Debt-Weary Millennials More Likely to Have Emergency Cash

More than other age group, millennials are more equipped to have funds available to use for unexpected expenses, indicating a generation weary and leery of debt.

According to a survey from Bankrate, 69% millennials were prepared to deal with emergency expenses by either dipping into savings or cutting back on spending, compared with an average of 61%. Among baby boomers, that number dips down to 56%, meaning that 13% of young people are better at dealing with unexpected financial responsibilities without going into debt than their parents. [Read more…]

US Forces Killed About 50 Civillians, 25 Taliban in “Self-Defense”

An internal investigation has cleared US troops of wrongdoing in a battle last November that killed dozens of Taliban assailants and possibly twice as many civilians.

During an operation in the village of Boz in the Kunduz province, American and Afghan forces entered the village and were fired upon by Taliban forces from houses reportedly filled with civilians. Airstrikes were called in, and the battle resulted in about two-dozen Taliban casualties, and between 33 (US-reported figure) and 50 (local officials’ estimate) civilian deaths. Following the raid, residents carried over a dozen corpses towards the office of a local governor to protest the deaths. [Read more…]

Five Killed in Shooting at Ft. Lauderdale Airport, Where Guns Are Prohibited

Five have been killed and eight injured in a shooting today at the Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida, a state with relatively restrictive firearms laws.

At 1:00pm local time, a gunman in his 20s wearing a Star Wars shirt opened fire in Terminal 2, killing five and injuring eight more. He is currently in police custody and, according to Sheriff Scott Israel, he was apprehended without any additional shots fired.

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More Murdered in Chicago in 2016 Than Live in 33 Smallest NH Towns

More people have been murdered in Chicago in 2016 than live in the New Hampshire’s smallest 33 towns.

According to Chicago PD, 762 murders occurred in the city last year, from among 4,331 victims of shootings. This number more than doubles the reported murder total of New York City, a city several times the population size. According to Chicago PD’s superintendent Eddie Johnson, while no one cause can be cited for the high number of deaths, increased gang activity and boldness shares a large portion of the blame. [Read more…]

2016 New Hampshire Election Results Defy “Blue State” Myth

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There’s a persistent myth that New Hampshire is a blue state, politically speaking. Bernie Sanders won the Democratic primary in a landslide, Hillary Clinton barely squeaked out a win over Donald Trump, and both of 2016’s US Congressional elections went to Democrats. Beyond that, there’s the general impression that New England is one of the American bastions of leftism, and that ends up lumping the Granite State into the mix.

The reality, however, is far different. New Hampshire is a unique political animal, falling in neither the right-wing nor the left-wing category. While the national-level political landscape is completely blue, the local spread is a sea of red this time around. In terms of elected officials who actually impact the Live Free or Die state itself, we’re looking at a highly Republican government.

The following results were compiled by a local political activist for New Hampshire Freedom, and are reprinted here with the author’s permission. [Read more…]

Legislators Take Heat from Americans for Prosperity for Anti-Liberty Votes

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This year, state-based grassroots issue advocacy organization Americans for Prosperity (AFP) flexed its muscle, both in New Hampshire and nationwide, causing a significant political shakeup among legislators who voted for more government spending and regulations.

According to Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire (AFP-NH) Grassroots Director Ross Connolly, the organization employed a dedicated army of grassroots activists to influence issues of economic freedom:

“Our efforts to hold politicians accountable for supporting Obamacare Medicaid expansion or being against pro-job growth initiatives such as Right to Work all centered around a large, local and dedicated volunteer base doing the hard work of talking directly to citizens about these issues. The end result of thousands of doors knocked and tens of thousands of phone calls, was these issues becoming a top concern for citizens across the state, and also legislators who realized how important these issues were to their constituents.”

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