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Romney bows out of 2016 presidential race

January 30, 2015
Breaking News The Hill    
Posted in Breaking News, News

"2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016. In a call with supporters early on Friday, the former Massachusetts governor said it's time to 'give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee.' The Romney team sent an email out to supporters late on Thursday night informing them of a conference call, kicking off speculation that Romney was set to formally announce his candidacy. But a source on the call said Romney announced he will not be running." (01/30/15)

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/231258-mitt-romney-is-out-for-2016  

Egypt: At least 20 dead in Sinai attacks

January 30, 2015
United Press International United Press International    
Posted in News

"At least 20 people died and dozens of others were injured Thursday in multiple militant attacks across Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. ... The simultaneous attacks included car bombs and mortar rounds fired in the towns of al-Arish, Sheikh Zuwayed and Rafa. The North Sinai security directorate in al-Arish, a nearby army base, a hotel and other security checkpoints were targeted." (01/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l29h9df  

On Greece

January 30, 2015
Alberto Mingardi EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi  
Posted in Commentary

"The world is pondering the odds of Mr Tsipras and Syriza succeeding. To win an election on a rather populist platform might be easy, but governing and entering into highly complex negotiations with European authorities is a different matter. I think Syriza's game may be easier than some expect, because it is much closer to the emerging consensus than it appears to many observers. Critics of 'austerity' (whatever that means) have achieved a substantially hegemonic position in the European debate -- not surprisingly, given the fact the European intelligentsia typically has a soft spot for higher spending." (01/29/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/01/three_greek_pie.html  

Theism and philosophical left-libertarianism

January 30, 2015
kevinvallier Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Kevin Vallier  
Posted in Commentary

"The argument Trent suggested (and I hope I'm reporting it correctly) is that God owns everything He creates and has given us permission to use the natural resources in the world around us. And since God loves all equally, and has special concern for the least-advantaged, God would guarantee everyone an equal share of natural resources (not all resources). This way, He shows no partiality and ensures that the poor are entitled to enough resources that, if respected, would ensure that most would not fall into poverty. The conclusion, Trent suggested, was knowable a priori based on God's nature and the existence of the world. Now, admittedly this was an informal conversation, so I don't want to hold Trent to what he claimed, but I think his suggestion is interesting. I also think it's wrong, but I want to explain both why it is interesting and why it is wrong." (01/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pp5cxjx  

Afghanistan: Three US occupation contractors, one Afghan killed in airport shooting

January 30, 2015
ABC News ABC News    
Posted in News

"Three American contractors were killed in a shooting incident at the international airport in Kabul today that may have involved an Afghan security officer at the airport .... The three Defense Department contractors were Americans, a U.S. official said, noting that the shooter was wearing the uniform of an Afghan national policeman .... adding that it is also unclear if the Afghan listed as a fatality is someone other than the shooter who was shot dead by the security team at the airport." (01/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k6zntxm  

In praise of working people

January 30, 2015
Wendy Mcelroy The Daily Bell
by Wendy McElroy  
Posted in Commentary

"A prominent difference between the 19th-century libertarian movement and the contemporary one lies in their attitudes toward working people. These are people who are not primarily interested in reading economic or political theory, but who focus their energies instead on making a decent living or raising a healthy family. These are intelligent people who understand the impact of laws and government on their lives, but who concentrate on controlling the more personal factors involved in their well being. The 19th-century movement considered working people to be the best and firmest foundation on which to build a free society." (01/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l94nuyu  

Donetsk People’s Republic: Ukrainian invaders ejected from another town

January 30, 2015
Statesville Record & Landmark    
Posted in News

"Ukraine's military conceded Thursday that its forces had been overrun by positions, forcing a hasty retreat." (01/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pc8ccgy  

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