Today's Word – Did the NYPD's spying on Muslims violate the law? The New York Police Department has investigated Muslims in New York and other states, preparing reports on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses. Mayor Michael Bloomberg insists that, "Everything the NYPD has done is legal, it is appropriate, it is constitutional." But the Justice Department is now reviewing whether to investigate potential civil rights violations. Newark Mayor Cory Booker said wholesale surveillance of the Muslim community without suspicion of a crime "clearly crosses a line." Faiza Patel, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center at NYU School of Law, discusses the case here. Read this stinging testimonial by a Muslim-American PolicyMic pundit who was spied on by NYPD.
Primary news du jour – Mitt Romney has won the Wyoming caucuses after a process that was carried out over the last three weeks. Final results came in this morning. Romney has now won 7 out of 12 primary contests.
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Chart of the day – Watch out Republicans, U.S. dependence on foreign oil is declining.
Top Stories – Top 5 Stratfor WikiLeaks Revelations (So Far) (Michael Luciano) – Pakistan knew where Bin Laden was, the U.S. government has a sealed indictment on Julian Assange, and the top 5 Stratfor leaks revealed by WikiLeaks.
Why Democrats are Failing Millennials and What They Can Learn From Republicans (Mia Pskowski) – A new study shows that liberal millennials refuse to identify as Democrats, while conservatives are training and mentoring a new generation of proud Republicans.
Why It Will Be Very Difficult to Attack Iran (Joe Sarkisian) – Despite all the hoopla of late that Israel seems determined to strike Iran, Israel has little military capability to do any serious damage.
Elephant Massacre in Cameroon Shows Ban on Ivory is Insufficient (Tascha Alvarez) – Poachers in Cameroon’s Bouba Ndjida National Park have slaughtered up to 450 elephants for their tusks. The ivory trade must be permanently banned.
Today's Fun Stories – Having a simple name gets your farther in the workplace (The Atlantic); Keep waiting for the Twitter election (Adage); Facebook timeline is here to stay (Fast Company); Life as a landlord (NY Times).
What We’re Reading – Women make less than men at every education level (GOOD); Hey, Romney: 10 things you have to do now (Time); Florida approves anti-sharia bill after deliberating for 3 minutes (Think Progress); OWS hold "reboot" rally in NYC (Democracy Now!).
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