In the Know: January 15, 2016

“That’s the America I know. That’s the country we love. Clear-eyed. Big-hearted. Optimistic that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” President Obama in his final State of the Union address on Jan. 12

Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. wants to provide a “safe and legal alternative” to the dangerous journey many people from Central America embark on—specifically people from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

R.I.P. David Bowie. You’ll be missed.

It’s (almost) time for the Academy Awards. Here are the Oscar contenders.

Attackers set off explosions inside or near a Starbucks in a busy shopping area in Indonesia’s capital city Thursday, killing at least seven people (including five attackers) and injuring more than a dozen others, according to police and officials. Jakarta’s response? “We are not afraid.”

North Korea’s U.N. mission claimed that its successful nuclear bomb test showed that it could now “wipe out” the United States, as the U.N. Security Council grappled with a response to the underground blast.

Republicans gathered this week for the sixth debate of the 2016 GOP primary and the first debate of the year.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday it appears a navigational error caused the crews of two Navy boats to stray into Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf, where they were detained overnight by Iran and released.

Goldman Sachs will pay about $5 billion to resolve state and federal investigations into its handling of mortgage-backed securities in the years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, the bank said Thursday.

Oil prices dropped to their lowest in almost 12 years… and they could keep going.

Al-Jazeera told its staff on Wednesday that it was shutting down its American network in April. Theories as to why? The network never quite connected with American audiences, and internal tensions spilled onto the press.

The World Health Organization announced Thursday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is over — for now.

A rare January hurricane formed far out in the Atlantic on Thursday, and U.S. officials said it was the first hurricane to form in the month of January since 1938.

Women’s Affairs
Many moms in the U.S. are waiting longer than ever to have their first child. Fifteen years ago, the mean age of a woman when she first gave birth was 24.9 years old. In 2014, the age was 26.3.

DC could be set to lead the way on paid leave, considering a full 16 weeks. Better, not best.


image via of President Obama delivering his find State of the Union address on Jan. 12

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