Notes
First thoughts, running arguments, stories in progress

Apple vs. FBI, cont’d: In a court filing Thursday afternoon, the tech giant’s lawyers urged a federal judge to reject the federal government’s “dangerous power” to force Apple to break the encryption on an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and other major Silicon Valley corporations also plan on taking Apple’s side in court in the coming days.

GOP debate in Houston: Republican frontrunner Donald Trump will face his rivals in the last debate before Super Tuesday in only a few hours on CNN. The other Republican hopefuls are running out of time to blunt Trump’s momentum as a series of crucial races looms ahead in the coming weeks.

Snyder ousts staff: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder replaced his communications director and press secretary Thursday night, the Detroit Free Press reported. Snyder’s staff shakeup comes amid continuing fallout from the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, for which the governor’s office has received widespread criticism.

News from this afternoon here.

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