Economic Issues: A new report on the effects of stock buybacks, in which companies purchase their own shares, suggests that some firms have prioritized this practice over worker compensation or even their long-term competitiveness—to the detriment of the U.S. economy as a whole. However, the coal industry is one place where some workers are optimistic about economic growth. Elaina Plott talked to an Alabama miner who’s taken the president’s support as inspiration to reinvest in his business—and has named his new excavator “Trump.”
Matt Zeller doesn’t remember the moment when a Taliban rocket-propelled grenade knocked him down. He only recalls seeing a cherry-red motorcycle—a Taliban spotter—approaching his unit and suddenly finding himself lying on the desert floor, watching the sand jump as bullets hit the ground around him. It was the start of a 12-hour firefight …
At one point, caught in crossfire, Zeller looked one way as two Taliban fighters rose up from a different direction, about 75 meters away, and took aim. That’s when Janis Shinwari, an Afghan interpreter who had arrived mid-battle with reinforcements, shouldered Zeller to the ground and returned fire, most likely saving his life.
Keep reading, as Priscilla recounts how Zeller helped Shinwari come to the U.S.—and reports on why other Afghan citizens who served alongside Americans in battle are facing new immigration obstacles.
What Do You Know … About Family?
1. Compared with the general population, postpartum women over 35 have an 84 percent greater risk of ____________.
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