After Scott Wapner challenged them yesterday, CNBC anchor Carl Quintanilla and Twitter CEO Dick Costolo took on the #IceBucketChallenge today. Just after noon eastern time, Costolo posted a Vine of him drenched in cold ice water. Moments later, Quintanilla, who Costolo challenged, did the same from outside the New York Stock Exchange.
Both passed on the challenge, which benefits the ALS Association.
“We urge all Iraqi authorities, civil society and international partners to work the United Nations and its partners to deliver lifesaving humanitarian assistance.”—
- White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, in Tuesday’s press briefing
Two days after urging humanitarian assistance in Iraq, Earnest would not directly address reports that the U.S. is considering air strikes in Iraq in response to worsening threats presented by terrorist group ISIS.
“The President has at the same time demonstrated his clear willingness to take the kind of military actions required to protect america’s core interests,” Earnest said.
As many as 40,000 religious minorities are currently stranded on top of a mountain in Iraq, with no food or water, in the face of death threats from ISIS. According to UNICEF, about 40 children have already died from heat exposure and dehydration.
Senior officials say a decision from the President is expected “imminently”.