands-hacked-macron-campaign-emails/

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20) Pakistan: Ally of ousted PM Nawaz Sharif nominated to replace him
Source: US News & World Report

“A close ally of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday submitted papers in parliament to become the new premier, part of a two-part plan by the ruling party for a smooth transition that will see Sharif’s brother take the reins later. Former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is expected to be elected the new prime minister on Tuesday by Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party’s majority of lawmakers. Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered Sharif disqualified from office last week over unreported income uncovered during a sweeping investigation of his finances.” (07/31/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-07-31/ally-of-pakistans-ousted-pm-nawaz-sharif-nominated-to-replace-him

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21) Mass exodus from Coinbase spawns Bitcoin withdrawal delays
Source: Inside Bitcoins

“Coinbase users are moving their funds to wallets and exchanges where they will be credited for Bitcoin Cash (BCC ) tokens, causing delays in Bitcoin withdrawals from the exchange. Coinbase, the world’s largest (and often highest-rated) Bitcoin exchange, has made it clear that they will not honor the new Bitcoin Cash (BCC) token created by the Bitcoin blockchain split set to occur on August 1. … The result has been somewhat predictable: Users looking to scoop up ‘free BCC tokens’ are now leaving Coinbase en masse and Bitcoin’s service has become degraded as a result. Coinbase’s status page now indicates that outgoing BTC transactions may be delayed by up to 12+ hours as they process their backlog.” [editor’s note: To be clear, what Coinbase is saying is that it’s going to steal its users’ BCC when that new coin is created by the coming hard fork. Just another of many reasons to never, ever, ever trust Coinbase with your stuff. As for the delays, Darryl W. Perry of Free Talk Live reported a delay of 30, not 12, hours – TLK] (07/30/17)

http://insidebitcoins.com/news/mass-exodus-from-coinbase-spawns-12-hour-bitcoin-withdrawal-delays/64943

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22) Lawsuit against CIA psychologists who compared themselves to Nazi gas manufacturer headed to trial
Source: Gizmodo

“A lawsuit against two former Air Force psychologists who developed the CIA’s post-September 11, 2001 ‘enhanced interrogation’ torture techniques, James Mitchell and John ‘Bruce’ Jessen, appears to be all set to go to trial after the defendants ignored repeated exhortations to settle — including from the judge. Mitchell and Jensen earned $81 million from the CIA between 2003 and 2009 to develop the techniques, which ‘included waterboarding, beatings, forced rectal ‘feeding’ and experiments with glaring lights and incessant music,’ the L.A. Times reported. Their legal team tried to blunt the lawsuit by claiming that as contractors, the two psychologists couldn’t be held legally responsible for developing the torture regime and the CIA should be held liable instead. … The suit is just the latest consequence for mental health professionals who aided George W. Bush’s administration in medicalizing torture during the height of the US ground occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.” [editor’s note: These fucksticks are lucky they’re just being sued and not given the full Nuremberg treatment – TLK] (07/30/17)

http://gizmodo.com/lawsuit-against-cia-psychologists-who-compared-themselv-1797375233

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23) TN: Son of Nashville mayor dies of apparent drug overdose
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The only son of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry (whom her office described as ‘a kind soul full of life’) has died of an apparent drug overdose, and she asked for privacy as she and her husband face life ‘without his laughter and love.’ The office released a statement Sunday from Barry and her husband, Bruce, saying 22-year-old Max Barry died Saturday night in Denver. ‘Early this morning, we received news that no parents should ever have to hear,’ the couple said. ‘Our son Max suffered from an overdose and passed away. We cannot begin to describe the pain and heartbreak that comes with losing our only child. Our son was a kind soul full of life and love for his family and friends.’ Max Barry graduated in June from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.” (07/30/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Son-of-Nashville-mayor-dies-of-apparent-drug-11718722.php

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24) Saudi Arabia: Internationalization of holy sites “a declaration of war”
Source: Reuters

“Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister called Qatar’s demands for an internationalization of the Muslim hajj pilgrimage a declaration of war against the kingdom, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said on Sunday, although it was unclear whether Qatar had actually made any such demand. ‘Qatar’s demands to internationalize the holy sites is aggressive and a declaration of war against the kingdom,’ Adel al-Jubeir was quoted saying on Al Arabiya’s website. ‘We reserve the right to respond to anyone who is working on the internationalization of the holy sites,’ he said. However, it was unclear whether Qatar made the demand. It did accuse the Saudis of politicizing Hajj and addressed the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion on Saturday, expressing concern about obstacles facing Qataris who want to attend hajj this year. No one from the Qatari government was immediately available for comment. ” (07/30/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-gulf-qatar-haj-idUSKBN1AF0L3

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25) OH: Lawyer says juror might have stolen opioid evidence at trial
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“An Ohio defense attorney says at least one juror may have stolen oxycodone pills during a drug trial. The Columbus Dispatch reports that attorney John David Moore Jr. says jurors found his client guilty, and then rushed out of the courthouse before anyone noticed the 71 opioid pills were missing. He says his client should get a new trial or have his charges dismissed. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien and the court’s administrative judge say they’ve never heard of evidence going missing during jury deliberations. Heroin and methamphetamine used as evidence didn’t go missing.” (07/30/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Attorney-seeks-new-trial-after-opioid-pills-go-11643036.php

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

26) Don’t let politics smash your ideals
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“At the National Convention of Young Americans for Liberty this year, I once again debated the topic of whether and to what extent people need to be engaged in politics, as versus focusing on education, culture, and other forms of change. My answer is that political engagement is fine. Voting is fine. Cheering is fine. But there is a constant temptation to go too far in the direction of partisan agitation. Putting your hopes in party and power will always disappoint: it is a god that will fail. Politics, as conventionally understood, I argued, is not an effective way to change the world.” (07/31/17)

https://fee.org/articles/don-t-let-politics-smash-your-ideals/

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27) Obamacare: Time for Trump to make Congress share the pain
Source: The American Spectator
by David Catron

“President Trump, having watched the Senate writhe in protracted labor for weeks without giving birth to even the ridiculous mouse dubbed ‘skinny repeal,’ has taken to Twitter and issued this ultimatum: ‘If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!’ It would be unwise for Trump’s enemies (on either side of the aisle) to disregard this as bluster. The President not only possesses the authority to follow through on both threats without consulting Congress, he can do so immediately with the overwhelming support of the voters. Public support is particularly strong for ending the bailouts for members of Congress. This refers, of course, to the special dispensation that protects every member of both houses, as well as the people who work in their teeming staff offices, from the depredations of Obamacare. This exemption was created when Trump’s predecessor directed the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to classify Congress as a small business.” (07/31/17)

https://spectator.org/obamacare-time-for-trump-to-make-congress-share-our-pain

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28) North Korea or Iran … where will President Trump attack first?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“President Trump seems to be impatiently racing toward at least one disastrous war. Maybe two. The big question is who will be first? North Korea or Iran? Over the past several days President Trump has sent two nuclear-capable B-1 bombers over the Korean peninsula to send a clear message that he is ready to attack North Korea. … Twice in the past week the US military has fired at Iranian ships in the Persian Gulf. On Tuesday an Iranian military ship in the Persian Gulf was warned off by machine gun blasts from a US Naval vessel. Then on Friday the US Navy fired warning flares toward another Iranian ship operating in the Persian Gulf. Imagine if the US Navy had encountered Iranian warships in the Gulf of Mexico firing machine guns at them when they approached the Iranians.” (07/31/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/north-korea-iranwhere-will-president-trump-attack-first

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29) Was Buchanan’s and Tullock’s enterprise “like Calhoun’s?”
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“On page 81 of Democracy in Chains Nancy MacLean describes John C. Calhoun’s ‘case for minority veto power’ — that is, Calhoun’s proposal that no legislation be enacted unless it receives the approval of ‘the concurrent majority’ — as being ‘like that which Buchanan and Tullock were advocating’ in The Calculus of Consent. She’s mistaken. … for Buchanan and Tullock, the only rules which require unanimous consent are constitutional rules, including the rules that determine the procedures and requirements for enacting legislation. Buchanan and Tullock argued that, when choosing constitutional rules, individuals would recognize that a rule of unanimity for the enactment of ordinary legislation would be too costly. At the constitutional stage of decision-making, therefore, individuals unanimously agree to have some rule of less-than-unanimity — for example, majority rule — for the enactment of legislation. … for Buchanan and Tullock, the unanimous approval that is required is that of individuals; for Calhoun, the unanimous approval that is required is that of groups. alhoun thought of society as being naturally comprised of different ‘interests’ — for example., planters, merchants, and lawyers.” [editor’s note: Boudreaux certainly has the MacLean/Buchanan bit in his teeth. Nice break from the constant quacking about minimum wage – TLK] (07/31/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/07/buchanans-tullocks-enterprise-like-calhouns.html

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30) South Korea thinks about acquiring nuclear weapons. Good?
Source: Reason
by Ed Krayewski

“Lawmakers in Seoul are reportedly mulling the idea that South Korea should develop its own nuclear weapons. This is partly a response to apparent advances in North Korea’s missile technology, and it is partly a response to signs that the United States may want to take less responsibility for the region’s security. And it could well be a good thing. It is popularly believed that nuclear proliferation increases both the risk of conflict and the potential damage of those conflicts. But this may be a misconception.” (07/31/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/07/31/south-korea-considers-acquiring-nuclear

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31) Hermitage Capital founder: Fusion GPS (Trump dossier creator) worked For Russian government
Source: Zero Hedge
by “Tyler Durden”

“There is a long-standing feud between the founder of Hermitage Capital, William Browder, and the now infamous Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, who met with Trump Jr. last summer. Browder, on the one hand, lobbied in favor of the Magnitsky Act after being expelled from Russia under controversial circumstances while Veselnitskaya has made it her life’s mission to repeal the Magnitsky Act. So, when Democrats decided to haul Browder before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, they likely expected the anti-Russian witness to confirm that Russian intelligence was behind the Summer 2016 meeting between Veselnitskaya and Trump Jr., and that the meeting really had nothing to do with the Magnitsky Act but rather was a carefully-plotted, nefarious attempt to collude with the Trump campaign to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, at least for the Dems, he failed to deliver. In fact, Browder delivered the exact opposite message from what the Democrats had hoped for as he confirmed that the Trump Jr. meeting was entirely linked to Veselnitskaya’s life mission of repealing the Magnitsky Act. But, Browder offered up an even more interesting tidbit of information, a tidbit that has been completely ignored by the mainstream media, that served to undermine the left’s entire ‘Russian collusion’ narrative when he confirmed that Fusion GPS, the now infamous firm behind the ‘Trump Dossier,’ was actually being paid by … wait for it … the Russians.” (07/28/17)

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-28/hermitage-capital-founder-testifies-fusion-gps-trump-dossier-creator-worked-russian-

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32) Teaching freedom
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Logan Marie Glitterbomb

“Fighting for better curriculums, more localized control, and stronger unions is important but so are youth rights. Ending compulsory school attendance and allowing more student input into educational decision making can both go a long way towards empowering children to take charge of their own education. Everyone’s learning process looks different and that’s why rigid universal standards in education do not work. What we need is diversity. When people hear privatization, they automatically think of corporate-run schools overcharging for tuition and zapping up all of the funding from smaller schools, leaving the poor less educated and disadvantaged. While that may very well be a possible outcome under the rigged markets we currently operate under, privatization doesn’t mean that we have to hand over our children to be indoctrinated by capitalist propaganda.” (07/31/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/49606

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33) People keep telling me to stop blogging about North Korea
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“My critics have been extra vocal lately in saying I should stop writing about North Korea because I have no expertise in that area. So I decided to talk about North Korea some more. Today I’ll tell you how to end North Korea’s nuclear ambitions at a reasonable cost. The entire GDP for North Korea is under $13 billion. China’s trade with North Korea is valued at under $3 billion per year. An article in Newsweek recently said most of that trade involves only ten Chinese companies. South Korea pays close to $1 billion per year to support U.S. troops there. I think we pay at least that much too. And that’s not counting navy assets in the area, I assume. The South Korean military budget hovers around $40 billion. The U.S. military budget is over $600 billion per year. And North Korea is our biggest threat to the homeland. … As I often say in this blog, the key to deal-making is that the parties need to want different things. The Chinese companies trading with North Korea want profits, and the United States wants security. That’s the perfect set-up for a deal.” (07/31/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/163643867566/people-keep-telling-me-to-stop-blogging-about

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34) Freedom and the fear of self-responsibility
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“Liberty is under a renewed challenge and attack in the contemporary world. From ‘political correctness’ and its accompanying growing totalitarian closed-mindedness at institutions of higher learning in both America and Europe, to the rebirth of economic nationalism with its rejection of freedom of trade, investment and people in places like the United States, along with the continuing stranglehold of the interventionist-welfare state seemingly everywhere, we are facing possible reductions in the degrees of individual liberty still remaining in our lives. The question is, why?” (07/31/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/freedom-fear-self-responsibility/

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35) Congress needs to provide Dreamers with permanent protection
Source: Niskanen Center
by Matthew LaCorte & Melanie Huettman

“Last week, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly announced to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that the government may decline to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — which deferred removal of over 750,000 undocumented young adults — against a looming legal challenge threatened by a number of states. Now, more than ever, a legislative solution is the only chance of protection for America’s Dreamers.” (07/31/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/congress-needs-provide-dreamers-permanent-protection/

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36) How onerous are Basel III’s constraints on bank leverage?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Prof Kevin Dowd

“It is generally acknowledged that high bank leverage was a key factor contributing to the severity of the Global Financial Crisis. For the UK, Bank of England data suggest that UK banks’ average simple leverage — the ratio of banks’ total assets to their shareholder equity — was 24.4 over 2006. Basel III then sought to counter high leverage by imposing a minimum required leverage ratio on regulated banks. The ‘leverage ratio’ is the inverse of the leverage. So how onerous are Basel III’s constraints on bank leverage? More precisely, what is the maximum permitted leverage under Basel III?” (07/31/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/07/how-onerous-are-basel-iiis-constraints-on-bank-leverage/

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37) How the European Union keeps poor countries poor
Source: PanAm Post

“The EU likes to present itself as a global force for good, fostering aid and development in the world’s poorest societies. It boasts of its £12 billion aid program and calls itself ‘the most generous donor in the world.’ It truly believes itself to be a kindlier world power than the United States, Russia, or China. As ever with the EU, the truth is much uglier. Eurosceptics have long known of the EU’s practice of dumping subsidized agricultural products on developing countries, especially Africa. In a rare case of progress, the EU now spends considerably less on these, and WTO members — including the EU — finally agreed to end export subsidies in 2015. There are, however, many other ways in which the EU stunts the development of poorer countries.” (07/31/17)

https://panampost.com/editor/2017/07/31/how-the-european-union-keeps-poor-countries-poor/

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38) The link between Trump’s attacks on immigrants & deaths in the desert
Source: In These Times
by John Washington

“For three days the Border Patrol trucks sat on the horizon, watching the cluster of trailers, outbuildings and a geodesic dome that comprise one humanitarian camp and medical clinic in the desert. Agents patrolled the perimeter, gazing through binoculars, their walkie-talkies sounding throughout the night. On the first day, they set up a checkpoint to stop and search all traffic coming in and out. Inside, four men’s lives were in peril. They were being treated for heat-related illnesses after crossing the border and walking nearly 20 miles through the mountainous and canyon-sliced desert. All four were from Mexico, ages 19 to 40, and had drunk contaminated water from a cattle tank. They were severely dehydrated. It was unclear whether Border Patrol would provide medical care if they were seized. Though Border Patrol claims it provides necessary treatment, a report published in 2011 by No More Deaths, the group that runs the aid camp, found that 86 percent of migrants in custody who needed medical attention were denied it.” (07/31/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20369/the-link-between-trumps-attacks-on-immigrants-and-bones-in-the-desert

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39) Close all US military bases on foreign soil
Source: CounterPunch
by Kevin Zeese & Margaret Flowers

“The Coalition Against Foreign Military Bases is a new campaign focused on closing all US military bases abroad. This campaign strikes at the foundation of US empire, confronting its militarism, corporatism and imperialism. We urge you to endorse this campaign.” (07/31/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/07/31/close-all-us-military-bases-on-foreign-soil/

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40) The Russians were involved, but it wasn’t about collusion
Source: New York Times
by Daniel Hoffman

“Russians are fond of a proverb, ‘besplatniy sir biyvaet tol’ko v mishelovke’ (free cheese can be found only in a mousetrap). Having long considered the United States its main enemy, the Kremlin deploys a full quiver of intelligence weapons against America and its national security agencies, political parties and defense contractors. Its intelligence services, though best known for clandestine operations to recruit spies, also run covert ‘influence operations’ that often use disinformation to try to affect decisions or events in rival countries. A central tool of those operations is ‘kompromat’ (compromising material): things of seemingly great value that are dangled, at what appears to be no cost, before unwitting targets. … No conclusive proof has yet emerged that the Kremlin arranged this meeting, and the Russians involved have asserted they were not working for the Putin government. Mr. Kushner himself told Senate investigators that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. But to me, the clearest evidence that this was a Russian influence operation is the trail of bread crumbs the Kremlin seemed to have deliberately left leading from Trump Tower to the Kremlin. This operation was meant to be discovered.” (07/28/17)

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/07/28/opinion/the-russians-were-involved-but-it-wasnt-about-collusion.html

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41) Saddle up
Source: The Atlantic
by Sage Stossel

Cartoon. (07/31/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2017/07/sage-ink-saddle-up/535398/

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42) The person, and the policy, that could ease Syria’s suffering
Source: Reuters
by Daniel R DePetris

“For the last five years, U.S. policy on the Syrian civil war has revolved around supporting the United Nations’ efforts to find a political accommodation between the main combatants in the war, and reminding anyone who will listen that only a political resolution will end the grinding conflict for good. Unfortunately, the policy hasn’t kept pace with military reality. Bashar al-Assad’s position on the ground is better than it has ever been; he has no incentive to do what the international community wants – to end the carnage and eventually transition out of the presidential palace. That means a new strategy is required, one that recognizes that if a political solution was not attainable in the past it’s highly unlikely to be attainable in the future. Instead, the U.S. and its partners should do what they can to freeze the conflict in specific geographical areas, just as the United States, Russia, and Jordan successfully did in southwestern Syria several weeks ago.” (07/31/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-depetris-syria-commentary-idUSKBN1AG069

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43) Let Donald Trump fire Jeff Sessions
Source: USA Today
by Trevor Timm

“Jeff Sessions is already staking claim as the most dangerous attorney general for civil rights and civil liberties in modern history. And if President Trump wants to fire him, then we should let him. Sessions wields more power over everyday Americans than any other Trump Cabinet official. He has provided the legal backing for Trump’s extremist immigration policies and discriminatory travel ban. He has threatened to put users of marijuana in jail even in states where it’s legal. He’s attempting to stifle the agency’s civil rights division and has rolled back important reforms in local police departments meant to protect African Americans. He has brought back the Justice Department’s controversial ‘civil forfeiture’ program, which allows local police to seize property from people never even charged with a crime. He has said that he will push for longer jail sentences for defendants in the face of bipartisan calls for criminal justice reform. And with his coming crackdown on leaks, he is directly attacking whistle-blowers and journalists.” (07/30/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/07/30/let-donald-trump-fire-jeff-sessions-editorials-debates/104143610

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44) Why is there a budget crisis in Connecticut?
Source: The American Prospect
by Parker Richards

“Connecticut is bleeding red, and no end is in sight. Like Illinois and Kansas, the state has a massive budget shortfall, with a projected deficit of $5 billion over the next two years. Unlike Illinois and Kansas, though, Connecticut has yet to close its deficit. And quite unlike Illinois and Kansas, Connecticut’s problem isn’t just the handiwork of tax-slashing Republicans. … At first glance, Connecticut suffers from no such ailments. Democrats control the governor’s office and both houses of the legislature (the Senate is evenly divided, but a Democratic lieutenant governor can vote to break ties). A number of its Republicans are still old-school moderates. It ranks fourth among the states in median household income. It has long been home to many of the nation’s wealthiest bankers, traders, and corporate executives. Balancing a budget doesn’t look like it should be a problem. Yet it is, for quite a distinct set of reasons.” [editor’s note: Oh, I dunno … could it be because about 15-20 years ago, they ADDED a state income tax to an already-high sales tax (and then consulted for TN Dems on how to impose it here)? – SAT] (07/31/17)

http://prospect.org/article/why-there-budget-crisis-connecticut

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45) Submission
Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

“Look, I’m a libertarian anarchist who’s been a muckraking journalist, a magazine editor, an Op-Ed writer for major newspapers, a much-published book author and magazine writer, a network television screenwriter, the founder/CEO of two publishing companies, a blogger, a tweeter, an indie writer/producer/director of two narrative feature films — and that doesn’t begin to exhaust my experience and the jobs I’ve done both for pay and on my own dime. I’m a professional, and amateur-for-fun, pain in the ass. So despite my sweet nature I keep finding myself at the center of controversies. Here’s the latest, and unless you who are reading this can figure out a way to help me, this one may finally put me out on the street with a cardboard sign, ‘Will Write For Food.'” (07/29/17)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2017/07/submission/

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46) The presidency in exile
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“The latest and hopefully final failure of Trumpcare has exposed, in the most clarifying fashion yet, the extent to which the American government is operating without a real president, or perhaps with something like an anti-president, at the helm. The environment in which the legislation collapsed, and President Donald Trump’s reaction to it, have little if any historical precedent, and confront the other institutions of government, in all their dysfunction, with the very kind of existential crisis Trump’s critics feared and warned he would provoke. It is not an exaggeration to say that the viability of the American government now depends on public servants, including elected officials in Trump’s own party, to behave as if his legitimacy cannot be presumed.” (07/31/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/144127/presidency-exile

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47) Why decentralized economic planning is so important
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Sascha Klocke

“The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a fascinating project. Built by the Norwegian government on the island of Spitsbergen at a cost of approximately $9 million and opened in 2008, its mission is to preserve the seeds of the world’s food crops in case other seed banks lose samples due to mismanagement or large-scale regional or global crises. … the vault was designed to be ‘failsafe’ — able to preserve the seeds even if human maintenance were to be disrupted. As such, it has been built in a tectonically stable region, high above the sea level, and deep inside a mountain encased by permafrost, so that the seeds would remain dry and frozen even if the polar caps were to melt or the cooling system stopped operating. In late June, however, doubts were cast on how failsafe the vault actually is, when melting snow and heavy rain led to water flooding the access tunnel, freezing on the way down. … What went wrong?” (07/31/17)

https://mises.org/blog/why-decentralized-economic-planning-so-important

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48) How Romney loyalists hijacked Trump’s foreign policy
Source: The American Conservative
by Ron Maxwell

“While prominent neocon and establishment luminaries who derided Trump from the beginning couldn’t expect seats at the Trump table, their lesser known minions infiltrated key precincts of Trump’s transition teams. Their astute sponsors, the neocon bigwigs, knew the neophyte president could not know who was who in the political and policy firmament of Washington. Neocon cadres had had at least a quarter century to embed themselves into every nook and cranny of the federal bureaucracy–at State, Defense, national security agencies, congressional offices, think tanks, nongovernment organizations, and the national media. Within weeks a pattern emerged in the new administration. Covert Never Trump Republicans were getting hired; proven and loyal Trump supporters were blocked.” (07/31/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-romney-loyalists-hijacked-trumps-foreign-policy/

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49) Ice cap history, present, don’t fit climate alarmist tall tales
Source: Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett

“The Arctic, Antarctica, Greenland: They all feature prominently in the climate change scare stories. According to the dominant alarmist meme, human greenhouse gases are causing unusual global warming which is (or should be at least) causing the polar ice caps to melt, dramatically raising sea levels. There are multiple problems with this narrative of which I want to address three specific to claims about the ice in the Artic, Antarctica, and Greenland. First, sea levels are not rising at an unusual rate. Sea levels always rise between ice ages, sea level rise did not accelerate during the 20th century, and indeed, according to NASA, in the last two years they have actually fallen.” (07/30/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/07/ice-cap-history-present-dont-fit-climate-alarmist-tall-tales/

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50) Trump’s humiliation of Sessions just plain ugly to watch
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not the first man who would come to mind as an exemplar of a unifying political figure — yet by just being himself, the former Alabama senator inadvertently managed to become perhaps the most sympathetic man in Washington. For one thing, Sessions shares many unpopular (in Washington) positions with President Donald Trump. Both men are ardent foes of sanctuary cities and staunch proponents for robust immigration law enforcement. Sessions also has been a fierce warrior in the war on drugs. In his short time in office, he has pushed for maximum sentences under the federal mandatory minimum system, and he moved to reinstate civil asset forfeiture rules eased by President Barack Obama. The first senator to endorse Trump in the 2016 GOP primary, Sessions never tried to water down Trump’s campaign positions on immigration or other issues. As a result, though he served in the Senate for 20 years, Sessions won confirmation as attorney general with the support of only one Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia — which is proof that Sessions is not new to paying a price for his deeply held beliefs.” (07/30/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/07/30/trumps-humiliation-of-sessions-just-plain-ugly-to-watch-n2361530

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51) The tweet that is shaking the War Party
Source: Antiwar.com
by David Stockman

“Most of the Donald’s tweets amount to street brawling with his political enemies, but occasionally one of them slices through Imperial Washington’s sanctimonious cant. Indeed, Monday evening’s 140 characters of solid cut right to the bone: ‘The Amazon Washington Post fabricated the facts on my ending massive, dangerous, and wasteful payments to Syrian rebels fighting Assad …’ Needless to say, we are referencing not the dig at the empire of Bezos, but the characterization of Washington’s anti-Assad policy as ‘massive, dangerous and wasteful.’ No stouter blow to the neocon/Deep State ‘regime change’ folly has ever been issued by an elected public official. Yet there it is — the self-composed words of the man in the Oval Office.” (07/31/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/david_stockman/2017/07/30/tweet-shaking-war-party/

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52) TSA justifies pat downs with op-eds — is my paper trail to blame?
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“TSA is proud of its 2600 Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs) who lurk in airports surveilling how travelers swallow, sweat, and blink. The Government Accountability Office walloped the program last week in a report on the official TSA ‘indicators’ of terrorist intent that BDOs ferret out. GAO concluded that 98 percent of the studies TSA invoked failed to provide ‘valid evidence’ to support TSA’s claims. Even more stunning, almost 80 percent of the ‘sources’ TSA invoked were ‘news or opinion pieces,’ all of which GAO dismissed as invalid. TSA refuses to disclose the list of those articles it offered to GAO so I don’t know if any of my pieces were used to justify its standards.” (07/29/17)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2017/07/30/the-hill-did-tsa-use-my-opeds-for-their-wacky-terrorist-profiles/

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53) Public schools or government schools?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“A woman named Katherine Stewart is outraged that some people refer to public schools as government schools. In an op-ed in today’s New York Times, she says that the term ‘government schools’ is meant to ‘conjure the specter of pathologically inefficient, power-mad bureaucrats.’ Even worse, she suggests that historically anti-government schooling sentiment has been held by racial bigots and evangelical right-wing Christians. I suppose that the idea is that if you’re against government schooling, you’re probably a racist or a radical member of the Christian Right. It’s a shame that Stewart spends more time developing spurious logic than on critically examining the principles of public schooling itself.” (07/31/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/07/31/public-schools-government-schools/

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54) ObamaCare’s casualties
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“We all know the truth: Partisan ‘warfare’ yields the usual war casualty, truth itself. Now, because of the increasing weight of federal government presence in healthcare markets, partisan untruth incurs medical costs. Take the goofy Republican plan(s) to ‘repeal and replace’ ObamaCare — pushed with so many half-truths and downright lies that one wonders where to begin. But before die-hard Republicans get too incensed about this judgment, let’s note that the supporters of the mis-named ‘Affordable Care Act’ are no better. Probably worse.” (07/31/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/07/31/obamacares-causalities/

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55) Blood in the homes — not just the streets
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“I don’t know the total death toll due to cops killing people — especially not innocent people with no record of anything, no warrant, and no reason to be killed, like Mr. Lopez, for this year. Previously, I’ve found information that it amounts to about three killings a day — and who knows how many wounded, beaten, tortured, or terrorized by men in dark blue, black, brown, and khaki, wearing badges that are — more and more — licenses to kill issued by their masters in federal, state, and especially local-level government agencies. Today, for probably the fifth time this week, I’ve received a robo-call from some company or another (some identify themselves as ‘paid callers’) using fake telephone numbers and trying to get me to donate money in support of police officers and law enforcement, to protect the ‘thin blue line’ that supposedly keeps civilization alive.” (07/30/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/07/30/blood-in-the-homes-not-just-the-streets/

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56) Reason Podcast, 07/31/17
Source: Reason

“On today’s podcast, Reason’s Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Matt Welch, and Andrew Heaton discuss the trans military ban, Trump’s management casualties, and free speech on Twitter.” [various formats]

http://reason.com/blog/2017/07/31/trump-transsexuals-priebus

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57) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 306
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode, Marc moderates a conversation between former Libertarian Party VP candidate Judd Weiss — John McAfee’s VP Pick — and Charles Peralo, former 2016 candidate for LP chairmanship and co-founder of BeingLibertarian.com. This show is a follow-up to my interview with Judd Weiss in episode 290, and the two libertarian activists go back and forth about the veracity of Judd’s accusations of shenanigans and tomfoolery on behalf of the Johnson campaign — including claims that the Johnson campaign stacked the convention with phony delegates, paid for hotels and flights in exchange for votes, seemingly large payment to campaign manager Ron Nielson, and more!” [various formats] (07/31/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/07/31/judd-weiss-vs-charles-peralo-gary-johnson-16-campaign/

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58) Freedom Feens Radio, 07/31/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Shane Buell, John Vibes and MWD talk long liberty about The Conscious Resistance Networks ‘Decentralize Your Life Tour’ based on John’s new book, Manifesto of the Free Humans, Bitcoin and the fork with Bitcoin Cash, Trump and police brutality: Trump appears to advocate rough police treatment of suspects, and so much more.” [various formats] (07/31/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14867

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59) American Foreign Policy, episode 4
Source: Attack The System

“Open Door, Great Rapprochement, World War and Revolution 1898-1923.” [Flash video] (07/30/17)

https://attackthesystem.com/2017/07/30/american-foreign-policy-4-open-door-great-rapprochement-world-war-and-revolution-1898-1923/

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60) Free Talk Live, 07/30/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Venezuala Protests, Scam Election Today :: Socialism and Nationalization :: Managers :: Veneers Falling From State Rule :: Govt Healthcare :: Scott the Bigot :: Roger Ver and Bitcoin Cash :: Coinbase :: Bitcoin Backing :: Bitcoin Fees :: Rick Naya of NH Cannabis Freedom Festival Joins Us :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Jonny Ray.” [various formats] (07/30/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-07-30

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61) The Tom Woods Show, episode 963
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Lucas Engelhardt, associate professor of economics at Kent State University, joins me to discuss bad ways to reform the monetary system, as well as good ones. (Bad ones include the Taylor rule, inflation targeting, NGDP targeting, and Milton Friedman’s approach.)” [various formats] (07/30/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-963-good-and-bad-ways-to-fix-our-monetary-system/

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62) Does the system preserve the status quo?
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“The US Senate is an interesting legislative body with rules and procedures that make little sense to anyone who does not closely follow the legislative process. Many people believe that the US Senate requires all pending legislation to obtain a 60 vote majority before the body is able to pass a bill with a simple majority. It is true that Senate rules require a three-fifths majority vote to end debate on most pending legislation; however Senate rules also allow for some legislation to bypass the need for cloture — the legal term for voting to end debate and avoid a filibuster.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (07/30/17)

http://fpp.cc/does-the-system-preserve-the-status-quo/

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