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Aug 20 2014 - Forbes.com by Paul Roderick Gregory
What was supposed to be a PR bonanza is ending up as another black eye for Vladimir Putin, the heralded chess master of world politics. Did he really expect the world community to force Ukraine to allow in Russia’s gift of humanitarian assistance, no questions asked? Did he really think that Ukraine would allow his convoy to proceed into a war zone as cameras recorded the celebratory reception by starving and suffering civilians? Did Putin really not understand that national leaders look askance at attempts to cross national borders without permission? That is the International Politics 101 lecture that Putin failed to attend.
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President Obama
Aug 20 2014 - Front Page Magazine by David Horowitz
Let me begin by acknowledging that this inspirational title is lifted from a tweet by screen actor James Woods. And now I will explicate his tweet.
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Wow, I wish he would say how he really feels. bbm
Aug 20 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Cooking The Books: It's been 110 days since the last "monthly" report on ObamaCare enrollment, when the president bragged that 8 million had signed up. What are they hiding?
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Libertarians
Aug 20 2014 - Hoover Institution. by Richard A. Epstein
The recent story in the New York Magazine, “Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Arrived?” by Robert Draper, has given rise to a great deal of speculation about whether we are poised for another great political transformation. Needless to say, the prospect of this “moment” fills the New York Times set with dread. The Times’ all–purpose scold Paul Krugman followed up Draper’s tell–all story with his own harsh critique of “libertarian economics” in his column “Phosphorus and Freedom.” He concludes that it is “foolish” for defenders of free market economics to believe that “we have a vastly bigger and more intrusive government than we need.” Unfortunately, Krugman knows nothing about the libertarian principles that he blithely dismisses.
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Gun control legislation
Aug 20 2014 - Town Hall by Scottie Hughes

I want to take advantage of the words of Rahm Emanuel when he said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste,” as we are enduring several crises here presently in the world today. It’s like a buffet of blood, riots, and death leaving gluttonous journalists never hungry for negative content. However, rather than join in the glass is half empty crowd, I decided there has to be something good coming out of all the turmoil.
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Foreign Policy
Aug 20 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by CARL LEUBSDORF
For several years, debate over President Barack Obama’s international policies has followed a simple partisan pattern.
Obama’s top aides and most fellow Democrats, hailing the end of the Iraq war, supported his goal of lowering the U.S. profile abroad.
Most top Republicans, led by Obama’s 2008 opponent Sen. John McCain of Arizona and his senatorial sidekick, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, blasted withdrawal from Iraq as premature and charged that Obama’s weak leadership has led to problems besetting Iraq and other Middle East trouble spots like Syria, Libya and Egypt.
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Aug 20 2014 - Indiana Gazette by Byron York
I’ve been getting a lot of email from Democratic fundraisers lately. They seem very worried about November’s elections.
First came the highly publicized “Impeachment Red Alert” campaign, in which the Democratic congressional committee warned that Republicans will impeach President Obama if they win control of the House and Senate. Though much ridiculed, the “Impeachment Red Alert” effort was a big winner, pulling in $2.1 million in small donations in a single weekend.
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Jobs
Aug 20 2014 - Investor's Business Daily by EDWARD P. LAZEAR
The government's latest survey of job openings and labor turnover implies that while the U.S. labor market has improved significantly since the recession, it is far from having recovered.
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Central Banks
Aug 20 2014 - Ludwig von Mises Institute by Dante Bayona
There is a story about the great Catalan surrealist painter Salvador Dali. It is said that in the last years of his life, when he was already famous, he signed checks knowing that they would not be submitted to the bank for payment. Rather, after partying with his friends and consuming the most expensive items the restaurants had to offer, he would ask for the bill, pull out one of his checks, write the amount, and sign it. Before handing over the check, he quickly turned it around, made a drawing on the back and autographed it. Dali knew the owner of the restaurant would not cash the check but keep it,put it in a frame, and display it in the most prominent place in the restaurant: “An original Dali.”
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State and local budget problems
Aug 20 2014 - usatoday.com by LAWRENCE J. McQUILLAN
When things go bad in local government, having retirement in an account you own has advantages.
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What Are We Teaching Our Kids?
Aug 20 2014 - Town Hall by WALTER E. WILLIAMS
According to College Board, average tuition and fees for the 2013–14 school year totaled $30,094 at private colleges, $8,893 for in–state residents at public colleges and $22,203 for out–of–state residents. Many schools, such as Columbia University and George Washington University, charge yearly tuition and fees close to $50,000. Faced with the increasing costs of higher education, parents and taxpayers might like to know what they're getting for their money.
Student Loans
Aug 20 2014 - Foundation for Economic Education by EMMA ELLIOTT FREIRE
It's hard to believe, but Britain’s student loan problem is worse than the Yanks’
Tenure
Aug 20 2014 - Hoover Institution. by PAUL E. PETERSON
It's back–to–school season, but teacher tenure has been a hot topic since summer began. In June a California court ruled that the state's tenure and seniority laws are unconstitutional in Vergara v. State of California. Minority students have filed a similar case in New York, with more to come elsewhere.
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War on terrorism-Afghanistan
Aug 20 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
War On Terror: When the president removes troops from Afghanistan next year, the Taliban won't have to take weapons off the army, as Islamic State terrorists did in Iraq. They'll already have them — $626 million worth.
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Politics in Iraq
Aug 20 2014 - Liberty Law by Angelo M. Codevilla
President Obama’s order for air strikes that are to last “several months” against the northern and eastern edges of the Islamic State In the Levant (ISIL) is a small part of a political effort to promote a “more inclusive” Iraqi government in Baghdad. This undercuts the missions that American air power could accomplish in short order – namely strengthening Kurdistan, America’s only ally in the region beside Israel, and saving the masses of refugees now fleeing ISIL. Nor is it part of any strategy for dealing with ISIL.
Aug 20 2014 - Washington Post by Joel Rayburn
Inside the legacy of Nouri al–Maliki
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The Present Global Culture War
Aug 20 2014 - Front Page Magazine by Robert Spencer
The Islamic State is turning into a huge public relations problem for groups like the Hamas–linked Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its allies. For years they have insisted that Islam is a religion of peace that has nothing whatsoever to do with the terrorism committed with alarming regularity in its name, and that the people responsible for linking Islam with terrorism were not Islamic jihad terrorists, but “Islamophobic” opponents of jihad terror. But then comes along a group calling itself The Islamic State, committing unimaginable atrocities and presenting each one as an authentic embodiment of Islamic texts and teachings, and the deception campaign at which CAIR officials have labored so assiduously for so many years, and with such great success, is in danger of crashing around their uneasy necks.
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Israeli - Palestinian Conflict
Aug 20 2014 - Mercury News by RICHARD COHEN
Back in 1980, an Israeli diplomat met with Ronald Reagan as he was running for president. Reagan was furious over the hostages being held in the American embassy in Iran and told the diplomat he could not understand why the U.S. didn't do what Israel would have done: land troops on the embassy roof and take the Americans out. The dismayed diplomat nodded disingenuously. Yes, that's exactly what Israel would do.
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The article just gave him an excuse to criticize Reagan. bbm
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War policy
Aug 20 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Paul Krugman
A century has passed since the start of World War I, which many people at the time declared was "the war to end all wars." Unfortunately, wars just kept happening. And with the headlines from Ukraine getting scarier by the day, this seems like a good time to ask why.
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Maybe Krugman should change careers from economist to foreign policy expert. This is not a bad article. His economics ones are terrible. bbm
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Police actions
Aug 20 2014 - Front Page Magazine by Daniel Greenfield
The interior of the Ferguson Market and Liquor Store is littered with broken bottles and scattered snacks. Despite the plywood boards covering the windows and doors, looters with their faces covered in bandanas helped themselves to anything they could find as those who came to memorialize Michael Brown carried on his work.
Aug 20 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by SUNIL DUTTA
A teenager is fatally shot by a police officer; the police are accused of being bloodthirsty, trigger–happy murderers; riots erupt. This, we are led to believe, is the way of things in America.
It is also a terrible calumny; cops are not murderers. No officer goes out in the field wishing to shoot anyone, armed or unarmed. And while they’re unlikely to defend it quite as loudly during a time of national angst like this one, people who work in law enforcement know they are legally vested with the authority to detain suspects, an authority that must sometimes be enforced.
Aug 20 2014 - Washington Post by Jonathan Rodden
Over the last few days, punditry about Ferguson, Mo., has converged on a common, well–rehearsed narrative about segregation in St. Louis that goes back to the 19th century: whites will do whatever it takes to prevent blacks from moving into their neighborhoods, including redlining, restrictive covenants, large–lot zoning, intimidation and violence. When these ultimately fail, whites build new interstates and move en masse to the next ring of undeveloped farmland, leaving behind destitute neighborhoods with no investment or opportunity.
Aug 20 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by FRED MCKISSACK
Do police officers have an existential fear of black men? It's quite clear that black men have an existential fear of the police.
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...the fear and anger black people have of police is quite rational and ought not be dismissed." The reverse is surely true. And Michael Brown apparently had no fear of police. And his idea that Ferguson is segregated is debunked by another article today. bb
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Immigration effects on American workers
Aug 20 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Imperial Presidency: Secret scheming between the White House and Big Business on immigration is all about political cover for unconstitutional executive action. Cheap labor now isn't worth socialism tomorrow.
Illegal immigration
Aug 20 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
There are a lot of good reasons for President Obama to steer clear of executive amnesty for illegal immigrants.
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Catholic issues
Aug 20 2014 - Indiana Gazette by NICHOLAS KRISTOF
In an age of villainy, war and inequality, it makes sense that we need superheroes. And after trying Superman, Batman and Spider–Man, we may have found the best superheroes yet: nuns.
“I may not believe in God, but I do believe in nuns,” writes Jo Piazza, in her forthcoming book, “If Nuns Ruled the World.” Piazza is an agnostic living in New York City who began interviewing nuns and found herself utterly charmed and inspired.
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