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A.M. Links: Gary Johnson Running in 2016, U.S. Birth Rate Down 4th Year Straight, IMF Says Recession Will Last a Decade

News from the U.S. to Gaza


  • he's no bob barr

    Gary Johnson says he'll run for president in 2016, if he's still relevant. No word on whether he'd run as a Libertarian again if he doesn't get elected this November.

  • The city of Kalamazoo says an ordinance it passed to treat possession of less than an ounce of marijuana as a misdemeanor punishable by no more than a $100 fine or up to 93 days in jail means the city's "decriminalized marijuana."
  • A group trying to promote the manufacture of guns through 3D printers at home hit a snag when the company that makes the 3D printer cancelled the lease the group's founder had on a printer because the company considered what he was doing to be illegal.
  • The U.S. birth rate is down for a fourth year in a row, though the decline has slowed as the decrease was by only 1 percent this year. The lower birth rate's blamed on economic conditions.
  • The chief economist at the IMF says it'll take the world a decade to climb out of the economic crisis that started in 2008, though he's not blaming aggravating government policies for the length of time he's predicting.
  • Human Rights Watch accuses Hamas, the militant group that runs what goes for the Palesitinian government in Gaza since 2006, of running security forces that torture detainees, make arbitrary arrest and force confessions.

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