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50 Shades of Bernie Sanders: Politics as Character

We get the converse of the politics-as-character sham when conservatives and Republicans are treated as “anti-woman” because they have qualms about abortion or socialized contraceptive distribution, or “hateful” if they’re not on board with the latest billion-dollar boondoggle.

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Obama Finally Meets with ISIS Hostage Sotloff’s Family, 9 Months after Beheading

“President Obama met today with the family of Steven Sotloff — one of the American journalists brutally beheaded by ISIS last year,” ABC News reported Thursday. “The White House announced that Obama met with Art and Shirley Sotloff during his trip to Miami. The Sotloffs live in Florida, so the White House says it was ‘an appropriate occasion for the president to visit with them.'”

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Q1 GDP Revised Down to Negative Growth; Old Man Winter Blamed Once Again

Another way to interpret this perpetual excuse-making about cold winters and unpredictable variables is that Obama’s central-planning gurus didn’t leave the free-market economy with enough strength and freedom of action to deal with setbacks. The crushing burden of carrying our insanely expensive, corrupt, incompetent central government leaves businesses with insufficient capital and limited options to either exploit opportunity, or prepare for reversals.

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Kurzweil: Men Will Become as Gods – For $1000

You’ll be able to buy a human brain’s worth of computing power for a thousand bucks in 2020 (which means just about everyone will have it.) You’ll be able to buy a machine with the computing power of all human minds combined for a thousand bucks by 2040. What will a thousand dollars buy in 2060, or 2100? A demigod?

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Dissident Group Says Iran Forging Nuclear Ties With North Korea

A Paris-based Iranian opposition group called the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) claims that teams of North Korean “nuclear experts, nuclear warhead experts and experts in various elements of ballistic missiles including guidance systems” have made several visits to Iran, most recently in April.

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Georgia Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Join ISIS

MyFoxAtlanta reports that Leon Nathan Davis, a 37-year-old resident of Augusta, Georgia, has pleaded guilty in federal court on charges of “helping and attempting to join the ISIS terrorist organization.” Prosecutors say he could be looking at up to “15 years in prison, a lifetime of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.”

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Kurdish Forces Hit ISIS Positions Near Mosul

While Americans digest the reality of Iraqi army units fleeing from battle against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) despite months of rhetoric from the Obama administration about their improved performance, the Kurds are still very much in the game.

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Liz Warren: Fiery Class-War Populist, House-Flipping Profiteer

Our tax and regulatory systems should be prudently administered to protect property rights and the free, honest flow of commerce. Instead, we’re subjected to value judgments and accusations of bad faith from politicians who refuse to entertain such criticism of themselves.

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U.S. Analysts ‘Overwhelmed’ By Volume of Online ISIS Terrorist Chatter

Fox News reports exclusively obtaining a bulletin from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and National Counterterrorism Center warning of an extremely high volume of terrorist “chatter” on pro-ISIS social media. There is so much activity that our intelligence agencies are having a hard time keeping up with it all… and a great deal of the social media noise is coming from within our borders.

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Bill and Hillary’s Multi-Million Dollar Shell Game

Of course, even though their shell company is obviously designed to conceal sizable amounts of money from possibly controversial sources, the Left will suddenly decide pass-through financing is completely unremarkable when the Clintons do it. Liberals won’t even bat an eye when Hillary resumes bad-mouthing corporate CEOs, shrieking that there’s “too much money in politics,” and complaining about how every millionaire except herself, and her favorite donors, got rich by unfairly winning the lottery of life.

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Australia Considers Tougher Citizenship Tests, Civilian ‘Jihadi Watch’ Courses to Fight ISIS

Australia’s mobilization against the threat of ISIS has been remarkably swift, relentless, and focused. They are taking very serious measures to deal with potential recruits. For example, AFP reports the Australian government has amended its citizenship laws to “strip dual nationals linked to terrorism of their citizenship for ‘betraying the country.'”

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Warren Buffett Explains How a $15 Minimum Wage Would Hurt Workers

If any of his friends on the Left bothers to listen to what Buffett says about the minimum wage and welfare, they’re likely to be much more upset about his notion of identifying those who are “willing to work,” and holding those who are not responsible for their life choices.

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Cash-Strapped Hamas Squeezes Gaza with New Tax

Ynet News reports the terrorist gang Hamas has imposed a new import tax on “non-essential” items imported into the Gaza Strip. “The announcement has local merchants fuming, with some threatening to cease imports into Gaza altogether,” writes Ynet.

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Memorial Day: Strength of Arms, Strength of Ideals

How about a few of you high-rolling elected officials try making do with a bit less luxury, and personally donate some of the obscene profits you’ve skimmed off hard-working taxpayers through endless decades of “service” to the VA? That would really be something to talk about next Memorial Day, wouldn’t it?

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Egyptian Court Acquits 17 for Violating Strict Protest Laws

Protesting is a dicey business in Egypt, which has been through three governing regimes in four years. The current regime passed a strict law to control street protests in 2013, but last January it was violated by a demonstration that was eventually dispersed by police, resulting in the death of protester Shaimaa Sabbagh.

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