What We're Following This Afternoon

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Obama’s pitch to Congress to shut Guantanamo: “For many years, it’s been clear that the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security,” the president said Tuesday. “It undermines it.”

The Republican-controlled Congress, as Marina reports, has shown no interest in relenting on the matter.

Apple vs FBI, cont’d.: Bill Gates, the former Microsoft CEO, has weighed in on the fight over the iPhone 5c that belonged to one of the San Bernardino attackers. He told the Financial Times:

Nobody’s talking about a backdoor, so that’s not the right question. This is a specific case where the government is asking for access to information. They’re not asking for some general thing, they’re asking for a particular case.

Others in the tech industry disagree. Separately, the Wall Street Journal reports that the FBI was trying to get Apple to unlock about a dozen other iPhones, which did not belong to terrorism suspects.

The migrant crisis: The number of migrants and refugees who have arrived in Greece and Italy since the beginning of the year has exceeded 100,000, the International Organization of Migration said, adding that Greece alone received 102,547 migrants and refugees from January 1 through February 22. In 2015, migrant arrivals topped 100,000 in July.

News from the morning here.