The Company Memo: Monday, August 5, 2013

Updated

An unspecified threat has prompted the State Department to keep its diplomatic outposts across the Middle East and North Africa closed through the week. In a press release, the State Department insisted the extended closures were “out of an abundance of caution” and that there was no new threat. We’ll have the latest on the closings and the safety concerns faced by Americans in the region. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., will join Jansing & Co. to discuss these closures and the difficult position President Obama is in now that Edward Snowden has entered Russia.

Last week thousands of fast food workers across the country went on a one day strike demanding a livable wage of $15 an hour – but it’s unclear if anything will come of these demonstrations. Despite not being unionized, the fast food workers received support for their campaign from the Service Employees International Union. The union’s President, Mary Kay Henry, will join Jansing & Co. to discuss the fallout from the protests.

The scandal surrounding San Diego Mayor Bob Filner continues to grow as he prepares to start two weeks of intensive behavior counseling on Monday. Ten women have now come forward to accuse him of sexual harassment. He is being sued by his own city and a campaign to recall him is picking up steam. Yet the embattled mayor refuses to resign. Clinical Psychologist Patricia Saunders will discuss whether someone undergoing such therapy should continue to hold office as mayor.

According to Quinnipiac University’s latest “thermometer” of voter attitudes poll, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is the hottest politician out there at a sizzling 53.1 degrees. He’s followed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and newly elected Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Our strategists will discuss the surprising details revealed by this new poll.

And Major League Baseball is expected to issue a lengthy suspension for New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez on Monday. If A-Rod doesn’t come to an agreement with the league on a suspension, a possible lifetime ban from the game could be in the cards. Several other players are also expected to receive 50 game suspensions for reportedly using steroids. NBC Sports’ Rob Simmelkjaer will discuss the impact these suspensions will have on Major League Baseball.

The Company Memo: Monday, August 5, 2013

Updated