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When Jessica Jackley first visited Uganda she was a recently graduated philosophy major who didn't know the difference between profit and revenue. She did know that the goatherds, seamstresses and farmers she met didn't want her pity, though they did want small loans to start their businesses. Jackley went on to co-found Kiva, a San Francisco-based microlending platform that connects lenders with small business entrepreneurs around the world. In her new book, "Clay Water Brick," Jackley profiles some of the entrepreneurs who have inspired her with their ability to "do the most with the least."
A 32-year-old woman was shot dead at San Francisco's Pier 14 last week by a man who was in the country illegally despite having been deported five times and convicted of seven felonies. The case has attracted national attention and renewed criticism over San Francisco's "sanctuary city" immigration policies, which prevent local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.
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Last year, California's public pension system had over $300 billion in assets - enough to meet only 77 percent of its obligations to public employees, retirees and their families. In his new book, "California Dreaming," Lawrence McQuillan notes that the predicted shortfall threatens more than public employees' retirements, but may also seriously disrupt public services, limit the borrowing capabilities of state and local governments, and impose huge costs on taxpayers. McQuillan, an economist and senior fellow at the think tank The Independent Institute, suggests six reforms that he says are key to solving California's pension crisis.
Greece needs up to 60 billion euros over the next three years to stabilize its finances, according to the International Monetary Fund. The analysis comes in advance of Sunday's referendum, when Greek citizens will vote on whether to accept the latest terms of the European Union's bailout. We'll get an update on the referendum and the threat the Greek debt crisis poses to the Eurozone and to the U.S. economy.