Newsworthy – Feb 22nd, 2019

The White House plans to assess the national security threat of climate change, Pinterest to stop returning searches for “vaccines”, and educated American women workforce participation rate is plateauing.

These are just a few of the top newsworthy items from this past week as first shared on our Facebook page.

  • Despite studies that already answer the question, the White House plans a committee “to assess whether climate change poses a national security threat” — and is including a climate-science denialist.

    There remains a stark partisan divide in public views on climate, with many Republicans remaining skeptical of the science.

    From Washington Post
  • Royal Dutch Shell, the world’s second-largest publicly traded oil company after ExxonMobil, has over the past year ramped up more clean-energy investments and commitments than any other big producer.

    From Axios

  • Lyft is preparing to list its shares on Nasdaq around the end of March. The company, which confidentially submitted paperwork for its initial public offering with the SEC late last year, is expected to make the filing public as early as next week.

    From The Wall Street Journal

  • Pinterest has stopped returning search results for terms relating to vaccines. Most shared images on Pinterest relating to vaccination cautioned against it, contradicting established medical guidelines and research showing that vaccines are safe.

    Physicians say the internet, especially social media, has made the spread of misinformation faster and wider.

    From The Wall Street Journal

  • A joint venture launched by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan is looking at how to redesign health insurance, among other efforts, according to newly unsealed court testimony.

    From The Wall Street Journal

  • The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said the new tax law drove double-digit profit growth at U.S. banks last year. Banks collectively notched record annual profits of $236.7 billion, up 44% from 2017.

    From The Wall Street Journal

  • Sixteen states, including California and New York, filed suit against the Trump administration over the president’s national-emergency declaration to pay for a wall along the southern border. The suit, filed in U.S. district court in California, seeks an injunction to stop President Trump from spending money on the border wall without congressional approval.

    From The Wall Street Journal

  • American women are more educated than ever. But in a surprising twist, the workforce participation rate for women has plateaued and even fallen over the past few years, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

    From Axios

  • President Putin said Russia would target the U.S. with new advanced weapons if Washington deploys intermediate-range missiles in Europe, a threat that appeared aimed at holding the line but leaving open the possibility of negotiations. He also announced imminent plans to launch Russia’s first unmanned nuclear submarine.

    From The Wall Street Journal

  • U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant and self-described white nationalist was arrested after authorities said they found firearms, ammunition and a hit list of Democratic lawmakers, activists and media personalities in his home.

    From The Wall Street Journal

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