Friday Show Notes 01-12-17
California Farmers Stymied in Bid for Labor Law Records
In a win for California’s powerful lobbying industry, a state appeals court ruled Monday that the state’s negotiations with labor unions regarding a 2015 employment law are privileged and can remain hidden from the public.
The Hillary scandal everyon’s ignoring
With the Clinton Foundation now under Department of Justice scrutiny over allegations of “pay for play” politics, it’s clear that while the Clintons’ political power may be fading, their propensity for scandal isn’t going away.
U.S. National Mango Board Runs on $6.7 Million a Year
The government watchdog group Judicial Watch reported this week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) maintains a National Mango Board, which operates on a $6.7 million budget, solely to “increase the consumption of fresh mangos in the United States,” according to its USDA website.
Aid recipient to US: keep your money
When the United Nations condemned President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the U.S. responded by cutting $285 million of its funding for the international organization.
State Department Rolls Out New Travel Alert System, Ranking Every Nation 1, 2, 3 or 4
The U.S. State Department on Wednesday launched its new travel advisory program, which is intended to inform Americans about the risks they may face when they travel abroad.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange granted Ecuadorian citizenship
Ecuador has granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the country’s London embassy for more than five years. Ecuador’s foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said Assange was naturalised as a citizen on 12 December, at his request.
McDonald’s to eliminate foam drink cups from menu, work toward ‘fiber-based packaging’
Say goodbye to polystyrene, and hello to “fiber-based packaging.” On Wednesday, McDonald’s announced that it would be eliminating foam packaging from its worldwide supply chain by the end of 2018, along with news that it plans to further its efforts to source its “fiber-based packaging” from recycled sources by 2020.
Facebook blocks funding for major pro-life movie
A crowdfunding site for a theatrical drama in production that promises to tell the “true story” of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that established a “right” to abortion has been blocked by Facebook.
Online love scams break hearts and leave many in financial ruin
The 40-year-old woman from a western state told Fox News that she exchanged private messages with a man who sent her dozens of photos and a promise of a better life.