In the Know: September 12, 2014

“Thirteen years after small and hateful minds conspired to break us, America stands tall and America stands proud. And guided by the values that sustain us, we will only grow stronger.” President Barack Obama on September 11, 2014

Nation
Shifting from his previous policy, President Obama announced this week that he plans to go “as far as he can under the law” to change the nation’s immigration policy, but won’t take executive action until after November’s midterm elections.

Politics
The House will return next week to vote on legislation to train Syrian rebels, part of an increased effort to combat the Islamic State announced by the President on Wednesday night.

World
The US and EU will increase sanctions on Russia this week in a continued effort to curb the country’s involvement in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, in Ukraine, a fragile truce continues to hold despite some stumbling blocks and slow progress.

Health
A fast-spreading virus has led to an uptick in hospitalizations of children, mostly in the midwest, even landing some in intensive care. The virus isn’t new, but authorities are watching it closely.

Ebola is still very, very bad, with cases now rising rapidly in Congo.

Technology
Apple announced its new iPhone this week — okay, two new iPhones — which will be available on the 19th. And the watch that has everyone talking.

Business
Yahoo has released over 1500 pages of documents related to its refusal to supply the National Security Agency with user data, revealing that the company was threatened with fines of $250,000 a day for its non-compliance with the law.

Women’s Affairs
The Missouri legislature enacted one of the most stringent waiting periods for women seeking abortions this week, increasing the amount of time a woman must wait after first receiving counseling from 24 to 72 hours.

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