In the Know: September 25, 2015

“If we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us. … Let us remember the Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. … Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves.” Pope Francis, in an address to a joint meeting of Congress on Sept. 25, 2015

Nation
Pope Francis has moved on to New York City after a visit to the nation’s capitol where, among other things, he became the first pope to address a joint session of Congress.

That whole government breach got a bit bigger this week (about five times bigger, to be exact) OPM now says 5.6 million fingerprints were stolen as part of the hack.

Scott Walker is officially out of the race.

World
Chinese President Xi Jinpeng is expected to announce today that China will launch a national carbon emissions trading market in 2017 to help curb greenhouse gas emissions, one of several policy announcements expected during his visit with President Obama.

A tragic stampede in Saudi Arabia led to the death of more than 700 visitors during one of the last rituals of the Hajj—the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

EU nations agreed on a plan this week to impose refugee quotas, dividing 120,000 people between them in a major decision that several states opposed.

Politics
House Speaker John Boehner will give up his seat in Congress at the end of October. He was the 53rd Speaker of the House.

Senate Democrats blocked a Republican plan to keep the federal government open beyond next week. With only days left before an Oct. 1 shutdown, the short-term measure that would fund the government through mid-December fell well short of the 60 votes needed advance, 47 to 52.

Business
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans sweeping changes to the way it tests for diesel emissions after getting duped by clandestine software in Volkswagen vehicles for seven years.

See also: The EPA said Volkswagen sold nearly half a million diesel cars with software intentionally designed to bypass standards for air pollution. (CEO out.)

Health
A 13-year-old birth control implant is under new scrutiny as federal health experts discussed a host of problems reported by women implanted with the metallic device, including chronic pain, bleeding and fatigue.

Science
One of the most unusual celestial events in years will be visible across North America and other parts of the world this weekend. Take a look up at the night sky Sunday after dusk to get a look at the supermoon eclipse.

Women’s Affairs
Anne-Marie Slaughter’s 2012 Atlantic article Why Women Still Can’t Have it All ignited a national conversation about work, life, and family. Her new book is Unfinished Business, where she writes about making the difficult choice to leave her job working under Hillary Clinton at the State Department for more flexibility for her family.

A high school junior in Fort Worth, Texas is making history on the football field: Reilly Fox is the first girl to play varsity football for R.L. Paschal High School, and she is the district’s first female player in 15 years.

 

image via of Pope Francisí motorcade through New York City streets on the way to St. Patrickís Cathedral where he led an evening prayer service on Sept. 24, 2015

 
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