Nov 21, 2018

4. Democrat previously opposed to Pelosi changes his mind

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Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) has flipped his position on Nancy Pelosi's bid for speaker of the House when Democrats officially take the majority next year, the Washington Post reports.

Details: Higgins was originally one of the 16 Democrats who released a letter this week stating their opposition to Pelosi serving as speaker again. Per the Post, he changed his mind after receiving an "agreement in principle" that Democrats would make a "serious good faith effort" to tackle Medicare eligibility and infrastructure.

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Supreme Court to hear Philadelphia case over same-sex foster parents

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The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a high-profile case that could reshape the bounds of First Amendment protections for religion.

Why it matters: The direct question in this case is whether Philadelphia had the right to cancel a contract with an adoption agency that refused to place foster children with same-sex couples. It also poses bigger questions that could lead the court to overturn a key precedent and carve out new protections for religious organizations.

Why Apple may move to open iOS

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Apple may finally allow iPhone owners to set email or browsing apps other than Apple's own as their preferred defaults, according to a Bloomberg report from last week.

The big picture: Customers have long clamored for the ability to choose their preferred apps, and now Apple, like other big tech companies, finds itself under increased scrutiny over anything perceived as anticompetitive.