Grapevine: Businesses brace for soda ban in NYC

What do new guidelines entail?


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Drones? What Drones?

Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says he was instructed to never mention the existence of the drone program, even though, he admits it is obviously happening.

Gibbs says -- quote -- "When I went through the process of becoming press secretary, one of the first things they told me was, 'you're not even to acknowledge the drone program. You're not even to discuss that it exists.'"

Gibbs says such a position -- from the self-described most transparent administration in history -- quote -- "...undermines people's confidence overall in the decisions that their government makes."

Sequester Casualties

The White House Office of Management and Budget has a detailed list of the potential impact of sequestration cuts agency-by-agency.

But one of the agencies in the report released last September no longer exists.

The National Drug Intelligence Center would supposedly lose $2 million of its $20 million budget.

But as you can see on the justice department website -- the National Drug Intelligence Center closed on June 15, 2012 -- three months before that report came out.

Big Gulp

And finally, New York City's controversial ban on sodas larger than 16 ounces goes into effect next month and restaurants are receiving notice that it is not just personal drinks facing a downsize.

Last week, businesses started getting guidelines from the health department and it appears there is no exception for drink containers intended to serve more than one person.

The New York Post reports that included in the ban are two liter sodas delivered with a pizza, pitchers of soda meant to serve an entire table, and pitchers of mixers that come with bottle service at nightclubs.

So, businesses say they will be forced to serve individual bottles instead -- a much more expensive option for their customers.