The White House said today it's treating the hacking of Sony Pictures as a "national security matter." It would not indicate who it believes to be behind the cyberattack or confirm any statements that North Korea is responsible. In the wake of the cancellation of The Interview, an upcoming film set in North Korea starring Steve Carrell has also been canceled. Also, Paramount has ordered movie theaters not to re-screen Team America: World Police in place of The Interview.
- Libertarian Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) declared his support for thawing the relationship between the United States and Cuba, saying, "The power of free expression, free movement, and free markets is much more likely to advance Cuba toward freedom than the failed policy of isolation."
- European courts have ruled that obesity can be considered a disability if it interferes with "a full and effective participation in professional life." The Simpsons already did that plot, guys.
- Accused Boston bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev made a short appearance in court today at a hearing that ended with the mother-in-law of a man killed by FBI agents investigating the case yelling in the court in Russian. She explained afterward she was declaring her support for Tsarnaev.
- The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the school district that covers Ferguson, Missouri, claiming its "at large" (precinct-free) system keeps minorities from being represented.
- New York's attorney general has sent cease-and-desist letters to retailers, both online and mortar-and-brick, to get them to stop selling toy guns that look realistic.