Appalling that the president thinks he has the right to full-on order companies around. This is not a dictatorship or a monarchy. Private companies and citizens do not hold their rights at the tolerance of the executive. Private actions are beyond the purview of the president.
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RT @realDonaldTrump@twitter.com
....better off without them. The vast amounts of money made and stolen by China from the United States, year after year, …
twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/st

Obviously the correct decision. And a poignant reminder that America is not a procedural democracy; states are constituent members of the polity too and need to have a voice in elections. Hence the electoral college.
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RT @thehill@twitter.com
Appeals court says Colorado electors don't have to vote for winner of state's popular vote hill.cm/5TZJzIq
twitter.com/thehill/status/116

Politicians and political scientists: "Without pork barrel spending, we have no way to incentivize legislators to support bills they otherwise wouldn't."
Bills should sell themselves on their merits. If bribery is the only way to get support, it probably shouldn't pass anyway.

Yes, government overreach is dangerous. There are also obvious ways to address it. But how do you rein in private actors who decide to ignore personal liberty and demand regulation that forces their values down others' throats?
medium.com/@MrsWynandPapers/th

RT @JohnStossel@twitter.com
President Donald Trump promised he’d get rid of bad rules.

“Remove the anchor dragging us down!” he said when campaigning for president. “We’re going to cancel every needless job-killing regulation!”

johnstossel.com/trumps-promise

What's fascinating about this is the space between the messianic rhetoric with which Trump is imbuing himself and actual governance (executive agencies and Congress) which operates largely independently of the media white noise.
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RT @realDonaldTrump@twitter.com
....like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God...But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doin…
twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/st

The problem with rescission is that it implicitly transfers the power of the purse from Congress (where it belongs) to the executive branch, giving those agencies too much unilateral power to control their own funding.

The Supreme Court ruled (Zadvydas v. Davis) that non-citizens, including immigrants, have due process rights. Constitutionally speaking, this should mean they cannot be detained indefinitely.
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RT @thehill@twitter.com
: Trump admin introduces rule allowing indefinite detention of migrant families hill.cm/yRSct6g
twitter.com/thehill/status/116

Anytime the federal government invokes "national security" as a justification for a law, you can be sure civil liberties are being violated.
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RT @thehill@twitter.com
JUST IN: Trump administration calls on Congress to reauthorize NSA surveillance program on millions of Americans hill.cm/T3vWbLZ
twitter.com/thehill/status/116

Right, because abolishing the filibuster for presidential appointees worked out so well for Democrats.
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RT @sahilkapur@twitter.com
Harry Reid, the most recent Democratic Senate majority leader, calls for abolishing the legislative filibuster in a New York Times op-ed.

nytimes.com/2019/08/12/opinion
twitter.com/sahilkapur/status/

Barr today: "Comply first, and, if warranted, complain later." 100% backwards. The 4th Amendment sets behavioral guidelines to which law enforcement needs to conform. This protects citizens and ensures arrests are legitimate and hold up in court (which actually protects police.)

Say what you will about character, this is exactly the kind of substantive focus we need in our political discourse.
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RT @MarkSanford@twitter.com
Below please find a link to our second video. I do believe a financial storm is coming our way if we do nothing to affect our debt, deficit, and spending numbers from Washington.

youtube.com/watch?v=3Zk6T8J1bD
twitter.com/MarkSanford/status

This is such nonsense. The whole point of our system of government is that their is no such thing as national unity. The federal government, foundationally, oversees only a few areas specifically because of the diverse character of life within the states. city-journal.org/nationalism

Even supposing the statistical correlation has any meaning (which I don't think it does) this says nothing to the diversity of thought that can lead two unique people to the same conclusion for completely different reasons.

The biggest problem with identity politics is it assigns monistic values/thoughts to artificial demographic, i.e. "young, single women are more liberal than older, married women." People become data points; when their views diverge from the minority they're looked at as deviant.

Disturbing from a whole bunch of angles, but perhaps the most disturbing is that it appears to be based on an erroneous understanding of Section 230.
reason.com/2019/08/09/trumps-s

Interesting perspective. An issue I've had myself, but not sure I'm convinced by this argument. Thoughts from my fellow digital publishing friends?
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RT @bastiatsociety@twitter.com
New article from AIER: Want to End Book-Selling Scams? Stop Relying on Copyrights zpr.io/gBxCL
twitter.com/bastiatsociety/sta

What's particularly hilarious about this is the disconnect between her 'sympathy' on issues like immigration and her democratic-socialism. If respect for individuals means government should be hands off in these things, why not others? She's missing the broader philosophic point.
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RT @reason@twitter.com
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she has "a lot of common ground with many libertarian viewpoints." reason.com/2019/08/08/alex…
twitter.com/reason/status/1159

Except that niggling little detail of her philosophy being fundamentally incompatible with individualism, the cornerstone of libertarian thought.
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RT @reason@twitter.com
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she has "a lot of common ground with many libertarian viewpoints." reason.com/2019/08/08/alexandr
twitter.com/reason/status/1159

The blinkered myopia of a politics that emphasizes partisanship (loyalty to faction) and demonized ideology (loyalty to principle.)
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RT @jocelynkiley@twitter.com
NEW: 66% of Americans say it would be too risky to give presidents more power to deal directly with national problems -- down from 76% last year, as GOP views have shifted.

Today, 51% of Reps say this; 70% said this in March 2018.

people-press.org/2019/08/07…
twitter.com/jocelynkiley/statu

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