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June 2016
  • Minorities “remain significantly underrepresented in Congress and nearly every state legislature though they comprise a growing share of the U.S. population, according to an analysis of demographic data by The Associated Press,” the AP reported June 16. “Non-Hispanic whites make up a little over 60 percent of the U.S. population, but still hold more than 80 percent of all congressional and state legislative seats.” While Hispanics comprise more than 17 percent of the U.S. population, “they are fewer than 7 percent in Congress and fewer than 4 percent of state legislators.”
  • The Latino population is “becoming increasingly U.S.-born and a majority of Hispanics (62 percent) either mainly speak English or are bilingual. Likely tied to these changes, the news media geared towards this population is also in a state of flux. After many mainstream English-language news organizations crowded into the Hispanic market over the last decade, often by launching separate Hispanic-oriented outlets, they hit hurdles in 2014, including the closing of both NBCLatino.com and CNN Latino. Also Fusion – a cable network owned by Univision – shifted its target audience from Hispanics to Millennials.” Pew Research Center, June 15, 2016
  • Hamilton” creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda continued his hot streak making the June 16 cover of Rolling Stone and picking up 11 Tony Awards, one short of the record set by “The Producers.” – Chicago Tribune, June 13, 2016
  • The U.S. Supreme Court “rejected an effort in Puerto Rico to allow public utilities there to restructure $20 billion in debt.” The decision was seen as a “major blow to an island that is $72 billion in arrears and short on time.” – New York Times, June 14, 2016
  • Six U.S. airlines were awarded Cuba routes by the Transportation Department, including American and Southwest Airlines. – Wall Street Journal, June 11 – 12, 2016
  • Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a well-respected economist and former U.S. citizen, officially became Peru’s president-elect when his main rival conceded (June 10) after days of counting ballots from the country’s tightest election in history.” – Wall Street Journal, June 11 – 12, 2016
  • Less than 50 days before the Summer Olympics, the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro declared a financial emergency. – BBC News, June 17, 2016. In addition, 150 health experts issued an open letter saying “in the name of public health” the games should be relocated because of a Zika virus outbreak. – Time, June 13, 2016
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