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"Dirty Jobs" host Mike Rowe is known for being an advocate for the working class, but critics are slamming him for narrating a new Walmart ad, citing Walmart's history of outsourcing manufacturing jobs to China, and their practice of paying low wages.
The ad promotes the company's recently announced pledge to spend $250 billion on American-made products over the next ten years and Rowe says he does not regret participating at all.
"It's a PR campaign for the whole notion that if the country doesn't get back to the business of making things, and if our biggest companies don't get back into the business of affirmatively purchasing from American suppliers, then the consumer is not going to have a viable choice."
Rowe adds Walmart's initiative around American manufacturing parallels the same theme he pushes for with his foundation.
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Protests rage in three continents. A juror in the Michael Dunn trial says he's guilty. And a whole lot of skating will be going on at the Winter Olympics.
Welcome to the Wednesday edition of “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
1. PROTESTS WORLDWIDE
Down with the government: In Ukraine, in Thailand, in Venezuela, protesters have taken to the streets calling for change. Their grievances are different. But the focus is the same: dissatisfaction with their government.
Ukraine: At least 25 people were killed yesterday in the bloodiest day since the protests started in November. The protesters are ready to stand and fight again today. The president’s dug in his heels as well. Last night, he issued this ultimatum to the protesters: Renounce the violence – or pay the price.
Thailand: Protesters in Bangkok are demanding the ouster of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. They allege she's a puppet of her billionaire brother, the deposed, exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Venezuela: Better security, an end to goods shortages and protected freedom of speech are the rallying cries. Protesters blame the government, led by President Nicolas Maduro, for those problems. He blames the opposition.
More on the crisis in three continents here.
Phil Black is live from Kiev while Karl Penhaul is live from Venezuela all morning.
2. MICHAEL DUNN TRIAL
Jury's thought process: Days after Michael Dunn was found guilty of three counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting into an occupied vehicle, juror No. 4 is speaking out. And she believes he should have been convicted of first-degree murder. In an exclusive interview with ABC’s “Nightline,” she explains why they were deadlocked on the first-degree murder charge in the death of Jordan Davis, the Florida teen shot by Dunn after an altercation over loud music.
3. WINTER OLYMPICS
Race for gold: If you love hockey, pick up some extra drinks and snacks for today’s men's quarterfinals. There’s just a lot of skating going on, period. Let's see, seven-plus hours of hockey and the start of the women's figure skating competition. And, add to that, Britain’s curling team has to be feeling pretty darn good right now. Trailing by one and going into the last end, the men rallied and advanced to today’s semifinals. That’s not all, we got you covered on the five things to watch today.
Rachel Nichols will give us the daily wrap-up all morning.
4. CRUISE SHIP ATTACK
Alleged rape, beating: The fight started over an alleged slight and ended with an accusation of attempted murder. A room service attendant is accused of breaking into a passenger’s room, raping and beating her, and trying to throw her overboard, a criminal complaint states. It says the attendant attacked the American woman after he knocked on her door several times to deliver breakfast, and she responded, “Wait a minute, son of a bitch!”
Victor Blackwell is live with the latest all morning.
5. BOWE BERGDAHL
Conflicting policies: No negotiating with terrorists versus leave no soldier behind. That’s the quandary the United States faces in the plight of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The soldier has been held by insurgents in Pakistan since 2009. And now, sensitive discussions with overseas contacts are under way to secure his release, a U.S. official says. Bergdahl is the lone U.S. soldier held in captivity.
Barbara Starr will give us the latest at 7.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
Fetch, doggie, fetch: Um, never mind. This pup is the worst at fetch. Really, a cat could do better. But you get a B for effort, little buddy.
Music to our ears: Finally, a reason to own a dot-matrix printer! It plays the best version of "Eye of the Tiger."
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Surprise!! Sometimes, daddy jumping out of the birthday gift box is better than that bike you wanted so badly.
Kiss off: This brother finds a smart way to get out of planting one on his sister’s cheek when the “Kiss Cam” at a Minnesota Gophers game hones in on them.
Well at least he didn’t run away … like this guy.
Those two should get some tips from David Beckham and his daughter.
Here’s to hoping you’re sitting next to (insert your favorite celeb here) next time a Kiss Cam sweeps through!
Selfie power: Speaking of celebs, you know who won during Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” debut yesterday? Stephen Colbert, that’s who. Not only did he deliver some hilarious lines, he has a selfie to show for it.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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