Top 5 News Headlines Tuesday 23rd February 2016


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5: David Cameron ridicules Boris Johnson’s second EU referendum idea

David Cameron has vented his frustration at Boris Johnson over Europe, as he ridiculed the mayor of London over his apparent call for a second EU referendum and came close to accusing him of backing a leave vote to boost his chances of one day leading the Conservative party.

In a sign that a Tory truce on Europe is under severe strain before the official campaigning has even begun, the prime minister infuriated anti-EU campaigners by describing Johnson’s idea for a second vote as undemocratic and one “for the birds”.

As the London mayor shook his head and shouted rubbish in the Commons chamber, the prime minister mocked Johnson by likening his idea for a second referendum to a couple who start divorce proceedings as a way to make up.

“I have known a number of couples who have begun divorce proceedings,” Cameron said in remarks that were seen to be aimed at Johnson who has experienced trouble in his marriage. “But I do not know any who have begun divorce proceedings in order to renew their marriage vows.”

Senior Tories say that the prime minister decided to turn his fire on Johnson because he felt the London mayor had misled Downing Street over which side he would support in the referendum. As recently as a week ago the London mayor told one senior Tory who is helping the prime minister to prepare for the referendum campaign: “I’m sure I will be with you.”

The Guardian 

4: Albert Woodfox Released from Prison After More Than 43 Years in Solitary

Albert Woodfox, who spent more than 43 years in solitary confinement—more than any one else in the United States—has been released from prison in Louisiana. Woodfox walked free on Friday after he entered a plea of no contest to charges of manslaughter and aggravated burglary of a prison guard more than four decades ago. Prior to Friday’s settlement, his conviction had been overturned three times. Woodfox and the late, fellow Angola 3 member Herman Wallace were accused in 1972 of stabbing prison guard Brent Miller. They always maintained their innocence, saying they were targeted because of their attempts to address horrific prison conditions by organizing a chapter of the Black Panther Party. Herman Wallace was freed in 2013, just days before he died from cancer. We’ll be joined by Albert Woodfox in his first broadcast interview after headlines.

Democracy Now

3: Syria: Bomb Attacks Kill 150; U.S., Russia Reach “Provisional” Ceasefire Deal

In Syria, bomb attacks around the Syrian capital Damascus and in the city of Homs have killed at least 150 people and wounded scores of others, marking one of the deadliest days in the nearly five-year-old conflict. ISIL has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attacks, which included a car bombing and two consecutive suicide attacks near a Shiite shrine outside Damascus and two bomb attacks in the city of Homs. The blasts came the same day Secretary of State John Kerry announced a “provisional agreement” between the United States and Russia on a ceasefire in Syria.

Democracy Now

2: It’s Finally Official: Hillary Clinton Won the Nevada Caucuses

Hillary Clinton was formally declared the winner of the Nevada caucuses on Monday afternoon after the last reporting from all of the state’s 1,714 precincts trickled in. The result, which established a 53-47 victory for Clinton over Bernie Sanders, steers the former secretary of state’s campaign back on track toward her party’s nomination after a confidence-shattering defeat in New Hampshire.

In Nevada, Clinton fared particularly well among demographics where she has already established a firm base, including older women and a majority of black voters — a positive sign for the candidate as she prepares to spar with Sanders this weekend in South Carolina. Black voters make up roughly 13 percent of Nevada’s electorate, and Clinton won by 76-22 percent in this group, according to CNN entrance polls taken as Nevadans arrived at caucus sites.

Clinton goes into the next battle with 20 delegates from the Nevada, compared to 15 for Sanders. Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said the candidate has now taken national pledged delegate lead of 52-51 over Sanders, but the Sanders campaign gave a conflicting figure that said they’re tied 52-52. The candidates need 2,383 delegates to win the nomination. Including superdelegates, who can choose whichever candidate they want regardless of the primary or caucus results, Clinton holds a 502-70 lead over Sanders, according to the Associated Press.

But the former Secretary of State is still struggling to appeal to women younger than 45, 7 in 10 of whom supported Sanders on Saturday, according to Associated Press entrance polls. Those surveys also showed that the mass youth support for Sanders seen in Iowa and New Hampshire continued in Nevada, with 7 in 10 attendees under 45 voting for the senator. Shortly after Sanders delivered his concession speech, his campaign sent an email to reporters claiming that the senator had also won the Latino vote by some 8 points.

Vice News

1: FBI Says Apple Court Order Is Narrow, But Other Law Enforcers Hungry to Exploit It

The FBI wants you to believe that its contentious court battle to force Apple to write new software that would let it hack San Bernardino killer Syed Farook’s iPhone is only about this one, specific, particularly heinous case.

“The San Bernardino litigation isn’t about trying to set a precedent or send any kind of message. It is about the victims and justice,” FBI Director James Comey insisted in a letter published on the Lawfare blog on Sunday.

In court papers, the Justice Department has assured the federal magistrate judge who ordered Apple to unlock the phone that after the software serves its purpose — letting the FBI try as many passcodes as it needs to get in without wiping the contents — Apple may “destroy it … refuse to disseminate it outside of Apple and make clear to the world that it does not apply to other devices or users without lawful court orders.”

But the FBI’s defenders and friends in state and local law enforcement are going way off message. They say the ruling is going to have a huge impact on how they do business.

The Intercept