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Hamas, Fatah announce talks to form Palestinian Arab unity government

April 24, 2014
CNN    
Posted in News

"Rival Palestinian territories under a unified leadership for the first time in years. The sides, wrapping up two days of talks in Hamas-run Gaza, announced they will begin discussions to form a unity government. An interim government could be finalized in the next five weeks, with elections possible by early 2015, Fatah spokesman Fayez Abu Eitta said." (04/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mpsuf73  

Constitutional rights: Vote yes or no

April 24, 2014
Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  
Posted in Commentary

"The Court did the unimaginable just this week in the case of Schutte v. Bamn, upholding the State of Michigan’s popular vote to ban affirmative action style racial preferences for admission to state universities. Essentially the Court held that a state has the authority to put federal constitutional rights, in that case the 14th Amendment, to a popular vote. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m quite certain that all affirmative action racial preferences schemes are unconstitutional violations of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments anyway and should therefore be banned everywhere. What the Supreme Court should have done long ago is simply declare all affirmative action schemes unconstitutional. But they didn’t do what they should have done. They’re a group of nine cowards. They made the situation worse by deciding that some constitutional rights are subject to politics." (04/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mpvs9d2  

Lawsuit: FBI used no-fly list to punish Muslims who refused to be informants

April 24, 2014
Fox News    
Posted in News

"The FBI is being accused of using the no-fly list to 'punish and retaliate' against Muslims who refused to sign up as federal informants. The allegations were contained in an amended lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in New York. Four Muslim men living in the U.S. accused the government of placing or keeping them on the no-fly list because they would not 'spy' on their Muslim communities." (04/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lrdeqp4  

Crazy immigration

April 24, 2014
Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  
Posted in Commentary

"Under open borders, over six billion people would be free to move to the United States. The population could increase by more than a factor of twenty. And under real open borders, there's no mandatory waiting period. If everyone wants to move the day the borders open, they're free to do so. This seems like a crazy policy. Imagine the chaos of six billion people migrating in unison! Yet strangely, analogous policies are already on the books, and the system works so well few complain about it. Consider: Under current U.S. law, over three hundred million people are free to move to my home town of Oakton, Virginia." (04/23/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/04/crazy_immigrati.html  

Iraq: 94 dead, 68 wounded

April 24, 2014
Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    
Posted in News

"The lion’s share of fatalities today came out of Anbar province, where security operations and clashes killed dozens of militants. The number of casualties in Anbar cannot be independently confirmed, because there are few to no reporters there. The most dramatic attacked, however, occurred in a Shabak community in northern Iraq. Also, a Diyala province councilman was shot dead in that restive province." (04/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pz27krv  

A legal way to kill?

April 24, 2014
Andrew P. Napolitano LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P. Napolitano  
Posted in Commentary

"Now, we have a president whose principal law enforcement and intelligence officers have boasted that the president relies on a legal way to kill people without the time, trouble and cost of due process. The president himself, as well as the attorney general, boasted of this, as did the director of national intelligence and the director of the CIA. Yet, when asked by reporters for The New York Times for this legal rationale, Holder declined to provide it. He argued that the legal rationale for the presidential use of extra-judicial killings was a state secret .... How can a legal rationale possibly be a state secret? The facts upon which it is based could be secret, but the laws are public, the judicial opinions interpreting those laws are public, and there are no secret non-public parts of the Constitution." (04/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kz5fe2o  

Afghanistan: Regime officer kills three American doctors

April 24, 2014
Los Angeles Times    
Posted in News

"Three American doctors were killed Thursday when an Afghan police officer opened fire inside one of Kabul’s leading hospitals in the latest deadly attack aimed at foreigners in Afghanistan. ... A Taliban spokesman said he was aware of the shooting but did not know whether members of his organization were responsible." (04/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lapk5mr  

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