In the Know: June 27, 2014

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  • In the Know Reporter: Brooke Klauer

“We’ve got a great team and we put in a superb performance. We could have created a few more chances but overall I’m satisfied. It was one of the most difficult groups at the tournament.” Jurgen Klinsmann, USA soccer head coach, on his team’s World Cup loss to Germany and advancement to the next round

Nation
New York’s ban on big sodas was rejected by the state’s highest court. This was the city’s final appeal, which means it’s just a matter of time before the Big Gulp is back.

The Supreme Court dealt a blow to the President’s ability to make recess appointments, ruling that such appointments can only be made during breaks of 10 days or more. The decision stopped short of placing limits on longer breaks.

World
President Obama asked Congress for $500 million to train and arm the Syrian opposition. The request came as part of a larger (much larger, $65.8 billion) request to fund ongoing war operations overseas.

Syria entered the conflict in Iraq, launching airstrikes to target ISIS. Syria has a history with ISIS, the extremist group currently attacking northern Iraq.

Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that Russia could face tougher sanctions if it doesn’t pressure armed separatists to turn down the pressure in eastern Ukraine. The U.S. isn’t quite convinced that Putin supports the current cease-fire.

Politics
House Speaker John Boehner announced Wednesday that he will introduce legislation that would allow Congress to sue Obama. The bill would allow the House to file suit over the president’s use of executive actions.

Business
The Supreme Court ruled that Aero, a service that allows you to watch and record tv shows for free, is illegal. The ruling sucks for Aero, but it also has a lot of folks worried about the future of tech innovation.

Sports
The U.S. advanced to the next round of the World Cup, despite losing to Germany 1-0. Their next game is on Tuesday, will you be tuning in? U-S-A!

Uruguayan soccer star Luis Suárez was suspended for 9 games after biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. The suspension means he won’t be able to compete with his team in the rest of their World Cup matches. Suárez has been punished twice before for biting incidents.

Women’s Affairs
Kate Kelley, who organized the group Ordain Women, a movement to allow women to become priests within the Mormon Church, was excommunicated on Monday. To be considered for readmission, Ms. Kelley was informed that she would “need to demonstrate over a period of time that you have stopped teachings and actions that undermine the church, its leaders and the doctrine of the priesthood.”

A modern day Amelia Earhart (yes, that’s really her name) is attempting the same around-the-world aviation flight that her predecessor did in 1937 — an 18-day, 28,000-mile trip around the world. Taking off Thursday from Oakland, California, the voyage is as much about the future of female fliers as their past. She said, “There have been times when I’ve momentarily thought, you know, if I had a different name, things might be a little easier,” Earhart said. “But now that I’ve embraced it and I’ve said that I’m going all in, it’s so much fun!”

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