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Apr 19 2014 - Front Page Magazine by Joseph Klein
Russian President Vladimir Putin shamelessly told United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki–moon during a recent phone call that he expected “clear condemnation” of what he characterized as the “anti–constitutional” operation by the Ukrainian central government in Kiev against the armed thugs whom have illegally occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine.
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Apr 18 2014 - The Guardian by TIMOTHY GARTON ASH
Russia has found out who its friends are recently – and thanks to some old resentments, that includes India and China
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Apr 19 2014 - TownHall by Nick Sorrentino
The government has no business owning (or administering) all of this land. I am willing to concede federal courthouses and even the national parks to the feds, (even though some of the parks were created as a result of brutal land grabs. Shenandoah National Park which I look out at as I write this is an example.) but why is practically all of the far West run by the Federal Government?
Apr 19 2014 - Indiana Gazette by JAY AMBROSE
Here comes Cliven Bundy, who looked like a 21st–century Paul Revere as he ran about his Nevada ranch shouting the feds are coming, the feds are coming, successfully arousing others who joined him in standing up to a mighty force that backed down in some of its overkill. Is he a hero, then? No, but stay tuned.
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Does he break a law when he protests the government's taking of his liberty? When he protests the government's ownership of land that it doesn't need to perform its basic constitutional functions? It breaks the law of the land everytime it takes away liberty. bbm
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Apr 18 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Corruption: New emails show that both the IRS and Justice Department were involved in a probe of Tea Party and other conservative groups. This is no mere scandal — it's a major breach of the law.
Apr 18 2014 - News Balance by Arnold Ahlert
A bombshell revelation has brought the IRS scandal to a new level. Judicial Watch has released internal IRS communications revealing that former Tax Exempt Organizations director Lois Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding whether it was possible to criminally prosecute tax–exempt groups she believed had “lied” about their political activity. Judicial Watch obtained the documents by successfully filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the IRS in October 2013, following the agency’s stonewall of four FOIA requests dating back to the previous May.
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Apr 18 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Regulation: In a victory for common sense, a federal judge has voided a race–based mandate of the Dodd–Frank Act that would have cost manufacturers and retailers billions in compliance expenses.
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Gun control legislation
Apr 19 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Roy Neville
With the arrival this past week of the deadline for registering military style weapons in New York, our gun–carrying comrades appear to be more tightly bound to the code of the gun than to the laws that bind the rest of us in a civilized society.

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Apr 18 2014 - Economic Policies for 21st Century by Charles Blahous
Earlier this month there was tremendous press attention to new data indicating that enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s health insurance exchanges had surpassed 7 million. The White House took a victory lap while much of the press, desperate to write something positive after months of reporting on website glitches and insurance plan cancellations, characterized the milestone as good political news for ACA supporters. Our national discussion, however, is missing the truly significant story here; what is unfolding before our eyes is a colossal fiscal disaster, poised to haunt legislators and taxpayers for decades to come.
Apr 18 2014 - Indiana Gazette by Martin Schram
Did you hear the latest news about Obamacare? Probably not. Even though it is important news you need to know so you can make smart decisions that will help you and your family.

Newsbreak: The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office this week issued a new analysis showing that the Affordable Care Act, the plan known as Obamacare that guarantees your insurance cannot be denied or canceled because of a pre–existing health problem, will cost the government less than expected and in many ways it is doing much better than you thought. Especially if you've been getting most of your info from the Republican and tea party leaders who want you to think "Obamacare" a four–letter word.

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Here's the good news from the CBO: ACA will cost the government $5 billion less for this year than CBO had projected in February, and an additional $104 billion less than it projected for 2015 to 2024. These savings mean the deficit for 2014 will be $22 billion lower than CBO forecast just two months ago." If you believe this, I have this bridge for sale.
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Foreign Policy
Apr 19 2014 - Front Page Magazine by Caroline Glick
The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US’s indifferent response to it.
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Apr 18 2014 - Investor's Business Daily by MICHAEL BARONE
Two weeks ago, masked men in camouflage garb with no insignia, dressed and equipped like Russian special forces, started taking over police stations and other government buildings in the Donetsk basin in Eastern Ukraine. They appeared to be working in tandem with local militias in defying the Ukrainian government.
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Apr 18 2014 - Investor's Business Daily by Charles Krauthammer
The debate over campaign contributions is never–ending for a simple reason: Both sides of the argument have merit.
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Apr 18 2014 - Ludwig von Mises Institute by Frank Hollenbeck
It is not an exaggeration to say the current reputation of economists is probably just below that of a used car salesman. The recent failures of economic policies to boost growth or employment have tarnished this image even more. This, however, is in sharp contrast to the past when economists were seen as the intellectual roadblock to popular misconceptions, bad ideas, or more importantly, government policies sold to the public on false assumptions. Popular slogans such as “protecting American jobs” play on nationalism, but in reality only serve special interests. The economist of the past would never have hesitated to highlight the fallacies in such reasoning.
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Taxes
Apr 19 2014 - The Club for Growth by CHRIS CHOCOLA
Congress must quit renewing the 'temporary' tax breaks that turn into perpetual giveaways to interest groups.


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Budget deficit
Apr 18 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Fiscal Policy: Remember President Obama's vow that, if re–elected, he'd pursue "balanced" deficit reduction? Either he forgot, or he hopes voters have, because a new report shows his latest budget is entirely unbalanced.
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Israeli - Palestinian Conflict
Apr 18 2014 - American Enterprise Institute by John R. Bolton
Reality calls for attaching Gaza to Egypt and the West Bank to Jordan
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Tax evasion
Apr 19 2014 - Front Page Magazine by Ian Smith
In the lead up to Tax Day, the mainstream media devoted some deserved attention to the huge tax refund fraud problem we have in this country. But as usual, they failed to get specific about the root causes of the issue. That the Democrats in government gain from keeping the tax credit system as dysfunctional as possible is probably a good guess why.
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Intellectual Property
Apr 19 2014 - Ludwig von Mises Institute by David Gordon
Few topics in recent years have aroused as much interest among libertarians as intellectual property. What place, if any, would IP — patents, copyrights, trademarks and the like — have in a libertarian society? Ayn Rand and her Objectivist followers view IP as the most basic of all property rights. Diametrically opposed are those who say, “You cannot own an idea”: ideas are not in the economic sense scarce goods and thus property rights in them are at odds with the purpose of property rights, avoiding conflict over the use of such goods. Still others shift the argument from rights to the benefits and costs of IP. Does IP promote valuable inventions and creativity, or does it impede them?
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Still didn't convince me, one way or the other. bbm
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Internet
Apr 18 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Philadelphia Inquirer
After a litany of startling revelations about the National Security Agency's bulk collection of email and more, most Americans will be surprised that their electronic communications are in some ways more vulnerable to snooping by garden–variety government officials. A woefully outdated law allows agencies ranging from local district attorneys' offices to the IRS to pore over the contents of e–mails without seeking court approval.
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Income Inequality
Apr 18 2014 - City Journal by Aaron M. Renn
In the Windy City and elsewhere, a liberal top–bottom coalition drives it out.

In cities around the world, two–tier societies are becoming increasingly common. While much ink has been spilled over widening income inequality in cities such as New York, where Bill de Blasio rode his “tale of two cities” theme all the way to City Hall, most attempts to solve the problem have focused on the poor, not the middle class. Liberal mayors across the country are proposing an array of policies intended to address income inequality, including minimum–wage hikes—Seattle’s mayor wants to raise it to $15 per hour—affordable–housing mandates, and tax increases on the wealthy. At the same time, they’ve made massive investments in upscale neighborhoods and business districts. But no one is championing the middle class, even rhetorically.

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Apr 19 2014 - The American by Charles Murray
A good way to jar yourself out of unreflective atheism is to read about contemporary science.
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Antisemitism
Apr 19 2014 - Front Page Magazine by Daniel Greenfield
The Nation Institute’s headquarters in a classic twelve story building just off Manhattan’s pricey Union Square is a long way from Frazier Glenn Miller’s digs in Marionville, Missouri.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which spent a great deal of time monitoring Miller, would never have thought to watch an institute whose board of trustees include a former New York Times editor, a music industry executive and a president of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

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