In the Know: May 27, 2016

“The system failed Amanda and so many other survivors of sexual assault across the country. Today, the Senate has sent a message that it’s time to change the culture around how survivors are treated in our criminal justice system.” Sen. Jeanne Shaheenwho originally introduced a bill that is shaping a federal model for sexual assault survivors’ basic rights. It passed unanimously in the Senate Monday, with the hope of inspiring states to follow suit. 

Nation
Traveling over the holiday weekend? The head of the TSA told members of Congress Wednesday that long lines at airport security checkpoints won’t be ending anytime soon.

And in remembrance this Memorial Day, a huge thank you to all service members who have and are serving our country. You are our true heroes.

The Louisiana Legislature has passed a bill that expands hate-crime laws to include protections for police and other first responders.

For the first time in the modern era, living with parents has edged out other living arrangements for 18- to 34-year-olds.

Bill Cosby’s headed to court.

World
Ongoing disputes are escalating between labor groups and the French government over President Francois Hollande’s plan to overhaul the country’s labor policies.

President Obama traveled to Vietnam this week and lifted the US’ decades-old ban on weapons sales to the country.

The President also made a stop today to Hiroshima, Japan—and he’s the first sitting president to visit the city, saying he was there to “honor all those who were lost in World War II and reaffirm our shared vision of a world without nuclear weapons.”

North Korea has been linked to a series of cyber attacks on foreign banks, seemingly the first case of a nation using digital attacks for financial gain.

The Taliban has a new leader (the last one was killed). He is, unsurprisingly, not a nice guy.

Politics
11 states plan to sue the Obama administration over its transgender guidelines for schools.

Election 2016
A new State Department review criticizes Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

The anti-Trump protests are getting bad, even though he has now officially clinched the Republican presidential nomination.

Business
Shareholders of Exxon Mobil and Chevron have voted to reject a series of resolutions aimed at encouraging the companies to take stronger actions to battle climate change.

Health & Science
At the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva on Monday, the head of the World Health Organization Margaret Chan said emerging diseases, climate change, new global transportation networks, and the failure of “more and more” antibiotics make the planet ripe for the next pandemic.

For the first time, a U.S. patient has been infected with bacteria resistant to an antibiotic used as a last resort treatment, scientists said Thursday.

As news has surfaced that the NFL may have tried to influence research into the links between football and the degenerative brain disease CTE, it seems that former Colt Bubba Smith and late BMX biker David Mirra both suffered from the disease.

Women’s Affairs
The world champion U.S. women’s national soccer team asked a federal judge on Thursday to clear the way for it to strike over alleged pay inequities just two months before the start of the Olympic Games.

Here’s some depressing news: According to a new think tank report, every 10 seconds, someone on Twitter calls a woman a ‘slut’ or ‘whore’. Not OK.

 

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