Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos
In the News: The US Supreme Court announced its ruling in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia vs. Comer, holding that the government may not deny a generally available benefit to religious organizations. US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement: “This decision marks a great day for the Constitution and sends a clear message that religious discrimination in any form cannot be tolerated in a society that values the First Amendment.” Photo credit: Michael Vadon / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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Texas Gov, Worried About Liberal Cities, Tries Curtailing Their Power (Russ)

Notwithstanding the conservative credo of turning power over to states and localities, right wing doesn’t want to do it when they don’t like the resulting policies.

Trump Immigration Policy Apparently “Working” (Dan)

As detailed in a lengthy NYTimes article, immigration from Central America has decreased 60%.

Remember 1953 US-backed Coup in Iran? (Reader Steve)

The State Department “quietly” published the once-expunged papers detailing involvement in, arguably, the  watershed moment that defined US-Middle East relations.

Lets Wash our Hands of Triclosan (Russ)

Consumers take for granted that germ-fighting chemicals are safe for them. Triclosan is one of those chemicals that may provide some help, but also do a lot of hurt.

New to Hacking? Use Developing Countries as Testing Ground (Dan)

New hacking programs and hackers themselves are using developing nations as testing grounds before taking on larger targets.


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