In the Know: February 12, 2016

“A feminist is a woman who lives the life she chooses and uses all her God-given gifts. And always remember that a leader is not born, but made. Choose leadership.” Carly Fiorina, the only woman in the Republican 2016 election field, in her statement as she bowed out of the race one day after a dismal finish in New Hampshire on Feb. 9

The remaining four members of a militia group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon surrendered to the FBI Thursday, one day after authorities moved into the property, ending the six-week standoff.

The new SAT will soon arrive: The College Board has said its redesigned admission test would contain “no more mysteries.” Instead of being a riddle to solve, it would correspond with high-school curriculums and better reflect what students have learned. We shall see.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats meeting in Munich have agreed to work with Syrian parties to implement a “nationwide cessation of hostilities.”

A fire and a riot broke out in a prison in the city of Monterrey in northern Mexico on Wednesday night, killing at least 52 people and putting 12 in the hospital.

After a quick stop in Cuba to meet with the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Pope Francis will spend nearly a week in Mexico—amid controversy.

President Barack Obama checked off another “last” of his White House tenure Tuesday, submitting his final budget proposal to Congress amid the growing din from the campaign trail.

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing the city of Ferguson, Mo., for unjust policing that violates the civil and constitutional rights of citizens, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Wednesday.

In a major setback for President Obama’s climate change agenda, the Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the administration’s effort to combat global warming by regulating emissions from coal-fired power plants. (But it’s not the last word.)

Election 2016
“We can tell our story of how we climbed the ladder, and a lot of you younger women think it’s done. It’s not done. There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!” Madeleine Albright, the first female secretary of state, introduced Hillary Clinton at a rally in New Hampshire last Saturday—and started a bit of a firestorm.

Tuesday night’s New Hampshire primary went as expected: wins by Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, and there was plenty to talk about the morning after. (Including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dropping out of the race.)

And here’s what you may have missed from the Clinton Bernie showdown on Thursday night.

And the Republicans will debate again in their ninth meeting on Feb. 13 in South Carolina (the next battleground state). 

Morgan Stanley has reached a $3.2 billion settlement with state and federal authorities—the investment bank acknowledges that it misrepresented the risks of mortgage-backed securities leading up to the 2008 housing and financial crisis.

In a closely watched visit to Capitol Hill, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen listed risk factors in the global economic scene, such as concerns over China’s currency and market volatility.

Health & Science
President Obama on Monday requested more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight an outbreak of the Zika virus, which has spread to 26 countries and territories in Central and South America (though not yet to the United States).

Physicists have announced the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were first anticipated by Albert Einstein a century ago. (FYI: The phenomenon detected was the collision of two black holes.)

Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein has a message for the parents of small children: Don’t be afraid of dirt.

Women’s Affairs
Overwhelmingly, the reporters on the trail for NBC in 2016 are women. Meet a few of them.

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