Obama and Rouhani Take Their Relationship to the Next Level… And Other News

Phone Relationship

President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took their pen pal relationship to the next level today and spoke ON THE PHONE.

Big step! I’m not even kidding – it’s the first time since 1979 that leaders of the two countries have been in direct contact. Also, it was very difficult to find a picture of Hassan Rouhani on the phone – so you know he doesn’t enter into a phone relationship with just anyone. Anyways, it sounds like everyone wants to nail down this nuke deal. Yesterday Secretary of State John Kerry, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and foreign ministers from the U.K., France, Russia, China, and Germany all gathered in the U.N. Security Council’s consultation chamber to discuss what to do about Iran’s nuclear program. If there’s one place to hold a discussion, it’s clearly the consultation chamber! Kerry said the talks went well but more work needs to be done and Zarif said the meeting was “very businesslike” and he was “satisfied”. Ok… so no more nuclear weapons? Haaretz

mcdonalds-healthy“Yum, I’ll have the McDonalds salad with a side of apples and a cold glass of 2% milk,” said no one ever. Despite the supposed lack of demand, McDonald’s is going to start promoting healthy alternatives to fries and sodas. The fast food company will begin offering fruit, salads and vegetables as sides and plans on only advertising water, milk, and juice with its Happy Meals. How Bloomberg of them. Business Insider

Bankrupt_Detroit_0Obama administration officials are off to Detroit today and if they don’t get caught in the crossfire of a gang fight, the administration plans to offer $300 million in federal and private aid to help the city get back on its feet two months after its historic Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing. The money would be spent on rebuilding efforts, transit improvements, and bolstering the police force, but considering Detroit has $18 BILLION worth of debt, I don’t think it will be enough for a Motown comeback. New York Times

KKKThe Ku Klux Klan still exists? Yes – and they’re setting up shop in Gettysburg National Military Park. A Maryland-based KKK group has been granted a permit to hold a rally at the renowned Civil War battlefield. The white supremacist extravaganza will be held on the afternoon of October 5 – so clear your schedule. Park officials said US freedom of speech rules required them to make the site available to any group, even if their views are contrary to those of most Americans. The KKK does have one thing in common with the majority of Americans though – both disapprove of President Obama (albeit for different reasons…) Fox News

RomaFrom what I’ve gathered talking to Europeans, they have a love hate relationship with the Roma – in that they hate them and would love to see them kicked out of their gypsy camps. Well, the French, who are well known for their tolerance (of like-minded French people), have done just that. Police in the northern French town of Roubaix told the Roma to pack up their caravans and get the hell out. According to the mayor of Roubaix, the town requested their removal for reasons “security, hygiene and major inconvenience to local residents”. French Interior Minister Manuel Valls was quite pleased. He had earlier made comments that called for the Roma to be expelled, saying few Roma could ever integrate into French society and “the majority” should be sent “back to the borders”. But he’s not all bad – Valls is willing to offer them free flights (!) back to their countries of origin. BBC News

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