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The Daily Countable:🍓🥕 Big Movements on "Regenerative" Food... & Pot Politics 🌲💨

by Countable | Updated on 4.16.18

Good Monday, friends. You know, I've always wondered why Garfield hates Mondays so much. I mean, what does he have to do upon the return of the work week? Ok. Glad I got that off my chest.

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 & FL

  • The president will travel to Hialeah, FL to host the Tax Cuts for Florida Small Businesses Roundtable.
  • He will then travel to Mar-a-Lago.

The House of Representatives: In

The Senate: In

But Wait! There's More!

And, in the End…

Washington has now fully shifted into campaign-season-mode. That means that lobbyists, legislators and partisan donors are engaged in a frenzy of pretty much constant campaigning -- whether that means actual fundraising events or more subtle speechifying on the House and Senate floors.

More on this to come -- but as you watch the progression of this political season, remember that there is nothing -- and I mean nothing -- lawmakers do that is not carefully calibrated for its effect on reelection. Should it be this way? Let's talk. —Josh Herman & Andrea Seabrook

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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  • Kathy
    04/16/2018
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    James—you need to keep up. After Haley said that, Your Chump of a president said she wasn’t supposed to have said that because he isn’t sure he is going to implement anything against Russia. Still think he’s doing a good job? Except for kowtowing to Putin, I mean.

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  • Waarom
    04/16/2018
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    Do not privatize government agencies, that will destroy the little country we still have ...the reason why the usps has been so successful and a far reaching one is because it’s a government agency. By privatizing, you are potentially isolating entire areas that would be deemed unprofitable for private business to service and/or open shop.

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  • Sara
    04/16/2018
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    So, I'm wondering why anyone thinks it necessary that Sean Hannity disclose that Cohen is his lawyer. What is the relevance? Obviously, lawyers have any number of clients, so there is likely to be people who share ploitical beliefs, etc. So what?

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  • James
    04/16/2018
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    A lot to comment on and I’m only making one for now! The President is doing a great job!

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  • Dave
    04/16/2018
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    Fox News Sean Hannity lawyers is the same lawyer as Trump, no collusion there? NO Conflict of news, reporting or bias? No cover your ass!

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  • NoHedges
    04/17/2018
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    Get this idiot out of office. Eric Greitens, the married Republican governor of Missouri, allegedly tied his mistress to a piece of exercise equipment, blindfolded her and took a picture without asking her permission, informing her that if she went public about their affair, he would make sure the photo went public, too.

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  • ltfid72
    04/16/2018
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    Hi,I think your website is great.

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  • Amanda
    04/16/2018
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    Today he says let the states handle it. Tomorrow he’ll declare he never said it. Cause liars be lying. Also Garfield hates Monday because that’s the day John goes back to work.

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  • Penny
    04/16/2018
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    Just when you think Trump can’t get any worse - After Haley indicated more sanctions for Russia would be implemented, Trump said she wasn’t supposed to have said that because he isn’t sure he is going to implement anything against Russia. WHAT THE HECK!!!

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  • Richard
    04/17/2018
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    To all the lefties, snowflakes, and other drug users now is your chance to use as much pot as you can ingest. Please shove it in all your orifices and smoke it by the bail and party all year long. Soon you won’t be a problem nor getting in our way.

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  • Dicr
    04/16/2018
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    Donnie has put enough pressure on his buddy Vlad, sanctions won’t be needed anymore. Family business before country.

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  • AndreB
    04/17/2018
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    Garfield hates Mondays because he genuinely misses Jon. He's forced to face the abyss of boredom.

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  • Michael
    04/16/2018
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    Funny that we all strive for POT to make us dumb. Where is the same fervor to make us smart? Let’s get smarter not dumber as a new cultural goal. You liberals and other insulated members of society need to wake up and get off the drugs. Then the market for this crap would dry up. Vote against drugs across the board.

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