2.27.2018

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2.27.2018
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Need To Know.
SCOTUS Back in Action.
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case with wide-ranging implications for public sector unions. The case, Janus v. American Federation of State, Municipal, and County Employees, stems from a $45 fee that Illinois state employee Mark Janus is obligated to pay to the union that represents him, despite not belonging to the union. Laws in 22 states allow public sector unions to charge employees union dues, arguing that benefits accrue to those employees even if they aren't members. Janus' supporters say that compelling the dues violates free speech. Conservative newcomer Neil Gorsuch - widely seen as the deciding vote - stayed silent during the hearing. 

SCOTUS also declined the White House's request to rule on the upcoming March 5th deadline for 'Dreamers', opting to let the case work its way through federal appeals court. 

Massive Fine for Cowboys Owner.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is prepared to fine Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones nearly $2 million over actions stemming from a standoff between Goodell and Jones last fall. Other owners, who back Goodell, are reportedly characterizing the fines as 'reimbursement' for legal fees incurred after Jones tried to derail negotiations to renew Goodell's contract in November. The move was seen as retribution for the league's decision to suspend star running back Ezekiel Elliot over domestic violence allegations (prosecutors had declined to charge Elliot). The fine - if considered that - would be almost double the biggest fine in league history. 

Court Upholds Ban on Discrimination.
On the same day that the Supreme Court made big news, a federal appeals court in New York City ruled that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation is prohibited under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The decision comes after the Justice Department interceded in a case brought by a sky-diving instructor who was allegedly fired by his employer after telling a client he was gay (the instructor actually died in a separate base jumping incident in 2014, but his estate has carried on the case). The court found that discrimination based on sexual orientation was in part based on gender, and therefore a subset of sex. The Act prohibits discrimination based on "race, color, religion, sex or national origin" (see more). The company, Altitude Express, has not decided whether it will appeal to the Supreme Court. 

 
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In The Know.

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

> The Weinstein Company to file for bankruptcy after effort to sell falls apart (More)
NFL Scouting Combine begins today; preview and top prospects (More)
Bill Cosby's daughter Ensa dies from renal disease at 44 (More)
 

Science & Technology.

New study suggests fat cells help close wounds by cleaning debris, plugging holes (More)
Scientists triple number of grains on sorghum by lowering key flowering hormone, can increase yield of one of world's most consumed crops (More)
California okays testing of autonomous cars without backup drivers (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Spectrum Brands (Rayovac batteries, Remington personal care products) merges with HRG Group in $10B deal (More)
Cryptocurrency firm, Circle, backed by Goldman Sachs acquires cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex for $400M (More)
> Federal judge rules "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli violated securities laws, likely to face more than a decade behind bars at March 9th sentencing (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

West Virginia teachers enter fourth day of strike over lowest-in-nation pay (More)
Russia to set up evacuation corridor, five-hour daily cease fire window in devastated Syrian suburb of Ghouta (More)
Details emerge in new Boko Haram kidnapping, at least 110 girls missing (More)
In Depth.

My First Year Sober. 

Medium/Spiralbound | Edith Zimmerman. Breezy and introspective at the same time, Zimmerman, perfectly captures the struggles and benefits of stepping away from an alcohol-centric life - in comic strip form.
 

The Devil in My Dad. 

Elle | Sunny Sea Gold. While many lived in fear during the 'Satanic Panic' of the 1980’s, some were performing exorcisms and facing Satan head-on. This is the story of a nine-year-old girl who witnessed her own father’s exorcism, and her reflections 30 years later
Etcetera.
In-depth, interactive data visualization on how different income groups spend their money.

Photojournalist James Nachtwey is capturing America's opioid epidemic at the personal level.

Public split on giving universal basic income to workers displaced by robots
 
Former child slave and two-time Olympian becomes US Airman.

The terrible reason why you should also wash new clothes before wearing them.

Ugh Xennials: 8 signs you're not quite a Millennial.


The most watched YouTube videos of 2018, so far

Clueless actress Stacey Dash to run for Congress in California

Childhood obesity is on the rise, and beginning at younger ages.  

Historybook: 
HBD John Steinbeck (1902); RIP Ivan Pavlov (1936); 22nd Amendment is ratified (1951); HBD Elizabeth Taylor (1932); RIP Mister Rogers (2003).
"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness."
-John Steinbeck

 
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