① It's Independence Day, not just the 4th of July. The Declaration of Independence isn't just a piece of paper; it's a grand set of claims about how we look at the world. It wasn't a declaration of war -- it was a restatement of rights. A set of rights to which the Founders not only thought they had claims in the moral sense as human beings, but specifically as Englishmen. If we're true to ourselves and to the Founding, we take phrases like "all men are created equal" and "endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights" seriously. It's a complex world, but human nature really doesn't change. Those fundamental rights are inherent to human existence. Government doesn't grant rights -- it only protects them. And when it fails to do so, it's a fundamentally American thing to believe that it is the right of the people to dispose of that government and replace it with one that will. Watch what's happening in Hong Kong for your clearest example of 1776 happening all over again.
② A couple of centenarians just got hitched in Ohio. What's the ideal age to get married?
③ I still want to see what would happen if the US said "We will welcome the accession of any city, province, or country on a 20-year path to statehood, provided you bring a balanced budget and a clear commitment to the rule of American law." I bet there would be takers.
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⑤ ⑥ Central Iowa is facing a massive shortage of affordable housing in the next two decades. Guest Eric Burmeister, Executive Director of the Polk County Housing Trust Fund, says that shortage could be as many as 50,000 units.
⑦ Why good news for employment figures means (mildly) bad news for the stock market.
⑧ iHeartRadio Music Festival
⑨ Listener reaction to the housing shortage discussion and to the thought experiment about welcoming cities, provinces, and countries into the USA
⑩ Suburbs can be more than just white picket fences
⑪ Nebraska scientists may have cured HIV in mice. It's a long way from proof that it can be cured in human beings, but the early results are amazing news. A world apart from our 1980s fears that AIDS might kill everyone. Also: The IMF says the US has a 5% chance of a big economic crash. A 1-in-20 chance isn't something to sneeze at. So what's a sensible person to do?
⑫ Separating workplace ethics from personal behavior: Integrity isn't a part-time thing.