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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,102
Thursday, January 1st, 2015
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In the News:

0) Here we go again …
1) Egypt: Regime court orders retrial for imprisoned Al-Jazeera journalists
2) MD: O’Malley to commute sentences of state’s last death row inmates
3) Judge denies delay, venue change in Tsarnaev trial
4) North Korea’s Kim offers summit with South Korea’s Park
5) SCOTUS to adopt electronic filing

Everybody Has An Opinion:

6) 36 resolutions for 2015
7) A ten-step program for constitutional recovery
8) Shut up, the city council explained
9) “You’re either a cop or little people”: The American police state in 2014
10) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 12/31/14

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0) Here we go again …

It’s a new year at Rational Review News Digest and Freedom News Daily! Here’s hoping you and yours had a safe and happy New Year celebration! We’re on “holiday publishing schedule,” which means short editions today and probably tomorrow — five news and five commentaries today.

If your inbox looks anything like mine, you’ve spent the last week wading through “you still have time to send us money and take a tax deduction on it!” emails. You didn’t see any of those from RRND/FND for a couple of reasons, the main one being that your support for RRND/FND isn’t “tax-deductible.” We are not registered with the state as a non-profit — or as anything else.

For more than 12 years now we’ve operated as an informal cooperative enterprise and we plan to continue to do so. We deliver the goods, ask our readers to pay for said goods based on their own valuations, and accept that outcome.

It hasn’t always gone that well (I remember one month early on with gross revenues, to be divided between one full-time and four part-time editors, of a princely six dollars), and usually comes to … well, obviously enough to keep us motivated to bring you the freedom movement’s daily newspaper, but not nearly enough to put a Maserati under the tree, if you know what I mean.

I’ve decided to kick off 2015 with a special emphasis on “subscribing contributors.” Those are the people who send us money each month. We have subscribing contributors who pay $1 a month; we have one who pays us $100 a month; and quite a few in between. Here’s a hint: If every reader pledged and paid a buck a month (billed quarterly to minimize the impact of PayPal fees) we’d be in excellent shape financially.

You can support RRND/FND on a monthly, or one-time, basis at:

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… and I hope you’ll decide to do so starting today. Have a great 2015!

Yours in liberty,
Tom Knapp
Publisher
Rational Review News Digest / Freedom News Daily

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1) Egypt: Regime court orders retrial for imprisoned Al-Jazeera journalists
Source: Bloomberg

“An Egyptian appeals court ordered the retrial of three Al-Jazeera journalists imprisoned for more than a year in a case that reflected the strains that developed between Egypt and Qatar following Islamist President Mohamed Mursi’s ouster. The Court of Cassation accepted the appeal of Australian Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed, who were convicted on charges including undermining Egyptian national security, belonging to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and spreading false information.” (01/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p3v6d9f

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2) MD: O’Malley to commute sentences of state’s last death row inmates
Source: United Press International

“Gov. Martin O’Malley said Wednesday he will commute the sentences of the four remaining men on Maryland’s Death Row before he leaves office. The state abolished the death penalty in 2013, but the legislature did not make the law retroactive. O’Malley said the state attorney general has advised him Maryland no longer has an execution protocol and is unable to put anyone to death.” (12/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/poypkgn

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3) Judge denies delay, venue change in Tsarnaev trial
Source: Columbus Dispatch

“A federal judge denied defense requests yesterday to move and delay the start of the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose lawyers say they are overwhelmed by hundreds of thousands of pages of documents. Jury selection in Tsarnaev’s case is set to begin on Monday after U.S. District Judge George O’T oole rejected his lawyers’ request to push it back until September. The trial will start 18 months after Tsarnaev was indicted.” (01/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nywevu3

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4) North Korea’s Kim offers summit with South Korea’s Park
Source: The Australian [Australia]

“North Korean leader Kim Jong-un yesterday offered to hold a summit with South Korean President Park Geun-hye, raising the prospect of the first meeting of heads of state from the rival nations since 2007. In a speech broadcast on state television, Kim said he was willing to hold the ‘highest-level talks’ with South Korea, but stressed the North would continue to strengthen its military amid an atmosphere of distrust and tension. Kim has yet to meet a foreign leader since taking power in late 2011 following the death of his father, Kim Jong-il.” (01/02/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mzxhtb5

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5) SCOTUS to adopt electronic filing
Source: NBC News

“The U.S. Supreme Court will switch to electronic case filing within the next two years — a move most of the nation’s courts have long since made. But even when the Supreme Court fully adopts computer filing within the next two years, it will not abandon paper, said Chief Justice John Roberts in his annual year-end report on the federal judiciary. … Once the system is operational, all official filings will be available to the public at no cost on the court’s website.” (12/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/jvzsmvh

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6) 36 resolutions for 2015
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by staff

“We at FEE and The Freeman recently discussed our resolutions for the New Year. In addition to the personal and the practical, some of our resolutions work well for advocates of the freedom philosophy and the economic way of thinking. Below, we share with you our thoughts for improving our lives and those of the people around us.” (12/31/14)

http://fee.org/freeman/detail/36-resolutions-for-2015

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7) A ten-step program for constitutional recovery
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin

“By now, you’ve likely read plenty about how the Constitution has been twisted to give the federal government power far beyond anything the Founders ever planned. You already know the dangers of an unchecked President, of a Congress that passes bills without reading them, of agencies that do what they want, and judges who believe in precedent over original meaning. So I won’t waste your time sharing more of the same. Is the situation hopeless? Absolutely not. But in order to actually turn things around, a few sacred cows need to be dealt with. Here are TEN STEPS you should take right now to set the stage for a dramatic Constitutional recovery.” (12/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pa8n3je

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8) Shut up, the city council explained
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“South Pittsburg council members are tired of criticism. So they’ve outlawed it. Officials in the ‘tidiest town in Tennessee’ say that the negativity hampers their work. According to Ryan Lewis’s report in Times Free Press, the policy, passed in December, forbids city employees, contractors, vendors and ‘anyone associated with the town in an official capacity who uses social networks’ from publishing criticism ‘about the city, its employees or other associates’ on such networks.” (12/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nj2lvnf

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9) “You’re either a cop or little people”: The American police state in 2014
Source: LewRockwell.com
by John W Whitehead

“The lesson of 2014 is simply this: in a police state, you’re either a cop or you’re one of the little people. Right now, we are the little people, the servants, the serfs, the grunts who must obey without question or suffer the consequences. If there is to be any hope in 2015 for restoring our freedoms and reclaiming our runaway government, we will have to start by breathing life into those three powerful words that set the tone for everything that follows in the Constitution: ‘we the people.’ It’s time to stop waiting patiently for change to happen and, as Gandhi once advised, be the change you want to see in the world.” (12/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q4khpy9

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10) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 12/31/14
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: AMA answer (do more dead cops mean less aggression?) … New Year’s resolutions … New book from Vin Suprynowicz.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oek8eca

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Editors:
Thomas L. Knapp
R. Lee Wrights
Mary Lou Seymour
Steve Trinward
Brad Spangler
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