Feb. 21, 2018: What to Know 

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  • The Reverend Billy Graham, considered to be the most famous evangelist of the 20th century and often called "America's pastor," died early this morning. He was 99. USA Today reports that Graham comforted, joked and prayed with a dozen U.S. presidents, learning "to walk a tightrope" between Republicans and Democrats.

click to enlarge Sen. Dan Foreman (R-Moscow) made national headlines this week. - IDAHO LEGISLATURE
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  • Sen. Dan Foreman (R-Moscow) made national headlines this week.
  • An ethics complaint has been filed with leadership of the Idaho Legislature against Sen. Dan Foreman (R-Moscow) who made national headlines this week when he yelled "abortion is murder" at a group of students who wanted to talk to him about sex education. Foreman told the Associated Press on Feb. 20 that he had no plans to apologize one day after his outburst at the Idaho Statehouse. About a dozen students from Foreman's legislative district traveled nearly 200 miles to meet with him, planning to lobby for a measure that would allow women to receive up to a 12-month supply of prescribed birth control pills and to promote better sex education on college campuses.

    "I'm a Roman Catholic and a conservative Republican," Foreman shouted after telling the students he would not meet with them. "I think what you guys are doing stinks."

    The Senate president told the AP that he could not speak about the complaint because legislative rules dictate how such investigations are handled.
  • The NCAA ruled Tuesday that the Kentucky-based Louisville men's basketball team must forfeit its 2013 national championship and 122 other victories over four seasons as punishment for a sex scandal that involved players. The New York Times reports this is the first time the NCAA has stripped a program of its division title.

  • Two U.S. women, Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins, made history this morning at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics when they became the first Americans to win a gold medal in cross country skiing.  The pair bested the world in the team sprint freestyle relay. In the women's bobsledding competition, the U.S. took home the silver in the two-woman event. Americans also won a bronze medal this morning in the women's pursuit, their country's first long-track speed skating medal of the 2018 games. Plus, Lindsey Vonn, the American skiing superstar, won her third Olympic medal this morning, taking home the bronze in the women's downhill. To date, the U.S. has won a total of 16 medals, six of them gold.


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