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Where are the headlines that matter most to Americans?

SG-headshot.jpg"It’s the economy, stupid!" Those four words allegedly won Bill Clinton the Oval Office in 1992 when the U.S. was going through a recession and incumbent President George Bush was facing high unpopularity numbers. "It’s the economy, stupid" was coined by political guru James Carville and is echoing in my ears right now as we read the wildly encouraging headlines this morning showing that wages and living standards are increasing and hunger and poverty dropping in the United States. 

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U.S. Conference of Mayors committed to food waste resolutions

ali.jpgIt’s been nearly a year since the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a national goal to cut U.S food waste in half by 2030.  Since then, we have seen leaders from across the food supply chain, as well as non-profit, industry and government sectors, make impressive progress towards achieving this goal. NCL has been working hard to identify strategies for consumers who want to be part of this national movement. So, NCL is pleased that the United States Conference of Mayors recently committed to a set of resolutions that will strengthen food waste reduction plans within municipalities. 

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Happy 5th Anniversary to the CFPB

hrudder.jpgSince its inception five years ago, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has worked tirelessly to protect consumers from deceptive and abusive financial practices through its implementation of rules, programs, and new protective financial tools. For the past three years, under the direction of Richard Cordray, former Attorney General of Ohio, the CFPB has handled over 900,000 consumer complaints with 97 percent of those complaints receiving timely replies.  Over 25 million consumers will receive over $11.4 billion in relief from CFPB enforcements.  

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Reflections on the RNC and DNC

Last week I attended the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. What a contrast with the Republican convention in Cleveland, which I also attended, the previous week. The RNC was overwhelmingly white (there were approximately 18 black delegates at the Republican National Convention.

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Day two from the RNC

SG_HEADSHOT.jpgThe buzz at the breakfast event on St. Clair today was all about the plagiarized sections of Melania Trump’s speech and how in the world that could have happened. At my morning event sponsored by The Atlantic Magazine, I sat next to a theater professor from a Maryland college who is spending her sabbatical studying the theatricality of the campaign. She regularly vets student papers for plagiarism through commonly used websites. Oops-guess the Trump campaign forgot to undertake that simple task.

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