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The Pulse: Americans Detained in North Korea Speak Out

The Pulse: Sept. 1, 2014
Number 5:
Just in time for Labor Day, a new survey shows that most full-time American employees are probably logging more time on the job than a typical 40-hour work week.
The research shows that many of us could be working a full workday longer, or 47 hours a week.
Nearly one in ten say they work even more, at least 50 hours a week, and 18-percent say they work 60 hours a week or more.
Only 8 percent of full-time employees actually work less than 40 hours.

Number 4:
While many Americans are enjoying a well-deserved day off, in Washington, Labor Day signals that election season is kicking into high gear.
Vice President Biden laid on the charm in Detroit, making sure labor unions get out the vote for Democrats, and the President touched down for more of the same in Wisconsin.
Other politicians headed to picnics and even parades.
But it's clear, politicians are working hard to secure their parties control of the Senate for Obama's last two years in office. .

Number 3:
President Barack Obama sent a letter to congress Monday notifying them he authorized this weekend's U.S. military strikes in Northern Iraq in support of an operation to deliver humanitarian assistance to people in the town of Amirli.
In the letter, Obama says the actions were taken "in coordination with and at the request of the Iraqi government."
The President is acting under a federal law which requires the him to consult with Congress before putting U.S. armed forces into hostilities.

Number 2:
The terror threat in the United Kingdom is at the second-highest level after recent ISIS activities in Iraq and Syria.
Now British Prime Minister David Cameron is calling for a new law to keep British-born Jihadists operating in Syria and Iraq out of the U.K.
Also announced: Increased measures to allow British authorities to better track suspected supporters of ISIS.
Making the point that airlines will have to comply with a no-fly list and share passenger names.
If they don't, they won't be allowed to land in the U.K.

Number 1:
In a surprising interview, the three Americans currently detained in North Korea going on T.V. to discuss their conditions in captivity.
Kenneth Bae, Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle all signed statements admitting their guilt and pleaded for help from the United States.



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