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President Trump today hosted two Republican Senators at the White House with a new bill that they say would cut legal immigration in half in 10 years. Green cards would be available based on high skills and the demonstrated ability to make a living. But Tony Blinken, Deputy of Secretary of State for President Obama, told CNN the requirement for high skills was dangerously exclusive.
Heather Long, economics correspondent for the Washington Post, looks at the bill and its support from the business community.
As the stock market hits the highest level it's ever been, President Trump is celebrating what's often used as a measure of the US economy. But the devil is always in the details. Stocks are rising partly due to corporations buying back their shares at record low interest rates -- instead of creating new jobs or increasing wages. Ten percent of Americans are in on the good news. Ninety percent are being left behind. The president has promised help for those "forgotten Americans" — so, why tax cuts for corporations and shareholders?
A Tunisian woman holds up a flag during a march to celebrate
International Women's Day in Tunis March 8, 2014
Photo by Zoubeir Souissi/Reuters
Tunisia has been a pioneer for women's rights in the Arab World since 1956, when it approved divorce and outlawed polygamy. Now, it's taken another major step forward with new protections against domestic abuse — outlawing violence against women and enacting new penalties against their abusers. Rothna Begum, who researches women's rights in the Middle East and North Africa for Human Rights Watch, says the law will have important implications for the whole region.
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White House ‘Norms:’ Past and Present President Trump has famously violated traditional rules of presidential behavior. Now Barack Obama has broken the studied silence maintained by former presidents. He’s even attacked Trump by name. Warren explores the historical context and future implications with Tim Naftali, who once ran the Richard Nixon Library and Museum.
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