John Kerry: ‘The People of Israel Will Be Safer With This Deal’

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Wednesday at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia, in a speech promoting President Barack Obama’s Nuclear Agreement with Iran, Secretary of State John Kerry touted the deal by proclaiming Israel will be safer with the deal. “I have bowed my head at the Western Wall and prayed for peace for Israel, for the region, and for the world,” Kerry said. “I take a backseat to no one in my commitment to the security of Israel. A commitment I have demonstrated through my 28-plus years in the Senate, and as secretary of state. I am fully conscious of the existential nature of the choice Israel must make. I understand the conviction that Israel, more than any other country, simply cannot afford a mistake and defending its security. And well I respectfully disagree with Prime Minister Netanyahu about the benefits of the agreement, I do not question his instincts, the basis of his concern, or
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Blythe Masters and Wall Street Opt for ‘Permissioned’ Non-Bitcoin Blockchains

Major banks and mainstream financial institutions are warming up to the blockchain technology that powers Bitcoin, and launching internal experiments and pilot projects to find out how they can use the blockchain. However, most banks frown at the chaotic anarchy of public “permissionless ledgers” like the Bitcoin blockchain, where any individual anonymous user can join and contribute hashpower to verify transactions without having to ask anyone’s permission. Instead, they would prefer “permissioned ledgers” owned and by the banks, which can be operated only by vetted players. Think of “BankCoin” blockchains that only the banks and the authorities have access to. Since this trend appears to be rising fast, many startups are developing infrastructures for permissioned ledgers. SETL is a permissioned […]

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Supreme Court Denies Relief to Christian County Clerk—For Now

Carlos McKnight holds up a flag in support of gay marriage outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, June 26, 2015.
The Supreme Court is denying a Kentucky county clerk’s application to stay a lower court’s ruling that she must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. While government officers have religious liberty rights, some question whether the stronger legal argument would be to claim a personal religious liberty right to object to same-sex marriage, but not to claim governmental authority to ban her deputies from issuing those licenses, either.
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Coinbase Expands to Canada and Singapore to ‘Spur Mainstream Bitcoin Adoption’

Leading bitcoin exchange and wallet provider Coinbase has expanded its services to Canada and Singapore as a part of its project to expand their services globally. Now, consumers in Singapore are able to buy and sell bitcoin for Singapore dollars through Coinbase. This follows the company’s announcement from ealier this week that Coinbase users based in Canada will be able to buy and sell bitcoin with Canadian dollars instantly, using the Coinbase Wallet. Additionally, users will be able to buy and sell bitcoin with a Canadian bank account directly and trade BTC/CAD on Coinbase’s exchange. “Our mission at Coinbase is to spur mainstream bitcoin adoption, which we’ve set out to achieve by providing people with a simple, secure on-ramp to […]

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