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Supreme Court declines challenge to California's gun waiting period

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On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused a challenge to California's 10-day waiting period for firearms purchases, Reuters reports, which is are "intended to to guard against impulsive violence and suicides."

The backdrop: According to Reuters, the Supreme Court hasn't taken up a major firearms case since ruling in 2008 and 2010 gun that individuals have a right to own a gun for self defense. In 2017, the top court also kept in place a California law banning concealed-carry permits unless the applicant can show "good cause" for having it.

The details: California, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Illinois, Minnesota, Florida, Iowa, Maryland and Washington, D.C. all have waiting periods to give gun buyers a stretch of "cooling off" time and officials time to run background checks.

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Tech's terrible week

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From a fatal car crash to a data nightmare, turning-point scenarios played out in several corners of the technology industry this week.

Why it matters: The utopian promise of technological progress is giving way to the very thorny challenges of balancing innovation with social accountability. That means congressional hearings, investigations, probably at least some regulation — and a lot more skepticism about the promise of the tech-driven changes that are transforming our lives.

Zachary Basu 8 hours ago
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What to watch for in Egypt's sham election

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A billboard in Cairo voicing support for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the upcoming election. Photo by KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images.

Egyptians will vote March 26-28 in a presidential election that is sure to see incumbent strongman Abdel Fattah el-Sisi handily defeat Mousa Mostafa Mousa — the sole challenger who hasn't been jailed or intimidated into dropping out.

The backdrop: Sisi, the former minister of defense and commander-in-chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces, led a military coup to topple President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. He formally came to power in 2014 after winning 96% of the vote in the presidential election, but has since seen his popularity wane under deteriorating economic conditions and an oppressive human rights record.