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Apr 17 2015 - The New York Times by Thomas L. Friedman
While U.S.–Iran relations are taking up all the oxygen in the room these days, and they’re vitally important for the future of the Middle East, U.S.–China relations are vitally important for the world — and there’s more going on there than meets the eye. The concept of “one country, two systems” was invented to describe the relationship between Hong Kong and mainland China. But here’s the truth: the American and Chinese economies and futures today are now totally intertwined, so much so that they are the real “one country–two systems” to watch. And after recently being in China to attend the big Boao Forum on Hainan Island, and hearing President Xi Jinping speak, what is striking is how much each side in this relationship currently seems to be asking the other, “What’s up with you?”
Cuba
Apr 17 2015 - American Enterprise Institute by Roger F. Noriega
President Obama issued a “certification” yesterday under US law that Cuba should no longer be listed as a state sponsor of terrorism. He states, in part, “the Government of Cuba has provided assurances that it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future.” Of course, Cuba has insisted for 30 years that it does not support terrorism, despite reams of evidence to the contrary, i.e. support for Colombian and Basque terror groups in addition to US cop–killers. So, yesterday, the president of the United States essentially certified his own gullibility.
Apr 17 2015 - American Enterprise Institute by Roger F. Noriega
President Obama issued a “certification” yesterday under US law that Cuba should no longer be listed as a state sponsor of terrorism. He states, in part, “the Government of Cuba has provided assurances that it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future.” Of course, Cuba has insisted for 30 years that it does not support terrorism, despite reams of evidence to the contrary, i.e. support for Colombian and Basque terror groups in addition to US cop–killers. So, yesterday, the president of the United States essentially certified his own gullibility.
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Liberty
Apr 17 2015 by Bill B May, PhD
LIBERTY
People of the leftist bent never want to use the word leftist. It is and has been a dirty word for a long time. In the late 1800s, they used the word "progressives" to identify their political position and at the same confuse the public. Ah, progress is a good thing, right? But what is that progress? Is it progress from the middle ages of kings and dictators who told people what to do? Well, sort of. Except in the "progressives' mindset, if Democrats can win elections, they can tell people what to do by democratic means: The tyranny of the majority. And they did, imposing innumerable laws that violated the liberty of the minority, to include levying income taxes and forcing people to pay into the government's retirement program. Around the early 1900s, the progressive name also became a dirty word so they absconded with the word, liberal, which of course emanates from the word liberty. Leftists are far from having liberty as their foundation but whatever wins elections is more important.
I've been using the word, "liberal", to describe those on the left as that is common practice in the media and elsewhere. But I had a reader object to my use of the word. After all, "liberals" aren't liberal at all. They easily violate the liberty of others under the guise of democracy. Whatever is good for the majority is all that counts, and sometimes it isn't even a majority. Think ObamaCare.
So I decided to take my reader's advice and stop using the word "liberal", totally. Libertarians have been forced to use the phrase, classical liberal, to describe those who truly believe in liberty. Of course, that is a bit confusing. One must almost have to define what you mean each time you use the word or phrase. So I'll not use the word liberal at All. Instead, I'll call leftists by the best descriptive name: Leftist. And for those who base their philosophy on liberty, I'll use Libertarian or conservative or some other phrase that describes those believing in the fundamental role that liberty plays in the human existence.
The first three articles under my suggested reading below are pertinent.

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Communism
Apr 18 2015 - Foundation for Economic Education by Sandy Ikeda
Collectivism is at least coherent and consistent
Free enterprise and small government
Apr 18 2015 - Foundation for Economic Education by Lawrence W. Reed
John James Cowperthwaite (April 25, 1915–January 21, 2006)
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Apr 18 2015 - Ludwig von Mises Institute by Louis Rouanet
Michel Chevalier (1806–1879) was a very influential French economist during the second half of the nineteenth century. He is still widely known in France for being the architect of the Cobden–Chevalier Treaty of 1860 which was the free–trade agreement between France and Great Britain. Michel Chevalier is, however, less known for his major contribution to the intellectual property debate.1 Contrary to Jean Baptiste Say, Gustave de Molinari, and many other French economists, Chevalier fiercely opposed the patent system. As Fritz Machlup remarked: “Among French economists, Michel Chevalier was probably the most emphatic in the joint antagonism to tariffs and patents, declaring that both ‘stem from the same doctrine and result in the same abuses.’”
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Clinton news
Apr 18 2015 - Investor's Business Daily by Andrew Malcolm
Here we go again. Because the Mrs. is seeking the presidency, the Clintons' family foundation has changed its policy on accepting millions of dollars in donations from foreign governments.
Hillary Clinton
Apr 17 2015 - Investor's Business Daily
Free Speech: How is Hillary Clinton appealing to an ever–more–radical Democratic base? By talking up changing the First Amendment. What better way, after all, to end the political power of anti–Big Government forces?
President Obama
Apr 17 2015 - Front Page Magazine by Bruce Thornton
The HBO documentary about Scientology, “Going Clear,” is a must–see. Not so much because it exposes Scientology as a moneymaking, totalitarian cult, something most people already have known for 50 years. More useful is the film’s description of Scientology’s ideas, techniques, and tactics, for they bear an eerie resemblance to contemporary Progressive belief and practice.
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Libertarians
Apr 18 2015 - Town Hall by JOHN C. GOODMAN
Rand Paul’s entry into the presidential race raises an interesting question: Just how many people consider themselves “libertarian” and what is the potential voting strength of this segment of the population?
Leftists
Apr 17 2015 - Front Page Magazine by Daniel Greenfield
The left is winning, but for the left winning is indistinguishable from dying. The West didn’t defeat Communism; it held it at bay long enough for it to defeat itself. The Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China crushed Communism more decisively than Goldwater could have ever dreamed of.
Apr 17 2015 - Front Page Magazine by Ben Shapiro
On Tuesday, CNN ran what should have been a puff piece in its travel section about the wonders of visiting Cuba. The title of the piece spelled out the angle: “Why you should travel to Cuba before it looks like everywhere else.” The authors, James Williams and Daisy Carrington, write, “Cuba is not like other places, or rather, not like anywhere that exists today. To some outsiders, it looks firmly stuck in the 1950s. Vintage cars roam the streets, the landscape is absent of strip malls and global chains, and the buildings — though crumbling — hark back to a grander time.” The authors conclude, “It is these throwbacks that lend Havana, the country’s capital, an undeniable charm. A charm that, some worry, is in peril once the U.S. embargo lifts.”
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Apr 18 2015 - Investor's Business Daily
Islamic State: Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey shrugs his shoulders about the IS conquering the major Iraq city of Ramadi. Will the surrenders of Iraq and Afghanistan be followed by more lost wars?
Apr 17 2015 - Investor's Business Daily
Foreign Policy: By removing Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, President Obama is letting Castro get away with harboring and pampering anti–American terrorists on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists List.
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Free-Trade Agreements
Apr 17 2015 - St. Louis Post Dispatch by Dana Milbank
It was another one of those rallies on Capitol Hill where lawmakers line up to take shots at the Obama administration. But this time the lawmakers were all Democrats.
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Campaign for President
Apr 18 2015 - National Review Online by David McIntosh
The first three Republicans in the ring come at economic issues from different angles but the same direction.
The year 2016 is shaping up to be a great one for Republicans. For the first time in 15 years the party is fielding several candidates who can lead the party and the country into the future. They will define the principles of limited government and economic freedom that are the core of the GOP.

Apr 18 2015 - Investor's Business Daily
Politics: Anyone hoping that Hillary Clinton learned something from her disastrous book tour must be pretty worried right about now. Her first week as a presidential candidate was little short of a train wreck.
Apr 18 2015 - Bellingham Herald by Martin Schram
With the Kentucky Derby just two weeks away, it's time to remind ourselves of just how time–wasting and meaningless it can be if we tune in way too early to television's race day coverage.
Apr 17 2015 - The Desert Sun by ANN MCFEATTERS
Finally, thanks to Hillary Clinton, we “average” and “ordinary” Americans are getting our day in the sun.
Apr 17 2015 - Washington Post by E.J. DIONNE JR.
In all of rock–and–roll history, one of the most misguided if entirely memorable lines came in an otherwise excellent 1965 song by the Who. “I hope I die before I get old,” they declared in “My Generation.” I doubt that many people who joyfully sang along with those lyrics 50 years ago really believed them, except perhaps metaphorically.
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Estate Tax
Apr 18 2015 - Investor's Business Daily
Taxes: Republican leaders have been scolded for not doing more in their first 100 days in charge of Congress, but one victory deserves applause: the House's 240–179 vote Thursday to kill the hated and unfair death tax.
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Higher Education
Apr 18 2015 - Sacramento News Post by NICHOLAS KRISTOF
“We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom.”
Student Loans
Apr 17 2015 - Investor's Business Daily
Irresponsibility: A new report finds that 27.3% of student loans are delinquent. Why does this matter? Because thanks to President Obama, about $1 trillion dollars of student loan debt is owed to the federal government.
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Eco-nomics: Economics and the Environment
Apr 18 2015 - Foundation for Economic Education by DANIEL BIER
Resources are an economic, not physical, phenomenon
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Homeland Security
Apr 17 2015 - Investor's Business Daily
National Security: Credible reports have surfaced for the second time of an Islamic State training camp at the U.S. border near Texas. When will the Obama administration get serious about investigating the issue?
Apr 18 2015 - Hoover Institution. by Stephen D. Krasner
There are two big challenges for American foreign policy: China and failed states. For the first, everyone agrees that the United States must do something but it is not clear what that something is. The answer depends on an assessment of the future trajectory of Chinese economic and political development.
Airline security
Apr 18 2015 - Washington Post
It’s time government employees stopped fondling airline passengers and taking their stuff.
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It should never have been federalized. Private enterprise always does a better job and can change much faster than government. bbm
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The Present Global Culture War
Apr 18 2015 - Investor's Business Daily
Migration: Italy got an ugly warning last week, when Islamists on a boat filled with illegal African immigrants threw 12 Christians into the sea. Facing a similar uncontrolled border surge, the U.S. needs to get the message, too.
The Americanization of Islam?
Apr 18 2015 - Front Page Magazine by Daniel Greenfield
“This is a place of inspiring memories. Here less than a thousand men, inspired by the urge of freedom, defeated a superior force intrenched in this strategic position,” President Herbert Hoover said.
Apr 18 2015 - Front Page Magazine by Michael Cutler
Time and again reports have surfaced from various sources along the U.S./Mexican border that is supposed to separate the United States from Mexico. On April 14, 2015 Judicial Watch posted a chilling report, “ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm” that was purportedly based on information provided to Judicial Watch by a “Mexican Army field grade officer” and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.
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Long but interesting reading. bbm
Apr 18 2015 - Front Page Magazine by David Horowitz
The world is witnessing a resurgence of global anti–Semitism not seen since the 1930s and the “Final Solution.” In the Middle East, Hitler–admiring regimes like Iran, and Hitler–admiring parties like Hezbollah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, are openly planning to finish the job the Nazis started. Even in America, until now the most hospitable place outside of Israel for Jews, the atmosphere is more hostile than at any time in the last 70 years.
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Apr 18 2015 - GOPUSA by Michael F. Haverluck
After a new rule was put in place affecting able–bodied recipients of Maine's food stamp program who have no children, the number of citizens dropped by nearly 10,000 adults.
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Apr 18 2015 - Foundation for Economic Education by DANIEL BIER
Progressives want to make a bloated and bankrupt system even worse
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Apr 18 2015 - Investor's Business Daily by CATHERINE RAMPELL
Not "It." That's the message of Chris Christie's — and Congress' — allegedly bold but deceptively cowardly proposals to tamp down government spending.
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Apr 17 2015 - Investor's Business Daily
Business: The European Union has brought antitrust charges against Google. No one should be surprised. This is what effete and unimaginative Europe routinely does to the most successful American companies.
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Gay marriages
Apr 18 2015 - The Desert Sun by S.E. CUPP
Later this month, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on gay marriage cases in four states, including Tennessee, where Val Tanco and Sophy Jesty are hoping their New York marriage will soon be recognized.
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Gay marriage is an oxymoron or a redefinition of the word marriage. I don't care what gays do to themselves, just don't call it marriage. bbm
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Housing crisis
Apr 18 2015 - Investor's Business Daily
Subprime Redux: In separate new reports to Congress, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reveal Obama regulators are pressuring them to back high–risk home loans for "very low–income" borrowers. Here we go again.
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