In the Know: October 16, 2015

“Well, I think that’s pretty obvious. I think being the first woman president would be quite a change from the presidents we’ve had up until this point, including President Obama.” Hillary Clinton, during the Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday, Oct. 13 responding to the question, “How would you not be a third term of President Obama?”

Nation
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing a 2016 ballot initiative that would ask voters to strengthen the state’s gun laws by restricting ammunition sales. If adopted, the proposal would make California the first state in the nation to require background checks at the point of sale for ammunition.

Investigators are trying to figure out why a system meant to keep terrorists out of the United States failed Wednesday night. The glitch forced thousands of international travelers to wait in lines for hours.

The U.S. is delaying the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan—prolonging the United States’ longest war. President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. will keep its nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan through most of 2016.

World
Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Israel to call for calm as violence has escalated between Israel and Palestine.

Politics
Democratic presidential hopefuls took to the stage on Tuesday in their first debate—skim takeaways and memorable moments for an overview.

Planned Parenthood announced this week that it will stop taking reimbursement for donating fetal tissue to research programs.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Thursday he now estimates that “no later than” November 3, Treasury is likely to exhaust special accounting measures that are keeping the country’s debt below its legal limit.

Business
Walmart’s stock saw its biggest one-day drop since 1988 after a disappointing earnings forecast for not just one year, but two.

One of New York’s biggest restaurateurs has announced that he’ll end tipping in an effort to provide his employees with more equitable pay.

Health
A new study is challenging the idea that smartphones, television screens and the hectic pace of modern life are disrupting our sleep.

Can a shot of salt water make you a faster runner? Maybe.

Science
This winter should bring beneficial rain and snow for much of California, while most of the southern United States should see wet, cool weather because of one of the strongest El Niños on record, federal forecasters announced Thursday.

Women’s Affairs
“I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.’ At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.’” Jennifer Lawrence wrote an essay addressing Hollywood’s wage gap. (Spoiler: major gap.)

image via of the Democratic presidetial hopefuls at the CNN debate Oct. 13

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