May 1, 2017

White House ends Obama-era girls' education initiative

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The Trump administration is ending Let Girls Learn, an education initiative for girls in developing countries backed by Michelle Obama, per CNN. It had been administered via the Peace Corps and USAID, and the Obama administration sought to highlight the initiative's success in attracting funding last year with the hope that it might remain in place.

From the Peace Corps: "We remain dedicated to the passionate work of our volunteers and staff to empower and educate girls in their communities."

From Michelle Obama's chief of staff: "We think that this is an issue that has bipartisan support, it's really not a Republican or Democratic issue."

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MLB's Rob Manfred is latest villain in Astros' cheating scandal

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's decision to grant Astros players immunity in exchange for confessions about their sign-stealing scheme has undermined his reputation — and he only made himself look worse on Sunday.

The interview: In a 45-minute conversation with ESPN, Manfred asserted that public shame was punishment enough for the Astros. He also called the World Series trophy "just a piece of metal" and said that taking a title away from Houston "seems like a futile act."

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Economists warn coronavirus risk far worse than realized

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Worries are growing that the economic impact from the novel coronavirus outbreak will be worse than expected and that markets are being too complacent in factoring it in as a risk.

What's happening: The number of confirmed cases has already far outpaced expectations and even those reports are being viewed through a lens of suspicion that the Chinese government is underreporting the figures.

National newspapers thrive while local outlets struggle to survive

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While big national newspapers grow stronger, local newspaper chains that have for decades kept the vast majority of the country informed are combusting.

Why it matters: The inequity between giants like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and their local counterparts represents a growing problem in America as local communities no longer have the power to set the agenda for the news that most affects them.