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2/5/2016

Sen. Bernie Sanders was incorrect to claim, in Thursday night's Democratic debate, that "almost all new income" goes to the wealthiest 1% of Americans, writes C. Eugene Emery Jr. Updated research shows that 58% of new income goes to the richest fraction of society. "That may be just over most of the new income, but it's far from 'almost all,' " Emery writes.

2/5/2016

Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders clashed Thursday night at the feistiest primary debate of the Democratic primary season. Both jostled for progressive bragging rights, and Clinton mounted a fierce counterattack in response to Sanders' questioning of the propriety of her Wall Street connections. "I really don't think these kind of attacks by insinuation are worthy of you. And enough is enough," she said, adding, "I think it's time to end the artful smear you and your campaign have been carrying out."

2/5/2016

Former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice have been drawn into the furor surrounding Hillary Clinton's use of a personal e-mail account, after it emerged that Powell and close aides to Rice had classified information in personal e-mail accounts during their time at the State Department. "Based on this new revelation, it is clear that the Republican investigations are nothing more than a transparent political attempt to use taxpayer funds to target the Democratic candidate for president," said Rep. Elijah Cummings, ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

2/5/2016

Teddy Roosevelt might have been a great naturalist, but he had no qualms about shooting hundreds of animals while on a "conservation mission" in Africa. In a 1910 book, Roosevelt proudly listed all 512 animals that he and his son shot on the trip, including 17 lions, 11 elephants, 20 rhinos, eight hippos, two porcupines and a pelican.

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Vox
2/5/2016

The government of Rwanda allegedly trained Burundi rebel fighters to overthrow the government of Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza, according to a United Nations report. Rwanda denied the charges.

2/5/2016

United Nations-organized Syrian peace talks are on hold, with envoy Staffan de Mistura hoping to resume discussions by Feb. 25. All parties involved need to do more before talks can occur, he said. De Mistura is briefing the Security Council on the talks this morning.

2/5/2016

Nonprofits should avoid short-term and repetitive approaches to fundraising if they want to launch successful campaigns, Neil Edgington writes. Other common errors include buying into the idea of a quick fix and excusing board members and staff from participating in fundraising. Nonprofits must invest in strong fundraising staff and strategies if they want to build lucrative campaigns.

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Social Velocity Blog
2/5/2016

Donors agreed to to give $6 billion in aid to Syria this year and another $5 billion by 2020. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations secretary-general, told the donors that funding has not matched demand. "We cannot go on like this," he said.

2/5/2016

Every Syrian refugee child will be offered a place in school by next year thanks to a declaration made a United Nations-organized conference, writes Gordon Brown, UN special envoy for global education. The initiative's success in Syria would open the way for similar initiatives in South Sudan, Yemen and other conflict zones, he contends.

2/5/2016

At least 200 million women and girls have experienced female genital mutilation, says a report by UNICEF released ahead of Saturday's International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM. The report found that 44 million girls 14 or younger had undergone the procedure.