Flooding the tunnels.

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Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said Saturday that Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered the flooding of several Hamas tunnels linking Egypt to the Gaza Strip, to a certain extent, “due to Israel’s request.”
The minister affirmed that security cooperation between Israel and Egypt is “better than ever,” and asserted that “flooding is a good solution” for the challenge of tackling Hamas’ intricate tunnel system used for smuggling purposes.

Last year, Egyptian forces began to flood tunnels dug beneath the Gaza-Egypt border in an effort to curb the use of the underground passages used to bring in an estimated 30 percent of all goods that reach Gaza.

Whose willing to bring it here?

Italy’s box office smash holds up mirror to nation’s worst habits

t’s a slacker movie with a uniquely Italian twist, and it’s taking the box office by storm – by tweaking some of the country’s worst traits.

“Quo Vado?”, meaning “Where Am I Going?”, is a slapstick comedy about the Italian obsession with securing a cushy job-for-life in the public sector, with minimum work and maximum perks.

It tells the story of Checco Zalone, a balding, 38-year-old civil servant who goes to any lengths to hold onto his beloved posto fisso – an easy nine-to-five job – in a dull provincial government office in the sun-baked southern region of Puglia.

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For decades, finding such a job was the dearest wish of millions of Italians. But the quest has been eroded by years of austerity government budgets and by the reformist efforts of Matteo Renzi, the prime minister, who wants Italians to embrace more competition and innovation.


… Marco Rubio is that person.

Rubio, a first-term U.S. senator from Florida, has emerged from the pack with his surprising third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, just a point behind Trump.

Now his New Hampshire supporters can parlay that momentum, which should carry him to another strong result in that state’s primary Feb. 9.

He’s run a positive campaign, promising to rein in health-care costs and reverse the downward spiral of stagnant wages and declining opportunity American workers have endured over the last eight years.

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Time for some version of the FAIR Tax.

Like an alcoholic at a bar, Congress won’t stop at just one swig.

The value-added tax can pull in billions of dollars with a rate that seems low. Then, a small increase will net a few more billions. No wonder that almost all countries have a VAT.

Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky propose a VAT as a way to pay for cuts in income taxes. This is well-intentioned, and in theory would be a more efficient tax that could increase economic growth. In practice, Congress would never get rid of the income tax, but it would layer the VAT on top of existing levies.

Pretty much the same goals as a true socialist.

What the Clinton and Sanders ‘progressive’ debate really shows

As the Democratic front-runners’ battle over the word ‘progressive,’ is the traditionally pragmatic party becoming more ideological?

The Democratic duo spent an inordinate amount of time on the “p” word during Thursday night’s debate, after all. Mrs. Clinton mentioned it some 15 times in defending her right to the label.

The former secretary of State said that she and Senator Sanders share progressive goals, such as universal health care. She believes in affordable college and raising the minimum wage. And she has realistic plans for achieving these goals, she said.