Hillary Clinton barely wins Democratic Iowa caucuses, ensuring that Bernie Sanders will stick around for a good while longer. Also, Ted Cruz wins the Republican Iowa caucuses, which may finally give the "liberal" media the excuse it needs to stop giving silver medalist Donald Trump wall-to-wall coverage. I'd prefer, of course, that the "excuse" to stop giving Donald Trump wall-to-wall coverage was "we don't give assholes wall-to-wall coverage." Marco Rubio finished a close third; Republicans would regret making him the nominee, since calling him an empty suit would constitute a profound insult to empty suits. The Republicans' most electable candidate, John Kasich, finished eighth (though he'll likely do rather better in New Hampshire); their second-most electable candidate, Chris Christie (who would have been their most electable candidate in 2012, if he'd run), finished 10th.
Oh, yeah, and Republican Mike Huckabee suspended his campaign after his 9th place finish in Iowa. It's sad that it's come to this -- no, not because Mr. Huckabee won Iowa in 2008, but because the 2008 Mike Huckabee was a fairly charismatic guy with a broad streak of economic populism and little taste for throwing red meat to "war on terror" voters. Then he became one of the first to contract Obama Derangement Syndrome, and then followed six-plus years in the Fox News Noise Machine, such that the 2016 Mike Huckabee had nothing to offer but empty religiosity and a newfound bloodthirst against Middle Easterners. Eight years, it turns out, can be a damn long time.
U.S. District Judge for Washington, D.C. rules that the FBI's policy of refusing to even say why it denied so many Freedom of Information Act (or FOIA) requests is "fundamentally at odds with the statute." Judge Moss's opinion gets a bit more insistent from there. Between this and expanded NSA spying and the Obama Administration's unhealthy attitude toward whistleblowers, it's hard to say this has been The Most Transparent Government in History.
Finally, in a peripherally-related development, Harvard researchers conclude that encryption will not, in fact, spell the end of all law enforcement efforts in America. Long story short: "That’s because the (encryption) technology isn’t universally marketable and there are so many other spying options on the table, as everything from fitness trackers to fridges is getting hooked up to the internet and transmitting vast amounts of data about our everyday lives." It's odd how so many right-wingers, particularly, fret about encryption, as if they forget all the other times in life they brag about what big cojones they have.