Apr 9, 2017

Tillerson: ISIS, not Assad, remains top priority

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on CBS' Face the Nation, "our priority in Syria really hasn't changed... first and foremost we must defeat ISIS." Here's what else he said:

  • "The issue of how Bashar al-Assad's leadership is sustained or how he departs is something that we will be working with allies or others in the coalition."
  • And on ABC's Face the Nation: "We're asking and calling on Bashar al-Assad to cease the use of these weapons. Other than that, there is no change to our military posture."
  • "We've seen what that looks like when you undertake a violent regime change in Libya and the situation in Libya continues to be very chaotic."

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has gone further, though, saying the US believes regime change is coming. She and H.R. McMaster both said the US is willing to "do more" against the regime.

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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.