Trending In Our News Feeds – Senators closing in on key student loan deal. A bipartisan group of Senators are close to reaching a deal to reform student loan interest rates, according to Senate aides. Politico’s anonymous sources say Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) are the deal’s key negotiators. The deal would tie interest rates to the strength of the economy and lock rates in for the life of the loan. This Senate deal represents the best chance for loan reform before rates double on July 1: The GOP has pushed a deal through the House, but it is unpalatable to Democrats. However, top Democrats have yet to sign off on the Senate deal.
Republicans cut border security deal. It’s been a big 24 hours for negotiations on the Hill: Two Senate Republicans made a deal yesterday with the Gang of Eight to include stronger border control measures in their immigration reform bill, in a move that could push immigration reform through both chambers of Congress. The deal, backed by Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.), proposes to almost double the border patrol force, construct 700 miles of fence, and use drones to monitor the border. Corker predicts the amendment could win the support of up to fifteen Republicans. Add that to the 50 “yes” votes already in the bag for immigration reform, and the bill comes close to the 70 votes experts predict it needs to get through Congress. The Washington Post has a helpful breakdown of where each Senator stands on the bill.
Study finds shocking rate of rape and physical abuse. A new study by the World Health Organization reports that 35% of women around the world have been raped or physically abused. Shockingly, a woman’s partner is the abuser about 80% of the time. The study also finds that women who have been abused are twice as likely to say they are depressed. “The main message is that this problem affects women everywhere,” says Karen Devries, an epidemiologist from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Researchers create detailed brain model. German and Canadian researchers have created a new model of the human brain that is fifty times more detailed than previous efforts. The researchers created the model, nicknamed “BigBrain,” by photographing 7,400 cross-sections of a deceased woman’s brain. The researchers plan to make BigBrain available to scientists around the world for free. David Van Essen, a neuroscientist at Washington University in St. Louis, called the project a “technological tour de force.” He says the model will help scientists distinguish between small regions of the brain.
Miami Heat take home second title. The Miami Heat took home their second consecutive NBA championship last night with a 95-88 win over the San Antonio Spurs. LeBron James silenced the haters who said he couldn’t step up when it mattered by scoring 37 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, and earning himself a second finals MVP award. Mashable introduces you to the real winner of the finals: Metta Worldpeace’s Twitter feed is a goldmine of random basketball musings. The LA Times gives you five major takeaways from this year’s finals.
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What We’re Sharing – What happens when you deactivate your Facebook account (New Yorker).
– This economic expert thinks it’s about time to double the minimum wage (Bloomberg).
– Say what?? Microsoft will pay you $150,000 to hack their software (Business Insider).
– What a waste: the military is throwing away $7 billion in Afghanistan (The Week).
– Google finally figured out “Why are manholes round?” is a bad interview question (Quartz).
– The backlash against this feminist group shows why we need feminism (Guardian).
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