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Wall funds; March for Life - CBS News Brief, Jan. 27, 2017

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto shake hands at a press conference at the Los Pinos residence in Mexico City, August 31, 2016. 

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Wall funds

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said yesterday that President Trump was to propose a 20 percent tax on imports, particularly on products and services from Mexico, so that revenues could be used to pay for the construction of Mr. Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S. southern border. Later in the day, however, Spicer amended that statement. So how the wall would be funded remains a mystery.

Under-payer?

Worker activists contend that CKE Restaurants, the operator of fast-food franchises led for more than a decade by U.S. Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder, is taking American taxpayers for a ride. How? By failing to pay many of its employees a living wage, forcing them to use public assistance to make ends meet. We dig into the pay practices at CKE.

March for Life

Tens of thousands of activists will gather today in Washington for the March for Life anti-abortion rally. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to address the gathering. Marchers will then walk a mile-and-a-half to the Supreme Court. We take a look at why this year’s march carries extra significance.

Injury rate: 100%

The head of the NFL players’ union doesn’t usually have much to say about President Trump and the state of politics. But DeMaurice Smith tells CBS News that Obamacare -- and the guaranteed coverage of pre-existing conditions, in particular -- is “a big issue,” and he’s wants players to pay attention, too.

Worst ever

U.S. economic losses from flooding in 2016 were six times greater than the previous year, heightening concerns about the effects of climate change. We assess the total financial cost of the deluge that swept across parts of the country last year.

EpiPen prices

Pharmaceutical giant Mylan was at the center of criticism last year for raising the price of its EpiPen allergy drug nearly 500 percent over seven years. In her first in-depth interview since testifying before Congress, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch addresses the outrage among lawmakers and consumers.

Sexist dress code?

Britain’s parliament has released a report revealing widespread incidents of women being told to change their appearance in line with sexist company dress codes. Some were told to dye their hair blonde and wear high heels and shorter skirts. For one woman, it was all too much, and she took action.


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