Texas judge suspends anti-abortion law

Abortion rights activists rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., May 21, 2019.
Abortion rights activists rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., May 21, 2019.
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A judge in Texas temporarily suspended the anti-abortion law. But the US state immediately appealed the decision, which enables clinics to resume the procedure until there’s a permanent solution.

It could take years for the WHO-approved malaria vaccine to be deployed. But thousands of children would be saved each year, mostly in Africa, while India could move a step closer to its goal of being malaria-free.

Hackers targeted Twitch. Massive amounts of data leaked from Amazon’s video game streaming platform, including source code and creator pay information, to the website 4chan.

Facebook paused more products. Pushback from a whistleblower and US lawmakers, which CEO Mark Zuckerberg rejects, has put the brakes on work on existing projects because of “reputational reviews,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

Bitcoin surged on a George Soros endorsement. The cryptocurrency climbed 10% yesterday to about $55,000.

The Nobel prize for literature is announced. The Swedish committee reveals the award-winner at around 7am US eastern time.

What to watch for

The US economy added 235,000 jobs in August, far fewer than the 700,000 or so that economists expected. Experts will be watching the September employment report on Friday for clues to whether that surprise was a blip, or a sign of a deeper fracture in the job market.

Economists still predict perky job growth. But another miss or two could force policymakers to do a major rethink, and cause them to wait longer to raise borrowing costs. If the economy is adding fewer than 300,000 jobs per month, that’s not the kind of steady growth that will quickly restore all the employment that was lost at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A bar chart showing the seasonally adjusted monthly change in US non-farm employment from Jan. 2018 to Aug. 2021. The most significant drop occurred in April 2020. Job growth in Aug. 2021 was much lower than economists had expected.

John Detrixhe has more on what to look for in the report, and what it means for the US labor market.

Spain will help adults move out of their parents’ homes

Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sánchez announced yesterday that his government plans to offer adults aged 18 to 35 €250 ($290) a month to spend on rent for up to two years. Adults in Spain tend to move out of their families’ homes around age 30, nearly four years later than the EU average, according to Eurostat. In recent years, low housing supply coupled with high demand has caused rents to rise, making it harder for young people to save up enough to leave.

22.3%: Percentage of Spanish adults aged 20-34 who were not employed or enrolled in an education program in 2020

38%: Youth unemployment rate in the country currently

100,000: Number of new houses in Spain in 2018

850,000: Number of new houses in the country in 2006

€1 billion: Portion of Spain’s EU coronavirus recovery funds the government will invest in social housing

China’s changing role in shrinking global inequality

“Because 4.4 billion of the world’s 7.8 billion population now live in countries poorer than China, rapid growth in China will eventually be disequalizing.” —Nobel-winning economist Angus Deaton

Global income inequality, as measured by the Gini coefficient, has been steadily declining over the years, mainly driven by rising incomes in India and China. But that may no longer hold so true as the world’s most populous country, China, has seen its income rise significantly. While officials’ recent push for “common prosperity” could reduce inequality within China, thereby continuing to decrease inequality globally, it could also result in downward mobility.

Of course, as with pretty much all economic trends and predictions, the pandemic made things a bit more complicated.

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The US has more monuments to mermaids than congresswomen. Guess women politicians still aren’t part of that world.

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