Monday, January 18
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders traded vigorous verbal blows in the last Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary on Sunday evening, both showing a clear understanding that the stakes could hardly be higher. The two front-runners traded wonky digs at each other’s platforms as well as more personal attacks in a debate reflective of the heightened rhetoric that has been heard on the trail during the past week. MORE
Microsoft is phasing out support for Windows 7 and 8 on new PC hardware.
On Friday, Microsoft announced that computers based on newer chips from AMD, Intel and Qualcomm will need to be running Windows 10 to be guaranteed continued updates. The move is likely to hit businesses the hardest. MORE
Tim Peake is shaping up to be a bit of a folk hero in the UK. The European Space Agency astronaut is currently on board the International Space Station, zipping around Earth in orbit. On Friday, Peake went out on a spacewalk along with NASA astronaut Tim Kopra on a mission to repair a power unit outside the station. Peake took a selfie to commemorate the event. MORE
Four U.S.-Iranian dual citizens held by Iran were freed in exchange for seven Iranian nationals held in the U.S. for violating sanctions against Iran. Iranian media lists those freed as: Nader Modanlou, Bahram Mechanic, Khosrow Afqahi, Arash Ghahreman, Touraj Faridi, Nima Golestaneh and Ali Sabounchi. Who are they, and why were they imprisoned by Iran? MORE
The U.N. nuclear agency certified Saturday that Iran has met all of its commitments under last summer’s landmark nuclear deal, crowning years of U.S.-led efforts to crimp Iran’s ability to make atomic weapons. For Iran, the move lifts Western economic sanctions that have been in place for years, unlocking access to $100 billion in frozen assets and unleashing new opportunities for its battered economy. MORE
The third Monday of each January, we commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr., by a national holiday. Mindful of his concrete actions and accomplishments and, still more, of his sublime words, his high hopes, and his ultimate martyrdom, we have come not only to admire, but even to revere King. In the pantheon of American heroes, King, the “Great Integrator,” now stands alongside Abraham Lincoln, the “Great Emancipator.” MORE