Only in America
A California coffee shop is refusing to serve police officers “for the physical and emotional safety of our customers and ourselves.” Oakland’s Hasta Muerte Coffee explained that the Oakland police have a “legacy of blatant repression,” and that the shop would now need the help of “the actual community to keep this place safe” from drug dealers, crime, and “toxic masculinity.”
A Florida woman spent five months in jail on charges of drug trafficking because a police field test misidentified her vitamins as oxycodone. It took Rebecca Shaw’s husband that long to come up with $5,000 bail, and another seven months for a police crime lab to confirm that the pills were vitamins. “It felt like my whole life was over,” says Shaw of her time behind bars. “I cried constantly.”
Boring but important
Kudlow to join White House
President Trump this week tapped CNBC personality Larry Kudlow as the next director of the National Economic Council, replacing former Goldman Sachs executive Gary Cohn as his top economic adviser. Kudlow, 70, served in the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan before joining investment bank Bear Stearns. An outside adviser to Trump, Kudlow has publicly criticized the president’s decision to impose steep tariffs on steel imports—a move that prompted Cohn’s own resignation. But Trump said Kudlow has since “come around” to his way of thinking. Kudlow has also argued against withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement—setting him up for battles with the White House’s protectionist camp.