(Above: Australian Cardinal George Pell.)
There has been debate recently about the power of the N.S.A.--and no, this time it's not about whether or not the N.S.A. should be able to spy on people. The debate this time is more concerned about the kind of technologies and powers the N.S.A. has developed. In the aftermath of the ransomware cyber attack that occurred recently, people are concerned about the N.S.A.'s rushing to develop new technology without first ensuring that they can properly encrypt and protect it so it doesn't fall into the wrong hands.
Officials are puzzled about the cyber attackers' motives, which appear not to be financially motivated, but rather apparently seem to be centered around Ukrainian tax accounts.
After the Supreme Court ruled to uphold a partial form of President Trump's travel ban until they officially ruled on it in the fall, they released details of what the 'partial travel ban' would entail. Siblings are allowed into the country, considered close enough family to warrant this, but nieces, nephews, and grandparents are not. Step-siblings and half-siblings are also allowed.
Australian Cardinal George Bell, one of Pope Francis' closest advisors, has been charged with sexual assault.
After losing support from some Republican senators, Senate House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has decided to go back to the drawing board. A vote on the bill to replace Obamacare will not take place until after the July 4th recess. Sources say that McConnell is also allegedly considering working with democratic senators to draft bipartisan legislation.
After getting wind of an alleged chemical weapons attack planned by the United States government, the president and other advisors promised punishment in return. Now, the Secretary of Defense, Mr. Mattis, has claimed that the threat is gone, and Syria has halted its plans to carry out the attack. Whether or not the attack ever existed is up for debate, but many sources in the cabinet seem to claim that it did.
With Xi Jinping in Hong Kong for the first time in his term as head of the Chinese state, the New York Times published this article to take a look at what this may mean for the democratic or sovereign future for the small island. Is Hong Kong the same place it was 20 years ago, when Britain relinquished control?
Have a great Thursday, folks!
Also, as a side note--what today's title is referencing (a previous song of the day):