USA: Illinois state senate moves toward gun ban. Breitbart: 'On Wednesday, the Illinois Senate Public Health Committee, led by anti-gun, Senate President John Cullerton and backed by Governor Patrick Quinn, passed House Bills 1263 and 815. These measures, if passed would ban nearly all common firearms and magazines, and institute new shooting range restrictions. ...'
Israel: Bayit Yehudi surges in polls. Tablet's Adam Chandler has trouble believing it, but the Jewish Home Party looks set to tie Labor for second place after Likud-Beiteinu in the upcoming Israeli elections.
USA: Hillary Clinton said heading for 'full recovery'. CNN reports that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was discharged from New York Presbyterian Hospital on Wednesday after spending three days being treated for a blood clot, and doctors expect her to make a full recovery.
China: Housing market heading for a fall? Walter Russell Mead:
The Chinese government, worried that property prices were climbing too high, first started taking steps to hold down prices. In some places, they fell by as much as ten percent. Then, fearful of the disastrous economic effects of a bursting housing bubble, authorities relaxed these policies. Now they’ve started to artificially create land scarcity to drive prices up again by reducing the number of competitive auctions. Critics worry that the skyrocketing land prices will once again increase the chances that the housing bubble will burst.
Our reaction at Via Meadia to this news is mixed. ...
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