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Just In Time For The Holidays, Reckless States Are Coming For Your Online Purchases

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If there is anything that gets demagogic politicians and pundits riled up, it’s the closing of tax loopholes, and the tax-hike demagogues might just be getting one of their wishes come December. Bloomberg reports that most online consumers will pay sales taxes in some shape or form in the next few months. Currently, consumers pay taxes on goods purchased straight from Amazon, but they can avoid paying taxes on goods if they purchase them through Amazon’s third-party merchants. By the start of December this could all change, as several merchants are expected to start collecting taxes in return for partial…

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How A Suicide Can Turn The Left Against Themselves

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For as long as the modern-day feminist movement has existed, supporters have been pushing the notion that a woman has complete autonomy over her own body. Without a doubt, a majority of Americans likely agree with this notion, much like we all agree the sky is blue. Thus it is fair to say that these feminists have offered nothing new to basic human understanding. Where this view tends to be controversial is when it is applied in certain contexts. In cases of rape, most would agree that a woman has absolute control of her own body, but feminists take this…

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Net Neutrality And The Problem With “Experts”

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The FCC voted this week to roll back “net neutrality” regulations adopted in 2015. Supporters of net neutrality claim the regulations protect internet traffic from discrimination and ensure broadband providers don’t abuse their power as gatekeepers to the internet. Supporters also claim “[n]et neutrality is the principle that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally.” The problem, of course, is that net neutrality regulations do none of these things. In the past, we’ve explored how government regulatory panels cannot and do not ensure fairness. In fact, they encourage abuse by the most powerful actors in the marketplace.

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Dear Planned Parenthood: My Miscarriage Was Nothing Like An Abortion

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I was sitting on the floor of my bedroom with friends playing Monopoly when I felt it. Something wasn’t right. Afraid, but wanting to appear like everything was normal, I maintained my composure. I would wear my best poker face, even if I was only playing a board game. Politely, I excused myself from the top hat and thimble game pieces and crossed the short distance from my floor to the bathroom across the hall. It was behind the privacy of the closed door that I was first able to confirm what I had already feared — at 17-years-old and…

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Why Justin Amash Is Correct About Spending Caps

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Congress has a bad habit of treating compromise like a good thing even in instances where it does bad things for the American people. The same can be said of bipartisanship. The problem is that in a lot of these instances, Congress coming together doesn’t mean they’re coming together for the people. If anything, they’re coming together for their own political careers. The optics of bipartisanship is stellar, it’s just the details that get ugly. It’s been an rough year for an ineffective Republican Congress that has repeatedly failed to pass various legislative promises. Now the threat of government shutdown…

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Secession — Not Military Intervention — Can Help Venezuela

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Not too long ago, President Donald Trump made headlines by suggesting a potential military option in Venezuela in the face of the country’s rapidly decaying political situation. It’s undeniable that Venezuela is suffering a humanitarian and economic crisis of unprecedented proportions all thanks to the socialist policies that the country has experimented with over the past two decades. But a military intervention in Venezuela is likely to be costly and damaging to Americans, while disastrous for Venezuelans.

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Establishment Christianity: Roy Moore, Tyranny, And a New Standard Of Guilt

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There is a lot of blame to go around for Roy Moore’s loss in the special election for Senator from Alabama. The political establishment and media undertook a smear campaign shortly before the election based on alleged events from 40 years ago. The Republican Party abandoned its candidate, and Roy Moore failed to sufficiently attack his opponent as a baby-killing, gun-grabbing leftist. However, when it comes down to it, there is one group of people that deserves the blame for Moore’s loss — Christian leaders. Whether it was Southern Baptists like Russell Moore or political commentators like David French from National…

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The Gynocentric Vengeance Of Megyn Kelly

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Recently, we have seen an orgy of sexual harassment charges levied against various celebrities, politicians and even chefs. Men have been made to be villains as a group, and women are flocking to the #MeToo hashtag to tell all sorts of sordid stories of the inhumanity of men. Starting with Harvey Weinstein and then Al Franken and John Conyers, there has been an avalanche of accusations. Roy Moore has been made out to be a child predator without any proof that wasn’t forged. But the movement continues on through tonight’s Alabama special election. Our media masters have already found all…

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Christie V. NCAA: The Modern Fight For The Tenth Amendment

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In modern America, the Bill of Rights is treated as a suggestion booklet. The Second Amendment states that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, through it is often limited and watered down by excessive regulation. The Fourth Amendment protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures, though the federal government regularly violates people’s privacy in the digital age. These are just some of the many numerous examples. And then there’s the Tenth Amendment. The Tenth Amendment has a fairly straight-forward premise. Whatever is not specifically authorized for the federal government or prohibited for the states is…

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Mainstream Media Still Doesn’t Understand Why Fake News Label Exists

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The arrogance of the mainstream media is perhaps at its highest. While free press is a necessary element to a free society, the idea is fading. The fading of the free press isn’t because of President Donald Trump ripping fake news outlets or his supporters trolling networks like CNN. It’s fading because the networks being targeted continue to get stories wrong and assume that it does nothing to their integrity. As major providers of the news, mainstream media sources have an enormous responsibility. This responsibility to the American people doesn’t include flashy headlines, clickbait new stories, or misreported facts. The…

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The Strange Resignation Of Senator Al Franken

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Allegations of sexual misconduct are piling up inside and outside of Washington D.C. Powerful men in society from the mainstream media to Capitol Hill are being taken down by claims that they acted inappropriately. In numerous instances, the targeted figures admit wrongdoing, beg for forgiveness, and disappear into private life. Prominent examples include fallen media titans Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer, both of which admitted to the allegations to some degree before resigning. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) gave a resignation speech, but his was far different. For weeks now, the allegations were piling up. It started with Leeann Tweeden alleging…

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Obama Shamefully Invokes Godwin’s Law While Whining About Democracy

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Changes to the presidency in recent memory have often meant a shift in ideology. Former President Bill Clinton was a liberal Democrat, but George W. Bush was a neoconservative. The most recent member of the ex-presidents’ club, Barack Obama, began as a progressive Democrat before finding his way to the establishment. While initially staying quiet, he has recently become more vocal in criticizing his successor. Like many Democrats, Obama seems to believe we’re living in the apocalypse. While President Donald Trump is no limited government politician, he is far from the satanist dictator his opponents make him sound like. Are…

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CNN’s Desperate Damage Control Effort Backfires Spectacularly

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CNN and the right have long been at odds. While MSNBC has always been considered more overtly liberal, CNN has carried the nickname “Clinton News Network” for some time. It carries that nickname for good reason. The battle became personal when Donald Trump entered the political arena and went to war with the network. Ever since, CNN and the President have been swiping at each other. Mainstream media networks, publications, anchors and journalists all like to claim that they’re under attack. When President Trump labels them as fake news, he’s apparently wanting to shut down the free press. This isn’t…

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President Trump Catches The Washington Post Lying About Crowd Size

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Much blame is placed on President Donald Trump for his ongoing feud with the mainstream media. Every time he calls them out, it’s taken as an attack on the free press. But is using your constitutional freedom of speech really opposing the free press? Can the First Amendment actually be used to stop the First Amendment? This is the issue with the constant hyperbole from left-wing agitators. The mainstream media has been caught with false information numerous times in just the past year alone, which has led President Trump and allies to label bad publications and networks as fake news.…

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Al Franken Predicted His Own Political Sex Scandal Twenty Years Ago

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The saga surrounding Senator Al Franken has been interesting, to say the least. In just a matter of weeks, he’s gone from being a speculative contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 to a disgraced politician forced out of office. Numerous individuals have come forward alleging different episodes of sexual misconduct, some during his prior career as a comedian and some after his change to a politician. He’s claimed he either cannot recall these incidents or just flat out denies them, but still resigned from the U.S. Senate anyway. His comedy career has presented an unusual issue for people…

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Former Clinton Aide Slams Senator Gillibrand For Taking Stand Against Sexual Assault

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The political world has been shaken and turned upside down by the wave of sexual misconduct allegations facing both parties. From Representatives John Conyers and Trent Franks to Senator Al Franken, both political parties have been faced with enormous scandals. The proper course of action at this point would be to address the issue directly and ensure it doesn’t continue. Investigations need to occur and where misconduct is found, resignation or removal needs to happen. This is a point some are getting in both parties, while others are failing. For Democrats, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi struggled in the beginning…

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Why Do Modern Political Parties Fear Using Impeachment?

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Impeachment is a powerful tool within the Constitution. The Constitution features a series of checks and balances to keep the branches in order, but impeachment allows for the direct removal of officials from government. So why isn’t it used? With the exception of former President Bill Clinton, there has been no use of the process in recent memory. Does this mean all modern Presidents of the United States have acted with the utmost integrity? Hardly. Former President George W. Bush was widely despised by Democrats. Liberals and progressives were regularly protesting a man they saw as a hardcore warmonger. The…

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The US Constitution Was Never Necessary For Military Defense

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Before the US Constitution of 1787 was ratified, its proponents had claimed a centralized and powerful American state was necessary for the purposes of military defense. But, as the Anti-Federalists of the time pointed out, the older constitution (known as the Articles of Confederation) had already been sufficient enough to allow the colonies to defeat what was the most powerful state on earth — the British Empire. By the time the Federalists were advocating for a new, stronger, more costly constitution, the US was, as Richard Henry Lee put it, “in no immediate danger of any commotions; we are in a state of perfect peace, and…

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Two Portraits From The American Civil War

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Here are the portraits of famous figures from the Civil War: The first is a Democrat. Politically, he was the polar opposite of Abraham Lincoln and the new Republican Party. He was ardently pro-slavery. He supported the Lecompton Constitution that sought to make Kansas a slave state, and favored the Dred Scott decision that threw out the Missouri Compromise and opened even Northern territories to slavery. In 1860, this person attended the Democratic Convention. Before the party split and produced two rival nominees for president, he supported Jefferson Davis. After the split between the Northern and Southern democrats, he supported the Southern candidate,…

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It’s Not About Baking The Cake, It’s About Property Rights

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A big headliner in the news lately is the Supreme Court Case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. This case originated when Christian bakers refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding. Since then, leftists have seized the opportunity to label the bakers as “homophobes” or “discriminating” in their actions to deny the gay couple their wedding cake. They argue that the couple were victims of discrimination that is being masked as religious freedom. Alternatively, the opposing side argues that the bakers’ denial of their service is a free speech right and that they are acting in conviction of…

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Yes, We Can Have The 20 Percent Corporate Tax Rate — Next Month!

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Former Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey (R – New York) has discovered the formula for delivering a 20 percent corporate-tax rate in 2018 — as the U.S. House wishes — not 2019, as the Senate voted, thus flirting with GOP political suicide. McCaughey, a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research (as am I), offered a delightfully simple plan in Wednesday’s New York Post: “This beautiful committee,” as President Trump dubbed the House-Senate conference, should accept the House’s January 1, 2018 date for the corporate tax to plunge from today’s 35 percent rate to a new, paradigm-shifting 20 percent. And how would conferees “pay for” such history-making tax relief for American…

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NRA-Republican Backed Bill Makes It Easier For Feds To Disarm Citizens

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On Wednesday, the Republican controlled house voted to further federalize gun laws in this country. While Ryan McMaken has noted the danger in further centralizing gun legislation, there is another deeply troubling aspect to this bill: it expands the ability of the Federal government to restrict Americans’ right to bear arms. During the legislative process, the NRA supported merging the bill aimed at nationalizing concealed carry permits with another piece of legislation aimed at “fixing” the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS.) Obviously this legislation was inspired by the failure of the US Air Force to report the criminal record of Devin…

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Flynn’s Sin Was Lying To Liars, Not Colluding With Russians

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Retired US Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn’s sin was lying to liars, not colluding with Russians. When he spoke to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, following Donald Trump’s 2016 election, former National Security Advisor Flynn was discharging a perfectly legal and patriotic duty to the electorate. In a fit of pique, then-President Barack Obama had expelled Russian diplomats from the United States. K. T. McFarland, Flynn’s deputy in the Trump transition team, worried that Obama’s expulsion of the diplomats was aimed at “boxing Trump in diplomatically,” making it impossible for the president to “improve relations with Russia,” a promise he ran…

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How Impeachment Will Backfire On Democrats

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Most Democrats describe President Donald Trump with a great deal of hyperbole. We’ve apparently never seen a President like this before, and his unstable behavior is cause for panic. Many want to deal with him by removal, and there is a growing number of lawmakers embracing his impeachment. But even with this plan ongoing, Democratic leaders oppose impeaching the President and believe all ongoing investigations should conclude. With all of this said, there still are some Democratic lawmakers who have gone rogue and will continue to do so because their hatred of Trump. Congressman Al Green (D-TX) moved to force…

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Venezuelan Collapse Is Golden Opportunity To Showcase American Superiority

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Venezuela is not a country with a government, it is a hostage situation. The Maduro regime in Caracas has declared its ransom demands. They are actively robbing their captives, and make no mistake, they are executing many of those captives on a daily basis. Among its top ransom demands, the government in Caracas wants to restructure its enormous and dynamic debt burden. Their state-owned oil apparatus, PDVSA, was once a lucrative slush-fund/money-laundering operation for Maduro and the Cuban proxies in the upper echelons of power in Venezuelan politics. Now, PDVSA is financially underwater and struggling to make good on its…

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