In the Know: February 5, 2016

“We’re one American family. And when any part of our family starts to feel separate or second-class or targeted, it tears at the very fabric of our nation.” President Obama, during his visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Feb. 3, his first visit to a mosque in the U.S.

In the new federal budget President Obama submits to Congress on Tuesday, he’ll propose billions ($6 billion to be exact) in new funding to help young people get a first job in their chosen careers.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is proposing that $30 million in state funds be used to help pay Flint residents’ bills for the city’s lead-tainted water. The blame game continues.

Super Bowl 50 is this Sunday, one of the biggest sports event of the year and also one of the largest security events the nation faces.

After two days of negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition, the United Nations’ special envoy for Syria announced that there would be a “temporary pause.”

Last weekend Boko Haram attacked a village in Nigeria, killing at least 86 most of whom were children.

Britain’s prime minister says a major international donor conference in London has raised more than $10 billion to help millions of Syrians displaced by war.

President Obama is proposing a $10-a-barrel oil tax, phased in over five years, to pay for a variety of transportation initiatives many under the goal of a “clean transportation” system.

The State Department is now saying that Hillary Clinton wasn’t the only former Secretary of State or their staff to handle classified information on a private email account: Colin Powell and the immediate staff of Condoleezza Rice are being brought into the fold.

Election 2016
The results from Iowa are in, though some are contesting the outcomes. Tit-for-tat. (Hint: Trump vs. Cruz.) And some are barely winning (Clinton over Sanders), while others are dropping out (Santorum and Paul). New Hampshire primaries up next.

But first, Hillary and Bernie debated last night and on Saturday night, it’s the Republicans.

On Tuesday morning, the market capitalization of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, soared to $570 billion after the release of solid earnings numbers—which surpassed Apple’s $535 billion. By midday, the companies both hovered below $530 billion.

Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer is set to reveal cost-cutting plans that include slashing 15% of its workforce, or roughly 1,600 jobs, and closing several business units.

On Thursday, Shell released its full year report that showed an 80 percent drop in earnings from 2014 to 2015.

The 92-year-old media mogul Sumner M. Redstone under pressure from shareholders and facing a lawsuit challenging his mental competence, has resigned as executive chairman of CBS.

Health and Science
The World Health Organization declared the Zika virus and its suspected link to birth defects an international public health emergency on Monday, a rare move that signals the seriousness of the outbreak and gives countries new tools to fight it.

The CDC is now advising women to stop drinking if they are trying to get pregnant or not using birth control with sex, in an effort to combat fetal alcohol syndrome.

Would it be ethical for scientists to try to create babies that have genetic material from three different people? An influential panel of experts has concluded the answer could be yes.

Women’s Affairs
200 million people in 30 countries have experienced female genital mutilation, which is more widespread than previously thought, UNICEF says.  

For the first time, top Army and Marine Corps leaders have testified that they think women should register for the draft.

A study found that Texas saw a drop in women obtaining long-acting birth control after Republican leaders booted Planned Parenthood from a state women’s health program in 2013, which researchers said may explain an increase in births among poor families.

“If you are a woman who is pregnant living in the U.S., there’s one really important thing you need to know: You shouldn’t go to a place that has Zika spreading.” That’s the strongly worded advice from Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


image via of President Obama at the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Feb. 3

Show Comments +