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Russia news
Jul 26 2014 - Forbes.com by Paul Roderick Gregory
The Kremlin churning out MH17 conspiracy theories reminds me of a shyster lawyer defending a guilty murderer by deliberately planting seeds of doubt in the minds of jurors. The goal of Putin’s propaganda is the same: to suggest a one percent probability that someone other than Kremlin terrorists brought down the plane.
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Principles of government
Jul 26 2014 - The Desert Sun by ANN MCFEATTERS
When historians look back on 2014, they will note not just how flagrantly Vladimir Putin disregarded international law or how stubbornly Gaza and Israel kept firing missiles at each other. They will also be puzzled at how poorly the United States handled its economy.
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Unwilling to take risks because of the inability of political leaders in Washington to compromise to get anything done, businesses are contributing to economic stagnancy." Wrong. It's that politicians keep changing the game so you never know what the future might hold. So little understanding about how the world works. bb
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Political squabbles
Jul 26 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by Ronald Brownstein
The unconstrained political warfare symbolized by House Speaker John Boehner’s pledge to sue President Barack Obama for allegedly abusing his executive authority pushes this presidency farther down a rocky road that Bill Clinton and George W. Bush would painfully recognize.
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We shouldn't depend on government and then there wouldn't be a divide. bbm
Polls
Jul 26 2014 - Hoover Institution. by Carson Bruno
It is a constant criticism of politicians; they poll test or focus group everything before making a decision. If you are one to follow politics, you’ll know that new polls on everything from election horse–races to how the public feels about minute details of policy ideas come out daily. But policy–makers should be wary of using public polling to determine policy directions. The recently released PPIC Californians & the Environment Statewide Survey illustrates why.
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President Obama
Jul 26 2014 - Daily Caller by Tristyn Bloom
President Barack Obama told a group of Democratic fundraisers that they’re “chronicling the slow deterioration of Barack Obama” at a Wednesday event in California.
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Foreign Policy
Jul 26 2014 - Indiana Gazette by GENE LYONS
Search the phrase “the most powerful man in the world” and what comes up are photos of grotesquely over–developed weightlifters; also Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin. Awfully ironic under present circumstances. It’s a cant term TV news anchors use to describe U.S. presidents, enhancing their own self–importance as chroniclers of the great.
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News / Government / Politics / Elections / Election 2016
Congress 2016
Jul 27 2014 - Town Hall by Greg Walden
Back in January, Nancy Pelosi had an infamous interview with Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” that crystalizes what the 2014 election – just 100 days from today – is really all about.
Campaign for President
Jul 26 2014 - Indiana Gazette by JAY AMBROSE
Bobby Jindal once gave a speech disturbing TV entertainer–commentator Jon Stewart to the point of satiric torture, which is to say, the speech wasn’t just a little awful, but laughably awful. The other day, I saw Jindal give a speech inspiring a massive audience to a standing ovation, which is to say, it is untrue he’s all substance and no show. He has the oral oomph to get to the Oval Office.
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Economics
Jul 27 2014 - Indiana Gazette by Paul Krugman
The states, Justice Louis Brandeis famously pointed out, are the laboratories of democracy. And it’s still true. For example, one reason we knew or should have known that Obamacare was workable was the post–2006 success of Romneycare in Massachusetts. More recently, Kansas went all–in on supply–side economics, slashing taxes on the affluent in the belief that this would spark a huge boom; the boom didn’t happen, but the budget deficit exploded, offering an object lesson to those willing to learn from experience.
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What has actually happened? There is, I’m sorry to say, no sign of the promised catastrophe." Guess he doesn't know catastrophe when he sees it. Only high tech is doing well in CA and it goes elsewhere whenever it can.
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Jobs
Jul 26 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Hardly a week goes by without someone complaining that big box retailers are destroying good–paying jobs by driving out all those mom–and–pop shops. A new research paper shows that, if anything, the opposite is true.That big–box stores drive down wages when they invade a town is gospel in some quarters. A New York Times column attacking Wal–Mart decried its –humiliating wages– that –force thousands of employees to look to food stamps, Medicaid and other forms of welfare.– An activist trying to keep Wal–Mart out of her community claimed, –Wal–Mart has a history of killing good local jobs.–But when researchers at the Stanford and University of Michigan business schools crunched the numbers, they found wages are much higher at the big box stores than at the mom and pops–
The economy
Jul 26 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Fact Check: The president has once again pivoted to the economy. Not to offer solutions, but to brag about what a great job he's done. Tell that to the millions who've lost ground since his "recovery" started.
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Federal Reserve issues
Jul 27 2014 - TownHall by Peter Schiff
Although Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen said nothing new in her carefully manicured semi–annual testimony to Congress last week, her performance there, taken within the context of a lengthy profile in the New Yorker (that came to press at around the same time), should confirm that she is very different from any of her predecessors in the job. Put simply, she is likely the most dovish and politically leftist Fed Chair in the Central Bank's history.
Central Banks
Jul 27 2014 - Ludwig von Mises Institute by Mark Thornton
This transcript is adapted from an interview with Mark Thornton and David Morgan at The Morgan Report. Mark Thornton is available for media interviews. Contact him here.
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Corporate Tax
Jul 27 2014 - TownHall by Larry Kudlow
Just for once, wouldn't it be great if President Obama actually defended American business, instead of attacking it?
Just once?
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News / Economics / Labor / Minimum Wage
Minimum wage realities
Jul 26 2014 - Investor's Business Daily by Stewart Dompe and Adam C. Smith
Don Thompson, CEO of McDonald's, recently remarked that his company would support raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour.
Jul 26 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Economy: When the Labor Department said that states that raised their minimum wages had higher job growth, the left collectively shouted: "Aha!" We say, "Uh–uh."
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News / Energy
Shale Oil
Jul 26 2014 - Investor's Business Daily by MARK J. PERRY
It would be easy to look at the dramatic 35% increase in America's oil and natural gas production since President Obama took office and think the administration deserves much of the credit. But the energy boom has happened in spite of him.
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News / Environment
Conservation efforts
Jul 27 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by THOMAS FRIEDMAN
With the world going crazy, I tried running away from the news. It didn't work.
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I guess Friedman never heard of Tragedy of the Commons. bbm
Eco-nomics: Economics and the Environment
Jul 26 2014 - Foundation for Economic Education by Sandy Ikeda
People often complain that mankind is destroying the earth: that insatiable consumption and relentless production have laid waste to irreplaceable swaths of our planet, and that these activities have to stop or someday it will all be gone.
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News / Environment / Water
Oceans
Jul 26 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Miami Herald
The Obama administration's decision to allow seismic searches for oil and gas deposits in the Atlantic Ocean from Delaware to mid–Florida should arouse deep concern among environmental activists.
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News / Environment / Mining Waste
Coal mines
Jul 27 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Rebecca Schmoyer
Mountaintop coal removal leaves environmental and health impacts

A few weeks ago, I stood on top of Armstrong Mountain. The day was clear and the valley below filled with spruce, fir and hardwood forest. Unbroken ridges extended into the distance. As my final summit of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks, it was a moment of accomplishment. But while I took in the view, I was troubled by a somber national milestone.
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Intelligence
Jul 26 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Los Angeles Times
Of all of Edward Snowden's revelations about electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency, the most unsettling was that the government was accumulating vast numbers of records about the telephone calls of American citizens. In May, the House approved a bill that would end the bulk collection of so–called telephone metadata, but time is running out for the Senate to approve a similar — and we hope stronger — version of the legislation.
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Israeli - Palestinian Conflict
Jul 26 2014 - Front Page Magazine by Joseph Klein
As usual, the United Nations has the Palestinians’ back while repeatedly stabbing Israel in the back. Hamas not only uses civilian human shields in Gaza to protect its operatives and weapons. It hides behind the diplomatic propaganda shield that the UN too willingly provides.
Jul 27 2014 - Indiana Gazette by Diana West
There’s something darkly coincidental in the fact that the latest weapon to be deployed against the survival instinct of both Israel and the United States is an alleged “heartlessness” when it comes to children.
Jul 27 2014 - The Desert Sun by Myrna Goldstein
Why is the West Bank relatively quiet during Israel’s search–and–destroy mission against Hamas’ tunnels and arms caches?
Jul 27 2014 - In These Times by Marilyn Katz
Armed conflict will only lead to mounting numbers of dead on both sides.
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One fact and only one is important. Hamas started the violence. bbm
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News / Violence / War
War and its effects on society
Jul 26 2014 - Indiana Gazette by LLEWELLYN KING
Terrorism isn’t what it used to be. Disruptive technology is at work, and terrorism is much more threatening than it was.
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Yes, technology moves along. No story here. bbm
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News / Immigration
Illegal immigration
Jul 26 2014 - Economic Policy Institute. by Daniel Costa
With Too Few Judges, Hundreds of Thousands of Immigrants Wait Nearly Two Years for a Hearing
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Since when do they have a right to a hearing? bbm
Jul 27 2014 - Indiana Gazette by Cokie Roberts and Steven Roberts
Conservatives are quick to embrace religious figures who agree with them on issues like abortion, same–sex marriage, and the right of business owners to deny contraception coverage to their employees.
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I think Jesus believed in liberty as well and it promotes freedom of association. bbm
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News / Transportation / Transportation/Driving
Privatization of roads
Jul 26 2014 - CATO by Chris Edwards
Congress faces gridlock on many issues until after the November elections, but a transportation bill is still high on the agenda, because the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) will soon run out of money after years of elevated spending. Congress will probably put a bandage on the HTF to get it through this year, but eventually it will have to choose between tax increases and spending cuts.
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News / Welfare / Rich vs Poor
Income Inequality
Jul 27 2014 - In These Times by Sarah Jaffe
Workers at Target, Walmart and McDonald’s need food stamps to survive. Should the companies be taxed accordingly?
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If you want to see how ignorant liberals are on economics, this is a good place to start. bbm
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News / Welfare / Welfare Reform
Welfare Reform
Jul 26 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Leadership: Rep. Paul Ryan has stepped forward with a bold plan to reform the welfare system so it's more fair and effective — which is why the Democratic Party will oppose it.
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