Donald Trump is claiming that the Obama administration is preparing to "take in 200,000 Syrians" -- but the administration has committed to take in 185,000 people over two years, and that's from all nations, not just Syria. "Trump needs to quit using the 200,000 figure ... and reporters need to challenge him when he repeats it," writes Glenn Kessler.
Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., is helping out House Republicans by running Craigslist ads soliciting applicants for the speakership of the House. "Babysitting experience STRONGLY PREFERRED," the ad notes.
President Barack Obama will visit Roseburg, Ore., today, in a trip that the gun lobby says is an attempt to politicize last week's community college shooting. Obama is reportedly considering using his executive powers to impose background check requirements on a significant number of firearm dealers.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy's stunning withdrawal from the House speakership race has left many Republicans urging Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to take up the gavel. Ryan has repeatedly said he doesn't want the job, but many of his party-mates see him as the only candidate with a shot of uniting the divided GOP caucus. One of the contenders for the post even said he'd step aside for Ryan. "If Paul Ryan got into the race, of course I'd support him. Part of the reason I got into the race was because people like Paul Ryan weren't getting into the race," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.
AARP and other groups are collaborating on an impact-investing campaign called Age Strong -- working to raise $70 million to help low-income senior citizens. AARP and the Calvert Foundation will work with Capital Impact Partners on projects that will supply housing, healthy food and financial assistance to people age 50 and older who are in need.
Bernardino Leon, the United Nations envoy for Libya, announced Thursday that all parties had agreed to a unity government. But today, members of the two rival parliaments, which need to approve the plan, said the announcement was made too soon.
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations secretary-general, won't ask UN refugee chief Antonio Guterres to stay on for another year, envoys say. Several member states had requested that Guterres continue in his post because of the refugee crisis that has reached Europe.
Development programs designed for girls need to consider local contexts rather than trying to implement broad solutions, say Cynthia Caron and Shelby Margolin, development scholars at Clark University. "These campaigns do not recognise girls as individuals," they argue.
The number of unemployed youths globally fell to 73.3 million in 2014, a decline from 2009's peak of 76.6 million, says a report by the International Labor Organization. The employment recovery is uneven, however, and youth unemployment remains a crisis with unemployment increasing in the Middle East, Asia, North Africa and the Pacific, the ILO says.
Representatives from 20 vulnerable countries are asking wealthier countries to make good on a pledge to provide them with $100 billion per year by 2020 to help combat climate change's effects.
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