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Consumer discovers Taco Bell not as bad for you as expected; sues

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File under one more reason this country has brought its troubles on itself—a California woman is suing Taco Bell because she says their beef doesn’t have enough beef in it.

[The lawsuit] says Taco Bell’s ground beef is made of such components as water, isolated oat product, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch and sodium phosphate, as well as some beef and seasonings.

Wheat oats? Soy lecithin? Oat product?! It seems that if you eat these tacos, especially if some cornmeal sneaks in through the tortilla, you run an alarming chance of having a bowel movement within a month from the scary amounts of fiber your body has absorbed through these poisonous plant products. No wonder she’s so upset. Taco Bell’s products are not destroying the environment fast enough. There’s 70% more room there to create more demand for cheap beef that could help usher in global warming while reducing clean water supplies and arable land available for farming direct to consumer vegetables. And where does this all end? Will fast food joints starting putting actual green vegetables in their food? Horrors.

I’m sorry that America learned today that you learned you actually like the taste of soy products. I know how traumatic that can be. I’ve seen small children, greedily eating a food they claimed to dislike but that has been served to them in disguise, only to be told what it was, which required spitting it out and saying, “Gross!” We, as a nation, are this small child, or at least that’s how it seems from the breathless coverage this scandal has been given in the news. We can’t see ourselves as people who eat soy. It’s gross. No matter how much we like it.

I’m not actually even defending Taco Bell’s alleged ingredients, many of which break the basic rules about telling “food” from “non-food” laid out by the likes of Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman, and Marion Nestle. But the issue that’s driving this is that there isn’t enough beef in the tacos, and no so much that there are all these non-food chemicals in them that are used ostensibly to make the food more appealing. The only real surprise is literally that the tacos don’t come with as much beef and its accompanying saturated fat as assumed. The betrayal runs deep; apparently we hope to be clogging our arteries with haste when we eat there. I’m not sure there’s any way to see this other than as another sign of the decline of a once-great nation.

Plus, it’s not like you can’t add cheese if you’re falling a little short of your saturated fat goals for the day.

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What’s fascinating is that in all the alarm over this, there has basically been no discussion over the fact that places like Taco Bell have this disgusting, bad-for-you food, and then they price it so low that it becomes extra appealing, particularly to people who don’t have the privilege of living in a place with better access to healthy food. And that, in turn, contributes to our massive health problems that are killing people and driving up health care costs. Instead, everyone’s just going to be appalled for a day that it’s got a little more vegetable matter than they initially supposed.

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Lawrence O’Donnell throttles Donny Deutsch for saying Elizabeth Warren can’t beat Trump: ‘This is pure guesswork’

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Lawrence O'Donnell and Donny Deutsch had quite the exchange in the post-debate conversation on MSNBC Wednesday.

Deutsch tried to say that Sen. Elizabeth Warren's outstanding debate performance doesn't matter because Warren can't win in a match-up against President Donald Trump.

"I do not believe Elizabeth Warren, on stage with Donald Trump, beats him," he told the MSNBC panel. "And I think if we're honest with ourselves and we look hard at ourselves, I think a lot of people agree with me. It's — and I also think when you can label somebody a socialist, 57 percent of this country thinks that word is un-American. I'm not saying it's fair. When he can blanket Elizabeth Warren as a socialist, and he's on stage with her, the Democrats lose."

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Father and daughter drowning at the border fuels anger at Trump immigration policies

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A shocking photograph of a Salvadoran man and his baby daughter drowned in the Rio Grande fueled a surge of emotion around the world Wednesday -- as US Democrats furiously denounced Donald Trump's immigration policies.

"Trump is responsible for these deaths," said Beto O'Rourke, one of several Democratic White House hopefuls who took to Twitter to lash out at the president.

Former vice president Joe Biden, who is also seeking the presidency in 2020, called the image "gut-wrenching."

"History will judge how we respond to the Trump administration's treatment of immigrant families & children -- we can't be silent," he said.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

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Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.

But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.

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