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Morning, chica. Here’s some of today’s top stories just for you.

Treasure Secretary Decides Which Woman Is The New Face Of The $10 Bill

That’s right, ladies! We’re finally going to see one of our own make it on to a US paper note. Who’d it going to be? Will it be Harriet Tubman like so many of us hoped? Rosa Parks? Eleanor Roosevelt? Give Jacob J. Lew, the Treasury Secretary a hand in making the pick by using his hashtag, #TheNew10. Lew’s making the decision by the end of the year and we’ll see the new bill by 2020 just in time for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Read the full story at the New York Times.

Supreme Court Decides If Gay Marriage Will Be Legal In All States This Month

If this isn’t the most important pride month in history, I don’t know which is. It’s a long time coming for this decision which in the past hasn’t seen much definitive progress in recent years. In 2013, the Supremes put an end to the ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ (DOMA), a piece of legislation that deprived same-sex partnerships the federal advantages of marriage but they had failed to say if gay marriage with legal in federal law. This resultantly left the decision up to the states to decide for themselves. Whether the Supremes finally make a decision for all this year or leave it up to the states again remains to be seen. Read more on the issue at the Skimm.

U.S. Birth Rate Rises For The First Time In Seven Years

It’s not a big bump at all, only one percent. But the time span it took for this development is certainly noteworthy. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are attributing the rise to women in their 30s and early 40s. Those between 30 and 39 saw a three percent increase while those between 40 and 44 saw a two percent increase. Read more at the LA Times.

US Fails In Recruitment For Iraqi Troops To Combat ISIS

Obama and our US Defense Secretary Ash Carter have some serious explaining to do. We currently have less than a third of the Iraqi troops trained and ready to fight the Islamic State than projected—despite the fact that we just dispatched 450 US troops to help gather local soldiers. It’s not surprising that they can’t find Iraqis to get involved. The UN has just released a report showing that almost 60 million people around the world have been pushed out of their homes as a result of war and persecution. Read the stories at the Guardian and the New York Times.

FBI Determining If Brutal Assault on Black Man Is Federal Hate Crime

The assault on black bodies continues. Fifty-five-year-old Kevin Lockett of Pittsburgh was almost killed after being thrown onto a train track by 21-year-old Ryan Kyle. After an argument on a train, Kyle and four of his friends followed Lockett off the train car, pushed him onto the tracks and beat him unconscious once he climbed back onto the platform. Kyle is now facing charges of attempted homicide, ethnic intimidation, aggravated assault, robbery, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. Read more at The Root.

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