5.8.2018

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5.8.2018
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Need To Know.
Trump to Announce Decision on Iran Deal.
President Trump is set to make a decision on the future of US engagement in the Iran nuclear deal today, according to reports. The decision would come four days ahead of a May 12th deadline to determine whether to remain in, pull out, or seek to modify the multilateral deal. In its current form, the 2015 deal - officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (see 101) - lifts sanctions on Iran's central bank and oil exports in exchange for the near elimination of the country's medium and low-enriched uranium stockpiles. Pulling out would mean that the US reapplies the sanctions, which would essentially cause the deal to fall apart. Other countries involved in the deal -  China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and the European Union - have pushed Trump to remain in while expanding the deal to cover development of ballistic missiles. Germany and France have vowed to stay in the deal regardless of the decision. 

Oil prices hit a three-year high over anticipation that the US may withdraw. 

New York Attorney General Resigns.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned yesterday after being accused of physical abuse by four women with whom he had been romantically involved at various points. Two of the four women, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, went on the record with The New Yorker to share their accounts. Schneiderman's office - which oversees legal actions and proceedings on behalf of the state - has taken a prominent role in the #MeToo movement, including filing a lawsuit against the Harvey Weinstein Co. for creating a 'pervasive' atmosphere of sexual misconduct. Schneiderman, who was elected to a second term as AG in 2014 and was up for election this year, implied any physical abuse took place during consensual sexual activities. 

Calorie Counts.

Obama-era rules requiring chain restaurants to clearly provide calorie information to customers went into effect yesterday. The requirements also extend to grocery stores, movie theaters, and vending machines. The rules, which are actually part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act and are just now going into effect, apply to any chains with more than 20 stores nationwide. They were supposed to be applied in 2011, but were delayed due to lobbying by various food industries - large chains like McDonald's and Starbucks began putting labels on their menus in recent years anyways. The labels are meant to nudge consumers towards healthier decisions, thereby countering the country's obesity epidemic.

Studies have shown restaurants with labels offer items with an average of 140 less calories than restaurants without labeling. 
 
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In The Know.

Politics & World Affairs.

Retired Marine and political commentator Lt. Col. Oliver North named next president of the National Rifle Association (More)
Department of Homeland Security to increase family separations at border to more quickly prosecute adults, children will be placed with Health and Human Services (More)
2018 primaries held today in NC, OH, IN, and WV, see what's up for grabs here (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Air France CEO resigns as employees do not accept compensation deal to avoid strike, shares fall ~10% (More)
Activist hedge fund Elliott Management makes $6.5B bid for Healthcare IT business athenahealth led by Jonathan Bush, nephew of President George HW Bush (More)
Mondelez (Oreo, Ritz, Chips Ahoy) to buy cookie maker Tate's Bake Shop for $500M (More)
 

Science & Technology.

New models suggest sun will turn into planetary nebula - a red giant star emitting glowing ionized gas - before death, in about 5 billion years (More) | What is a planetary nebula? (More)
Microsoft launches $25M initiative to use artificial intelligence to improve technology access for disabled people (More)
New molecular mechanism involved in depression found, may lead to faster acting drugs with less side effects (More)


Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Anna Wintour, Amal Clooney, Rihanna host annual Met Gala + best dressed celebs (More) | What is the Met Gala? (More)  
> James Beard Awards announced, Highlands Bar & Grill (Alabama) wins Outstanding Restaurant; full list of best national restaurants and chefs here (More)
> Lebron, Cavs sweep Toronto Raptors to reach NBA conference finals (More) | Washington Capitols beat two-time defending champs Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 to reach NHL conference finals for first time in two decades (More)
In Depth.

All-American Nazis. 

Rolling Stone | Janet Reitman. A double homicide in Florida drew attention to a small but potentially violent neo-Nazi group. The twist? The killer was a fascist-turned-Muslim who murdered his two roommates believing they were planning a terrorist attack
 

The Obesity Cure Is Out of Reach in the Heaviest States. 

The Atlantic | Olga Khazan. A gastric sleeve is pretty much what it sounds like - it shrinks the size of the stomach, helping patients lose weight naturally. It can work miracles, but there is one big problem - hundreds of thousands don’t have access to the surgery, and they are mostly in the heaviest states.
Etcetera.
Which law schools had the highest number of unemployed graduates in 2017.

Immersive, interactive Hamilton exhibit to debut in Chicago in November.

See the 2018 Underwater Photography of the Year award winners

Alabama boy regains consciousness after parents decide to donate organs

The 10 best rooftop bars in the US.

Looking to move? Prince's Turks and Caicos private island is going up for auction

Meet South Africa's all-female anti-poaching unit, the black mambas

Watch Bill Murray crash a gender reveal party.

Clickbait:  Man tries to take selfie with bear, it ends badly.

Historybook: HBD Phillis Wheatley (1753); HBD Harry S. Truman (1884); HBD Sonny Liston (1932); V-E (Victory in Europe) Day after Germany’s surrender (1945); Smallpox is eradicated (1980).

 
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