Oct 13, 2018

Trump says "no deal" was made with Turkey to release Pastor Brunson

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President Trump clarified in a tweet Saturday morning that there was "no deal" made with Turkey for the return of Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was released from the country on Friday after being held since 2016 for terrorism charges.

Why it matters: Trump has maintained that he doesn't make deals for hostages, however it was previously reported by NBC News that the United States had been in negotiations with Turkey looking for the pastor's release and ultimately reached a deal. Trump suggested that the pastor's release could foster "great relations" between the U.S. and Turkey. Brunson is expected to meet with Trump at the White House this afternoon.

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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.