Tyson chicken nuggets might contain rubber, USDA warns


12:51 p.m.

Chicken nuggets are in crisis.

Just two weeks ago, the USDA recalled 68,244 pounds of Perdue gluten free chicken nuggets that could be contaminated with wood materials. And now, it's recalling another 36,420 pounds of Tyson nuggets that may be contaminated with rubber.

The USDA made the announcement Tuesday, saying any "Tyson White Meat Panko Chicken Nuggets" with a use-by date of Nov. 26, 2019 should be thrown out or returned to where they were purchased. The frozen nuggets come in five-pound bags and are considered a "class 1 health hazard situation," which means they could cause "serious, adverse health consequences or death," per the USDA. Tyson recently received complaints about the "extraneous material" and notified the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service on Tuesday. No one has reported getting sick from eating the nuggets.

The Tyson news comes two weeks after Perdue's USDA recall, and just a day after a voluntary Perdue recall of another 16,011 pounds of nuggets. Monday's Perdue recall affects its dinosaur-shaped chicken breast nuggets, with the company saying its packaging doesn't mention a milk allergen inside the product, per Today. The dinosaur nuggets were sold in 13 states and have a use-by date of March 11, 2019. Kathryn Krawczyk

12:28 p.m.

The producer who last week released a stunning statement calling the sexual abuse allegations against director Bryan Singer "fake news" says he didn't write it nor did he read it — but he's not backing away from what was said, either.

After The Atlantic last week published an exposé about Singer that included interviews with men who said he sexually abused them when they were underage, allegations Singer denies, Millennium Films CEO Avi Lerner said in a statement that Singer would keep his job on his upcoming movie Red Sonja because "I know the difference between agenda driven fake news and reality."

Lerner told The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday that he just signed off on this statement when a publicist put it in front of him without looking at it. But while Lerner conceded the statement "came out the wrong way," he also made clear that "I don't want to apologize" and said that Singer should be "judged by the court" and not by Twitter. While he said the allegations should "be taken very, very seriously," he also said he has "reason why I doubt that he has done it" but wouldn't explain what that means.

Lerner, who in the past settled a lawsuit from a female employee alleging harassment, isn't backing down from keeping Singer on the movie, telling the Reporter that he hasn't received any pushback in Hollywood and claiming that, in fact, one studio head called him to say, "Well done." Reporter Tatiana Siegel reached out to a variety of Hollywood sources and writes that while some agents expressed wariness of having one of their clients appear in Red Sonja, "no one wanted to be quoted" and "no one said he or she would stop working with Lerner." Brendan Morrow

12:05 p.m.

Political districts led by Republicans will likely see the greatest economic losses when it comes to mounting climate costs, a report from the Brookings Institution found.

The analysis shows that many Southern metro areas will bear the brunt of coastal property damage caused by climate change, with eight Florida metro areas ranking in the top-10 of large metros most likely to be affected.

In contrast to many Southern states, some Northern areas stand to benefit from projected climate change impacts. The Northwest specifically could make major increases in agricultural yields while the Southwest, Southeast, and especially Florida could experience an increase in climate-caused deaths, per the report.

Fourteen of the top 15 states expected to have the highest economic burden caused by climate change voted for President Trump in 2016. Trump has previously said he doesn't "see" the effects of climate change, despite research from his own administration outlining the damage.

The number of people saying they feel the consequences of global warming has increased over the last several years, but climate change still remains a low-priority among voters, reports Nature, an international journal of science. Marianne Dodson

11:33 a.m.

Chris Christie and Jared Kushner's passive aggressive feud is now just downright aggressive.

Christie has repeatedly teased his fraught history with President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, which started when the then-New Jersey district attorney prosecuted Kushner's father for tax evasion in 2004. And in a Tuesday interview, Christie threw any hope of mending their relationship out the window.

The Kushner family is an obvious focus in Christie's new book Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics, and Christie already debuted a section of the book describing how he learned Kushner takes his father's prosecution very personally. But on PBS's Firing Line, Christie said he doesn't quite understand why. After all, "it's one of the most loathsome, disgusting crimes that I prosecuted ... and I was the U.S. attorney in New Jersey," Christie said.

In his newly published book, Christie details a handful of times Kushner has apparently retaliated against him in the years after his father's guilty plea. Read more about them at The Week. Kathryn Krawczyk

11:32 a.m.

Howard Schultz is apparently more of a reduced-fat turkey bacon and cage-free egg white breakfast sandwich kind of guy.

The ex-Starbucks CEO announced his probable presidential ambitions on Sunday, and appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe Wednesday to discuss the widespread backlash he's received to his "centrist independent" affiliation ever since. Hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough promptly served Schultz some rapid-fire questions, including one intended to prove how well the billionaire relates to the average American.

"How much does an 18-ounce box of Cheerios cost?" Brzezinski asked. "I don't know, I don't eat Cheerios," Schultz reasonably responded. Brzezinski let him know it's "four bucks," just a bit less than one bowl of hearty blueberry oatmeal at Starbucks.

Just before that, Brzezinski asked Schultz to name his favorite GOP and Democratic presidents of the past 50 years. Schultz said Ronald Reagan because he "never took his jacket off in Oval Office" out of his "respect for the office," and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The first claim is not true, and FDR died 74 years ago. Watch the moment below. Kathryn Krawczyk

10:09 a.m.

President Trump is lashing out at his own intelligence officials after they contradicted some of his claims on key national security issues.

Trump on Twitter Wednesday morning said that his intelligence officials are "naive" and "wrong" on Iran, adding insult to injury by writing, "Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!"

Top intelligence officials, including Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday and said, among other things, that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal from former President Barack Obama's administration. The officials contradicted Trump on more than just Iran, though; CNN on Wednesday morning aired a montage of other contradictions, including Coats saying ISIS has not been defeated in Syria like Trump has claimed.

The president is scheduled to receive an intelligence briefing Wednesday morning, which, in light of these tweets, may become an awkward affair. Brendan Morrow

9:47 a.m.

At least 84 people have been found dead in the days after a mining dam collapsed in Brazil, and experts say the tragedy could've been prevented.

Brazilian authorities have now arrested five people who surveyed the dam last summer and concluded it was "stable." Authorities say they're "investigating criminal responsibility for the rupture," and could charge the five detainees with "homicide, false representation, and environmental crimes," reports The New York Times.

The dam collapsed Friday as workers were eating lunch, drowning the mining site and a nearby town in a sea of mud. Searches are still ongoing for 276 who are still missing, the Times says.

The dam belongs to Vale, Brazil's largest mining company. Three of those arrested Tuesday are Vale employees, and prosecutors say they were "directly employed and responsible" for the collapse, per The Guardian. The other two arrested are "subcontracted engineers who recently attested to the stability of the dam," prosecutors said.

Vale also partially owned a mine that saw a similar dam collapse in 2015, killing 15 people and leaking toxic heavy metals into the area, a United Nations report later found. That collapse "is considered to be Brazil's worst environmental disaster," BBC writes. Vale's CEO said Friday that this collapse would probably have a lesser environmental impact.

About 4,000 dams in Brazil have "high damage potential" and 205 of them contain mineral waste, Brazil's regional development minister said Tuesday, per The Guardian. Vale has since said it will "dismantle 10 dams that are similar to the one that collapsed," a process that could take up to three years, The Wall Street Journal writes. Kathryn Krawczyk

9:35 a.m.

Potential 2020 candidate Howard Schultz thinks the Democratic backlash he has received this week is actually good.

The former Starbucks CEO went on Morning Joe Wednesday days after saying he is "seriously considering" running for president as an independent candidate, which sparked fierce criticism from those on the left who fear he would simply be siphoning votes from the Democratic candidate and helping President Trump win a second term. Since Schultz joined Twitter, every single one of his posts has been "ratioed," a term that refers to a controversial tweet receiving more replies than it does likes.

"I must be doing something right to create so much interest and backlash from the Democratic Party," Schultz told MSNBC. He went on to say that he "expected to see some of the level of vitriol, but not to the extent it's been."

When asked why he doesn't simply run as a Democrat, Schultz said he believes the party has gone too far to the left. But he argued he really can win as an independent, saying he has "done the work" and "can get to 270" electoral votes to claim victory. He also said that the notion that he will simply help Trump get re-elected with his candidacy is "not true." Watch Schultz's comments below. Brendan Morrow

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