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Passcode at SXSW: Ad blockers, spies, hackers, and Hollywood

For a third straight year, Passcode is bringing a crew of digital security and privacy all-stars to the Austin festival, to chat about the future of biometric tracking, the security risks of smart streets, and so much more.

If Trump pursues tariffs, Mexico could walk from NAFTA negotiations, minister says

In the latest chapter of the evolving relationship between Mexico and the United States, Mexican economy minister Ildefonso Guajardo has warned that his country will walk away from any negotiations on revising the North American Free Trade Agreement if the US insists on imposing tariffs on Mexican goods. As long ago as September, as a presidential candidate, Donald Trump hammered NAFTA as ?the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere,? and he has made no secret of his determination to renegotiate its terms. It is, however, just one part of a troubled relationship between the two countries, clouded not least by the proposed border wall and concerns in Mexico about a possible surge in deportations from the US.

Father of Navy SEAL slain in Yemen raid calls for investigation

The father of a Navy SEAL killed during a controversial anti-terrorism raid in Yemen has demanded an investigation into the operation and its planning.

Five years after Trayvon Martin?s death: What?s changed?

Trayvon Martin would have been 22 years old this month, had he not beenshot and killed bythe head of the local neighborhood watch in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2012. The movement that began with a gut reaction to the tragic shooting, and subsequent acquittal of the shooter, has led to an important reconnection with uncomfortable racial issues that remained out of sight and out of mind for decades, says Wornie Reed, director of theRace and Social Policy Research Center at Virginia Tech, to The Christian Science Monitor via email.

Why does President Trump want to add $54 billion to the defense budget?

In a Monday morning telephone call with reporters, unnamed White House officials revealed that President Trump?s forthcoming federal budget plan will include a $54 billion increase ? nearly 10 percent ? in national defense spending. The Trump administration plans to offset elevated expense with large-scale cuts to foreign aid, as well as to yet-unspecified domestic agencies. While specific details of Mr. Trump?s budget are scheduled to be further elucidated during his joint-session speech to Congress Tuesday night, the proposed budget changes carry the potential of drawing criticism from both sides of the aisle.

White House drops Obama-era discrimination claim against Texas voter ID law

The Trump administration has dropped a discrimination claim against a controversial Texas voter ID law, marking a shift from former President Barack Obama?s administration, which sought to challenge the measure, deemed one of the country's strictest voting requirements. Voting legislation has become a hot topic of debate both politically and in the courtroom, as voting rights advocates seek to protect or expand access to the ballot and courts generally follow suit in their decisions. Backers of voter ID laws, usually Republicans, argue that they provide necessary checks on voter fraud, but researchers have found scant evidence that widespread voter fraud has taken place.

Jewish centers open doors again after fifth recent wave of bomb threats

At least 19 community centers and day schools received threats on Monday, the national Jewish Community Centers Association told NBC.Most were reopened within a couple of hours, after police did a sweep of the facilities and determined the calls to have been hoaxes. "The Jewish community is back in business," Paul Goldenberg, the director of the Secure Community Network, told the Associated Press. Monday's threats are the fifth wave of bomb threats targeting Jewish institutions since January, and come on the heels of vandalization at two Jewish cemeteries in Philadelphia and St. Louis.

George W. Bush carefully weighs in on Trump's administration. Is he breaking tradition?

After staying silent during the eight-year term of his own immediate successor, former President George W. Bush carefully responded to President Trump's first month in office on Monday, voicing his support for a free press and an investigation of the administation's ties with Russia. "I think we all need answers," Mr. Bush said on NBC's "Today" show Monday, where he was discussing his new book of portraits and stories of US veterans. Former presidents rarely make public comments about those who follow them, part of a tradition that marks the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next.

With ISIS besieged in western Mosul, civilians decide now's the time to flee

Every time the Islamic State knocked on the door of the west Mosul home, two things would happen. Ahmed, a former Iraqi police officer, would race to an underground hiding place. ?I am alone, a woman,? Waha, a mother of four, recalls telling the IS militants each time, appealing to their professed respect for Muslim women.

The problem with the claim that Trump is on a 'dictatorial path'

Back when he was a Republican senator, Attorney General Jeff Sessions once called President Obama an ?emperor.? Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey once called him a ?dictator.? Four years ago Donald Trump, too, was part of the chorus. ?Why is @BarackObama constantly issuing executive orders that are major power grabs of authority?? Mr. Trump tweeted in 2012, pointing to a defense-related order. Now that Trump is president, and has unleashed his own wave of executive actions, Republicans have responded with applause, Democrats with alarm.

For Syrian refugees in Lebanon, a drive to build community amid pressing challenges

Syrian refugees were pouring into Lebanon in 2014, fleeing the civil war. The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) and nongovernmental organizations were scrambling to register and provide services for these families, most of whom hoped to return to Syria when the war was over. Because Lebanon has a history dating back to the Palestinian diaspora of not providing camps for refugees, the displaced were finding shelter wherever they could.

Why did Philip Bilden, Trump's pick for Navy secretary, withdraw?

The announcement came roughly a week after the Pentagon issued a statement on Feb. 19 saying Bilden had assuredSecretary of Defense JimMattis that he remained committed to serving as Navy secretary and that Mr. Mattis had confidence that Bilden was "the right leader" for the position. In bowing out, Bilden became the second Trump nominee to lead one of the armed forces to withdraw due to conflict-of-interest rules.

US regulator set to tamp down on privacy rules

The Trump administration appears set to begin scaling back Federal Communications Commission regulations approvedlast yearto furtherprotect Americans' digital privacy and security.

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