Who says the humble pizza isn't fit for One Percenters? Steveston Pizza Company, an eatery in Vancouver, has a pie on its menu that costs $450. The super-high-end "C6" pizza is topped with lobster thermidor and black Alaska cod, with a side of Russian osetra caviar. Too rich for your blood? A budget alternative with roasted garlic, Icelandic scampi, smoked steelhead, and lobster ratatouille will set you back a mere $120. Or you could just get a large pepperoni pie for $17. Source: Yahoo News
The Commerce Department revealed Thursday that the U.S. economy picked up speed in its second quarter growth and, thanks to a revision of the first quarter GDP growth, was found to have grown in the year's first quarter. Previously, first quarter GDP was shown to have shrunk at a 0.2 percent rate, but revisions reveal that it actually grew at a 0.6 percent rate.
Although second quarter growth rates fell slightly below economists' expectations of a 2.6 percent growth rate, these incremental gains bolster the Federal Reserve's notion that the U.S. economy is, indeed, steadily on the rise. Becca Stanek
When you can't go to a Bernie Sanders rally, the Bernie Sanders rally comes to you. From an apartment in Washington, D.C., the Democratic presidential candidate broadcast Wednesday evening to 3,500 other simultaneous house parties and gatherings, reaching living rooms in all 50 states — with more than 100,000 people signing up to attend their local events. If you discount that the location wasn't centralized, the live stream "house party" was the largest gathering in support of a 2016 presidential candidate yet.
But what's a house party without a killer cocktail?
Manisha Sharma and bartender Miguel Marcelino Herrera, the hosts of the apartment from which Sanders was live streaming in D.C., introduced their thousands of guests to the "Bernie Paloma" as a show of their "Mexican hospitality," The New York Times reports.
“Paloma means dove, dove means soul, and Bernie’s got soul," Sharma said.
Of course, the drink honoring the Vermont socialist has a healthy dose of maple syrup. Jeva Lange
The Bernie Paloma
0.5 oz. Vermont maple syrup
0.5 oz. fresh lime juice
2 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
2 oz. silver tequila
Garnish: “salt air,” which is sea salt, lime juice, water and Sucro, emulsified with a hand blender. [The New York Times]
The media made quite a fuss this week about revelations that President Obama had secretly summoned Jon Stewart to the White House twice. So on his show Wednesday, Stewart revealed exactly what President Obama wanted to ask the comedian: "Jon, why are you such an a--hole?"
Somewhat more seriously, as Stewart sought to explain the meeting that got the media all in a tizzy, he explained that the underlying reason for pretty much every high-profile meeting he's had — the Obama meeting included — was to discuss his cynicism. Really, he said, the meeting wasn't all that different than Obama's appearance on his show last week, except for one big thing: There was salmon.
Stewart also noted that the meetings were on the White House visitor logs all along. "Something is not secret just because you don't know about it," Stewart quipped, suggesting that the "media has got a serious case of the FOMO." The media made the meeting sound "so much more awesome than what happened," Stewart said. Because in reality, it was this simple: "The president of the United States called my office and asked me to meet with him. And I did."
British Prime Minister David Cameron's word choice is not going over so well. In a recent interview with ITV News about the Calais migrant crisis, Cameron used the word "swarm" to describe the "people coming across the Mediterranean, seeking a better life, wanting to come to Britain." Criticism abounded. The Labour Party's Harriet Harman responded: "He should remember he is talking about people and not insects." The Refugee Council called Cameron's comment "irresponsible" and "dehumanizing." "This sort of rhetoric is extremely inflammatory and comes at a time when the government should be focused on working with its European counterparts to respond calmly and compassionately to this dreadful humanitarian crisis," the Refugee Council said.
The BBC reports that thousands of migrants have attempted to cross the English Channel this week to reach the UK from Calais, France. Nine people have been killed this month attempting to cross. In response, both Britain and France are beefing up border control and security. The French have sent an extra 120 police to the border and Cameron has emphasized that Britain would not become a "safe haven" for migrants. Becca Stanek
Bad news for Hillary Clinton: While she holds a massive lead over Bernie Sanders, with 55 percent of Democratic voters saying they'd pick her in the primaries, compared to just 17 percent for the Vermont socialist, Clinton is only viewed favorably by a mere 40 percent of those polled by Quinnipiac University. Fifty-one percent view her unfavorably. That's Clinton's worst rating in the history of Quinnipiac's poll. Cue the Beltway critics:
Hillary Clinton's favorability continues to be poor: 40/51 nationally in the new Q poll. Worse than Biden. http://t.co/7zeq4vzN7Z
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) July 30, 2015
The worst-ever launch of a first-tier president candidate? https://t.co/vaztgZCdZ9
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) July 30, 2015
Only one in three male voters holds a favorable opinion of Clinton. Female voters are slightly more confident, giving Clinton a favorability rating of 47 percent. Jeva Lange
Trump scored 20 percent in a new national poll of the GOP electorate, the highest tally received by a single candidate in Quinnipiac University's seven surveys over the last two years. However, 30 percent of Republican voters say there is "no way" they would vote for Trump, which is also the highest figure of any candidate.
Trailing Trump's 20 percent support is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 13 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, at 10 percent. Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio are all at 6 percent, putting them in a four-way tie for fourth place.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton remains the frontrunner, with 55 percent, followed by Bernie Sanders at 17 percent. Joe Biden — who has not announced he is running — holds 13 percent. Despite her vast lead, Clinton also scored her worst-ever favorability rating, with 40 percent of voters viewing her favorably compared to 51 percent unfavorably. Jeva Lange
On Thursday, Malaysian officials said they were "almost certain" that the flaperon, a control surface attached to the wing of an airplane, found on the shore of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean belongs to a Boeing 777 aircraft.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) July 30, 2015
"Our chief investigator here told me this," Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said. That is the same type of aircraft as Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Reuters reports, and investigators say that MH370 is the only known Boeing 777 to be missing at this time. The airplane disappeared March 2014 with 239 people onboard as it made its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Catherine Garcia