The Capitol Bell – Tired of the TSA? Here’s why private screeners are the answer

The Capitol Bell – Tired of the TSA? Here’s why private screeners are the answer

The Daily Signal
May 9, 2016
Good afternoon from Capitol Hill, where those not joining Missourians to celebrate Truman Day must be content that it’s also Lost Sock Memorial Day. Our lineup: ISIS terrorists are on the rise in East Africa, Joshua Meservey observes. Private screeners would provide better security at our airports, David Inserra writes. One state breaks the monopoly of licensed funeral directors in the sale of funeral-related goods. Melissa Quinn reports on this latest victory against cronyism.

Tired of the TSA? Here’s why private screeners are the answer. Congress is considering giving the Department of Homeland Security the authority to move around some of its funds to the beleaguered Transportation Security Administration as lines at airports grow. While this redirection might be a short-term solution (and maybe not even that as it will take time to hire and train these screeners), it is time for Congress to rethink airport screening for a long-term solution, writes The Heritage Foundation’s David Inserra.
Alabama eases licensing restrictions for vendors selling funeral supplies and merchandise. The Daily Signal’s Melissa Quinn reports that Alabama residents looking to purchase environmentally friendly and cheaper caskets are now free to do so in the Yellowhammer State. Gov. Robert Bentley, a Republican, signed a bill lifting restrictions on who can sell funeral supplies and merchandise.
Anthrax terror plot shows ISIS’ reach into East Africa. Kenyan police announced that they had arrested a man interning at a Kenyan hospital who was planning a major anthrax attack on the country. Police in neighboring Uganda arrested two alleged accomplices, and Kenyan police are still searching for two others they claim were involved in the plot, writes The Heritage Foundation’s Joshua Meservey.
What we’re reading: “Illegal immigrant households receive an average of $5,692 in federal welfare benefits every year, far more than the average ‘native’ American household, at $4,431, according to a new report on the cost of immigration released Monday. The Center for Immigration Studies, in an analysis of federal cost figures, found that all immigrant-headed households — legal and illegal — receive an average of $6,241 in welfare, 41 percent more than native households. As with Americans receiving benefits such as food stamps and cash, much of the welfare to immigrants supplements their low wage jobs,” writes Paul Bedard for the Washington Examiner.
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Waleed Basyouni is trying to take something good from the fact that the Islamic State terrorist group has specifically targeted him for death.
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