Reason Morning Links


• Taliban in Pakistan now in control of territory within 70 miles of Islamabad.

• Immigrants swept up in federal raids face not only deportation, but the loss of custody of their children.

• Wisconsin attorney general says it's legal to open carry in the state. Milwaukee police chief's response: "My message to my troops is if you see anybody carrying a gun on the streets of Milwaukee, we’ll put them on the ground, take the gun away and then decide whether you have a right to carry it." You know you have a problem when the chief refers to peace officers as "troops."

• The Washington Post looks at telekinetic toys.

• Eulogizing the boom box.

• Bank of America CEO testifies that Bernanke, Paulson told him to keep quiet about the company's troubled plan to purchase Merril. The deal went through, and Merril's larger-than-expected losses triggered a federal bailout.