World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (March 1, 2016)
A federal judge in New York ruled Monday that the U.S. Justice Department cannot force Apple to give the FBI information from a locked iPhone seized during a drug investigation in Brooklyn.
The Department of Justice argued that the All Writs Act from 1789 gives prosecutors the authority to force Apple to bypass the passcode system in order to gain access to the iPhone, a claim that was rejected by Magistrate Judge James Orenstein. The ruling comes two weeks after a California magistrate judge ordered Apple to create software so the government can gain access to the locked iPhone of one of the shooters who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, on Dec. 2. Wall Street Journal
On Monday, the State Department released the final installment of 1,723 emails Hillary Clinton had stored on a private server while she was secretary of state.
Of the 30,068 emails released over the past 14 months, under court order, the State Department has retroactively classified 65 as “secret,” the second-highest level of security, and one as “top secret.” At the CIA’s demand, 22 emails won’t be released. Another 2,028 have portions blacked out. Among the final batch of emails was a forward to Clinton regarding a North Korea missile test that a U.S. spy agency had wanted classified “top secret.” That “original assessment was not correct, and the document does not contain top secret information,” said State Department spokesman John Kirby. The New York Times
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is approaching the support of nearly a majority of GOP voters, holding 49 percent in a new nationwide CNN/ORC poll. His closest opponent, Marco Rubio, trails him by more than 30 points. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton also holds a wide lead on Bernie Sanders, beating him 55 percent to 38 percent nationwide. Both candidates are expected to do well on Super Tuesday. CNN
Before he took the stage at a campaign event at Georgia’s Valdosta State University on Monday afternoon, Donald Trump ordered his Secret Service detail to remove about 30 black students standing quietly on bleachers in the back of the gym, Secret Service agents told USA Today. The students, some of whom were crying or visibly upset after they were escorted outside, said they had no plans to protest Trump. “We didn’t plan to do anything,” said student Tahjila Davis, 19. “They said, ‘This is Trump’s property; it’s a private event.’ But I paid my tuition to be here.” In a statement, the Trump campaign denied that the Valdosta students were thrown out “at the request of the candidate.” USA Today
A new U.S. political survey shows billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump taking command in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton grabbing a strong lead in the Democratic contest. VOA
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) are heading to the White House to meet with their Democratic counterparts, Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen.
Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), President Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden to discuss a replacement for late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Since McConnell and Grassley have ruled out even holding hearings on whoever Obama nominates, it’s unlikely much of substance will be discussed at the meeting. The Associated Press
Mark Zuckerberg has opened up about the threats made against him by ISIS supporters last week. “I am very concerned but not because of the video,” he told Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of German media giant Axel Springer. “There have been worse threats.”
Zuckerberg met with Döpfner while he was in Berlin last week. Their wide-ranging interview was published in Die Welt am Sonntag on Sunday.
A few days before their meeting, a group of ISIS supporters published a 25-minute video threatening to take down Facebook (FB, Tech30) and Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) — as well as their leaders. The video was created in response to efforts by both companies to stop terrorist activity on their platforms. “If you close one account we will take 10 in return,” reads one of the slides in the video. “And soon your names will be erased after we delete you [sic] sites.” CNN
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