A group of 50 House Republicans have taken the rare step of siding with Democrats to force a vote on resurrecting the Export-Import Bank, which lost its charter at the end of June. The deal, which seeks to take advantage of the GOP power vacuum to sidestep the party's conservatives, was brokered by Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md. "This is a once in a generation thing," says Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash. "If you really fully understood the brilliance behind the whip's machinations about all the steps involved and the timing -- you would be blinded by that light," he said.
The Democratic primary hopefuls are heading to Nevada this week for their first debate of the cycle, in a key test of front-runner Hillary Clinton's ability to move beyond her e-mail scandal and win over wavering voters. "We've seen all e-mail, all the time," says David Birdsell, a debate expert at Baruch College. "This is the first sustained encounter with her in which voters will have the opportunity to hear about something else."
Sen. Bernie Sanders needs to score a major bump with minority voters coming out of this week's inaugural Democratic primary debate, writes Harry Enten. Current polling shows Sanders with more than a third of the white vote, but only 8% of the black vote.
The Lockheed Martin F-35 has successfully completed a second round of carrier-based test flights off the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. The aircraft demonstrated takeoff capabilities with lower airspeeds and heavier loads.
United Nations and French peacekeepers contained an attempt this past weekend by rebels to march on the Central African Republic's capital.
The United Nations, World Bank and Islamic Development Bank are creating a bond initiative to finance reconstruction projects and refugee assistance in North Africa and the Middle East. Details of the initiative will be drawn up by a working group.
World Mental Health Day, which was Saturday, aims to promote dignified, humane treatment of those with mental illness. Too often the mentally ill suffer abuse and are discriminated against, says the World Health Organization. In much of Africa, however, psychiatric care is largely unknown and unavailable.
When women are active participants in peace talks -- as they have been in Colombia, Liberia and the Philippines -- the recovery is more effective, says Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women. Women's involvement "means that the pay-offs of peace will be delivered more rapidly to communities," says a report by UN Women.
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