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June 3, 2014
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Panera Bread is continuing its quest to be one of the healthiest fast-casual chains in the United States. On Tuesday, the company announced that it will get rid of all artificial additives in its food — that means, say goodbye to artificial preservatives, sweeteners, colors, and flavors.

"I want to serve food that I want to eat," founder and CEO Ron Shaich told USA Today. Panera was one of the first establishments to stop using chickens raised with antibiotics 10 years ago, and also to post calorie counts in restaurants, leading experts to believe that other chains might follow this latest step. The company will also work to remove high-fructose corn syrup from beverages sometime in the near future.

Although Panera will no longer serve roast beef with caramel color, summer corn chowder with maltodextrin, and smoked turkey with sodium nitrate, "these changes don't turn Panera into a health food emporium," says Michael Jacobson, executive director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Most breads are still made with white flour, he noted, and the baked goods are filled to the brim with sugar. Nonetheless, "Panera's intention to eliminate artificial food additives is an important step in the right direction." Catherine Garcia

12:13 p.m. ET

Days after Ted Cruz used a questionable campaign tactic in a bid for Iowa caucus support, potential voters are now calling one of the Texas senator's fundraising strategies into question.

Registered Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike say they've been getting envelopes from Cruz that read "check enclosed," The Huffington Post reports. But lo and behold, the mail is actually asking people for money, not giving it to them. There technically is a check inside, but it's a fake one Cruz wrote to himself.

Huffington Post readers in New Jersey, Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas, Maine, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and other states have said they received the mailing. The campaign's tactic sounds not unlike a tactic used by sketchy televangelists John Oliver exposed in 2015. Julie Kliegman

11:42 a.m. ET
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Suspects who have been tased by police while being taken into custody are more likely to waive their Miranda rights and provide false confessions, according to new research (PDF) published in the Criminology & Public Policy journal.

That's because a Taser's 50,000-volt shock temporarily impairs brain function, so "TASER-exposed participants resembled patients with mild cognitive impairment," the study says. "Thus, part of our findings implicates a suspect's ability to issue a valid waiver [of Miranda rights], whereas another part implicates the accuracy of information he or she might give investigators during a custodial interrogation."

Even innocent suspects are at greater risk of self-incrimination after being tased. "They may waive their Miranda rights and make incriminating statements to police without the benefit of counsel," and then find those comments difficult to explain once their mental function has recovered later on.

The study notes that American police have tased 2.37 million people in the last decade, an average of 904 tasings per day, or one every two minutes. Bonnie Kristian

11:19 a.m. ET
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The 100 biggest political donors in the 2016 election cycle have spent a combined $195 million, Politico reports. That's $40 million more than the smallest 2 million donors have contributed.

Of the top six donors, four support Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), including the top-ranked Wilks family, which has spent $15 million so far. Politico's analysis includes all super PAC donations through the end of 2015 that were disclosed to the Federal Election Commission. Julie Kliegman

11:11 a.m. ET

The NFL should have censored Beyoncé's halftime performance at the Super Bowl after viewing her rehearsals, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and the panelists of Fox News' Fox & Friends concluded Monday morning.

After host Brian Kilmeade expressed disbelief that the performance — which included a salute to the Black Lives Matter movement in Beyoncé's song, "Formation" — was approved for broadcast, Giuliani concurred.

"This is a political position and she's probably going to take advantage of it," he said. "You’re talking to middle America when you have the Super Bowl. So if you’re going to have entertainment, let's have decent, wholesome entertainment. And not use it as a platform to attack the people who put their lives at risk just to save us."

Complaints about the contents of the halftime show, as well as Super Bowl commercials, are nothing new. Each year, the FCC is deluged with angry letters following the big game. Bonnie Kristian

11:05 a.m. ET

New Hampshire doesn't make a pollster's job easy: Nearly 50 percent of the state's registered voters are independent, which means they can choose to vote for either party in the primary. Additionally, Granite State voters have a reputation for being extremely picky — and staying undecided up until the very last minute. With just hours to go before polls begin to open at midnight, many still haven't made up their minds as to who they want to vote for.

Naturally, then, predicting the results of the primary can be extremely tricky. While a Monmouth University poll released Sunday shows Donald Trump with a double-digit lead, the focus has turned to the four candidates in a virtual tie for second place. Only two points or fewer separate Ohio Gov. John Kasich (14 percent), Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (13 percent), Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (13 percent), and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (12 percent). On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders holds a lead of 52 percent to Hillary Clinton's 42 percent.

New Hampshire also has a reputation for picking the candidate who goes on to be the actual presidential nominee — "The people of Iowa pick corn, the people of New Hampshire pick presidents," then-Governor John H. Sununu boasted in 1988. However, the three most recent election winners — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama — finished second in the New Hampshire primary, with the four presidents before them being New Hampshire primary winners.

Watch MSNBC's Jacob Soboroff explain the unpredictable New Hampshire primary below. Jeva Lange

10:49 a.m. ET

All that stood between Barack and Michelle Obama and their Super Bowl party Sunday was an interview with CBS' Gayle King. The presidential couple is clearly living it up in the White House, but they did have one complaint to share about their humble abode: spotty Wi-Fi.

"The whole tech thing, we've been trying to get that straight for the next group of folks, because it is an old building," President Obama said. "So there are a lot of dead spots where Wi-Fi doesn't work."

The setup doesn't go over well with the White House's two resident teenagers.

"The girls are just irritated by it sometimes," Michelle Obama said.

Watch more of the Obamas' feisty interview below. Julie Kliegman

10:26 a.m. ET

As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was mocking Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in Exeter, New Hampshire, on Sunday afternoon — reprising his effective salvo at Saturday night's debate by calling Rubio a guy who "makes a good speech and looks good in a suit" but is "not ready" to be commander-in-chief — two men in rudimentary robot suits were making the same case outside a Rubio rally in a school cafeteria in Londonderry, 30 miles away.

The two protesters, Eddie Vale and Kevin McAlister, weren't working for Christie but for the liberal group American Bridge 21st Century, though their message was the same. Inside the cafeteria, Rubio repeated the line about President Obama wanting to change America, and some of his supporters at the event expressed concern about their candidate. "Not one of his better moments," Monica Mahoney said of Rubio's debate performance. "It seems like he got a little flustered. It happens to the best of us." Watch the "Marco Roboto" protesters and nervous fans below. Peter Weber

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