Daily Digest: Dayton lawsuit, corn contradiction, Netanyahu’s proposed loyalty oath

Jessica Van Berkel

Daily Digest, Oct. 12 –

Minn.

DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton said Monday he will reimburse taxpayers for a lawsuit settled with a former staffer in 2009, shortly after beginning his campaign for governor. The Associated Press reported staffer Brad Hanson filed the discrimination suit after claiming he was fired in 2002 because he had a heart condition that required surgery. Dayton’s lawyers said it was due to job performance issues. The case made it to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it became confidential. Dayton would not disclose to the AP details of the case, including how much would be paid.  Media focus on the case followed news early last week of a malpractice suit filed against Republican candidate Tom Emmer.

U.S.

Some very different news:

The Wall Street Journal’s leading story today was “Farm Belt Bounces Back,” which stated prices for crops like corn, soybeans, and cotton are climbing as big harvests “pile up, a rare combination.” The Financial Times’ front-page story on the same topic took a very different angle. The headline: “Corn prices surge as US harvest outlook sparks food crisis fears.” The story went on to say the upshot in corn prices followed “a sharp government downgrade of harvest expectations last week,” and cites reports of dramatic cuts to corn yields. Who’s right?

World

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supported an initiative to require people hoping to become Israeli citizens to take an oath of loyalty to the country as a “Jewish and democratic state,” according to The New York Times. The measure, which was proposed as the nation’s fall session of Parliament began, was approved by the Cabinet but has been called racist and uncessary by opponents, the Times reported. Netanyahu also offered to stop Jewish settlement in the West Bank – if Palestine recognized his county as a Jewish state. The offer, made Sunday, was immediately rejected by Palestinians.