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Republicans cannot give up on #NeverTrump

May 23, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Brian Beutler  

"Back in February, when online conservatives first began their unsuccessful campaign to deny Donald Trump the GOP presidential nomination, #NeverTrump meant different things to different people. To its most cynical adopters, like Senator Marco Rubio, the mantra was little more than a rallying cry for his own ailing campaign—an attempt to harness genuine anti-Trump sentiment on the right, less for the purposes of making Trump’s unfitness for the presidency evident than to press a momentary advantage against Ted Cruz and other Republican rivals. #NeverTrump: Because only one person can be the nominee, and I want to be that person! Other conservatives interpreted (and continue to interpret) #NeverTrump as a statement of personal ideological boundaries: Trump isn’t a true conservative, and therefore, as a conservative, I can’t support him." (05/23/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/133655/republicans-cannot-give-nevertrump  

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 05/23/16

May 23, 2016
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
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"In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Jonathan Lochwood, executive director of Advancing Colorado, joins host H. Sterling Burnett to discuss the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to bar localities from banning hydraulic fracturing." [various formats] (05/23/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/05/heartland-daily-podcast-jonathan-lochwood-colorado-supreme-court-bars-local-fracking-bans/  

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Freedom Works / Paul Molloy Show, 05/23/16

May 23, 2016
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Freedom Works / Paul Molloy Show
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"James Sherk -- Heritage Foundation overtime pay rule." [various formats] (05/23/16)

http://internetradiopros.com/freedomworks/?p=episode&name=2016-05-23_zfws052316.mp3  

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How anti-Muslim attacks damage America

May 23, 2016
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Arsalan Iftikhar  

"Like virtually all Americans, my life changed forever on September 11, 2001—but in a most unique way. Born and raised in the United States, I proudly grew up in my hometown of Chicago and proceeded to receive my 'Top 20' education at Washington University in St. Louis, where I received both my undergraduate and law degrees, focusing on international human rights law. But suddenly after 9/11, I immediately became 'the Muslim Guy' -- one of the go-to pundits that the American media turned to in its fumbling effort to understand the more than one and a half billion people around the world who are believers in Islam. But my life as a Muslim public figure did not truly get turned upside down until the evening of January 7, 2015, when I was invited to go on air with CNN anchor Don Lemon to discuss that day’s terror attack at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo." (05/23/16)

http://prospect.org/article/how-anti-muslim-attacks-damage-america  

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Fatherland, socialism and death!

May 23, 2016
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"The fall of Venezuela is an atrocity. The comic elements are clear enough -- the further you remove yourself from the poverty, chaos, and collapse. We can wallow in a bit of Schadenfreude, taking glee as some American leftists squirm to explain why the socialist paradise they ballyhooed a mere three years ago now tail-spins to the grave. The collapse of this socialist experiment offers an enormous level of tragedy. It’s not pretty." (05/23/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/05/23/fatherland-socialism-and-death/  

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Overtime regulations disproportionately harm young people and startups

May 23, 2016
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Zachary Slayback  

"I am a young founding employee at a startup that helps other young people get started in their careers. I see every day the steps that must be taken for young people and young companies to succeed in a constantly changing economy. I experience firsthand and vicariously through the hundreds of customers and vendors I’ve worked with the sacrifices these young people and young companies make in order to set themselves up for success. While I understand the intention of overtime regulation, I urge you to reconsider placing this burden on workers as it will disproportionately harm the young employees and employers alike." (05/23/16)

https://mises.org/blog/overtime-regulations-disproportionately-harm-young-people-and-startups  

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Hey kids! Try collateral damage at home

May 23, 2016
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OpEdNews
by David Swanson  

"One day a couple of weeks ago I was reading Saint Augustine while driving to the local convenience store, and I accidentally drove right through the front glass wall of the store, smashing up some shelves of junk food. After I'd made my purchases, a police officer stopped me and asked if I'd intended to drive into the store. 'Oh, not at all,' I replied. 'I intended to get here as quickly as possible while also educating myself as quickly as possible. I knew I might crash, of course, but that wasn't part of my intention.' 'Well,' the cop replied. 'Where should we send the check for your car repair?' 'I'll let you know,' I replied, a bit annoyed by the hassle." (05/23/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Hey-Kids-Try-Collateral-D-by-David-Swanson-Homegrown-Terrorism-160523-494.html  

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JK Rowling was right: Free speech is for everyone, not just your friends

May 23, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]
by Andrew Solomon  

"Speaking out about an online petition that sought to ban Donald Trump from visiting the UK, she said, 'I find almost everything that Mr Trump says objectionable. I consider him offensive and bigoted. But he has my full support to come to my country and be offensive and bigoted there. His freedom to speak protects my freedom to call him a bigot. His freedom guarantees mine.' Commenting that this libertarian position must be taken 'without caveats or apologies', she said: 'If you seek the removal of freedoms from an opponent simply on the grounds that they have offended you, you have crossed the line to stand alongside tyrants who imprison, torture and kill on exactly the same justification.'" (05/18/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/18/jk-rowling-free-speech-dissent-donald-trump  

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Kristol and the anti-Trump protest campaign

May 23, 2016
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Kristol's pronouncements on all sorts of things are useful for identifying the things that won't or can't happen. If he believes there is still a chance for something to occur, that chance never existed or has since vanished, and if he is certain that something will not take place it is a safe bet that it will. His involvement in trying to recruit a protest candidate this year was probably the earliest, best indication that the effort was doomed to fail." (05/23/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/kristol-and-the-anti-trump-protest-campaign/  

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The eighteen

May 23, 2016
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The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Jim Davidson  

"What follows is not meant to be a voter guide, it is a collection of readily available facts and my opinions. You are free to disagree, call me an idiot, or ignore what I've written entirely. I don't expect this article to change your mind about any of these candidates, nor to change the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. If someone is running for the LP nomination and is not listed below, it is because they were not listed, at this late date, on the Libertarian Party web site." (05/22/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle873-20160522-03.html  

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Turning point

May 23, 2016
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The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill  

"One of the points I cover in every basic presentation I give on sex worker rights is that criminalization is a very recent idea. Invariably, most of the audience is surprised; having been reared in a culture soaked in anti-whore propaganda, they take it for granted that 'naturally' we've always been persecuted, because victimization and 'pimps' and disease and THE CHILDREN! But of course, this is nonsense; though many cultures have come up with laws intended to restrict or 'regulate' whoring, the idea that it was an evil which needed to be eradicated by state violence is a 19th-century one, rooted in racism and 'progressive' Victorian thought about 'correcting' the human race by using law to enforce a Puritanical agenda." (05/23/16)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2016/05/23/turning-point/  

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The levee gonna break — debt, demographics, productivity and financialization

May 23, 2016
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The Cobden Centre
by Colin Lloyd  

"The absolute level of debt is another factor which is impeding economic potential. Whilst credit creation in the private sector has been choked by continuous regulatory tightening of leverage rules for financial institutions, the capital requirements for investing in “risk-free” assets – ie. Bankrolling the state – has remained unchanged. Meanwhile the reduction of official interest rates to below the level of inflation has enabled governments around the world to dramatically expand deficit financing." (05/23/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/05/the-levee-gonna-break-debt-demographics-productivity-and-financialization/  

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Airport lines and the TSA

May 23, 2016
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"This summer, air travel is for people who expect to go to hell and want to know what it will be like. Security lines have reached epic lengths in many airports. Thousands of travelers have missed flights. And the Transportation Security Administration now advises passengers to arrive two hours before departure for domestic flights -- and three in some places. The agency in charge of aviation security has become a major problem. That's odd, because it was supposed to be a solution. Nearly 15 years after it was created, it's a case study of how firm, well-intentioned government intervention can produce an exploding cigar." (05/23/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/05/23/airport-lines-and-the-tsa-your-governmen  

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Free Talk Live, 05/22/16

May 23, 2016
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Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
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"Supermajority of American Indians Not Bothered by Washington Redskins :: New Mexico :: TX Cop Blocker Dumps Thousands of Pennies in Courthouse :: Indoctrinated Millenials and Science :: Jury Trials in Texas :: Market Protection and Alternatives to Police :: Cantwell :: Clintons Stealing :: More about Cell 411." [Flash audio or MP3] (05/22/16)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2016-05-22  

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Words you should never utter: “Federal bathroom policy”

May 23, 2016
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10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey  

"Last week, the Obama administration issued bathroom directives to all public schools in the United States. Today, I eagerly await White House direction on how to wipe my butt. I challenge anybody to reconcile presidential bathroom directives with Madison’s words in Federalist #45." (05/22/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/05/22/words-you-should-never-utter-federal-bathroom-policy/  

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The high price of security theater

May 23, 2016
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James Bovard Reason
by James Bovard  

"That fact that the war on terror has been expensive will surprise no one. Since 2001, the U.S. government has laid out mind-boggling sums to keep the homeland safe from violent extremists. There was the $30 billion raise for the FBI that didn't see 9/11 coming and $70 billion for the bureaucrats who have consistently failed to keep our airports safe. Add in more than $200 billion for a new Cabinet-level department to coordinate all of this activity and half a trillion for mass surveillance, plus the incredible costs of a decade and a half of military action abroad, and the total comes to a whopping $4 trillion. Where did all that money go?" (for publication 06/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/05/22/the-4-trillion-war-on-terror  

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Blocking a highway is not protected speech

May 23, 2016
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"A news article in the Christian Science Monitor last week was headlined: AZ: Inspired by Trump, new state law redefines free speech. Naturally, as a lifelong devotee of the First Amendment, I was curious to find out exactly what this was all about. ... The headline implied that Donald Trump somehow manipulated the Arizona legislature into passing a law redefining the meaning of free speech. Of course, if that were true, such a law would be unconstitutional. But (as is too often the case with the news media) the editor who wrote that headline was only demonstrating his ignorance of First Amendment law. Instead of redefining the meaning of free speech, the new Arizona law would penalize those attempting to deny others their First Amendment rights." (05/22/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/05/blocking-highway-is-not-protected-speech.html  

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Revisiting the Great Conspiracy: Who really runs the world?

May 23, 2016
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Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"Over the years many individuals and groups like theologians, philosophers, conspiracy theorists, Marxists, International Communists, Occupy Wall Street, and an array of libertarian thinkers have stepped forward to explain who really controls the world. The answer, according to findings published back in a 2011 New Scientist article based on a study 'by a trio of complex systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich,' is a 'capitalist network' of transnational corporations (TNCs). They were 'the first to go beyond ideology to empirically identify such a network of power.'" (05/20/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/revisiting-the-great-conspiracy-who-really-runs-the-world-1  

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Socialism is forever

May 23, 2016
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L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"Back in the 'bad' old days, before we unbelievably sicced a communist President on ourselves, we might well have done something assertive and shooty to liberate the poor folks of Venezuela, just as we rescued those of Grenada from the our new friends, the nasty old Cubans. I expect that about now, a pack of Cub Scouts could probably outfight the Venezuelan Army, busy as it is, stealing people's chickens. They do have lots of oil, down there. But we don't do horrible stuff like that any more, do we? So, I suppose that it's up to the Venezuelans to save themselves, before they start acquiring a taste for long pig, as they seem to have in the socialist punkocracy of South Korea. Like I said, how stupid do you have to be? For once, I have no course of political action to recommend." (05/22/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle873-20160522-02.html  

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The fatal flaw

May 23, 2016
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Laurence M. Vance Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance  

"The presidential primary season is in full swing. Current and former Democratic and Republican candidates alike have put forward various tax-reform proposals. Some of their proposals were officially unveiled at a press conference; others were unofficially presented in campaign speeches or during one of the debates. Some rehash old proposals, others recommend something entirely new. But whether Democratic, Republican, official, unofficial, old, or new -- all suffer from the same fatal flaw." (05/20/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-fatal-flaw/  

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Larry Summers gets this right: We need an “infrastructure decade”

May 23, 2016
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Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

"Here we are in 'Infrastructure Week' and here we are with a new argument for a massive infrastructure investment project -- worldwide. Last week Peter Coy wrote at Bloomberg, in 'How to Pull the World Economy Out of Its Rut,' about economist Larry Summers’ argument that we need massive public investment. Coy writes that Summers has been 'jetting around the world' trying to convince central bankers 'to reach out to the governments they work for ... and insist on strong fiscal stimulus in the form of infrastructure spending and the like.' (i.e. 'Public investment.') The case for this is very, very strong." [editor's note: Among the proposals for how to spend the "peace dividend" from ending wars, this ranks fairly low on my "hate it" list - SAT] (05/20/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160520/very-important-larry-summers-is-exactly-right-for-infrastructure-week  

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A harsh blow to small businesses

May 23, 2016
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USA Today USA Today
by Juanita Duggan  

"The Labor Department’s change to the overtime rule is a harsh blow to millions of small businesses and their employees. According to NFIB research, approximately 44% of small businesses would be affected. The department claims that 4.2 million workers could potentially benefit from the change. That’s not consistent with the department’s own analysis. In fact, buried within the regulation, the department projects that many workers won’t receive any additional pay and that others will lose pay." (05/19/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/05/19/overtime-national-federation-of-independent-business-editorials-debates/84621270  

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Not Bernie Sanders’s job to unify the Democratic Party

May 23, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Alex Shephard  

"Team Bernie and Team Hillary are at war. The two sides have skirmished throughout the election, but the chaotic Nevada Democratic Convention in Las Vegas last weekend has prompted a bloodbath that (if the pundits are to be believed) could tear the party apart and hand the presidency to Donald Trump. ... The Clinton and Sanders camps are, in the usual schoolyard fashion, pointing fingers at each other. The truth is, both sides are to blame. But the onus is on Clinton, not Sanders, to turn down the temperature. If she intends to unify the party, now is the time to prove she can do it—that’s her burden as the frontrunner and likely nominee." (05/20/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/133642/its-not-bernie-sanderss-job-unify-democratic-party  

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Elizabeth Warren takes on the “gig economy”

May 23, 2016
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The Nation The Nation
by George Zornick  

"The Democratic Party hasn’t quite figured out how to take on the rapid rise of the 'gig economy.' Hillary Clinton said last summer that companies like Uber and AirBnB created 'exciting opportunities,' but also 'rais[ed] hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future.' She was immediately attacked by Republicans, but also by David Plouffe, once a top Obama aide and now employed by Uber, who said it was an 'overblown reaction.' ...  The gig economy has not otherwise been an enormous issue on the campaign trail, and legislators in Congress haven’t attempted to address it in any comprehensive way. But Thursday in Washington, Senator Elizabeth Warren waded into the debate with a lengthy policy speech at the annual New America conference in which she said it’s time to 'rethink the basic bargain for workers who produce much of the value in this economy.'" (05/20/16)

http://www.thenation.com/article/elizabeth-warren-takes-on-the-gig-economy  

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Social Justice Warriors are assholes

May 22, 2016
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Strike The Root
by Paul Bonneau  

"For all the carping about SJWs now being against free speech and for political correctness, a perfectly free society would probably have a lot of SJW activity. When there is no government to regulate society and define its norms, social disapproval will expand to fill the role. So this latest bit of it (outside the government interventions) is hardly unexpected. We experienced weak social disapproval for quite a while and got used to that, but it seems to be back with a vengeance lately. Oh, well .... One thing that social disapproval violates, if not NAP, is MYOB (minding your own business). Just because social disapproval is permissible in a free society, does not mean one is not an asshole for wielding that tool. Yes, sad to say, there still will be assholes in Libertarian Paradise." (05/20/16)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/social-justice-warriors-are-assholes  

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