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Farm bill — minus food-aid section — ready for House vote
House Republican leaders will attempt to go it alone on a farm-policy bill, betting they can pull 218 votes from within their own party for a five-year extension of agriculture subsidies. The bill they intend to bring to the floor, H.R. 2642, omits language to renew food-aid programs for the poor. That decision breaks up the urban-rural coalition that has successfully negotiated similar bills for decades.
House to vote on split farm bill in big test for GOP (The Hill)
White House pledges veto of GOP farm bill (USA Today)
Stabenow: Smithfield deal could threaten US food security, economics
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., says China's purchase of Smithfield Foods — the largest foreign takeover of an American company — could give China access to food technology that, for now, gives the U.S. an edge in world markets.
Related: Smithfield CEO: China deal won't hurt food safety (USA Today)
Opinion: No food safety plan means Salmonella could land on customer plates
Food Safety News
Lately it seems that Salmonella has been slipping past ignorant food handlers and right to consumers' mouths. Many food handlers don't understand that they probably have Salmonella in their kitchens every day, and if proper food safety procedures are not followed, Salmonella will end up on customers' plates.
Poll: Obama approval rating 'under water'
A new poll from Quinnipiac University gives President Barack Obama an overall approval rating of 44 percent, with 48 percent of respondents disapproving of his performance.
House GOP: Senate immigration bill 'dead on arrival'
Despite its bipartisan backing and the Senate's overwhelming vote in favor, the "comprehensive" immigration bill appears to be going nowhere in the House. "The Senate bill is dead on arrival, period," sophomore Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, a Tennessee Republican, said.
Obama, allies pressure GOP on immigration (USA Today)
The 3 paths forward for House GOP on immigration (The Washington Post)
Poll: Immigration support grows (Politico)
Senators want Obama active on immigration (The Wall Street Journal)
Americans favor shorter presidential campaigns
Six in 10 Americans say they'd vote for a ballot initiative that would limit presidential campaigns to five weeks in late September through October, according to a Gallup Poll.
Fast food workers to strike at Smithsonian museums
The Washington Post
Low-wage workers connected with the nation's marquee museum network will strike Thursday, continuing a string of recent demonstrations to promote better pay for employees at federal buildings.
Related: Opinion: An economic extra value meal (New York Daily News)
Legal analysis: State law-based food mislabeling claims are pre-empted
The 3rd Circuit recently affirmed the District of New Jersey's dismissal of a putative class action involving food labeling misrepresentation, providing another example of the strength of "federal pre-emption" as a defense to misrepresentation claims.
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