Aggregating the best in libertarian news daily from a number of leading sites:
The Beacon, FEE, Laissez-Faire, Lew Rockwell, Personal Liberty,
Reason, Scott Adams & Sex & The State. See our Sources

Apple Refuses to Build iPhone ‘Backdoor,’ South Dakota Passes Bathroom Bill, No Gluten-Free Meals in Ted Cruz’s Army: A.M. Links

  • Apple will refuse a federal court order saying it must unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. “We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a letter. But in requesting the company build a backdoor to the iPhone, the agency has “asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create.” 
  • Ted Cruz scoffs at the idea of providing members of the military with gluten-free meals.
  • Celinda Lake, Democratic strategist, says young liberals aren’t that fazed by the possibility of a female president but would really like to back a gay or transgender candidate. 
  • Celebrities take selfies in refugee blankets. You know, for art.
  • “The Constitution is pretty clear about what’s supposed to happen now,” said President Obama, chiding Republican senators for suggesting they would refuse to confirm any Supreme Court nominee he offers. 
  • The South Dakota legislature has passed a bill that would prohibit public-school students from using bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex. 
  • A former student at the University of Montana has been awarded $245,000 over the university’s “unfair and biased” rape investigation.
  • Carnegie Mellon researchers have attempted to quantify the amount of sex-trafficking that takes place around major events such as the Super Bowl. To do so, they classified every online escort ad stating “new to town” or “first appearance” as an obvious sex slave. 

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and don’t forget to sign up for Reason’s daily updates for more content.

Read More →
Robot Cars: New at Reason

John Stossel recently got to test out the self-driving Tesla Model S, but in New York, where it’s still banned:

Robot cars may soon save 30,000 lives a year, if bureaucrats let them. It will be a battle. The technology is way ahead of our law…

Read More →
The Moral Case for Restraint in Yemen: New at Reason

The U.S. has been supporting Saudi Arabia as it prosecutes a vicious war of choice in Yemen. Trevor Thrall and John Glaser write that it’s time for that support to stop:

The problem is that Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen compromises both U.S. interests and its moral standing. Our interests are harmed because undermining the Houthis and contributing to the power vacuum in the country has benefitted the position of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which happens to share Saudi distaste for the Houthis.

The Saudis succeed in garnering U.S. support in part by characterizing the war as a fight against terrorism. But the Saudis and al-Qaeda are actually in an awkward alliance in this fight, making U.S. help even more misguided.

Read More →