Trump signs VA reform bill, following through on campaign promise
No tapes after all: Trump says he didn't record Comey talks
… Trump plays media… again
US defense contractor charged with passing top secret info to China
… I don;t know how to feel, not all the leaks are going to the press
Read the Republican health care bill (full text)
Trump administration has plan to scrap ‘startup visa’ rule
… again with the leaks
Trump basks in GOP victories at Iowa rally
Senate healthcare bill expected to cut back Medicaid expansion
US officials underscore Russia threat to 2016 elections
… and yet Obama told us it wasn't a threat
Dem Sen. Chris Murphy: Russia Issue Is Becoming A "Distraction" That Is Hurting Democrats
… "— wages, they're talking about education, they're talking about public safety"
Democrats struggle to find election formula to dent Trump, Republicans
Republican Handel wins runoff for Georgia seat in House
The road to a GOP health care deal is it really that different?
Spicer searching for candidates to take over White House briefing
In House race in Georgia, Democrats look for new path to power
,,, and the Dems are supporting a man against a woman?
House speaker vows to complete tax reform in 2017
Exclusive - US investigators in Russia probe look at role of Flynn partner
… new day, new subject of interest
PRIME Act Would Help Put the 'Local' Back in Local Meat Production
… maybe put a little Freedom back into America too
US top court finds law banning offensive trademarks unconstitutional
… yay! Go Slants!
GOP considers canceling August recess to salvage agenda
Supreme Court strikes down law banning use of Facebook by registered sex offenders
Trump to meet with tech CEOs on government overhaul
$240,418,000,000: Feds Collect Record Taxes in May; Still Run $88,246,000,000 Deficit
Congress wants to let cops wiretap sex workers, the cdc study them, and homeland security screen them
… this is what happens when Dems and GOP work together… more bad laws
House overwhelmingly supports bill subjecting teen sexters to 15 years in federal prison
… so many bad ideas in one bill; as usual DC out of control

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Presidential Actions; executive orders and memoranda
… updated 5/11/2017
The president shouldn’t set Congress’s legislative agenda
… thank you
Why my grandpa would have loved bitcoin
The appalling delusion of 100 percent renewables, exposed
… jeebuz!
5 steps the city must take if its serious about fixing the subways
Catholic churches built secret astronomical features into churches to help save souls
… good article on shurch and science, subhead deeply flawed as is the whole "secret" thing
Looking for a Drink
The Tyranny of the Administrative State
… administrator, dictator, king… blah blah. same
Camille Paglia: On Trump, Democrats, Transgenderism, and Islamist Terror
… Paglia is back as brutal and as liberal as ever
Why Australia can’t get at its huge gas reserves
We could have had cellphones four decades earlier
… because bureaucracies know what's best for us
How the government created housing segregation
… brutally good piece, mainly because it just talks facts
Embracing the hard realities of health-care reform
The world’s $100 trillion question: why is inflation so low?
The myth of the kindly General Lee
… I question his military history, otherwise, a good read
War without fear: DepSecDef work on how AI changes conflict
Noam Chomsky's Venezuela Lesson
… socialism kills; why do we have to keep repeating the lesson?
What more does China want from Hong Kong 20 years on from handover?
What is a library?
'Plant Factories' churn out clean food in China’s dirty cities
A hacked-off Germany hacks back
'Can't bring myself to give them that money': Finding out your $284 blood test costs $34 nearby
… medicine, insurance and crazy pricing
Get ready for the next big privacy backlash against Facebook
Carrier Abraham Lincoln redelivered after a four-year overhaul
Farming the world: China’s epic race to avoid a food crisis
P.J. O'Rourke: Things Are Going to Be Fine
… "Rand is unfortunately burdened by intellect…"
Missile Defense 101: North Korea could hit with little warning
Farming without soil: new Japanese tech makes growing fruit and vegetables possible
NASA pays the price of being subjected to a massive, expensive rocket
Famine on Campus?
… oh twaddle! In that case I have spent most of my life "food insecure" … appendix: "… not directly generalizable to the U.S. student population"
Humanity’s strange new cousin is shockingly young — and shaking up our family tree
Yes, robots are replacing workers. But there’s more to the story
GOP’s health plan: Tracking key changes one amendment at a time
How two cutting edge US nuclear projects bankrupted Westinghouse
Its location a mystery for centuries, huge Indian city may have been found in Kansas
The dark side of Detroit's renaissance
… no really, read this; coming to a city near you soon.
No, New York Times: Bush’s tax cuts did not disappoint
… this is still reported wrongly all the time, and people believe it
Berkeley paradox: Birthplace of free speech now offended by it
… footnote: false info here. Free Speech birthplace is Philadelphia roughly 1776-1787
It's not enough to give employees flexible work schedules
Lawsuit: Mylan’s epic EpiPen price hike wasn’t about greed—it’s worse
18 spectacularly wrong prophecies from the first Earth Day
If cosmetic surgery has a working market, why can’t medical care?
'Collaboration' creates mediocrity, not excellence, according to science
… intriguing stuff
Towards a liberal approach to urban form
… Liberal as in Hayak, not Hillary
Rebuilding Mosul's libraries book by book
… always a good thing
It’s nearly impossible to stop terrorists from using trucks as weapons. Here’s what cities are trying
100 years ago, war declaration started The American Century
FDR's war against the press
… a little history education
68 years of NATO: 10 things you might not know about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
The hidden monopolies that raise drug prices
… I think it's a failure BY government control
FISAgate: the question is not whether Trump associates were monitored
… I thought a rather good legalistic review, things not being talked about.
Sexual-Harassment Claims Against a ‘She-E.O.’
… WOW, if male even if unproven, penalty is never being allowed in public again
Firing Line with William F. Buckley, Jr. on YouTube
… Media debates the way they should be
Research shows firing teachers based on performance can actually work
…this required research?
Rigging Wargames that determine Doctrine
… a very long read on strategy that may kill a lot of our warriors
The dangerous reality of an Iran war
Believe it or not, CBO's score of House GOP Obamacare replacement is better than expected
Palace of biblical king discovered under shrine destroyed by ISIS
Camille Paglia Predicted 2017
… because Woman's Day and Camile Paglia
The Obama camp’s disingenuous denials on FISA surveillance of Trump
… this is what happens when you give the Government a Star Chamber
How to Cure Health Care
Will repealing Obamacare kill people?
…the best statistical estimate for the number of lives saved each year by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is zero
History: “said to” have happened
… confused; these people were alive, then they weren't
Herbert Hoover's radio malware turns 90
… history lessons in big government or is it crony capitalism?
Why the Dutch turned against immigrants
Trump can learn from Morgenthau's 6 principles of political realism
How an American bureaucrat became president of Somalia
‘I’m a Dead Man Walking’
… "“I believe in a war of ideas … Truth matters…."
On living well: five lessons from Antonin Scalia
… a look at the man that was the Justice.
The US Gov can download the entire contents of your computer at border crossings
… this bit in the news now? From April 2015
Top 10 ways Obama violated the Constitution during his Presidency
… I know, you won't read it. Equivalency and all.
Meet Crispus Attucks, the black patriot who opposed the Boston massacre
How government agencies usurp our rights
… and Congress lets them
Teapot Dome scandal
… this day in history
In the days of human zoos
… reality TV anyone?
Why Obamacare’s ‘20 million’ number is fake
… thee number is 14 million…. 11.8 million (84 percent) were given… Medicaid.
Five ways federal infrastructure spending makes cities poorer
The centenary of the Russian revolution should be mourned, not celebrated
The Lost Structures of Civility
…I didn't know you were still writing. Thank you
Ben Sasse: Religious Freedom and the Common Good
… lovely speech from the rebel Senator
Lionel Shriver's full speech: 'I hope the concept of cultural appropriation is a passing fad' ★★★
How laissez-faire made Sweden rich ★★★★
..older but great read
Russian 'New Generation' Warfare: Theory, Practice, and Lessons for US Strategists
…"no artificial binary between war and peace"
Wells Fargo won't do business with online knife sellers
… isn't there some sort of equal access law or something?
Dealing with darkness in Congo ★★

Freighter was on autopilot when it hit US Destroyer
… and who was in command of the Destroyer?
Texas, three more states on California’s banned travel list
… nice to know that California is more anti-democratic than Trump
Theresa May: EU citizens offer is 'fair and serious'
Grenfell Tower blaze started in fridge freezer
Under pressure, Western tech firms bow to Russian demands to share cyber secrets
…. amazed
Germany spied on the White House over years: report
… take that NSA
China Proposes Halt to U.S. Military Exercises in South Korea at Talks
Ex-nurse accused of killing dozens of kids charged with murder
… news to creep you out
For thousands of U.S. auto workers, downturn is already here
Exclusive: South Korea president calls on China's Xi to do more on North Korea nuclear program
Intelligence database worker illegally looked up edward snowden, others hundreds of times
… who didn't think this was happening?
Islamic State blows up historic Mosul mosque where it declared 'caliphate'
Harvard study: minimum wage hikes killing businesses
.. really hate that you have to do a study to figure this out.
Illinois careens into financial meltdown and not even the lottery is safe
… bloody mess
South Korea confirms drone discovered in June was from North Korea
Two more ministers quit Macron administration amid funding inquiry
UK government's priority is to win best possible Brexit deal
Belgium avoided serious attack in station blast: interior minister
Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman elevated to Crown Prince
Yellowstone supervolcano hit by a swarm of more than 400 earthquakes in one week
French Police find weapons cache in home of Champs Elysees attacker
Senior Barclays bankers charged with fraud over credit crunch fundraising
Hitler bust among Argentina's biggest haul of Nazi artefacts found in secret room
US Coast Guard interviews container ship crew after warship collision
US student freed by North Korea in a coma has died at 22
… "freed"? he was in a friggin coma!
Police: Mother of 4 killed by officers was wielding knife
… another bad sounding story for the police
Four ministers were warned about tower block fire risks
… gota love government, no one is ever to blame
Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens exposed
… and not a hack
Russia vows to shoot down all 'flying objects' in Syria after US guns down first regime warplane
‘No bail! Take him back!’ judge shouts, decrying schoolyard shooting
The United Nations may finally make cultural appropriation illegal
… more dumb from te UN
Some of China's richest and most powerful men have mysteriously vanished
… there might be a real story here… just saying
'First of our kind' found in Morocco
… settled science? Just saying

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Ossoff’s loss shows things could get much worse for Democrats
Tripping Up Trump
… I don't know, this sounds rather like what we fought a revolution over
Ethics Quote Of The Week: Ken White of Popehat
… Free Speech, it is really this simple people
Why the media keeps missing political earthquakes
… and they will keep doing it
Judge Napolitano: Sessions Will Be Testifying As A Witness; Dangerous Position, He Should Not Testify
Dershowitz: Comey confirms that I'm right - and all the Democratic commentators are wrong
So far, Jim Comey is disappointing the witch-hunters
The ‘Independent’ Mr. Comey
… this bothers me too; the FBI is an executive branch agency, it is not independent
The age of unilateral rule
… noticed the comparison between Trump and Obama, good read
The Scientific Argument against the Paris Climate Agreement
How Trump exposes a dangerous problem at the heart of American government
… could someone else please follow up on this
What we remember on Memorial Day
Why Salman Abedi grew to hate us
Enabling Murder
… Western politicians worry more about being called “Islamophobic” than they do about stopping jihadist slaughter.
Columnist can’t find ‘apartheid’ in Israel
Stephen Fry and the new blasphemy laws
How to raise an American adult
Obama’s $400,000 Wall Street speech is completely in character
… I know it is shocking if you lead a sheltered life
You are not mentally ill
…We shouldn’t ditch the stiff upper lip; we should rehabilitate it…
Most terrorists are rational, not mentally unstable as we believe them to be
Media bias goes far beyond language
… nice article on photography; Mitt pic looks like it was a 1960 shot
A republic, if you can keep it: the education every student really needs
… if any of this is close to true. OMG!
Anyone look up the definition of ‘tyranny’ lately?
…She hates everything about tyranny except the wardrobe
On Political Correctness
… "the most effective form of censorship, of course, is self-censorship"
We can’t erase history — or simplify it
An excess of intellectual emptiness
… ouch! The opening graph is… surreal.
America was founded by tough hell raisers
Libertarianism as 10 Questions, Not 10 Answers ★★★★

Arts & Letters

What Winston Churchill and George Orwell had in common
Czeslaw Milosz’s battle for truth
How Nicolas Cage blew $150 million on mansions, a private island — and a real dinosaur skull
… don't you kinda want to be his friend? I know I do.
Bitcoin surges to all-time high above $1,700
How the US Army came of age
John Waters, in town and in rare form, as usual
Between Journalism and Fiction: Hunter S. Thompson and the Birth of Gonzo
Was Nazi Germany made in America?
Lavrentiy Beria - Stalin's enforcer
… for those who don't know today's quotable thug
Josephine Baker - Civil Rights Activist, Dancer, Singer
Muhammad Ali/Cassius Clay
… a place to start on someone amazing
Do No Harm: An Interview With Thomas Sowell
Frederick Douglass
Walter Mosley
Zora Neale Hurston
Before Straight and Gay
Calvin Coolidge and the Great Depression
… and oldish review and book But maybe important today
40 Best Science Fiction TV Shows of All Time
…not a bad list
12 great nonfiction books from 2016
China says discussing return of undersea drone with U.S. military
… more gifting for outgoing and incoming US administrations
The Best Science Books of 2016
…from Brainpickings
The Short, Frantic, Rags-to-Riches Life of Jack London
Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World
American Cassandra
… a man I cannot decide to love or hate. But an honest man we could do well with more of
The Fractured Republic: Renewing America's Social Contract in the Age of Individualism ★★★
Animal Farm at 70
Open Culture
World's oldest library reopens in Fez
…good news in a dark world
Being leftwing means never having to say you're sorry.
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Revitalizing the world's oldest library
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