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May 2016
  • Aída Álvarez, who serves on the boards of Walmart and HP Inc., was featured on this month’s cover of Hispanic Executive for its Annual Best of the Boardroom Issue. In a related story, the New York Times reported May 17, “Efforts to diversify America’s corporate boards with more minorities and women are still lagging, and Hispanics, in particular, are far behind other groups in being selected for directorships.”
  • Texas Senator Ted Cruz dropped his presidential bid after a landside loss in the Indiana primary leaving Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party. – New York Times, May 4, 2016
    • Trump reached out to Latinos on social media with a photo of himself “eating what he called a taco bowl and offering a thumbs-up at his desk in Trump Tower, along with the message: “Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!” – New York Times, May 6, 2016
    • “The number of legal permanent residents applying for U.S. citizenship in the four months starting last October is at its highest level in four years.” Pew Research Center, May 13, 2016
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, writer and star of the Broadway masterpiece “Hamilton” was among “The 100 Most Influential People” in the May 2/ 9 issue of Time. The Tony Awards also honored Miranda’s “Hamilton” with a record 16 nominations. – New York Times, May 4, 2016
  • Puerto Rico defaulted on a $422 million debt payment, in the territory’s “biggest default yet. Congress is considering a debt-restructuring plan.” – Time, May 16, 2016
  • A judge in Argentina (May 13) indicted former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and other officials on charges of manipulating the nation’s Central Bank during the final months of her administration. – New York Times, May 14, 2016
  • Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was suspended from office after the Senate voted 55 – 22 “to put her on trial for breaking budget laws in a historic decision brought on by a deep recession and a corruption scandal.” Rousseff will be replaced by Vice President Michel Temer, for the duration of a Senate trial. – Reuters, May 12, 2016
  • “With dire shortages of basic goods, a looming foreign debt payment, horrific street crime and intransigent political divisions, Venezuela is in danger of collapsing into waves of deadly violence.” – Chicago Tribune, May 14, 2016
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