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Jon Stewart presses Ron Paul on his libertarian views

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Although Jon Stewart and Texas Congressman Ron Paul found common ground in their opposition to the war on drugs on Monday night, Stewart questioned whether all of Paul’s libertarian ideals were realistic.

Paul, a Republican presidential candidate, said during his appearance on The Daily Show that the free market system was the only true humanitarian system.

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“In your mind has there ever been a time when the market did regulate itself?” Stewart asked. “And was there a time in our history of capitalism, or anything along those lines, that you could point to and say, ‘that was a better system, that was a more humanitarian system?’ Because my understanding of those days — the 1800s — is that they were incredibly rapacious. And these regulations arose from the failings of the market.”

Paul responded that the collusion between corporations and government made regulations ineffective.

“I think the environment would be better protected by strict property rights,” he said. “I was raised in a city in Pittsburgh, where the sewers were the rivers and the corporations did it in collusion with the government… all you have to say is you have no right to pollute your neighbor’s property.”

“Does there inability to do it effectively mean they shouldn’t do it?” Stewart pressed. “Wouldn’t you rather have people regulating that are accountable to voters than corporations regulating themselves, accountable only to shareholders?”

“But the regulations are stricter in the marketplace,” Paul said.

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Trump-Biden race could hinge on how this one Florida county swings

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Betty Jones voted for President Donald Trump in 2016, but the lifelong Republican has her doubts she will do it again this year.

The federal response to the coronavirus pandemic that has killed about 200,000 Americans and forced older adults to restrict their activities has her contemplating a leadership change.

It “makes me unsure,” said Jones, 78, of Largo, in Pinellas County, Florida. Before COVID-19, she said, she would have definitely voted for Trump.

Polls show that many people will have the pandemic and its public health and economic consequences on their minds when they cast their votes — whether by mail or in person — this fall. Early in-person voting starts Oct. 19 in most Florida counties, including Pinellas.

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Muckraker’s fight to unseal FBI files on Jeffrey Epstein kept alive by judge

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WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday kept alive a citizen muckraker’s quest to pry loose for the public’s benefit tens of thousands of FBI documents about disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, including his time as a government informant.Self-styled public information crusader Angela Clemente sued in May, seeking to force the FBI to release the documents on the grounds that Epstein is now dead, albeit under mysterious circumstances, and that there is an overarching public interest in releasing documents. The Justice Department, representing the FBI, is fighting the effort.In a status hearing... (more…)

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Mark David Chapman says he was seeking ‘glory’ when he murdered John Lennon

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ALBANY, N.Y. — John Lennon’s killer said he was seeking “glory” when he shot the Beatles star in cold blood 40 years ago but now thinks he deserved the death penalty for his “despicable act,” according to a transcript of his most recent parole hearing obtained by the Daily News.Mark David Chapman, who shot Lennon four times outside of his Upper West Side apartment building on Dec. 8, 1980, was denied parole for the 11th time last month.During his appearance before the State Parole Board, Chapman expressed remorse for his actions that night, saying he killed the famed songwriter because he was ... (more…)

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