Progressive Briefing for Friday, August 24

Congressman and his wife plead not guilty to campaign spending charges, Kroger to phase out plastic bags, and more.


One of the largest supermarket chain announces plan to phase out plastic bag use

In an effort to reduce plastic waste, Kroger Co., one of the largest supermarket companies in the United States, plans to end the use of plastic bags across all its major chains by 2025. The company, which is made up of Ralphs, Harris Teeter, Food 4 Less, Pick ‘n Save and Kroger, owns about 2,700 supermarkets across the country.

Kroger is encouraging its customers to switch to reusable bags in order to curb the huge amount of waste single-use plastic bags create each year, which end up in the world’s bodies of water and harms marine ecosystems.

Congressman and his wife plead not guilty to campaign spending charges

Charged in a 60-count indictment for spending more than $250,000 in campaign funds to pay for personal expenses while filing false campaign finance records, Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife, Margaret Hunter, pleaded not guilty Thursday in San Diego federal court. In addition to family vacations to Hawaii and Italy, the California congressman and his wife allegedly spent campaign funds on school tuition, dental work, golf outings, and video games.

Food waste set to increase by 33 percent within 10 years

Every year, one third of all food produced is wasted, according to a major new study published by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

1.6 billion tons of food worth around $1.2 trillion are lost or wasted every year, the study found, and the problem is only getting worse. By 2030, food waste will increase to 2.1 billion tons, worth around $1.5 trillion, BCG estimated.

That’s an increase of one third in little over ten years and equivalent to 66 tons thrown away per second, according to calculations by The Guardian.

Another Fox News reporter quits over network’s Pro-Trump tone: ‘People are losing their minds’

Another Fox News reporter has left the conservative network over its direction and vividly pro-Trump tone.

Adam Housley announced he was leaving Fox, which he joined in 2001, because the network’s focus on President Donald Trump and panel discussions had crowded out hard news reporting, reported Politico.

“He’s not doing the type of journalism he wants to be doing,” a former employee told the website. “And he is unhappy with the tone of the conversation of the channel.”

David Pecker of ‘National Enquirer’ publisher said to have immunity in Cohen case

Days after President Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in a case relating to his coordination of hush money payments to two women who allege affairs with Trump, news emerged that a man who helped organize those payments has been granted immunity by prosecutors investigating campaign finance violations.

David Pecker, the chairman of American Media, Inc., which publishes the National Enquirer, was granted immunity in exchange for giving prosecutors information about Cohen and Trump’s knowledge of those payments, according to The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets.

When the U.S. governmentt tried to replace migrant farmworkers with high schoolers

Randy Carter is a member of the Director’s Guild of America and has notched some significant credits during his Hollywood career. Administrative assistant on The Conversation. Part of the casting department for Apocalypse Now. Longtime first assistant director on Seinfeld. Work on The Blues BrothersThe Godfather II and more.

But the one project that Carter regrets never working on is a script he wrote that got optioned twice but was never produced. It’s about the summer a then-17-year-old Carter and thousands of American teenage boys heeded the call of the federal government … to work on farms.


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