Ryan McMaken, Mises Institute: Unfortunately, it is clear that under [President] Trump the federal government has every intention of spending as it always has. Indeed, the Trump administration plans to spend even more than its predecessors by raising military spending without making any sizable cuts to any other program. So what does it mean if the government plans to spend more but says it will cut its revenue via tax cuts? It means there will be more deficit spending. And, contrary to what Dick Cheney may think, deficits do matter, and they mean higher costs for many millions of Americans. If we define a "tax" as a cost imposed on Americans by the government, then Trump's tax cuts will do nothing to lower these costs, and will only increase them in at least three ways ...
Sweden's director of public prosecutions has decided to drop the rape investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Marianne Ny filed a request to the Stockholm District Court to revoke his arrest warrant, apparently ending a seven-year stand-off. Assange, 45, has lived in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, trying to avoid extradition. He feared being extradited to the U.S. if sent to Sweden. He could face trial in the U.S. over the leaking hundreds of thousands of secret US military and diplomatic documents. ... The plaintiff in the rape case was "shocked" by the decision, her lawyer said, and maintained her accusations against Assange, Agence France-Presse reported.
President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order aimed at making it easier for churches to participate in politics, seeking to deliver on a campaign pledge to a community that overwhelmingly backed in him in last year's election. The order, which Trump unveiled with great fanfare in a Rose Garden ceremony, was cheered by some conservative Christians but seen as a disappointment by others, who said it fell short of the broader changes they wanted as part of a highly anticipated measure on religious liberties. read more
Sen. John McCain said Sunday the Trump administration should consider a pre-emptive strike against North Korea if the U.S. determines that country's regime can mount a nuclear weapon onto a ballistic missile, but cautioned military action should be last resort. ... "This is very serious. Their capabilities of firing artillery on Seoul is absolutely real," McCain said. "And this, again, is why we have to bring every pressure to bear. And the major lever on North Korea today, and maybe the only lever, is China. ... But to say you absolutely rule out that option, of course, would be foolish," the Arizona Republican added. "But it has to be the ultimate last option."
Prehistoric humans -- perhaps Neanderthals or another lost species -- occupied what is now California some 130,000 years ago, a team of scientists reported on Wednesday. The bold and fiercely disputed claim, published in the journal Nature, is based on a study of mastodon bones discovered near San Diego. If the scientists are right, they would significantly alter our understanding of how humans spread around the planet The earliest widely accepted evidence of people in the Americas is less than 15,000 years old. Genetic studies strongly support the idea that those people were the ancestors of living Native Americans, arriving in North America from Asia. read more