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"Accused cop killer Eric Frein, one of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives, was captured after a 48-day manhunt, police said tonight. ... Frein, 31, was captured by U.S. Marshals outside an abandoned airplane hanger at Birchwood-Pocono Airport near Tannersville about 6 p.m. Thursday, police said. ... Frein had eluded authorities since Sept. 12, when he allegedly killed one Pennsylvania state trooper and injured another during his attack on the barracks. At times, 1,000 officers searched the rugged mountains for Frein, who police said had planned his attack and hiding for years." (10/30/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 31, 2014, 11:30 am
"An investigation has been launched after France's state-owned EDF power company said unidentified drones had flown over seven of its nuclear plants. The first unmanned aircraft was spotted on 5 October and there had been further sightings up to 20 October, EDF said. Who is behind the drones is unclear but pressure group Greenpeace has denied any involvement. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says measures are being taken to 'neutralize' the drones." (10/30/14)
Author: Steve Trinward
Posted: October 31, 2014, 11:28 am
"Israeli police on Thursday shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian [Arab] man suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to fierce clashes in East Jerusalem and fears of a new Palestinian [Arab] uprising. The Al-Aqsa compound, or Temple Mount, which is a central cause of the latest violence, was shut down to all visitors as a security precaution. It was the first full closure of the site, venerated by both Jews and Muslims, in 14 years. Palestinian [Arab] President Mahmoud Abbas denounced Israel's actions as 'tantamount to a declaration of war' and his Fatah party called for a 'day of rage' on Friday." (10/30/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 31, 2014, 11:26 am
"Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, and Israel swiftly reacted by withdrawing its ambassador from Stockholm in protest. Coming during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel’s plans to build 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem, the move by Sweden’s new left-leaning government reflects growing international impatience with Israel’s nearly half-century control of the West Bank, east Jerusalem and its blockade of the Gaza Strip." (10/30/14)
Author: R. Lee Wrights
Posted: October 31, 2014, 11:06 am
"A suspected US drone strike killed at least five militants in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Thursday, with local villagers saying the dead included of a senior Arab commander. US drone strikes have escalated this month, hitting targets in tribal areas several times a week, but the latest strike comes just days after US and British combat troops in neighbouring Afghanistan officially ended their operations." (10/31/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 31, 2014, 10:28 am

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"So here we go again. Another biennial US election season draws to a close and here come the solemn multi-partisan invocations of civic duty: Exercise that franchise. Pull that lever, push that button, mark that box. The future of western civilization depends on you. And if you don't vote, don't complain. Question: If I don't drive around my neighborhood at 3am blasting Metallica out my car window at 140 decibels, am I boorish or hypocritical to complain about those who do? If anything, those who DO vote are the ones giving up their rightful prerogative of complaint." (10/30/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 31, 2014, 11:29 am
"The Ebola hysteria raises questions about how a free society would handle contagious diseases. Critics of freedom argue: libertarian principles, like the right against involuntary confinement, means that half the people on the planet could literally die from a lack of centralized state control. Left to their own devices, average people cannot solve their own problems. The opposite is true." (10/30/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 31, 2014, 11:27 am
"Why should libertarians vote for the Libertarian Party? The short answer is that 'libertarian' is right there in the name. If that's good enough for you, thank you for your vote for our candidates, you can stop reading now. But if you're one of those 'small l' libertarians who want to know why you should vote for the Libertarian Party candidate instead of the candidate with the D or R by their name who is closest to your views, read on." (10/30/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 31, 2014, 11:25 am
"The ability of some to get wealthier through political connections does trouble many on the political left, but they often argue that with better elected officials, or more ethical businesspeople, or limits on campaign contributions, we could dramatically reduce this sort of cronyism. What their argument misses is that as long as government gives out goodies, private-sector actors will find ways to get their hands on them. If you really want to take the money out of politics, you need to make it harder for politicians to hand out money." (10/30/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 31, 2014, 11:23 am
"Many in the GOP are jockeying for the soul of the party ahead of an anticipated 2014 midterm election victory. Social conservatives are eager to reassert their influence after repeated defeats over gay marriage. Fiscal conservatives make the case for a greater emphasis on runaway spending. And then there are the nativists, who contend that the future of the Republican Party lies in opposing immigration reform. Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, for example, said last month that, 'Immigration could be to 2016 what ObamaCare was to 2010.' Not if history is any guide. Consider the experience of California and Texas." (10/30/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 31, 2014, 11:21 am

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