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Jack Lew’s John Hancock, Rodman The Diplomat, Frost On Egypt’s Arab Spring, The Donald Hawks A Startup, Colbert-Busch? We Hardly Knew Ye: Wednesday Morning News Roundup 5-8-2013

May 8, 2013 by  

Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

 

  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has been widely mocked for his scribble signature, which is required on each currency note in order to make it legal tender. Now he’s fixed his scrip to make it look more legitimate… no word on the fiat currency.

 

  • Dennis Rodman is conducting a little more freak diplomacy with his tiny eastern dictator friend Kim Jong Un. Calling for the release of a Korean-American that’s been sentenced and jailed in the Hermit Kingdom, Rodman asked Kim via Twitter Wednesday, “Do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose.”

 

  • Two years after the ousting of former President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt is lapsing into the pattern of destabilization, violence and vigilantism that’s followed past Mideast revolutions. Urban black-market arms manufacturers in Cairo are doing a big business, when they aren’t dying or facing arrest. Why? “Fear is big business nowadays,” one told Bloomberg. “We’re in a jungle now.”

 

  • Donald Trump is launching a new crowdfunding start-up. To prove he is hip with the youthful start-up mentality and not just some old, out-of-touch rich guy, Trump will be giving away suitcases full of cash as a promotional effort.

 

  • After months of National micro-focus on the South Carolina District 1 Congressional race, Steven Colbert’s sister, Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, couldn’t defeat Republican Mark Sanford — a man who in 2009, as Governor, absconded with an Argentinian mistress (now his fiancée) while telling the public he was just hiking the Appalachian Trail.

 

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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