Aug 30, 2017

Ivanka Trump backs ending of Obama's wage gap initiative

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The White House is discontinuing an Obama-era initiative intended to narrow the wage gap, with Ivanka Trump issuing the statement explaining the decision, per the Wall Street Journal. The plan's goal was to gather wage data from both private employees and federal contractors to measure how employees of different genders, ethnicities, and races were being paid.

Equal pay has been a focus of Ivanka's before and during her White House tenure, and she said in her Republican Convention speech that she'd fight for it "right alongside" her father.

Her statement: ""Ultimately, while I believe the intention was good and agree that pay transparency is important, the proposed policy would not yield the intended results."

The plan was deemed "enormously burdensome" by Neomi Rao, the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, per the WSJ, and officials said they doubted anything meaningful would be found from the data-collection.

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Israeli election: Netanyahu has momentum despite corruption case

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enters Israel's third elections in 10 months with momentum — and with his corruption trial looming just two weeks after the vote.

Why it matters: Israeli politics have been deadlocked for nearly a year as Netanyahu and his centrist rival, Benny Gantz, grapple for power. Monday's vote could provide the breakthrough, or set Israel on course for yet another election.

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Democrats lay out demands for coronavirus funding

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a joint statement Thursday outlining their demands for coronavirus funding, including a guarantee that the eventual vaccine is affordable.

The big picture: Pelosi criticized the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus outbreak, calling it "chaotic" and chiding President Trump for "name-calling" and "playing politics." She added at a press conference that bipartisan congressional leaders are nearing an agreement on emergency funding.

Coronavirus updates: Japan closes schools and Saudi Arabia bans holy site visits

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 82,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. As Denmark and Estonia reported their first cases Thursday, Scott Morrison, prime minister of Australia — which has 23 confirmed infections — told a news conference, "The risk of a global pandemic is very much upon us."

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