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John Galt Goes to Mars

By Tim Murphy

At the Atlas Summit, a conference for libertarian devotees of Ayn Rand, the question is inescapable. It is scrawled in black magic marker on the plain white t-shirt of the white-haired man I pass by on the way into the ballroom. It is printed on the green button on the corduroy blazer of the man who wants to share his thoughts on "the envy-driven wizards at NASA." It is emblazoned on the limited edition gold coins advertised in the special three-ring binder given to all-attendees. It is hanging, really, over the heads of all of us who have convened at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown DC in early July to celebrate Ayn Rand's sacred scroll of objectivism. The question, parroting the catchphrase of Atlas Shrugged, is "Who is John Galt?"

The answer, apparently, is Elon Musk, the billionaire co-founder of the California-based galactic transport company SpaceX. [READ MORE]

 

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The Dog That Voted and Other Election Fraud Yarns

By Kevin Drum

On March 21, 2005, a sandy-haired 43-year-old attorney named Mark "Thor" Hearne took a seat under the Greek Revival dome of the Ohio Statehouse to testify before the House Administration Committee. The committee was holding a field hearing on the subject of voter fraud, a hot topic in Congress—and in Ohio, where George W. Bush had eked out a narrow, hotly contested victory over John Kerry the year before. [READ MORE]

 

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THIS WEEK'S NEWS ROUNDUP

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America celebrated her birthday this week. We love you!

Focus on the Family compared wildfires to premarital sex.

Obamacare lives on, and a dark shadow of tyranny has fallen across the nation. But at least it's not the biggest tax increase in US history. Here are 10 things you get.

South Sudan, the world's newest country, celebrated its first birthday this week. Slideshow here.

Mitt Romney left Bain Capital later than he claims. We have the documents to prove it. Also, Bain invested in a medical waste company that disposed of aborted fetuses.

You might need to leave the AC on for your puppies. [READ MORE]

 

CHART OF THE WEEK: UFO Sightings Are More Common Than Voter Fraud [READ MORE]

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Why John Roberts Changed His Mind [READ MORE]

 

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