71: The US Commerce Department says it has received more than 100,000 requests for exclusions from the administration's tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. About two-thirds of those requests have been processed. Of those, 71 percent of requests have been granted. The lesson: Tariff exemptions create an influence racket that enriches lobbyists who are working to exempt their clients.
13,000: Each day in Ukraine's war-wracked east, a tentative ceasefire allows nearly 13,000 civilians to cross through the checkpoint at the boundary that separates separatist-controlled territory in Luhansk province from areas under the Ukrainian government's control. They travel to buy groceries and medicine, and especially to visit relatives. Fabrice Deprez of Bear Market Brief offers a compelling eyewitness account.
77: Following yet more embarrassing personal behavior from soon-to-be UK prime minister Boris Johnson, a recent YouGov survey found that 77 percent of Britons questioned say his private life is not relevant to whether he'd make a good prime minister.24: Japan is often criticized for a perceived lack of women in its workforce, particularly in positions of authority. But according to Pew Research, 51 percent of Japanese women over 15 are in the workforce compared with 50 percent in France, 40 percent in Italy, and just 24 percent in India.