In the Know: April 11, 2014

“I’d love to see Hillary Clinton run for president. I’d love to see Hillary Clinton be president. I think she is an outstanding leader.” Sheryl Sandberg, giving Hillary Clinton a ringing endorsement for a possible presidential run in 2016

Nation
School stabbing spree leaves many wounded and a small Pennsylvania community asking why. On Wednesday, 16-year-old Alex Hribal stabbed or slashed twenty students and one security officer with two kitchen knives as he ran down his school’s hallway before being tackled by an assistant principal. He is being charged as an adult, and the motive has yet to be determined.

World
Officials say Russian troops are looking pretty prepared. New satellite imagery shows that Russian troops massed along Ukraine’s eastern border could be ready to move within 12 hours if it turns out Putin’s been bluffing about his innocent intentions, and new threats have everyone feeling a little tense.

Oscar Pistorus takes the stand in his murder trial as the prosecution attacks his credibility. The South African Olympic track star fatally shot his girlfriend through a closed toilet cubicle of his home last year; Pistorius says he shot Steenkamp by accident, mistaking her for a dangerous intruder while the prosecution says he intentionally killed her after an argument.

Politics
It’s the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and former president Bill Clinton thinks several states threaten to roll back the progress made since then. Clinton referenced laws in at least 10 states that require voters to present photo identification to cast ballots saying, “We all know what this is about. This is a way of restricting a franchise after 50 years of expanding it. Is this was Martin Luther King gave his life for?”

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will retire. After 5 long years, marred by the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, Sebelius reportedly felt that it was time for someone else to take the helm.

Business
A new bug called “heartbleed” is making its way through the internet, and has been for a while. The bug affects the kind of data encryption technology most of us use every day (internet shopping, anyone?). But it’s still unclear just what kind of danger internet users might be in. In any case, you might want to think about updating some of your passwords.

Health
Some doctors are making a whole lot more than others off of Medicare. An analysis of newly-released federal data shows that Medicare paid 344 docs more than $3 million each in 2012, and the top 1% of 825,000 medical providers accounted for 14% of the billing recorded in the data.

Women’s Affairs
Senate fails to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act aimed at cutting into the national gender wage gap, falling six votes short. Democrats have been pushing the bill on grounds that today’s wage gap sees women making 77 cents for every dollar that men earn. Yes, you read that right. No Republicans voted in favor of the legislation arguing that while they support equal pay for equal work, the bill would increase civil lawsuits. Ridiculous? We think so too. Read more at The Shriver Report.

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