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- Islamic State opens ‘marriage bureau’ for single jihadists
- Drone almost blocks California firefighting planes
- Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston
- GOP: Environmental rules keeping agents from accessing border
- John Kerry: Millions displaced by religious fighting in 2013
- Federal appeals court rules against Virginia’s gay marriage ban
- White House says Russia ‘losing’ war in Ukraine
- Hamas turns to North Korea for weapons deal, Iran for money
- Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate
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Question of the Day
Can’t trust anybody
Number of press conferences at which President Bush has referred to a question as a “trick”: 11. — Harper’s Index, January 2004 issue.
On the heels of a controversial order by the Homeland Security Department to place armed air marshals on certain U.S.-bound international flights comes legislation now before Congress to prohibit the use in this country of identification cards issued by foreign governments, including consular ID cards.
“Aside from aiding and abetting illegal immigration, acceptance of consular ID cards is placing American security matters in the hands of foreign governments,” says Rep. Scott Garrett, New Jersey Republican, who introduced the legislation this month.
Specifically, it targets the use of foreign-issued ID cards for verifying the identity of a person who opens an account at a financial institution.
“Easy access to banking and financial institutions was one of the critical weaknesses in our system exploited by terrorists on September 11th,” Mr. Garrett says.
Remember to act responsibly if you are “drinking and driving” tonight.
This month marks 70 years since the end of prohibition, described as a disastrous attempt to purge alcohol from American life, resulting in a booming black market, increased crime and alcohol abuse, wasted tax dollars, and lost civil liberties.
And while some assume that such a “misguided experiment” would never be tried again, so-called “neoprohibitionists” are attempting to limit alcohol consumption through indirect means, the Cato Institute’s Radley Balko writes in a new study.
“There’s a new anti-alcohol fervor afoot,” he says in “Back Door to Prohibition: The New War on Social Drinking.” Besides higher taxes, bans on advertising and restrictive zoning regulations, Mr. Balko argues that groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving are pushing for ever more stringent drinking and driving laws, beyond the point where they would deter truly intoxicated drivers.
“‘Drunks’ have been replaced by ‘drinkers,’ ‘drunk driving’ by ‘drinking and driving.’ It’s a subtle change, but a significant one,” he says of language used by anti-alcohol activists.
Newt Gingrich is returning to Capitol Hill, this time to speak at the Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table on Jan. 5.
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