People also are talking about the administration's effort to kill Obamacare and uproar over the Jussie Smollett case.
Your iPhone probably needs big security fixes
It's probably time to stop ignoring the iPhone updates and install them instead.
While Apple was promoting its new streaming TV offerings, it also was pushing 51 security fixes through via its newest operating system.
Notably, it fixed a flaw that could allow malicious applications to access the microphone on your iPhone and record you and the people around you.
The company also fixed a problem with the FaceTime app that prevented video chats from pausing when you left the app.
Those are just a few of the most shocking security flaws. Others dealt with phone memory and SMS hacking. Some of the patches impact devices other than iPhones, such as laptops and iPads.
The fixes come ahead of Apple's big push into content and entertainment. During its press event Monday, privacy was a buzzword for several of its new services.
The company said it would "maintain user privacy" when suggesting content for users of its News+ magazine subscription service and announced on stage that it will not collect data from its streaming game service Apple Arcade. The company also pledged that Goldman Sachs, which partnered with Apple on a credit card, wouldn't share Apple cardholder's data for marketing.
Health care bubbles to the top with Trump's attack on Obamacare
President Donald Trump is calling on Republicans to revive the effort to quash the Affordable Care Act, handing Democrats an opportunity to unite in defense of the law as they try to move past the Russia investigation and win the White House in 2020.
Trump's administration is asking a federal appeals court to strike down the entire health care law. The president vowed on Tuesday to make the GOP the "party of health care" and told Senate Republicans to lean into their own agenda on the issue as they head into next year's election.
The moves could help Trump rally his conservative base as he celebrates Attorney General William Barr's summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's report that said there was no evidence that the president or his associates colluded with Russia in the 2016 campaign. But the push also poured political kerosene on an issue that many Democrats credit with powering their midterm election victories in November.
Top Democrats, including presidential candidates, said health care is an issue that resonates with voters more than the Mueller investigation.
"This is something that Americans care deeply about," said Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, a White House hopeful. "I may not have been asked about the Mueller report at town hall meetings, but I was sure asked about health care."
Other Democrats appeared to relish the chance to shift to health care. Asked if the Trump administration's court filing allowed Democrats to turn the page on Mueller, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would have been talking about health care no matter what.
"We have been dealing with health care constantly," the California Democrat said. "The public attention has been on the Mueller report, but we have been focused on health care."
Another 2020 contender, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, said if Trump "wants to have a fight on health care, it's a fight we're willing to have. And it's a fight he is going to lose."
That confidence is in part because health care was a big political winner for Democrats last year. According to AP VoteCast, a survey of more than 115,000 midterm voters nationwide, nearly 4 in 10 Democratic voters identified health care as the most important among a list of key issues including immigration, the economy and the environment. A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday found 55 percent of Americans supporting the improvement and not the replacement of the nation's health care system.
The Supreme Court has twice upheld President Barack Obama's health care law, known as "Obamacare." Five justices — a majority — who upheld the law in 2012 are still on the bench.
Trump's effort to repeal Obamacare narrowly failed in the Senate in 2017. Nearly two years later, it's unclear where the White House plans to focus its health care efforts. Trump's most recent budget backs one piece of the legislation that stalled in the Senate.
Happy ending for show dog missing for 4 days at busy airport
A show dog that was flying home to Amsterdam after her last competitive event was found after she'd been missing from Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for four days, the airport tweeted.
Gale, a 22-month-old American Staffordshire Terrier, was traveling with her handlers after participating in a dog show in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday.
Officials said that Gale broke out of her crate in the airfield as workers were loading the crate into the cargo area of a KLM flight.
"They were waiting at the gate, about to board the flight, when they were called to the desk and told the crate was empty," owner Floris van Essen told CNN. "All of us were freaked out, to be honest."
Early Monday morning, pilots spotted the dog on the airfield, said airport spokesman Andy Gobeil.
Authorities set up a trap involving food to catch the pooch. She was in a thicket at one point, Gobeil said.
An airport wildlife biologist was one of the many looking for Gale. He spotted her and was out in the airfield calling for her all day on Monday.
"He had lost his voice. But he was out here again early this morning," Gobeil said Tuesday before the dog was found. "He's traipsing through the water that we have out there. It's very very cold. But he is doing everything he can."
By Tuesday afternoon, Gale's great escape came to an end. Her handler was calling out for her on airport premises and she ran and jumped into his arms. Even though traps were set, Gale stayed away from them, according to the airport spokesperson.
KLM expressed its "sincerest regrets" in an earlier statement to CNN.
Backlash and criticism over dismissal of Jussie Smollett case
Prosecutors still insist Jussie Smollett faked a racist, anti-gay attack on himself in the hopes that the attention would advance his acting career. The "Empire" star still says he was assaulted by two men late at night in downtown Chicago.
But with little explanation, authorities on Tuesday abruptly dropped all charges against Smollett, abandoning the criminal case only five weeks after the allegations were filed. In return, prosecutors said, the actor agreed to let the city keep his $10,000 in bail.
The dismissal drew a swift backlash from the mayor and police chief and raised questions about why Smollett was not forced to admit what prosecutors had said they could prove in court — that the entire episode was a publicity stunt.
Among those sure to keep pressing for answers is Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who appeared blindsided by the decision. His voice rising in anger at times, Emanuel called the deal "a whitewash of justice" and lashed out at Smollett. He said Smollett had exploited hate-crime laws meant to protect minorities by turning the laws "inside out, upside down for only one thing — himself."
"Where is the accountability in the system?" Emanuel asked. "You cannot have, because of a person's position, one set of rules apply to them and another set of rules apply to everybody else."
Smollett has become a household name as a result of the case, but it's unclear if the dropped charges will diminish the taint that followed his arrest last month. His insistence that he had been vindicated may make the entertainment industry cautious about fully embracing him.
Defense attorneys said Smollett's record was "wiped clean" of the 16 felony counts related to making a false report. The actor, who also agreed to do community service, insisted that he had "been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one."
"I would not be my mother's son if I was capable of one drop of what I was being accused of," he told reporters after a court hearing. He thanked the state of Illinois "for attempting to do what's right."
In a statement, a spokeswoman for the Cook County prosecutors' office said the dismissal came "after reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case." Tandra Simonton called it "a just disposition and appropriate resolution" but said it was not an exoneration.
First Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Magats said prosecutors "stand behind the investigation and the facts."
Authorities alleged that Smollett, who is black and gay, knew the men and arranged for them to pretend to attack him.
GOP legislator prays to Jesus for forgiveness before Muslim woman sworn in
A Pennsylvania lawmaker was on the ninth use of the word "Jesus" in her opening prayer in the statehouse, moments before the legislature was going to swear in its first Muslim woman.
Rep. Stephanie Borowicz wound up invoking Jesus 13 times during her 100-second ceremonial invocation that some of her colleagues decried as an offensive display of Islamaphobia coming before Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, a Democrat and Muslim, was sworn in.
Even speaker Mike Turzai, Borowicz's fellow Republican, glanced up as the mentions of Jesus climbed.
“God forgive us — Jesus — we’ve lost sight of you, we’ve forgotten you, God, in our country, and we’re asking you to forgive us,” Borowicz said, followed by a quote from the Bible’s second book of Chronicles that implores God’s followers to “turn from their wicked ways.” Then she praised President Trump for his unequivocal support of Israel.
“I claim all these things in the powerful, mighty name of Jesus, the one who, at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess, Jesus, that you are Lord, in Jesus’ name,” Borowicz said.
At least one member shouted objections and the speaker - who stood behind her - nudged her elbow and she concluded the address. The protests afterward grew louder.
"It blatantly represented the Islamaphobia that exists among some leaders," Johnson-Harrell told the Pennsylvania Capital-Star on Monday. She had brought 55 guests with her for the historic moment, 32 of them Muslim. She later called for the General Assembly to censure Borowicz.
Rep. Jordan Harris, another high-ranking Democrat who called himself a devout Christian, criticized Borowicz for “weaponizing” her religion.
“I’m a Christian, and I believe in Christ,” Harris said in a statement. “What I believe is Christ’s teaching more than anything, and his teaching would not be about, and was not about, dividing us as a people, but uniting us as a people.”
Borowicz refused to apologize and said "that's how I pray every day ... I don't apologize ever for praying."
In recent years, the customary opening prayer — which kicks off every Pennsylvania legislative session day and was historically noncontroversial — has become another, minor front in an ongoing battle over religious representation and the separation of church and state. Last year, a federal court overturned statehouse rules that barred non-theists, who do not hold beliefs about any deity, from giving the opening invocation.
The judge ruled that the ban violated the U.S. Constitution’s establishment clause, which protects the free exercise of religion. Republicans have appealed that verdict.
Biden laments role in Anita Hill hearing, blasts 'white man's culture'
Former Vice President Joe Biden condemned "a white man's culture" as he lashed out at violence against women and, more specifically, lamented his role in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings that undermined Anita Hill's credibility nearly three decades ago.
Biden, a Democratic presidential prospect who often highlights his white working-class roots, said Hill, who is black, should not have been forced to face a panel of "a bunch of white guys" about her sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas.
"To this day I regret I couldn't come up with a way to give her the kind of hearing she deserved," he said Tuesday night, echoing comments he delivered last fall as the nation debated sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh amid his Supreme Court confirmation hearing. "I wish I could have done something."
Biden's role in the 1991 Thomas confirmation hearings is among his many political challenges as he considers making a 2020 bid for the presidency. Should he run, he would be among a handful of white men in a Democratic presidential field that features several women and minorities.
His comments about Hill drew swift condemnation on social media, with many noting he was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time of the hearing.
"It literally does not matter what else Biden says about sexual assault if he cannot acknowledge his own culpability in putting a sexual assaulter on the Supreme Court and then pretending for years like he was powerless to stop it," tweeted Jessica Morales Rocketto, a former aide to Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign who now serves as the political director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
Biden, 76, delivered the remarks at a New York City event honoring young people who helped combat sexual assault on college campuses. The event, held at a venue called the Russian Tea Room, was hosted by the Biden Foundation and the nonprofit group It's on Us, which Biden founded with former President Barack Obama in 2014.
Biden called on Americans to "change the culture" that dates back centuries and allows pervasive violence against women. "It's an English jurisprudential culture, a white man's culture. It's got to change," he said.