Policy & Advocacy
Top stories summarized by our editors
8/18/2017

Color of Change is shifting the focus of its #QuitTheCouncil campaign now that President Donald Trump has disbanded his two business advisory councils. Campaign manager Jade Magnus said the organization will now focus on getting executives at Pepsi, IBM, Campbell's and other companies to take a public stance on the importance of diversity.

Full Story:
PRWeek
8/18/2017

Christopher Baity, a retired Marine dog handler and trainer, has created the nonprofit Semper K9 to train service dogs to help veterans. "I asked if I could take my experience, if I could build a pilot program checking rescue dogs and training them for veterans with mobility and psychiatric alert needs," he said.

8/18/2017

The proposed $100 million National Coast Guard Museum is gaining support in New London, Conn., after more than 10 years of planning, according to Dick Grahn, president of the National Coast Guard Museum Association. "If the cards fall as we wish, we'd like to break ground in 2018," he said.

8/18/2017

The Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange is collecting discarded office supplies and educational materials from local businesses and donating it to Chicago Public Schools teachers and their students. Co-founder Barbara Koenen said the effort has had an incredible outpouring of local support, resulting in supplies for about 500 teachers.

More Summaries:
Chicago Public Schools
8/18/2017

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, has moved 590,000 Facebook shares worth almost $100 million to a donor-advised fund to support her philanthropic causes. Observers say a significant share of the funds will likely go to two nonprofits Sandberg started, LeanIn.org and OptionB.org.

Full Story:
Recode
More Summaries:
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook
8/18/2017

North Korean deputy UN ambassador Kim In Ryong told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that North Korea's nuclear weapons program is not negotiable while the US' "hostile policy and nuclear threat continue." Guterres later said diplomatic measures need to be stepped up to ease the tensions between North Korea and the US.

Full Story:
Reuters
8/18/2017

The White House is close to reaching a decision on its Afghanistan strategy, Defense Secretary James Mattis said in advance of today's national security meeting with President Donald Trump at Camp David. He did not indicate what that strategy might entail.

8/18/2017

Several officers of the USS Fitzgerald, including the commanding officer, have been removed from duty as a result of the destroyer's June collision with a cargo ship near Japan that killed seven sailors. The Navy, which is still investigating the incident, has released a report with some information redacted.

More Summaries:
USS Fitzgerald, Navy
8/18/2017

The violence sparked by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend drew harsh condemnation from VA Secretary David Shulkin, who said, "It is a dishonor to our country's veterans to allow the Nazis and the white supremacists to go unchallenged." The comments come amid criticism of President Donald Trump, who said both sides were to blame for the violence.

Full Story:
The Hill
8/18/2017

A Marine Corps C-130J transport plane carrying 46 people on a training mission this week lost pressure at 21,000 feet. The plane made a safe return to Air Station Miramar in San Diego, and five people were treated for decompression sickness the next day.