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Thursday, November 8th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump fires Sessions, names Whitaker as interim replacement
2) Marijuana did well on the ballot Tuesday
3) KY: County clerk who claimed being expected to do her job violated her rights loses re-election bid
4) Greece: Official state church agrees to take 10,000 priests off payroll
5) GA: Abrams not ready to concede high-profile gubernatorial race
6) WI: Walker concedes to Evers in gubernatorial race
7) FL: Nelson calls for recount in Senate race
8) McConnell warns Democrats against “harassment” of Donald Trump
9) House GOP fight begins: Jordan challenges McCarthy
10) CA: San Francisco voters pass “drive as many businesses out of town as possible” tax
11) MN: Self-defense cited in fatal stabbing in Duluth
12) Crenshaw addresses Pete Davidson’s panned SNL joke during victory speech
13) NY: Professor caught on camera, arrested for stealing GOP yard signs
14) IA: White supremacist Steve King wins re-election to Congress
15) Ballot measures taking aim at climate change fall short
16) NV: Dead brothel owner wins legislative seat
17) France: Macron’s Petain Nazi collaborator remark creates row
18) Pompeo’s talks with North Korea are postponed without explanation
19) Trump accuses reporter of asking “racist” question after she presses him on nationalism
20) Judge: Qualcomm must license modem tech to rivals like Intel

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Tariffs are welfare
22) It’s time for Congress to acknowledge the collapse of pot prohibition
23) Three take-aways from the “choose your own narrative” midterms
24) There might be a case for financial intermediation
25) Why I didn’t vote
26) 2018 midterms: Blue wave, red undertow
27) Four midterm takeaways, including how Democrats should handle Trump
28) Medicare for All? Be careful what you ask for
29) Did the Russians influence my vote?
30) Displaced workers could benefit from apprenticeships, but for one labor regulation in the way
31) Legal immigration into the United States, part 15
32) Is climate bipartisanship dead?
33) Must financial regulation come from the state? The history of self-regulating markets
34) Divided by party, united in spirit
35) Democrats won the House; to keep winning, they need to move sharply left
36) Immigration isn’t a real problem
37) Florida votes for democracy
38) The hollowing out of American political parties
39) What each side won yesterday
40) A good night for Senate Republicans, a bad night for Trumpism
41) We need some climate skeptics
42) Midterm results mean Trump’s 2020 prospects look better than ever
43) All MSM pundits are whores for power; Hannity’s just honest about it
44) Trump bullying will hurt millions of Iranians
45) Skin in the game
46) Three cheers for the return of divided government
47) THRO
48) The midterm results gave everybody just enough to keep fighting
49) Democrats risk overplaying their (relatively weak) hand
50) No more public mass transit infrastructure

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Cato Daily Podcast, 11/07/18
52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 11/07/18
53) Scott Adams Says, 11/07/18
54) Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill, 11/07/18
55) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 268
56) Essential Libertarianism, episode 50
57) Electric Libertyland, episode 97
58) Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan, 11/07/18
59) Free Talk Live, 11/06/18
60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1278
61) Stephen Walt on The Scott Horton Show
62) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 21
63) The Great Books Podcast, episode 58
64) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 11/06/18
65) Bloggingheads.tv, 11/06/18

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

1) Trump fires Sessions, names Whitaker as interim replacement
Source: USA Today

“President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday, following a year-long public shaming campaign that has raised questions about whether the president improperly interfered with the Justice Department’s inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Trump, who requested Sessions’ resignation, named the attorney general’s chief of staff Matthew Whitaker to serve as interim attorney general. The departure of Sessions, once one of Trump’s most vocal and earliest supporters during the 2016 campaign, has been expected for weeks yet the move immediately exposed new divisions between the president and many Republican lawmakers who regard Sessions as a champion of the conservative movement.” [editor’s note: Best news of the year – SAT] (11/07/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/11/07/jeff-sessions-resigns-attorney-general-trump/512600001

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2) Marijuana did well on the ballot Tuesday
Source: Time

“Tuesday was a new high for marijuana legalization advocates. Michigan voted to approve a ballot measure, making it the first state in the Midwest to approve recreational usage for adults, joining nine other states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, Missouri approved medicinal marijuana measures and Utah [did as well], becoming the 32nd and 33rd respective states to do so. North Dakota’s ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana failed, however.” (11/07/8)

http://time.com/5447176/recreational-marijuana-ballot-measures-results/

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3) KY: County clerk who claimed being expected to do her job violated her rights loses re-election bid
Source: Louisville Courier Journal

“The Kentucky official who sparked an international uproar for her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has lost her bid for re-election as Rowan County clerk. Kim Davis, a Republican, was defeated by Democratic challenger Elwood Caudill, 54 percent to 46 percent, to serve a four-year term, according to the Associated Press. Davis spent five days in jail for ignoring court orders to issue licenses to same-sex couples following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling allowing gay marriage. She said she was acting ‘under God’s authority.’ Davis was freed only when a judge ordered her deputies to issue the licenses without her approval. ” (11/07/18)

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/elections/kentucky/2018/11/06/kentucky-election-anti-gay-marriage-clerk-kim-davis-loses/1910208002/

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4) Greece: Official state church agrees to take 10,000 priests off payroll
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A landmark agreement has been reached in Athens that will end the status of priests and bishops as civil servants and bring Greece a step closer to separation of Church and state. Some 10,000 Church employees will come off the payroll, although their wages will still be paid as a state subsidy. The Orthodox Church plays a significant role in public life in Greece. Some priests and politicians criticised the deal between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Archbishop Ieronymos. The two leaders say the state will continue to pay the clergy’s salaries but no longer as civil servants. Greece has been trying to scale back its public sector after years of international bailouts. In 2015, 18% of the workforce was employed by the government. Payment will be made through an annual subsidy of around €200m (£175m; $230m), and that fund will not be affected if the Church increases or reduces the number of priests.” (11/07/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46122997

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5) GA: Abrams not ready to concede high-profile gubernatorial race
Source: Reuters

“The Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia, Stacey Abrams, has not conceded the race to Republican Brian Kemp, saying on Wednesday there are still thousands of uncounted ballots that could trigger an automatic runoff election in December. Abrams, 44, is trying to become the first black woman elected governor of a U.S. state. She trails Kemp and needs around 15,000 net votes to push him under the 50 percent threshold that requires a runoff under state law. The contest was among the most high-profile of three dozen governor elections held across the country on Tuesday. In some states, the races were seen as an early test of the parties’ strength ahead of the 2020 presidential race. Democrats seized seven Republican-held governorships, including in several states that helped deliver Republican President Donald Trump’s surprise win in 2016, without suffering any losses.” (11/07/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-states/georgia-democrat-not-ready-to-concede-high-profile-governors-race-idUSKCN1NB1CS

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6) WI: Walker concedes to Evers in gubernatorial race
Source: Fox News

“Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker conceded Wednesday in his gubernatorial race against Democrat Tony Evers, hours after The Associated Press projected Evers’ win. The Republican incumbent announced his concession in a news release and thanked Evers ‘for his gracious comments’ during a phone call the two shared earlier today. ‘I offered my full support of my staff and our cabinet as he begins the transition process,’ the two-term governor stated. Despite the AP’s projection that Walker lost by just over 1 percentage point to Evers, who earned roughly 29,000 more votes than Walker, he did not initially concede. State law only permits recounts if the losing candidates are within 1 percentage point.” (11/07/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/scott-walker-concedes-to-democrat-tony-evers-in-wisconsin-gubernatorial-race

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7) FL: Nelson calls for recount in Senate race
Source: Aol News

“Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, seeking to hold onto his seat in Florida, vowed on Wednesday to pursue a recount in his race against his Republican challenger and close Trump ally Rick Scott. Unofficial results showed Nelson trailing Scott by less than one-half of a percentage point. A statement from Nelson said state law required a recount when candidates were within such a margin.” (11/07/18)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/11/07/democratic-us-senator-eyes-recount-in-battleground-fla-race/23582739/

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8) McConnell warns Democrats against “harassment” of Donald Trump
Source: USA Today

“The day after Republicans expanded their control of the Senate while losing the House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned Democrats against aggressively going after President Donald Trump. ‘The Democrats in the House will have to decide just how much presidential harassment they think is good strategy,’ the Kentucky Republican told reporters when asked about the likelihood of Democrats seeking to get Trump’s tax returns. ‘I’m not so sure it will work for them.’ McConnell noted that when House Republicans impeached President Bill Clinton in 1998, ‘his numbers went up, and ours went down. We underperformed in the next election.’ But McConnell took a more combative tone against Democratic President Barack Obama during the 2010 midterm elections. … On Tuesday, McConnell suggested that voters chose a divided government not to serve as a check on the GOP, but because they want both parties to work together to make progress on issues they care about.” (11/07/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/11/07/election-results-2018-mcconnell-warns-dems-against-harassment-trump/1918897002

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9) House GOP fight begins: Jordan challenges McCarthy
Source: The Hill

“Conservative Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) announced his bid for House minority leader on Wednesday, challenging Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) hours after Democrats regained control of the lower chamber. … Earlier this year, Jordan, the co-founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, announced his bid to replace Speaker Paul Ryan after the Wisconsin Republican announced his retirement. Jordan has been one of President Trump’s staunchest allies on Capitol Hill …” (11/07/18)

https://thehill.com/hilltv/election-2018/415464-house-gop-fight-begins-jordan-challenges-mccarthy

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10) CA: San Francisco voters pass “drive as many businesses out of town as possible” tax
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“San Francisco voters Tuesday gave a solid thumbs-up to Proposition C, which is designed to inject the most money ever directed at city homeless programs by taxing big businesses to raise hundreds of millions of dollars. With 99 percent of the vote counted, the measure won 60 percent to 40 percent — a solid majority, but one that might not be big enough to avoid legal entanglements tying up or even eliminating the funding the proposition aims to to raise. The measure was easily the most contentious on the city ballot, dividing political leaders and pitting the Chamber of Commerce and the owner of tech giant Twitter against nonprofit programs and the owner of the city’s largest private employer, Salesforce. It will charge corporations with revenue above $50 million about 0.5 percent in gross receipts tax, with the proceeds going entirely toward homeless programs. Budget analysts estimate it will raise between $250 million and $300 million a year — nearly doubling the amount already being spent on homeless services and housing.” (11/07/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/SF-Prop-C-homeless-tax-measure-to-raise-300-13369555.php

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11) MN: Self-defense cited in fatal stabbing in Duluth
Source: Twin Cities Pioneer Press

“A man was being violently attacked when he produced a knife and began swinging it at his assailant, fatally wounding him Sunday night in Duluth, police said. Police Chief Mike Tusken said the man responsible for the stabbing was cooperative with officers and was not taken into custody, pending further investigation. He added that the man’s account was corroborated by other witness statements. Tusken identified the alleged assailant as 38-year-old Dale Harrison Bedell of Duluth. He was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead a short time after the incident. Tusken did not identify the man responsible for the stabbing, but said he was unknown to Bedell before the incident. He said it remained unclear why Bedell initially attacked him. … A check of court records shows that Bedell has an extensive criminal history in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He has convictions in numerous assault and battery, disorderly conduct, controlled substance and drunken-driving cases.” (11/05/18)

https://www.twincities.com/2018/11/05/self-defense-cited-in-fatal-stabbing-in-duluth/

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12) Crenshaw addresses Pete Davidson’s panned SNL joke during victory speech
Source: USA Today

“Dan Crenshaw is having the last laugh. The former Navy SEAL elected to Texas’ 2nd Congressional District Tuesday coyly mentioned a widely criticized joke from ‘Saturday Night Live’ over the weekend. Commenting on Crenshaw’s looks, comedian Pete Davidson compared the the vet, who lost his eye to IED blast in Afghanistan in 2012, to ‘a hitman in a porno movie’ during the show’s news-like ‘Weekend Update’ skit. The joke was slammed on Twitter and criticized by Davidson’s ‘SNL’ co-star, Kenan Thompson, the son of a Vietnam vet who says the show is ‘figuring out a way to right that wrong.’ From the podium, Crenshaw recognized people from his team, including the man who persuaded him to run, while mentioning the ‘SNL moment.’ ‘He’s upset because the recent ‘Saturday Night Live’ controversy has resulted in me having more Twitter followers than (him),’ Crenshaw cracked.” (11/07/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2018/11/07/dan-crenshaw-pete-davidson-snl-joke-victory-speech-win-elected-saturday-night-live/1917429002

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13) NY: Professor caught on camera, arrested for stealing GOP yard signs
Source: Fox News

“A New York professor has been arrested after she was caught on camera ripping out Republican yard signs from someone else’s lawn. Laura Ebert, an economics professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz, was charged with misdemeanor larceny for stealing signs supporting Republican candidates John Faso and Marc Molinaro, at the home of Patrick and Lisa McGovern in Rosendale, eight miles from the school. Patrick McGovern noticed the signs were missing so he reviewed the footage, which showed the public university professor pulling up to the signs, hopping out of her truck, pulling the signs out of the ground, and putting them in the bed of her truck on Oct. 30.” (11/07/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/new-york-professor-caught-on-camera-stealing-gop-yard-signs

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14) IA: White supremacist Steve King wins re-election to Congress
Source: The Week

“Rep. Steve King (R) defeated Democrat J.D. Scholten to keep his seat representing Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, CNN and NBC News project. … King has a history of making racist, homophobic, and misogynistic statements, and in recent weeks he lost the support of donors like Purina and Land O’Lakes and was rebuked by National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Rep. Steve Stivers …” (11/07/18)

https://theweek.com/speedreads/806165/republican-rep-steve-king-wins-reelection-iowa

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15) Ballot measures taking aim at climate change fall short
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Efforts to nudge the nation away from burning fossil fuels and toward harnessing renewable source of energy were rejected by voters Tuesday across a swath of resource-rich states in western states. The failure of environmental ballot measures in Arizona, Colorado (and the likely defeat of a proposal to impose fees on carbon emissions in Washington state) underscore the difficulty of tackling a global problem like climate change at the state and local level, where huge sums of money poured in on both sides. Even as a United Nations-backed panel of scientists recently warned that the world has barely a decade to radically cut its emissions of greenhouse gases that fuel global warming, the Trump administration has been busy expanding oil and gas drilling and rolling back Obama-era efforts to mitigate climate change. Environmental advocates and Democratic lawmakers have placed much hope in state and local governments to counter those policies. But while Tuesday saw the election of numerous candidates dedicated to climate action, individual ballot measures aimed at the same goal largely floundered.” (11/07/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ballot-measures-taking-aim-at-climate-change-fall-13370355.php

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16) NV: Dead brothel owner wins legislative seat
Source: The Hill

“Republican Dennis Hof, a Nevada brothel owner, won a seat in the state legislature on Tuesday less than a month after dying. Hof defeated Democratic opponent Lesia Romanov on Tuesday in Nevada’s deep-red Assembly District 36, which President Trump won in 2016 with 68 percent support. The Nevada Republican died on Oct. 16 at the age of 72 following a weekend of parties to celebrate his birthday. … Nevada state law says that if a deceased candidate is elected, county officials will nominate another Republican to fill the seat.” (11/07/18)

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/415002-dead-brothel-owner-wins-nevada-legislative-seat

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17) France: Macron’s Petain Nazi collaborator remark creates row
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“French President Emmanuel Macron has sought to justify paying homage to Nazi collaborator Philippe Petain during centenary commemorations marking the end of World War One later this week. Mr Macron said Marshal Petain was a ‘great soldier,’ even though he had made ‘disastrous choices’ during WW2. Petain was praised for the defence of Verdun in 1916, but he was sentenced to death for high treason after WW2. Some French politicians and Jewish leaders condemned Mr Macron’s comments. Speaking during a tour of northern France in Charleville-Mezieres, the president said: ‘It’s right that we honour the marshals who led France to victory (in WW1).’ … Petain co-operated with the Nazi invaders and headed a puppet government centred on the spa town of Vichy. Mr Macron’s office later defended his comments.” (11/07/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46129990

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18) Pompeo’s talks with North Korea are postponed without explanation
Source: NBC News

“High-level talks between the United States and North Korea have been postponed, the State Department announced Wednesday without giving a specific reason for the decision. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had been scheduled to meet with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol in New York on Thursday. The meeting was billed as preparation for a planned second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. The State Department said that Pompeo’s meeting ‘will now take place at a later date’ and the two sides would ‘reconvene when our respective schedules permit.’” (11/07/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/pompeo-s-talks-north-korea-are-postponed-without-explanation-n933356

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19) Trump accuses reporter of asking “racist” question after she presses him on nationalism
Source: USA Today

“President Donald Trump accused a reporter of asking a ‘racist’ question during a testy press conference at the White House on the day after a pivotal midterm election in which the president frequently touted his support for ‘nationalism.’ Yamiche Alcindor, a White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, questioned whether the president’s use of the word ‘nationalism’ at several rallies ahead of the midterm was a dog whistle for ‘white nationalism,’ as many of his critics have suggested. ‘That’s such a racist question,’ Trump said. ‘What you just said is so insulting to me. It’s a very terrible thing that you said.’ White House aides repeatedly expressed outrage that the president’s critics have suggested that his rhetoric may have helped create a climate for harassment of African-Americans or Latinos and the deadly shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue last month. The president’s aides have said that Trump’s use of the word ‘nationalism’ encapsulates his ‘America First’ agenda of toughening border and trade policies.” (11/07/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/11/07/election-results-donald-trump-accuses-reporter-asking-racist-question/1920331002

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20) Judge: Qualcomm must license modem tech to rivals like Intel
Source: Engadget

“Qualcomm isn’t having much luck defending itself against the FTC’s antitrust lawsuit. US federal Judge Lucy Koh has ruled that Qualcomm must license some of the patents in its cellular modems to rival chip manufacturers. Qualcomm and the FTC had previously asked Koh to delay the ruling for up to 30 days while the two sides negotiated a possible settlement, but the judge denied that motion. … The wireless chip firm is embroiled in a longstanding patent royalty dispute with Apple, and has even accused the iPhone maker of feeding trade secrets to Intel. Now, it might not have much choice but to supply some of those secrets to the competition, possibly including Intel and Samsung.” (11/06/18)

https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/06/qualcomm-ordered-to-license-modem-patents/

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

21) Tariffs are welfare
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“[I]f you insist that government owes a duty to workers whose incomes fall because of imports, then a far better means than protective tariffs of fulfilling this alleged duty is for government to give cash handouts to those workers. At least this way, this ‘duty’s’ cost would be shared by all taxpayers rather than concentrated on consumers who purchase the protected outputs. You object to my cash-handout point by arguing that such handouts ‘aren’t dignified …. People need meaningful work not welfare.’ I object to your objection by asking why you believe that a protectionist policy of artificially keeping workers in jobs is dignified. There is nothing at all dignified about working at jobs that exist only because government agents coercively prevent consumers from buying imports that compete with goods and services produced by protected workers.” (11/07/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/11/tariffs-are-welfare.html

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22) It’s time for Congress to acknowledge the collapse of pot prohibition
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Of the 20 states where voters have the power to pass legislation by initiative, 16 have already legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use. The four that have not are Idaho, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Seven other states have legalized medical but not recreational marijuana: Arizona (where a legalization intiative failed in 2016), Arkansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota (where a legalization initiative failed yesterday), Ohio (where a legalization iniative failed in 2015), and Oklahoma. While there is still considerable room for liberalizing marijuana policy by initiative, the focus increasingly will shift to legislatures in states such as New Jersey, New Hampshire, and New Mexico. So far Vermont is the only state that has legalized recreational use (but not commercial production and distribution) by that route. At some point, Congress will have to officially recognize what’s going on by reconciling federal law, which still prohibits marijuana in any form for any purpose, with state laws that tolerate medical or recreational use.” (11/07/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/11/07/its-time-for-congress-to-acknowledge-the

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23) Three take-aways from the “choose your own narrative” midterms
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Peter Grier

“The midterms are over. Now the struggle over their meaning begins. National elections in the United States are big, complex events, and voters can interpret their results in different ways, depending on partisan predilections. For the midterm vote of 2018, the narrative seems to be no narrative, noted Marquette University political scientist Julia Azari on FiveThirtyEight early Wednesday morning. The House and Senate are now split by party, as polls predicted. Democrats and Republicans can thus emphasize the bits they like and ignore or play down the ones they dislike, framing the outcome as a party victory. Democrats won back the House, a flip that they say is the most important change of the election. … Two years ago, Democrats lost the national House vote by 1 percent. This year they won it by around 8 percent. That nine-point swing is the biggest such move toward Democrats since 1948. Republicans, for their part, expanded their existing majority in the Senate, with a net gain of at least two seats. They gained power in the red rural states that have outsize influence in the senior chamber of Congress.” (11/07/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/1107/Three-take-aways-from-the-choose-your-own-narrative-midterms

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24) There might be a case for financial intermediation
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“In the early days of Bitcoin, I was explaining the technology to economist Edward Stringham. This new market-based money allows individuals to exchange peer-to-peer without financial intermediation, I said. All transactions are finally settled, regardless of geographic proximity, with no previous trust relationships, with zero access to financial institutions. … He immediately recoiled. ‘What? No chargebacks? The customer bears all risk? Institutions no longer vet people party to an exchange? This has some major downsides. The market has worked very hard to create reliable intermediation. It’s not going away anytime soon.’ (I’m paraphrasing.) … It was hard for me to wrap my brain around this critique of cryptocurrency. At the same time, looking back and reflecting on some recent experiences, I can see a case for his point.” (11/07/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/there-might-be-case-financial-intermediation

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25) Why I didn’t vote
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“People are aghast when they learn that I do not participate in electoral politics and voting. I have a lot to say about political philosophy, for sure, but it does not follow that I should be politically active. I have only ever voted twice since my 18th birthday, the first was during the Bush-Kerry election, in which I voted, quite ignorantly, for John Kerry. The second was during the Obama-McCain election, and I wrote myself in for President. It was a joke, because it is a joke.” (11/07/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/why-i-didnt-vote

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26) 2018 midterms: Blue wave, red undertow
Source: Our Future
by Robert Borosage

“The 2018 election is blue wave with a harsh red undertow. First, the wave: Democrats took the House, moving towards flipping over 30 seats, took seven gubernatorial races and counting, and made significant gains in down-ballot races — winning over 330 state legislative seats, six state legislatures and breaking 4 GOP supermajorities, with more victories to come. But the red undertow gives Republicans a larger majority in the Senate, with Republicans consolidating their hold on conservative, largely white and rural states. Transformative Democratic candidates (Gillum in Florida, O-Rourke in Texas) made stunning runs, only to fall short by the smallest of margins. Stacy Abrams’ historic race for governor in Georgia remains too close to call as this is written. Trump’s manic, unhinged, dishonest and scurrilous campaigning insured that he would be, as he put it, ‘on the ballot.’” (11/07/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20181107/2018-midterms-blue-wave-red-undertow

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27) Four midterm takeaways, including how Democrats should handle Trump
Source: USA Today
by John J Pitney Jr.

“Looking at poll numbers, some hopeful Democrats anticipated a big blue wave that would wash over elections at all levels. The results were something of a disappointment to them …. The House and Senate went in different directions, meaning that it will be hard for the two chambers to agree on legislation. Up in the Virginia neighborhood of Founders’ Heaven, James Madison is probably cracking a wry smile. He explained of the Constitution that he helped write that he wanted to create friction between the House and Senate as a way of curbing legislative overreach.” (11/07/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/11/06/democrats-won-house-how-should-they-handle-donald-trump-2019/1906598002

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28) Medicare for All? Be careful what you ask for
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Warren C Gibson

“The drumbeat continues for ‘single-payer’ health insurance, or ‘Medicare for All.’ How many proponents have first-hand experience with Medicare? How many opponents, for that matter? Economic principles are essential to any rational evaluation of these proposals, but on-the-ground experience helps, too. The following is a short story showing what it’s like to be a Medicare enrollee.” (11/07/18)

https://fee.org/articles/medicare-for-all-be-careful-what-you-ask-for/

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29) Did the Russians influence my vote?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“How is a person supposed to determine whether his vote was the result of an independent, reasoned judgment or instead a result of Russian meddling? After all, lots of people would say that it’s not rational to vote for a Libertarian, given that he or she has virtually no chance of winning. They say that to vote for a Libertarian is just throwing away one’s vote. Well then, wouldn’t that indicate that the Russians influenced me into voting Libertarian? What else would explain why I voted in what would appear to be an irrational way?” (11/07/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/11/07/did-the-russians-influence-my-vote/

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30) Displaced workers could benefit from apprenticeships, but for one labor regulation in the way
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Trey Kovacs

“To help prepare workers for new jobs that require different skills, the Trump administration has made expanding apprenticeship programs a top priority, as well as encouraging the private-sector businesses to provide workforce development opportunities to their employees. On October 31, the White House held the Our Pledge to America’s Workers Event, which promoted businesses that have committed to investing in their employees. So far, 165 companies have pledged to create 6,432,283 new opportunities for America’s workers. It is also important to note that all of this has been done with absolutely zero federal funds. So it’s especially troublesome that a National Labor Relations Board policy could simultaneously stifle expansion of apprenticeships and worker development opportunities.” [editor’s note: If no federal funds are involved, who paid for the “Our Pledge to America’s Workers Event” at the White House? If it’s for rent or something, I’d consider having my birthday party there – TLK] (11/07/18)

https://cei.org/content/displaced-workers-could-benefit-apprenticeships-one-labor-regulation-way

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31) Legal immigration into the United States, part 15
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Jacques Delacroix

“Surely, in addition to those structural tendencies for immigrants’ propensity to tend left, there is a seemingly built-in electoral incompetence of conservative and other market-oriented parties. I, for example, have been waiting for years for Spanish language Republican ads on local radio (mostly cheap radio). Even modest ones, place-holding ads, would do some good because silence confirms the Democrat calumny that the GOP is anti-immigrant. And one wonders endlessly why the GOP seldom builds on the religious ethics of immigrants which are often conservative on a personal level even as they, the immigrants, are otherwise collectively on the left. ” (11/07/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/11/07/legal-immigration-into-the-united-states-part-15-conservative-inadequacy-with-respect-to-immigration/

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32) Is climate bipartisanship dead?
Source: The New Republic
by Emily Atkin

“In 2016, two members of Congress–one Republican and one Democrat–decided they wanted to end partisan gridlock over global warming. So, in partnership with the advocacy group Citizens’ Climate Lobby, they founded the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus. To join, members of Congress would have to publicly declare their concern about human-caused climate change. But there was a catch: No Democrat could join unless they had a Republican colleague to bring along. The Climate Solutions Caucus had less than a dozen members when it was founded. But by 2018, it had 45 Democrats and 45 Republicans, seemingly united on the desire to solve, or at least slow, global warming. The Climate Solution Caucus was gutted in Tuesday’s elections. Voters threw out 13 Republican members, including the club’s co-founder and co-chair, South Florida Republican Carlos Curbelo. Combined with retiring members, those losses mean the number of GOP members ‘will decrease to 24, a 47 percent decline,’ according to ThinkProgress. That implies the overall membership will be slashed by about half, since Democrats can’t be members without Republican counterparts.” (11/07/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/152116/climate-bipartisanship-dead-midterms-decimate-house-climate-solutions-caucus

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33) Must financial regulation come from the state? The history of self-regulating markets
Source: Acton Institute
by Philip Booth

“[D]espite the Church’s teaching on the principle of subsidiarity, the question is rarely asked, ‘Who should regulate the financial sector?’ Church documents tend to suggest that the state should regulate financial markets, and there is little recognition that it is even possible for regulatory institutions to develop within markets themselves, or within civil society. Indeed, the recent Vatican letter Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones, quoting an earlier Vatican letter on the financial crisis, suggested that deregulation leads to a regulatory and institutional vacuum. But problems in financial markets are not necessarily solved by bureaucratic agencies churning out rules and regulations.” (11/07/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/11/07/must-financial-regulation-come-state-history-self-regulating

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34) Divided by party, united in spirit
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner

“For those who focus on politics, yesterday’s election appears to have only left us more divided. Certainly, voters seem split, not just along party lines, but also by race, religion, gender, and geography. Divisive language from both parties has started at the top and pervades every aspect of the political sphere. Hate-motivated violence is on the rise. It is very easy to believe that the country is falling apart. Yet those divisions are not what America really is.” (11/07/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/divided-party-united-spirit

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35) Democrats won the House; to keep winning, they need to move sharply left
Source: In These Times
by Miles Kampf-Lassin

“In the days following Nov. 8, 2016, the Democratic Party looked to be on life support. Party insiders had promised a repudiation of Trump’s far-right platform, and instead saw staggering Democratic losses at every level of government. Flash forward two years and the party’s political fortunes are reversed. On Tuesday, voters across the country showed they’re fed up with their hate-monger-in chief and handed Democrats control of the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years. Much like the 2010 election and the arrival of the Tea Party on the national stage, the Democrats have benefited from a wave of voters looking for a change in leadership and direction. So what should the Democrats do? Though moderates advise a rush to the center, the party’s future success demands embracing its left flank. It’s there that the energy lies.” (11/07/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21561/democrats-midterms-house-socialist-blue-wave-2018-bernie-sanders-congress

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36) Immigration isn’t a real problem
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“Emotions are running hot on the topic of immigration these days, both for and against, with most of the current drama surrounding birthright citizenship and migrant caravans. Immigration is a government-caused problem that can’t be solved with more government. I’m not talking about people being imported and settled by government; that’s not immigration. I completely oppose such government programs. I’m only talking about people making their own way to a new place.” (11/07/18)

https://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/11/07/voices/opinion-immigration-isnt-a-real-problem/159824.html

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37) Florida votes for democracy
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“Last year, writing about the state that disenfranchised more of its voters than any other, I asked, ‘Will Florida banish the ghost of Jim Crow?’ On Tuesday its voters did so, amending their state constitution to restore voting rights for convicted felons who’ve served their sentence, except those convicted of murder and some sex offenses. This is a hugely consequential result. The change will extend the vote to more than 1 million Floridians. (The 2016 presidential vote in the state was determined by 112,911 votes. In 2012, the margin of victory was 74,309 votes. In 2000, it was 537 votes.)” (11/07/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/11/florida-felons/575137/

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38) The hollowing out of American political parties
Source: National Review
by Jonah Goldberg

“It is perhaps the central irony of our politics today: We live in an incredibly polarized and partisan moment, but our political parties have never been weaker. As odd as it sounds, political parties in democracies have an important anti-democratic function. Traditionally, the parties shaped the choices put to voters. Long before voters decided anything in the primary or general elections, party bosses worked to groom good candidates, weed out bad ones, organize interests, and frame issues. In the modern era, the story of party decline usually begins in the aftermath of the 1968 presidential election. The move toward primaries and the democratic selection of delegates took power away from the bosses.” (11/07/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/11/modern-political-parties-weak-and-ineffective/

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39) What each side won yesterday
Source: The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson

“The clearest takeaway from yesterday’s election is that we’re essentially indistinguishable from Poland. Poland, it turns out, just held elections for municipal and provincial governments. In full revolt against the country’s xenophobic and semi-authoritarian Law and Justice Party, which controls the national government and has sought to abolish the country’s independent judiciary, the more liberal and cosmopolitan opposition parties won 103 of the nation’s 107 mayoral races over the past week. On the other hand, Law and Justice won pluralities in nine of the 16 provincial legislatures, and outright majorities in six of them. Which is to say, Poland’s Trumpies got clobbered in the burgs, but turned out enough votes in the sticks to do well at the regional level. Sound familiar? Here in the states, there wasn’t a major metropolitan area last night that Democratic statewide candidates — both the winners and the losers — failed to carry, and they did well in the suburbs surrounding those cities, too. But President Trump retained his ability (with the assistance of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and their ilk) to gin up turnout in the hinterlands.” (11/07/18)

http://prospect.org/article/what-each-side-won-yesterday

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40) A good night for Senate Republicans, a bad night for Trumpism
Source: The American Conservative
by W James Antle III

“Like the old joke about talented but turnover-prone quarterbacks, Trump keeps both teams in the game. He turned out both the Democratic and the Republican bases, winning at home even if not compiling the best record away. He cost his party the House and kept it in control of the Senate. What the president has failed to do is translate those political instincts into a coherent Trumpist program that delivers on the promise of his election.” (11/07/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/a-good-night-for-senate-republicans-a-bad-night-for-trumpism/

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41) We need some climate skeptics
Source: Heartland Institute
by John Hunt

“Climate scientists are not prophets. Those who believe them on faith provide no good service to the pursuit of truth. Those who blame climate change for every storm or forest fire are silly. Equally silly are those who claim that a particularly cold day proves that climate change is a farce.” (11/06/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/11/we-need-some-climate-skeptics/

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42) Midterm results mean Trump’s 2020 prospects look better than ever
Source: Fox News Forum
by David N Bossie

“Tuesday’s midterm election results confirm beyond a doubt that President Trump is a political force of nature like we’ve never seen. He has a hugely successful agenda that tens of millions of Americans support wholeheartedly. The election results bode well for President Trump’s re-election prospects in 2020. The midterms this year will be remembered as an awesome display of American democracy, as voter turnout levels went through the roof in a non-presidential year. The political experts who historically bemoan the lack of voter participation in midterms saw Americans flock to the polls to weigh in on the most consequential off-year elections in recent memory. In an unprecedented fashion, President Trump took matters into his own hands by tirelessly campaigning across the country for Republican candidates and making the difference in many high-stakes races. In a year in which Democrats were supposed to completely dominate in President Trump’s first midterm elections, the American people spoke loudly and delivered a mixed bag of results.” (11/07/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/david-bossie-midterm-election-results-mean-trumps-2020-reelection-prospects-look-better-than-ever

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43) All MSM pundits are whores for power; Hannity’s just honest about it
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“I just watched a CNN segment featuring Republican and Democratic panelists reacting with shock and astonishment over the news that Sean Hannity appeared on stage in support of President Trump during a campaign rally. That’s right, Sean Hannity is politically biased. I’ll wait for you to catch your breath. … On a panel discussing how shocking and appalling it is for media figures to openly involve themselves in partisan political agendas, a CNN staff political commentator said ‘we’ when referring to the ‘left-wing media’ Trump and his sycophants like Hannity attack. Leaving aside the impressive feat of social engineering which has allowed a warmongering, Wall Street-coddling corporate propaganda firm like CNN to refer to itself as ‘left-wing,’ it is worth noting that Setmeyer said this, and that she said it because the staff of both Fox and CNN are acutely aware of their respective partisan biases.” (11/07/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/11/07/all-msm-pundits-are-whores-for-power-like-hannity-hes-just-honest-about-it

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44) Trump bullying will hurt millions of Iranians
Source: Antiwar.com
by Medea Benjamin

“Treating the welfare of the Iranians people like a TV show, Donald Trump used a meme from The Game of Thrones — an arrogant, stylized photo of himself with the tagline: ‘Sanctions Are Coming November 5’ — to announce the new round of crippling sanctions targeting Iran’s oil exports, banks and shipping. This is the second round of sanctions since Trump pulled out of [sic] the Iran nuclear deal, a deal that was signed in 2015 not only by the US and Iran, but also by Germany, England, France, Russia and China — and approved unanimously by the UN Security Council. It’s also a deal that has been working.” (11/07/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/mbenjamin/2018/11/06/trump-bullying-will-hurt-millions-of-iranians/

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45) Skin in the game
Source: Town Hall
by Walter E Williams

“In describing the GOP tax cuts, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that they and bonuses American workers were getting were ‘crumbs.’ They were ‘tax cuts for the rich.’ Some argued that the tax cuts would reduce revenues. Pelosi predicted, ‘This thing will explode the deficit.’ How about some tax facts? The argument that tax cuts reduce federal revenues can be disposed of quite easily. According to the Congressional Budget Office, revenues from federal income taxes were $76 billion higher in the first half of this year than they were in the first half of 2017. The Treasury Department says it expects that federal revenues will continue to exceed last year’s for the rest of 2018. Despite record federal revenues, 2018 will see a massive deficit, perhaps topping $1 trillion. Our massive deficit is a result not of tax cuts but of profligate congressional spending that outruns rising tax revenues.” [editor’s note: And spending that outruns revenues is taxation with deferred payment plus interest. Unless spending goes down, there’s no actual “tax cut” – TLK] (11/07/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2018/11/07/skin-in-the-game-n2534984

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46) Three cheers for the return of divided government
Source: Reason
by Eric Boehm

“The run-up to the 2020 presidential election will begin sooner than anyone really wants — and it will be terrible and divisive and bitter. But in the meantime, a split Congress is the best hope for anyone who’s not an unrepentent MAGA-head or outright Democratic Socialist. Whether American politics are chilling out a little bit or the crazies on both sides are now simply cancelling each other out, a stalemate will be a welcome reprieve.” (11/07/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/11/07/three-cheers-for-the-return-of-divided-g

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47) THRO
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“What can one person do? I wish Jack Gargan were here to answer that question — I can almost hear his characteristic chuckle, see the glint in his Irish eyes, in preparation. But sadly, Jack passed away late Sunday night or early Monday morning in Thailand, where he had retired. He was 88 years of age. This loss, coming on the cusp of yesterday’s election, transported me back 28 years ago — to the 1990 election, when the anti-incumbency, pro-term limits movement was in its infancy.” (11/07/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/11/07/thro/

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48) The midterm results gave everybody just enough to keep fighting
Source: The Intercept
by Ryan Grim

“As the ballots were being counted, it became clear that there would be little clarity by the end of the night. Democrats, on the back of historic turnout — the product of two years of post-Trump grassroots organizing — seized control of a House of Representatives that had been meticulously gerrymandered in order to assure that they would never be able to do just that. Democrats also made major gains in state capitals, winning governorships in Kansas, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Maine. … Yet President Donald Trump will be able to survey that landscape and claim vindication for his ratcheting up of racist rhetoric in the final weeks of campaigning. The failure to deliver a knockout blow to Trump will exacerbate tensions within the Democratic Party, torn between its progressive wing, which wants to lean into small-dollar donors and run as the only party free of corporate corruption, and its centrist wing, which argues that only with corporate money and an inoffensive platform can Democrats take power.” (11/07/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/11/07/midterm-results-democrats-centrist-progressive/

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49) Democrats risk overplaying their (relatively weak) hand
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by staff

“In 1994 (two years into Bill Clinton’s first term) Republicans gained a stunning 54 seats to take control of the House, and 9 to take control of the Senate. Then, in 2010 (two years into Barack Obama’s first term) Republicans gained an even more stunning 63 seats in the House, and six in the Senate, in another stunning rebuke of a Democratic president By contrast, Democrats will, when votes are all counted, likely gain 33 seats in the House. That’s only slightly above the average midterm gains for the party out of power. At the same time, they lost three Senate seats. Given that Democrats cast this as a high-stakes election, and given the overwhelmingly negative coverage of President Donald Trump, the final result was not all that impressive.” (11/07/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/election-results-democrats-risk-overplaying-their-relatively-weak-hand/

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50) No more public mass transit infrastructure
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“How should the current mass transit lines be improved? I see little evidence that spending more money would help — the US already spends far more (per mile) on transit lines than other countries, with much worse service to show for it. Instead, we should look for alternative models of management.” (11/06/18)

https://www.econlib.org/no-more-public-mass-transit-infrastructure/

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51) Cato Daily Podcast, 11/07/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Democrats will run the U.S. House and Republicans will hang onto the Senate. What does that mean for limited government? What were the bright spots for liberty at the state level? Michael Tanner comments.” [various formats] (11/07/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/divided-government-won-2018

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52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 11/07/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Conventional wisdom says the Republican loss of the House of Representatives be bad news for President Trump. More investigations? Endless Russiagate ‘revelations?’ But what if it is actually a boon for the president? Contrarian analysis of the US mid-term elections in today’s Liberty Report.” [Flash video] (11/07/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/house-goes-blue-blessing-in-disguise-for-trump

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53) Scott Adams Says, 11/07/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams explains why you can’t tell good news from bad. With coffee.” [Flash video] (11/07/18)

https://www.periscope.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1MnxnNBnQkOxO

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54) Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill, 11/07/18
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: Journalist Chris Hedges has spent the past 15 years trying to ring the alarm about the dangers of the U.S. political system and the impact of a corporate and financial coup d’etat that happened long ago. He talks about the growing power of ‘Christian fascists,’ predicts a major financial crash, and offers ideas on how to fight back.” [various formats] (11/07/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/11/07/chris-hedges-on-elections-christian-fascists-and-the-rot-within-the-american-system/

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55) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 268
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #268, I discuss the 2018 Midterm Elections. I explain why I did not vote. Little of the debate in the leadup to the midterms has been on what US foreign policy. Most of Congress takes no interest in wars and ignore their Constitutional duties. I look at some issues that could be impacted by the midterm elections.” [various formats] (11/07/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-268-midterm-elections

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56) Essential Libertarianism, episode 50
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Do you really owe those taxes?” [various formats] (11/07/18)

https://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/11/07/do-you-really-owe-those-taxes-el050/

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57) Electric Libertyland, episode 97
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland Brian McWilliams welcomes in Dave Smith, the host of ‘Part of the Problem’ and stand up comedian of much renown. Brian and Dave look at the election and the run up issues leading into the midterms as well as talking about social media influence, immigration, culture and whether allowing only libertarians to vote would result in the creation of a utopian society.” [various formats] (11/07/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/11/07/electric-libertyland-97-election-night-with-dave-smith-of-part-of-the-problem/

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58) Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan, 11/07/18
Source: The Intercept

“Mehdi Hasan is joined by Rep. Barbara Lee, MSNBC host Chris Hayes, and Women’s March co-chair Tamika Mallory to digest the election results and discuss voter suppression — and where the democrats go from here.” [various formats] (11/07/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/11/07/midterms-special-who-won-who-lost-and-what-will-happen-next/

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59) Free Talk Live, 11/06/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Cultural Marxism :: So-Called Positive Rights :: Myths of Students Voting :: Leftist College Campuses :: Bitcoin Cash to Schism in Hostile Takeover Attempt? :: Collaboration and News :: Initial Election Results :: HOSTS — Ian, Vincent, Michael.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/06/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-11-06

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60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1278
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“In today’s episode I review some of the golden nuggets from the previous 600 or so episodes. Fascinating people and ideas you may have missed — and even if you didn’t miss them, it couldn’t hurt to hear about them again.” [various formats] (11/06/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1278-woodss-greatest-hits/

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61) Stephen Walt on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Professor Stephen Walt comes on the show to talk about his new book on American foreign policy.” [various formats] (11/06/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/11-5-18-stephen-walt-on-a-realist-foreign-policy/

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62) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 21
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“In today’s episode Nicky P & Lizzie examine the Joni Mitchel classic, later re-popularized by Counting Crows, Big Yellow Taxi. Nick you may or may not know is a big fan of nature and listening to an economic illiterate try and throw shade at the wrong places may have gotten under his bonnet.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/06/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/an-angry-bee-gets-schooled-with-jack-v-lloyd-sounds-like-liberty-episode-21/

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63) The Great Books Podcast, episode 58
Source: National Review

“John J. Miller is joined by Jonathan S. Cullick to discuss Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men.” [various formats] (11/06/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/the-great-books/episode-58-all-the-kings-men-by-robert-penn-warren/

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64) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 11/06/18
Source: Freedom’s Phoenix

“Charles Silver (Adjunct Scholar @ Cato Inst, Co-Author of OVERCHARGED: WHY AMERICANS PAY TOO MUCH FOR HEALTH CARE) on the healthcare industry and excessive government regulation — Dr. Phranq Tamburri, NMD In Studio = Trump Report; Mid-term elections …” [MP3] (11/06/18)

https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/250694-2018-11-06-11-06-18-charles-silver-dr-phranq-tamburri-tarzan-kieth.htm

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65) Bloggingheads.tv, 11/06/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Phoebe Maltz Bovy (The Perils of ‘Privilege,’ What Would Phoebe Do?, The New Republic) and Kat Rosenfield (Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, Vulture) … How politics took over arts and culture criticism … The new Halloween, an empty vessel for critics to project baggage onto … When a white woman calls the cops on a black person doing nothing wrong … The economics of online outrage … Louis CK, Sarah Silverman, masturbation, and consent … Phoebe and Kat offer dating advice for young women.” [Flash video] (11/06/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/54060

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