President Obama announces executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House on Thursday. Pool/Getty Images
Obama’s executive action: — Delays the deportation of the undocumented parents of children who are in the country legally. — It also protects any children who were brought to this country illegally before January 1, 2010. — It directs immigration officials to concentrate on deporting criminals and those who pose a threat to national security. (via NPR) [More coverage of the plan]
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“A new report by the McKinsey Global Institute says that the global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually — nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism,” reports the Associated Press.
The report released Thursday focused on the economics of obesity and says 2.1 billion people — some 30 percent of the global population — are overweight or obese.
It also offers the stark prediction that nearly half of the world’s adult population will be overweight or obese by 2030 should the present trends continue.
McKinsey says there’s no single or simple solution to the problem, but global disagreement on how to move forward is hurting progress. The analysis is meant to offer a starting point on the elements of a possible strategy.
Median earnings for men who work full time, year-round jobs have been stagnant since the early 1970s, after adjusting for inflation. Wages for women rose through the end of the 20th century, but have flat lined since 2001, as has the gap in earnings between men and women. Read more →
Legal scholars and courts have been wrangling for more than a year over whether the National Security Agency’s collection of millions of Americans’ phone records — a program first disclosed to the public by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in 2013 — violates those protections. Read more →