As of Sunday, Apple is still resisting the government order that it provide the FBI with a way of bypassing security on terrorist Syed Farook’s iPhone. Wall Street Journal columnist Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. predicts the government will win out in the end, but it seems that Apple has scored the moral victory.
With the death of Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13, we lost an intellectual giant. Scalia (1936-2016) passed away in Texas of natural causes. Appointed by President Reagan in 1986, he served on the Supreme Court for 30 years.
If the 2016 campaign season has been crude and demoralizing, it at least makes for good reality TV. The recent CBS Republican debate in South Carolina provided the candidates with a crucial opportunity to win voters in the South Carolina primary. Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer described the 9th debate as a “thermonuclear war,” referring to the abundance of personal attacks and the overall contentious tone.
Great rum and beaches aside, Puerto Rico faces a mountain of problems. It is $72 billion in debt and owes a $422 million payment due May 1, amidst a long deteriorating economy. The island has already defaulted on $2 billion in payments and is so strapped for cash that hospitals are rationing medicine.