2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
An effort to revive the public option by using a Senate procedure known as reconciliation to pass it without threat of filibuster is gaining steam. A letter circulated by Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and three other senators that urges Majority Leader Harry Reid to opt for reconciliation now has 17 signatures in total, up from 11 just yesterday. And the latest name to sign on is a big one, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
Schumer’s support matters because of his stature within the caucus; he’s a member of the leadership, and his fellow senators respect his political acumen, so some may be swayed by his apparent belief that this is a winning issue. More, it’s a sign of what may be ahead; Reid isn’t expected to win reelection this year, and if he does lose, Schumer’s a likely candidate to replace him. He’s been staking out a position on the public option generally that could give him a boost in that race, and this decision only adds to that — as a side effect, it’s a bit of a headache for Reid, too.
Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.More Alex Koppelman.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.
On March 21, 2010, the House voted to approve a healthcare bill intended to overhaul the system and guarantee Americans access to health insurance. The vote was 219 to 213. Problem solved? Hardly.