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May 22, 2019

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) has an unusual — and somewhat graphic — way of telling Democrats to get a move on.

House Democrats have spent months in a will-they, won't-they relationship with impeaching President Trump. So in a floor speech on Wednesday, Kennedy made it revoltingly clear that they should impeach the president now or quit talking about it.

"Again I say this gently and I say this hopefully constructively," Kennedy said on Wednesday before very not gently continuing: "The House leadership needs to urinate or get off the pot." Kennedy then broke down his metaphor into more explicit terms, saying House leaders should either "impeach" Trump "and let us hold a trial — he won't be convicted — or they need to go ahead and hold in contempt every single member of the Trump administration." If the latter happens and the issue goes to the court, either Trump will win, or the House will win and "no American with a brain above a single-celled organism is going to want to run for president," Kennedy finished.

The number of House Democrats — along with one Republican — calling for Trump's impeachment continues to mount. Yet despite reported prodding from her staff and even House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) won't let it happen.

April 10, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that two people in Florida have reported eating salad from a container that was later found to have contained a dead bat.

The bat was sent to the CDC's rabies lab for further testing, but the CDC said the animal's "deteriorated condition" did not allow for them to "definitively rule out whether this bat had rabies." To be on the safe side, Fresh Express has issued a recall of a small number of cases of its Organic Marketside Spring Mix, which the CDC says may have been distributed to Walmart stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

The affected salad is sold in a clear container with the production code G089B19 and best-if-used-by date of APR 14, 2017 on the top label. On the bottom of the container, UPC Code 6 8113132897 is printed by the bar code. Catherine Garcia

April 29, 2016

Dole company officials were aware a salad plant was contaminated with Listeria for a year and a half before they closed the facility, and did so only after the U.S. and Canada traced a deadly outbreak back to the plant, Food Safety News reports. The Listeria outbreak hospitalized 33 people in 2015 and early 2016; four of those patients died.

According to an inspection report, Dole swab-tested its Springfield salad plant in 2014 and found positive results for Listeria, but continued to ship salads to dozens of states as well as at least five Canadian provinces. Internal tests at Dole showed Listeria contamination five more times in 2014 and three times in 2015, but the plant was only shuttered in January 2016.

The plant later reopened on April 21. Company officials did not tell Food Safety News what precautions had been taken to prevent future contamination. Jeva Lange

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