News Roundup for 8/29/14

Here are some recent important stories and opinions:

Police Abuse: In an article for the Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf describes an instance of police apparently unnecessarily harassing and arresting a black man in St. Paul, Minnesota. Hat tip to Diana Hsieh.

Corporate Taxes: Matt Levine explains corporate taxes for Bloomberg View: “U.S. companies pay the IRS a tax rate of 35 percent on income they earn abroad, but they can credit the amount of foreign tax they pay against that liability.” By contrast, companies that relocated elsewhere do not have to pay the 35 percent rate on all their income, only their U.S. income. Hat tip to Megan McArdle via Don Watkins.

Endangered Property Rights: Writing for Heritage’s Daily Signal, Scott Blakeman describes the curious (and maddening) case of the federal government effectively nationalizing private property for the sake of a the dusky gopher frog—despite the fact that the “frog hasn’t been seen on the land in question for over 50 years.”

Obama on Terror: Regarding Islamic State in Syria, Barack Obama says, “We don’t have a strategy yet,” as the Week reports. That gets my nomination for understatement of the year, and unfortunately it applies to practically everything Obama does.

Child Abuse in England: According to a report cited by Sand in the Gears, “over 1,400 children in the borough of Rotherham were systematically brutalized over the past decade”; apparently the problem largely involves immigrants.

Islamic Jihad: In Syria, Islamic State and al Qaeda are fighting each other, Fox News reports. Is it too much to hope that they kill each other off?

ObamaCare: “A reporter for the Independence Institute, a libertarian think tank, asked for a court order Thursday that compels the state Division of Insurance to justify its refusal to release emails discussing the one-year renewal of health insurance policies not in compliance with the Affordable Care Act,” Jeffrey A. Roberts reports for the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition.

Chelsea: “Chelsea Clinton is quitting her job as a reporter,” the AP reports. In other news, I’m quitting my job as the Queen of England.

Volcanoes: Volcanoes in Iceland and Papua New Guinea are “causing havoc,” NPR reports.