At Notre Dame, Pence attacks campus 'political correctness'
Trump urges Muslim leaders to ‘drive out terrorists’
Trump visits Israel in search of revived peace process
… what would people say if his admin did make progress?
Trump seeks 'reset' with Islamic world amid political tumult at home
How Did Russiagate Start? … What exactly is the FBI investigating?
… someone asking questions finally?
US-Saudi Arabia seal weapons deal worth nearly $110 billion immediately, $350 billion over 10 years
… that's a lotta bullets
Melania Trump skips headscarf as she arrives in Saudi Arabia
Trump touches down in Saudi Arabia for first overseas trip
Trump told Russians that firing ‘nut job’ Comey eased pressure from investigation
… sound a bit like Trump.. .seems WH is not denying…jeebus
White House adviser is person of interest in Russia probe: report
… sources, again. Press is loving this. Feel like WH should dump what it knows
Gowdy poised to replace Chaffetz as Oversight chief
Feinstein Says There’s Still No Evidence of Collusion Between Trump Camp and Russia
… I keep seeing these stories
Russian election meddling probe now a criminal investigation
… FBI didn't announce this, Senators have.
Judge: Lerner’s tea party-targeting testimony can stay secret — for now
… let's see, how old is this case?
Joe Lieberman is front-runner to be next FBI director: report
… No! No! No!
Comey had concerns about Rosenstein, friend says
… just me, or is Comey beginning to sound a bit paranoid? J. Edgar Comey
After WannaCry, a new bill would force the NSA to justify its hacking tools
Kochs unveil campaign to ‘jolt’ stalled tax debate
… at least someone is paying attention to things that matter
Trump keeps waiving nuclear sanctions on Iran, but imposes new penalties over missiles
… guess the whole "get rid of on first day" kinda got lost in the rush to tweet
Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians - sources
… no evidence of wrongdoing or collusion
… six were between Flynn and Russian ambassador

Obama’s Justice Department refused to hire military veterans for jobs
… ugly and petty; guess Trump is the second President with those traits
Chaffetz ready to issue subpoena for Comey memo
What is wrong with you?': Michelle Obama savages Trump for gutting her legacy
… it's a policy choice, not an assault on her or children! This is the problem
10 major FBI scandals on Comey's watch
… how soon we forget
Sex workers push back against anti-trafficking bill
… no budget, blocked investigations, no healthcare reform, no tax reform…. but time for this.

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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"
Fired for Reporting the Truth
The eurocrat who makes corporate america tremble
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 U.S. 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
… tis 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
A dying man's lost recipe made his daughter a multimillionaire
Obama’s hidden Iran deal giveaway
… so it was worse than everyone said. Where were you then Politico?
Who does the Anne Frank Center represent?
… read this, you'll stop listening to them. … sad, because it hurts the real legacy of Anne Frank
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
What is a Tomahawk missile?
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
Erdogan is dividing Turkey against itself
… at least someone is finally paying a bot of attention
Intel sources say that new terrorist laptop bombs might go undetected at airport security
Washington Post lies about lawmaker’s biblical reference, then refuses to quote a single word he said
… not a great fan of Bible quotes for government; but if you are reporting on it then — tell the whole damn story
The jobs statistics Trump should be worried about
… thats' a lot of words for Trump to read
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, thhings not being talked about.
Interview with German Intelligence Chief
… good interview
Relax: Gutting the EPA Won't Make Your Air Dirtier and Water More Polluted
Sexual-Harassment Claims Against a ‘She-E.O.’
… WOW, if male even if unproven, penalty is never being allowed in public again
Hacked information bomb under Germany’s election
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
Manchin in the Middle
…"I’ve had more personal time with Trump in two months, \than I had with [Barack] Obama in eight years.”
The House GOP leadership’s health care bill is Obamacare-lite — or worse
…hate to say, I expected it
The Obama Camp’s Disingenuous Denials on FISA Surveillance of Trump
… this is what happens when you give the Government a Star Chamber
Meet the conceptual artist in revolt against the art world
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
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
‘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 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
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.
Psychology’s favorite tool for measuring racism isn’t up to the job
… surprise
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 ★★

Ford names Jim Hackett CEO, replacing Mark Fields, amid management shake-up
Health agency spends more on travel than AIDS
… that would be the World Health Organization of the UN
Tory social care plan 'to include cap'
Ringling Brothers circus stages final show
Unemployment in the US is falling, so why isn’t pay rising?
Facebook ‘doesn’t want to censor’ suicide live streams: report
Hackers hit Russian bank customers, planned international cyber raids
Israel makes some concessions to Palestinians before Trump visit
Exclusive: Venezuela holds 5,000 Russian surface-to-air MANPADS missiles
… why?
North Korea fires another ballistic missile, Seoul says
Exclusive: North Korea's Unit 180, the cyber warfare cell that worries the West
Venezuela anti-government unrest marks 50th day with huge marches
Decisively re-elected, Rouhani defies hardliners, pledges to open Iran
… please note, 'hardliner' is a relative term
Venezuela anti-government unrest marks 50th day with huge marches
China killed CIA sources, hobbled US spying from 2010 to 2012: NYT
… interesting, the words "Obama Administration" never used
GE announces $15 billion of business deals with Saudi Arabia
… are taxpaters helping with Ex-Im Banks money?
Furious Venezuela rips Trump 'aggressions' after US sanctions
Brazil's top court releases testimony linking president to bribes
EU Parliamentary committee’s tech power grab
… oh I am so surprised
Iranian Regime Agents Operating Polling Stations Across United States
… hello Homeland? Hello ICE? Hello FBI
Mayhem in Times Square: Car leaves path of destruction
Chinese jets intercept U.S. radiation-sniffing plane
Sweden drops Assange investigation, UK police says he still faces arrest
… London Police still have a warrant for his arrest
Prof To White Male Employees: ‘Please Quit’
… Trump out-dumbed in one
Roger Ailes, former president of Fox News, dead at 77
Lawsuit challenges Ohio internet harassment law, claiming it stifles criticism of public officials
… good news!
Theresa's tough love: PM vows to make 'hard choices' to shore up social care and the NHS as she unveils Tory manifesto to counter Corbyn's 'fantasy' promises
Greece: More protests, strikes ahead of major austerity vote
… no change in Greece… still suffering from EU and Euro
UN court orders Pakistan not to execute Indian national
… interesting and a little interfering
CNO urges faster path to bigger Navy, hints at naval warfare transformation
The US Army Wants to Replace Its Helicopters With These
ISIS may be forming a ‘chemical weapons cell’ in Syria
Wall Street waking up to Washington reality
Russia's response to Trump leak reports: don't read US newspapers
Condoleezza Rice argues tearing down slave owners’ statues is ‘sanitizing’ history

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That report about Seth Rich, the slain DNC staffer, is hot hunk of hokum
I know one of the sources
… opinion because he is talking from his own perspective about the leak
Lusting for blood and grabbing at straws: the media goes after Trump and Russia
… the sad part, for all of Trumps dumb moves, this article is accurate
Time for China to come clean on its goals for ‘Belt and Road Initiative’
Krauthammer: Comey Firing Has Sent the Press 'Over the Edge'
Columnist can’t find ‘apartheid’ in Israel
Stephen Fry and the new blasphemy laws
Democrats’ witch hunt aids Russia’s anti-democracy efforts
… cluelessness is a feature in DC
How to raise an American adult
Health Care, from the Top
… on the matter of "Scarcity"
Talk to, Don’t Provoke, North Korea
Obama’s $400,000 Wall Street speech is completely in character
… I know it is shocking if you lead a sheltered life
NYT publishes speech suppression advocacy
… this is damn crazy and getting crazier, do they have no knowledge of the past?
‘Seed’ capital takes on new meaning as farms go digital
You are not mentally ill
…We shouldn’t ditch the stiff upper lip; we should rehabilitate it…
Why are antifa and the alt right doing battle? they agree on almost everything
… because they get to punch people
The game of the name: A Long Island judge issues an unconstitutional order
.. now this, I like.
Camille Paglia: Trump Already Headed Towards Reelection, Democrats Have Overplayed Their Hand
The Fast and the Furious Movies — A Wounded Generation Builds a Family and a Purpose
… interesting and possibly, very true
Lassie, Come Home
… Ann Coulter is not happy with Trump
Most terrorists are rational, not mentally unstable as we believe them to be
United is why people hate capitalism
… what do banks, health-insurance companies, cable providers, and airlines have in common?
What New York City's commuters need from the president
Media bias goes far beyond language
… nice article on photography; Mitt pic looks like it was a 1960 shot
How the US can prepare for the coming Gaza war
.. I fear preventing it is not on the list
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

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
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Revitalizing the world's oldest library
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