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THURSDAY 

September 1, 2016 

A secretive global legal system gives corporations leverage over the countries where they operate. Everyone said the US didn’t have anything to worry about, because American laws are fair to begin with. Everyone was wrong. Donald Trump said there’d be “no amnesty” in a hard-line immigration speech. And orange juice is in crisis! But why?

 

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The US helped create a secretive global court to protect companies investing in developing countries. Now the court could come back to bite America.

ISDS, the secretive global legal system that governs international trade, was America’s gift to the world.

It has extraordinary power, enabling international corporations to force countries to fork over billions of dollars or even to rewrite their laws.

Everyone said it couldn’t happen to the US, though, because American laws already treat corporations fairly. Turns out that couldn’t have been more short-sighted. If the US hasn’t gotten burnt yet, it’s largely because of sheer luck.

The final installment in this BuzzFeed News investigation is a crazy tale about a showdown between two Mississippi funeral homes and shows just how close we’ve come.

Here are part 1, part 2, and part 3 of our investigation.

A secretive global legal system gives corporations leverage over the countries where they operate. Everyone said the United States didn’t have anything to worry about, because American laws are fair to begin with. Everyone was wrong.

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Donald Trump said there’d be “no amnesty” in a hard-line immigration speech.

He said he plans to build a border wall — which he described as “impenetrable,” “physical,” “tall,” and “beautiful” — and insisted that Mexico would pay for it 100%. The speech came hours after Trump met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto south of the border, and after Peña Nieto tweeted that Mexico wouldn’t be paying for it.

"My first hour in office, those people are gone." — Donald Trump
 

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Orange juice is in crisis! Americans are drinking less and less of it. But why?

One reason for the OJ exodus: Research now shows more people focus on sugar than fat or calories when reading nutrition labels, and are more likely to cut sugar from their diets than fat. An 8-ounce glass of Minute Maid’s 100% orange juice contains 24 grams of sugar — more than a serving of some brands of vanilla ice cream.

In the 12 months to July, sales of refrigerated orange juice have dropped 4.1% according to data from Nielsen, and it’s gradually disappearing from store shelves. The last time the US saw a rise in OJ sales was during the 2000–2001 growing season.  ​

 

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HAPPY THURSDAY

What’s even cuter than one ~adorable~ puppy? Identical adorable puppy twins! University of Pretoria researchers in South Africa have confirmed that they discovered a pair of identical Irish wolfhounds. The male puppies are believed to be the first identical, or monozygotic, twins ever confirmed in the dog species. Double trouble!

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University of Pretoria

 

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