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It's Time For Senate GOP To Ditch Mitch McConnell So That Trump's Agenda Can Succeed
Erick Erickson, The Resurgent

What Really Happened Between Trump And Putin At The G20?
Michael Warren, Weekly Standard

Donald Trump Vs. The Post-West
John Fonte, American Greatness

California's Climate Cap And Spend
The Wall Street Journal

IRS Destroyed Laptops Containing Critical Records, Says Inspector General
Elizabeth McKee, Americans for Tax Reform

Poll: Just 6% Of Americans Say Russia Story Is ‘Important'
Joseph Curl, Daily Wire

Applebees Franchisee: We Have 1,000 Fewer Servers Because Of New York’s Minimum Wage Hike [Watch]
Scott McClallen, Red Alert Politics

Latest Ratings: MSNBC Strong In Key Demo, Fox Has Most Viewers, CNN Still Losing To Cartoons
Andrew Mark Miller, Young Conservatives

How The Overcriminalization Of Everything Is Endangering Ordinary People [Watch]
Bonnie Kristian, Rare

The Democratic Party Remains On The Verge Of Collapse
Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg

How ‘Saudi America’ Made OPEC Irrelevant
Andrew Moran, Economic Collapse News

Sanders Denies Saying Republican Health Care Bill Would Kill People (He Did) [Watch]
Andrew Kugle, Washington Free Beacon

What Americans Care About Vs. What The Media Cares About
Jon Gabriel, Ricochet

Social Security Will Be Paying Out More Than It Receives In Just Five Years
Mac Slavo, SHTFPlan.com

Democrats Have No Message Because Pelosi And Schumer Never Needed One
Michael Sainato, The Observer

The EU Is Making Poor Countries Poorer
Joseph Hackett, CapX

Why It’s A Bad Idea To Tell Students Words Are Violence
Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff, The Atlantic

This Poconos Property Manager Helped My Family Keep Our Vacation Home—Until Pennsylvania Shut Her Down
Samantha Harris, Reason

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ShadowStats alternate economic indicators are based on the methodology of noted economist John Williams, specialist in government economic reporting.

  • Unemployment:
    FreeMarket Central BLS: 4.4%
    FreeMarket Central Shadow Stats: 22.1%
  • Inflation:
    FreeMarket Central June Year-to-Year: 1.87% (CPI-U*)
    FreeMarket Central Shadow Stats: 9.6%

*[cpi-u is the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation rate for all urban consumers]

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Socialist 'Freebies' Are The Least Free Of All

The more subsidized it is, the less free it is. What is known as 'free education' is the least free of all, for it is a state-owned institution; it is socialized education - just like socialized medicine or the socialized post office - and cannot possibly be separated from political control.

-- Frank Chodorov,

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When America Was Truly The Land Of Opportunity

For [early immigrants] America was truly the land of opportunity. For the first time in their lives, many were truly free to pursue their own objectives. That freedom released the human energies which created the United States. There were few government programs to turn to and nobody expected them. But also there were few rules and regulations. There were no licenses, no permits, no red tape to restrict them. They found, in fact, a free market, and most of them thrived on it. 

-- Milton Friedman,