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McCain Strikes Again: Won’t Support New GOP Health Care Bill, Imperiling Passage [Watch]
Christina Wilkie, CNBC

Russia Didn't Hack The Election. Obama Did.
Daniel J. Flynn, American Spectator

Jimmy Kimmel, My Wife Has Cancer, I Have A Pulmonary Embolism. But I Still Oppose Obamacare [Watch]
Erick Erickson, Fox News

Memo To Jimmy Kimmel: ObamaCare Doesn't Pass The 'Jimmy Kimmel Test' Either
Investor’s Business Daily

Demographic Doom And The Welfare State
Daniel J. Mitchell, International Liberty

Betsy DeVos Withdraws 'Dear Colleague' Letter That Weaponized Title IX Against Due Process
Robby Soave, Reason

It's The Corporate Tax Rate, Stupid
Tony Mecia, The Weekly Standard

Why Donald Trump Should Celebrate The 300th Birthday Of The Gold Standard
Ralph Benko, Forbes.com

Sharyl Attkisson: Intel Officials Said Public Would Be Stunned By Level Of Spying On Citizens [Watch]
BillOReilly.com

Are We Nearing The End Of Occupational Licensing?
Logan Albright, Conservative Review

Regulator Revoke Uber’s License In London
Adam Sarariano, Bloomberg

Rep. Maxine Waters: 'Impeachment Is About Whatever The Congress Says It Is’ [Watch]
CNSNews

Scott Adams Tells You How The Rocket Man Linguistic Kill Shot Is Working [Watch]
Today Live With Scott Adams

Poll: Kid Rock Riding 'Trump Train' To US Senate, Leads GOP Field
Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner

Florida Residents Warned They'll Be Ticketed For Hurricane-Damaged Homes
TheAntiMedia.org

Princeton’s Campus Newspaper Disbands Editorial Board For Right-Leaning Opinions
Jennifer Kabbany, The College Fix

The Emmys Are A Symptom Of A Dying Common Culture
RT Vaden, Acculturated

Patriotic Video Shows Mike Rowe Singing National Anthem At Baseball Game [Watch]
Martin Walsh, Western Journalism

Faced With Fines, Trump Voter Refuses To Take Down Her Massive Signs [Watch]
Alex Thomas, Rare

Stop Conflating Inequality With Poverty
Bryan Cheang, Foundation for Economic Education

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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: 4.44%
    FreeMarket Central Shadow Stats: 22.2%
  • Inflation:
    FreeMarket Central August Year-to-Year: 1.73% (CPI-U*)
    FreeMarket Central Shadow Stats: 9.4%

*[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,