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In the News:

0) Fundraiser update, 11/22/16
1) Putin says Russia planning “countermeasures” to NATO expansion
2) Saudi-led invaders say no extension to 48-hour Yemen truce
3) Petulant, vengeful Obama says he won’t pardon America hero Edward Snowden
4) Japan: Tsunami advisories lifted after 7.4 earthquake
5) Mexico: Nieto open to “modernizing” NAFTA with Trump
6) Report: Trump considering Dallas investor Ray Washburne for interior secretary
7) Dangerous Rootkit found pre-installed on nearly 3 million Android phones
8) Mylan declines Senate committee request to testify about EpiPen
9) Coinbase will oppose government petition in court
10) South Sudan: Japanese peacekeepers arrive with new mandate
11) Billionaire Carl Icahn weighs official role with Trump
12) Myanmar: Regime accused of new destruction of Rohingya villages
13) Libya: Monkey prompts clashes, 16 dead
14) ND: 167 injured in Dakota Access police riot
15) Afghanistan: Suicide Bomber Hits Shiite Baqir-ul Ulom Mosque in Kabul, Killing 27
16) Erdogan calls for UN shake-up over Syria war
17) Pope Francis extends power to forgive abortion to all Roman Catholic priests
18) High health insurance costs prompt tough choices
19) Orders for Trump Voodoo dolls surge
20) France: Sarkozy knocked out of centre-right presidential primary

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Guns, freedom, and safety
22) A formula for libertarian success
23) War crimes advocate seeks a job in the Trump administration
24) This is the one thing Libertarians need to do to win
25) Threat inflation and Flynn’s “world war”
26) Let the market take care of infrastructure
27) Education system broken: Let’s try “Ed-Exit”
28) My freedom Trumps your fake mandate
29) Trump’s theatrical temper tantrum
30) Trump’s “infrastructure plan” really just a privatization [sic] scam
31) Flynn, Pompeo, and the paradox of the new nationalism
32) In search of the axe for the frozen sea within us
33) Weaponized fear
34) Popular anarchy, philosophical anarchism: Changing the movement debate
35) The greatest grift of all
36) Is it time to deregulate all electrical utilities?
37) NYT advocates Internet censorship
38) Staffing is key to Trump’s foreign policy legacy
39) Meet the “Hamilton Electors” hoping for an Electoral College revolt
40) Fire and ice: Another ignored outrage at Standing Rock
41) Stay out of Mosul
42) Learning from Nancy Pelosi
43) Irony in Spain
44) Why social housing hurts the badly off
45) Do we really need time zones?
46) Fixing the most dangerous branch
47) Why I’m optimistic about Trump
48) The Democratic blame game
49) Thanksgiving 2016: Uncertain But Still Grateful
50) Is Marine Le Pen the French Donald Trump?
51) Fake news isn’t the problem
52) Racism is a right
53) Economic ideas: Francis Hutcheson and a system of natural liberty
54) Gun paranoia in the age of Trump
55) What student protests tell us about America under Trump
56) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/21/16
57) Xenophobia and Canada
58) Free Talk Live, 11/20/16
59) “Sanctuary” means career criminals can run and hide
60) Will Trump close Department of Education?

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1) Putin says Russia planning “countermeasures” to NATO expansion
Source: Washington Post

“Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning that his forces could target NATO sites if his country feels threatened. But it’s not so much the warning that’s important; it’s the timing. ‘We are forced to take countermeasures — that is, to aim our missile systems at those facilities which we think pose a threat to us,’ Putin said in an interview with American filmmaker Oliver Stone for a documentary broadcast Monday. ‘The situation is heating up.’ Putin’s harsh words for the Western alliance were broadcast on Russian television as President-elect Donald Trump, who has been critical of NATO, pulls together a team and calls for closer ties with the Kremlin.” (11/21/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/putin-says-russia-planning-countermeasuresto-nato-expansion/2016/11/21/83f5673c-afe1-11e6-ab37-1b3940a0d30a_story.html

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2) Saudi-led invaders say no extension to 48-hour Yemen truce
Source: Omaha World-Herald

“The spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen’s Shiite rebels [sic] says there will be no extension to the 48-hour cease-fire, which neither of the two warring sides observed. Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri told the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya network on Monday that the cease-fire won’t be extended. The coalition had declared the truce on Saturday.” (11/21/16)

http://www.omaha.com/news/world/saudi-led-coalition-says-no-extension-to–hour-yemen/article_744eb514-2c9f-55e7-86e0-5a87fcd47641.html

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3) Petulant, vengeful Obama says he won’t pardon America hero Edward Snowden
Source: Mashable

“Edward Snowden will almost certainly have to watch from Russia as President-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated in January. President Obama told German newspaper Der Spiegel late last week that he will not pardon Snowden during his final weeks in office despite pressure from a group of high profile human and civil rights groups. … ‘I can’t pardon somebody who hasn’t gone before a court and presented themselves, so that’s not something that I would comment on at this point,’ Obama said.” [editor’s note: Not even close as an excuse. He can pardon anyone he damn well pleases other than in cases of impeachment – TLK] (11/21/16)

http://mashable.com/2016/11/21/obama-pardon-edward-snowden/

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4) Japan: Tsunami advisories lifted after 7.4 earthquake
Source: Reuters

“Japan has lifted the tsunami advisories issued after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit its eastern coast. The quake struck near Fukushima at about 06:00 local time (21:00 GMT Monday), triggering initial warnings of 3m (9.8ft) high waves. The waves which eventually hit the coast were much smaller. Thousands were asked to evacuate the area and minor injuries were reported. An earthquake and tsunami struck the area in 2011 killing 18,000 people.That quake, one of the most powerful ever recorded, also caused a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, where a massive clean-up operation is still going on. Officials have said there is no sign of damage to the plant this time.” (11/22/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-quake-idUSKBN13G2DC

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5) Mexico: Nieto open to “modernizing” NAFTA with Trump
Source: PanAm Post

“Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Saturday, November 19, that he is willing to ‘modernize’ the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that is the center of a controversy since the triumph of Donald Trump, who campaigned against it. During an APEC summit in Peru, Pena Nieto addressed the US president-elect’s harsh criticism of NAFTA and his promise to renegotiate the deal or abandon it altogether.” (11/20/16)

https://panampost.com/karina-martin/2016/11/20/mexico-president-modernize-nafta-trump/

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6) Report: Trump considering Dallas investor Ray Washburne for interior secretary
Source: Raw Story

“President-elect Donald Trump is considering Dallas investor Ray Washburne as a possible interior secretary, CNBC reported on Monday, citing unnamed sources on Trump’s transition team. Washburne’s company, Charter Holdings, is involved in real estate, restaurants and diversified financial investments. A top Republican fundraiser, Washburne has served as vice chair of Trump Victory Committee.” (11/21/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/trump-considering-dallas-investor-ray-washburne-for-interior-secretary-cnbc

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7) Dangerous Rootkit found pre-installed on nearly 3 million Android phones
Source: The Hacker News

“Nearly 3 Million Android devices worldwide are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks that could allow attackers to remotely execute arbitrary code with root privileges, turning over full control of the devices to hackers. According to a new report from security rating firm BitSight, the issue is due to a vulnerability in the insecure implementation of the OTA (Over-the-Air) update mechanism used by certain low-cost Android devices, including BLU Studio G from US-based Best Buy.” (11/19/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/11/hacking-android-smartphone18.html

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8) Mylan declines Senate committee request to testify about EpiPen
Source: Reuters

“Mylan NV has declined a U.S. Senate committee request to testify about a $465 million pending settlement to resolve charges the company underpaid government healthcare programs by misclassifying its the EpiPen emergency allergy treatment. In a Nov. 18 letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee released on Monday, Mylan said the company would not attend since government agencies had also refused to testify. Senator Chuck Grassley, who chairs the committee and had scheduled the hearing for Nov. 30, said in a statement on Monday that Mylan was ‘ducking responsibility.’ Mylan has come under fire for raising the price of a pair of EpiPens to $600 from $100 in 2008 and listing it with Medicaid as a generic product even though it is listed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a branded product. Companies pay smaller rebates to Medicaid for generics.” (11/21/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mylan-nl-epipen-hearing-idUSKBN13G28P

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9) Coinbase will oppose government petition in court
Source: Bitcoin.com

“As Bitcoin.com reported earlier this week, the IRS has summoned Coinbase for information concerning customer data over the past three years. According to the summons, the IRS has identified three people who have chosen to use bitcoin as a means to evade taxes. Following this petition, Coinbase addressed customers via the company blog. The post titled ‘protecting customer privacy’ explained the firm will do what it can to object to the IRS summons.” (11/21/16)

https://news.bitcoin.com/coinbase-government-petition-court/

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10) South Sudan: Japanese peacekeepers arrive with new mandate
Source: Roanoke Times World

“Japanese peacekeepers, with a broader mandate to use force, landed in South Sudan Monday, the first overseas deployment of the country’s troops with those expanded powers in nearly 70 years. Dressed in green camouflage uniform, Squad leader Yoshino Tanaka stepped off the plane at the head of the Japanese group. He was greeted and shook hands with Japan’s ambassador to South Sudan, Masahiko Kiya.” (11/21/16)

http://www.roanoke.com/news/wire_headlines/japanese-peacekeepers-arrive-in-south-sudan-with-new-mandate/article_319995ff-09ee-5ef6-a0f4-9ad99ba64c5f.html

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11) Billionaire Carl Icahn weighs official role with Trump
Source: Fox Business News

“Billionaire financier Carl Icahn is weighing whether he will take a position with the new administration as an adviser on economic matters, the FOX Business Network has learned. It’s unclear if Icahn, an early Donald Trump supporter, would take an official position with the incoming Trump White House or remain an informal adviser on economic matters as he has done through the President-elect’s campaign, according to two sources with direct knowledge of Icahn’s thinking. Still, Icahn’s decision to seek some national policy-making role with the new administration is significant. The 80-year-old financier known for his brash commentary on finance and economics has never served in government, and has long communicated to Trump and to the media he is not interested in becoming Treasury Secretary. But in recent weeks … Icahn has made it clear that he is increasingly interested in playing a more formal role in development of economic policy.” (11/21/16)

http://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/2016/11/21/billionaire-carl-icahn-weighs-official-role-with-trump.html

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12) Myanmar: Regime accused of new destruction of Rohingya villages
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“High-definition satellite images show 820 newly identified structures destroyed in five Rohingya Muslim villages in the Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state this month where the military is carrying out counter-insurgency operations, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). In a statement released on Monday, the US-based group urged the government to invite the United Nations to assist in an impartial investigation. … Rohingya Muslims face intense discrimination, repression and violence in Rakhine state. Viewed as illegal migrants, they have frequently been targeted by the Buddhist Rakhine majority. The state refuses to grant them citizenship even though they have lived in the region for generations.” (11/21/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/myanmar-accused-destruction-rohingya-villages-161121080430387.html

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13) Libya: Monkey prompts clashes, 16 dead
Source: United Press International

“A weekend tribal battle in Sabha, Libya, allegedly prompted by a monkey pulling off a woman’s headscarf, has killed 16 people, officials said. Clashes between the Gadadfah and Awlad Sulaiman tribes in the southern Libyan city injured another 60 since Thursday. Residents say the battles began when the pet monkey of a Gaddadfah shopkeeper attacked a group of girls walking past the shop. The monkey bit and scratched one girl, pulling off her headscarf, and men from the Awlad Sulaiman tribe retaliated by killing three Gaddadfah members, the Libyan Express reported Sunday.” (11/21/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/11/21/Monkey-prompts-clashes-in-Libya-16-dead/4831479733033/

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14) ND: 167 injured in Dakota Access police riot
Source: ABC News

“An estimated 400 Dakota Access pipeline demonstrators clashed early Monday morning with police at a highway barrier manned by dozens of officers. Advancing protesters met a police response of tear gas, rubber bullets and a water cannon that soaked them in below-freezing temperatures. The protesters gathered near Backwater Bridge, trying to go north on highway 1806 while law enforcement officers formed a line north of the bridge to stop them. Protest organizers say 167 people were hurt, with seven hospitalized for head injuries. Police claim they have ‘not received any reports that can be verified of protesters that were injured,’ and say one officer was hit in the head with a rock.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/dakota-access-protesters-police-standoff-officials/story?id=43681953

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15) Afghanistan: Suicide Bomber Hits Shiite Baqir-ul Ulom Mosque in Kabul, Killing 27
Source: NBC News

“At least 27 worshippers were killed Monday after a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a packed mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul, officials said. … The attack took place on the first floor of the two-story building where Shiite worshipers had gathered to commemorate the death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson and an iconic Shiite martyr, in Karbala, Iraq in 680 A.D, according to a Associated Press report from the scene.” (11/21/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-uncovered/how-all-female-isis-morality-police-khansaa-brigade-terrorized-mosul-n685926

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16) Erdogan calls for UN shake-up over Syria war
Source: CNN

“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for an overhaul of the United Nations on Monday, saying its Security Council had failed to address the Syria conflict and other global challenges. Erdogan gave an unabashed speech in Istanbul at the closing of a NATO meeting, where he slammed the Security Council’s concentration of power, reiterating that ‘the world is bigger than five.’ … ‘To achieve international peace and security, it’s going to be very difficult, and perhaps fail if the United Nations is not restructured,’ Erdogan said. ‘The United Nations was formed at the end of World War II and we cannot continue to manage this world with an organization that old.'” (11/21/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/21/middleeast/turkey-un-erdogan-syria/

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17) Pope Francis extends power to forgive abortion to all Roman Catholic priests
Source: Indian Express [India]

“Pope Francis on Monday extended indefinitely to all Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion, a right previously reserved for bishops or special confessors. Francis, who has made a more inclusive and forgiving Roman Catholic Church a characteristic of his papacy, made the announcement in a document known as an ‘apostolic letter’ after Sunday’s close of the Church’s ‘Holy Year of Mercy.'” [various formats] (11/21/16)

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/pope-francis-extends-power-to-forgive-abortion-to-all-roman-catholic-priests-4387848/

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18) High health insurance costs prompt tough choices
Source: USA Today

“The post-election confusion over the fate of Obamacare has only complicated the already difficult choices faced by middle class consumers who are worried they can’t afford their health insurance options this fall. Premiums and deductibles soared in many parts of the country after the departure of several large insurers from the Affordable Care Act exchanges for 2017. That’s led many to fret about how to either afford insurance or how to get by without it.” (11/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/11/20/high-health-insurance-costs-prompt-tough-choices/93978956

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19) Orders for Trump Voodoo dolls surge
Source: Fox News

“Sally Noedel, a small-business owner in the Pacific Northwest, looked forward to Election Night, relieved that after months, she could finally quit making satirical Donald Trump voodoo dolls. On Nov. 9, she woke up to an inbox of full of new orders. Business hasn’t slowed since. ‘I got out my sewing machine and started sewing again,’ Noedel said, adding that she had to unpack her shelved supplies and enlist a friend to help make enough voodoo dolls to meet post-Election demand. ‘I have a feeling this is going to continue to be a staple item in my product line for another four years — I hope not eight years!’ Noedel’s online website advertises the voodoo dolls in English and Spanish alike. She calls the dolls, which are made in the U.S.A., ‘the bipartisan solution to political gift giving.'” (11/20/16)

http://heatst.com/politics/orders-for-trump-voodoo-dolls-surge/

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20) France: Sarkozy knocked out of centre-right presidential primary
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been knocked out of a primary to choose the presidential candidate of the centre-right Republican party. Admitting defeat, Mr Sarkozy endorsed Francois Fillon, a moderate who finished first in Sunday’s first round, according to near-complete results. Alain Juppe, who like Mr Fillon is an ex-prime minister, finished second. They will face each other in a run-off next Sunday. The winner will compete in next year’s presidential election. The winner of the Republican primary is likely to make the presidential run-off, where he or she will probably face far-right leader Marine Le Pen.” (11/20/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38047046

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

21) Guns, freedom, and safety
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“What is it with gun-rights organizations? Or organizations that claim to represent owners and users of firearms? We’ve known that the NRA has been no true friend of liberty for a long time, and in fact, started out more as a gun control organization than a group dedicated to preserving our rights to keep and bear arms. It is why many of us don’t want anything to do with them, and cringe every time they speak up on something. We’ve seen something similar with other organizations, including some originally founded to work around the attitudes and actions of the NRA. The Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America, Jews for Preservation of Firearms Ownership, all come far too readily to mind. As does the National Shooting Sports Foundation.” (11/21/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=10115

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22) A formula for libertarian success
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“By garnering around 4 percent of the national vote, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson received more votes than any other LP presidential candidate in history. Nonetheless, 4 percent is still a far cry from winning the presidency, a fact that has caused some libertarians to succumb to feelings of despondency, despair, defeat, and depression, especially since much of the 4 percent that Johnson received were likely just protest votes against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The problem with such reasoning, however, is that such libertarians are measuring the success of the libertarian movement by presidential vote totals. If one measures success that way, it becomes tempting to succumb to negative feelings about the prospects for achieving a free society in the near term.” (11/21/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/11/21/formula-libertarian-success/

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23) War crimes advocate seeks a job in the Trump administration
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“President-elect Donald Trump has thousands of executive branch positions to fill, including the spot in the Office of Legal Counsel once occupied by the detestable war criminal John C. Yoo. William C. Bradford, an obscure, disgraced ex-West Point instructor and unabashed advocate of genocide and military rule, might assume Yoo’s station as chief legal apologist for presidential war crimes. … Over the past year, Bradford, an attorney and quondam law professor, has promoted the idea that academic dissenters from the ‘Global War on Terrorism,’ and attorneys who represent terrorism suspects, should be treated as enemy combatants. Thus branded, attorneys and scholars would be eligible for the full menu of punitive options, including extra-judicial arrest and indefinite detention, trial by military tribunals, torture, and even summary execution.” (11/21/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/11/war-crimes-advocate-seeks-job-in-trump.html

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24) This is the one thing Libertarians need to do to win
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Jacob Nestle

“There have been plenty of explanations bandied about why Gary Johnson under-performed his polling numbers so badly in the election, even though he did manage to absolutely smash the Libertarian Party record. Heck, he even got blamed for Trump’s win. That’s not what I’m going to talk about. Dozens of people just among my own personal circles are annoyed that he didn’t do better. Not just at Gary, either. That’s definitely part of it. The more die-hard members of the liberty movement are almost angry. 2016 was our big chance, they say. But Johnson/Weld blew it. It’s not enough for a lot of people to look at just what Weld did. Aleppogate wasn’t the culprit. Let’s get one thing straight: If the Libertarian Party wants to consistently win elections, it needs a consistent message.” (11/21/16)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/one-thing-libertarians-win/

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25) Threat inflation and Flynn’s “world war”
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Conceiving of the fight against certain jihadist groups as a ‘world war’ has always been mistaken, and continuing to think this way about about a small and limited security threat fifteen years after 9/11 suggests that Flynn is willing to endorse the most blatant threat inflation. The threat from jihadist groups should be taken seriously, but that is the opposite of what this ‘world war’ rhetoric does.” (11/21/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/threat-inflation-and-flynns-world-war/

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26) Let the market take care of infrastructure
Source: USA Today
by Marc Scribner

“As the dust continues to settle from President-elect Donald Trump’s surprising victory, one idea is quickly gaining bipartisan currency in Washington: more infrastructure investment. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has pledged to ‘work together’ with the Trump administration to ‘quickly pass a robust infrastructure jobs bill.’ The problem with politically created infrastructure jobs is that, contrary to great myth, there is little evidence that more infrastructure spending is a good way to boost the economy or promote job growth. In reality, these projects often fail to deliver on their promised gains while costs spiral out of control, leading Oxford University economic geographer Bent Flyvbjerg to propose The Iron Law of Megaproject Management: ‘Over budget, over time, under benefits, over and over again.’ Anyone seriously concerned about shoring up infrastructure in this country (the roads, bridges, mass transit systems and water networks people rely on) should rethink his priorities. Few of the problems with America’s infrastructure networks are the result of an alleged lack of federal spending. Instead, most are the result of political misallocations of resources.” (11/21/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/11/21/trump-infrastructure-jobs-pelosi-stimulus-column/94019634

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27) Education system broken: Let’s try “Ed-Exit”
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Politicians will not voluntarily relinquish control over education to parents. Therefore, parents and other concerned citizens should take a page from the UK and work to ‘Ed-Exit’ government-controlled education. Parents and other concerned citizens should pressure Congress to finally shut down the Department of Education and return the money to American families. They also must pressure state governments and local school boards to reject federal mandates, even if it means forgoing federal funding.” (11/21/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/education-system-broken-lets-try-ed-exit

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28) My freedom Trumps your fake mandate
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Joey Clark

“Two centuries of democratic competition and reform has nearly shattered this noble notion that the collective is restrained by individual rights. Caught up in their right to vote rather than their right to live freely, the American people are slowly committing suicide, chipping away at the libertarian values that make America exceptional in the first place. And the few restraints that still hold true are being threatened with each successive election cycle. The great flaw in the American system is this: in rightfully constraining the power of government institutions, ‘the will of the people’ has broken loose from any notion of restraint. Much like kings and emperors of old, ‘the people’ have come to see themselves as the sovereign possessing an authority above not only their constitution but also the presumption of liberty.” (11/21/16)

https://fee.org/articles/my-freedom-trumps-your-fake-mandate/

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29) Trump’s theatrical temper tantrum
Source: spiked
by Ella Whelan

“So why was Trump so quick to cry foul over what seemed to be a perfectly reasonable, if a little dramatic, exchange? Why has Trump, the man who isn’t scared of saying anything, used the PC rhetoric of Safe Spaces and offence over some very polite heckling? The answer is that Trump is, and always has been, a big cry baby. During his campaign, he frequently promised to introduce a new law which would make it possible to sue his critics. Far from being a defender of free speech, he has openly advocated restrictions on internet freedom and continuously blasted news publications as corrupt, earning him the reputation of being a ‘libel bully.’ Sure, Trump is able to give it out, calling Hillary Clinton a ‘nasty woman,’ and indulging in some ugly stereotyping of Mexicans, but he sure as hell can’t take it.” (11/21/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/trumps-theatrical-temper-tantrum-mike-pence-hamilton/

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30) Trump’s “infrastructure plan” really just a privatization [sic] scam
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“In a democracy We the People pitch in and build public infrastructure that We the People all get to use equally. So when people talk about our country’s infrastructure, they usually mean our public roads, bridges, mass transit, water and sewer systems. All of these are good for all of us and our economy. We share in the investment and we share in the return on that investment. Likewise, when people think of infrastructure projects, they think of government projects hiring people, purchasing supplies and building or maintaining something. They think of lots of good, union jobs with good benefits and lots of good, local American construction companies and American suppliers getting contracts. This is what Republicans have obstructed since they got enough votes in the senate to obstruct with.” [editor’s note: As has been noted elsewhere, when “privatization” is merely moving to favored crony-corporatist “friends of the King’s Court” it is mercantilist cartelization, not a move to free markets – SAT] (11/21/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20161121/trumps-infrastructure-plan-is-really-just-a-privatization-scam

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31) Flynn, Pompeo, and the paradox of the new nationalism
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Life is full of contradictions: that’s what ideologues of all persuasions don’t get. And politics — with its inevitable vagaries, compromises, and unforeseen events — exemplifies this reality. You can multiply that principle by at least ten when analyzing President-elect Donald J. Trump and his nationalist supporters.” (11/21/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/11/20/flynn-pompeo-paradox-new-nationalism/

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32) In search of the axe for the frozen sea within us
Source: The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber

“In what follows, I am concerned with one particular aspect of politics in the United States at present. I was about to write that Kafka’s axe is especially needed with regard to political developments in America over the last few decades. But one of the many problems in writing about American politics is that the Empire of Lies that constitutes the American experiment is founded on a monumental lie. The lie will be found in the deepest roots, in the trunk and every branch, and in the newest leaf on the youngest twig. Almost everyone tells us that even our worst problems would be solved if we only returned to the ‘true’ values of the Constitution. The Constitution is the greatest miracle drug known to humankind, and it will cure all ills. This is a tale for children, and a viciously cruel one.” (11/20/16)

http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2016/11/in-search-of-axe-for-frozen-sea-within.html

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33) Weaponized fear
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Lori Heine

“Am I overreacting? Is there anything wrong, at heart, with this ministry of the diaper pin? There’s certainly nothing wrong with wanting to comfort fearful people. I suppose I’d find these admonitions not to be afraid more comforting — not to mention more convincing — if they weren’t coming from the very people turning a blind eye to mass tantrums that degenerate into riots. In an instant, this crowd can go from speaking pabulum words of peace to screaming through a bullhorn.” (11/20/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1628

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34) Popular anarchy, philosophical anarchism: Changing the movement debate
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Grant A Mincy

“Anarchism in and of itself is a bit of a conundrum. The term means many different things depending on who one talks to. In popular circles anarchism is equated with violence, chaos and a total disregard of any form of cultural or social order. In philosophical circles, however, anarchism is something very different. Anarchism is the idea that just because systems of power and domination exist, they are not necessarily legitimate. In this regard, anarchism questions authority and notes that when systems of power are illegitimate they should be dismantled. What fills the space left by authoritarian power is social power. Liberation is the end goal of philosophical anarchism: A peaceful, vibrant, tolerant society.” (11/20/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/46929

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35) The greatest grift of all
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“As he stands in his gold-plated apartment in Trump Tower gazing out over Manhattan, Donald Trump has no doubt marveled at how in becoming president he has finally achieved the power and influence he so richly deserves. He always knew he was smarter than everyone else and more of a winner than all those nobodies who would carp and criticize, when they don’t even have their own planes or are so weak they’re still married to their first wives. He showed them all. And now, it’s time to really cash in. He’s got the greatest business opportunity he’s ever had, and he’s not going to let it pass him by. Surely you weren’t naïve enough to believe him when Trump said his network of businesses and partnerships didn’t pose any conflict-of-interest problems, because his grown children will run the business while he’s president and he’ll be completely focused on making America great. That was just something to tell the rubes, no more true than the promises a Trump University instructor would make to a mark as he browbeat them into maxing out their credit cards to move up to the Gold Elite seminar where the real investment secrets would be revealed.” (11/21/16)

http://prospect.org/article/greatest-grift-all

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36) Is it time to deregulate all electrical utilities?
Source: Independent Institute
by Andrew N Kleit

“In a regulated system, government agencies make basic production and grid-access decisions, and set electricity rates in a way that guarantees utilities a certain rate of return on capital investments and other approved costs. Because utilities’ profits are a function of how much they spend, there is little incentive to cut costs and increase efficiency. The other option is to rely as much as possible on market forces. While no one has figured out how to completely deregulate the electricity market, ‘restructuring’ clears the way for competition in certain segments, such as generation, that aren’t natural monopolies.” (11/21/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8931

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37) NYT advocates Internet censorship
Source: OpEdNews
by Robert Parry

“These are just three examples among many of the Times publishing ‘fake news’ — and all three appeared on Page One before being grudgingly or partially retracted, usually far inside the newspaper under opaque headlines so most readers wouldn’t notice. Much of the Times'[s] ‘fake news’ continued to reverberate in support of U.S. government propaganda even after the partial retractions. So, should Zuckerberg prevent Facebook users from circulating New York Times stories? Obviously, the Times would not favor that solution to the problem of ‘fake news.’ Instead, the Times expects to be one of the arbiters deciding which Internet outlets get banned and which ones get gold seals of approval.” (11/21/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/NYT-Advocates-Internet-Cen-by-Robert-Parry-Censorship_Facebook_Google_Internet-Censorship-161120-597.html

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38) Staffing is key to Trump’s foreign policy legacy
Source: Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow

“The president-elect obviously has strong, though ill-formed, opinions on foreign policy. He collected a wide variety of advisers with little unity of views. Implementing his vision will require the right personnel. While few people may hold his exact mix of views, he needs staffers who reject the promiscuous intervention that characterized both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Unfortunately, news reports suggest that the transition team is considering as top appointees people who hold views far different than those of Donald Trump in important areas.” (11/20/16)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/staffing-key-trumps-foreign-policy-legacy

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39) Meet the “Hamilton Electors” hoping for an Electoral College revolt
Source: The Atlantic
by Lilly O’Donnell

“Although the presidential election was called for Donald Trump on the night of November 8, it’s not actually over until the 538 members of the Electoral College vote on December 19. In the weeks between now and then, two Democratic electors are hoping to convince their colleagues to select someone other than Trump for the presidency. Michael Baca of Colorado and Bret Chiafalo of Washington state call themselves the Hamilton Electors, in a nod to Alexander Hamilton’s explanation of the Electoral College’s necessity. The founding father and first U.S. Treasury security once said that the body exists to ensure that ‘the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.’ By Baca and Chiafalo’s reckoning, it exists to prevent a Trump presidency.” (11/21/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/11/meet-the-hamilton-electors-hoping-for-an-electoral-college-revolt/508433/

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40) Fire and ice: Another ignored outrage at Standing Rock
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“On Sunday night, militarized police attacked the Standing Rock camp — yet again — this time in a vicious water cannon assault in sub-freezing temperatures. Hundreds of people — unarmed people — were injured in the attack. … The pipeline is being built on unceded Indian land. It was originally due to run near Bismarck, but officials there rightly concluded it was too dangerous for the water table, and would put the lives and health of many people at undue risk. So it was rerouted through sovereign Sioux territory instead; the lives and health of ‘those people’ don’t matter.” (11/21/16)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/fire-and-ice-another-ignored-outrage-at-standing-rock-21112016.html

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41) Stay out of Mosul
Source: USA Today
by US Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL)

“In 1899, Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem called The White Man’s Burden, urging America to bring ‘civilization’ to the Philippines. The results were 250,000 deaths, war crimes, and denial of Philippine independence for half a century. Haven’t we learned anything? U.S. forces occupied Iraq for nine years, until the Iraqis insisted that we leave. The results were more than 600,000 deaths, a cost of $4 trillion (8% of our national net worth), and a Sunni vacuum that the Islamic State terror group has filled. Haven’t we learned anything?” (11/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/11/20/mosul-iraq-isil-alan-grayson-editorials-debates/93812120

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42) Learning from Nancy Pelosi
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio is challenging former speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for the leadership of the Democratic party in the House of Representatives. ‘This thing where an obscure male backbencher thinks he deserves to replace the most accomplished woman in Congress is how sexism works,’ scoffed Ian Millhiser of ThinkProgress. Well. Mrs. Pelosi is the scion of an old Democratic political clan … and her accomplishments consist of — nothing obvious. That she seems to the gentlemen of ThinkProgress more ‘accomplished’ than, say, combat helicopter pilot and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth says a great deal about the gentlemen from ThinkProgress.” (11/21/16)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/442362/nancy-pelosi-moral-crisis-model-politics

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43) Irony in Spain
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“When I arrived at the Donostia-San Sebastian City Hall, in the beautiful Basque Country of Spain, I wondered what all the ruckus was about. There were hundreds of noisy protesters waving long, colorful banners. My goodness, how interesting to witness acts of political agitation on the public square in another country, I thought. Then, atop the crowd some 20 feet opposite the protest, I spied Daniel Schily, a key activist, funder and cheerleading motivator of the direct democracy movement in Germany. After greeting, he drily brought me up to date: ‘They’re protesting us.'” (11/21/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/11/21/irony-in-spain/

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44) Why social housing hurts the badly off
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Ben Southwood

“Imagine we paid benefits entirely in food stamps. If we gave recipients cash — we worry — they’d spend it on stuff we don’t like, such as booze and fags. To head this off, we give them £15,000 a year each in non-transferable food vouchers. Really, they only need about £5,000 in supermarket shops a year, but since they can’t do anything else with them, they eat excellent food and shop only in Waitrose, while they scrimp and save when it comes to clothes, heating, transport, and housing. You’d much rather they gave you less, but they allowed you to spend it yourself. This is crazy policy, right? But this is exactly what we do with social housing (and, indeed, housing benefit).” (11/21/16)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/why-social-housing-hurts-the-badly-off

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45) Do we really need time zones?
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“Would dropping time zones take some getting used to? Certainly, but it also takes people a few days to adjust to the twice annual changing of the clocks, and the implementation of time zones was resisted by some 133 years ago. USNO adds, ‘Use of standard time gradually increased because of its obvious practical advantages for communication and travel.’ With the prevalence of technology in most of the world, adjusting to a single time zone would not be too terribly difficult, and it would make cross-region communications easier.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (11/20/16)

http://fpp.cc/do-we-really-need-time-zones/

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46) Fixing the most dangerous branch
Source: The American Spectator
by E Donald Elliot

“If President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican majorities in both houses of Congress really want to ‘drain the swamp,’ they are going to have to do more than repeal and replace Obama’s policies and exclude a few lobbyists from the seats of power. They are going to have to fix the underlying problems in the structure of American government that got us into the mess in the first place. President Trump should propose, and the Congress should enact, a new law to impose term limits on senior administrative agency officials and make them subject to a periodic retention vote by the Congress.” (11/21/16)

https://spectator.org/fixing-american-government/

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47) Why I’m optimistic about Trump
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“I’m a Donald Trump optimist. Like the many who don’t support him, I am alarmed that he won. But I don’t believe he will be as bad as the worst fears. It’s a very modest definition of optimism, but I think it’s the best liberals can come up with. The worst fears are widespread, serious, and may yet prove to be well founded. Still, my main reason for ‘optimism’ is America’s tradition of liberty, its ineradicable pluralism — and (to sound a populist note) the American people. Those who view a Trump presidency pessimistically believe his election to be ‘nothing less than a tragedy.’ Some see a fascist in the making. The Russian-American writer Masha Gessen, drawing on her experience of Vladimir Putin, wrote that rule one of survival under authoritarian rule is to ‘Believe the autocrat. He means what he says.’ … I’m more than a little scared, but also an optimist for the following reasons.” [editor’s note: This actually does present some hope, even for the most terrified “progressive” – SAT] (11/20/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-trump-commentary-idUSKBN13C2U0

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48) The Democratic blame game
Source: CounterPunch
by Terry Connolly

“If Trump is so bad (and I think he is), why didn’t Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party easily defeat him? Nobody held a gun to Hillary’s head and told her not to go to Wisconsin during the fall campaign, even though Trump visited the state five times. Hillary lost the election in at least six states that Obama carried twice (FL, PA, OH, MI, WI, IA). She ran a lackluster campaign in the primaries in 2008, but decided that the inevitability factor was just to great to ignore and the Democratic Party bought into this thinking. Truth be told, this really wasn’t hard to do. I think the Democratic Party needs to change its name to: Delusions R Us.” (11/21/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/21/the-democratic-blame-game/

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49) Thanksgiving 2016: Uncertain But Still Grateful
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“Like many, I expected to spend the last three weeks of November heaving a sigh of relief that the most contentious presidential election of my lifetime is over. My dog in the presidential fight was never going to win, and I didn’t much care which of the Big Two came out on top. I can’t say I was looking forward to four more years of the same old thing, but I was looking forward to getting the ritual over and done with. Unfortunately, it continues to drag on. We expected the usual quick mass and communion; instead we’re getting a Pentecostal stemwinder, replete with fire and brimstone.” (11/21/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8493

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50) Is Marine Le Pen the French Donald Trump?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Louis Rouanet

“It seems fashionable nowadays to compare Donald Trump to Marine Le Pen or the Trump movement to the French National Front. The idea behind this comparison is to suggest that the French far right might very well win the coming presidential elections in May 2017 and create a French ‘Trump surprise.’ But, as when it came to comparisons between Brexit and Trump, comparisons between Trump and Le Pen tend to be hyped.” (11/21/16)

https://mises.org/blog/marine-le-pen-french-donald-trump

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51) Fake news isn’t the problem
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Just a few days before the election, President Barack Obama and his political director David Simas got into a heated discussion about the proliferation of ‘fake news’ and the way it might be shaping American politics. According to a profile in The New Yorker, ‘Obama and Simas talked almost obsessively about an article in BuzzFeed that described how the Macedonian town of Veles had experienced a ‘digital gold rush’ when a small group of young people there published more than a hundred pro-Trump Web sites, with hundreds of thousands of Facebook followers.'” [editor’s note: Right for all the wrong reasons; fake news was just as much the province of the mainstream media as the the fringes – SAT] (11/20/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/138851/fake-news-isnt-problem

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52) Racism is a right
Source: Bill St. Clair’s Home Page
by Bill St. Clair

“The title of this piece is likely to make lots of heads explode. If yours is exploding, it’s probably because my definitions of ‘racist’ and ‘right’ are different from yours. So please bear with me, while I tell you what I mean. Then judge away. Judging, another name for discrimination, is also a right. This essay has two main points: 1. Entitlements are not rights. 2. Enforcing the Civil Rights Act on private businesses by calling them ‘public accommodations’ was a despicable usurpation of private property rights.” [hat tip — Claire Wolfe] (11/21/16)

https://billstclair.com/racism-is-a-right.html

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53) Economic ideas: Francis Hutcheson and a system of natural liberty
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“Scotland would seem a strange place for the emergence of center of intellectual development that would influence the stream of ideas throughout the world. Scotland had been unified with England near the beginning of the eighteenth century. It was considered a ‘backwater’ of European civilization. But perhaps because of the strong nationalist sentiments and resentments that still lingered among many Scots, scholars and professors attempted to look beyond Great Britain for intellectual influences and associations outside the orbit and dominance of London. … the emerging Scottish variation on the Enlightenment was not merely a shadow or reflection of Enlightenment ideas in France. It developed in distinct ways, especially in the circles around the universities in Edinburgh and Glasgow.” (11/21/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/economic-ideas-francis-hutcheson-system-natural-liberty/

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54) Gun paranoia in the age of Trump
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“There were plenty of agitated and even hysterical reactions to Donald Trump’s election victory, but none more surprising than the one expressed in a direct mail letter I got a couple of days afterward. ‘Our worst nightmare is staring us right in the face,’ it declared. ‘The attacks will be hitting everywhere, every day.’ … Planned Parenthood? The American Civil Liberties Union? The Council on American-Islamic Relations? No, this shriek of terror came from the National Rifle Association. … The NRA endorsed Trump. The letter inviting me to join was obviously written and sent before his victory materialized. But it illuminates a problem that the organization and its allies will have over the next four years: how to sustain the fear and anxiety that have been so useful to them over the past eight.” (11/21/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/11/21/gun-paranoia-in-the-age-of-trump

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55) What student protests tell us about America under Trump
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“While it may be President Obama’s job to ease the country through the change in leadership to a President Donald Trump administration, the rest of the country doesn’t have to go along with it. At least, that’s the message coming from a massive show of protest and resistance in cities and towns across the nation. An outpouring of opposition coming from students in k-12 public schools and college campuses is especially significant. Why? Public schools have long been the frontline of many of the nation’s most important societal battlegrounds. Much for the class conflict that ignited during the Great Depression and spawned the New Deal was foretold by the challenges schools faced in educating the massive influx of poor, uneducated immigrant children into the country in the early decades of the 20th century.” [editor’s note: What I learned from their outcries is the importance of overturning the Second Amendment that the NRA imposed on us – SAT] (11/18/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20161118/what-student-protests-tell-us-about-america-under-trump

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56) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/21/16
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Steve Miller-Miller, Hugo Gonzalez and MWD talk about everything under the sun. TriggeredByHamilton and more! Plus the ongoing open call for Feens.” [various formats] (11/21/16)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=13187

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57) Xenophobia and Canada
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“How xenophobic are Americans? [dramatic pause] Americans are so xenophobic, they don’t even favor open borders with Canada. Think about all the popular arguments against immigration. Immigrants hurt low-skilled Americans. Immigrants abuse the welfare state. Immigrants commit crimes. Immigrants don’t learn English. Immigrants refuse to culturally assimilate. Immigrants vote for Sharia. Now ask yourself: How do any of these arguments even remotely apply to Canadians? But the sound of crickets changes nothing. If a Canadian asks to live and work in the U.S., America’s default answer remains: No.” (11/21/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/11/xenophobia_and.html

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58) Free Talk Live, 11/20/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“UK Govt Overwhelmingly Vastly Increases Spying Powers :: Waiting on Trump to Disappoint :: Insane Powers :: Creepy NSA Spy Building :: Privacy :: Stefan Molyneux Turns Into Alt-Right Trump Supporter :: War Movies :: Govt Abuse Victims :: NH vs TX vs NH :: Death Penalty :: Inherited Careers? :: Economics in One Lesson :: Seen and Unseen :: Bridge Building.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/20/16)

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59) “Sanctuary” means career criminals can run and hide
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Donald Trump understood something that many Washington insiders missed. Many Americans and some naturalized citizens bristle at elected officials constantly defending the rights of non-Americans to migrate here illegally — and to be rewarded for breaking the law with a path to citizenship. Toward that end, and in deference to his campaign promises, Trump seems primed to deport undocumented immigrants and withhold some federal funds from sanctuary cities like San Francisco. Trump has dispensed with some of his magical thinking. For example, Trump has ditched his one-time (but impossible to fulfill) promise to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants. Now he says he would focus on 2 million or more undocumented immigrants with criminal histories. That is, his focus now is on mainstream ideas that the news media can brand as extreme only at the peril of their credibility.” (11/20/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/11/20/sanctuary-means-career-criminals-can-run-and-hide-n2247793

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60) Will Trump close Department of Education?
Source: Heartland Institute
by Robert Holland

“Parental choice was Trump’s most substantive education proposal in his presidential campaign. Advocacy of this cause from the White House could boost the morale of parents and others working hard at state and local levels for education savings accounts, vouchers, tax-credit scholarships, and/or public charter schools. However, Trump’s idea of converting $20 billion of existing federal aid into federal stipends or vouchers to help needy children choose better schools could have the perverse effect over time of increasing federal interference and restricting choice. The problem is federal controls inevitably follow federal money, and as a result, participating private schools could lose their independence. A wiser approach would be to institute a plan for closing down the U.S. Department of Education altogether and letting parents and localities use the mega-billions in savings to make their own choices.” (11/20/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/11/will-trump-close-department-of-education/

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