- White HousePresident Obama
made the case to the public last night for military action in
Syria, though he
offered few specifics or new details, outside of his call for
postpone a vote on Syria in light of recent diplomatic
developments. Americans don’t
appear swayed by the speech.
- Responding to reports the National Security Agency has a
backdoor to their cryptographic methods, the National Institute of
Standards and Technology
insisted it “would not deliberately weaken” its cryptographic
standard. The NSA has also been
breaking the government’s own surveillance rules, according to
secret legal documents released by the Obama Administration, going
so far as to falsifying certification of non-existent compliance.
The Senate overwhelmingly
approved the nomination to the Southern District Court of New
York of an FBI lawyer who spent the better part of a decade
overseeing the NSA’s surveillance abuses.
- New York City’s public advocate, Bill de Blasio,
won the Democratic primary for New York City mayor, though it’s
unclear whether he surpassed the 40 percent needed to avoid a
run-off. The Republican nomination, meanwhile, was won by Joe
Lhota, a former head of the MTA, with 52 percent of the vote.
- Two Democrat state senators who helped push through gun
restrictions in Colorado were the first lawmakers in the state’s
history to be successfully
- Sheriffs across upstate New York say they
won’t enforce the state’s new gun restrictions because the laws
- A county judge
ruled Indiana’s right to work law unconstitutional. The state’s
attorney general intends to appeal the decision directly to the
state Supreme Court.
- The Bank of England is
considering introducing plastic currency in 2016.
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