The happiest country in the world is Finland, according to the U.N.’s annual World Happiness Report. The U.S. came in 18th out of 156 countries on a rating system based on income, life expectancy, freedom, social support, trust, and generosity.
Upon entering office, President Trump demanded that his staff members sign nondisclosure agreements to prevent them from talking, writing, or leaking about their “confidential” experiences in the White House. A leaked early draft of those NDAs—which legal experts say are unconstitutional and unenforceable—stipulates that the penalty for talking would be $10 million.
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Black men raised in even the wealthiest families and most well-to-do neighborhoods earn less in adulthood than white men with similar backgrounds, according to a major new study. This gap doesn’t exist for black women raised in wealthy families and neighborhoods.
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The Pentagon spent almost $140,000 at Trump-branded properties in the first eight months of the Trump presidency. Military personnel spent about $59,000 on lodging and food at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla.; $9,618 at Trump’s Bedminster, N.J., golf club; and $35,652 at the Trump International Las Vegas Hotel.
80% of Americans believe that the government is spying on its own citizens, and just 18% think the spying is usually justified.
Fifteen years after the invasion of Iraq, Americans remain divided on the war. 48% say that the decision to use military force was wrong. 43% say it was the right thing to do. 53% believe the U.S. “mostly failed to accomplish its goals” in Iraq. 39% feel that it “mostly succeeded.”