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Men between the ages of 25-34 are participating in the job market — that is, working or looking for a job — at lower rates than they were prior to the 2008 financial crisis (86.8% then vs. 86.1% now), according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, despite recent wage growth and lower unemployment.

The bottom line: 500,000 more men would currently be working or looking for employment if their participation was at pre-2008 levels, Bloomberg reports.

The big picture: Several economists have said the drop has contributed to a simultaneous dip in what they characterize as "marriageable" men, which has resulted in fewer marriages and higher rates of children being born out of wedlock. This, they say, can lead to future financial instability for families.

How we got here:

  • Men in the 25-34 age group graduated from high school and college just as the job market fell into stagnation following the 2008 financial downturn, and many went back to school due to the failing job market.
  • Many were also shut out of jobs in the manufacturing sector, which are "dead-end jobs" anyway, according to a JFF and Burning Glass Technologies study.
  • The top reason for not working was disability or illness (32.9% cited this in 2016, according to an analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City).
  • The opioid epidemic may also be a factor, given the workforce has fallen significantly in areas with high concentrations of opioid prescriptions.

The other side: Women in the same age group have surpassed their pre-2008 job market participation rate (it was 70.9% then and is now 74.0%).

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, in June. Photo: Gaby Oraa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A key ally of Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro was extradited from Cape Verde to the U.S. Saturday to face money laundering charges in Florida, Bloomberg first reported.

Why it matters: Venezuela's government called off negotiations with opposition officials that were scheduled for Sunday in Mexico in response to the extradition of Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman and financial fixer for Maduro.

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COVID-19 is the leading cause of death for police officers even though members of law enforcement were among the first to be eligible to receive the vaccine, CNN reports, citing data from the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Why it matters: Nearly 476 police officers have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic started, compared to the 93 deaths as a result of gunfire in the same time period, according to ODMP and CNN.

Virginia energy giant quietly boosts McAuliffe

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a campaign rally on Oct. 15 in Henrico, Virginia. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has sworn off money from the Richmond company Dominion Energy. But the utility has found more subtle ways to back McAuliffe's gubernatorial bid, records show.

Driving the news: Dominion's political action committee has donated $200,000 to a murky political group called Accountability Virginia PAC, a group with ties to prominent Democrats that's been running ads attacking Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin from the right.