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Volume XVI, Issue #4,121
Monday, December 3rd, 2018
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In the News:

1) Comey reaches deal with Congressional Republicans to testify about 2016 investigations, drops legal challenge
2) Police: Israeli PM Netanyahu should be charged with bribery
3) US regime will hold off on raising China tariffs to 25% as Trump and Xi agree to a 90-day trade truce
4) UK: May threatened with vote to bring down government over Brexit
5) Stone claims no contact with WikiLeaks over Clinton emails
6) Merkel, Macron press Putin to free Ukrainian sailors
7) UT: Voters approved medical marijuana, now state lawmakers want a rewrite
8) AK: Republican wins state legislative seat by one vote
9) FL: Woman sues jail after she says they booked her as a man
10) CA: Cops struggle to pull over allegedly drunk, sleeping Tesla passenger
11) Pope Francis urges homosexual priests and nuns to be celibate, or leave
12) France fuel protests: Macron holds urgent security meeting
13) Trump says he’ll give notice of NAFTA exit in bid to pass USMCA
14) Survey suggests Spanish far-right could win seats in regional vote
15) Top US Navy admiral found dead in “apparent suicide”
16) MA: Harvard grad student asked to move out over legally owned guns
17) UK: Climate change protesters block off five London bridges
18) CA: Central American men accused of defending themselves from gang abductors
19) Key Afghanistan Taliban commander allegedly killed in US air strike
20) Fake government shutdown likely to be delayed over Bush’s death

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Schrodinger’s immigrant: How can immigrants steal jobs if they’re “too lazy to work?”
22) George H.W. Bush’s legacy holds little, nothing for libertarians to celebrate
23) Google’s dangerous drift toward censorship
24) Capital is not fixed … capital is not fixed … capital is not fixed
25) There is no such thing as “socialism”
26) Cohen’s guilty plea isn’t proof Trump campaign colluded with Russia
27) Will Mexico get the populist “full package?”
28) The many ways governments create monopolies
29) Finally, Senate might force Trump’s hand on Yemen
30) MAGA or MAFA?
31) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 11, part 7
32) Scars of statism
33) How Trump and G-20 could stand up to Putin the bully
34) If you murdered a bunch of people, mass murder is your single defining legacy
35) Robert Mueller’s plan
36) Indiana’s colleges are not letting students flourish
37) The passing of the Republican Party
38) Yes, the EU’s new #CopyrightDirective is all about filters
39) The cheese stands “unprotected”
40) Voluntaryist solutions to the public benefits and immigration problem
41) Authoritarianism, powered by the cloud
42) When liars start telling the truth: Michael Cohen puts Trump in peril
43) Can the US sanction what it can’t find?
44) FDA vaping regulations will do more harm than good
45) Libertarian lessons: Gun control
46) There’s no such thing as a free lunch: the problem with free education in Sri Lanka, from the eyes of a government university student
47) Child Protective Services mistakes demand due process solutions
48) How graduate unions are winning, and scaring the hell out of bosses
49) Narcissism
50) Quantum Vibe, 11/30/18

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The Anarchist Experience, episode 192
52) Anarcho Agenda, episode 86
53) Free Talk Live, 12/01/18
54) Scott Adams Says, 12/01/18
55) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1296
56) Ted Galen Carpenter on The Scott Horton Show
57) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 268
58) Editor’s Break, episode 115
59) The Brian Nichols Show, episode 47
60) Felony Friday, episode 152
61) Cato Daily Podcast, 11/30/18
62) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 188
63) CQ on Congress, episode 129
64) Bloggingheads.tv, 11/30/18
65) This Week in Bitcoin, 11/29/18

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

1) Comey reaches deal with Congressional Republicans to testify about 2016 investigations, drops legal challenge
Source: CNBC

“Former FBI Director James Comey has dropped a legal challenge to a Republican-led effort to compel his testimony before Congress, which is seeking more information about the bureau’s investigations in the run up to the 2016 elections. As part of a new agreement with the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee, lawmakers have agreed to release a full transcript of Comey’s testimony within 24 hours, and he in turn is free to make all or part of it available to the public, his lawyer, David Kelley, told Reuters.” (12/02/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/02/james-comey-drops-legal-challenge-will-testify-to-congress.html

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2) Police: Israeli PM Netanyahu should be charged with bribery
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Israeli police have recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara for alleged fraud and bribery. They are suspected of awarding regulatory favours to the Bezeq telecom firm in return for positive media coverage of the couple. Mr Netanyahu rejected the allegations in what is known as Case 4000. The Israeli attorney-general will now have to decide whether to bring charges in the case. In February, police recommended indicting Mr Netanyahu in two other corruption investigations.” (12/02/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-46417300

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3) US regime will hold off on raising China tariffs to 25% as Trump and Xi agree to a 90-day trade truce
Source: CNBC

“Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump put their bilateral trade war on pause momentarily, striking an agreement to hold off on slapping additional tariffs on [buyers of] each other’s goods after January 1, as talks continue between both countries. In a White House readout of a dinner at the G-20 summit in Argentina, Xi and Trump discussed a range of nettlesome issues — among them the trade dispute that has left over $200 billion worth of goods hanging in the balance.” (12/01/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/01/us-china-wont-impose-additional-tariffs-after-january-1-report.html

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4) UK: May threatened with vote to bring down government over Brexit
Source: Bloomberg

“Theresa May has been threatened with a vote to bring down the government should Parliament reject her Brexit deal, raising the stakes even further as lawmakers begin debating her plan this week. Speaking on Sky News on Sunday, Labour’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said that it was ‘inevitable’ that the opposition party would propose a no confidence motion if, as is widely expected, the prime minister’s deal is rejected.” (12/02/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-02/may-threatened-with-vote-to-bring-down-government-over-brexit

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5) Stone claims no contact with WikiLeaks over Clinton emails
Source: Politico

“Roger Stone insisted Sunday that he never communicated with WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange. ‘I had no contact with Assange,’ Stone told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s ‘This Week.’ The GOP operative’s alleged contact with Assange and Russian hackers ahead of the 2016 presidential election has re-emerged as a focal point of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. … The remarks from Stone, one of President Donald Trump’s longtime political advisers, follow reports last week that he and conservative activist Jerome Corsi had discussed the contents of emails stolen [sic] from Hillary Clinton’s campaign and had foreknowledge of Assange’s plans to dump them in an effort to hobble her bid for the White House. ‘I turned over one direct message to the House Intelligence Committee between the flack for WikiLeaks and I, in which he essentially brushed me off,’ Stone said.” (12/02/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/02/roger-stone-wikileaks-clinton-emails-1037155

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6) Merkel, Macron press Putin to free Ukrainian sailors
Source: Reuters

“French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed Russian Vladimir Putin to release Ukrainian sailors who were seized along with their ships by Russia last month, Putin’s spokesman said. Merkel and Macron met Putin separately on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina. Putin told them that the issue of the sailors was a matter for the courts, his spokesman said.” (12/01/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-g20-summit-ukraine/merkel-macron-press-putin-to-free-ukrainian-sailors-idUSKCN1O03IT

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7) UT: Voters approved medical marijuana, now state lawmakers want a rewrite
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Utah lawmakers are getting ready to meet in a special lame-duck session on Monday to rewrite a medical marijuana law that voters passed this November. Patient advocates are saying the move is an end run around voters. … n early October, a coalition of Republican lawmakers — joined by doctors, some pro-cannabis advocates and leaders in the Mormon church — announced that regardless of whether the measure passed, they would draft another version of the law shortly after the election. This version, they said, would address concerns about public safety.” (12/01/18)

https://www.npr.org/2018/12/01/672325373/utah-voters-approved-medical-marijuana-now-state-lawmakers-want-a-rewrite

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8) AK: Republican wins state legislative seat by one vote
Source: Juneau Empire

“The recount in the race for House District 1 came down to one ballot Friday, but not the ballot people expected. Entering Friday’s recount at the Division of Elections office in downtown Juneau, Republican Bart LeBon and Democrat Kathryn Dodge were locked at 2,661 votes apiece. Over the course of the day, LeBon picked up two votes while Dodge picked up one, making him the winner of the election, 2,663 votes to 2,662 votes. LeBon wasn’t in a celebratory mood afterward as he talked to reporters. ‘I don’t think it’s over,’ LeBon said. ‘Do you? I’m pretty sure this has got another layer to it. I would be thrilled if it was over, but is this over? I just don’t think so.’ … The race holds major implications for the balance of power in the Alaska House. With LeBon’s victory, Republicans hold a 21-19 majority in the House and now have control of the Senate, House and the governor’s office. With a Dodge victory, the House would have been split 20-20.” (11/30/18)

https://www.juneauempire.com/news/lebon-tops-dodge-by-one-vote-after-house-race-recount/

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9) FL: Woman sues jail after she says they booked her as a man
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“A woman is suing Florida jail employees after she said they forced her to spend hours in a cell with 40 men because staff thought she was transgender or a man. The Miami Herald reported that Fior Pichardo de Veloz was in Miami in 2013 to see the birth of her grandchild. She was arrested on an old drug charge she said she didn’t know was outstanding. She says jailers with the Miami-Dade County Corrections Department booked her in a cell for 10 hours with men.” (12/02/18)

https://www.ajc.com/news/national/woman-sues-florida-jail-after-she-says-they-booked-her-man/z6opYnlmWVbZrT0kGBnWVI/

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10) CA: Cops struggle to pull over allegedly drunk, sleeping Tesla passenger
Source: Mashable

“It took California Highway Patrol seven minutes to pull over a Tesla driver [sic]. The driver appeared to be asleep at his wheel. Alexander Samek had allegedly dozed off while operating his Tesla Model S when an officer tried to pull him over. In the end, the police had to surround the car to slow it down and then arrested Samek on suspicion of driving [sic] under the influence. The Model S is thought to have been in Autopilot, Tesla’s self-driving mode. This is what would have enabled a sleeping Samek to keep driving [sic] for the seven minutes it took Highway Patrol to stop him.” [editor’s note: Well, which is it? Was he driving, or was the car self-driving? It’s one or the other. You can’t be driving drunk if you’re not driving – TLK] (12/02/18)

https://mashable.com/article/tesla-driver-sleeping-drinking/

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11) Pope Francis urges homosexual priests and nuns to be celibate, or leave
Source: ABC [Australia]

“In his clearest comments on the subject yet, Pope Francis says active homosexuals in the Catholic Church should leave, rather than live a ‘double life.’ While he has previously spoken of the need for better screening of candidates for the religious life, his comments, in a new book, suggesting priests who cannot keep their vows of celibacy should leave are some of his clearest to date. Pope Francis made the comments in a book-length interview with Spanish priest Fernando Prado, called The Strength of Vocation, in which he discusses the challenges of being a priest or nun today.” (12/03/18)

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-03/pope-francis-tells-homosexuals-to-leave-church/10575980

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12) France fuel protests: Macron holds urgent security meeting
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“French President Emmanuel Macron has held an urgent security meeting following a day of riots by thousands of anti-government protesters. Ministers said that while no options had been ruled out, imposing a state of emergency had not been discussed during the talks – despite earlier reports. Protests over fuel tax have grown into general anger at higher living costs. Three people have been killed in the protests since demonstrations started more than two weeks ago, police said. Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet has promised to bring the full force of the law to bear on people who are found to have resorted to violence. Before the security meeting on Sunday, Mr Macron inspected some of the damage caused in the disturbances, which had centred on Paris.” (12/02/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46417991

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13) Trump says he’ll give notice of NAFTA exit in bid to pass USMCA
Source: Bloomberg

“President Donald Trump said he would soon tell Congress of plans to terminate the existing North American Free Trade Agreement, a move that would give lawmakers a six-month window to ratify a new regional trade pact signed on Friday between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The threat, if enacted, would effectively remove a safety net from under the new trade pact’s journey through Congress. Even though it was signed by leaders, the deal still needs to be ratified by lawmakers in the three countries. … Trump’s statement may also be a bluff — or prove harder than he thinks. Under terms of the existing 1994 Nafta pact, the president can give six-months’ notice of withdrawal, though it’s not binding. U.S. lawmakers have, however, said Congress would still need to repeal Nafta’s legislation to fully kill it.” (12/02/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-02/trump-to-notify-congress-soon-that-he-s-terminating-nafta-accord

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14) Survey suggests Spanish far-right could win seats in regional vote
Source: Reuters

“A survey published as voting closed suggested that Spain’s far-right Vox party could win 8-10 seats in an election on Sunday in the region of Andalusia, in what would be the first parliamentary representation for the far-right in decades. The GAD3 poll, carried out for the newspaper ABC between Nov. 19 and 30, had the Socialists, who have ruled Andalusia since Spain’s return to democracy, losing support but still getting the most votes. The poll in Spain’s most populous region kicked off a busy electoral season that could upend national politics in the euro zone’s fourth-largest economy. A series of municipal, regional and European elections will follow in May.” (12/02/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-politics-andalusia/survey-suggests-spanish-far-right-could-win-seats-in-regional-vote-idUSKCN1O100S

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15) Top US Navy admiral found dead in “apparent suicide”
Source: The Hill

“Vice Admiral Scott Stearney, the Navy’s top officer overseeing forces in the Middle East, died Saturday in what defense officials now call an ‘apparent suicide,’ CBS News reports. Stearney, who was the commander of the military branch’s Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, was found dead in his residence, the Navy confirmed earlier on Saturday. Paul Schlise, the deputy commander of Fifth Fleet, will assume command in his place. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating Stearney’s death in addition to the Bahraini Ministry of Interior.” (12/01/18)

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/419299-top-navy-admiral-was-found-dead-in-apparent-suicide

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16) MA: Harvard grad student asked to move out over legally owned guns
Source: Fox News

“A Harvard graduate student who was asked to move out of her apartment after her legally owned firearms made her roommates ‘uncomfortable’ said Sunday on ‘Fox & Friends’ that she has been lied to while seeking reasons for the request. Leyla Pirnie, 24, said that she doesn’t know why her roommates searched through her room for the firearms and violated her privacy. Pirnie said on Sunday that she has ‘been given so many lies’ as to why her roommates were searching through her room in the first place. ‘Every time I want an answer, it’s a different lie,’ she said.” (12/02/18)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/12/02/harvard-graduate-student-leyla-pirnie-asked-move-out-over-legally-owned-guns

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17) UK: Climate change protesters block off five London bridges
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Hundreds of protesters have turned out in central London and blocked off the capital’s main bridges to demand the government take climate change seriously. A group called ‘Extinction Rebellion’ encouraged sit-ins on the bridges Saturday as part of a coordinated week of action across the country. Metropolitan Police said emergency vehicles were hampered from getting across London because of the ‘blockade’ of five bridges. The force said it had asked all protesters to congregate at Westminster Bridge where officers can facilitate lawful protest. About two dozen people were arrested on Monday after protesters blocked traffic and glued themselves to gates outside the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.” (12/02/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Climate-change-protesters-block-off-5-London-13401178.php

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18) CA: Central American men accused of defending themselves from gang abductors
Source: Los Angeles Times

“A pair of Central American men believed to be in the country illegally [sic] were charged in federal court in San Diego on Friday with [defending themselves from] U.S. Border Patrol agents in separate incidents Thursday night near Imperial Beach. One of the men was from Honduras and the other from El Salvador, according to the U.S. attorney’s office, which alleged that one man elbowed an agent and the other tried unsuccessfully to punch another agent.” (12/01/18)

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-border-patrol-agents-assault-20181201-story.html

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19) Key Afghanistan Taliban commander allegedly killed in US air strike
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“One of the Taliban’s most senior commanders has been killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan. Mullah Abdul Manan Akhund was the Taliban’s ‘governor’ and military chief for the southern Helmand province. He was killed in the Nawzad district of Helmand on Saturday night, provincial officials said. The Taliban said his death was a ‘major loss’ but it would not deter them in their efforts to take back control of Afghanistan. But Afghan interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told the AFP news agency his death was a major blow to the Taliban and would ‘lower the moral[e]’ of its fighters in southern Afghanistan.” (12/02/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46418776

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20) Fake government shutdown likely to be delayed over Bush’s death
Source: CBS News

“President Trump is open to pushing back a potential shutdown of some government operations by at least a week, in part because of the death of former President George H. W. Bush. Funding for some parts of the federal government is set to expire at midnight on Dec. 7 — a deadline created months ago that now would fall at the end of a week when Washington will be focused on national tributes to the late president and services in Washington and Texas. Speaking aboard Air Force One on his way home from the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Mr. Trump said he’s open to as much as a two-week extension.” (12/01/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/partial-government-shutdown-likely-to-be-delayed-because-of-george-h-w-bushs-death/

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

21) Schrodinger’s immigrant: How can immigrants steal jobs if they’re “too lazy to work?”
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by David R Henderson

“In a recent post, Cafe Hayek’s Don Boudreaux points out the contradiction in opposing immigrants because they work and opposing them because they go on welfare — that is, don’t work. Jon Murphy, a Ph.D. student at George Mason University, where Don teaches, and a frequent commenter on this site (as well as an Econlib Feature Article author) sums it up beautifully: Schrodinger’s Immigrant: simultaneously stealing jobs and too lazy to work.” (12/01/18)

https://fee.org/articles/schrodinger-s-immigrant-how-can-immigrants-steal-jobs-if-theyre-too-lazy-to-work/

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22) George H.W. Bush’s legacy holds little, nothing for libertarians to celebrate
Source: Reason
by Nick Gillespie

“Former President George H.W. Bush, who served one term in office from 1989 through 1993, is dead at the age of 94. By all accounts, he was an exceptionally kind, decent, and thoughtful individual and his service as a Navy pilot in World War II — he was awarded the Distinguished Navy Cross and shot down over the Pacific — reminds us of a time when seemingly casual, superhuman heroism by young twentysomethings was the order of the day. Yet from a specifically libertarian view, there is little to celebrate and much to criticize regarding his presidency. With at least one notable exception, he did nothing to reduce the size, scope, and spending of government or to expand the ability of people to live however they wanted.” (12/01/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/12/01/george-hw-bushs-legacy-holds-nothing-for

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23) Google’s dangerous drift toward censorship
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by staff

“Google’s mission statement is ‘organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.’ But these days, Google seems more interested in censorship than accessibility. The Daily Caller, a conservative news site, recently got its hands on an internal email exchange where Google employees lamented Donald Trump’s election victory and discussed burying conservative news sites in search results to ‘make sure that we reverse things in four years.’ … ‘I think we have a responsibility to expose the quality and truthfulness of sources — because not doing so hides real information under loud noises,’ one Google engineer said, after complaining that stories from the Daily Caller and Breitbart, another conservative site, were showing up ‘next to legitimate news organizations.’” (11/30/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/google-censorship-china-conservatives

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24) Capital is not fixed … capital is not fixed … capital is not fixed …
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Lamenting U.S. trade deficits, John Shaw assumes that these deficits increase foreigners’ ownership of assets at the expense of Americans’ ownership of assets (Letters, Nov. 30). He’s mistaken. The inflation-adjusted net worth of American households and nonprofit organizations is today 275 percent higher than it was in the mid-1970s when America’s current string of annual trade deficits began.” (12/01/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/12/capital-not-fixed-capital-not-fixed-capital-not-fixed.html

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25) There is no such thing as “socialism”
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“[U]nder even the most ‘democratic’ forms of socialism, the supposed rights of any social (or political) group are considered to be more important than the rights of each of the individuals within the group, or of those of any individuals outside it. (And in what significant way does that differ from communism?) That’s why they call it ‘socialism’ and we call its ethical opposite ‘individualism.’ True individualists, on the other hand (or as we call them, ‘libertarians’), maintain that the group has no rights whatever, aside from those of its individual members — which are in no way additive. Contrary to common collectivist opinion, two people do not have more rights than one person, or two hundred, or two thousand, or two million, any more than they have more intelligence or decency.” (12/02/18)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2018/tle999-20181202-02.html

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26) Cohen’s guilty plea isn’t proof Trump campaign colluded with Russia
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“On his way to catch Air Force One on Thursday, President Donald Trump shared his thoughts about Michael Cohen, his one-time personal lawyer who pleaded guilty that morning to lying to Congress about negotiations for a possible Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump said: (1) it was no secret he was interested in putting a Trump Tower in Moscow; (2) as a private citizen, he had every right to build in Russia; so (3) there was no reason for Cohen to lie to Congress, and if he did lie, it had nothing to do with the president. Trump has a point. As Brad Blakeman, a lawyer in President George W. Bush’ administration, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Trump’s actions were legal. Trump wasn’t president in 2016, and he didn’t know that he would win. He had every right to push to keep his business going.” (12/02/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2018/12/02/cohens-guilty-plea-isnt-proof-trump-campaign-colluded-with-russia-n2536825

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27) Will Mexico get the populist “full package?”
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“I visited Mexico last week and I can’t claim to know much about the country’s politics. But the new president’s first proposals have an unmistakable flavour. Two of the parties that support the new President, the Labour Party and AMLO’s own National Regeneration Movement, have put forward some ideas that may set the tone of the new administration.” (12/01/18)

https://www.econlib.org/will-mexico-get-the-populist-full-package/

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28) The many ways governments create monopolies
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mike Holly

“Politicians tend to favor authoritarianism over capitalism and monopoly over competition. They have directly created monopolies (and oligopolies) in all major industrial sectors by imposing policies favoring preferred corporations and preferred special interests.” (12/01/18)

https://mises.org/wire/many-ways-governments-create-monopolies

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29) Finally, Senate might force Trump’s hand on Yemen
Source: Reuters
by Mohamad Bazzi

“The U.S. Senate voted 63 to 37 on Wednesday to clear the way for a debate and final vote on a resolution to end American military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. It’s the first time that an anti-war resolution has advanced in Congress since Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in Yemen’s civil war in early 2015. The vote, with an unexpectedly wide margin in a Senate typically gridlocked along partisan lines, underscores growing anger over American involvement in a war that is currently the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. But the vote, in which 14 Republicans joined all 49 Senate Democrats, was also a rebuke to President Donald Trump for doubling down on his support for Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, after Saudi agents murdered the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.” (11/30/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bazzi-yemen-commentary/commentary-finally-senate-might-force-trumps-hand-on-yemen-idUSKCN1NZ2IH

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30) MAGA or MAFA?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The driving mantra for the Trump administration, the one that energizes every Trumpster and Trumpista, is MAGA — Make America Great Again. The problem arises in how Trump defines national greatness. For him, it means a gigantic military-intelligence establishment — i.e., the national-security state, consisting of the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA. The more powerful this branch of the federal government, the greater the nation in the eyes of President Trump.” (11/30/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/11/30/maga-or-mafa/

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31) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 11, part 7
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“What happens when geography does not define a community and its institutions? Crypto answered this question in at least one area: currency. Money is no longer restricted to the fiat issued by jurisdictions, which flows through the physical choke points called banks. Crypto decentralizes currency and bypasses the geography of the state. The key to private law and justice is the same as the key to money: remove the trusted third party by decentralizing control down to the individual.” (12/01/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/wendy-mcelroy-dont-smash-the-state-bypass-the-state/

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32) Scars of statism
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“Everyone has some kind of scars. I have a scar on my shoulder from an encounter with an armadillo, and many scars on my left hand due to knives held in my right hand. I would imagine everyone also has psychological scars. Including scars from statism in our pasts. Most of us were statist to some degree at some time in our lives. Some more than others. And everyone has been exposed to statism. Like any trauma, this leaves scars which are sometimes noticeable to observers.” (12/02/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/12/scars-of-statism.html

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33) How Trump and G-20 could stand up to Putin the bully
Source: USA Today
by staff

“Much like any schoolyard bully, Russian President Vladimir Putin keeps pushing the limits as long as no one pushes back. His most recent provocation came last weekend, when Russian military ships rammed, fired upon and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels near a shipping strait linking the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov. Six Ukrainian sailors were wounded and two dozen captured. For months, Moscow has effectively blockaded Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov to economically punish the former Soviet satellite. Putin dreams of restoring lost glory after the Soviet Union’s collapse; in 2014, he illegally seized Crimea from Ukraine and invaded the nation’s eastern frontier. For a gambler with a relatively weak hand (Putin leads a nation with an economy smaller than that of California, Texas or New York) he has engineered more than his share of international havoc …” (11/30/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/11/30/ukraine-conflict-trump-g-20-push-back-bully-putin-editorials-debates/2147851002

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34) If you murdered a bunch of people, mass murder is your single defining legacy
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Thought experiment: Think of an acquaintance of yours. Not someone you’re particularly close to, just some guy in the cast of extras from the scenery of your life. Now, imagine learning that that guy is a serial murderer, who has been prowling the streets for years stabbing people to death. Imagine he goes his whole life without ever suffering any consequences for murdering all those people, and then when he dies, everyone wants to talk about how great he was and share heartwarming anecdotes about him. If you try to bring up the whole serial killing thing, people react with sputtering outrage that you would dare to speak ill of such a noble and wonderful person. ‘Look, I didn’t agree with everything he did, but you can’t just let one not-so-great thing from a man’s life eclipse all the other good things he’s accomplished,’ they protest. ‘For example, did you know he was a baseball captain at Yale?’ ‘But what about all those people he murdered?’ you reply. ‘God, why can’t you just pay respect to a great man in our time of mourning?’ they shout in exasperation.” (12/01/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/12/01/if-you-murdered-a-bunch-of-people-mass-murder-is-your-single-defining-legacy

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35) Robert Mueller’s plan
Source: National Review
by Andrew C McCarthy

“Right after Special Counsel Robert Mueller racked up yet another guilty plea to a false-statements charge on Thursday, a friend asked me, ‘Doesn’t this destroy Michael Cohen’s credibility as a witness?’ Easier to destroy Satan’s conscience, I thought. Cohen would have to have some credibility before it could be destroyed …. the flaw in my friend’s question was not the assumption that Cohen had some smidgeon of value as a witness until it was extirpated by his plea of guilty to lying to Congress (after he had already, in August, pled guilty lying to a financial institution, among other fraudulence). The real flaw was the assumption that Special Counsel Mueller is lining up witnesses and building a criminal case, as prosecutors do. He is not. … defendants convicted of making false statements are very useful because Mueller is writing a report, not preparing for a jury trial.” (12/01/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/12/robert-mueller-plan-trump-russia-investigation-report-not-case/

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36) Indiana’s colleges are not letting students flourish
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Chloe Anagnos

“Freedom on university campuses across the country is under fire. With social justice advocates exerting considerable pressure on school administrations, students in certain colleges are suffering the consequences of the stifling environment. But as speech deemed unwanted, politically incorrect, or even tasteless is banned, students miss a great opportunity to learn from the exchange of ideas and even strengthen their own points of view. In Indiana, the outlook of freedom of speech on campus is particularly troubling, with only 3 out of 16 universities upholding policies that protect free speech.” (12/01/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/indianas-colleges-are-not-letting-students-flourish

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37) The passing of the Republican Party
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“He was a Republican through and through, but towards the end of his life lived to see his party evolve away from his politics. Bush embodied, almost to the point of caricature, the older tradition of upper-class New England Republicanism. He came to this tradition by pedigree. He was born in Connecticut in 1924, the son of a Wall Street banker turned senator. Almost everything in Bush’s impressive resume bespoke an allegiance to the country club establishment that once governed the Republican Party: Andover Prep School, distinguished naval service, Yale, membership of the elite Skull and Bones secret society, ambassadorship to the United Nations, a term as envoy to China, a brief stint as head of the CIA. This is the career trajectory of an internationalist Republican, one committed to maintaining America’s role as the cornerstone of the global order.” [editor’s note: A globalist imperialist warmonger, no more deserving of praise than McCain was – SAT] (11/30/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/152481/passing-republican-party

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38) Yes, the EU’s new #CopyrightDirective is all about filters
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Cory Doctorow

“When the EU started planning its new Copyright Directive (the ‘Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive’), a group of powerful entertainment industry lobbyists pushed a terrible idea: a mandate that all online platforms would have to create crowdsourced databases of ‘copyrighted materials’ and then block users from posting anything that matched the contents of those databases. … The proponents of Article 13 have a problem, though: filters don’t work, they cost a lot, they underblock, they overblock, they are ripe for abuse (basically, all the objections the Commission’s experts raised the first time around). So to keep Article 13 alive, they’ve spun, distorted and obfuscated its intention, and now they can be found in the halls of power, proclaiming to the politicians who’ll get the final vote that ‘Article 13 does not mean copyright filters.’ But it does.” (11/30/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/11/yes-eus-new-copyrightdirective-all-about-filters

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39) The cheese stands “unprotected”
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The tale is about two cheese companies and the European Union’s ‘Directive 2001/29/EC,’ which tries to reconcile copyrights among member states. Specifically, it involves the legal fight between ‘two Dutch herbed cream cheese spread makers,’ as Mr. Linnekin relates, ‘Heksenkaas (‘witches’ cheese’) and Witte Wievenkaas (‘wise women’s cheese’).’ The former sued the latter for infringing on ‘its copyright on the taste of Heksenkaas.’” (11/30/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/11/30/the-cheese-stands-unprotected/

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40) Voluntaryist solutions to the public benefits and immigration problem
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“Ours is a world filled with organized crime, you may call them ‘governments.’ These governments often, in their quest to legitimize and maintain their rule, offer benefits back to those they victimize on a continual basis. Some governments offer more than others. The United States government, and its many smaller federated governments, have created many different benefit programs for those it considers its citizens, and otherwise.” (11/30/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/voluntaryist-solutions-to-the-public-benefits-and-immigration-problem

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41) Authoritarianism, powered by the cloud
Source: spiked
by Austin Williams

“China’s social-credit sytem has been making headlines in the West of late. It was first launched in 2014 with the aim of ‘strengthening sincerity in government affairs,’ to ‘improve government credibility and establish an honest image of an open, fair and clean government.’ Since then the Chinese government has proceeded — in its usual technocratic manner — to develop a total monitoring system to ensure that its ‘good behaviour’ model is rolled out across society. There is no escape.” (11/30/18)

https://www.spiked-online.com/2018/11/30/authoritarianism-powered-by-the-cloud/

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42) When liars start telling the truth: Michael Cohen puts Trump in peril
Source: The American Prospect
by Adele M Stan

“When your whole political career is built on a pack of lies, it is imperative that those who surround you be reading from the same page of the lie book. In this regard, President Donald J. Trump has often fared quite well, beginning with then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s defenseof the president’s made-up figures for crowd attendance at his inauguration (the biggest ever), or White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway’s concoction of the phrase ‘alternative facts.’ That’s what Michael Cohen, who served for decades as Trump’s personal lawyer, said he was doing when he testified before Congress that, by January 2016, Trump had stopped pursuing a deal in Moscow to build a new Trump Tower there. In court yesterday, according to The New York Times, Cohen explained, ‘I made these statements to be consistent with’ Trump’s ‘political messaging.’ But now Cohen is singing a different tune for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russia’s interference in the last presidential election, and any ties between Trump associates and figures with ties to the Russian government.” (11/30/18)

http://prospect.org/article/when-liars-start-telling-truth-michael-cohen-puts-trump-peril

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43) Can the US sanction what it can’t find?
Source: Foreign Policy
by Elias Groll

“Authorities are trying to force bitcoin into the light but cryptocurrencies are only getting harder to trace.” (11/30/18)

https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/11/30/can-the-u-s-sanction-what-it-cant-find/

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44) FDA vaping regulations will do more harm than good
Source: Independent Institute
by Raymond March

“[L]ikening current teen vaping rates to an epidemic is highly suspect. The most current data available only demonstrates teen vaping rates have increased during the spring of 2018. However, teen smoking rates for all nicotine and tobacco products have been in decline since 2011, making recent increases a brief deviation from a longer-standing trend of decreased smoking rates for teens. More importantly, many have failed to consider the serious harm proposed regulatory efforts are likely to inflict.” (11/30/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/11/30/fda-vaping-regulations-will-do-more-harm-than-good/

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45) Libertarian lessons: Gun control
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Scott McPherson

“A free society respects each individual’s right to pursue happiness. If our rights have been transgressed through some act of violence or fraud, it is the role of government to hold offenders accountable in a court of law, its rulings enforced by police officers and prison guards. But an officer of the law will not be available in a moment of crisis; he will only make a report after the fact. Each individual should provide for his own immediate protection. Our legal tradition recognizes each person’s right to keep and bear arms for precisely this reason.” (11/30/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-lessons-gun-control/

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46) There’s no such thing as a free lunch: the problem with free education in Sri Lanka, from the eyes of a government university student
Source: Students For Liberty
by Haritha Jayasinghe,

“We all love free stuff. At my university, you’ll find students who are willing to fight to death to defend free education. But I’m not so convinced. It’s been a month since our universities closed down due to strikes by the non-academic staff (in demand of higher pay), and there’s no sign of them re-opening. The government doesn’t seem to care in the slightest about when or even if they reopen. Why not? Because it’s free.” (11/30/18)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2018/11/30/Free+Education-Sri+Lanka/+

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47) Child Protective Services mistakes demand due process solutions
Source: Cato Unbound
by Diane Redleaf

“Some definite and reliable evidence of maltreatment of a child should be required before CPS embarks on an investigation, given that investigations almost inevitably carry with them seeds of distress and disruption for children and families alike. Creating such a threshold requirement is daunting, however. The current hotline system has created a triage nightmare, with 7.4 million children reported to hotlines in the most recently reported data year. Substantial screening does occur, but 3.5 million allegations annually are deemed valid enough to be sent for investigation or differential response. (HHS Child Maltreatment Report, 2016.) A simple example shows how a hotline call can be ‘valid’ without being ‘warranted’ …” (11/30/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/11/30/diane-redleaf/child-protective-services-mistakes-demand-due-process-solutions

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48) How graduate unions are winning, and scaring the hell out of bosses
Source: In These Times
by Daniel Moattar

“In a 1,035 to 720 vote, Columbia University’s graduate student union has agreed to a bargaining framework with the university’s administration, a milestone victory in the union’s nearly five-year campaign for recognition. The vote outcome, announced earlier this week, follows Columbia’s November 19 announcement that it would bargain with the union, ending long-standing efforts to halt graduate unionization on campus and in the courts. Columbia’s decision is the latest (and one of the most notable) in a string of concessions by university administrators at private institutions across the country. It’s a wave of labor action that belongs to the Trump era: The NLRB’s Columbia University ruling, extending bargaining rights to graduate workers at private universities, was issued in August 2016, just before Trump won the electoral college. Graduate unions have spread quickly in the two years since.” (11/29/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21602/graduate_student_unions_trump_nlrb_columbia_brown

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49) Narcissism
Source: The Racinian
by Dave Kristopeit

“[A]ll politicians are narcissists. Any person who thinks he or she knows better how to run our lives than we know ourselves is a narcissist. There is no doubt in my mind. No one knows what is best for me except me. No one knows what is best for you. Only you. Nothing I do should ever be regulated or controlled by a politician unless I am hurting someone else through force or fraud. Same for you.” (11/30/18)

https://racinian.wordpress.com/2018/11/30/narcissim/

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50) Quantum Vibe, 11/30/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (11/30/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1880

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

51) The Anarchist Experience, episode 192
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“Hawaii man who suffered heart attack during missile false alarm sues state — When the Nanny State Actually Tries To Nanny — How Government Became the Chief Violator of Property Rights — Julian Assange deserves a Medal of Freedom, not a secret indictment — Philly Police Union Sues Over Attempts to Keep Bad Cops Off the Stand — Passengers are forced to chip in to pay for REPAIRS to their Boeing 787 before it takes off from Beijing to Poland — Innocent Grandma Jailed for Months Because Cops Mistook Cotton Candy for Meth — Health Care Ate America — Canada’s Marijuana Legalization Is Tainted by Big Government’s Grasp on Sales.” [various formats] (12/02/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/12/02/the-anarchist-experience-192/

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52) Anarcho Agenda, episode 86
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“Gratitude is important, and I discuss why on this episode of Anarcho Agenda.” [various formats]

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-86-2018-12-01

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53) Free Talk Live, 12/01/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Mass Recreational Cannabis Success :: Alcohol :: Cotton Candy Grapes :: Conservatives :: Arrest Team :: Legalize Heroin and Meth :: Cannabis and Driving :: Prohibition :: Failing at Life and Gratification :: Eating Cannabis :: Tying Tubes :: Warlords :: Convicted Felon :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/01/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-12-01

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54) Scott Adams Says, 12/01/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about migration, China, dogs that don’t bark, Soros, and coffee.” [Flash video] (12/01/18)

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

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55) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1296
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Leah Farrow and Josh Griffin, co-hosts of the No Regerts podcast, join me to discuss the history of tattoos and the state, regulation and self-regulation, and a lot more.” [various formats] (12/01/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1296-tattoos-and-the-state/

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56) Ted Galen Carpenter on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Ted Carpenter rejoins the show to discuss both of his recent articles for The American Conservative. The first outlines Libya’s political history since the ouster of Gaddafi, in which several promised democratic elections have come and gone. Now politicians are promising an election in early 2019, but Carpenter thinks this one too either won’t happen, or will be in some way illegitimate. His second article discusses the turmoil in Ukraine and how U.S. and NATO policy have worsened the situation there.” [various formats] (11/30/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/11-30-18-ted-galen-carpenter-on-libya-and-ukraine/

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57) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 268
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Steve Horwitz joins us to debunk some global myths about economics.” [various formats] (11/30/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/free-thoughts/teaching-economics

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58) Editor’s Break, episode 115
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 115 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: resources and scarcity; the purpose of property rights; ideas as patterns of information; the attempt to apply property rights to non-scarce ideas in the forms of copyright and patent; why intellectual property makes everyone a thief; how intellectual property rights necessarily violate material property rights; the argument that copying ideas is to steal future profits; and more.” [various formats] (11/30/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/intellectual-property-stealing-future-profits-30m-editors-break-115

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59) The Brian Nichols Show, episode 47
Source: We Are Libertarians

“My first guest after the break is Michael Autery! Michael is a Lieutenant in the United States Naval officer [sic] and the host of the podcast ‘Unalienable, which is all about the Constitution, what it means, and how it applies to current issues.” [various formats] (11/30/18)

https://wearelibertarians.com/bns-47-libertarians-in-the-armed-services-and-ignorance-in-politics-with-michael-autery/

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60) Felony Friday, episode 152
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode Lisa Hanna join John to share her remarkable story. Lisa is a US Army veteran, having served 2 tours overseas. She graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, in 1993. However, she suffered a personal tragedy months earlier when her son passed away. Drugs and alcohol became Lisa’s medication to numb the depression after her only son’s death. She did get clean and left her abusive husband Scott. Then Scott was busted with methamphetamine, marked bills, and stolen guns. When pressured by prosecutors he agreed to ‘cooperate’ in exchange for a reduced sentence.” (11/30/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/11/30/lisa-hanna-served-15-years-on-bogus-charges-now-shes-a-lawyer/

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61) Cato Daily Podcast, 11/30/18
Source: Cato Institute

“History isn’t merely a set of facts and events, and history doesn’t emerge from a singular perspective. Michael J. Douma is co-editor of What is Classical Liberty History?” [various formats] (11/30/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/what-classical-liberal-history

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62) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 188
Source: Free Man Beyond the Wall

“The Subjugation of the Human Mind w/ Richard Grove.” [various formats] (11/30/18)

http://freemanbeyondthewall.libsyn.com/episode-188

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63) CQ on Congress, episode 129
Source: Roll Call

“Nancy Pelosi has won the House Democratic Caucus’ nomination to return as speaker in January, proving herself a formidable opponent to those in the party who’d depose her. Molly Reynolds, a fellow at the Brookings Institution think tank, unpacks the incentives Pelosi is deploying to get to a majority, and secure the speakership, when the full House votes in January.” [various formats] (11/30/18)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/podcasts/pelosi-wins-first-round-dissidents

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64) Bloggingheads.tv, 11/30/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Bill Scher (Real Clear Politics, Politico) and Matt K. Lewis (The Daily Beast, MattLewis.org) … Matt tells Republicans not to dismiss Mueller out of hand … Would congressional Republicans ever turn on Trump? … Matt: Nancy Pelosi is still pretty sharp … Why Pelosi ‘has the institution’s back’ Bill breaks down the speakership voting process … What exactly does a ‘Green New Deal’ entail?” [Flash video] (11/30/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/54235

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65) This Week in Bitcoin, 11/29/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Can the U.S. Government really blacklist a BTC address? Plus the 8 most important transactions in Bitcoin history.” [various formats] (11/29/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e589-SEC-Speaks-Malicious-Code-Russian-Miners-Snowden

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