News You Should Know: September 17, 2013


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Voyager 1’s Glow Glimmers in Interstellar Space

Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 has become the first man-made object to reach interstellar space. Scientists can now study the universe outside our solar system with a piece of machinery that has less memory than an iPhone. (Discovery News)

Summers Pulls Name from Consideration for Fed Chief

How will our economy look a year from now? Well, a big factor in answering that question depends on who President Obama chooses to be the next Chair of the Federal Reserve. With Lawrence H. Summers pulling himself out of the race due to harsh opposition from Senate Democrats, who can we expect to take the reins of our economy? (NYTimes)

Chief Justice Roberts Holds Key in Campaign-Finance Case

Arguably no one person has had more influence on our democracy in the past few years than Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. From Citizens United to the Voting Rights Act (and who could forget about Crawford v. Marion County?) Chief Justice Roberts has had a pivotal, and sometimes controversial, role in establishing the new era of how Americans choose who will represent them. In its upcoming session, the Supreme Court will hear a new case that challenges the overall contribution limits that an individual can give to candidates and political parties, and once again, Chief Justice Roberts holds the key. (USA Today)