In speech, Trump tries to turn from divisive to deal-maker
… weak on details, but a better speech
Navy SEAL’s widow brought to tears by standing ovation
How Trump’s disciplined speech came together
… interesting read if any of it's true
Donald Trump talks health care to congress but doesn’t say much
… not unexpected
Schumer: Dems are done with Trump
… oh my, even before the speech; well, and before they even voted on all his Cabinet
Trump executive order could lead to $0 in net regulatory cost this year
… interesting
Trump Admin, Congress behind effort to cut u.s. aid to palestinians
Text of President Donald Trump’s address to Congress
Dems tap revolving-door lawyer-lobbyist for Trump response
… so they couldn't get like a nationally elected person?
Illegal immigration dropped 27 percent in January: Reports
Massive internet outage is sweeping the East Coast
GOP conservatives oppose leaked Obamacare plan
… I love that Rand Paul is now a conservative, how things have changed
Trump seeks 'historic' U.S. military spending boost, domestic cuts
…. 3% higher?
Charles Hurt: Obama Would ‘Routinely’ Keep Reporters Out of Gaggles
Ross confirmed to lead Commerce
Trump's pick for Navy secretary withdraws
No cuts to US entitlement programs in Trump budget: Mnuchin
Democrats pick Perez to lead party against Trump
Trump to order reversal of Obama water regulation rule
… uhm, it was already stopped by the courts.
White House bars some news organizations from briefing
… just for the record; no matter how dumb, this does not violate the first amendment. Damn people, chill!
2020 race lures sprawling Democratic field
… 1) way to early; 2) oh wow what a pack
Left staging ambush attacks at GOP-led town halls
… to be expected and unlike the Dems vs Tea Party, GOP should keep meeting
Hundreds of scientists urge Trump to withdraw from UN climate-change agency
… how far will this story go?
Conservatives want Obamacare repeal, and they want it now
… just go all Nike on them
Boehner: Republicans won't repeal and replace Obamacare
… let's hope he is wrong as usual
Boeing fighter jet, feared dead, gets new life from Trump tweets
… well, for a lot of other reasons too, you might find out if you read the story
Trump's open door Oval Office
… interesting; can be a good or bad technique
Trump says government will have to ‘do more with less’
… lets see how he treats taxpayer money
Trump scraps Obama bathroom policy for transgender students
Cabinet picks clash with White House over hiring
… looking for names of people in this article… mostly, "sources say"
House Democrat aides got $100k from mysterious Iraqi while overseeing Hill IT
Trump: Anti-Semitism 'has to stop'
DHS issues sweeping rules for immigration crackdown
Trump’s inroads in union ranks have labor leaders scrambling
Senate consider sanctions against Iran for missile development
Russia wants ‘pragmatic’ ties with US and a ‘post-West world order’
David Duke gives ringing endorsement to Keith Ellison for DNC chair
… still waiting for Ellison to distance himself from the KKK, it seemed important for Trump
Republicans blow past Trump Cabinet controversies
… they learned from you! OK!

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Presidential Actions; executive orders and memoranda
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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
Duterte plays a dangerous game in the south china sea
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
Why no one's protesting about anti-Islam campaigner Ayaan Hirsi Ali coming to Australia
‘I’m a Dead Man Walking’
… "“I believe in a war of ideas … Truth matters…."
Cash in the wind: New York's wind-power giveaway
… not totally smart but something smells here
On living well: five lessons from Antonin Scalia
… a look at the man w 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
Suffocating regulations force another popular New York City business to close its doors.
Linda Sarsour rekindles the left’s love affair with radical extremism
No thug left behind
How to Build an Autocracy
… some have screamed this for decades. Welcome to the war Atlantic
Staking the Dracula of school choice myths
Obamacare, abortion and the ease of extremism
… totally misleading headline. It should be" "Talk is cheap"
Top 10 ways Obama violated the Constitution during his Presidency
… I know, you won't read it. Equivalency and all.
Not ‘lone wolves’ after all: how ISIS is guiding terror plots from afar
Meet Crispus Attucks, the black patriot who opposed the Boston massacre
How government agencies usurp our rights
… and Congress lets the,
Secret rules make it pretty easy for the FBI to spy on journalists
… well, pretty much everyone
Teapot Dome scandal
… this day in history
Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees — Separating Fact from Hysteria
… an very detailed review of the details
In the days of human zoos
… reality TV anyone?
Trump's regulation freeze makes losers out of some US businesses
… live by the regulation, die by the regulators
To toll or not to toll is question for Trump infrastructure plan
Trump’s White House charm offensive a contrast to solitary Obama
… and a good one actually
Obama’s Final Whopper as President
… another "alternative facts" President?
Trump's greatest challenge: To unite and heal
Why NYT hid the numbers for the ‘hottest year on record’
Democrats in the Wilderness
Four critical problems with the CBO's latest Obamacare repeal estimates
A warning to Trump from Friedrich Hayek
Why Obamacare’s ‘20 million’ number is fake
… thee number is 14 million…. 11.8 million (84 percent) were given… Medicaid.
A lesson we all can learn from the Chicago torture case
The original Jurassic Park and the hubris of central planning
Backpage backed into corner over adult ads. Is government's goal a goodbye to sex trafficking, or free speech?
… because no Backpage means no prostitution . Right? What do you humans not understand?
Psychology’s favorite tool for measuring racism isn’t up to the job
… surprise
Where the Buffalo Zone
… 80% reduction in zoning code! not 8, not 80 pages. 80%
Newt, Trump's inconvenient truth-teller
Anti-surveillance clothing aims to hide wearers from facial recognition
Five ways federal infrastructure spending makes cities poorer
The executive summary of Grizzly Steppe findings from Homeland Security
… worth the time
Not quite fake and not quite true
… you mean headlines often don't tell the story?
The Guardian's summary of Julian Assange's interview went viral and was completely false ★★
… nice disection of fake news and how it works in the mainstream READ!
Democrats have a religion problem
… interesting, from a guy on the inside
Anthony Bourdain on Sichuan Peppers, Sex, Eating Dogs, and Political Correctness
Police's secret cellphone-surveillance tool can also block calls by the innocent
… more intrusive government
5 ways museums are using technology
… awesome stuff
Trump's $440 billion weapon
Documents suggest Palantir could help power Trump's 'extreme vetting' of immigrants
… shot at Theil and Trump, more interesting as a view of the growing surveillance state
The centenary of the Russian revolution should be mourned, not celebrated
The excellent Electoral College
The quiet death of 'Liu Xiaobo Plaza'
The 2 largest land armies in Europe tiptoe at the edge of war
… this could go bad fast
Kratom a Deadly Drug or a Life-Saving Medicine?
The Talisman of Colerain
… this is just up the road from me. True and never thought of that way
Algorithms are making us less creative and more small minded
… that's why you should read 1701wire, we don't use them
The Lost Structures of Civility
…I didn't know you were still writing. Thank you
How Algeria could destroy the EU
The end of India's economic liberalization
… or stealing peoples wealth
Policing: Raising Our Standards Above Criminal Culpability
The Real War on Science ★★
… as always an interesting read, take the time to read it all
Ben Sasse: Religious Freedom and the Common Good
… lovely speech from the rebel Senator
Analysis: America's Allies already 'pay up'
The missing case for deterrence and resolve in Asia
Ludwig II of Bavaria palaces get a facelift
The vilification of Islamic reformers
Study says to close the gender gap in schools, strengthen families
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 ★★

FBI probes bomb threats against Jewish community centers
Fed trumps Trump as dollar, U.S. Treasury yields soar
Taiwanese independence and unification factions clash as island commemorates 1947 deaths
Barack and Michelle Obama have book deals
…now that's a shock, bur when do we get te Hillary Lost book?
New GOP star born when California Dems forcibly remove Vietnamese Senator for criticizing Tom Hayden
… damn, haven't seen anything like that in years
US tells Japan, South Korea it may return North Korea to list of state sponsors of terrorism
Climate change zealot Bill Nye called out by Tucker Carlson
French police officer accidentally fires at Hollande speech
14 shot in Chicago over weekend as violence continues to outpace last year
… 101 homicides this year
Israeli aircraft attack Hamas targets after rocket fired from Gaza
UN defends refugee vetting as Trump mulls revised entry ban
Al Qaeda's deputy leader Abu al-Khayr al-Masri reportedly killed in airstrike
… how many of these "leaders: have we killed now?
De Blasio hits up ‘regular’ NYers for donations after being grilled by feds
… guess pay to play didn't raise enough
The tax office may be reading your social media
—- in Australia, so expect its everywhere or soon will be
China reacts with anger, threats after South Korean missile defense decision
SpaceX to send first paying tourists around moon next year
Tweeting accountant blamed for Oscar best picture blunder
… something slides downhill
Columbia University Hosts ‘Zionists Are Racists’ Forum
… alternative cause for recent anti-Semitic outbreak?
Cyber Proxies: A Central Tenet of Russia’s Hybrid Warfare
North Korea executes 5 senior security officials: Seoul
… the reward for a job well done in a socialist mafia state
Wal-Mart launches new front in U.S. price war, targets Aldi in grocery aisle
'Moonlight' upsets 'La La Land' for top Oscar after major gaffe
… and a lot of Hollywood types made political statements…blah blah blah
ISIS drones terrorize Iraqi forces as Mosul battle rages
Three injured in Heidelberg car attack
Town-hall avoiders include Democratic Sens. Murray and Cantwell, too
… oops, who let this story be published
North Korea ‘feels the heat’ from China’s renewed coal bans
L.A. Street Artist Targets Oscars With Mocking Posters on Hollywood and Highland
Chemical weapon VX nerve agent killed N.Korean leader's half brother
Turkey mulls purchase of Russian S-400 air defense system
… interesting, troubling
British suicide bomber in Iraq had won compensation for Guantanamo stay
… nice job guys
Security at Trump Tower costing less than expected
… cost of the President is amazing. Every President
A Vancouver firm offers clients ‘new identities’
… Hmmm, prices start at $450 consultation fee, then $200 per hour.
Several earth-like planets discovered orbiting nearby star
Carrier begins closely watched patrol of the South China Sea
China boosts arms exports by 74pc, while cutting reliance on outside providers
Riot in Stockholm suburb after drug suspect is arrested
… ya, no immigrant troubles here, move along
Ivanka Trump’s perfume soars to no.1 bestseller on Amazon despite boycotts
… this is just funny folks
Coleman Young II says he's running for Detroit mayor
… because dynasties
Inside the murderous, secretive empire of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un
… great article
We used terrible science to justify smoking bans
… wait! evidence is not evidence… correlation is not causation?

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B.A.T. is a BAD Tax- awesome video
Meet the terrorist behind the next women’s march
… they sound like nice people, NOT!
Ethics Dunces: The Catlettsburg (KY) Police Department
Revenge of the Deep State
… even if you could possibly disagree, read Andrew Napolitano
Does it matter if Obama did it first?
… for some; "…team wiped clean all the Obama-era policy content…exactly the same thing Obama did…"
We can’t erase history — or simplify it
The political assassination of Michael Flynn
Note to Left: Four Years Ago, Conservatives Were Just as Depressed
… they do not see it. At All!
Trump’s Supreme Court pick wants to gut legal rule that environmental groups rely on even Scalia supported the doctrine
… 1) not a rule at all; an interpretation 2) many legal scholars disagree with it; 3) it's not specifically environmental; 4) it's turns power over to unelected people
The claws out for Ivanka Trump show liberal love for women is a sham
How algorithms (secretly) run the world
… hmmm, I comment on this daily
Donald Trump, media saviour
Apparently we need to punch people wearing suits, just in case they’re nazis
If we can’t unite against rioting, we can’t unite at all
… Speech can’t “silence” anyone. Thank you!
There is no master plan
… best line: "…government looks a lot more like John Belushi from Animal House running his deathmobile through a panicking crowd…"
My pick for the pious political hypocrite of the week award
… seems the UK has their own set of hypcrits
Supreme Court vacancy ethics: a competent choice, an unethical announcement, and an irresponsible reaction
Why Democrats should oppose Neil Gorsuch
Anti-Trump hysteria lets others whitewash their own crimes
… lovely, even of everyone has forgotten anything that happened before Trump was President
An excess of intellectual emptiness
… ouch! The opening graph is… surreal.
The ‘alternative facts’ of Andrew Cuomo
… oops
Revenge of the Nation-State
Why I’m not sorry to see TPP go
… interesting TPP and TPA discussion
Why Trump's staff is lying
… interesting arguments
Trump’s inaugural address, and the words that were missing
A pledge for more of the same at the Pentagon
…a strategic vacuum
No one who does more to assist Donald Trump than the liberal media that hate him
Thomas Sowell's last column
… you'll be missed, Mr Sowell
Trump Said the US Should Expand Nuclear Weapons. He's Right.
No One Has a 'Right' to Any Given Private-Sector Job
… loverly thinking, we need more of it
Don't make Facebook the Ministry of Truth
… in fact, leave it to get your news
Camille Paglia hits back at Madonna
… Camille, why aren't there more of you?
Lessons from Fidel: Black Lives Matter and the Transition of El Comandante
… I hate when I have to read a 16 year old's political writing. This is awesomely stupid and childish
Not serving those you disagree with is cool again.
… if you're liberal or progressive
Remember: Only You Can Prevent Big Government
America was founded by tough hell raisers
Libertarianism as 10 Questions, Not 10 Answers ★★★★

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Josephine Baker - Civil Rights Activist, Dancer, Singer
Marcus Garvey
Muhammad Ali/Cassius Clay
… a place to start on someone amazing
Booker T. Washington
Byzantine Laments
… love this kind of history
James Baldwin
Louis Armstrong
Clarence Thomas
Thurgood Marshall
Do No Harm: An Interview With Thomas Sowell
Frederick Douglass
David Ruggles
Maggie L. Walker: Pioneering Banker and Community Leader
Walter Mosley
Miles Davis
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Bessie Coleman
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
Sinner, scholar, saint
Thomas De Quincey's bad habits
- Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey, by Frances Wilson
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World's oldest library reopens in Fez
…good news in a dark world
Something we seldom read about, the Book Editor
Being leftwing means never having to say you're sorry.
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The Professor and the President
The uncomfortable truth about daycare
Revitalizing the world's oldest library
The sacrifices made by the men who signed the Declaration

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