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Operation Choke Point Hearing Reveals DOJ Threats And Strong-Arming

By Jonah Bennett - The Daily Caller

A Justice Department fraud prevention program came under fire Thursday for allegedly morphing into actively pressuring banks to deny financial services to businesses for political reasons.

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Perry sending National Guard troops to border

By Leigh Ann Caldwell - CNN Politics

(CNN) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry will immediately send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure the southern border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have crossed into the United States this year in a surge that is deemed a humanitarian crisis.

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Paul Light on Government Failure

By Chris Edwards - Cato Institute

Paul Light of Brookings and NYU is a top expert on the federal bureaucracy. He has a new study on federal government failures over the 2001 to 2014 period.

Light’s paper is useful. He identifies 41 major federal failures, examines the reports completed on each, and classifies the types of mistakes that took place. From the 9/11 terrorist attacks to the recent veterans health care scandal, Light points to failures in both “operations” and “oversight.”

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2007–a great year for growing bad legislation like the ethanol mandate

By: Marita Noon (Diary) - Red State
Our America Initiative Advisory Counsel Member of Energy & Environment

President Obama, and his administration, has enacted so many foolish and cost-increasing energy policies, it is easy to think that they are his purview alone. But in 2007, Republicans were just as guilty. Seeds were planted and a garden of bad legislation took root in a totally different energy environment. At the time, the growth seemed like something worthy of cultivation. However, what sprouted up more closely resembles a weed that needs to be yanked out.

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Federal Panel Votes to Reduce Sentences for Nonviolent Drug Offenders

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How the Drug War Drives Child Migrants to the US Border

By - Ludwig von Mises Institute

Most attentive parents today rarely allow their children to go unsupervised, particularly in public. It starts with the wireless baby monitor for the crib and ends with the ever-present cell phone at college graduation.

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Obama Wants to Close the Oceans. Privatize Instead!

By - The Future of Freedom Foundation

In June, President Obama made a video announcement at the Our Ocean 2014 Conference, sponsored by the Department of State. He declared, “Like Presidents Clinton and Bush before me, I’m going to use my authority as President to protect some of our most precious marine landscapes just as we do for our mountains and rivers and forests.… [T]he United States is leading the fight to protect the world’s oceans.”

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Gary Johnson: ‘Abolish the IRS

By Rob Nikolewski - Fox News Politics

For 2012 Libertarian Party presidential candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the ongoing controversy at the Internal Revenue Service is further proof the agency should be eliminated.

“Imagine life without having to deal with the IRS,” Johnson told New Mexico Watchdog in an interview just two days after a new development in the IRS story, in which former IRS official Lois Lerner warned colleagues to be careful about what they write in emails amid congressional inquiries.

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Senator David Leyonhjelm (LDP) -- Maiden Speech to Parliament

By Rob Cribb - Youtube

David Leyonhjelm of the Liberal Democratic Party gives his maiden speech to parliament. 09/07/2014.

 

 

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TGIF: Speaking to Nonlibertarians

By - The Future of Freedom Foundation

If libertarians want to change how nonlibertarians’ think about government, they will need to understand how nonlibertarians think about government. By “nonlibertarians,” I mean the majority of people who spend little if any time pondering political theory, or what Murray Rothbard called political ethics. They may focus at times on particular government programs and actions, or on proposals for new programs, but rarely about government as an institution.

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