Getting By With A Little Help From Friends, Mystery In Cuba, And Is UBI No BFD? Here’s what you need to know… These days, individuals and groups with cases before the Supreme Court are getting by with a little help from their friends. In fact, over 90% of cases that the Supreme Court hears attract at least one amicus curiae – Latin for “friend of the court” brief. That is a more than 800% increase since the 1950s, and a...

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Declaring An Opioid Emergency, Trudeau’s Art Of The Deal, And Will AI Crown A “Ruler Of The World”? Here’s what you need to know… In late July, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, issued a preliminary report recommending, among other steps, that President Trump declare the opioid abuse epidemic as a national emergency. A couple weeks...

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The Rise Of Antifa, A Federalist Answer On Immigration, And Replacing Leslie Knope​ Here’s what you need to know… In April 2016, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued a confidential joint intelligence assessment labeling a leftist extremist group named Antifa – short for anti-fascists – as “domestic terrorists,” predicting they would engage in violence with radical right-wing organizations. A few weeks...

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NAFTA Talks, Enviro Attacks Go Low, And How Real News Becomes Fake​ Here’s what you need to know… At a Tuesday rally in Arizona, President Trump said current efforts to renegotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are likely to fail, and “we’ll end up probably terminating NAFTA at some point.” The Mexican peso plunged in response to his comments. But, is this really a reflection of the status of...

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Silicon Valley Imperiled, Activists’ Hidden Organizing Tool, And The Obama-Trump Vocabulary​ Here’s what you need to know… Wall Street has long been unpopular with the public, making the financial industry a punching bag for politicians on both sides of the aisle and a frequent target for increased regulation and bureaucratic scrutiny. In contrast, Silicon Valley’s traditional reputation as young, innovative, and...

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The Facts On The RAISE Act, What’s Killing Retail, And The 100% Renewable Fraud ​ Here’s what you need to know… Last week, President Trump endorsed the RAISE Act, legislation sponsored by Senators David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) that would be the most significant reform of the U.S. immigration system since the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act. There’s a lot of exaggerations from both supporters and critics...

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OPEC’s Diminished Cartel, The Constitutionality Of Twitter Blocking, And The Declining Business Birth Rate Here’s what you need to know… After hitting all-time production highs in 2016, this January, the 14-nation Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) – as well as several non-OPEC oil producers – agreed to cut oil output by 1.8 million barrels per day. Although oil prices rose slightly above $50...

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The Venezuelan Referendum, Academic Influence, And Trump’s Fake News Personas   Here’s what you need to know… Last month, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered a July 30th vote to elect a constituent assembly to oversee the drafting of a new constitution. However, as reported by Reuters, the country’s main opposition parties have criticized the idea of a constituent assembly “as a sham designed to keep … Maduro...

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