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Daily News Briefing

February 2016

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The civil rights protesters of today are writing a new playbook, but some of the old lessons might still apply.

Medium and message

New research confirms social media's mixed blessing. It connects people and galvanizes action but often spreads fear.

The Trump effect

What began as an improbable quest for the Republican nomination is no longer looking improbable.

Iran's largess

Unfreezing Iranian bank accounts doesn’t spell a bonanza for its allies.

A democratic model

Only a small number of countries are true democracies. They must be an example to others.

The Republican Party has not been honest with its voters for several years now. No wonder those voters are in open rebellion.

Time for talks, not threats

Diplomacy and arbitration, not gunboats and missiles, are needed in maritime disputes of East Asia.

Public versus private security

Apple and the FBI are squaring off in a case that tests Fourth Amendment rights in the 21st century world.

Ukraine's crossroads

Reforming a corrupt political system takes time but it is the right path to follow.

Law and legacy

Antonin Scalia was a giant of modern American conservatism who didn't let ideology get in the way of friendship.