Tunisia: 23 arrested in connection with deadly museum attack

March 26, 2015
Detroit News    

"Tunisia police have arrested 23 people so far from the group behind the attack on the museum that killed 21, but Moroccan and Algerian suspects are still at large, said the country's top security official Thursday. Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli told journalists that the arrests included a woman and the group was connected to the al-Qaida-linked Oqba Ibn Nafaa brigade. The March 18 attack at the national museum in which 20 tourists were killed was claimed by al-Qaida rival, the Islamic State group, but members of the Oqba Ibn Nafaa brigade, which has been fighting Tunisian security forces for the past few years, have claimed allegiance to both extremist groups." (03/26/15)


New Congressional Budget Office director Keith Hall and dynamic scoring

March 26, 2015
National Center for Policy Analysis
by David G Tuerck   National Center for Policy Analysis

"The appointment of Keith Hall as director of the Congressional Budget Office coincides with the adoption by Congress of a rule change that requires 'dynamic scoring' of proposed tax law changes. Hall is chief economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission, served as head of the President's Council of Economic Advisers under George W. Bush and was Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2008 to 2012. In April 2015, he will replace CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf, who has served since 2009. The appointment of Hall appears to signify an intention, going forward, for the CBO to adhere to the spirit, as well as the letter, of the new congressional mandate. He should not be distracted from this effort by politically-driven griping from economists who should know better than to question the congressional intent behind that mandate." (03/25/15)


Who’s afraid of clapping? Feminist students, that’s who

March 26, 2015
by Sam Slater   spiked

"As the National Union of Students' Women's conference opened yesterday, delegates were asked to replace applause with 'feminist jazz hands.' The request came from the Twitter feed of the Oxford University Student Union's Women's Campaign (@womcam) -- it claimed clapping was 'triggering anxiety.' This latest safe-space policy requested attendees refrain from applauding motions that included calls to 'end transphobia, biphobia, and Islamophobia on campus.' Before the day's proceedings came to an end, and delegates went off to a 'feminist disco,' the inevitable Twitterstorm had taken hold. In between fits of laughter, the internet shook its collective head at the sorry state of UK students. Last month, we couldn't listen to Marine le Pen; this month we can't listen to the sound of our own clapping." (03/26/15)


Extradition hypocrisy

March 26, 2015
Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger   Bumper Hornberger

"If the Italy's highest court rules against Knox, she almost certainly will not return voluntarily. Since there is an extradition treaty between the United States and Italy, Italian authorities will almost certainly seek her extradition. According to an article on Foxnews.com, 'U.S. State Department officials say they are monitoring the case.' If Italian officials comply with the requirements of the extradition process, and if Knox cannot show a valid legal reason for not being extradited, it is a virtual certainty that U.S. officials will forcibly return her to Italy, pursuant to the extradition agreement between the two nations. Not surprisingly, however, these same principles do not apply to officials in the U.S. national-security branch of the government." (03/26/15)


Europe’s real time-bomb

March 26, 2015
Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Samuel Gregg   Acton Institute

"While Europe's governments and financial markets have been fixated in recent months by the ongoing fiscal and political disaster otherwise known as Greece, the challenges facing one of the EU's smallest members are, frankly, quite minor compared to what may well be Europe's biggest looming internal problem. The name of that challenge? In a word: France." (03/25/15)


Report: Pilot locked out of cockpit before Germanwings plane crash

March 26, 2015

"Investigators trying to determine what caused the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 have made a startling discovery in an audio recording, according to a New York Times report: One of the plane's pilots was locked out of the cockpit before the crash. 'You can hear he is trying to smash the door down,' a senior military official involved in the investigation told the newspaper, describing audio from the cockpit voice recorder, one of the plane's black boxes. 'We don't know yet the reason why one of the guys went out,' the official said, according to the Times' report. 'But what is sure is that at the very end of the flight, the other pilot is alone and does not open the door.' Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings, said it was looking into the report." (03/25/15)


This sick capitalism [TM]

March 26, 2015
by Scott Sumner   Scott Sumner

"The media tells us that the Obama administration is trying to get Asian countries to buy into a tighter set of intellectual property rights protections because ... well I'm not quite sure why. Perhaps because President Obama does not believe that Taylor Swift is rich enough. If every Asian teenager gave just 10 cents to Taylor, it would add up to ... quite a bit of money I'd imagine. More seriously, the usual argument is that IP is a way of encouraging new inventions. Yes, Prince had already invented 'Party Like its 1999.' And the Smashing Pumpkins have '1979.' But neither made the real conceptual breakthrough to: 'Party Like Its 1989.'" (03/25/15)


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