Quote of the day.
“The time of year in the United States [that] an American child is most likely to go hungry is the summertime, and the principal reason for that is school is out.” Kevin Concannon, undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services with the USDA, on the challenge of making sure millions of children get regular, healthy meals when they aren’t in school.
1. U.S. employers add 175k jobs, rate up to 7.6 pct.
U.S. employers added 175,000 jobs in May, a gain that shows hiring is improving at a still-modest but steady pace. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent from 7.5 percent in April. The increase occurred because more people began looking for work, a healthy sign.
2. U.S. says it gathers online data abroad.
The federal government has been secretly collecting information on foreigners overseas for nearly six years from the nation’s largest Internet companies like Google, Facebook and, most recently, Apple, in search of national security threats, the director of national intelligence confirmed Thursday night.
(New York Times)
3. Senate deadlocks on student loans.
The Senate deadlocked Thursday over federal student loan interest rates, with no consensus in sight on how to prevent rates on certain loans from doubling for about 7 million borrowers on July 1.
4. As wars end, a rush to grab dollars spent on the border.
The nation’s largest military contractors, facing federal budget cuts and the withdrawals from two wars, are turning their sights to the Mexican border in the hopes of collecting some of the billions of dollars expected to be spent on tighter security if immigration legislation becomes law.
(New York Times)
5. Progress slow in Gulf Coast oil cleanup as funding still uncertain.
Three years after the infamous BP oil spill off the Gulf Coast, lawmakers are still trying to nail down the effectiveness of past, present and future relief efforts backed by billions of dollars.
6. Guantánamo Bay hunger strike.
The number of hunger-striking Guantánamo detainees being force fed by military medical teams has jumped to 41 and now makes up a quarter of the camp''s prisoner population.
7. Israel closer to surrounding itself with barriers.Fearful that the Syrian civil war, jihadist terrorists, or Lebanese Hezbollah fighters will spill into Israel, the country’s military engineers are rushing to complete their latest “smart fence,” this one in the occupied Golan Heights.
8. U.S. quietly allows military aid to Egypt despite rights concerns.
Secretary of State John Kerry quietly acted last month to give Egypt $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid, deciding that this was in the national interest despite Egypt''s failure to meet democracy standards.
9. Syria appeal is biggest in UN history.
The U.N. has launched the largest emergency appeal in its history – $4.4bn – as it expects 10.25 million Syrians, half the population, will need humanitarian aid by the end of the year.
10. Lone cleric injects life into the race for Iran''s presidency.
Hassan Rowhani, one of the eight candidates approved to run for the Iranian presidency, has long been considered a centrist conservative, but over the past week of the campaign he has shown more of his reformist colors.