THURSDAY 5-3-18

1.      GIULIANI SAYS TRUMP REIMBURSED COHEN FOR $130K PAYMENT TO STORMY DANIELS - Former New York City Mayor and Donald Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told Fox News on Wednesday night that the president has reimbursed his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for the $130,000 paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election.

 2.  Health officials reported the first death linked to a multistate E. coli outbreak that’s been pinned to romaine lettuce grown in Arizona. The CDC says the updated numbers include 121 illnesses across 25 states, with 52 hospitalizations including 14 cases of kidney failure and now one death.  Have you stopped buying romaine lettuce?  Would you buy romaine lettuce today?

3.       Starbucks settled with the two black men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, who were arrested in Philadelphia store.  They will each be paid $1. In addition, Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, both 23, will release the city and employees of all claims in exchange for the creation of a $200,000 fund that, through the help of a nonprofit organization, will assist young entrepreneurs in Philadelphia

4.       Despite a court’s recommendation, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, County Executive Armond Budish and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency is refusing to release details of the failed Amazon headquarters bid.  Jackson and Budish argue that the proposed deal should be kept secret to preserve the area’s bargaining positioning for future deals.  What does the city and county have to hide?

5.      Play call to post theme:   The Kentucky Derby is Saturday with “Justify” ridden by Mike Smith the favorite at 3-1 odds in the seventh post position.  The winner of the derby will net more than $1.4 million.   Have you been to Churchill Downs in Louisville?  Will you be sipping a mint julep Saturday at the 6:42 p.m. post time?

6.      The marketing research company caught deceptively accessing over 87 million Facebook users’ data announced that they will be shutting down. Cambridge Analytica's parent company, SCL Group, said it was shutting its U.S. offices during a Wednesday conference call with employees.  They also announced that bankruptcy proceedings will begin in the U.S., as well as insolvency proceedings in the U.K, where the company has an office. The company said that "the siege of media coverage has driven away virtually all of the Company’s customers and suppliers."  Does the news surprise you?

7.      Migrants marched from Central America to the United States-Mexico border in Tijuana seeking asylum.  The migrants say they want a better life for themselves and their children but President Trump has instructed the Secretary of Homeland Security not to let them in the country.  Do you think the caravan is being used as a political pawn?

8.      A new survey of two-thousand Americans found that 16% would have sex with a robot frequently if they could and the survey says they would be willing to pay nearly than $1,700 for a sex robot.  How soon do you think it will be until we have artificial intelligent sex robots? Do you foresee them becoming main stream?

9.      The “Fearless Girl” statue in New York City is getting a new home outside the New York Stock Exchange facing the building.  The art work was installed last year by a Boston based firm to encourage more companies to put women on their boards.  It is symbolic that she will be facing down the New York Stock Exchange?  Have you seen or heard about the “Fearless Girl”?

10.      It looks like the UK parliament could issue a formal summons forcing Mark Zuckerberg to speak to if he continues to refuse to do so willingly. They are hoping Zuckerberg will choose to come to London and speak to them, but he keeps refusing.  Damian Collins, who chairs the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, noted in a letter to Facebook that they had failed to answer nearly 40 questions. Can you see a day when the Facebook empire could crumble?

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