In the Know: May 20, 2016

“So don’t lose hope if sometimes you hit a roadblock. Don’t lose hope in the face of naysayers. And certainly don’t let resistance make you cynical. Cynicism is so easy, and cynics don’t accomplish much. As a friend of mine who happens to be from New Jersey, a guy named Bruce Springsteen, once sang ‘they spend their lives waiting for a moment that just don’t come.’ Don’t let that be you. Don’t waste your time waiting.” President Obama, in his commencement speech at Rutgers University on May 15, 2016

The U.S. Labor Department announced new regulations Wednesday under which more than 4 million more workers will become eligible for overtime pay.

Eric Fanning is now the first openly gay leader of a U.S. military service, and the highest-ranking openly gay Pentagon official in the country’s history. (The Senate confirmed Fanning as the 22nd Army secretary this week.)

The Supreme Court sidestepped a controversial contraception case this week.

A federal court ordered a west Mississippi town of 12,000 to end segregation in its schools. 62 years late.

An EgyptAir jetliner en route from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard swerved wildly in flight and crashed in the Mediterranean Sea early Thursday. The cause has not yet been determined.

A Nigerian woman (and her four-month-old baby) were rescued this week after two years in Boko Haram captivity. “Although we cannot do anything to reverse the horrors of her past, federal government can and will do everything possible to ensure that the rest of her life takes a completely different course,” President Muhammadu Buhari.

After retests of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 31 athletes from 12 countries in six sports could be banned from this summer’s Games in Rio de Janeiro.

House Democrats and Republicans on Thursday angrily confronted each other after a Democratic proposal to ban taxpayer money for federal contractors who discriminate against LGBT workers was defeated minutes after it appeared to have the votes to pass.

Oklahoma lawmakers have passed a bill that makes performing an abortion a felony. (Gov. Mary Fallin has not indicated whether she plans to sign the bill into law.)

Election 2016
Refinery29 partnered with ABC News to survey a random sampling of millennial women about the upcoming election, with surprising results: 78% of women believe this election is going to have an impact on their lives, but fewer than half believe the presidential candidates are talking about the issues that matter to them.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will court voters on opposite sides of the gun debate over the next two days in events that will highlight the nation’s deep divide on the topic.

Warren Buffett just bet on Apple. Big time.

The Charter cable company now officially owns Time Warner Cable and another operator, Bright House. But don’t expect any big changes right away.

Health & Science
The National Academy of Sciences — probably the country’s most prestigious scientific group — has reaffirmed its judgment that GMOs are safe to eat. But critics are saying “It’s not the final word” on GMOs.

European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst will serve as commander of the International Space Station in 2018, making him the first German to hold the job.

Women’s Affairs
A new report says the Pentagon is not doing enough for sexual assault victims. The military released data this month showing over 6,000 reported sexual assaults during 2015. (The real number is likely three or four times higher.)

A new study suggests that women who’ve taken time off to care for a child should state it proudly when they decide to search for a new job. We couldn’t agree more.


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