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Gaza: Israeli tank shells strike UN school, killing 15

New York Post

"Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school Wednesday sheltering Gazans displaced by fighting, killing 15 and wounding 90 after tearing through the walls of two classrooms, a spokesman for a U.N. aid agency and a health official said. The relentless bombardment also killed 27 Palestinians elsewhere in the coastal territory Wednesday, further dimming hopes of a sustainable cease-fire." (07/30/14)

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US, Europe impose new sanctions on Russia

ABC News

"Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks. President Barack Obama swiftly followed with an expansion of U.S. penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy." [editor's note: Recent events have made it clear that the US/EU are actively seeking a new Cold War; Russia doesn't have to do anything to "spur" the US/EU to "action" - TLK] (07/29/14)

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Iraq: At least 147 killed

Antiwar.com Antiwar.com

"Civilian and security forces suffered little today, but the Iraqi government reported that 147 militants were killed in various locations. Only one policeman was killed and 10 others were wounded. Meanwhile, ISIS released a video displaying part of their grim occupation. The Islamic State released video footage of hundreds of dead bodies. The exact number is unclear as when the video was taken." (07/29/14)

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Afghanistan: Militants storm Pakistan check posts, six killed

The Daily Star [Lebanon]

"t least six militants were killed when Pakistan's military thwarted an attack on its check posts near the Afghan border, officials said Wednesday. 'About 70 to 80 terrorists physically attacked the posts, six terrorists were killed and nine injured due to an effective response by Pakistani troops,' a security official said." (07/30/14)

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Libya: Militants seize Benghazi special forces base

Los Angeles Times

"Islamist militants took control of the biggest special forces base in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday after a battle that killed 30 people. Soldiers abandoned their base after heavy shelling, according to Saiqa Special Forces officer Fadel Al-Hassi. ... Benghazi has become the epicenter of fighting between government special forces, who have teamed up with troops loyal to rogue former general Khalifa Haftar, and the coalition of Islamic groups Benghazi Shura Council and Islamist Ansar al Sharia." (07/30/14)

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CA: Sex website seizure spurs San Francisco bid to decriminalize prostitution

Reuters

"The head of San Francisco’s Erotic Service Providers Union has been a sex worker for 24 years -- and 'I hope to be doing it for another 24,' says Maxine Doogan. But she dreams of a future when she won’t be treated like a criminal and could earn a little respect in the city that launched the fight for sex worker rights 41 years ago. Calls by Bay Area sex workers for decriminalizing consensual prostitution have been spurred anew following the FBI seizure of a West Coast sex services website that prosecutors say hooked up clients with prostitutes and which sex workers saw as a vital forum to screen dangerous clients." (07/29/14)

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WA: State pols weigh “In God We Trust” plaque

Fox News

"Should 'In God We Trust' adorn the chambers of Washington state’s Pierce County Council? That’s the apparently controversial question facing councilmembers on Tuesday, a day after a council committee decided to bring the proposal to a vote of the full seven-member council, the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Councilman Jim McCune, the Republican sponsor of the measure, said the national motto is inspiring and patriotic -- and he’s unclear why the proposal has created such controversy." (07/29/14)

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Brazil: Yanomami tribe’s Davi Kopenawa gets death threats

BBC News [UK state media]

"One of Brazil's most prominent indigenous leaders has called for police protection following a series of death threats. Davi Kopenawa of the Yanomami tribe in the Amazon rainforest said armed men had raided the offices of lawyers working with him. He said they were hired gunmen who had asked for him and wanted to kill him. In February a major operation began to evict hundreds of gold miners from Yanomami land." (07/29/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-28554806

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Jury awards Ventura $1.8 million in defamation case

San Francisco Chronicle

"Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million Tuesday in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the Navy SEALs. A federal jury sided with Ventura in his lawsuit against 'American Sniper' author Chris Kyle, who was killed last year in Texas. Though Ventura honed a tough-guy reputation as a pro wrestler and action movie actor, he maintained the legal battle was about clearing his name among his beloved fellow Navy SEALs, not about losing a supposed fight." (07/29/14)

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China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

Fremont Tribune

"China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country's topmost leaders. If he goes to trial, Zhou Yongkang would be the highest-level official to be prosecuted since the 1981 treason trial of Mao Zedong's wife and other members of the 'Gang of Four,' who mercilessly persecuted political opponents during the chaotic 1966-76 Cultural Revolution." (07/29/14)

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Court dismisses ObamaCare lawsuit

Christian Science Monitor

"A federal appeals court on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to invalidate the president’s health-care reform law on grounds that the massive piece of legislation did not originate in the House of Representatives as required by the Constitution. A three-judge panel of the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected the lawsuit filed on behalf of an Iowa artist and part-time National Guardsman." (07/29/14)

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Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

Fort Dodge Messenger News

"Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next week's summit in Washington with more than 40 African leaders. The Human Rights Campaign, a national gay rights organization, and Human Rights First, which advocates aggressive U.S. stances on human rights issues abroad, issued a statement depicting the summit as a "once-in-a-generation moment" to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Africans." (07/29/14)

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Mother of murdered Mexican teen sues Border Patrol agents

Raw Story

"Lawyers for the mother of a Mexican teenager fatally shot by U.S. border police filed a U.S. federal civil rights lawsuit on Tuesday, calling the killing 'brazen and lawless' and the latest example of agents using excessive force. The lawsuit says unnamed U.S. Border Patrol agents violated the constitutional rights of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was 16 years old when he died in the cross-border shooting from Arizona into Nogales, Mexico, in October 2012. An autopsy by Mexican authorities found the teen was shot seven times from behind." (07/29/14)

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Argentina: Regime scrambles to avoid default as deadline looms

Modesto Bee

"Argentina officials met Tuesday with a mediator in New York in a last-ditch move to resolve a dispute with American creditors that has the South American nation on the brink of default, a development that would have dire consequences for the already struggling Argentine economy. Argentina has until midnight Wednesday to avoid default by paying holdout creditors, negotiating a settlement or receiving a stay, lending an air of urgency to the final hours of negotiations." (07/29/14)

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Toyota prices new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car at $69,000

Newsday

"Toyota Motor Corp. is planning to name its $69,000 fuel-cell car Mirai, the Japanese word for future, a person familiar with the decision said. ... The maker of the Prius hybrid is betting that consumers will embrace fuel-cell cars over pure-electric vehicles, pushed by Nissan Motor Co. and Tesla Motors Inc. Toyota plans a sticker price of about $69,000 for its first model based on the technology, which go on sale in Japan before April." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ltry8os

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Prosecutor: “Compelling” signs Kosovo leaders trafficked in organs

Los Angeles Times

"A special prosecutor appointed by the European Union to investigate allegations of war crimes by Kosovo Albanian leaders said Tuesday he had found 'compelling indications' of crimes against humanity, including the killing of minorities to harvest and sell their organs. The organ trafficking incidents during the Kosovars' 1998-99 war for independence from Serbia appear to have been fewer than 10, said Clint Williamson, the U.S. prosecutor named in 2011 to investigate reports of atrocities condoned by leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army." (07/29/14)

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China: Dozens killed, injured in attack

CNN

"A gang wielding knives and axes attacked civilians, a police station, government offices and smashed vehicles in a restive region of China, the country's state-run Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday, citing local police. The incident -- called an 'organized and premeditated' terror attack -- occurred Monday in northwestern China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Police officers at the scene shot dead dozens of people in the mob. Thirty-one cars were vandalized, including six that were set ablaze. It was not immediately known how many people were killed and injured." (07/29/14)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/29/world/asia/china-terror-attack/

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Judge rules against Sterling, clearing way for Clippers sale

NBC News

"A judge ruled Monday that Donald Sterling's estranged wife didn't defraud him when she struck a deal to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, saying she was within her rights to seek a mental evaluation that allowed the $2 billion sale to go forward. ...Donald Sterling initially gave Shelly Sterling written authority to pursue a sale of the team, but he changed his mind after the NBA banned him and fined him for his offensive remarks, his lawyers said. Blecher said in court that Shelly Sterling then turned to 'Plan B' and tricked her husband into taking the mental exams that found he had signs of the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Donald Sterling, in turn, tried to stop the sale by dissolving the family trust in control of the team." (07/29/14)

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US Senate confirms McDonald as new VA secretary

USA Today

"he Senate voted unanimously to confirm the president's pick for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald, Tuesday afternoon. McDonald, former CEO of Proctor & Gamble, served in the Army and graduated from the Army's West Point Military Academy." (07/29/14)

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MS: State’s lone abortion clinic survives court appeal

Business Week

"Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic will remain open after an appeals court criticized as probably illegal a state law requiring doctors who perform the procedure obtain hospital admitting privileges. The U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans said enforcement of the law will continue to be suspended while litigation by the clinic proceeds. In a 2-to-1 decision, the court upheld a lower court judge who rejected Mississippi’s argument that women may still obtain abortions in neighboring states." (07/29/14)

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Gaza: Hamas, Israel trade blame for playground murders

Global News [Canada]

"Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians -- including nine children playing on a swing -- in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price civilians are paying in the conflict. Israel’s military said a rocket misfired by Gaza militants was responsible, and it later released aerial photos that it said showed the weapon’s path. Gaza officials blamed Israeli airstrikes." (07/28/14)

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DPR: At least 19 civilians killed in fierce fighting

Reuters

"Intense fighting between [invading] Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian [troops in Donetsk People's Republic] killed at least 19 civilians, local officials said on Tuesday, as Kiev pressed an offensive to close in on the separatists. ... Officials said 14 people, including five children, were killed in fighting on Monday evening in the town of Gorlovka/Horlivka, one of several spots that saw fierce battles between the rival forces in the last few days. In the city of Luhansk, officials said five civilians were killed when shelling hit a retirement home." (07/29/14)

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Huge blaze out of control in Tripoli battle as Libya slides into chaos

The Globe and Mail [Canada]

"A huge fuel depot in Libya’s capital burned out of control on Monday, set ablaze in fighting between rival militias that has driven the country to chaos three years after the NATO-backed revolt that toppled Muammar Gaddafi ... Foreign governments have looked on powerless as anarchy sweeps across the North African oil producer. Western countries have urged their nationals to leave, shut their embassies and pulled diplomats out, after two weeks of clashes among rival factions of former rebels killed nearly 160 people in Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi." (07/29/14)

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274 killed across Iraq as Mosul residents defy ISIS

Antiwar.com Antiwar.com

"At least 274 people were killed and 96 more were wounded in violence across the country. Over 200 of those reported killed were militants. Most of the wounded were civilians or security personnel. Residents of Mosul banded together to stop the destruction of an 840-year-old structure known as the Crooked Minaret. Residents of Mosul are also avoiding worshipping in ISIL-controlled mosques during the Eid holiday." (07/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nposueq

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Afghanistan: Karzai cousin/ally killed in Kandahar suicide attack

Guardian [UK]

"A cousin and close ally of the outgoing Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, has been killed in a suicide attack in the volatile southern city of Kandahar on Tuesday, officials said, raising tensions during a struggle over the contested election result. Hashmat Karzai was a campaign manager in Kandahar for Ashraf Ghani, one of the two presidential candidates involved in a bitter dispute over fraud that threatens to pitch the country into worsening instability." (07/29/14)

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A hundred years of war

Anthony Gregory Independent Institute
by Anthony Gregory

"The worst regimes and cataclysms of the first half of the twentieth century had roots in the international war that began a hundred years ago today. It was the beginning of three decades of unspeakable suffering, what some scholars collectively call the hemocylsm -- World War I, the Soviet atrocities, World War II and its atrocities from the Holocaust to the atomic bombings. These terrors of course gave way to the Cold War, the fears of MAD, the mutually reinforcing cycle of violence between Islamic fundamentalism and Western imperialism." (07/28/14)

http://blog.independent.org/2014/07/28/a-hundred-years-of-war/

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America’s Game of Thrones

Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

"American politics is a real life Game of Thrones orchestrated by a cryptic self-serving ruling class of politicians, corporatists and bankster kingmakers. It's why libertarians loathe them all. Based on evidence from both the Left and Right media, Hillary Clinton is a stone cold psychopath who seeks personal power above all else. Her fellow narcissistic collaborator, Bill Clinton, is a master rationalizer driven by his own desires for power, wealth and ego gratification. Together they are codependent enablers." (07/29/14)

http://www.examiner.com/article/america-s-game-of-thrones

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Human smuggling “crackdown” a drop in an ocean of policy failure

The Canal The Canal
by Laura Weiss

"For the DHS to brag about capturing human traffickers is hypocritical at best. It is the United States’ own prohibitive migration policies and complicity in exacerbating the effects of the drug war that have resulted in the upsurge of human trafficking. This 'crackdown' barely addresses this problem, and will do nothing to change the inhumane legal immigration process. Coupled with the vicious drug war, this process forces thousands of people to cross the border in life-threatening, criminal conditions." (07/28/14)

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Jaron Lanier, “intellectual property” and parasitism on the system of violence

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by William Gillis

"Over-35s seem to love nothing more than being told that the Internet — and the rapid cultural developments that have paralleled it — have been a terrible mistake with huge downsides that will surely doom us. And there’s no end to the opportunistic hacks lining up to dress this generational reactionary spasm as the contrarian voice of reason. We’re told that we need elites, that people talking about injustice in their own online communities has gone on long enough, that decentralized systems are surely too complicated to figure out, that Chelsea Manning and activists who care about a free Internet are a false front for the Koch brothers, et cetera. The arguments are inevitably as preposterous as they are haughtily presented. But Jaron Lanier’s recent declaration in the pages of Quartz really takes the cake." (07/29/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/29842

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Stop! Thief! Stop!

LewRockwell.com
by Anne Williamson

"Kiev’s hastily assembled, post-coup coalitions couldn’t hold, and Ukrainian PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk threw in the towel last Thursday. On his way out, news stories said, the PM expressed his 'disappointment with Ukrainian parliament's decision to reject a bill that allows the government to hand over up to 49 percent of the country's gas transport system to investors from the European Union and the United States.' In other words, what the U.S. and the E.U. have got themselves up to in Ukraine isn’t so much a demented, madhouse mirror set of policies built on bluster and gross deceit as it is a high-powered burglary." (07/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kzbxdvd

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Marijuana prohibition doesn’t work

Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders

"The New York Times has seen the light. On Sunday, the paper editorialized in favor of an end to the federal ban on marijuana. According to Tony Newman of the Drug Policy Alliance, the Gray Lady has become the first major national newspaper to support legalizing marijuana. The Times did not celebrate marijuana use; it simply addressed the downside of prohibition: 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012, with a disproportionate representation of young black men. The editorial also laid out a rational view of marijuana. ... Apparently, it took marijuana to get Democrats to find a policy area that states should decide." [editor's note: Oh, snap! Get 'em, Debra J.! Any time you can show how hypocritical the Ds are on civil liberties, brava! - SAT] (07/29/14)

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Making money shouldn’t be the purpose of a college education

The New Republic
by David A. Bell

"As a Princeton professor, I really ought to love college rankings. The most famous of them, by U.S. News and World Report, currently places my employer first among national universities, nudging out Harvard and Yale. Forbes’s list of 'America’s Top Colleges' has us at a respectable third. While Money’s brand-new 'Best Colleges' ranking takes us down a notch to fourth, it still puts us ahead of the other Ivies. Go, Tigers! In fact, as with most of my colleagues, what was once mild amusement at this Game of Lists is fast turning into serious annoyance." [editor's note: I fully agree, it should not be the ONLY purpose of one! In my case, it sure wasn't ... - SAT] [additional editor's note: What's this thing about choosing other people's purposes for them? - TLK] (07/29/14)

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Is immigration control unconstitutional?

Downsize DC Downsize DC
by James Wilson

"Do you support the Constitution? Most of our readers do. They want its plain spoken words followed. They believe the Ninth and Tenth amendments limit federal powers to those specifically listed. This is called the Enumerated Powers Doctrine. But ... When it comes to immigrants, the Constitution only gives Congress the power to make rules for their naturalization. Naturalization is the process whereby a person becomes a citizen. But there's no enumerated power to restrict travel." [editor's note: I've been harping on that for awhile ... nice to see Downsize DC taking up the cudgel! - TLK] (07/29/14)

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In turbulent Iraq, children bear the brunt of war

Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Chau Ngo

"Iraq has now become one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a child. UNAMI said it has also documented 'systematic and egregious violations' by the Islamic State against children, including sexual violence and rape, killing and physical violence, forced recruitment. The newly reported violence and casualties are the continuation of children’s suffering in Iraq in the past decade. More than 7,800 civilians were killed last year, the highest since the U.N. started a systematic count of civilian casualties in the country in 2008, according to a UN report." (07/30/14)

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The problem with both “pro-Israel” & “anti-Israel”

The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

"In a typically thoughtful piece today, Jonathan Chait explains why he has 'grown less pro-Israel over the last decade.' I want to push back on this a bit, not because I disagree with any of the particular points Chait makes, but because of the broad framing. The idea of 'pro-Israel,' like its mirror 'anti-Israel,' is the enemy of rational thought and debate on this topic. Unless you're talking about whom you're rooting for in the Olympics, talking about who's pro-Israel and who isn't, and to what degree, almost never helps illuminate anything." [editor's note: Not until you at least separate "antisemitic" from "anti-imperialist" ... - SAT] (07/29/14)

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Conservatives would do well to resurrect Ronald Reagan’s Middle East policy

Gene Healy Cato Institute
by Gene Healy

"It's not obvious that channelling a president who left office more than a quarter century ago is the best way for Republicans to craft sound policy for the 21st century Middle East. But if you think the Reagan legacy holds lessons for today, why not start with a question we can actually answer, like: 'WDRD?' -- that is, 'what did Reagan do' in the region? The man had a record, after all -- and when you look at that record, it’s obvious that most of today’s conservatives, [Texas governor Rick] Perry included, would hate Reagan’s Middle East policies." (07/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ng86znc

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Astoundingly legal corporate tax thievery

Our Future
by Jim Hightower

"Did you scramble to get your taxes done this year at the last minute? Yeah, me too. I really didn’t mind paying what I owe -- but I hate having to pay the taxes owed by the likes of JPMorgan Chase, ExxonMobil, and Amazon. They’re just a few of the astonishingly profitable corporations adept at minimizing their tax tabs. That shifts more of the cost of everything from the military to national parks onto our shoulders." [editor's note: Aside from ignoring the simple fact that corporations don't pay taxes, their customers do ... this is a pretty good analysis - SAT] (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/moh9a8g

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Jason Ditz on The Scott Horton Show

The Scott Horton Show
by

"Jason Ditz, editor at Antiwar.com, discusses President Obama’s efforts to change the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) so he can dramatically broaden the war on terror." [Flash audio or MP3] (07/28/14)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/07/28/072814-jason-ditz/

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How partisanship could save Iran diplomacy

The Nation
by Ali Gharib

"Over the past two weeks, on the heels of an announced extension to nuclear talks with Iran, Republicans in the Senate introduced two measures that could erect obstacles in reaching and implementing a final agreement with the Islamic Republic. One of the efforts, led by Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, would mandate congressional approval before a nuclear deal could be struck. Another, spearheaded by the Senate’s most ferocious Iran hawk, Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois, would strip President Barack Obama of his ability to waive Iran sanctions -- something the president might need to do in order to hold up the American end of the bargain and give Iran relief. What’s most notable about these efforts, however, is their distinctly Republican nature. Both are co-sponsored by a bevy of GOP hawks, with no Democrats having yet signed on." (07/29/14)

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Oliver, Chappelle & Rock: Hard truths

Reuters
by Chloe Angyal

"Until a few weeks ago, I’d met very few Americans who could name the prime minister of my homeland, Australia. But that was before John Oliver’s show Last Week Tonight, on HBO, ran a short segment about him. Suddenly, Americans I met were joking about Tony Abbott, the social conservative best known for being photographed in Speedos and telling people to vote for him because his daughters are so good-looking. Oliver’s recurring segment, 'Other Countries’ Presidents of the United States,' profiles various world leaders (France’s Francois Hollande has also received the Oliver treatment) and handles them with the same comic contempt with which the show treats American politicians." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kakkww4

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National monuments, about land or territory?

Wendy Mcelroy The Hill
by Wendy McElroy

"Eight bills with a purpose similar to S. 2608 failed in the House during the 112th session (2011 to 2013). The congressional monitoring site GovTrack.us gives S. 2608 a 7 percent chance of getting out of committee and a 2 percent chance of becoming law. Why so many doomed bills about national monuments? There are at least three reasons: executive orders are a flash point between the Republicans and Democrats; there is battle between Congress and the executive branch over the separation of powers; and, November elections are nigh." (07/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kxtms8v

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The “entrepreneurial” state is anything but

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Tyler Kubik

"History is replete with examples of entrepreneurs outcompeting the State. Markets are imperfect mechanisms, to be sure, but what must be remembered is that the alternative, government, is often far worse." (07/29/14)

http://mises.org/daily/6823/The-Entrepreneurial-State-is-Anything-But

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Is Common Core on the ropes?

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille

"Opponents of rigid and controversial Common Core education standards just may be winning the battle. That pending victory is something Reason has pointed out in the past, as we've urged that libertarians should cheer for such an outcome, and work instead for expanded flexibility in education, and more consideration for the diversity of the kids on the receiving end of educrat ambitions. It's impassioned moms who are defeating Common Core, suggests Stephanie Simon at Politico, overwhelming 'sedate videos' and 'talking points.'" (07/29/14)

http://reason.com/blog/2014/07/29/is-common-core-on-the-ropes

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Introduction to nullification

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Maharrey

"Broadly speaking, nullification includes any act or set of acts that serve to render a federal action null, void or simply unenforceable within the borders of a state. Madison and Thomas Jefferson first formalized the principles of nullification in the Kentucky and Virgina Resolutions of 1798 in response to the Alien and Sedition Acts." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pfd5zuw

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Rand and the drowning child

Bleeding Heart Libertarians Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan

"Most people judge that we must save the child here; it would be wrong not to do so. Now, what does ethical egoism say about this case? Remember, there might be a large gap between what Rand thinks egoism implies about this case versus what egoism actually implies." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lck8pjy

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Is the French public debate evolving?

Alberto Mingardi EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

"[T]here is a growing cult of Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, in France. This is in part due to the fact that Renzi is a young and attractive personality, thus very different from Monsieur Hollande, who is by now mostly famous for his gaffes, his 75% tax on top earners, and his love affairs. Renzi is hailed as some kind of reformist boy wonder -- in spite of the fact he hasn't done much, yet. My impression is that the remarkable result of Renzi at the European election, when his party won an amazing 40.8%, is seen as a demonstration that you could rejuvenate 'establishment parties' and somehow stop the 'populist wave' so apparent in France, with the Front National on the rise." (07/29/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/07/is_the_french_p.html

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Civilization

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by AX Perez

"Much has been written about civilization (actually, Civilization, all good Catholics genuflect and make the sign of the Cross) lately in TLE. Who am I to resist getting my two cents in?" (07/27/14)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle781-20140727-03.html

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A Petition from the Booksellers

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Iain Murray

"Gentlemen, you are on the right track. Time and again you have shown your willingness to defend the humble French businessman against the ravenous forces of international competition. You have helped bind the rest of Europe into a common agricultural program that defends small French farmers against American multinationals and starving African peasants alike. You have saved our version of YouTube, Dailymotion, from being acquired by Yahoo!, ensuring that our youth can continue to enjoy clips of French actresses in their natural state. Your minister put it best when he told Dailymotion, 'You don’t know what you’re doing.' And you have saved our ski instruction industry by the arrest of foreign instructors who have the temerity to teach in English." [satire] (07/29/14)

http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/a-petition-from-the-booksellers

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Freedom is neither “left” nor “right”

Richard M. Ebeling The Daily Bell
by Richard Ebeling

"We live in a time when virtually all political parties and candidates stand for the same fundamental ideological idea: state interventionism and compulsory redistribution. This also applies to the mainstream media. Even many who say they adhere to a 'pro-market' view of things in fact turn out to be only more 'moderate' advocates of government regulations and welfare-state programs. This is why political labels have become increasingly meaningless." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kh4gxqn

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Campaign finance: Even billionaires deserve free speech

spiked
by Neil Ross

"One of the great achievements of America’s First Amendment is that it has always aimed to protect freedom of speech without limitations. It doesn’t say you can speak freely as long as it isn’t too loud; it doesn’t say you can have free speech unless you are a billionaire; and it certainly doesn’t say you can speak freely so long as you don’t team up with others to find a way to fund your speech." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lgt6yhg

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Dodd-Frank is the new ObamaCare

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by John Berlau

"This month marks Dodd-Frank’s fourth anniversary. And as with many anniversaries, it sparks the question: What has changed? The answer is plenty, and not for the better. The president continues to sing Dodd-Frank’s praises. He recently called it 'an unfinished piece of business' that nevertheless has achieved some 'important stabilization functions.' But that’s just putting a brave face on it." (07/28/14)

http://cei.org/content/dodd-frank-new-obamacare

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The Cold War never ended for the US national security state

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger

"While the Cold War ended in 1989 for most of the world, not so for the U.S. national-security state, the apparatus that was grafted onto our governmental system after World War II to fight the Cold War against the Soviet Union, which had been America’s partner and ally during the war. What better proof of that phenomenon than the continuation of the Cold War embargo against Cuba, the island nation 90 miles away from American shores that the Pentagon and the CIA have always been convinced is a beachhead in the worldwide communist conspiracy to conquer the United States and subject the American people to communist rule?" (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ojrv46r

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Apes Unlimited

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

"In 1968, at the height of the civil rights movement and the anti-war movement, a film emerged reflecting on the necessity for both. Although it was nominated for two Academy Awards (and won an honorary Oscar for Special Achievement in Makeup Design, which did not become an official category until 1981), the original Planet of the Apes is often dismissed as a campy sci-fi costume flick. Yet it addressed important issues about war, technology, and what it means to be human." (07/28/14)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1281

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American hypocrisy in Ukraine

Ivan Eland Antiwar.com
by Ivan Eland

"Much finger pointing has occurred on the downing of Malaysia flight MH-17 over separatist-held territory in Ukraine. The American media -- still reflexively anti-Russian even though the Cold War has been over for almost a quarter century and heaping blame on Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, since even before his annexation of Crimea -- has gone hog wild with recrimination after the downing of the aircraft. And Russia and Putin are easy targets." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mtgbdmp

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Are all ethnic stereotypes racist?

Christopher Cantwell ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell

"An article one might assume is satire has been buzzing around social media claiming that hibachi restaurants are racist. The premise is solid by the standard of social justice fanatics, basically since the hibachi restaurants are using Japanese cultural perceptions for the amusement of their customers for economic gain, that’s racist. Judging by other language in the article, one can assume it’s a joke, and a really funny one at that, but I think it goes a long way towards showing the very real idiocy of these lunatics who hurl accusations of bigotry at everyone they oppose, regardless of merit." (07/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kaavjhv

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Libertarian Republic Podcast, 07/29/14

The Libertarian Republic
by

"There's a good chance this neocon on our podcast has called you libertarians a really mean name." [Flash video] (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lgvtdbh

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Some questions (especially for students of formal economics)

Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

"Suppose that consumers throughout history have grown their own apples. Apples were never produced for sale in markets by specialized apple growers; nor did any household that grew apples in its yard sell those apples to anyone. All apples that were consumed were grown by the individuals or households that consumed them. Suppose also that each household’s minimum cost today of growing apples, when reckoned accurately in dollars, is $15 per pound." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ook5c8d

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Botched executions

Cagle Post
by David Fitzsimmons

Cartoon. (07/28/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/07/botched-executions-2/

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In Gaza, children are pawns of war

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Cesar Chelala

"In one of its latest attacks, the Israel Defense Forces killed ten people in a Gaza park, nine of them children. As the number of Palestinian dead soars over one thousand, most of them civilians -of which at least a quarter are children- one wonders how this kind of behavior can continue withoout a serious response from the US. That huge numbers of children should die in these attacks is a serious indictment of the Israeli military’s behavior, which has been condemned around the world." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k7unges

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UN and its auspices bear responsibility for global warming hysteria

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Nancy Thorner

"Understanding how the issue of Climate Change originated and why green energy vs. carbon-produced energy sources is now being pushed by nations all over the world (including the U.S.), requires some historical knowledge. Social engineering has been the orchestrated role of the progressive-oriented United Nations since its founding in 1945, when 50 nations and several non-governmental organizations signed the U.N. Charter. Today almost every fully recognized independent states are member states in the U.N. If accepted for U.N. membership, member states must accept all obligations outlined in the Charter and be willing to carry out any action to satisfy those obligations." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ltv5j6r

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