President Donald Trump has said "more than 30 million" small-business owners would see their marginal tax rate cut by 40%, but that number is much too high because the Small Business Administration says there are only about 30 million businesses in the country overall, Lori Robertson writes. The rate cut only applies to the top income tax bracket, making the number of recipients closer to 670,000.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., showed his humorous side at the annual Al Smith charity dinner in New York on Thursday. Ryan took some humorous shots at the news media and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., but saved his best material for some lighthearted ribbing of the president.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq is warning against the forced displacement and property destruction in Iraq, with more than 100,000 civilians forced from Kirkuk as Iraqi military forces advance.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will meet with US President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., today to discuss "issues of mutual concern." This is the first extended meeting between the two leaders.
Plague in Madagascar has killed 94 people and infected over 1,100, the World Health Organization reported. Officials say the outbreak is concerning because it has started earlier in the season than normal and is primarily appearing as pneumonic plague, which is the disease's more deadly form.
More than 200 million women and girls lack access to safe, effective family planning methods and pregnancy or childbirth complications kill approximately 830 women every day, according to United Nations Population Fund figures. The reproductive and health rights of women and girls are being "relegated to the bottom of the heap," says UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem.
The United Nations Environment Programme has partnered with Dutch bank Rabobank to launch a $1 billion initiative aimed at restoring degraded farmland and protecting forests. "We want the entire finance industry to change their agricultural lending away from deforestation and towards integrated landscapes, which provide good jobs, protect biodiversity, and are good for the climate," says UNEP head Erik Solheim.
US-backed Syrian forces say Raqqa has been liberated from Islamic State militants after more than three years of occupation. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urges all parties to protect civilians, says spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
The Las Vegas Victims' Fund and a second fundraising venture by online retailer Zappos have raised millions of dollars for the victims of the Oct. 1 shooting in Las Vegas. Jessica Word of the Alliance for Nevada Nonprofits said the city's nonprofits have been focused on connecting the victims and their families with the two funds and added that the tragedy and outpouring of local support may help create a stronger sense of community in Las Vegas.
The giving habits of ultra-wealthy donors in the US are changing for a number of reasons, including younger generations amassing more wealth than their predecessors and an increased focus on connecting with the causes they support, experts say. "They really want to take a deep dive and spend their time and their energy, as well as their money," added Melissa Berman, president of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.
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