Obama Urging Congress to Vote on TPP; Food Information Documentaries Trustworthy?
The Obama administration wants Congress to vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership before next year’s lame-duck session. Congressional aides are saying the vote is likely to take place during the lame duck session. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said “the timeline that we envision is shorter than that,” but would not specify when the President would like the vote to occur. Further, Senior Capitol Hill aides in both parties say the vote is not likely until after the 2016 elections. Waiting could allow Congress members to take a tough vote on the free-trade deal without electoral consequences.
More than 70 percent of Americans believe documentaries are trustworthy on food information, according to a recent survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. The survey data should be welcome news for filmmakers such as Robert Kenner, who made “Food Inc.,” but disturbing for the many groups on all sides of food issues. Documentaries did fall in the middle of the pack, though, as the survey found health professionals rank the highest at 85 percent, followed by friends and family at 83 percent, farmers at 82 percent.