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The Daily Countable 4.17.18

by Countable | Updated on 4.16.18

On the Radar

  • Following U.S. airstrikes in Syria, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley announced new sanctions against Russia for its assistance of the Assad regime. Haley says that Moscow has blocked six attempts by the U.N. Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons. Click here to read more about the sanctions and what they mean to the U.S. and Russia.

  • President Trump has issued an executive order demanding that a task force evaluate the Postal Services’ finances, a move that could affect Amazon.com. “The USPS is on an unsustainable financial path and must be restructured to prevent a taxpayer-funded bailout,” the president said in his order. Head here to read more about the president's USPS concerns and the reasons for his attacks on Amazon.

Under the Radar

  • Farmers and food companies have been discussing adding a new eco-label to produce grown with methods that improve the health of soil: “regenerative.” Companies like Monsanto, General Mills, and Walmart and environmental organizations like the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Nature Conservancy are all in favor of the regenerative agriculture movement. Find out what the term means, and what the label would indicate, in our story "New ‘Regenerative’ Food Label Coming?"

  • And while we're on the subject of greens: President Trump has promised to respect state-legalized marijuana in a deal with Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, who’s been blocking Justice Department nominees. “Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states’ rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana," Gardner said in a statement. How will this affect the DOJs crackdown on pot? Click here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

The House of Representatives: In

The Senate: In

But Wait! There's More!

And, in the End…

—Josh Herman

Talk to Managing Editor Andrea Seabrook via email, andrea [at] countable.us, or on twitter, @RadioBabe. And don’t forget to keep in touch @Countable.

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