RIP to one of NASA’s “Hidden Figures”
NASA announced on Monday that Katherine Johnson, a West Virginia native and African-American woman who worked as a mathematician for the space program and played an integral role in helping Americans land on the moon, died this morning. President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor, in 2015, and her story was shared in the Hollywood film “Hidden Figures.” NASA Langley tweeted: “Here at NASA’s Langley Research Center, where Katherine worked for some 33 years, we will carry forward her legacy. Katherine believed in equality. She overcame obstacles to achieve great things and make life better for others.”
Sanders takes Nevada while Biden finishes a distant second
This weekend, Sen. Bernie Sanders won by a commanding margin in the Nevada Democratic caucuses, continuing his string of victories with the popular vote in Iowa and the delegate bag in New Hampshire. Joe Biden came in second place thanks to African-American support, a wave his campaign hopes to ride into South Carolina Saturday. Sen. Elizabeth Warren saw a surge of support following her Las Vegas debate, but 75% of voters took advantage of early voting in the state and many had already cast their ballots.
Warren: Bloomberg’s promise to allow three accusers to speak is insufficient
After being hammered on the debate stage regarding the number of nondisclosure agreements made with former female employees, Michael Bloomberg has said he will release three women from their agreements if they come to him and seek it. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who led the charge in Las Vegas, brushed the maneuver aside as insufficient. “If there are only 3, then why didn’t he sign a blanket release?” she asked. “If he’s limiting the number, then you can’t know whether there were 3 or 30 or 300.” Bloomberg’s camp responded that the three were the only ones who brought complaints directly related to his behavior.
Supreme Court allows public charge rule to go into effect in all 50 states
The Supreme Court upheld the White House’s Immigration and Nationality Act, which will deny green cards to immigrants who have or might use public assistance, such as Medicaid or food stamps. The 5-4 vote on Friday that lifted an injunction in Illinois—the Court lifted a nationwide injunction regarding the so-called public charge rule last month—prompted Justice Sonia Sotomayor to issue a dissenting opinion Friday, decrying what she characterized as a pattern of her colleagues ruling in favor of the administration despite injunctions on its policies being issued in lower appeals courts. The new rule will take effect across the country starting today.