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Considering China Perceptively

American fears over China’s future economic power need to be tempered with some evidence. The same goes for hopes that low-value-added manufacturing that has left the United States will some day return. Gerald P. O’Driscoll, Jr. comments.

Still on the Job 

A police officer in Alabama proposed murdering a black resident and creating bogus evidence to suggest the killing was in self-defence, the Guardian has learned.

Officer Troy Middlebrooks kept his job and continues to patrol Alexander City after authorities there paid the man $35,000 to avoid being publicly sued over the incident. Middlebrooks, a veteran of the US marines, said the man “needs a god damn bullet” and allegedly referred to him as “that nigger”, after becoming frustrated that the man was not punished more harshly over a prior run-in.

Via Alabama officer kept job after proposal to murder black man and hide evidence @ The Guardian.  

Texas Takes Small Brewers’ Rights

Texas has begun the process of seizing valuable distribution rights from craft brewers and giving those rights to beer distributors. Attorney Arif Panju of the Institute for Justice comments on a new lawsuit challenging the taking.