Obama’s executive actions: The president announced a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in federal prisons in an op-ed that ran in the Tuesday edition of The Washington Post. “The United States is a nation of second chances, but the experience of solitary confinement too often undercuts that second chance,” Obama wrote. The new measures also expand treatment for mentally ill inmates and increase the amount of time those held in solitary can spend outside of their cells.
An indictment against videomakers: A grand jury convened to investigate allegations that Planned Parenthood illegally sold fetal tissue decided instead to indict activists who made sting videos to criticize the women’s-health organization. David has the story here.
El Salvador’s response to Zika: The country is advising women not to get pregnant until 2018 amid fears of the dangerous mosquito-borne virus. Zika can cause a type of brain damage in babies known as microcephaly, a condition in which children are born with smaller-than-normal heads. Reports of microcephaly have spiked recently in Latin America, the Caribbean, and particularly Brazil, where there were 20 times more cases in 2015 than in 2014.