In the Know: March 4, 2016

“But this is about ­­… a woman has a fundamental right to make this choice for herself.” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, during the oral arguments for the controversial Texas abortion case, which is currently before the Supreme Court 

The U.S. military is beginning to recruit women for combat jobs (including Navy SEALs) and could see them serving in previously male-only Army and Marine Corps infantry units by this fall, according to new plans endorsed by Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

“I have taken a lot of pictures because I’ve been up here for a long time,” NASA astronaut Scott Kelly said. He returned to Earth this week, having spent 340 days aboard the ISS—a record for an American astronaut, and one of the longest-lasting spaceflights ever.

The Oscars happened, lots of deserving people won, and Chris Rock addressed #OscarsSoWhite head on.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions on North Korea on Wednesday, in response to a recent nuclear test and rocket launch that violated U.N. resolutions on the country’s military activities.

Europe is asking illegal economic migrants to stay away. “I want to appeal to all potential illegal economic migrants, wherever you are from: Do not come to Europe. Do not risk your lives and your money.” Donald Tusk, the European Council’s president, said.

A team of refugees will compete alongside athletes representing their home countries at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the International Olympic Committee has announced. (Previously, athletes who did not represent a country were not allowed to compete.)

Osama bin Laden’s will and personal letters have been made public, revealing his wealth… and his paranoia.

The Supreme Court appeared divided Thursday over a Texas law imposing tight regulations on abortion clinics and doctors, the most far-reaching abortion rights case the court has considered in a generation. A decision isn’t expected before June.

In other Supreme Court news: They denied a request to block the EPA’s mercury-emissions rule while legal challenges proceed, handing a temporary victory to the the Obama administration and environmental groups.

And even more: Justice Clarence Thomas broke a 10-year silence at the Supreme Court on Monday, with an extensive series of questions about Second Amendment gun rights.

Election 2016
Super Tuesday brought in big wins for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, making both much harder to beat in the race for their party’s nomination.

The 11th Republican debate happened

Ben Carson does not see a “path forward” in the Republican race for the nomination.

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, called Trump (the current GOP front-runner) “a phony, a fraud” in a speech Thursday morning in Salt Lake City. (And he didn’t stop there.)

And New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is defending his endorsement of Donald Trump.

Apple’s legal battle with the FBI over iPhone encryption continues.

Iran has invited Boeing to talks with officials about modernizing Iran’s aged commercial aircraft fleet, a step toward greater business ties with the US.

In an effort to reduce concussions, Ivy League coaches have voted to ban tackling during regular season practices.

Women’s Affairs
The Small Business Administration is set to announce that for first time that it’s met the goal of awarding 5 percent of money spent on contractors to women-owned businesses.

Women are waiting longer than ever to have children. The average age of first-time mothers in United States rose to 26.3 in 2014, up from 24.9 in 2000.

image via of protesters outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday, March 2

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