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Monday, November 19th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Qatar: Taliban officials hold talks with US envoy
2) Trump says he would not intervene if Whitaker moves to curtail Mueller probe
3) Bloomberg donates “unprecedented” $1.8 billion to Johns Hopkins
4) Trump won’t listen to “terrible” Khashoggi murder recording
5) Mexico: Hundreds march against migrant caravan in Tijuana, chanting “yes to migrants, no to invaders!”
6) KS: County commissioner tells black woman he’s part of the “master race;” Colyer calls for resignation
7) Peru: Regime says ex-president has sought asylum in Uruguay
8) FL: Scott declared US Senate victor after bitter recount fight
9) Trump: “I won against President Obama and Oprah Winfrey”
10) Australia: Wedding magazine White shuts after LGBT row
11) “Last Man Standing” star Tim Allen mocks liberals “small window of sense of humor”
12) Report: US, allied war criminals murder 40 in Syria
13) Study: Kidney transplants not affected by cannabis use
14) Argentina’s missing submarine found a year after it vanished with 44 aboard
15) CA: Camp Fire death toll rises to 76
16) Rice “not ready to coach” Cleveland Browns
17) Rescued migrants refuse to leave ship taking them to Libya
18) Trump: “Good time” for a fake shutdown if Berlin Wall 2.0 doesn’t get funded
19) Trump tweet goes after “little Adam Schitt”
20) FL: Bondi adds Walgreens, CVS to frivolous lawsuit in attempt to attract Trump’s attention for AG vacancy
21) DeVos proposes major overhaul to campus sexual misconduct rules
22) SCOTUS agrees to hear arguments on discovery/deposition issues in unconstitutional census question
23) Trump to nominate Wheeler as new permanent EPA head
24) Kazakhstan: Russian ship launches tons of supplies to International Space Station
25) North Korea: Regime announces weapons test; will release detained American

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) American Civil Liberties Union, RIP
27) Hypocrisy alert: Republicans agreed with Ocasio-Cortez until about one minute ago
28) Open letter to Austrialian PM Scott Morrison on Julian Assange
29) The Empire keeps proving Assange right about everything
30) A brief introduction to voluntaryism for crypto neophytes
31) Operation Choke Point needs to be choked off for good
32) The art of the smear — the Israel lobby busted
33) Florida recounts dredge up 2000 election nightmare
34) Wilson’s Great War
35) What school funding advocates should learn from midterms
36) Assange prosecution a huge threat to journalism
37) CPS: Choosing sides vs choosing wisely
38) Bohemian Rhapsody shows that artists should care about audiences
39) Biased federal judges, not Trump’s agenda, are the real threat to our constitutional order
40) Leaks show Europe’s attempts to fix the Copyright Directive are failing
41) Religion and resistance: Ethiopian anti-imperialism, part 2
42) Capitalism means less waste — because more waste often means less profit
43) The prolonged torture that is Brexit
44) Cities keep imposing self-defeating restrictions on electric scooters
45) The radical evolution of WikiLeaks
46) Hunter S. Thompson: Chronicling the Republic’s fall
47) Is it racist to ban menthol cigarettes … or not to?
48) A solution to stop our veterans from dying while waiting for medical care
49) Trump should look to Peru
50) Ten harmful consequences of handouts for Amazon
51) What banks owe America
52) Quantum Vibe, 11/16/18
53) Postal Service will never get better; time to privatize it
54) Democrats’ reliance on seniority clashes with enthusiasm for fresh faces
55) Melania Trump’s misstep and Michelle Obama’s mystery
56) When the “good guy with a gun” is a black man
57) China and the EU are growing sick of US financial power
58) Counterpoint: The Whitaker appointment is unconstitutional under the Constitution’s original meaning
59) Government complexity and failure — illustrated in blood
60) As Jeff Bezos says, of course Amazon will fail one day …

The Sound and the Fury:

61) The Last Nighters, episode 46
62) AnarchoChristian, episode 22
63) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 21
64) The Anarchist Experience, episode 191
65) Free Talk Live, 11/17/18
66) Bloggingheads.tv, 11/17/18
67) Scott Adams Says, 11/17/18
68) We Are Libertarians Daily, episode 25
69) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 182
70) Cato Daily Podcast, 11/16/18
71) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 129
72) CQ on Congress with Shawn Zeller, episode 128
73) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 272
74) The Editors, episode 119
75) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1286
76) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 266
77) This Week in Bitcoin, 11/16/18
78) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 11/16/18
79) In The Tank Podcast, episode 166
80) Radio Atlantic, 11/16/18

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

1) Qatar: Taliban officials hold talks with US envoy
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Taliban officials have held three days of talks with the United States’ special representative for Afghanistan in Qatar, Zalmay Khalilzad, aimed at renewing the peace process in the war-torn country, an official of the armed group said. The talks, which ended on Sunday, were confirmed by other individuals close to the group, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss the negotiations. The Taliban said its dialogue process with Washington was aimed at securing a timetable for the withdrawal of all the US and NATO troops from Afghanistan to pave the way for an intra-Afghan dialogue.” (11/18/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2018/11/taliban-hold-talks-envoy-qatar-181118085252177.html

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2) Trump says he would not intervene if Whitaker moves to curtail Mueller probe
Source: Reuters

“President Donald Trump said in an interview aired on Sunday he would not intervene if Matthew Whitaker, his acting U.S. attorney general, moved to curtail Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. In an interview with the ‘Fox News Sunday’ program, taped on Friday, Trump also said he probably would not agree to a sit-down interview with Mueller, who also is investigating whether the Republican president’s campaign conspired with Moscow and whether Trump has unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe. Whitaker took over supervision of Mueller’s investigation on Nov. 7 after Trump appointed him as the chief U.S. law enforcement official to replace Jeff Sessions, who the president ousted. Whitaker, who Democrats have called a Trump ‘political lackey,’ in the past criticized the scope of the Mueller probe and brought up the possibility of undermining it by slashing Mueller’s funding.” (11/18/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia/trump-would-not-intervene-if-whitaker-moves-to-curtail-mueller-probe-idUSKCN1NN0LN

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3) Bloomberg donates “unprecedented” $1.8 billion to Johns Hopkins
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Sunday he’s donating $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, to boost financial aid for low- and middle-income students. The Baltimore university said the contribution (the largest ever to any education institution in the U.S.) will allow Johns Hopkins to eliminate student loans in financial aid packages starting next fall. The university will instead offer scholarships that don’t have to be repaid. University President Ronald Daniels said Bloomberg’s contribution will also let the institution permanently commit to ‘need-blind admissions,’ or the principle of admitting the highest-achieving students, regardless of their ability to pay for their education. ‘Hopkins has received a gift that is unprecedented and transformative,’ he said in a statement, noting the prestigious school was founded in 1876 by a $7 million gift from Baltimore merchant Johns Hopkins that was, similarly, the largest gift of its kind at the time. By way of comparison, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched the Gates Millennium Scholars program in 1999 with a $1 billion commitment over 20 years. The Chronicle of Higher Education listed it as the largest private donation to a higher-education institution in the U.S. earlier this month.” (11/18/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Bloomberg-donates-1-8-billion-to-alma-mater-13403383.php

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4) Trump won’t listen to “terrible” Khashoggi murder recording
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“US President Donald Trump says he has been briefed on a recording of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder — but will not listen to it himself. ‘It’s a suffering tape, it’s a terrible tape,’ he told Fox News Sunday. The CIA has reportedly concluded the powerful Saudi Crown Prince ordered the killing but the White House is yet to endorse that assessment. Saudi Arabia has called the claim false and denied Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had any knowledge of the murder. Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the Saudi government, was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October to obtain a marriage document. Saudi Arabia ciaims Khashoggi was killed as the result of a rogue operation.” (11/18/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46254571

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5) Mexico: Hundreds march against migrant caravan in Tijuana, chanting “yes to migrants, no to invaders!”
Source: USA Today

“Hundreds of Tijuana residents, opposed to what they described as the ‘chaos’ of the Central American migrant caravan, gathered at a prominent roundabout in Tijuana Sunday morning, before marching to a large, makeshift shelter, which now holds about 2,400 migrants. They chanted ‘Mexico! Mexico!’ and ‘yes to migrants, no to invaders!’ They sang the national anthem and waved Mexican flags and banners and signs, with messages urging the migrants to go home and urging the government to take action. Some protesters said Mexico doesn’t have the resources to care for its own people, let alone migrants from Central America. They pointed to communities affected by a recent hurricane that hit Sinaloa and Nayarit, which caused flooding and other damage, as well as the homicide rate in Tijuana, which has reached an all-time high. Some said the Mexican government should follow President Donald Trump in enacting stricter border policies. They said the government should secure the southern border with Guatemala and require all immigrants to enter legally.” (11/18/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/11/18/protests-tijuana-migrant-caravan-sunday-donald-trump/2048184002

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6) KS: County commissioner tells black woman he’s part of the “master race;” Colyer calls for resignation
Source: Epoch Times

“Republican Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer called on Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Kemp to resign after he told a black woman at a public hearing that he’s part of the ‘master race.’ ‘Racial and discriminative language have no place in our society, and most especially when spoken by someone holding a public office,’ Colyer said in his statement on the afternoon of Nov. 17. … Triveece Penelton, the black woman in the video, was making a presentation about road development initiatives during the meeting, Fox4 reported. ‘I don’t want you to think I am picking on you because we are part of the master race,’ Klemp told Penelton. ‘You have a gap in your teeth. We are part of the master race. Don’t you forget that.’” (11/18/18)

https://www.theepochtimes.com/kansas-official-tells-black-woman-hes-part-of-the-master-race-governor-calls-for-resignation_2718410.html

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7) Peru: Regime says ex-president has sought asylum in Uruguay
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia has sought asylum in Uruguay’s diplomatic mission hours after a judge retained his passport as part of a corruption probe, Peru’s foreign ministry announced Sunday. The ministry said it was informed by Uruguay’s ambassador that Garcia entered his residence Saturday night seeking protection. It vowed to provide unspecified information to Uruguay as it evaluates Garcia’s request. Late Saturday, a judge in Lima granted prosecutors’ request that Garcia be banned from leaving Peru for 18 months as investigators probe allegations he received illegal payment from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. Odebrecht is at the center of Latin America’s biggest corruption scandal after admitting in a 2016 plea agreement with the U.S. Justice Department that it paid corrupt officials across Latin America nearly $800 million in exchange for major infrastructure contracts.” (11/18/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Peru-says-ex-president-has-sought-asylum-in-13403154.php

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8) FL: Scott declared US Senate victor after bitter recount fight
Source: The Hill

“Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has defeated Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) in a nationally watched Senate race that triggered two recounts and a series of bitter legal and public relations battles. The contest came to an end on Sunday as a noon deadline passed for county election officials to submit the results of a hand recount that showed Scott leading Nelson by about 10,000 votes or about 0.12 percentage. The hand recount was ordered after a machine recount showed the two candidates separated by only about 12,600 votes, or 0.15 points.” (11/18/18)

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/417294-scott-defeats-nelson-in-florida-senate-race-after-bitter-recount-fight

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9) Trump: “I won against President Obama and Oprah Winfrey”
Source: USA Today

“Despite Democrats’ strong performance in the midterm elections, President Donald Trump still claims it was a ‘tremendous victory’ for him and the Republican Party. Trump touted the fact that Republicans gained seats in the Senate, a rare feat by the party occupying the White House during a midterm, when asked about the election during an interview on ‘Fox News Sunday’ with Chris Wallace. ‘But this was a historically big defeat in the House,’ Wallace said. ‘You lost in traditionally Republican suburbs, not only around liberal cities like Philadelphia and D.C. but also red-state big cities like Houston and Oklahoma City. You lost among suburban women. You lost among independents.’ In California, the lone remaining undecided House seat was won by a Democrat, Gil Cisneros, who beat the incumbent, Young Kim. R-California. In total, Democrats snapped up six House seats from the GOP in the state, including a sweep of four seats in Orange County, which had been a Republican stronghold.” (11/18/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/11/18/trump-fox-interview-highlights/2048125002

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10) Australia: Wedding magazine White shuts after LGBT row
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“One of Australia’s leading wedding magazines is shutting down after it refused to feature same-sex couples. Luke and Carla Burrell, founders of White magazine, said advertisers had abandoned them in droves. The Christian couple said they made the choice because they had ‘no desire to create a social, political or legal war.’ Australia legalised gay marriage in December last year after the country overwhelmingly voted in favour of it. In a farewell post on its website, the magazine’s founders said they had been targeted by ‘a flood of judgement,’ and that couples they featured had been sent online abuse. ‘White Magazine has always been a secular publication, but as its publishers, we are Christian. We have no agenda but to love,’ they wrote. ‘Like many people, we have had to reflect on our beliefs,’ the founders wrote. ‘It’s a long and continuing journey.’” (11/18/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-46254385

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11) “Last Man Standing” star Tim Allen mocks liberals “small window of sense of humor”
Source: Fox News

“With the return of ‘Last Man Standing’ on Fox, Tim Allen has the chance to continue doing what he loves, presenting an alternative point of view in comedy. In a recent interview, the actor is opening up about the political divide in America and having to answer for his character’s outspoken opinions. When ABC pulled the plug on the sitcom after six successful seasons, many wondered if the character of Mike Baxter’s personal politics had something to do with the decision by the network to ax the right-leaning humor show. The series made its return on Fox for Season 7, where Allen and the writers pulled no punches when it came to skewering what he perceives to be an over-sensitive American left. ‘I said there’s nothing, especially in this area, that pisses people off more than a very funny conservative. A smart, funny conservative that takes shots and is certainly self-effacing. The left-wing point of view is so pervasive that they don’t even realize it’s a point of view. It is just a point of view,’ Allen said in an interview with IndieWire.” (11/18/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/last-man-standing-star-tim-allen-mocks-liberals-small-window-of-sense-of-humor

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12) Report: US, allied war criminals murder 40 in Syria
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“At least 40 people were killed on Saturday in airstrikes by the US-led coalition operating in Syria, according to a war monitor. About a dozen children were among more than 30 family members of ‘Islamic State’ (IS) militants killed in Abu Husn village in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. The area is the last IS-controlled territory in eastern Syria.” (11/17/18)

https://www.dw.com/en/anti-is-coalition-airstrikes-kill-at-least-40-in-eastern-syria-monitor/a-46340045

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13) Study: Kidney transplants not affected by cannabis use
Source: Smell the Truth

“A new study published this week in the Clinical Kidney Journal found that using marijuana had no measurable effect on the outcomes of kidney transplants for donors or recipients. Researchers from Loma Linda University Health reviewed living kidney transplants performed between January 2000 and May 2016 in a single academic institution. Donors and recipients were divided into groups by donor marijuana usage, comparing the outcomes using a variety of tests. They also reviewed medical records from 294 living donors, including 31 donors who used marijuana. Researchers also reviewed the records of 230 living kidney recipients, 27 of which also used cannabis.” (11/16/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/11/15/kidney-transplants-not-affected-by-marijuana-use-study-finds

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14) Argentina’s missing submarine found a year after it vanished with 44 aboard
Source: CNN

“A missing Argentine naval submarine has been found, a year and a day after it vanished in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members on board, authorities said Saturday. The wreckage of the ARA San Juan, which ‘suffered an implosion,’ was found about 870 meters (2,850 feet) down on the ocean floor, Argentine naval Capt. Gabriel Attis later told reporters in Buenos Aires. … The ARA San Juan disappeared November 15 last year off Argentina’s coast, about midway on its journey from Ushuaia in the country’s south to Mar del Plata. The Argentine navy said in the following days that the vessel’s captain had reported a short circuit in the vessel’s battery system shortly before the last known contact. … Days later, it emerged that a sound consistent with an explosion had been detected in the ocean near the sub’s last known location by the United States and an international nuclear weapons monitor.” (11/17/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/17/americas/argentina-missing-submarine-found-intl/index.html

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15) CA: Camp Fire death toll rises to 76
Source: ABC 7 News

“Northern California crews battling the country’s deadliest wildfire in a century were bracing for strong winds, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour, creating the potential to erode gains they have made in containing a disaster that has killed at least 76 and leveled a town. Even as hundreds of searchers sift through the rubble in the town of Paradise looking for the dead, nearly 1,300 people remain unaccounted for …” (11/17/18)

https://abc7news.com/camp-fire-death-toll-rises-to-76-in-butte-co-with-winds-ahead/4707150/

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16) Rice “not ready to coach” Cleveland Browns
Source: Fox News

“America’s once-top diplomat may be an avid football fan, but don’t expect her to be coaching on the sidelines in Cleveland anytime soon. Just a week after Cleveland Browns’ General Manager John Dorsey said he was open to interviewing a woman for the Browns’ head coaching job, a report surfaced Sunday that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is being considered for an interview. ESPN, citing a league source, reported that Dorsey was considering bringing in Rice for the spot. Rice, 64, would become the first woman to ever interview for an NFL head-coaching job if the team follows through. After the report emerged, the Browns released a statement from Dorsey saying that Rice has not been discussed as a candidate.” (11/18/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/sports/cleveland-browns-want-to-interview-condoleezza-rice-for-head-coaching-job-report-says

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17) Rescued migrants refuse to leave ship taking them to Libya
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Dozens of increasingly desperate migrants rescued by a cargo ship in the Mediterranean have been refusing to leave after it docked in a Libyan port. Some told journalists they would rather die than be forced to disembark in Libya where they say they were held captive and tortured by smugglers. The ship brought them to Misrata on 10 November after picking them up from a boat off Libya’s western coast. They are said to be from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Fourteen people including unaccompanied children and a mother and baby left the ship on Wednesday for official detention centres in Libya but, according to Qatar-based broadcaster al-Jazeera, 77 migrants remained on board on Sunday.” (11/18/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-46255984

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18) Trump: “Good time” for a fake shutdown if Berlin Wall 2.0 doesn’t get funded
Source: Time

“President Donald Trump said Saturday it is a good time to [pretend to] shut down the government to gain leverage with Democrats to fund his demands for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. ‘This would be a very good time to do a [fake] shutdown,’ Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for a trip to California. ‘I don’t think it’s going to be necessary, because I think the Democrats will come to their senses, and if they don’t come to their senses, we will continue to win elections.’” (11/17/18)

http://time.com/5458042/trump-government-shutdown-border-funds/

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19) Trump tweet goes after “little Adam Schitt”
Source: USA Today

“President Donald Trump on Twitter Sunday crudely mocked a California Democratic congressman who will likely be taking over the House Intelligence Committee next year: ‘So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate, but not mentioning the fact that Bob Mueller (who is highly conflicted) was not approved by the Senate!’ the president said in a tweet Sunday. Schiff has long been a thorn in Trump’s side for his work related to Russian election meddling and his assertion that there is ‘plenty of evidence’ tying Trump to their activities. ‘Wow, Mr. President, that’s a good one,’ he replied to Trump’s tweet. ‘Was that like your answers to Mr. Mueller’s questions, or did you write this one yourself?’ Schiff was referring to the written answers Trump said he is about to submit to a series of questions from special counsel Robert Mueller.” (11/18/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/11/18/trump-tweet-adam-schiff/2048756002

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20) FL: Bondi adds Walgreens, CVS to frivolous lawsuit in attempt to attract Trump’s attention for AG vacancy
Source: CBS News

“Florida is suing the nation’s two largest drugstore chains, Walgreens and CVS, alleging they added to the state and national opioid crisis by overselling painkillers and not taking precautions to stop illegal sales. Attorney General Pam Bondi announced late Friday that she has added the companies to a state-court lawsuit filed last spring against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and several opioid distributors. Bondi said in a press release that CVS and Walgreens ‘played a role in creating the opioid crisis.’” [editor’s note: Unfortunately for poor Pam, Melania seems to have imposed a dumb blonde hiring freeze on her husband – TLK] (11/17/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/florida-sues-walgreens-cvs-over-opioid-sales-2018-11-17/

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21) DeVos proposes major overhaul to campus sexual misconduct rules
Source: CBS News

“Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is proposing a major overhaul to the way colleges handle complaints of sexual misconduct. The Education Department released a plan Friday that would require schools to investigate sexual assault and harassment only if the alleged misconduct was reported to certain campus officials and only if it occurred on campus or other areas overseen by the school. The plan would narrow the definition of sexual harassment and allow students accused of misconduct to cross-examine accusers in campus hearings. DeVos'[s] proposal would replace Obama-era guidelines she scrapped last year, saying they were unfair to students accused of sexual misconduct.” (11/16/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/betsy-devos-proposes-major-overhaul-to-campus-sexual-misconduct-rules/

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22) SCOTUS agrees to hear arguments on discovery/deposition issues in unconstitutional census question
Source: The Hill

“The Supreme Court on Friday said it will hear argument in a dispute over a lower court ruling that allowed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to be questioned under oath about his decision to add a[n unconstitutional] citizenship question to the 2020 census. The Supreme Court said it will hear arguments on Feb. 19 in the battle over discovery in lower court cases challenging the additional census question. The court last month granted the government’s request to block the order that required Ross to sit for a deposition but refused to block John Gore, the acting assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, from being questioned.” (11/16/18)

https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/417156-supreme-court-agrees-to-hear-arguments-in-trump-census-case

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23) Trump to nominate Wheeler as new permanent EPA head
Source: Yahoo! News

“U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he would nominate the acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, to take on the position permanently. Wheeler, a long-time Washington insider known to shun the spotlight, took the reins at the EPA in July after former Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned. Pruitt faced a slew of ethics controversies that included his first-class travel, round-the-clock security detail, and expensive office equipment. … Wheeler had worked at the EPA in the 1990s and later in the Senate under Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, a skeptic of mainstream climate science, before moving to the private sector as a lobbyist and consultant.” (11/16/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-seeks-acting-epa-head-wheeler-permanent-185334334.html

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24) Kazakhstan: Russian ship launches tons of supplies to International Space Station
Source: Space.com

“During a midnight launch, the Russian space agency blasted thousands of pounds of supplies on their way up to the three astronauts living on the International Space Station. It was the first of two cargo missions to the station lifting off this week. The Progress vehicle launched as scheduled aboard a Soyuz rocket at 12:14 a.m. Nov. 17 local time (1:14 p.m. EST, 1814 GMT on Nov. 16) from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. … The rocket that powered today’s launch is a Soyuz-FG, the same type of vehicle that failed during a crewed launch on Oct. 11, sending two astronauts plummeting to Earth for a rocky landing that they survived in good condition. The flawless launch today is a promising sign before the next crew launch, scheduled for Dec. 3.” (11/16/18)

https://www.space.com/42457-russia-cargo-mission-launches-to-space-station.html

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25) North Korea: Regime announces weapons test; will release detained American
Source: ABC News

“North Korea announced that its leader Kim Jong Un observed a ‘successful’ and ‘highly significant’ test of an ‘ultramodern tactical weapon,’ according to state media Friday. While the report did not say what kind of weapon it was, the announcement comes amid some renewed tensions with the U.S. and an impasse in talks over its nuclear weapons program. … The North Korean regime also announced Friday that it had detained an American last month and would release him soon — a gesture of goodwill despite the weapon test.” (11/16/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/north-korea-announces-weapons-test-pending-release-detained/story?id=59243101

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

26) American Civil Liberties Union, RIP
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by David E Bernstein

“To maintain its large membership base, the ACLU recruited new members by directing mass mailings to mailing lists rented from a broad range of liberal groups. The result of the shift of the ACLU to a mass membership organization was that it gradually transformed itself from a civil libertarian organization into a liberal organization with an interest in civil liberties. … Future historians will have to reconstruct exactly how and why the tipping point has been reached, but the ACLU’s actions over the last couple of months show that the ACLU is no longer a civil libertarian organization in any meaningful sense, but just another left-wing pressure group, albeit one with a civil libertarian history.” (11/17/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/11/17/american-civil-liberties-union-rip

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27) Hypocrisy alert: Republicans agreed with Ocasio-Cortez until about one minute ago
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L. Knapp

“I get it. It’s easy to mock a self-proclaimed ‘democratic socialist’ who wants to re-make the US economy when she hasn’t proven her own financial acumen by piling up a nice nest egg before running for Congress. But return with me now to those thrilling days of yesteryear …” (11/18/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/14075

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28) Open letter to Austrialian PM Scott Morrison on Julian Assange
Source: The Daily Beast
by Pamela Anderson

“Dear Prime Minister Morrison, Your comments following my appeal to you on 60 Minutes were disappointing. You trivialized and laughed about the suffering of an Australian and his family. You followed it with smutty, unnecessary comments about a woman voicing her political opinion. We all deserve better from our leaders, especially in the current environment. Following the show, 60 Minutes canvassed the views of Australians online. People responded in the thousands, overwhelmingly — 92% of more than 7000 — in favour of bringing Julian home. Rather than making lewd suggestions about me, perhaps you should instead think about what you are going to say to millions of Australians when one of their own is marched in an orange jumpsuit to Guantanamo Bay — for publishing the truth. You can prevent this.” (11/17/18)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/pamela-anderson-my-open-letter-to-australian-pm-scott-morrison-on-julian-assange

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29) The Empire keeps proving Assange right about everything
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged under seal by the Trump administration. This has been revealed by a purportedly accidental copy-paste error in an unrelated court document which used Assange’s name, interestingly not long after it was reported to the Wall Street Journal that federal prosecutors ‘have considered publicly indicting Mr. Assange to try to trigger his removal from the embassy because a detailed explanation of the evidence could give Ecuadorean authorities reason to turn Assange over.’ Insider sources have reportedly confirmed to the Washington Post that Assange has been charged. Because those charges are sealed, it’s impossible to know what they are or how they’re being justified. If you ask #Resistance Twitter, it’s because it’s #MuellerTime and Assange is about to be arrested under some mysterious charges involving WikiLeaks’ publication of non-government, non-classified emails in 2016. If you ask QAnon cultists, it’s because Donald Trump is planning to extradite Assange so as to rescue him and deal a fatal blow to the Deep State.” (11/17/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/11/17/the-empire-keeps-proving-assange-right-about-everything

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30) A brief introduction to voluntaryism for crypto neophytes
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Sterlin Lujan

“Sovereignty denotes a yearning for absolute individual independence. It means many people involved in crypto prefer to live freely, without having to genuflect before someone who claims to rule them; before some king, politician, or governing apparatus. This is the crux of voluntaryism.” (11/17/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/a-brief-introduction-to-voluntaryism-for-crypto-neophytes/

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31) Operation Choke Point needs to be choked off for good
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by Kyle Burgess

“Many lawmakers and journalists decried ‘Operation Choke Point,’ shrugging it off as the product of partisan paranoia. But new evidence shows that sometimes reality can be more conspiratorial than fiction: Recently unsealed court documents indicate that targeted attacks on a handful of legal industries was not only real but organized and executed by high-ranking government officials under the Obama administration. In theory, Choke Point aimed to prevent criminals from using banks for criminal purposes. In practice, however, senior staff of the Department of Justice, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) used their authority to terminate the banking of legitimate businesses like pawnshops, fireworks dealers, and telemarketers. The recently unsealed documents show that these regulators put pressure on banks to cut ties with certain businesses as part of a coordinated effort. The strategy was called Operation Choke Point because it enabled government regulators to effectively shut down legal businesses engaged in so-called ‘high-risk activity’ by ‘choking’ off their access to financial services.” (11/16/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/operation-choke-point-unfair-obama

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32) The art of the smear — the Israel lobby busted
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“[A]fter so many decades of Israeli wars, massacres, repression, and routine brutal dehumanization, the tide has started to turn. Israel pulverized Gaza and its people one too many times; it shot and broke the bones of too many children before too many video cameras. And so public opinion, especially among younger Americans — and particularly among younger Jewish Americans, has been turning against Israel. Then the BDS Movement arose to accomplish what a similar movement help to accomplish against apartheid South Africa: bringing world attention to an intolerable situation and take concrete steps to change it. All of this has been too much for Israel’s ruling elite and its supporters in the United States, Great Britain, and elsewhere, and they are fighting back. They know they can’t win on the merits. Well-documented historical studies and basic morality have seen to that. So they smear their opponents as Jew-haters and supporters of terrorism.” (11/16/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/tgif-art-of-smear/

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33) Florida recounts dredge up 2000 election nightmare
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Almost two decades after the infamous Florida recount to determine the 2000 presidential election, voters again have reason to look at Broward County’s election system with contempt and suspicion. In 2000, Broward County went so far as to judge indentations in ballots as legitimate votes. This netted Democratic nominee Al Gore an extra 567 votes — not enough to beat George W. Bush but enough to sow distrust among concerned citizens. Nearly two decades later, Broward County is back to its old tricks. Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson is running for re-election, but he trailed his opponent, GOP Gov. Rick Scott, on election night. The margin of some 12,600 ballots was slim enough to warrant a 67-county recount by Florida law — but not a well-run recount in Broward County. In accordance with the recount rules, election officials were supposed to submit the results of a five-day round-the-clock recount on Thursday at 3 p.m.” (11/16/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2018/11/18/florida-recounts-dredge-up-2000-election-nightmare-n2536115

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34) Wilson’s Great War
Source: Antiwar.com
by David Stockman

“The Great European War posed no national security threat whatsoever to the US. And that presumes, of course, the danger was not the Entente powers — but Germany and its allies. From the very beginning, however, there was no chance at all that Germany and its bedraggled allies could threaten America — and that had become overwhelmingly true by April 1917 when Wilson launched America into war. In fact, within a few weeks, after Berlin’s Schlieffen Plan offensive failed on September 11, 1914, the German Army became incarcerated in a bloody, bankrupting, two-front land war. That ensured its inexorable demise and utter incapacity in terms of finances and manpower to even glance cross-eyed at America on the distant side of the Atlantic moat.” (11/17/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/david_stockman/2018/11/16/wilsons-great-war/

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35) What school funding advocates should learn from midterms
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“One of the big winners in the 2018 midterm elections you may not have heard about is education funding. This may come as news to you – because just as some observers incorrectly concluded last week’s “Blue Wave” was merely a ripple, quick takes on midterm results on important education-related ballot referendums have overlooked important lessons to learn about where and when increased funding for schools can win. First, high-profile ballot initiatives to boost school funding statewide have always had mixed success. This year’s referendums were no exception. The Winners: Voters in Georgia overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment that allows school district within the same county to put sales and use tax increases for funding public schools on local election ballots.” [editor’s note: I am amused to see this considered a “win” for govt schools; it seems more like a win for the taxpayers, forcing tax increases to the ballot! – SAT] (11/16/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20181116/what-school-funding-advocates-should-learn-from-midterm-elections

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36) Assange prosecution a huge threat to journalism
Source: OpEdNews
by Rob Kall

“It is no surprise that there’s a process underway to prosecute Julian Assange of Wikileaks. Secretary of StateMike Pompeo one of Trump’s D-list appointees, promised to prosecute him. This is a huge threat to freedom of the press. Sadly, the Democratic leadership will probably applaud it, so they can continue their sham outrage to distract people from the massive incompetence and corruption involved in the failed Hillary Clinton campaing. That is outrageous. We need to make it clear to all legislators, but particularly the Democrats, that Assange must be protected.” (11/17/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Assange-Prosecution-a-Huge-by-Rob-Kall-Assange_Journalism-181117-88.html

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37) CPS: Choosing sides vs choosing wisely
Source: Cato Unbound
by Diane Redleaf

“Dwyer’s observation about caseworker motivation doesn’t answer the reasons safety plan policies have been allowed to run rampant; it only confirms that they are doing so. It’s easier for a caseworker handling an assigned hotline investigation to separate a family under a safety plan than to mount a case with evidence and take it court. While it may be ‘easier for the family’ (and ‘make parents happy,’ in keeping with Dwyer’s own pet critique of the CPS system’s predilections) in the cases where there is solid evidence of abuse, this observation fails to reckon with the fact that it’s not necessary to have any evidence at all, according to Judge Posner, in order to threaten a safety plan.” (11/16/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/11/16/diane-redleaf/cps-choosing-sides-vs-choosing-wisely

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38) Bohemian Rhapsody shows that artists should care about audiences
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Bohemian Rhapsody, a biographical account of the lead singer of the band Queen, is one of the best films about a great musician that I’ve seen. I say this in defiance of some critics. The rap on the film is that it is too much about the music and the creative and performative genius of Freddie Mercury, and not enough about certain lifestyle issues for which he was notorious. The opposite is true. The failing of most musician-centered movies is that there is not enough about the art itself.” (11/16/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/bohemian-rhapsody-shows-artists-should-care-about-audiences

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39) Biased federal judges, not Trump’s agenda, are the real threat to our constitutional order
Source: USA Today
by Robert Robb

“There has been a lot of careless commentary about the alleged threat that President Donald Trump poses to the constitutional order, that he is a budding despot. During his nearly two years in office, Trump has occasionally attempted to stretch presidential powers, such as his promised executive order to abolish birthright citizenship. However, no more so than did President Barack Obama, and arguably considerably less so. So far, however, Trump has accepted the checks on his ability to act imposed by Congress and the courts. He has operated within the constitutional order. In fact, the greatest threat to the constitutional order during his tenure has actually come from the federal bench. Judges have relegated Trump to being a second-class president. Because the judges disapprove of Trump’s character and behavior, they hold that he cannot exercise the authority that the constitution and federal law grant to his office.” (11/18/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/nation-now/2018/11/18/trump-daca-ruling-judges-court-bias-column/2025842002

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40) Leaks show Europe’s attempts to fix the Copyright Directive are failing
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Cory Doctorow

“The trilogues over the new directive are the first in EU history where the public are allowed some insight into the process, thanks to a European Court of Justice ruling that allows members of the European Parliament to publicly disclose the details of the trilogues. German Pirate Party MEP Julia Reda has been publishing regular updates from behind the trilogues’ closed doors. It’s anything but an orderly process. A change in the Italian government prompted the country to withdraw its support for the directive. Together with those nations that were already unsure of the articles, this means that there are enough opposing countries to kill the directive. However, the opposition remains divided over tactics and that means that the directive is still proceeding through the trilogues. The latest news is a leaked set of proposed revisions to the directive, aimed at correcting the extraordinarily sloppy drafting of Articles 11 and 13.” (11/16/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/11/leaks-show-europes-attempts-fix-copyright-directive-are-failing

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41) Religion and resistance: Ethiopian anti-imperialism, part 2
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Ibrahim Anoba

“Early Portuguese imperial policy in Ethiopia failed in large measure thanks to the deeply ingrained position of the Orthodox Church in Ethiopian identity and the church’s refusal to subordinate itself to Rome. This failure made most of the Jesuits’ small successes quickly fade away. Only a few Catholics remained, mostly among the Ethiopian upper class. These Catholic remnants made for an even more complex religious and cultural landscape.” (11/16/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/religion-resistance-ethiopian-anti-imperialism-part-2

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42) Capitalism means less waste — because more waste often means less profit
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gary Galles

“We live in a world where claims of ‘market failure’ are seemingly ubiquitous (though not developed to the point of showing that mechanisms relying on government coercive power would in fact do better). However, people seem far less aware of how profit incentives push producers to reduce costs and damage, even if we might caricature them as ‘not caring about others,’ because they do care about their bottom lines. However, students who have been exposed to economics should know this. And for that, they need to learn more about productive complements.” (11/17/18)

https://mises.org/wire/capitalism-means-less-waste-%E2%80%94-because-more-waste-often-means-less-profit

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43) The prolonged torture that is Brexit
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“BBC political correspondent Chris Mason stood outside of the mother of parliaments on Monday morning and said he didn’t have the ‘foggiest idea” about where Brexit is going. Then he made what have been described as ‘exasperated noises’ — and promptly became an online viral sensation. But Mason’s exhalations were a disgrace for two reasons. There was much to explain about the UK government’s draft deal on leaving the European Union, and many future possibilities to explore. More importantly, Brexit, for all of the chaotic politics it has provoked, is a genuine political argument conducted within the bounds of a robust democracy. Indeed, it is a sign of a robust democracy. To make exasperated noises about it is to mock the purpose of the famed public-service BBC in national life.” (11/17/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-brexit-commentary/commentary-the-prolonged-torture-that-is-brexit-idUSKCN1NL233

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44) Cities keep imposing self-defeating restrictions on electric scooters
Source: Reason
by Christian Britschgi

“America’s cities are engaging in another wave of restrictions on the budding electric scooter industry, just as limited pilot programs come to an end. This is particularly true of two cities, Washington, D.C., and Portland, Oregon, which had previously been relatively welcoming of scooters. Since July, Portland has been running a pilot program for dockless scooters — which can be rented right off the street using a smartphone app — allowing companies Lime, Skip, and Bird to put their vehicles out on city streets. Portland capped the total number of scooters allowed at 2,500 and required each company to deploy scooters in poorer East Portland. This pilot program comes to an end Tuesday, and despite Portlanders logging some 755,000 miles on the scooters, the city’s current plan is to now shut everything down so it can comb through the data it collected on the vehicles’ usage.” (11/16/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/11/16/cities-keep-imposing-self-defeating-rest

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45) The radical evolution of WikiLeaks
Source: The Atlantic
by Kathy Gilsinan

“Before WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was an international fugitive, he was running a little-noticed experiment in radical transparency. In the early 2000s, his then-obscure site WikiLeaks was mainly concerned with posting small batches of previously private documents ranging from Swiss bank documents to Sarah Palin’s emails. Then, in 2010, WikiLeaks posted a graphic video depicting the killing of perhaps a dozen Iraqis, including two Reuters journalists, at the hands of the U.S. military. The video brought the organization acclaim from civil libertarians and transparency advocates, and infamy within the U.S. military and elsewhere. … Now it looks as if the U.S. government is preparing its most direct action yet against Assange.” (11/17/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/11/assange-wikileaks-trump-clinton-transparency-election-iraq/576115/

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46) Hunter S. Thompson: Chronicling the Republic’s fall
Source: CounterPunch
by Ron Jacobs

“There’s never been a better chronicler of the death of US democracy than Hunter S. Thompson. The rest of us can only write in the shadows his work cast. Similarly, there has never been a Hunter S. Thompson biographer who has captured Thompson’s work as well as [Timothy] Denevi. In this biography, one is reminded not only of the impressionistic intensity of Thompson’s writing but also of its brutal clarity; of his ability to force the reader to acknowledge and ascertain his truths. ” (11/16/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/16/hunter-s-thompson-chronicling-the-republics-fall/

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47) Is it racist to ban menthol cigarettes … or not to?
Source: The New Republic
by Emily Atkin

“To stop kids from smoking, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb wants to stop nicotine from tasting like candy. So he proposed two new restrictions on cigarette and e-cigarette products on Thursday. One proposal, which has dominated the media coverage, would make flavored e-cigarettes (lso known as vape pens, or vapes) much harder to access. Gas stations and convenience stores would only be allowed to sell tobacco- or menthol-flavored vapes, since those are often used by cigarette smokers who are trying to quit. Vape flavors like cotton candy and raspberry would be relegated to ‘age-restricted, in-person locations’ such as liquor stores and specialty tobacco shops. Online sales would be more closely monitored. The announcement is already having an impact: Juul, the market leader in e-cigarettes, announced that it will stop selling most of its flavored products in stores. Gottlieb’s other proposal has drawn less attention, but is more controversial: an outright ban on menthol cigarettes. ‘I believe these menthol-flavored products represent one of the most common and pernicious routes by which kids initiate on combustible cigarettes,’ he said in his statement.” (11/16/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/152262/racist-ban-menthol-cigarettesor-not-to

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48) A solution to stop our veterans from dying while waiting for medical care
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Trey Kovacs

“The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has a simple but crucial mission. The agency’s website quotes President Lincoln’s promise to veterans to describe it: ‘To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans.’ Unfortunately, the VA has not done a good job living up to this mission lately. Just a few years ago it was widely reported that thousands of veterans died waiting for care. This is unacceptable. At the same time, the agency has callously allowed countless VA medical professionals to perform union business rather than serve veterans. And the kicker, this union business is done at the taxpayers’ expense. This practice, known as union official time, is not cheap, either.” (11/16/18)

https://cei.org/content/solution-stop-our-veterans-dying-while-waiting-medical-care

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49) Trump should look to Peru
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Democracy can degrade into other things, even strong-man rule. To avoid such degradation, we have a ready prophylactic. Term limits. Which hamper would-be dictators-for-life, including entrenched oligarchs in the legislature. Many countries illustrate the point. But take Peru, where the new head of state, Martin Vizcarra, has been combatting political corruption by supporting a referendum to impose term limits and other reforms on Peru’s Congress.” (11/16/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/11/16/look-to-peru/

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50) Ten harmful consequences of handouts for Amazon
Source: Cato Institute
by Chris Edwards

“Amazon has chosen New York City and Arlington, Virginia, for new corporate headquarters after the cities ponied up more than $2 billion in subsidies to the retail giant. Workers in the two cities will be winners as labor demand gets boosted, but business subsidies make losers of taxpayers, other businesses and good governance.” (11/16/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/10-harmful-consequences-handouts-amazon

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51) What banks owe America
Source: The American Prospect
by Isaiah J Poole & Devin Case-Ruchala

“The last time the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) was in the news, conservative critics of financial regulation blamed the law for the 2008 financial crisis, complaining that Wall Street’s reckless behavior didn’t cause the crash; it was all that mandated lending to poor people. So ten years later it is scarcely surprisingly that the law is under attack again. Activists in the low- and moderate-income communities that the law is supposed to benefit seek to hold banks to a higher standard that includes investments by financial institutions that build wealth and power for marginalized residents, rather than simply extracting profits from them. The new goal for Wall Street lobbyists and anti-regulation ideologues remains essentially unchanged from what it has been since the law was passed 41 years ago: eliminate the mandate that banks commit to recycling depositors’ money back into local communities.” (11/16/18)

http://prospect.org/article/what-banks-owe-america

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52) Quantum Vibe, 11/16/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (11/16/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1874

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53) Postal Service will never get better; time to privatize it
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by staff

“What do you call a business that increases its revenue by more than $1 billion during a boom year but ends up nearly doubling its losses? The U.S. Postal Service. Is it finally time to privatize the post office? Just last week, the Postal Service released its latest annual report. It cited an ‘ongoing volume loss’ of 3.6% for the year. In other words, its business is shrinking, a result of emails, social media and other tech-based platforms that let Americans communicate with one another instantaneously and basically for free. No shame in that. Lots of businesses have been done in by tech changes. Video rental shops were a staple of the American suburban landscape in the 1990s. Today, they’re nearly all defunct. Same with record stores. But when businesses in the private sector lose money, they go out of business. Not so the USPS. It lost almost $4 billion in fiscal 2018, up 44%, while its revenue rose more than $1 billion to $70.7 billion.” (11/16/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/postal-service-losses-privatize

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54) Democrats’ reliance on seniority clashes with enthusiasm for fresh faces
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Francine Kiefer

“Rep. Diana DeGette, Democrat from Colorado, is done with waiting. For ‘probably’ 12 years, she says, she’s aspired to one of the top three jobs in the Democratic leadership. But these positions have been occupied by the same three people (all of them now in their late 70s) for more than a decade. Now that Democrats have won the majority in the House, Congresswoman DeGette is making her move — challenging a powerful member of the troika for the No. 3 slot, the ‘whip,’ or chief vote counter. DeGette has been on her party’s whip team since she arrived in Congress more than 20 years ago, and before that when she was in the Colorado legislature. … DeGette reflects an eagerness for change and opportunity among Democrats, even as the caucus looks set to elect the same trio of septuagenarians to the top three positions when they return from their Thanksgiving recess: Nancy Pelosi of California, Steny Hoyer of Maryland, and James Clyburn of South Carolina. The desire for fresh leadership is most vocally expressed by a faction seeking to block minority leader Pelosi from becoming speaker.” (11/18/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/1116/Democrats-reliance-on-seniority-clashes-with-enthusiasm-for-fresh-faces

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55) Melania Trump’s misstep and Michelle Obama’s mystery
Source: Fox News Forum
by Peggy Noonan

“First lady of the United States is a hard job. It’s not formally defined yet entails many demands; it has an impact on history but no formal powers; it’s the focus of all eyes, but people like to make it clear nobody elected you. Its locus is the East Wing, which the West Wing considers the silly place. You must be guided by tradition but be open to novelty so no one accuses you of being boring. Melania Trump has been a figure of sympathy, at least in this space, lauded for her grace, elegance and stoicism. She’s married to a man who, emotionally and intellectually, is not exactly in the middle of the bell curve. She wound up in a job she never particularly wanted, in a time of unprecedented national division. She has done it pretty well. She has brought chic, American glamour and beautiful manners to the world’s capitals. (There was the ‘I Really Don’t Care Do U?’ jacket, but at least that was spirited.)” (11/16/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/peggy-noonan-melania-trumps-misstep-and-michelle-obamas-mystery

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56) When the “good guy with a gun” is a black man
Source: The American Conservative
by W James Antle III

“There is a burgeoning number of cases in which the police conduct that results in a dead black man is at least highly questionable. So too is the relative silence of gun rights groups when these situations entail law-abiding black gun owners’ interactions with law enforcement. The most prominent example is Philando Castile, a valid gun permit holder who was slain despite informing police officers he was armed. The National Rifle Association faced questions about its handling of the incident — not least from its own members. Unless new information emerges that radically changes what we know about the underlying facts, [Jemel] Roberson represents the next test for gun rights supporters. He stopped a bad guy with a gun, fulfilling the promise of the Second Amendment, and then died at the hands of government employees who would exercise a near-monopoly on firearms ownership if the most extreme anti-gun activists had their way.” (11/16/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/when-the-good-guy-with-a-gun-is-a-black-man/

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57) China and the EU are growing sick of US financial power
Source: Foreign Policy
by Elizabeth Rosenberg & Edoardo Saravalle

“Unable to counteract U.S. sanctions, some countries are pushing for structural changes. The EU is in the lead. China is following, and Japan, South Korea, and India are watching closely. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has argued that the euro should become a global reserve currency to reduce financial dependence on the United States. Additionally, the EU has called for a so-called special purpose vehicle that would facilitate trade with Iran in a formalized barter system, offering some new economic opportunities to Iran to incentivize its continued participation in the nuclear deal. This is not the first time countries have tried to move away from a U.S.-dominated financial system.” (11/16/18)

https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/11/16/us-eu-china-trump-sanctions/

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58) Counterpoint: The Whitaker appointment is unconstitutional under the Constitution’s original meaning
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael D Ramsey

“In the matter of the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General, my co-bloggers are divided: Andrew Hyman argues here that the appointment is constitutional under the Constitution’s original meaning, while Mike Rappaport argues here (relying on his earlier law review article) that it is not, because Mr. Whitaker does not hold a Senate-confirmed office. Also, yesterday the Department of Justice released a legal opinion (per Assistant Attorney General Steven Engel) in support of the constitutionality of the appointment, although (as I’ll discuss below) its analysis of the original meaning is very thin. I mentioned some initial concerns about the appointment last week, and on further reflection I side with those who find that the Constitution’s original meaning does not allow the appointment. But Andrew Hyman raises some important arguments that need a response.” (11/16/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/11/16/counterpoint-the-whitaker-appointment-is-unconstitutional-under-the-constitutions-original-meaning/

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59) Government complexity and failure — illustrated in blood
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“So far this year (counting a death at a Nevada gold mine on Sunday 11 NOV), there have been 16 mine fatalities under MSHA jurisdiction in 2018. We can expect at least 3-4 more (fatalities and injuries go up in winter conditions) before the end of the year. It would not be unreasonable (although I’ve not found any data) to find that more than 10 times that number has died under OSHA jurisdiction this year. An example is the solid waste management industry (collection, landfills, etc.). In 2017, 132 people died in that business. 38 were workers on the job, 94 were members of the public. You’ll have a hard time finding that info on the OSHA website or their publications, or why they died and what can be done to prevent further deaths. Why? Politics and horsetrading in government. Congress passed two different laws, and the bureaucrats did all the rest. There are no doubt many reasons mining is done one way and other occupations another. But those reasons are political, not logical.” (11/16/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/11/16/government-complexity-and-failure-illustrated-in-blood/

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60) As Jeff Bezos says, of course Amazon will fail one day …
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“Jeff Bezos has told Amazon’s staff that the company will fail one day. This is of course true and obvious. Nothing human made lasts for ever, companies rather less than many other things. The world’s oldest company lasted about 1200 years or so (A Japanese sake maker? Or was it soy sauce?) before it fell over just a few years ago. And the average is very much shorter than that — the average age of a company in the S&P 500 these days is only about 20 years. … Bezos is just observing reality there. Of course, it’s not quite the same thing as saying, well, we’ve been in business 30 years so we’ll all go home now.” (11/16/18)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/business/as-jeff-bezos-says-of-course-amazon-will-fail-one-day-go-bankrupt-the-trick-is-to/

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

61) The Last Nighters, episode 46
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“This week’s show is about the Tom Cruise movie, American Made, where the questions of legality somehow apply differently if you’re doing it for the ‘good’ guys.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/18/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/american-made-the-last-nighters-episode-46/

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62) AnarchoChristian, episode 22
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“In this episode, we look at Citizenship in the Bible and what it means to us today.” [Flash audio] (11/18/18)

https://www.anarchochristian.com/citizenship-ac022/

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63) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 21
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“NYC, Big Government and the Poor.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/18/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/nyc-big-government-and-the-poor-ep-21-nice-guys-finish-free/

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64) The Anarchist Experience, episode 191
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“We discuss specific tactics to get people on the path to self discovery of the ideas of liberty and anarchy, why people who want world peace and personal responsibility get triggered when you mention the military provides neither, and why what you don’t resist also persists.” [various formats] (11/17/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/11/18/the-anarchist-experience-191/

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65) Free Talk Live, 11/17/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Bureaucracy :: Gun Rights Candidates :: Waldo Speed Trap :: Political Service? :: Senators Threaten Facebook with Regulation :: Regulations :: Court Mental Health Paranoia :: Bipolar Sarah :: Civil War Revisionism :: Slaves :: Libertarian Party Frustrations :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/17/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-11-17

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66) Bloggingheads.tv, 11/17/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Aryeh Cohen-Wade (Joking on the Square, @AryehCW) and Jeet Heer (The New Republic, @HeerJeet) … Jeet narrates the largely forgotten prehistory of Marvel Comics … Does Stan Lee or Jack Kirby deserve more credit for creating the Marvel Universe? … Lee’s real skills: editing, branding, and marketing … The link between Spider-Man and Ayn Rand … Lee’s foresight in working to make Marvel movies … How Judaism influenced Lee and Kirby … Is it crazy to rank Lee/Kirby alongside Shakespeare?” [Flash video] (11/17/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/54139

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67) Scott Adams Says, 11/17/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Swalwell Derangement Syndrome, CIA leaks, Pelosi votes, and coffee.” [Flash video] (11/17/18)

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

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68) We Are Libertarians Daily, episode 25
Source: We Are Libertarians

“Sarah Brady Wagner and Rhinehold discuss the murder of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer.” [various formats] (11/16/18)

https://wearelibertarians.com/wal-daily-25-the-murder-of-laquan-mcdonald/

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69) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 182
Source: Free Man Beyond the Wall

“Don’t Hurt People, Don’t Take Their Stuff!” [various formats] (11/16/18)

http://freemanbeyondthewall.libsyn.com/episode-182-dont-hurt-people-dont-take-their-stuff

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70) Cato Daily Podcast, 11/16/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The impeachment of Andrew Johnson might offer a few lessons for today. Gene Healy is author of ‘Indispensable Remedy: The Broad Scope of the Constitution’s Impeachment Power.’” [various formats] (11/16/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/impeachment-andrew-tennessee-johnson

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71) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 129
Source: Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

“Bolton Speech, Warmonger Medal, Roadside Surveillance, Marijuana Tax, School Security.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/16/18)

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/november/16/five-minutes-five-issues-bolton-speech-warmonger-medal-roadside-surveillance-marijuana-tax-school-security/

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72) CQ on Congress with Shawn Zeller, episode 128
Source: Roll Call

“The first woman to serve as Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, wants to return to the job now that Democrats control the chamber again. Dissenters in her caucus say they can block her ascent. Pelosi biographer Marc Sandalow says the renegades are in for a battle.” [various formats] (11/16/18)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/nancy-pelosi-wont-back

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73) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 272
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #272, I discuss the House killing a bill that would invoke the War Powers Act to bring the US support for the genocidal Yemen War to an end. The House attached a sentence to a bill about grey wolves to strip the Yemen bill of its privilege to be brought to a vote. I explain what the US role in the war is and how Yemenis would be better off if the US ended support for the Saudi led coalition. I also break down the US drone war in Yemen.” [various formats] (11/16/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-272-unbelievable

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74) The Editors, episode 119
Source: National Review

“Rich, Charlie, Luke, and Michael discuss Republican worries a week out from the election, fallout over Matthew Whitaker’s AG position, and if Brexit is causing a political breakdown in England.” [various formats] (11/16/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/the-editors/episode-119-wave-hello-wave-goodbye/

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75) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1286
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“You know you’ve really mastered a topic if you can explain it to a complete beginner and be understood. You’ve truly mastered it if you can convey the basic idea even to a child. And that’s precisely what the Tuttle Twins book series accomplishes. The most recent volume in the series takes Murray Rothbard’s classic essay ‘The Anatomy of the State’ and presents its basic ideas to a young audience.” [various formats] (11/16/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1286-can-murray-rothbard-be-explained-to-children/

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76) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 266
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Do you know your states’ constitution? Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton joins us to discuss state constitutions in contrast with the federal Constitution.” [various formats] (11/16/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/free-thoughts/what-are-state-constitutions-good

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77) This Week in Bitcoin, 11/16/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“The BCH Hard Fork war kicked off 24 hours ago. What happened and what comes next? Blake Moore joins us to discuss. Plus crypto campaign contributions in Michigan are deemed illegal.” [various formats] (11/16/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e564-Bitcoin-Cash-Hard-Fork-Update-ABC-vs-SV-IMF-Stablecoins-and-More

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78) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 11/16/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The Fed is patting itself on the back. Its manipulation of the economy has put it ‘in such a good place.’ Have they really done it? Does central planning work? Of course not! A serious financial crisis is ahead.” [Flash video] (11/16/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/fed-claims-economy-is-greatwhich-means-prepare-for-a-crisis

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79) In The Tank Podcast, episode 166
Source: Heartland Institute

“Donny Kendal is joined by Justin Haskins in episode #166 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s episode features work from The Heartland Institute and the Pacific Research Institute.” [various formats] (11/16/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/11/in-the-tank-ep166-green-new-deal-amazon-hq2-finds-a-home/

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80) Radio Atlantic, 11/16/18
Source: The Atlantic

“The midterms were over a week ago, but a number of races have yet to be called. In Florida, the senate and governor elections have both come down to a recount, and accusations of vote-tampering are flying. On this week’s show, Alex Wagner sat down with staff writer Isaac Dovere to understand what’s going on, and then turned to two veterans of the Sunshine State’s last recount: Mark McKinnon, chief media adviser for George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign and Jeremy Bash, national security issues director for the Gore campaign. They discuss winning the narrative, butterfly ballots, and landing to a ‘cloud of chads.’” [various formats] (11/16/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/11/florida-flashbacks/576013/

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