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  • Obama chose Eric Fanning, 47, "a national security specialist with more than two decades of experience."
  • The Army’s "CEO, [...] the highest civilian office in that branch of the armed forces."
  • Marks "further progress in the struggle for LGBT acceptance in the US armed forces—something the Obama administration has led the way on."
  • "A new study in the Federal Bank of St. Louis quarterly report plots long-term wealth accrual against race and education."
  • "Over a 20-year period, college-educated blacks experienced a 55-percent drop in wealth."
  • Study Authors: "We [need to] find a way to educate our most at-risk citizens without sinking them in a mire of debt."
  • Study of nearly 500,000 adolescents and young adults show disapproval rating down from 41% to 23%
  • From 2002-2013, only 2% increase in marijuana usage
  • Relaxed laws and increased exposure does not appear to be impacting belief's about one's own use of marijuana
  • The bill will be unveiled in 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the right of women to vote
  • Treasury Department is launching a public campaign for suggestions for what the bill should look like and who should be on it
  • Last time a woman was featured was in the late 1800s, when Martha Washington appeared on the silver-dollar
  • ISIS and other organizations use Twitter to organize and inspire people within the US
  • Users first follow an ISIS or ISIL feed, then they move to direct messaging which is not encrypted
  • FBI says combating social media is "clearly not enough" but the FBI "isn't in the messaging business"
  • "A group of Muslim organizations in the US have launched an online campaign to raise funds to help rebuild the eight black churches that burned down in Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, and Georgia."
  • “We want for others what we want for ourselves: the right to worship without intimidation, the right to safety, and the right to property.”
  • The milestone was reached with launch in Malawi, providing TNM and Airtel users with free basic internet
  • The project started in August 2013 with partners Samsung, Ericsson, MediaTek, Microsoft, Opera Software, Reliance, and Qualcomm
  • Goal is to provide access to 5 billion people; largest number of users currently are in India
  • More than 62% voted to legalize gay marriage.
  • "More people voted in the same-sex marriage referendum than in any other since the foundation of the State,” the Irish news agency RTE reported. More than 1.9 million people turned out, “compared with over 1.8 million who voted in 2004 in the poll to restrict Irish citizenship."
  • Democrats lost 7 sentences and 11 races for governor because of blacks' shorter life expectancy.
  • Because blacks die so much sooner than whites on average, it affects the political balance between these two races.
  • "Black Lives Matter" is not only of social and legal significance, but also political impact.
  • support for gay marriage reached a new high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll
  • with 61 percent of Americans – more than six in 10 for the first time – saying gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry legally.
  • as recently as June 2006, just 36 percent of Americans said it should be legal for gays and lesbians to marry.
  • Social media--with consensus via hashtags, connections via followers and easy distribution-- allows for quicker mobilization of protesters
  • Public can be alerted to a chronic problem that would otherwise be silent or invisible
  • Proponents criticize mainstream media for devoting too much airtime to violence among protestors
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