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A new ocean forming

The Earth will have a new ocean…in 10 million years: Geologists working in the remote Afar region of Ethiopia say the ocean will eventually split the African continent in two, though it will take about…


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WaPo loses a good reporter

Yesterday, Dave Weigel resigned from the Washington Post over comments he made in private on a listserv. I defended him yesterday over at United Liberty, before his resignation. Some are trying to make him out…


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DMCA case goes in YouTube’s favor

This is a bigger deal than most people think it is: Google has won its long-running case against Viacom, which accused the search giant’s YouTube of massive copyright infringement and asked for $1 billion in…


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When rent-seeking corporations get cut loose by government

Tim Carney, author of Obamanomics, wonders how BP can be a symbol of capitalism when the company’s lobbyists have pushed for more regulation, subsidies and handouts from Congress: Now that BP’s oil rig has caused…


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Body of missing student found in Haiti

Every death result from the earthquakes in Haiti is a tragedy, but this story is one that I’d been paying attention. Unfortunately, it has a sad ending: There are reports out of Haiti that a…


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Obama silent on Gaza conflict

Why hasn’t Barack Obama said anything about the conflict in Gaza?: As the clock ticks down to Barack Obama’s inauguration, the US president-elect has kept silent on the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its latest deadly…


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McKinney winds up in the news

The current conflict between Israel and Hamas has helped elevate Cynthia McKinney back into the news: Former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, standing beside a damaged yacht, Tuesday accused the Israeli navy of ramming the vessel…


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Cato on the auto bailout

The Cato Institute has put together a great video against the auto bailout:


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Congressman wants UAW head as “car czar”

I mentioned the “car czar” that would be part of a bailout of automakers. Nevermind that the whole idea of a bailout is a bad idea, but Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) wants a wolf to…


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Automakers spend millions on lobbying

Forget flying in on a private jet, this is outrageous: As Congress mulls over a bailout for U.S. automakers, some may be thinking about more than jobs and the economy. The auto industry spent nearly…