Amtrak Is Government, Venezuela Is 'National Security Threat,' Wikimedia Is Suing the NSA: A.M. Links
The U.S. Supreme Court says that Amtrak is more like a government entity than an independent business, and the powers Congress has given it may raise constitutional issues. The suit was brought by the freight rail industry, which says Amtrak's inefficiency was making it hard for freight trains to operate optimally.
- Wikimedia is suing the National Security Agency for alleged breaches of user privacy via mass surveillance.
- Young people in rural parts of the country, "where there are more guns, fewer people, and fewer doctors, "commit suicide at nearly double the rate of urban counterparts.
- Atlanta-area cops fatally shot an unarmed, naked man in the parking lot of his apartment complex Monday.
- The U.S. has declared Venezuela a "national security threat" and is barring seven Venezuelan officials from entering the country, doing business here, or accessing their American assets and property as part of new sanctions authorized by an executive order.
- Myanmar police got violent with monks, journalists, and student protesters, detaining some and chasing others into a Buddhist temple. The students were marching against "an education bill they say stifles academic independence," according to Reuters.
- Kevin Carey's The End of College makes the case that the American university system "has long been deeply flawed" and more people taking to online learning will bring "an increased educational experience at a far lower cost."