Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday where she sought to use the symbolism of a historic landmark to draw parallels to a present-day America that is in need of repairing deepening racial and cultural divides.

The Old State Capitol — where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous "A house divided" speech in 1858 warning against the ills of slavery and where Barack Obama launched his presidential bid in 2007 — served as the backdrop for Clinton as she spoke of how "America's long struggle with race is far from finished."

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When we meet the heroin dealer called Bone, he has just shot up. He has a lot to say anyway. He tells us about his career--it pretty much tracks the evolution of drug use in America these past ten years or so. He tells us about his rough past. And he tells us about how he died a week ago. He overdosed on his own supply and his friend took his body to the emergency room, then left.

New British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her Cabinet Wednesday.

Amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in Egypt, security forces have forcibly disappeared hundreds of people since the beginning of 2015, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

It's an "unprecedented spike," the group says, with an average of three or four people disappeared every day.

The Republican Party, as it prepares for its convention next week has checked off item No. 1 on its housekeeping list — drafting a party platform. The document reflects the conservative views of its authors, many of whom are party activists. So don't look for any concessions to changing views among the broader public on key social issues.

Many public figures who took to Twitter and Facebook following the murder of five police officers in Dallas have faced public blowback and, in some cases, found their employers less than forgiving about inflammatory and sometimes hateful online comments.

As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he's still holding onto power.

"The truth in Venezuela is there is real hunger. We are hungry," says a man who has invited me into his house in the northwestern city of Maracaibo, but doesn't want his name used for fear of reprisals by the government.

The wiry man paces angrily as he speaks. It wasn't always this way, he says, showing how loose his pants are now.

Ask a typical teenage girl about the latest slang and girl crushes and you might get answers like "spilling the tea" and Taylor Swift. But at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the answers were "intersectional feminism" — the idea that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of feminism — and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

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Proposed Rule Would Make Companies Disclose CEO-To-Worker Pay Ratio

Sep 18, 2013
Originally published on September 18, 2013 3:58 pm

Update At 12:30 p.m. ET. SEC Approves Rule:

The Securities and Exchange Commission has voted 3-2 to move the proposed rule ahead, with the two Republican commissioners opposing the measure.

The rule now goes for a 60-day public comment period, after which it could be formally adopted.

SEC commissioners also voted unanimously to require municipal advisers to register with the agency.

Here's our original post:

U.S. corporations would be required to disclose the ratio of their CEO's pay to that of average workers as part of an oversight plan being voted on Wednesday by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Bloomberg News reports the proposed rule change is part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who wrote the CEO pay-ratio provision, said it was aimed at ensuring "that investors know whether a company's pay practices are 'fair' and whether 'executives are sharing proportionately in any sacrifices.' Other proponents of the rule, including unions, say a lopsided ratio would help investors detect whether a company may have morale problems among its workforce that can affect productivity and earnings."

Last year, CEOs earned 202.3 times more than typical workers, according to the Economic Policy Institute. That figure, the EPI says, is "far higher than it was in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, or 1990s." A separate study by the AFL-CIO, citing only the largest U.S. corporations, cited a ratio of 354-to-1, which it said was the widest gap in the world.

CNN reported last year that Apple CEO Tim Cook's salary was more than 6,000 times the average worker, while Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett made just 11 times the company's average pay.

Reuters says the provision has been "vehemently opposed" by "companies and business organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Center on Executive Compensation." They complain the rule would be too costly and difficult to implement and would not be useful for investors.

According to the news service, the SEC says it "would require companies to include compensation data for all of its workers, including those employed overseas or by its subsidiaries."

It also adds that:

"However, the SEC also said it would give companies more flexibility in how they calculate the median. They could, for instance, use a statistical sample."

Reuters says the CEO pay-ratio regulation is "one of two major outstanding regulations mandated by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law. ... The agency also is expected to adopt a rule that will allow it to oversee financial advisers to cities, counties and other municipal entities that sell public debt or manage public money."

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