What We’re Following: First Female Army Rangers
Two Army soldiers made history when they became the first women to graduate from Army Ranger School. Captain Kristen Griest and First Lieutenant Shaye Haver earned the coveted black-and-yellow tab alongside 94 male soldiers.
Stocks Plunge: The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 500 points, into correction territory, for the first time since 2011. The news follows more signs that China’s economy is slowing, uncertainty over when the Federal Reserve will raise rates, and oil prices hovering at the $40 level.
Iran Deal: President Obama, in a letter to Democratic Congressman Jerrold Nadler, says the U.S. will maintain all options, including military force, should Iran pursue nuclear weapons. Obama’s letter—aimed at congressional Democrats wavering over support for the nuclear deal with Iran—appears to have had its effect. Nadler said Friday he would support the agreement.
- Alia Wong: “Ultimately, the findings as a whole suggest that education-reform policies face what the Washington Post might describe as a ‘public-relations challenge.’ People tend to like (or at least not dislike) the building blocks of those policies: annual testing, universal standards, an emphasis on ‘core’ academic subjects, and so on. But when those building blocks come with fraught political labels or, in the case of teachers, personal stakes, feelings start to change.”
- Norm Ornstein: “Egged on by talk radio, cable news, right-wing blogs, and social media, the activist voters who make up the primary and caucus electorates have become angrier and angrier, not just at the Kenyan Socialist president but also at their own leaders. Promised that Obamacare would be repealed, the government would be radically reduced, immigration would be halted, and illegals punished, they see themselves as euchred and scorned by politicians of all stripes, especially on their own side of the aisle.”
- David Gary: “VHS is a maligned medium. Libraries are rapidly culling it from their collections, a project in Ontario, Canada, wants to recycle the province’s 2.26 billion tapes, and the rise of digital streaming has made it mostly irrelevant to the general public. It’s often described as obsolete, even by those charged with preserving America’s cultural heritage. One reason Yale bought this video collection was to preserve rare titles—it’s been estimated that about 40 to 45 percent of content distributed on VHS never made its way into any subsequent digital format. But the primary focus of this collection effort was the physical nature of the medium and the cultures it changed and created.”