March 9, 2016 Last Updated 8:15 am

Music producer George Martin dies at 90; cable news networks still love Donald Trump

Morning Brief: The French lower house approve an amendment which would make illegal for tech companies not to unlock devices during criminal investigation, with tech executives risking five years imprisonment for noncompliance

The man who produced The Beatles, George Martin, has died at the age of 90. Martin was the music producer who worked with the band on nearly all the group’s recordings for the EMI label Parlophone, a relationship the band seemed to understand worked for them best.

“In a career that spanned seven decades he was recognized globally as one of music’s most creative talents and a gentleman to the end. The family ask that their privacy be respected at this time,” said Adam Sharp, founder of C A Management which represented Martin.

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After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Martin worked for the BBC’s classical music department, then joined EMI in 1950. Martin specialized in comedy records, though he did produced a few pop records before auditioning The Beatles in June of 1962.

Though John Lennon said a few disparaging things about Martin immediately after The Beatles broke up, he said in 1971 that “George Martin made us what we were in the studio. He helped us develop a language to talk to other musicians.”

Voters went to the polls Monday in Michigan and Mississippi to vote in Democratic and Republican primaries, as well as in Idaho and Hawaii to vote in Republican primaries. The big winners were Donald Trump, who racked up three more wins, and Bernie Sanders who won a state Democrats need in the fall (Hillary Clinton won Mississippi, a state that has not voted for a Democrat for President since 1976).

The big losers were the main liberal newspapers who continue to want tell readers that the nominating process is all but over. Voters appear to have other ideas.

But the biggest winner had to be Donald Trump, who got the cable news networks to broadcast a 50 minute infomercial last night. Even as the results in Michigan were tightening, and after Hillary Clinton had also started a speech, none of the networks could pull away from the Trump event.

This morning, while some political pundits work to dismiss yesterday’s primary results, a few on the more analytical side are trying to figure how they could have been so wrong. Going into last night… well, here is what Harry Enten from FiveThirtyEight said it:

“Bernie Sanders made folks like me eat a stack of humble pie on Tuesday night,” Enten said this morning. “He won the Michigan primary over Hillary Clinton, 50 percent to 48 percent, when not a single poll taken over the last month had Clinton leading by less than 5 percentage points. In fact, many had her lead at 20 percentage points or higher.”

Enten called the Sanders win, though, narrow, “was one of the greatest upsets in modern political history.”

Enten then questions the currently polling for the Midwestern states set to vote next week, which currently show Clinton winning comfortably. Are they wrong, too? Enten doesn’t know.

But as someone who used to do a fair amount of polling while in the newspaper industry, I would not question the raw data as much as what pollsters then do with the data once gathered. Their assumptions may be well off.

The lower house of the French legislature yesterday passed a bill which would make it a crime for a tech company not to comply with a government order to unlock a smartphone to provide data for a criminal investigation.

Under the legislation, proposed by the Républicains, companies and their executives risk five years imprisonment and a €350,000 fine for refusing “to hand over to the relevant judicial authority investigating terrorist crimes… protected data which it has encrypted.”

The bill was approved on first reading by 474 votes to 32 and now gets reviewed by the Senate. If approved a final vote would be held in the coming months.

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