Since an incident last month at a Philadelphia Starbucks – two black men were arrested after a manager called police (rather quickly) because they were not buying anything and refusing to leave – the company has been in damage control mode. One of the many controversial details in the incident is that when one of the men asked to use the bathroom, the manager asked if he was a customer. He said no, explaining that the two were waiting for a friend. The call to 911 followed shortly after. Starbucks' official policy has been that you have to be a paying customer in order to use their restrooms. But individual locations have always enforced this policy with varying strictness.Speaking at a Q&A with the Atlantic Council think tank Thursday, Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz seemed to imply that company's policy would change in response to the Philadelphia incident, prompting headlines that said he confirmed as much. But video of Schultz's comments at the think tank … [Read more...] about Wait, did Starbucks actually change bathroom policy after Philly incident?
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THE LIGHTBULB Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt listen to questions as he testifies before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in April. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has met with few environmental groups throughout his tenure. More often, he has conferred with industry representatives. But this week, the EPA chief agreed to meet with a different sort of lobbyist: the mothers of two men who died from exposure to paint strippers containing a toxic chemical. The result: Two days later, the EPA signaled on Thursday it will follow through on an Obama-era proposal to ban paint strippers containing a toxic chemical — leaving Democratic lawmakers, environmental groups and the families of victims cautiously optimistic they won Pruitt over, Brady Dennis and I reported Thursday. “I wanted to use Kevin’s story to try to save more … [Read more...] about The Energy 202: Mothers lobbied Scott Pruitt to ban a toxic chemical. Two days later, EPA signaled it would.
You can get the D.C. Memo delivered to your inbox on Thursdays. Sign up here. This week in Washington, the Speaker of the House announced he will be putting aside his gavel at the end of this year, having achieved his lifelong dream of slashing the corporate tax rate by nearly half and helping ordinary Americans get more take-home pay from their pass-through corporations. Happy trails, Paul! This week in Washington Congress is back and it’s a big, big week in news from Washington. Let’s start with Paul Ryan, who’s had enough of Washington: the sitting Speaker of the House of Representatives announced on Wednesday morning that he will not seek re-election, and that 2018 will be his last year as Speaker and as a member of Congress. The news was not especially surprising: since December, plugged-in reporters from Politico and HuffPost published detailed stories indicating that Ryan was eyeing the exits, having put his biggest priority — a sweeping tax cut — … [Read more...] about D.C. Memo: Longtime federal employee Paul Ryan set to retire at 48 with benefits
THE PROGNOSIS U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) The idea that a someone who's not a medical professional could reverse deadly drug overdoses by injecting victims with an antidote was once fringe. Now it’s widely accepted – and got even stronger backing yesterday with a rare announcement from the U.S. surgeon general. Jerome Adams urged Americans to consider getting trained to administer naloxone, a drug used broadly by first responders that has proven highly effective in reversing opioid overdoses. The first advisory from a surgeon general in more than a decade – the last one, in 2005, was to warn pregnant women against imbibing – is the latest indication the Trump administration is trying to take on the opioid epidemic, which killed more than 42,000 people in 2016. “If you or someone you know is at risk for an overdose, carry and know how to use naloxone,” Adams said yesterday at the … [Read more...] about The Health 202: How a fringe idea to solve the opioid crisis turned mainstream
President Donald Trump uses Twitter to break news, feud with critics and even conduct diplomacy. It can be hard to keep up with the prolific 45th president — so we're keeping track of @realDonaldTrump's latest noteworthy tweets. They include his attacks on his nemesis, former FBI Director James Comey, a Trumpian pitch on Tax Day and his statement that he would have fired Robert Mueller if he wanted to. With Newsday staff and The Associated Press 'Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week' Trump confirmed the top-secret meeting between the CIA director and North Korean leader in this tweet on April 18, 2018, but his time reference is off. Mike Pompeo visited North Korea over Easter weekend, The Washington Post reported -- so a few weeks before Trump's tweet. Comey 'was not fired because of the phony Russia investigation' This tweet on April 18, 2018, contradicts what Trump told NBC News last May, when he said that "this Russia thing" (which he deemed "a … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s noteworthy tweets as president