CSS 8: John McCain Dies, Shooting in Jacksonville

Chris Spangle shares his thoughts on the legacy of Sen. John McCain, and two lose their life in a shooting in Jacksonville.

Show Notes: wearelibertarians.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/8-cssnotes.pdf

Today’s News:

Sleeper Case Could Torpedo Mueller Report
www.politico.com/story/2018/08/27/robert-mueller-special-counsel-report-sleeper-case-797373

Politico: “A little-noticed court case stemming from the apparent murder of a Columbia University professor six decades ago could keep special counsel Robert Mueller from publishing any information about the Trump campaign and Russia that he obtains through a Washington grand jury.”

“The substance of the case is entirely unrelated to Mueller’s investigation into whether any of President Donald Trump’s associates aided Russia’s efforts to intervene in the 2016 election. But if a Washington appeals court set to hear the murder-related case next month sides with the Justice Department and rules that judges don’t have the freedom to release grand jury information that is usually kept secret, it could throw a monkey wrench into any plans Mueller has to issue a public report on his probe’s findings, lawyers following the issue said.”

A Trump Endorsement Can Decide a Race. Here’s How to Get One.www.nytimes.com/2018/08/27/us/politics/trump-endorsements.html

“A Trump Endorsement Can Decide a Race. Here’s How to Get One”: “Thick binders have been assembled on all high-level Republican candidates and sitting members of Congress. The binders include their votes, their behavior on social media and what they said about Mr. Trump as he sought the presidency.

“In the most significant races, a survey has been sent to the candidates asking where they stand on issues and requesting that they grade the president. The candidates are judged on several criteria, including how quickly they respond.”

Glenn Greenwald, the Bane of Their Resistancewww.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/09/03/glenn-greenwald-the-bane-of-their-resistance

“During the past two years, he has further exiled himself from the mainstream American left … Greenwald has argued that the available evidence concerning Russian activity has indicated nothing especially untoward; he has declared that those who claim otherwise are in denial about the ineptitude of the Democrats and of Hillary Clinton, and are sometimes prone to McCarthyite hysteria.

“These arguments, underpinned by a distaste for banal political opinions and a profound distrust of American institutions—including the C.I.A., the F.B.I., and Rachel Maddow—have put an end to his appearances on MSNBC, where he considers himself now banned, but they have given him a place on Tucker Carlson’s show, on Fox News, and in Tennys Sandgren’s Twitter feed.”

Thanks to www.RationalReview.com for their work.

Italy migrant row: Interior minister under investigation
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Sicilian prosecutors are investigating Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini over his refusal to allow migrants off a coastguard vessel. The Diciotti docked in the Sicilian port of Catania on Monday. The Italian government is refusing to most of the migrants disembark until a solution is reached regarding their relocation with other European states. Prosecutors have now opened an inquiry into possible illegal confinement, illegal arrest, and abuse of power. Mr Salvini responded to the news by shrugging of the threat, saying those still on board would be allowed off ‘in the coming hours.’” (08/24/18)

www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45310479

Judge deals blow to Trump effort to overhaul bureaucracy
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A federal judge dealt a blow Saturday to President Donald Trump’s efforts to ‘promote more efficient’ government, ruling that key provisions of three recent executive orders ‘undermine federal employees’ right to bargain collectively’ under federal law. U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson said Trump had ‘exceeded his authority’ in issuing the orders. The White House had no comment and referred questions to the Justice Department, which said it was reviewing the judge’s ruling and considering options. Federal worker unions that had sued to block Trump’s use of his executive authority in this area applauded the outcome.” (08/25/18)

www.startribune.com/judge-deals-blow-to-trump-effort-to-overhaul-bureaucracy/491714831/

Democrats strip superdelegates of power, reform caucuses
Source: NBC News

“The Democratic National Committee voted Saturday to significantly curtail the power of superdelegates and make presidential caucuses more accessible, overcoming objections from a vocal minority of its membership. The reform package, pushed by DNC Chairman Tom Perez and allies of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, among others, passed overwhelmingly by voice vote at the DNC’s summer meeting here — two years after the process started. Perez and others hailed the outcome as momentous, saying the reforms will help welcome new people into the party by reassuring them that their vote will never be overruled by the party leaders who can vote for whomever they want for the presidential nomination. … The change will prohibit superdelegates from voting for president at the party’s 2020 convention, unless the outcome is already assured or it deadlocks, which hasn’t happened in decades. The vast majority of superdelegates sided with Hillary Clinton over Sanders in their primary fight two years ago.” (08/25/18)

www.nbcnews.com/storyline/democrats-vs-trump/democrats-strip-super-delegates-power-reform-caucuses-historic-move-n903866

Sources: Much detail, little progress in US-China talks
Source: Raw Story

“U.S-China trade talks this week were heavy on details but short on progress as U.S. negotiators outlined cases of American firms harmed by Chinese practices and China argued it was meeting its WTO obligations, people familiar with contents of the discussions said. The two days of talks in Washington led by mid-level officials did little to resolve a worsening trade spat between the world’s two biggest economies and ended on Thursday without a joint statement. Washington separately held hearings during the week on another round of proposed tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports that appear increasingly likely to take effect in late September or early October. And while factions on the U.S. side have given conflicting signals on how hard to press Beijing during the trade dispute, officials from the Treasury Department, which led the talks, and the U.S. Trade Representative, which has taken a harder line, were aligned in their messaging, the people said.” (08/25/18)

Much detail, little progress in US-China talks, sources say

Former Trump doorman releases contract with National Enquirer publisher that silenced illegitimate child story
Source: The Hill

“A former Trump Tower doorman who claimed to have information about an alleged affair of President Trump’s that he said resulted in a child is now reportedly free to speak about a deal with the National Enquirer publisher that silenced him. An attorney for Dino Sajudin, who was employed as a doorman at Trump World Tower, told CNN that his client was ‘recently’ released from his contract with American Media Inc. (AMI). Sajudin had entered what’s known as a ‘catch-and-kill’ agreement with the publisher in 2015. … In the contract between Sajudin and AMI, a copy of which was obtained by CNN, the company obtained indefinite exclusive rights to Sajudin’s story, and barred him from breaking the contract at the penalty of $1 million. AMI never published a story on Sajudin’s claims and an executive told the AP they lacked credibility.” (08/25/18)

thehill.com/homenews/administration/403570-ex-trump-doorman-releases-contract-with-national-enquirer-publisher

Conservatives would use Mollie Tibbetts’s murder to build the police state they once denounced
Source: Reason
by Nick Gillespie

“[I]n the mid-1990s, as Matt Welch has pointed at Reason, it was the Democrats who got tough on immigration, with Bill Clinton sounding Trumpian with promises to build a wall and deport as many Mexicans as he could find (while running for Senate in New York in 2007, Hillary Clinton was staunchly against giving illegals driver licenses). There are many reasons why the parties have changed rhetoric on immigration (for all the love he showed late in his term, Barack Obama was no friend of immigrants). Some of them are geographic, some are demographic, some are economic (with the effective end of private-sector unionism, Dems no longer fear the wrath of the anti-immigrant AFL-CIO and others they once did), etc. One major point is to recognize and combat the conservatives such as Richard Viguerie, who back in the day was the sort of guy who saw one-world government in every UNICEF box and a police state in every attempt to pass a national I.D. card. They are using a terrible crime to push an agenda they once abhorred.” (08/25/18)

reason.com/blog/2018/08/25/conservatives-would-use-mollie-tibbetts

President Trump didn’t violate campaign finance law
Source: USA Today
by Dan Backer

“In light of Michael Cohen’s plea deal, Democrats and the liberal news media are out for blood. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., called for a congressional hearing to ‘obtain sworn testimony directly from Mr. Cohen.’ Time magazine proclaimed: ‘Trump is in trouble. Here’s how much worse it can get.’ Except he’s not, and it won’t get ‘worse.’ Actual campaign-finance experts, outside the liberal outrage mob, generally agree: Even if Cohen’s activities were campaign-related (though they probably aren’t), they amount to a Federal Election Commission speeding ticket. President Donald Trump didn’t violate campaign-finance law; the payments made to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal came from his personal finances, not campaign funds, for something he believed was unrelated to the campaign. As the president told Fox News, ‘They didn’t come out of the campaign; they came from me.’” (08/24/18)

www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/08/23/president-donald-trump-didnt-violate-campaign-finance-law-editorials-debates/1078757002

It’s, yawn, “worse than Watergate” again
Source: The American Spectator
by Daniel J Flynn

“Like Michael Cohen, [John] Dean repulsed Democrats for his association with the president and Republicans for his eagerness to turn against his former benefactor (at least he did not tape the president — then again, he did not need to). But in the decades since the scandal that made his name infamous he has rehabilitated himself through a time-tested method: by mouthing liberal talking points whenever a Republican occupies the Oval Office. This invariably involves Dean, speaking as though he was the authority on Watergate rather than a convicted felon and conspirator in the break-ins, judging the Republican controversy of the moment as even more serious than Watergate.” (08/24/18)

It’s, Yawn, ‘Worse Than Watergate’ Again

Why so little inflation?
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Tyler[ Cowen]’s right that we are no longer in a liquidity trap. And he’s right that this fact has often been ignored and that this ignorance is unfortunate. But he’s wrong about the specific problem. When you are in a liquidity trap, the reason big monetary injections are not highly inflationary is that the interest rate on base money is roughly equal to the interest rate on other risk-free assets. But that’s still true, even after 2015. So one would not expect the recent inflation outcome to be much different than what we saw under the 7-year long liquidity trap (December 2008 to December 2015.)” (08/26/18)

Why so little inflation?

Community alternatives to the drug war: An anarchist guide to harm reduction
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Logan Marie Glitterbomb

“The War on Drugs is a failure. This seems more and more to be the modern consensus among the population as incarceration rates skyrocket only to line the pockets of a few greedy corporations feeding off of cheap prison slave labor. The opioid crisis rages on. Doctors push pills for profits while state crackdowns force corporate-made junkies to find alternate fixes on the streets. There’s no denying that many of the so-called problems with drug use are actually problems caused by the state, capitalism, and social attitudes towards drug use. However it is also just as naive to think that drug use does not have its inherent risks. As anarchists, we believe that people should be able to consume whatever they wish, but as people who wish to see a society built upon mutual aid, we also wish to engage in harm reduction.” (08/26/18)

Community Alternatives to the Drug War: An Anarchist Guide to Harm Reduction

Elizabeth Warren wants even more crony capitalism
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by James Ketler

“The Accountable Capitalism Act would ultimately put the federal government in control of the largest firms of the economy, micromanaging them so that they conform to its plans and work for its benefit. It would be, essentially, a system of centrally planning the economy, or more accurately: centrally chartering it. Worse still, imagine the state of the market after the Office of United States Corporations inevitably became infested with corporate lobbyists; each large firm would be warring for survival in the congressional coliseum. Such a scenario would be economically ruinous, affecting firms not only at the corporate level, but also affecting the entire balance of the rest of the economy.” (08/25/18)

mises.org/wire/elizabeth-warren-wants-even-more-crony-capitalism

Open speech is essential to correcting the bad behavior of Alex Jones
Source: We Are Libertarians
by Chris Spangle

“America is now stuck in hell between a corrupt and incompetent President and Democrats that can’t get over that they actually lost to him by running the least likable candidate in political history. Democrats refuse to accept the lousy candidate theory, so they’ve spent two years looking for a conspiracy under every rock. The repetition of hysteria and hyperbole (not witnessed since the 2010 Tea Party) by the Resistance and their sympathizers in the media gives us the impression that something must be done when nothing is the best course of action. Unhinged rhetoric has emboldened politicians like Sen. Mark Warner and Sen. Ron Wyden to float federal policy governing political speech on social media platforms. They are crafting legislation that will ‘protect’ Americans from hate speech pushed by Jones and the like.” (08/26/18)

Open Speech is Essential To Correcting the Bad Behavior of Alex Jones

History of impeachment
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Joe Wolverton II

“Every day an article is published calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Many desired the same fate for Trump’s White House predecessor, Barack Obama. Apparently, we live in a day much like that in which the eminent jurist Samuel Pufendorf lived, a world so full of distrust and disorder in politics that he described all government officials as being ‘led away by a private Interest, which is opposite to that of the State; or else, being divided into Factions, they are more concern’d to ruin their Rivals, than to follow the Dictates of Reason.’ Of course, it is the likelihood of such abuse of power and position that impeachment was included in our governing document and in the constitution of Great Britain, from which the Framers took many of their constitutional cues. Accordingly, our review of the history of impeachment will begin with a quick trip across the pond, where the power of impeachment was established in order to protect the people from the dangers of despotism.” (08/26/18)

tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/08/26/history-of-impeachment/

The exquisite sensibilities of the outrage industry
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“My colleague Kat Timpf keeps a pretty good catalogue of all the things deemed ‘problematic’ in these thin-skinned days: hoop earrings and nameplate necklaces on white women, a television show about eating spicy chicken wings, etc. It is a never-ending project. There isn’t that much organic outrage in the world; it is by necessity manufactured. If only there were some easy way to distinguish between the decent and well-intentioned and the callous and hateful. Perhaps we should consider the philosophical maxim of Raylan Givens: ‘If you get up in the morning and you meet an a**hole, you met an a**hole. If you meet nothing but a**holes all day, you’re the a**hole.’” (08/26/18)

www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/crazy-rich-asians-awkwafina-controversy-outrage-industry/

John Brennan is a hack; Donald Trump turned him into Spartacus
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
by Marc A Thiessen

“Many in the intelligence community have been quietly dismayed by the hyperbolic partisan behavior of former CIA Director John Brennan since Donald Trump took office. But by revoking Brennan’s security clearance, the president has managed to turn Brennan from an embarrassment into a martyr. The response to Trump’s action has been like the scene in the 1960 movie ‘Spartacus’ when a Roman general announces to a group of rebel slaves that they will be spared crucifixion — but only if they turn in Spartacus, the leader of the revolt. One by one, the slaves stand up and shout, ‘I am Spartacus!’ As former CIA Director Michael Hayden has pointed out, a similar scene is playing out today in the intelligence community. The first to yell ‘I am Spartacus!’ was retired Adm. William H. McRaven, former head of U.S. Joint Special Operations Command, who declared in a Post op-ed, ‘I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.’” (08/24/18)

COMMENTARY: John Brennan is a hack — Donald Trump turned him into Spartacus

Leftists are trying to muddy the waters on falling global poverty
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“World Bank data show the number and proportion of people in dire poverty worldwide has plummeted over the past two decades. In 1990, 35.5pc of the world’s population (1.9bn people) lived below the equivalent of $1.90 (£1.47) per day. By 2013, this had fallen to 10.9pc, or just 782m. That’s the most rapid fall in poverty in global history. Viewed from our lofty opulence, it’s easy to downplay this statistic as indicative of a different poverty — that of ambition. Yet viewed in isolation it is surely good news. Unless, of course, you are a left-wing academic keen to decry the effects of globalisation and capitalism. Numerous commentators and intellectuals with precisely these ambitions are trying to muddy the waters and confuse the public on this unadulterated positive development.” (08/24/18)

www.cato.org/publications/commentary/leftists-are-trying-muddy-waters-falling-global-poverty

Bernie Sanders aims at Amazon and gets millions of low wage workers fired
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“OK. So, here’s Amazon or any other plutocratic, capitalist and thus hard hearted employer. There’s the single male looking for a job at $10 an hour. There’s the single mother looking for a job at $10 an hour. Currently they both cost the employer the same amount of money, $10 an hour. However, we out here, society, we say the single mother needs $600 a month (just to entirely invent a number but not far off reality) to feed her three children. On top of her wages. We do this because the children shouldn’t go hungry. Now Bernie Sanders brings in his thoroughly sensible and well thought out plan. Amazon must pay a $600 a month tax for hiring the single mother. Amazon pays no tax for hiring the single male. Who gets the job? Well, one of them costs Amazon $10 an hour plus nothing, the other $10 an hour plus $600. It’s not going to be Ms. $600 extra who gets hired, is it?” (08/24/18)

Bernie Sanders Aims At Amazon And Gets Millions Of Low Wage Workers Fired

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