The Daily Dish: Leaked Emails Reveal Coca-Cola Asked Clinton to Withdraw Soda Tax Support

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Leaked Emails Reveal Coca-Cola Asked Clinton to Withdraw Soda Tax Support

WikiLeaks has revealed an angry email exchange between Coca-Cola executives and members of Hillary Clinton’s campaign from April of this year, after she came out in support of Philadelphia’s soda tax, a measure aimed at reducing the popularity of sugary drinks. "Really??? After all we’ve done?" Coca-Cola executive Clyde Tuggle wrote in an April 20 email to Capricia Marshall, Clinton’s campaign associate who was also formerly employed by Coca-Cola. "I hope this has been falsely reported." Coca-Cola has donated more than $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, Vox reported. The soda tax, which is still being heralded as “Hillary-endorsed,” passed in Philadelphia this week in a 13-4 vote. Clinton’s campaign has not officially endorsed the tax, nor has Clinton retracted her initial support.

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This Burger King Dressed Up as a McDonald’s for Halloween

Burger King is getting a head start on Halloween by playing one “Whopper” of a prank on McDonald’s. The employees at a Burger King location in Rego Park in Queens, New York, covered both the building and Burger King logo with white sheets and spray-painted “McDonald’s” on it, along with a depiction of the famous golden arches. A sign below the hidden Burger King logo reads, “Boooo. Just kidding! We still flame grill our burgers!” — a not-so-subtle dig at McDonald’s, which famously fries its patties. The whole “ghostly” display is visible from the parkway and has gotten Twitter talking.

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Brooklyn’s ‘Anti-Café’ Charges Customers by the Minute, Not by the Drink

Say goodbye to the days of feeling pressured to purchase a drink every hour you spend in a café. At the Glass Hour café, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, patrons are charged a fixed rate of $6 for the first hour and 10 cents for each additional minute. After four hours ($24), any additional time is free. Marketed as an “anti-café,” Glass Hour provides an alternative to purchasing a co-working membership or sitting in a traditional café. In addition to a relaxing environment, customers have access to free Wi-Fi, coffee, sweets, and board games. 

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KFC Invented a Fried Chicken Pizza Called a ‘Chizza’

KFC is always finding new ways to reinvent fried chicken, and the latest bizarre fried chicken mashup from KFC is the “Chizza”: a menu item that’s currently only available in India and the Philippines. The Chizza is a “pizza” with a crust made of flattened-out fried chicken smothered in mozzarella, tomato sauce, and a variety of toppings. Popular additions in the Philippines include pepperoni, peppers, and pineapple. The Chizza makes its debut in Japan on Nov. 1.

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José Andrés Stumps for Clinton After Dumping Trump

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Celebrity chef José Andrés has begun campaigning for Hillary Clinton, more than a year after pulling out of a vendor contract with Trump Hotels. According to The Washington Post, Andrés recently introduced Clinton at a rally in Florida, telling the crowd, “Today I could be in a certain hotel in Washington, D.C., opening a restaurant inside. But here I am, not mentioning him, because we won’t mention him until he apologizes to every person he has insulted.” Andrés had originally planned to open a Spanish-American fusion restaurant inside the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., but after Trump made headlines for his disparaging remarks about immigrants, both Andrés and New York-based chef-restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian dropped out of their deals with the hotel. Donald Trump Jr. has sued both chefs for breach of contract, and they, in turn, have counter-sued him.