Hard Numbers

72,287: Drug overdoses killed 72,287 people in the United States in 2017, a new record. A majority of the deaths, nearly 49,000, was caused by opioids. Compare that with 58,220 Americans killed in the Vietnam War.

720: In Venezuela, one liter of heavily subsidized gasoline still costs 1 bolivar. On the black market, Venezuelans pay more than 4 million bolivars for one US dollar. Therefore, the equivalent of one dollar would allow Venezuelans to fill the tank of a medium-sized car about 720 times.

475: Migrant arrivals in Spain during the first eight days of August were at least five times those in either Italy or Greece. On August 13 alone, Spain rescued 475 people on 12 different boats and an inflatable toy off Spain’s southern coast.

31: A new Quinnipiac poll  finds that 41 percent of Americans approve of Donald Trump’s job performance, but just 31 percent say they like him as a person. 59 percent dislike him. We’ll have to wait for voters to tell us what this discrepancy might mean.

30: More than 50 percent of Mexicans aged 12-29 work at jobs that don’t pay enough for basic needs like food and transportation. That’s about 30 percent of Mexico’s population.

Kevin Sneader, global managing partner of McKinsey & Company, answers the question: Are CEOs getting real about climate change?

The answer, yes. Why? One, it's personal. Many have watched with horror the wildfires that took place recently. Others have even been evacuated. And for some, the snow set in Davos, they experienced incredibly mild temperatures that laid all to quip that climate change really has arrived. But the other reasons are a growing understanding of the nature of climate change.


Welcome to the eleventh parliamentary elections in Iran's 40-year history.

Want to run for a seat? You can…if you're an Iranian citizen between the ages of 30 and 75, hold a master's degree or its equivalent, have finished your military service (if you're a man), and have demonstrated a commitment to Islam. Check all these boxes, and you can ask permission to run for office.

Permission comes from the 12-member Guardian Council, a body composed of six clerics appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and six jurists that Khamenei appoints indirectly. If the Council says yes, you can win a seat in parliament. If they say no, you can't.

This parliament, also called the Majlis, does have real power. It approves the national budget, drafts legislation and sends it to the Guardian Council for approval, ratifies treaties, approves ministers and can question the president. The current Majlis represents a wide range of values and opinions.


As the head of a leading management consulting firm, global managing partner of McKinsey & Company Kevin Sneader has an inside view into the challenges facing the world's top executives. Every Thursday, Sneader will address questions about key issues like attracting and retaining talent, growing revenue, navigating change, staying ahead of the competition, and corporate responsibility – all in 60 seconds.

GZERO's Alex Kliment interviews New Yorker correspondent and author Joshua Yaffa. The two discuss Yaffa's new book, Between Two Fires, about what life is like for Russians today. They also sample some vodka at a famous Russian restaurant in NYC, of course!