In the Know: January 23, 2015

“At this moment—with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, booming energy production—we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth. It’s now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next 15 years and for decades to come.” President Obama in his 2015 State of the Union address. 

Nation
President Obama’s to-do list.

Productive, respectful, and positive, yet “profound differences” remain. Or, how U.S. and Cuban officials described their historic face-to-face talks.

Super Bowl XLIX controversy continues. #deflategate

World
The president of Yemen, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, resigned Thursday amid a heated standoff with powerful Shiite rebels who control the capital.

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died. He will be succeeded by his brother King Salman.

The city of Paris plans to sue Fox News for damage to “the honor and image of Paris” (because of derisive on-air comments).

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland has commenced.

Melinda and Bill Gates: their bet for 2030.

Politics
Citing progress in ongoing negotiations, President Obama asked Congress to hold off on new Iran sanctions in his State of the Union Address. Then this happened.

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested Thursday on corruption charges; he’s accused of using his position as one of the most powerful politicians in Albany to obtain millions of dollars in bribes.

Business
The European Central Bank is kicking off a major stimulus program in hopes of shocking the eurozone’s flat-lining economy back to life.

Google is preparing to stretch even further beyond its origins as a search engine: It’s reported to be readying plans to become a wireless carrier.

Health
Officials warn: Stay away from Disneyland unless you are vaccinated.

The Big Easy became one of the last major American cities to pass a sweeping smoking ban.

Science
The Senate voted on climate change legislation for the first time in years this week and, despite some new support, shot it down.

Women’s Affairs
The Economist named Zanny Minton Beddoes as its editor Thursday, a promotion that makes her the first woman leader of the newsroom.

On Thursday (the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade), House Republicans passed an anti-abortion bill—just not the one they intended.

Virginia lawmakers on Thursday heard two hours of emotional testimony about campus sexual assault—at contention is how to punish the perpetrators without taking away victims’ rights when they are most vulnerable. We say: Figure it out.

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