In the Know: February 19, 2016

“If there was a true surprise during my year clerking for Scalia, it was how little reference he made to political outcomes. What he cared about was the law, and where the words on the page took him.” Entertainment lawyer Tara Kole, on the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

“We don’t sit here to make the law, to decide who ought to win. We decide who wins under the law that the people have adopted. And very often, if you’re a good judge, you don’t really like the result you’re reaching,” reflected Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in 2009 on his role and legacy. He died unexpectedly on Feb. 13, which quickly devolved into a partisan battle over his replacement.

Oregon is trailblazing a national debate with a proposal that would not only make the state’s minimum wage for all workers the highest in the U.S., but would do so through a unique tiered system based on geography.

The University of Texas will allow concealed handgun license holders to bring their guns into its classrooms.

The U.S. military is struggling to provide adequate therapy sessions for thousands of active-duty troops suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, a massive study released Thursday concludes.

Six soldiers were killed and another was wounded Thursday in a roadside bombing in Turkey, the second deadly blast in two days that Ankara has attributed to Kurdish groups.

China has deployed surface-to-air missiles on a disputed island in the South China Sea, according to Taiwan and U.S. officials.

Tuesday, a group of countries that include Saudi Arabia and Russia, agreed to a preliminary deal to freeze oil production rates at near-record levels.

How Justice Scalia’s death could affect major supreme court cases in the 2015-16 term.

A magistrate ordered Apple to help the FBI hack an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooter suspects. Apple said no way. (This fight may go on for a while.)

South Dakota could become the first U.S. state to approve a law preventing transgender students from using bathrooms and locker rooms for their identified gender after the passage of the state’s “bathroom bill.”

Election 2016
Pope Francis is skeptical of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying: “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not of building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel.” Trump had a few choice words in reply. 

According to the numbers, divisions in the Republican Party could make it more difficult for a mainstream candidate to win the nomination.

In the battle for primary votes, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are locked in a tight battle. But you wouldn’t know it to look at the superdelegates: Clinton has an overwhelming lead.

In-flight wifi less than stellar? Tell that to American Airlines. They’re suing their provider, Gogo, to disconnect.

Internal Volkswagen memos suggest the company was aware of its emissions troubles as early as 2014.

Nike terminated its endorsement contract with Manny Pacquiao after the boxer’s derogatory remarks about same-sex couples.

Health & Science
The results of a huge new meta-analysis published this week in the British Journal of Nutrition add to the evidence that organic production can boost key nutrients in foods.

Popular heartburn drugs known as proton pump inhibitors including Prevacid, Prilosec and Nexium, could be linked to a risk of dementia.

Women’s Affairs
According to the Wall Street Journal, some companies are tapping outside firms to predict which employees might get sick… or pregnant. No thanks.

Meet Becca Pizzi, the first U.S. woman to complete the World Marathon Challenge.


image via of a black wool crepe cloth that covers the bench where Justice Antonin Scalia would sit when court was in session

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