5 Things to Know Today: January 11, 2017
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In case you missed it, Obama’s final speech as President of the United States was last night. Throughout his speech, he talked about five threats that could damage America’s democracy in the future, and encouraged Americans to stand strong, together. This morning, six Volkswagen executives were indicted for their participation in car company's emissions scandal. In other euro-smog news, Gdansk is leading the way for clean air in Poland.
1. Vox: In his farewell address, Obama named five threats that could damage America’s democracy.
Obama issued warnings about the economy and inequality, as well as racial tension, declining democratic institutions ensuring fair voting and ethical representation, and foreign threats. “How we meet these challenges to our democracy will determine our ability to educate our kids, and create good jobs, and protect our homeland,” Obama said.
2. Washington Post: U.S. officials indicted six Volkswagen executives for their part in the company’s emission scandal.
Earlier today, Volkswagen plead guilty to three criminal counts for their efforts to deceive U.S. regulators about the emissions standards of its diesel vehicles and illegally sell those cars in America. The company will pay $4.3 billion in criminal and civil fines—bringing the total of VW's related fines to a staggering $20 billion—and six executives were officially indicted. Additional executives are still being investigated.
3. Lifehacker: Mindfulness might be the secret to regaining control over your finances.
Small actions, like owning your decision to save money and getting motivated by progress in your bank account, might not seem like much, but they might be just what you need to regain control over your money.
4. Huffington Post: Gdansk is the anomaly within the “European Capital of Smog.”
While years of primarily burning coal and wood for heat has deteriorated air quality in Poland to levels worse than those recorded in Beijing, in Gdansk, the mayor claims that modernized heating infrastructure and sustainable building has led to much cleaner air.
5. WSJ: 6 questions to determine if you’re financially healthy.
If you absolutely had to, would you be able to come up with $2,000 in one month? Simple questions like these can go a long way in determining your financial stability and ability to plan for the future.