In the Know: June 13, 2014

“I don’t rule out anything, because we do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria, for that matter.” President Obama, regarding U.S. foreign policy and specifically what action the White House will take to stop the recent insurgency in Iraq

Nation
The Obama administration is weighing its options after Sunni militants seized two important Iraqi cities and moved closer to Baghdad. Airstrikes are one possibility that could return the U.S. to a combat role in the country, three years after the last American troops left the country.

On Tuesday, a freshman brought an assault rifle, a handgun and nine ammunition magazines to his Oregon high school and killed a fellow freshman, injured a teacher and took his own life.

A California court struck down teacher tenure (job security for educators), using reasoning that it creates impermissible unequal conditions. The decision is expected to trigger widespread challenges of teacher job protections nationwide.

World
In a ferocious terrorist assault against Pakistan, suspected Islamist militants infiltrated the country’s largest international airport, waging an extended firefight against security forces. The attack resulted in 23 deaths and shook the country’s already fragile sense of security.

Politics
In a major shock, House majority leader Eric Cantor lost his seat to Tea Party candidate David Brat. The shakeup has House Republicans scrambling.

Business
Uber’s staggering $17 billion valuation has put the on-demand car service in a class of its own. In less than one year, Uber more than quadrupled its paper worth, but not everyone is thrilled. On Wednesday, cab drivers in several European cities purposely created massive traffic gridlocks in protest against the mobile app.

Sports
The French Open concluded over the weekend, crowning Rafael Nadal tennis king of the clay court and Maria Sharapova queen.

Every four years soccer reigns supreme during the World Cup. Brazil is center stage as the controversial host nation, as the first round of games were played on Thursday amid protests.

Women’s Affairs
Ruby Dee, an actress who defied segregation-era stereotypes by landing lead roles in movies and on Broadway, while also maintaining a second high-profile career as a civil rights advocate, has died at the age of 91.

Federal officials announced that for the first time, they will recommend that women who are pregnant and children eat more seafood. Previously the FDA only set an upper limit on the amount of fish consumed.

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