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Bill To Define Journalist Will Get Full Senate Vote

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed media shield legislation that is intended to protect journalists from having to cooperate in government investigations — but lawmakers made sure to limit who can be defined as a journalist in America. Lawmakers used language in the bill, which passed the committee on a 13-5 vote, to draw […]

Republicans In Tempe-Mesa Legislative District Rebuke McCain On Obama Nominations

Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been formally rebuked by Arizona Republicans in the State’s 26th Legislative District for helping to green-light several of President Barack Obama’s controversial nominations for key leadership roles at Federal agencies. The District 26 Republicans approved the wholly symbolic resolution on Tuesday by a 24-13 vote, accusing him of capitulating to […]

A Cheat Sheet To Congress’ NSA Spying Bills

This post, by Policy Analyst and Legislative Assistant Mark M. Jaycox, originally appeared on the Electronic Frontier Foundation website on Sept. 11. The veil of secrecy around the government’s illegal and unConstitutional use of both Section 215 of the Patriot Act and Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is being lifted. As […]

Colorado Recall Votes Send A Signal To The Elected Class: Representation Matters

Colorado Recall Votes Send A Signal To The Elected Class: Representation Matters

On Tuesday, both of the Colorado State Senators who faced a voter recall — a culmination of massive public backlash over their support of new, unConstitutional gun control legislation — lost their jobs. Democrats quickly demonstrated they’d learned absolutely nothing from the grassroots-bred ouster.

Female DUI Suspect Gets Face Smashed By Cops For Moving Too Slowly

Female DUI Suspect Gets Face Smashed By Cops For Moving Too Slowly

Driving under the influence is a bad idea; we all know that. But it still isn’t an excuse for police officers to take judicial process into their own hands and issue a beat down of a suspect. Last month, a 5-foot, 6-inch mother of two weighing 130 pounds didn’t follow officers’ orders quickly enough to suit them. So they broke her face.

NSA Documents Show Intelligence Officials Lacked Understanding Of Own Practices

NSA Documents Show Intelligence Officials Lacked Understanding Of Own Practices

As leaks and document releases about the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices continue to make headlines, it’s become clear that even the people running the spy agency are baffled by the scope of the privacy intrusions carried out by the government.

Some Lawmakers Want War So Bad They Can Taste It; Donate To ‘Americans For Whatever Barack Obama Wants; Economists Prove Keynesian Devotee Wrong; Bikers Take Over D.C. For 9/11; Colorado Issuing Marijuana Sale Rulebook— Personal Liberty Digest P.M. Edition 9-11-2013

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Ocean Of Bikers Drowns Out Muslim Protesters In Competing Rallies On Sept. 11

The quickly-organized “2 Million Bikers To D.C.” rally didn’t deliver anywhere near that many patriotic motorcycle enthusiasts to a Sept. 11 rally in the Nation’s capital city. But the event did turn out tens of thousands of bikers, who vastly outnumbered the two dozen or so supporters of the competing “Million American March Against Fear” […]

Graham, Reid And McRino Double Down On Calls For Syrian War After Obama Speech

A day after President Barack Obama’s White House address that did not rule out the prospect of a U.S. military strike against the Syrian government, a Senate resolution to authorize action sits tabled. But that isn’t stopping a handful of lawmakers to advocate for an attack— with or without Congressional approval. “Congress stands ready to […]

Mises: Mainstream Economists Prove Krugman Wrong About Austrian Economics

This post, written by John P. Chochran, originally appeared on the Ludwig von Mises Institute website on September 11. Paul Krugman has recently been critical of Friedman (and Phelps), the Phillips curve, and the Natural Unemployment Rate (NUR) theory in the process of arguing that due to the recent Great Recession, the accompanying financial crisis, […]

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