In the Know: August 14, 2015

“The next step is really the political step, and I think this is where the embassies become symbolically important. The hope is that this opens up a new era of political rapprochement between the countries.” Juan ZarateCBS News Senior National Security Analyst, on the decision to officially raise the flag outside the American embassy in Havana, Cuba after 54 years of zero of frozen relations between the two nations

Nation
Former President Jimmy Carter announced this week that he has cancer. While he acknowledged that it’s spread, it’s still unclear how far. Our thoughts are with Carter and his family.

On the one year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, a state of emergency persists in Ferguson after mostly-peaceful protests turned violent.

3 million gallons of toxic mine waste spilled into a Southwest Colorado river this week; the mayor has said it is “catastrophic” as the Navajo Nation has declared a state of emergency.

World
China’s surprise devaluation of its currency, the yuan, has put global financial markets on edge.

The U.S. has launched its first manned airstrikes on ISIS from Turkey.

Greek lawmakers approved a bailout package that may unlock as much as 86 billion euros ($96 billion) and help the nation avoid a default next week when it has to make a payment to the European Central Bank.

Politics
The U.S. Embassy is reopening in Cuba—Secretary of State Kerry is en route to Havana and will be first top U.S. diplomat to visit Cuba in 70 years.

More than a dozen 2016 potential candidates made the rounds at the Iowa State Fair. Highlights here.

Business
Say hello to Alphabet: Google announced a major restructuring this week.

Social security turned 80 today. Future uncertain.

Science
Forecasters are warning the West Coast could be hit by what may possibly be the strongest El Niño season on record later this year.

Two words: shade balls. California is willing to try anything to battle the drought.

Women’s Affairs
A growing number of business schools now have organizations dedicated to closing the gender gap—run by men.

22-year-old Sasha DiGiulian is hoping to become the first woman to scale the alpine peak Eiger mountain in the Swiss Alps, considered one of the most dangerous climbs in the world.

Girl’s Auto Clinic: “That just gave me the idea that … I’m going to teach women and I started building this vision for this company that was going to education and empower women through their cars.”

image of the U.S. embassy in Cuba via

  • Thanks for this roundup! I’m headed to the Iowa State Fair next weekend and can’t wait!

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  • Kiki

    Hmmm, shade balls…I love science and creative problem solving!!