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5/22/2017

Traditional economic models tell us that wages rise when unemployment is low. Yet, in this time of near-full employment, wages are standing still.

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Bloomberg
5/22/2017

President Donald Trump arrived in Israel today, greeting leaders and saying the opportunity exists for peace in the region, an issue he will delve into further on his two-day visit to the country as he works on peace discussions between the Palestinians and Israel. Over the weekend, Trump visited Saudi Arabia and told a group of leaders from 50 Islamic nations they need to work together to defeat terrorism.

5/22/2017

The Trump administration is set to release its official budget proposal for fiscal 2018 on Tuesday. Based on a preliminary budget released in March, the budget is expected to cut Environmental Protection Agency funding more than 30% and drop $800 billion from Medicaid support.

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CNN, The Hill
5/22/2017

President Donald Trump participated in the ardah, the traditional men's sword dance in Saudi Arabia, during his visit to the country over the weekend, holding a sword while bouncing and smiling. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also took part, dancing with swords perched on their shoulders.

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CNN
5/22/2017

Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton have joined an initiative pushing for a National Women's History Museum in Washington, D.C. "It's really important to have a museum that focuses on women because half of the population is left out from American history. We need to figure out how we can encourage women to run for office and to run for president," Bush said.

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Newsweek
5/22/2017

Vice President Mike Pence pledged to "rebuild" the military while marking Armed Forces Day Saturday. "We will rebuild our military, restore the arsenal of democracy and we will, once again as a nation, give our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coast guard the resources and training you deserve to accomplish your mission and come home safe," he said.

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The Hill
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5/22/2017

Natural disasters and violent conflicts caused more than 31 million people to be internally displaced in 2016, according to data from the Norwegian Refugee Council's Internal Displacement Monitoring Center. Without increased conflict resolution efforts, the situation will only deteriorate further, warns NRC Secretary-General Jan Egeland.

5/22/2017

Members of the United Nations Security Council will meet Tuesday in response to North Korea's continued missile testing, diplomats say. Officials from the United States, Japan and South Korea requested the meeting following a missile launch by North Korea this past weekend.

5/22/2017

At least $144 million is needed to treat the 2 million children in Nigeria suffering from acute malnutrition, say UNICEF officials. UNICEF Nutrition Specialist Philomena Irene noted the number of malnourished children in the country is greater than the population of some countries.

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5/22/2017

The case of a Nigerian woman trafficked to Spain and deported while pregnant instead of being offered assistance demonstrates the lack of protections available to victims of sex trafficking, representatives from Women's Link Worldwide told the United Nations Committee Against Torture last week. "Trafficking victims should never be held in detention centers, since they are victims, not criminals," said attorney Teresa Fernandez Paredes.

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