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Our picksJohn Doe, American jihadist; EPA limits agency's use of science; the Pentagon & AI, and more

Published 20 April 2018

· The case against John Doe, American jihadist

· Appeals court rules against Trump policy punishing sanctuary cities

· Miguel Díaz-Canel is the new Cuban president: Who’s really running Cuba?

· Internal emails show EPA working to limit agency’s use of science

· The Chinese Communist Party is setting up cells at universities across America

· Disaster relief official calls churches to action

· The U.S. Navy wants a better way to keep China’s nose out of its contracts

· The Pentagon is building an AI product factory

The case against John Doe, American jihadist (Mattathias Schwartz, New Republic)
How a U.S. citizen captured on the battlefield with ISIS may finally force America to confront the legacy of 9/11

Appeals court rules against Trump policy punishing sanctuary cities (Josh Gerstein, Politico)
A panel of GOP-appointed judges upheld an injunction blocking the Justice Department from enforcing new grant conditions that require sanctuary cities to cooperate with immigration enforcement.

Miguel Díaz-Canel is the new Cuban president: Who’s really running Cuba? (Christopher Dickey and Ingrid Arnesen, Daily Beast)
The National Assembly confirmed that Cuba would get a brand new president on Thursday. He’s not a Castro, but don’t expect anything to change.

Internal emails show EPA working to limit agency’s use of science (Miranda Green and Timothy Cama, The Hill)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) political staffers have been working to internally replicate through agency action a bill that would restrict the kind of science that the EPA can use when writing regulations, internal emails show.

The Chinese Communist Party is setting up cells at universities across America (Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Foreign Policy)
It’s a strategy to tighten ideological control. And it’s happening around the world.

Disaster relief official calls churches to action (Max Bryan, Times Record)
On the front end of a disaster, churches need to address a lack of food and water, medical assistance and short- and long-term housing. On the back end, churches should focus on grief and trauma.

The U.S. Navy wants a better way to keep China’s nose out of its contracts (Caroline Houck, Defense One)
A subcontract with a Huawei partner has the secretary looking for an ‘institutional algorithm’ for spotting dicey partnerships.

The Pentagon is building an AI product factory (Patrick Tucker, Nextgov)
Job One for the new Joint Artificial Intelligence Center will be delivering solutions for services’ specific problems.