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Puerto Rico to Close 179 Public Schools (Jeff C.)
The move is a bid to save more than $7 million amid a deep economic crisis that has sparked an exodus to the U.S. mainland in the past decade.
Obama-Aligned Group Sue Trump Admin Over Syria (Dan)
A watchdog grouped aligned with former President Obama is suing the Trump administration over the legality of last month’s Syria strike. Namely that there was not adequate rationale to intervene. While Obama (and many others) have made use of unilateral action without UN or Congressional approval, the group alleges that past strikes had more compelling evidence.
Internet Society Calls for Stronger and Universal Encryption Online (DH)
Kathryn Brown, President and CEO of the Internet Society, makes the case that encryption should be made stronger, as well as universal, to support the success of the digital economy. Weak encryption may serve law enforcement or state and corporate surveillance efforts, but the gains are outweighed by the lack of security for everyone.
Thousands in US Send Messages of Friendship to Russia (Trevin)
Close to 9,000 have signed on to a letter posted by RootsAction wishing the Russian people “nothing but well” and opposing the “hostility and militarism” of the US government.
Nightmare Inside Privatized For-Profit Immigration Detention Centers (Jimmy)
A new investigative report finds widespread abuse and terrible living conditions at several of the largest immigration detention centers in the US.