In the Know: December 12, 2014

“I’m not interested in just passing a bill. I’m interested in making a fundamental change to America’s abuse of the mentally ill.” Rep. Tim Murphy, the only psychologist in Congress, who was tapped after the Newton shooting on December 14, 2012 to reform the mental health system

Nation
A dangerous storm system hit the California coast causing evacuations, school closures, power outages, and flooding.

The director of the CIA mounted a forceful but nuanced defense of the spy agency Thursday in response to a damning Senate report on its use of torture during the George W. Bush administration.

A time capsule dating back to 1795 has been recovered in Boston. It was originally placed by Revolutionary War figures Samuel Adams and Paul Revere.

World
Tens of thousands of union workers marched through more than 50 Italian cities on Friday to protest government economic reforms that they say erode their rights.

Politics
On Thursday night the House narrowly passed the $1.1 trillion spending bill meant to keep the government funded for the next year after a dramatic daylong showdown in which the legislation’s opponents were just one vote away from derailing the measure.

Members of Congress, staffers and other Capitol employees stood silently on the House steps Thursday and raised their hands in the air to protest the killing of unarmed black men by police.

Business
A surprisingly high number of students don’t know how much they are borrowing to attend college, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution.

Instagram announced Wednesday that it has surpassed 300 million active users—and in doing so, it has also surpassed Twitter, whose active user count stands at 284 million.

Uncertainty over oil prices is weighing on markets, especially after the International Energy Agency said global oil demand in 2015 will grow by 900,000 barrels a day, 230,000 less than previously forecast, to 93.3 million.

Health
Supporters of an Oregon ballot initiative—known as Measure 92—to label genetically modified food have conceded defeat.

Women’s Affairs
Female college students are less likely than non-students to be sexually assaulted, but they’re also less likely to report an assault to police when it happens, a Justice Department study shows.

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