International opposition to Islamic State is doing just fine, says President Obama, days after the fall of Ramadi in Iraq. Next up for the homicidal fanatics: keeping everybody guessing about their plans for the ancient archeological treasures of Palmyra.
- The NSA and other intelligence agencies targeted app stores to plant spyware on smartphones, files released by Edward Snowden reveal. They also went after a popular Chinese mobile browser.
- With mostly Republican support, the Senate pushed past an initial hurdle to fast-track trade negotiating authority for the president. The measure faces another Senate vote and tough opposition in the House.
- Jobless claims rose a hair more than expected, but economists say it's getting so much better all the time.
- Actually, in much of the U.S., the economy is still a touch sluggish. A dozen states have yet to recover the jobs lost in the recession.
- National Archives officials were worried about Hillary Clinton's proprietary approach to official records even before she left the State Department.
- Do you have big Memorial Day weekend plans? You may already be on the road.
So far, it's been silence from The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, and others.
That's a huge concern as forecasters expect the U.S. unemployment rate in the months to come to surpass that seen during the depths of the Great Depression.
Social distancing and lockdowns appear to be working to slow the coronavirus pandemic.
"You cannot just decide you want to sell groceries," said Barbara Ferrer, the director of L.A. County Public Health.
The agency concludes that the possible benefits outweigh the risks.