Gary Johnson Changes His Mind on Mandatory Childhood Vaccinations

There is an interesting debate among libertarians about whether you can freely choose not to be immunized, or if the state has the ability to force that on society because they are responsible for their own microbes.  Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson has apparently had a change of heart with regard to requiring childhood vaccinations. In …

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Poll: Idahoans Trust Public and Private Schools More than Charters

Two-thirds of Idahoans have faith in their public and private school education institutions, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows. But that confidence drops when it comes to public charter schools, and falls significantly when adult Idahoans are asked about their favorable opinions of homeschooling and online schooling programs, finds IPW pollster Dan Jones & …

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Idaho’s prison population down but probation sees big growth

Idaho’s prison population is shrinking, thanks to reforms created through the state’s Justice Reinvestment project. But the probation and parole population is expanding dramatically, and that’s got the officers in charge of monitoring those offenders struggling to balance limited resources, large caseloads and increased responsibilities. The problem is compounded in Ada County and the rest …

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Trump warns of a ‘war’ on American farmers

Donald Trump warned Saturday of a “war on the American farmer,” telling a crowd in Iowa that rival Hillary Clinton “wants to shut down family farms” and implement anti-agriculture policies. Trump’s speech at the annual “Roast and Ride” fundraiser for Republican Sen. Joni Ernst came just hours after Clinton received her first national security briefing …

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‘Turbulent waters’ for Obamacare

The article asks: “Could Clinton save health care overhaul from its problems?” Answer: progressives will want to make Obamacare an entitlement program like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.  With the hourglass running out for his administration, President Barack Obama’s health care law is struggling in many parts of the country. Double-digit premium increases and exits …

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Math Adds Up To College Success

We’ve known this for decades now. You can blame the educational-industrial complex for trying to find ways to dumb-down math, thus creating college failures our of our high school graduates.  One local private school in Moscow teaches math using old-school methods. And their graduates are universally successful in STEM curriculums (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math).  Math …

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CNN: Clinton On Foundation Attacks

Hillary Clinton is insisting her meetings with global leaders and others who had given significant donations to the Clinton Foundation did not influence the things she did as secretary of state. Hillary Clinton slammed Donald Trump and issued a strong defense of the Clinton Foundation Wednesday amid the Republican nominee’s claims that she used public …

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Having More Kids Is Good for the Planet

I’m actually glad that progressives aren’t having children.  The problem with environmentalists isn’t merely that they have destructive ideas about the economy, but that so many of them embrace repulsive ideas about human beings. Take a recent NPR piece that asks, “Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change?” If you want …

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Gary Johnson Not Invited to Appear at Military Veterans Group’s Presidential Forum

The advocacy group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is hosting its first ever presidential forum on September 7, which will “focus exclusively on issues the next president will have to confront as Commander-in-Chief,” according to IAVA’s website. The hour-long event, which will be broadcast on NBC and MSNBC is not a debate, but rather …

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Most Research Results Are Wrong or Useless

“Science, the pride of modernity, our one source of objective knowledge, is in deep trouble.” So begins “Saving Science,” an incisive and deeply disturbing essay by Daniel Sarewitz at The New Atlantis. As evidence, Sarewitz, a professor at Arizona State University’s School for Future Innovation and Society, points to reams of mistaken or simply useless research …

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As 64% take ACT, scores fall

“Only 38 percent of test takers tested as college ready in at least three of the four subject areas (English, math, reading and science). Thirty-four percent are not prepared to pass entry-level college courses in any subject.“ ACT scores are dropping as more students — 64 percent of 12th graders — take the exam. Some …

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#StopWhitePeople

As part of their resident advisor training program, the State University of new York at Binghamton had a race relations seminar called #StopWhitePeople2K16. The goal of the training program, as Binghamton University has said, was to “facilitate a discussion among the RAs that would improve their ability to handle conflicts among residents around issues of …

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The Good People of the Internet Love Leslie Jones

THOUGH THE INTERNET is often an inhospitable place, a celebrity hack this week was particularly shocking and painful because of its racial and gendered undertones. Comedian and actor Leslie Jones had her Tumblr hacked on Wednesday. The attackers posted screenshots of her driver’s license and passport photos along with her phone number and Twitter password, nude pictures of …

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Of Course Everyone’s Already Using the Leaked NSA Exploits

Another big story that continues to evolve is the leak of National Security Agency hacking tools by an anonymous group called the Shadow Brokers. This week we reported on evidence that people are learning about and exploiting the vulnerabilities revealed in the data dump. This is not surprising, but it does speak to the risks the NSA …

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A Hacking Group Is Selling iPhone Spyware to Governments

This week researchers disclosed that a shadowy surveillance software company called NSO Group has been exploiting a sequence of three vulnerabilities in iOS to install sophisticated spyware on the iPhones of high-profile targets. Apple released a patch for the bugs on August 25. Given that the company’s iOS mobile operating system has a very strong security record …

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Security News This Week: Hillary Clinton Didn’t Delete Her Emails, She Super Deleted Them

Hillary Clinton Reportedly ‘BleachBitted’ Her Deleted Emails We know that Hillary Clinton’s aides took precautions to make emails deleted from her private server unrecoverable, and on August 25 Rep. Trey Gowdy (R. South Carolina) named the program they used to do it. He said that the FBI’s investigation revealed that Clinton’s staff used BleachBit—an open-source …

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The USDA Is Blowing Your Cheddar on Surplus Cheese

On Monday, Politico reported that farm “lobbyists have been laboring for months” to try to secure tens of millions of dollars in federal aid for their members, who are struggling thanks to a combination of overproduction and low commodity prices. Those who’ve been shaking cups in the nation’s capital include lobbyists from the American Farm …

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