Friday, March 31, 2017

The White House Revealed The Finances Of Trump’s Top Staff. Here Are Some Of The Key Disclosures.

On Friday night, the White House began publicly releasing financial disclosure forms for senior officials in the Trump administration.

A handful of staff — like Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, and Gary Cohn, the former Goldman Sachs president who is now the National Economic Council director — are very rich. Some — like White House senior strategist Steve Bannon — are merely wealthy. Others made incomes in the low six-figures before joining the White House.

Rather than posting the disclosure forms online, however, news outlets had to specify — one by one — which staffers' forms they wanted to receive. The White House later began emailing them to requesting publications.

And so, as the night wore on, reporters — and the public — learned a little bit about the team Trump has brought into the White House.

Bannon made more than $1,000,000 last year — with $191,000 coming from Breitbart and more than $490,000 coming from Bannon Strategic Advisors, Inc., but with significant amounts coming from several other enterprises. For example, Bannon received $100,000 from Citizens United Production IV, LLC, for "director fees." He made more than $125,000 in "consulting fees" from Cambridge Analytica LLC, and more than $160,000 came from Glittering Steel, a production company that the Daily Beast previously connected to Bannon.

Ivanka Trump's business trust is worth more than $50 million, the 54-page disclosure form filed by Jared Kushner revealed.

Kellyanne Conway, one of the president’s most recognizable advisers, made more than $800,000 from her polling and consulting firm, inc./Woman Trend, according to her disclosures.

President Trump's social media adviser, Dan Scavino, made $300,000 over the past year before joining the White House — through his work on the Trump campaign and transition and other political consulting work.

KT McFarland, the deputy national security adviser who had previously been a Fox News analyst, made a little more than $60,000 from the cable news station — but more than double that from paid speeches (which came in about $10,000 a speech, on average) and a $42,500 book advance.

Trump Products Are Reportedly No Longer Sold At Bed Bath & Beyond

On Friday, Coulter tweeted out a screenshot of an email from the retailer saying that it stopped selling Trump products. Coulter forwarded the email, which was sent on March 29 by a #GrabYourWallet participant, to The Huffington Post. The Huffington Post has reached out to the retailer as well.
“I’m not surprised to see major retailers continuing to drop the highly politicized Trump brand,” Coulter told The Huffington Post.“One of the companies on the #GrabYourWallet list recently reached out to me and said that it’s received over 500,000 complaints from boycott participants. We applaud Bed Bath & Beyond on this decision and look forward to returning as customers.” 

Coulter told HuffPost that Bed Bath & Beyond’s decision marks the 24th company to drop Trump products since she started the movement. She also updated the Grab Your Wallet spreadsheet with the news: 
“On March 12th Ivanka’s diaper bags disappeared from the Bed Bath & Beyond site at the same time they disappeared from the site of its web-only subsidiary, Buy Buy Baby. Buy Buy Baby was subsequently removed from the #GrabYourWallet list on 3/29 but Bed Bath & Beyond remained because two Trump Home lighting products by ELK Lighting were still coming up in web site searches. ELK customer service reps had confirmed to me and other #GrabYourWallet participants that it is still in a licensing relationship w/ the Trump family. On 3/31, a #GrabYourWallet participant forwarded a customer service email exchange in which Bed Bath & Beyond confirmed to her that it’s no longer carrying Trump products. As of 3/31/17 only one of those two ELK lighting items is still coming up in a search of the Bed Bath & Beyond site and it’s listed as ‘out of stock.’”

Federal judge approves $25 million settlement over Trump University

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel ruled in favor of a $25 million settlement between President Trump and customers of his defunct Trump University. Trump and his lawyers reached the settlement shortly after the election. Trump did not admit to wrongdoing in the case. But "this never was a university," New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told ABC's George Stephanopoulos last June. "The fraud started with the name of the organization. You can't just go around saying this is the George Stephanopoulos Law Firm/Hospital/University without actually qualifying and registering, so it was really a fraud from beginning to end." Last year, President Trump claimed Judge Curiel's "Mexican heritage" should preclude him from ruling on the case.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

What is your plan B?

Having one, believe me, is good for everyone. If life is not working out one way, then it can work for another. And that other way who knows is much more in tune with your desires

Do basic research among your friends. Ask, "Are you happy and satisfied with your work?" If someone answers "no," and a lot of people will do that, you may already be facing a plan B. It is quite possible that he already has some project in the making: a book sketch in the drawer, a bench Carpenter's room in the maid's room, where she makes wooden houses, or a massage stretcher where she caters to rare clients. However, it is likely that our hypothetical interviewee is still a bit confused. Do not know if the problem is to change jobs (sometimes solve), change profession (there the twist is more serious), reinvent his life (more complicated still) or simply if just jumping paraglide in the open hours already gives the message . 
  We have another very common type that says "no": The successful one. For our character, the existence of Plan B is not motivated by a career failure. Quite the opposite. Our interviewee is a competent professional with a vast collection of specialization courses, earns enough money, is recognized by his peers, and may even be modestly famous for his lectures. It is not for more profit or prestige that he wants to change his life, but because he works insanely, he stays late in the company and can not be close to his family. It may be that our friend does not even need a B plan: a course on how to better manage time, or a therapy that encourages you to say "no" may already be enough to solve your case. Only he does not know it yet. So, How can we be sure that our plan B can actually someday turn flat? And that this so cherished dream is going to give way? To know these and other answers, there is no way: you will have to read the whole report. Good reading. 
  One of the roles of a career coach is to draw from you your own answers and conclusions. If you are not happy with your work or life, this has to do with what? With your expectations? Your dreams? Your fantasies? Your concepts? Does your idea of ​​how something should or should not be? Anyway, the career coach, as well as coaching, has a bottomless bag of questions at hand. They do this so that you get to the bottom of yourself. Only in this way is it possible to reach the heart of the question: why do you want to change? But a career coach also knows the market well, The new professions that are emerging, the ones that will disappear and how you can best sell your skills when looking for a job, for example. That is, you can also point out some ways or encourage your client to do this. 
  Adriana Gomes is a career coach. To achieve this, she underwent an intense process of change. Graduated and graduated in psychology, and ready to accompany the human being in the process of developing her psyche, in the course of her life she went to work in a competitive headhunter agency, professionals who hunt the best executives of the market for the companies that are their clients . There, she unleashed. Not quite in the direction I wanted, that's true. To his misfortune, his great talent in the company was precisely in the area of ​​business. And so, from office to office, Adriana came to the vice presidency. She did not hate what she was doing: it was simply not her life project. "I wanted to be in touch with people, to know them, to help them, and not to draw plans and strategies for the company to make more profit," he says. 
  As she did not decide, the body began to charge. "I would answer a customer's phone and have to run to the bathroom," she says. The pains were spreading to different parts of the body and panic began to settle. "This is already an extreme point. Going forward, the risk is great: stroke, stroke, severe chronic diseases, profound depression," says Adriana. But history does not have to come to that. "You have to be aware of yourself when you get the first signs of dissatisfaction: lack of enthusiasm, 
  Questions about their suitability for the profession, lack or excess of sleep, difficulty going to work ... "Therefore , pay attention to what the specialist suggests. If there are symptoms of dissatisfaction, it is necessary to analyze the reason quickly." Question is career change. I attended a lawyer who wondered if she was really capable of exercising her profession because her boss constantly humiliated her in front of everyone. Her problem was not with her career, she had the aptitude for it. What she needed to do was to change jobs, "says Adriana, who today helps people in her office, teaches, coordinates graduate courses at the School of Advertising and Marketing of São Paulo and has, under her Direction, a website, Life and Career. 
  The subject of professional change seemed so complex and rich for Adriana that she decided to go deeper into the subject. She wrote a doctoral thesis that turned out to be a very successful book: Career Change and Identity Transformation (LCTE Editora). In it, she analyzes how identity is changing over time and how the profession can or does not follow these changes. Someone may want to be a doctor or engineer for a part of life and then change enough as a person to the point of not wanting to know more about it. Let's crucify the guy? No. There's another way you can take this story. 
  But then how do you know, for example, if an entrepreneur who has always dreamed of being a photographer should abandon his career and choose another course in life? "He has to research more deeply about his choice.That is, To assess whether this is only a dream, whether it is a project with real possibility, and whether this desire arouses such a deep interest as to justify a radical change. In other words, it is necessary to base his plan B on a real basis. In this example, it is essential to know more closely the life and work of other photographers, to see what branch of photography he would like to do, how much he could gain, if he is capable of With the instability of the market. "In summary: ask, research, investigate and, if appropriate, draw your change plan from stage to stage," says the expert. 
  The ideal is that this transition is gradual, gradual, often living with the profession or work that will be abandoned for a long time. Another alternative is to make photography a hobby that the businessman can devote a lot of time, softening his life full of commitments. In short: Whether it is a career change, a radical transformation or hobby, the response to a project depends on each case. But it is good to know that there are these gradations, and that it is not worth exchanging for each other. 
  So, moaning, Plan B has to be anchored in reality. It can not be fluid, subjective, much dream of a summer night. That is, in addition to being very fond of this project, it is necessary to have the competence to carry it out and to be able to do it, whether with specialization courses, good information or research. If the plan is to have an inn (ah, the dream of the inn on the beach ...), it is necessary to know at what point the coast, the necessary capital, Competition in the industry and all those boring demands of the genre. More than anything, you need to ask yourself if you really have the profile to be a beachfront hotel owner, which includes commanding unqualified employees, withstanding guest complaints, checking for cleanliness and bedding, dealing with few suppliers Professionals, know how to tighten the belt out of the season. 
  It is necessary to throw a bucket of very cold water before throwing a face in the plane B. Then we see what is left over. If even the sea view, the slower pace of life and bird song are more important than the rest, chances are good that your B plan works. Your heart is attuned to it. Sincerity? I, for one, prefer to pay to stay. You need to ask yourself if you really have the profile to own a hotel by the sea, which includes commanding unqualified employees, withstanding guest complaints, checking for cleanliness and bedding, dealing with few professional vendors, Belt out of season. It is necessary to throw a bucket of very cold water before throwing a face in the plane B. Then we see what is left over. If even the sea view, the slower pace of life and bird song are more important than the rest, chances are good that your B plan works. Your heart is attuned to it. Sincerity? I, for one, prefer to pay to stay. You need to ask yourself if you really have the profile to own a hotel by the sea, which includes commanding unqualified employees, withstanding guest complaints, checking for cleanliness and bedding, dealing with few professional vendors, Belt out of season. It is necessary to throw a bucket of very cold water before throwing a face in the plane B. Then we see what is left over. If even the sea view, the slower pace of life and bird song are more important than the rest, chances are good that your B plan works. Your heart is attuned to it. Sincerity? I, for one, prefer to pay to stay. Check cleaning and bedding, deal with few professional suppliers, know how to tighten your belt out of season. It is necessary to throw a bucket of very cold water before throwing a face in the plane B. Then we see what is left over. If even the sea view, the slower pace of life and bird song are more important than the rest, chances are good that your B plan works. Your heart is attuned to it. Sincerity? I, for one, prefer to pay to stay. Check cleaning and bedding, deal with few professional suppliers, know how to tighten your belt out of season. It is necessary to throw a bucket of very cold water before throwing a face in the plane B. Then we see what is left over. If even the sea view, the slower pace of life and bird song are more important than the rest, chances are good that your B plan works. Your heart is attuned to it. Sincerity? I, for one, prefer to pay to stay. The slower pace of life and bird singing are more important than the rest, chances are good that your B plan works. Your heart is attuned to it. Sincerity? I, for one, prefer to pay to stay. The slower pace of life and bird singing are more important than the rest, chances are good that your B plan works. Your heart is attuned to it. Sincerity? I, for one, prefer to pay to stay.

The bold pilot

By itself, it's already a case, as advertisers and business managers like to talk. Let's start at the end and tell what this young man does today. In the short time I was with him, Sérgio Franco finalized the details of the project of a mall (a mall outdoors) totally sustainable dedicated to extreme sports near Campinas. It is a place for ziplining in secluded woods, swimming pools with deep dives, sports equipment stores, small aircraft park, 4x4 pickup trucks and other incredible wonders. Sérgio also began to discuss with his partners the next Adventure Sports Fair, a fair held at the Pavilion of the Biennial, in São Paulo. All this in the midst of video projects, books and other activities related to the theme "adventure". 
  If someone visited Sérgio about 15 years ago, Would find a good marketing entrepreneur involved in the circuit of the meshes of cities in the interior of São Paulo. He made money from it, brought social development to a region with few resources, which gave him personal gratification, but he still kept that little scratch in his chest that told him that was not what he wanted to do in life. "And when you open up to other possibilities, the synchronicities begin to appear, pointing the new direction," he says, convinced. 
  In his case, it was the desire to build a hotel in his city, along with his brother about to retire, which was manifested as the first sign of change. "I was born near the river's edge, I had a childhood with nature, and I wanted a place that would bring that contact back to the people," he recalls. Sustainable, The hotel has access ramps and special zip lines for disabled and elderly, organic garden and a thousand other inclusion features. Sergio was approaching the universe of extreme sports and saw that there was a whole new world there to explore. When he decided to work with it, enthusiasm and joy began to return to his heart. "The idea of ​​setting up the Adventure Sports Fair came in a simple way: I gathered all the top athletes from each area to say what each one saw that could happen at a fair dedicated to this," says Sergio, who adopted a management model With partnerships, since it did not dominate deeply any of the subjects. His well-known generosity and openness in this medium of adventurers and sportsmen agglutinated people, companies and associates. But he warns: "Everything has a risk. Shooting involves losses and risky jumps. 
  The initiative could have been a huge failure, but there was so much love and passion in the people that it was impossible not to work out, "he says.He himself became a pilot." There is an aviation maneuver called Estol. To get the briefly, you need to master it. It consists of steering the plane vertically upwards and up until the plane shakes and can not withstand the ascent. Then it falls vertically. And it goes down until you can master it again and put it horizontally to win a quiet flight. "Sérgio Franco says that in order to embrace Plan B, we sometimes have to have the courage to face the internal stall. It seems like everything is going to get out of control. But you have to stay calm and know that it is still possible to return to direction. We know in advance how the maneuver will be. We will feel the thrill of going through it, but we know rationally what will happen and what needs to be done to overcome this moment. "Finally, the risk exists, but it can be calculated in advance. To have the capacity to arouse passion, enthusiasm, joy, and to infect people who are helping to achieve it, and a great deal of courage and a certain amount of risk is required.

The Dream Therapist

Now we will visit Marcos Adriano Infantozzi some 20 years ago. He was the manager of an investment portfolio of a sophisticated French bank. The customers were satisfied with that competent, intelligent and good-humored young man. But there was a problem: he could not take his job any more. He wanted to change, and a call to healing and therapy dwelt in his heart. The story was getting unbearable when he received the invitation to attend a New Year's Eve party called Meeting with the Angels. Random couples were formed during the event, and he was chosen to accompany the housekeeper, a therapist who turned out to be the "godmother" of his change process. "I did a few sessions with her to know what course to take, what to do to have the courage to leave the bank and where I could direct my life." These were key moments for him. "A 'godmother' or 'godfather' who helps in this process is very important," acknowledges Marcos. You can be a therapist, a wise friend. "As I was already changing, everything around me started to change as well." I received a scholarship to study in the United States for a year, and I asked the bank for two sabbatical years - and I won. Take courses to direct me to therapy and the coordination of spiritual groups, which is what I wanted to do. " The money he earned from the investment bank was used to buy some real estate that made him quieter with finances. Thus, he has fresh head to devote himself entirely to his area. He became a representative of the book Course in Miracles in Brazil, Gives guidance and consultations to those who also want to change their lives or career and now attends a space in Vila Madalena, in São Paulo. He is another who has a smile from ear to ear when talking about his life. "Each one has a special task in this world, a work or a parallel activity that will fill his soul. We must learn to listen to the heart to recognize it and to follow that call." Marcos Adriano today helps many people to identify their dream and to realize it. And he has the court of whoever went through that.

The girl from the National Air Mail

Ana Rita Aranha is a contagious joy. But you've had bad times. Publicity, made good money with the production of videos and institutional. But it was not what she wanted to do either, and the depression began to creep in. At first, she did not even know what was happening. "When one realizes dissatisfaction, it is essential to plunge towards self-knowledge. First of all, one must know what goes on inside the soul." The first step has to be inwardly, says Ana with complete certainty. For her, this process began with meditation. She took a course to learn how to meditate according to raja yoga. "The thoughts were calming, the mind became clearer. I began to see the 
  situation more clearly," Ana says. The help of "padrinhos" also helped her a lot. In this case, his parents were fundamental. As well as a friend who had also gone through the process of change and a good therapist. "Every time I sank trying to find new directions, they encouraged me. It was very comforting to have that support." To mitigate her expenses during the transition, she returned to her parents' house and set up her small office there. His big dream: to dedicate himself to making documentaries for the movies, which, admittedly, is not an easy decision to make. "I'm a natural storyteller, and I want to talk about lives that encourage people to pursue their dreams," she says. 
  One of his current projects is to document the history of the National Air Mail, the adventure that was to break the air in the interior of Brazil and bring hope and help to isolated communities. Her enthusiasm is such that she has conquered the former Air Mail participants, now in their 80s and 90s, and even earned the title of honorary member of the national Air Force. There are still the sponsors needed to finish the project, and she's not afraid to go looking for them door-to-door. When the belt tightens too much, she makes a frill as a producer in an advertising agency and plays forward. 
  Ana is still in the process. You have no prizes or achievements to present in relation to your B plan. Sometimes you fade away, sometimes you take strides. But he does not abandon his project at all. And, in a simple way, who knows his courageous example can enliven the will to realize the dream that exists right there in his heart. Now in his 80s and 90s, and even earned the title of honorary member of the national Air Force. There are still the sponsors needed to finish the project, and she's not afraid to go looking for them door-to-door. When the belt tightens too much, she makes a frill as a producer in an advertising agency and plays forward. Ana is still in the process. You have no prizes or achievements to present in relation to your B plan. Sometimes you fade away, sometimes you take strides. But he does not abandon his project at all. And, in a simple way, who knows his courageous example can enliven the will to realize the dream that exists right there in his heart. Now in his 80s and 90s, and even earned the title of honorary member of the National Air Force. There are still the sponsors needed to finish the project, and she's not afraid to go looking for them door-to-door. When the belt tightens too much, she makes a frill as a producer in an advertising agency and plays forward. Ana is still in the process. You have no prizes or achievements to present in relation to your B plan. Sometimes you fade away, sometimes you take strides. But he does not abandon his project at all. And, in a simple way, who knows his courageous example can enliven the will to realize the dream that exists right there in his heart. And she is not afraid to go looking for them door to door. When the belt tightens too much, she makes a frill as a producer in an advertising agency and plays forward. Ana is still in the process. You have no prizes or achievements to present in relation to your B plan. Sometimes you fade away, sometimes you take strides. But he does not abandon his project at all. And, in a simple way, who knows your courageous example can enliven the will to realize the dream that exists right there inside your heart. And she is not afraid to go looking for them door to door. When the belt tightens too much, she makes a frill as a producer in an advertising agency and plays forward. Ana is still in the process. You have no prizes or achievements to present in relation to your B plan. Sometimes you fade away, sometimes you take strides. But he does not abandon his project at all. And, in a simple way, who knows his courageous example can enliven the will to realize the dream that exists right there in his heart. But he does not abandon his project at all. And, in a simple way, who knows his courageous example can enliven the will to realize the dream that exists right there in his heart. But he does not abandon his project at all. And, in a simple way, who knows his courageous example can enliven the will to realize the dream that exists right there in his heart.
by Liane Alves

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Man makes plane back after being charged $ 12.00

An extremely cold cabin caused a passenger to argue with a Hawaiian Airlines employee. The man, 66, threatened the worker after being told a blanket would cost $ 12. According to Rob Pedregon, a police spokesman at Los Angeles International Airport, the elderly man said he refused to pay because the environment was too cold. Then, during a conversation with an airline representative, the man stated that he wanted to "hit someone behind a wall because of it." The behavior of the disgruntled passenger was informed to the authorities, who requested that the flight to Honolulu be redirected to Los Angeles.

After the landing, police and FBI agents met with Hawaiian Airlines employees and the troublemaker, and decided that the passenger would not be assessed. "We questioned the parties involved and determined that there was no crime or threat."
Although everything had ended away from a police station, the flight still went out of its route. "Changing a flight is never our first choice, but the crew felt it was necessary in that case to go to Los Angeles and land the passenger before our flight over the Pacific Ocean began," said Alison Croyle. A spokesman for Hawaiian Airlines.

Tiny Device Allows You To Track Your Vehicle Using Your Smartphone

   Have you ever lost your car on a parking lot? It happens. You park and go shopping. When you get back, you don't have a clue where your car is. Then you start roaming around clicking on the panic button on your car keys so the alarm goes off. It can be frustrating, especially on a hot, sunny day.

No, you don't need to install an expensive GPS system to keep track of your car. That's way too expensive. You would need to pay a monthly subscription fee just to use it. Don't we have enough bills to pay already?

But is there a way to track your vehicle without spending a fortune? Yes, now there is!

A California-based startup company was able to make this a reality. They created a tiny device that works with your smartphone, and it could be exactly what you're looking for!
It's called TrackR. It is a state-of-the-art tracking device the size of a quarter. It's changing the way we keep track of the important things in our lives.
It's easy! Install the free TrackR app on your smartphone, connect the app to your device and you're ready to go! Simply attach TrackR to whatever you want to keep tabs on. The entire process of setting it up only takes 5 minutes or less.

You can attach it to your keys, briefcase, wallet, your latest tech gadgets and anything else you don't want to lose. Then use the TrackR app to locate your missing item in seconds.
Forget expensive GPS systems or tracking services. Nobody wants to pay expensive monthly subscription fees. We understand how stressful these things can be, and this is the reason why TrackR was created. This device is your VIP when you need to take care of more important things in life.

Remember the car scenario above? If you have the TrackR, you can just hide it under your car's floor mat, in the trunk or in the glove compartment. Somewhere it won't be found if your car gets stolen.

If you forget where you parked your car, whip out your smartphone and open the TrackR app. Tap on the "lost item" icon on the screen and the app will tell you the exact coordinates of the last known location of the TrackR.
You're probably thinking that this device is very expensive... False! TrackR only costs $29! That's a small price to pay for peace of mind, isn't it?
As we said before, TrackR has unlimited possibilities. The device is small and unobtrusive enough that you can attach it to your pet. Put it on their collar, and the issue of searching for them as they scamper off to nearby places will be over! Attach it to your keys and wallet, and never waste a minute rummaging the whole house for it.

TrackR even comes with a double-sided adhesive so you can stick it to your laptop or under your bike seat. Track down and punish the thieves who steal your expensive things!

Physicians and imperfections of human nature

Medicine demands sacrifices and permanent commitment, characteristics often ignored or misunderstood by society

The medicine offers its main protagonists a privilege unparalleled in human existence: the chance to alleviate suffering and rescue beings for life. The sensation provided by these moments is breathtaking and this happens in the daily life of the medical life.
Unfortunately, these moments do not last because physicians are often stung by the imperfections of human nature and by the effects of an unjust and unequal society led by rulers unable to understand that without health there are no free beings.
A profession that demands permanent personal commitment, the separation of the family and the coexistence with suffering. And it is often the victim of misplaced misunderstandings of society, which does not always recognize the limitations of medicine or the existence of inexorable facts that involve human existence , such as inexorable death, decay for years or the occurrence of diseases without cure .
How to mitigate those less intoxicating aspects of the profession? I have no doubts: honestly exposing the imperfections that surround medical science and its professionals, fragile as other beings. Much more than that, denouncing the downsizing of those who address us, with the dignity that the position of doctor gives us. Without the shame of protesting, of kicking and sprouting in society the critical conscience and the feelings of citizenship and indignation.
And always remembering Archbishop Desmond Tutu: "If we become neutral in a situation of injustice, we will have chosen the side of the oppressor."

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Obama Is Holed Up Writing His Book On The South Pacific Island Of Tetiaroa
 a brief layover in Hawaii, former President Barack Obama is hanging out on a South Pacific island for a month to write his White House memoir, according to the Washington Post. 

The island, called Tetiaroa, is an atoll located in a group of French Polynesian islands. Its closest neighbor is Tahiti, which is roughly 30 miles away. Not only is it super private and exclusive, it’s also gorgeous:  
scouting locations for his 1962 movie, “Mutiny on the Bounty.” A decade after Brando’s death in 2004, the property was acquired by hotel company Pacific Beachcomber and converted into an ultra-luxurious resort called The Brando.

Obama is reportedly staying at the 35-villa resort for most of his month on the island, and its eco-friendly reputation keeps in line with his own high environmental standards. According to its website, the resort eventually hopes to be 100 percent energy independent ― fueled by solar panels, generators powered by coconut oil and a contraption that converts seawater to air conditioning. 

Rooms start $2,800 per night and some are as expensive as $13,300 per night, but the amenities are simply outrageous. And considering Barack and Michelle Obama recently inked a book deal worth a reported $60 million, they can afford to splurge a little. 
 IF Barack decides to bring the whole family along for part of his stay, The Brando is both super family friendly and all-inclusive.

“This is an ideal resort for families as well as honeymooners and clients seeking seclusion,” Dan Ilves, senior vice president of Travel Store, told The Huffington Post for a previous story. “All activities are included and for those interested, there is an onsite marine research center.”

Other activities include snorkeling in a coral garden, swimming in a magical place called Mermaid Bay and enjoying the resort’s incredible spa. 

Le Monde': Manifestations without passion to support the Lava Jet

Report says Brazilians went to the streets without passion
The French daily Le Monde published a report on anti-corruption protests held on Sunday by Brazil. 

According to the newspaper the people did not join in the same way as before, at the time of the impeachment of former President Dilma Rousseff. Monde adds that despite this the local newspapers continue to show interest in the repercussions of Operation Lava Jato.

With the headline "Manifestations without passion to support Lava Jet", Le Monde reports that the Brazilians were called to the streets by the same movements that organized mass marches to defend the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff. 

The news highlights that the goal was to show that the fight against corruption has not come to an end, but the result was well below expectations. The text affirms that the demonstrators were few in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia. 

The newspaper said that the protests had failed, because the initial claim, which was to support the Lava Jet, accumulated with confusing demands, such as the release of arms and the defense of the return of the military to power, and evaluates that this situation created Malaise among the organizers of the protests, in addition to a climate of uncertainties
Another factor pointed out by the Monde is the radicalization to the right, which can be a consequence of a feeling of disappointment and disgust of those who supported the impeachment. The latest revelations from Lava Jato show that both the left and the right - from former President Lula to President Michel Temer, to Aécio Neves and Governor Geraldo Alckmin - are being denounced. It is then necessary to find "the ideal candidate".
To conclude, the newspaper said that Judge Sérgio Moro, considered the demonstrators, has not yet decided whether to embrace politics, and while he thinks, the name on the rise is that of the mayor of São Paulo, João Doria, who conquered the Paulistas with Its apolitical image.

Trump signs decree repealing climate policies of the Obama era

President says his administration is putting an end to the 'war on coal'.

  US President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a decree repealing a series of climate change regulations adopted by his predecessor, Barack Obama, a measure designed to strengthen domestic energy generation and create jobs . Environmentalists say the decree is dangerous and has promised to fight it in court.
Before signing the decree on a visit to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Trump said his administration is putting an end to the "war on coal". He also said that federal government regulations are "killing jobs".
"We have a very impressive group here to celebrate the beginning of a new era of energy, production and job creation in America," he said.
The main target of the decree is Obama's Clean Energy Plan, which requires states to eliminate carbon emissions from power plants - a critical element in helping the US meet its commitments to a global climate agreement signed by nearly 200 Countries in Paris in December 2015.
The decree will also rescind a ban on coal mining on federal lands, reverse rules for containment of methane gas emissions from gas and oil production, and reduce the weight of climate change in federal assessments of new regulations.
Trump has been pointing to changes for some time now, saying that reversing ecological regulation will leverage gas, oil and coal production and generate thousands of jobs, all without damaging the country's air and water quality.
Comprehensive, the decree is the boldest of Trump's broader initiative to reduce environmental regulation to resurrect the drilling and mining industries, a promise he reiterated during the presidential campaign.
Energy analysts and executives questioned whether the measures will have a major effect on their industries, and environmentalists have dismissed them as negligent.
"I can not tell you how many jobs the presidential decree will create, but I can tell you that it provides confidence in this government's commitment to the coal industry," Kentucky Coalition President Tyler White told Reuters. .
"These actions are an assault on American values ​​and threaten the health, safety and prosperity of every American," said billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, director of the NextGen Climate group.

British tabloid generates wave of criticism with headline on legs of premiers in meeting on Brexit

Cover material from the 'Daily Mail' on premieres from England and Scotland was called sexist.
  The  cover of this Tuesday's edition of the British tabloid "Daily Mail," which features a photo of premiers Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon next to the phrase "best leg contest", has been ranked on the internet as an example of "sexism imbecile."
The newspaper was criticized for emphasizing the legs of the prime ministers of England and Scotland, respectively, during a talk on Brexit and a second referendum on the departure of Scotland from the United Kingdom.
The cover was criticized by politicians from different parties. The Daily Mail replied, "For God's sake, they'll fix what to do!"
The report, signed by journalist Sarah Vine, was part of a page dedicated to the appearance of the two leaders.
The headline read "Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!" ("Forget Brexit, see who won the best pair of legs contest"), accompanied by a photo of the two women sitting during a chat in a Glasgow hotel.
"There's no question that the two women believe their high heels are the best weapon in their physical arsenal," Vine said in the text.

Palm Beach asks Trump to pay for his visits or let go

Visits to a private golf club can cost Florida taxpayers almost $ 6 million a year. Authorities close airspace, block roads and send special services; Police and firefighters are required to expand contingent.
  Since Donald Trump took over the presidency of the United States and turned his Florida mansion into a "Winter White House," local authorities have asked him to reimburse the cost of his visits to Palm Beach County. Now you are asked to pay or stop going.
"We understand that the president wants to come here. It's a paradise, right?" - said Florida congresswoman Lois Frankel during a press conference outside the Trump club garden.
"What we ask, again, is to help us get a refund for this county and this city."
Or, instead of going to his golf club and private residence in Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Trump "could go to Camp David and limit spending in our area," he suggested.
Frankel is backed by Jeri Muoio, mayor of West Palm Beach. During "the weekends the president is here," the official said on Monday, "Police and firefighters have to work [with a contingent of] 120%. This means more hiring and overtime pay."
Every time Trump goes to Florida, the authorities close the airspace, cut off some roads, send special services, and deal with protesters for and against the president.
And if he plans to continue to Mar-a-Lago as often as he has gone, the county will need funds to defend himself against cyber attacks and prepare to avoid and respond to terrorist atta
And to top it off, "Trump and a large Chinese delegation will be here next week," Paulete Burdick, Palm Beach Mayor, told AFP on Tuesday.
Although Burdick and other officials asked the federal government two weeks ago to reimburse Trump's high-spending visits, "we have not heard of them," she said.
The Trump-Xi Sea-to-Lake meeting will cost $ 280,000, Democrat representatives Lois Frankel, Alcee Hastings and Ted Deutch, all three of Florida, warned in a letter sent to Trump Thursday.
"The county estimates that [throughout the year] its visits will cost between $ 3.3 and $ 5.8 million," the reps wrote.
If the federal government does not grant Palm Beach County any compensation, "we respectfully ask you to reduce your visits until the matter resolves favorably for our area," Congressmen wrote to Trump.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Why the GOP's mortifying health-care failure is great for America — and Republicans

 On  Thursday, the Republican-held House of Representatives postponed its vote on the American Health Care Act, aka RyanCare, aka TrumpCare, because the leadership couldn't secure enough votes for it. President Trump has since delivered his congressional colleagues an ultimatum: Pass the AHCA on Friday, or live with ObamaCare.

The AHCA is probably dead. Even if it somehow passes the House, it will almost certainly not pass the Senate. Inevitably, this whole mess will be portrayed in the press as a humiliation for an administration whose leader touted his ability to get deals done. And obviously, this is not a good look for the White House. But whether they know it or not, Republicans dodged a bullet when the AHCA went down in flames.

Health care has been a winning political issue for Republicans for eight years. ObamaCare has had lots of problems, and in the minds of voters, Democrats "owned" health care. So anything bad was blamed on them, not just by die-hard Republicans, but also by swing voters. But today, the GOP, as the party that holds the White House and both houses of Congress, owns health care. Which means that anything bad that happens will be blamed on them.

And under the AHCA, bad things would have happened. It was just a mess of a bill. Millions of people, especially Trump voters, would have lost coverage. Regulations that keep health-care costs high would have largely stayed in place because the Republican Party decided to pass the bill through a process known as reconciliation, which requires only 51 votes in the Senate but can only affect the parts of ObamaCare that directly affect the budget. The structure of the bill's tax credits, favoring older voters at the expense of the young, and the rich at the expense of the poor, was akin to a Democrat caricature of what a Republican health-care bill would look like. The attack ads just write themselves.

If the AHCA became law, it would have made a mess similar to the mess created by ObamaCare (and probably worse, suggests the CBO), except this time Republicans would own the mess. Which makes for a predictable result: losing a lot of elections. Especially when the hardest hit by the AHCA's regulations are white working-class voters who voted for Trump because they felt betrayed by the establishment.
So what should conservatives do?

This is a quandary where two conservative priorities are put in tension. Conservatives want to deregulate health care. And conservatives want the government to spend less money on health care. The problem is that they can't do both. If they repeal bad ObamaCare provisions (and they are bad), such as guaranteed issue (which forces insurers to provide coverage to anyone), or community rating (which prevents insurers to price based on the customer's actual risk), many people will suddenly find coverage unaffordable. If these people don't get money to compensate for those short-term fluctuations and keep getting covered, there will be millions of pissed-off Americans. By the same logic, if conservatives want the government to spend less money on health care, the only way to do it in the short term is through regulations that force insurers, and maybe providers, to provide services at essentially below cost, which means regulation. The AHCA tries to thread that needle by doing a little of both, but it won't work. It won't work politically, because it gives every stripe of conservative a reason to be angry; and it won't work on the policy merits, because lots of people will lose coverage and because it won't fundamentally inject consumer dynamics into the health-care system.

One of the deep and time-honored insights of conservatism is, quite simply, that you don't always get everything you want, because the world is tough. Conservatives are going to have to choose. And they should choose the approach that gets rid of the regulations.

The goal for conservatives in health care is to have a system where prices go down over time through consumer choice and innovation. That requires active consumers and a deregulated marketplace. In the short term, because of the way ObamaCare was designed, the only way to accomplish this without committing political suicide where 15 million sick people are suddenly dropped is to write some checks.

Slash regulations. And then subsidize health care. That has to be the conservative answer.

Obviously, that's just my point of view. But at least I have a point of view, something the Republican leadership has conspicuously failed to have. They have yet to truly evaluate different choices, realize that every path includes trade-offs, and make a decision. "It's time to lead" is one of the most tired clichés in American politics, but in this specific instance, never has it been more appropriate.

Trump-recommended show calls for Paul Ryan to resign

Watch @JudgeJeanine on @FoxNews tonight at 9:00 P.M.," President Trump tweeted Saturday morning — hardly an unusual post for a president known for his love of cable news shows. But in that evening's episode, Judge Jeanine Pirro kicked off her program with a demand for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to resign. "He failed to deliver the votes on his health-care bill, the one trumpeted to repeal and replace ObamaCare," she said, insisting the de facto demise of the bill — backed by Ryan and Trump alike — "is not on President Trump" because "no one expected a businessman to completely understand the nuances, the complicated ins and outs of Washington." Pirro said she did not discuss her message with the president before the show. While Trump has not explicitly blamed Ryan for the defeat, the House speaker is in a difficult position after his legislation alienated the most conservative and moderate wings of his party alike.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Secret Service won't get $60 million more to protect the Trumps

U.S. Secret Service spending to provide security for the lavish and far-flung travel of President Trump and his family – including Trump’s now almost weekly trips to his Florida resort for presidential consultations and golf – has gotten so out of hand that the agency recently requested a $60 million increase in its budget for the coming year.
But The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that the request was turned down by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), headed by director Mick Mulvaney. The Secret Service was told to try to find the money through savings in other areas of its budget.
The request, contained in internal agency documents obtained by the newspaper, was an urgent plea for more resources after Trump and his family’s travel and lifestyle had begun to stretch the Secret Services resources to the limits.
Nearly half of the additional money that was sought in the fiscal 2018 budget request – or $26.8 million – was to be used to pay to protect Trump’s family and private home in New York’s Trump Tower. The remaining $33 million was for security related to travel incurred by “the president, vice president and other visiting heads of state.”
First lady Melania Trump and her young son, Barron, live in the family’s three-floor Manhattan penthouse, while Trump largely divides his time between the White House during the week and his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida on weekends. Trump flew to Mar-a-Lago last Friday for his fifth post-inauguration weekend trip, just a day after OMB issued a federal budget proposal for the coming year seeking $54 billion in cuts in many government programs and agencies to offset the cost of a major military buildup.
The government spent an estimated $10 million on Trump’s first three trips to Mar-a-Lago in late January and February, according to a recent investigation by The Washington Post. At that rate, travel and security for Trump and his family could run up hundreds of millions in costs by the end of his term.
Trump’s adult sons, Eric and Donald Jr., travel extensively overseas in running the family business and they receive round-the-clock Secret Service protection. Eric Trump’s trip to Uruguay in January to check on the progress of a Trump hotel reportedly cost taxpayers nearly $98,000 for agents’ hotel rooms.
At the same time, Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner, serve as senior advisers to the president, and they and their children are also afforded Secret Service protection.
Ironically, Trump more than once criticized the cost of President Obama’s travel, saying it was “unbelievable” that Obama’s trips were “costing taxpayers millions of dollars.”
He vowed during the campaign to save the public money by working tirelessly in Washington and skipping extraneous or overly expensive trips. Since then, First Family travel and leisure has been taxing Secret Service resources. And that, over time, could degrade the quality of protection for the commander in chief.
The Secret Service acknowledged last Friday that a 26-year-old California man with a history of mental illness who breached White House security March 10 remained on the White House grounds for more than 15 minutes before Secret Service agents detected and arrested him. Trump was in the executive mansion at the time of the incident, and the man never got close to him.
That was only the latest in a series of potentially disastrous mishaps dating back years. In 2014, for example, an intruder with a knife managed to slip into the White House before he was tackled by an off-duty agent in the East Room.
The Secret Service’s latest budget request for 2018 operations is being kept under wraps, but the agency requested $734 million for its fiscal 2017 operations and support activities. The Post quoted a person familiar with Secret Service budget discussions as saying the request for $60 million of additional funding was submitted in late February, before being turned down as excessive.
“That means the agency will likely have to divert other spending to handle the additional burden,” the newspaper reported. The agency plays other vital roles besides protecting the president and his family, including investigating cyber crimes, ferreting out counterfeit money operations and cases involving missing and exploited minors.
The Secret Service’s annual budget last year was $2.2 billion, or 3.2 percent of the Department of Homeland Security’s overall $66.8 billion in spending. The agency, with wide ranging responsibilities, employs about 6,700 full-time equivalent workers, including about 3,000 agents. Salaries are better than average, and agent working long, grueling hours and traveling overseas are entitled to overtime, to a point.
Last October, USA Today reported that at least 1,000 Secret Service agents, or about a third of the agent workforce, had already maxed out on annual overtime and salary allowance because of the extraordinary demands of providing protection to Trump, Democrat Hillary Clinton and other presidential candidates. Some of the agency’s most senior agents reached their combined compensation limits of $160,300 a year as early as last June, according to the report.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Adolf Hitler's 'last bodyguard' reveals what happened in Nazi leader’s final minutes in the Berlin bunker

The bodyguard who was the first to lay eyes on Adolf Hitler’s dead body has described the last minutes of the Fuhrer’s life in intimate detail.
Rochus Misch, in a book to be published in English for the first time, explains how the Nazi leader said all soldiers were “released” from loyalty and that he wanted his body to be burned, before killing himself.
Mr Misch, who was the last surviving member of Hitler’s entourage when he died in Berlin aged 96 in 2013, also described how he walked in on mistress Eva Braun in a “flimsy nightie”.
The telephone operator was on the switchboard in Hitler’s bunker on 30 April, 1945, when General Keitel messaged in to say the army failed to break the Soviet encirclement in Berlin and that the end of the Second World War was inevitable.
Adolf Hitler is widely held responsible for up to 11 million Holocaust deaths and the Second World War which killed up to 80 million 
"Shortly afterwards, Misch heard Hitler talking quietly to [Nazi party official, Martin] Bormann and others. He looked and saw Hitler walk into his study. Eva, now Mrs Hitler, followed him in," said the book’s commissioning editor Martin Mace.
He saw Otto Günsche, the Führer's adjutant, close the door behind the newly-married couple. Güsche told Misch that the boss was not to be disturbed.
"Hitler shook hands with Günsche and told him that all soldiers were released from their oath of loyalty.
"Hitler had already told his adjutant that he did not want his body to be publicly abused as Mussolini's had been and that he wanted his corpse to be burned."
He added: "Everyone in the bunker waited nervously. Then there was some commotion. The study door was opened and Misch looked inside."
Mr Misch said: "My glance fell first on Eva. She was seated with her legs drawn up, her head inclined towards Hitler. Her shoes were under the sofa. Near her … the dead Hitler. His eyes were open and staring, his head had fallen forward slightly."
The memoirs also describe how Mr Misch walked in on Eva in a "flimsy nightie" in the guestroom, which had a private passageway into Hitler's room, and she put a finger to her mouth telling the bodyguard to keep quiet.
Mr Misch, who thought he would be sacked over the incident, also said he heard Ms Braun and Magada Goebbels swearing to die with their respective men.
Mr Misch was kidnapped by the Soviet Red Army, and imprisoned in labour camps for eight years, after trying to escape into hiding.
He spoke fondly of Hitler until his later years, describing him as a “wonderful boss” and "no brute", and was thought to be the last survivor of the Führerbunker after Siegfried Knappe died in December 2008.

Running out of iPhone storage space? These tricks can help

Storage space on the iPhone has always been a finite, valuable commodity, dating back to the original iPhone in 2007.
Whereas many Android phones allow you to add more storage through microSD cards, Apple's phones are limited. If you are running low on space, here are some ways to free up some gigs.
Check your storage
First, check your free space. You can do this by going to Settings, then General, then Storage & iCloud Usage. This will give you a clear readout of how much space you have, with one additional click on "Manage Storage" giving you a detailed look at which apps are taking up the most space.
Upload your photos to the cloud
Photos and videos were already some of the biggest space hogs. With recent iPhones employing 8 or 12-megapixel cameras and shooting high-quality HD and 4K video, space can quickly become a premium.
While you can always transfer your pictures to your computer, there are other solutions to save your photos without ever plugging in.
Personally, I'm a fan of Google Photos. In addition to offering free, unlimited storage for videos (up to 1080p resolution) and photos (up to 16-megapixels), the free app also automatically backs up your files. It will also guide you through how to delete the photos and videos from your phone after they have been safely stored on Google's servers, something rival apps currently do not do.
If you are someone who is constantly taking pictures this could be a lifesaver. Doing this last week saved me roughly 17GB.
Clear your iMessage history
Going through my storage found that I had over 4GB of storage space taken up by the Messages app. By default, the app saves all your Messages forever — that includes texts, videos, photos, files and of course, iMessages. The texts themselves are minuscule, but by saving all the attached photos and videos even on an old conversation that you haven't seen in months could take up significant amounts of space.
Luckily it's fairly easy to change this setting. Simply head to Settings and scroll down to Messages. Once there head down to the Message History section where you'll see a "Keep Messages" tab that will allow you to change how long messages are saved. The current options are 30 days, 1 year and "Forever," though be mindful that once you switch off of "Forever" you will permanently lose the messages older than the time period you select.
Buy plug-in storage
If you're someone who wants to keep their content local you can also buy an iOS flash drive. Just like the USB drives used on computers, these small dongles offer plenty of storage and plug right into the iPhone's Lightning port. Working in tandem with custom apps, these devices let you put some of your larger files on the flash drive to free up room on your phone. To view the files, simply plug the flash drive in and open the app.
There are, of course, downsides to this method. For one thing, due to copyright protections you can't store music from Spotify, transfer large apps or games to the drive or use the drive to save downloaded movies from iTunes or Netflix. It is, however, a good option if the videos and music you have is wholly owned by you.
This is also a pricier option upfront than storing items in the cloud. Two of the more popular drives, SanDisk's iXpand and Leef's iBridge 3 cost roughly $40 and $50, respectively, for a 16GB version.
The iTunes trick
For those running really low, with less than 6GB free, this hidden trick is for you.
Exposed last year, there's a way to get your iPhone to free up extra storage space for you quickly and at no charge. Simply go to the iTunes Store from your iPhone, find a large HD movie (The Avengers is 6.68GB) and double tap the "Rent" button. Don't worry, your iTunes account won't be charged the $3.99 to rent the movie as your iPhone will realize it doesn't have enough space, clearing out the caches and other data from apps on the device to make more room.
I tried this method on my own 64GB iPhone 6S Plus when it had less than 2GB free. It jumped to close to 7GB after I tried to rent Doctor Strange (a 4.79GB file). Replicating the process on my friends 16GB iPhone 6 saved roughly 470MB, not enough to download the movie but more than enough to let him update his apps and take pictures.
As you can see your mileage with this will vary, but it's a great solution in a pinch. One thing to note: Make sure to go back to check your free storage after each attempt. You don't want to accidentally free up too much and have the movie downloaded (and your credit card charged).

Donald Trump, Jr., Criticizes London Mayor After Deadly Attack

It has become something of an online custom in the social media age to react to tragic news stories — like Wednesday’s terror attack in London — with well-meaning if sometimes rote messages like “thoughts and prayers.” But that does not appear to be Donald Trump Jr.’s style.
“You have to be kidding me?!” Mr. Trump tweeted on Wednesday afternoon, as details of the attack — which left at least four dead and 20 injured — and its toll continued to unfold. “Terror attacks are part of living in big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan.”
Mr. Trump, the oldest son of President Trump, used his tweet to call attention to an article from last September in The Independent, a British newspaper, that described Mr. Khan’s reaction to the bombing in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood.
Mr. Trump badly mischaracterized the London mayor’s remarks. Mr. Khan did not describe terrorism as “part of living in a big city,” as if bombings and shootings were an inescapable fact of life. He said that terrorism preparedness, including providing sufficient support to the police, was “part and parcel of living in a great global city.”
“That means being vigilant, having a police force that is in touch with communities; it means the security services being ready, but it also means exchanging ideas and best practice,” Mr. Khan said in a video interview published by The Evening Standard, another British paper. (For the record, Mr. Khan did say the victims of the Chelsea bombing were in his “thoughts and prayers.”)
“Nothing is more important to me than keeping Londoners safe,” Mr. Khan added. “I want to be reassured that every single agency and individual involved in protecting our city has the resources and expertise they need to respond in the event that London is attacked.”
Mr. Trump’s tweet was not well received by Britons, who were still learning details of the attack when the son of the president of the United States decided to weigh in. On Twitter, Wes Streeting, a member of Parliament from the Labour Party, accused Mr. Trump of capitalizing on the attack in London and called him “a disgrace.”
Ciaran Jenkins, a correspondent for Britain’s Channel 4, asked Mr. Trump on Twitter if he thought his remarks were “helpful.”
“Did you even read the article before goading London’s Mayor during a live incident?” he wrote on Twitter. He added, “Headline is based on very first sentence, which if you’d bothered to read it could apply to any major city in the world. Key word: ‘threat.’ ”
Political violence in the United Kingdom is relatively rare, but the country has not been immune to terrorism. The country endured decades of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland that often spilled over into Britain, but there has not been a large-scale attack since July 7, 2005, when jihadists killed more than 50 people in attacks on subway trains and a bus.

FBI info suggests coordination between Trump aides, Russia

The FBI has information suggesting that associates of President Trump may have worked with Russian operatives to release information aimed at hurting former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign, CNN reported Wednesday, citing U.S. officials.
FBI Director James Comey on Monday revealed that his agency is investigating Trump and his aides' potential ties to Russia, as well as possible coordination with Moscow.
The revelation confirmed months-long speculation that Trump's aides were included in federal probes of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Among the information held by the FBI is human intelligence, travel and business records and phone records, according to CNN, though agency officials made clear that the information does not conclusively prove collusion between Trump associates and Russia and would have to be further investigated.
Questions about his and his aides' ties to Russia have roiled Trump's young administration. His first National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned last month amid revelations that he discussed sanctions with Russia's ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and Attorney General Jeff Sessionsrecused himself from investigations into the Trump campaign after it was revealed that he failed to disclose two meetings with Kislyak that happened during Trump's presidential bid.
Flynn, along with former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Roger Stone, have already reportedly been the subjects of FBI probes. They have all denied having improper interactions with Russian officials during the campaign.
The U.S. intelligence community concluded in a report released publicly on Jan. 6 that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a massive influence campaign to interfere in the presidential election in favor of Trump.
That conclusion has spurred the Senate and House intelligence panels to investigate the activity, as well as Trump and his aides’ ties to Moscow.
Tensions grew among members of the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, after the panel’s chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) announced that he had seen evidence that the intelligence community incidentally collected information on Trump transition team members as part of routine surveillance of foreign targets.
Without discussing the matter with the Intelligence Committee, Nunes went to the White House to brief Trump on the information, sparking fury among committee Democrats. Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) slammed Nunes’s decision, accusing him of routing the panel and muddying the investigation.
"The Chairman also shared this information with the White House before providing it to the committee, another profound irregularity, given that the matter is currently under investigation,” Schiff said in a statement on Wednesday.
“I have expressed my grave concerns with the Chairman that a credible investigation cannot be conducted this way."

Brazilian goalkeeper charged with torture and murder of ex-girlfriend - 'Mistakes happen. I’m not a bad guy'

A Brazilian soccer player who had his mistress murdered and fed to dogs claims he is "starting over."
In his first major interview since being released from prison, 32-year-old Bruno Fernandes de Souza said: “What happened, happened. I made a mistake, a serious one, but mistakes happens in life - I’m not a bad guy.”
People tried to bury my dream because of one mistake, but I asked God for forgiveness, so I’m carrying on with my career, dude,” he said,
The star goalkeeper was sentenced to 22 years in prison in 2013 for his involvement in the murder of former model Eliza Samudio. The two were engaged in a paternity dispute over a child they conceived in 2009, while Bruno was still married. When Samudio began demanding child support  payments, a group of Bruno’s friends kidnapped the young woman, tortured her, and fed her dismembered body to Rottweilers.
Just this February, however, a judge ordered Bruno’s release on a technicality. The goalie had served just six years and seven months — less than a third of his original sentence.
A month later, Boa Esporte, a second division club in south-eastern Brazil, signed the former star for a two-year contract. The decision crew outcry from women’s rights groups and caused several groups to withdraw funding from the club, according to CNN.
Club owner Rafael Gois Silva Xavier defended his decision to sign Bruno last week.
“He was found guilty, he served his time and he was released by the courts,” he told reporters. “He deserves another opportunity

WSJ editorial: Most Americans may conclude Trump 'fake president'

President Donald Trump's repeated lack of "respect for the truth" puts him in jeopardy of being viewed as "a fake President," The Wall Street Journal editorial board says.
"Two months into his presidency, Gallup has Mr. Trump's approval rating at 39%. No doubt Mr. Trump considers that fake news, but if he doesn't show more respect for the truth, most Americans may conclude he's a fake President," reads the editorial, which appeared online Tuesday night.
"This week should be dominated by the smooth political sailing for Mr. Trump's Supreme Court nominee and the progress of health-care reform on Capitol Hill," the editorial said. "These are historic events, and success will show he can deliver on his promises. But instead, the week has been dominated by the news that he was repudiated by his own FBI director."
While the Journal's editorial board was no friend of Trump during much of the 2016 campaign, the strong language in the editorial is particularly notable given the board's typically conservative outlook and the fact that the Journal is owned by Rupert Murdoch, with whom Trump has had a long and complicated relationship. Murdoch harshly criticized Trump in the wake of his 2015 putdown of Sen. John McCain but has gradually warmed up to the businessman-turned-President.
The editorial also slammed Trump for refusing to back off his administration's unsubstantiated allegations that President Barack Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower. Multiple lawmakers, including Republicans, have called on Trump to apologize to Obama for making the claim without providing any evidence.
"He has offered no evidence for his claim, and a parade of intelligence officials, senior Republicans and Democrats have since said they have seen no such evidence," the editorial board wrote. "Yet the President clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle, rolling out his press spokesman to make more dubious claims."
Asked about the editorial on CNN's "New Day" Wednesday morning, Texas Rep. Pete Sessions said Trump's unverified allegations do hurt his credibility.
"It does hurt," he said. "It hurts a lot not only for my party but for people to have a sobering look at what others are saying."
"I can look at the camera and tell you that we're going to do better. Notwithstanding where the President is with The Wall Street Journal, the American people want and need a better health care bill now and I'm going to help that," Sessions added.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Loja de LEGO na Inglaterra cria o seu retrato com blocos

Em novembro do ano passado, a LEGO inaugurou a sua maior loja oficial em todo o mundo. Localizada na Leicester Square, em Londres, o local possui 914 metros quadrados e demorou 2,280 horas para ser construído. Uma das coisas mais legais da loja, além da miniatura de 200 mil peças do Big Ben, é uma máquina que transforma o seu retrato em um quadro de lego.
O mosaico custa US$ 121 dólares (cerca de R$ 380) e é formado por 4,502 peças de 1 centímetro por 1 centímetro. Cada kit contém o mosaico, peças em 5 tonalidades diferentes e uma ferramenta que ajuda a separar os blocos. Todo o processo dura cerca de 10 minutos e é feito na hora.

Fox pulls Napolitano from air after Trump report

 Fox News Channel has pulled legal analyst Andrew Napolitano from the air after disavowing his on-air claim that British intelligence officials had helped former President Barack Obama spy on Donald Trump.

A person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because it was a personnel matter said Napolitano has been benched and won't be appearing on the air in the near future. Fox had no immediate comment Monday.

Napolitano's report last week on "Fox & Friends," saying he had three intelligence sources who said Obama went "outside the chain of command" to watch Trump, provoked an international incident. Britain dismissed the report as "nonsense" after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer quoted it in a briefing, part of the administration's continued defense of Trump's unproven contention that Obama had wiretapped him at Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign.

FBI Director James Comey, testifying before Congress on Monday, became the latest official to state that no evidence has been found to support Trump's charge.

The president, when asked about the incident, said that "all we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. I didn't make an opinion on it. You shouldn't be talking to me. You should be talking to Fox."

Fox's Shepard Smith, on the air Friday afternoon, quickly stepped the network away from Napolitano's claim.

"Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now-president of the United States was surveilled at any time, in any way," Smith said.

Napolitano is a senior judicial analyst who has worked at Fox News Channel since 1998, and frequently comments on the Fox Business Network. He was a New Jersey Superior Court judge from 1987 to 1995.

How Trump Can Fix His Troubled White House

The president’s first 100 days have been, by and large, a disaster.
Reports of chaos, confusion, and infighting seem to leak out of the West Wing on a daily basis. The president is his own worst enemy, easily distracted, obsessed with minutiae, and uninterested in instilling much order in his administration. His staffers, many of them young, don’t really know the ropes, and it shows. The cluster of aides who arrived with the president from out of town irks official Washington, which, feeling shut out, views the executive-branch staff as bumbling provincial bumpkins and cheers on every failure. The media are more than happy to weave a narrative of chaos. Relations between press and president were strained during the campaign—stories bubbled up about the candidate’s sexual indiscretions, and aides became convinced their boss was subject to a double standard—and now reporters are out for blood. Even the president’s wife is subject to harsh attacks.
It’s spring 1993, and Bill Clinton’s term in office is off to a rocky start.
The parallels between Clinton’s difficult transition and Donald Trump’s are, of course, imperfect, and the two men arrived in different circumstances with vastly different agendas. But the Clinton transition shows how an administration can stumble out of the gate, and how that a president who sets his mind to it can fix them. Perhaps more importantly, it shows how the first 100 days can set the stage for an administration’s later successes and its recurring weaknesses. Although he righted his listing ship, Clinton’s early mistakes haunted the remainder of his seven-plus years in office.
It’s spring 1993, and Bill Clinton’s term in office is off to a rocky start.
The parallels between Clinton’s difficult transition and Donald Trump’s are, of course, imperfect, and the two men arrived in different circumstances with vastly different agendas. But the Clinton transition shows how an administration can stumble out of the gate, and how that a president who sets his mind to it can fix them. Perhaps more importantly, it shows how the first 100 days can set the stage for an administration’s later successes and its recurring weaknesses. Although he righted his listing ship, Clinton’s early mistakes haunted the remainder of his seven-plus years in office.
“The first year is a difficult year, whether it’s President Trump or President Clinton. You’re getting started. There’s going to be some startup slips. We had our share,” Thomas “Mack” McLarty, Clinton’s first chief of staff, told me.
The Clinton administration’s first problems began even before he took office, and were self-inflicted. The 42nd president was reluctant to prepare for his administration before the votes had been tallied—partly a result of superstition about jinxing the outcome, but also because he didn’t want to be seen as presuming victory. Once the election was over, the president-elect made a decision to focus more on his Cabinet and other appointments than on his White House staff. Clinton didn’t name a White House chief of staff until mid-December—nearly a month later than Donald Trump selected Reince Priebus for that post. In some ways, the decision paid off. Clinton had all but one of his Cabinet nominees confirmed by Inauguration Day, which McLarty thinks was a worthy tradeoff.
But the belated focus on the White House staff meant that many of its members had little experience in the highest reaches of Washington politics. “The emphasis on the construction of the Cabinet and sub-Cabinet led to a White House staff that was constructed late, on the fly and almost by remainder,” adviser Bill Galston recalled in an interview with the Miller Center at the University of Virginia years later.
In particular, the press questioned the number of aides who Clinton brought with him from Little Rock, including McLarty, an Arkansan who had been extremely successful in business but who, while active in politics, had never held a political post. McLarty said that criticism was unwarranted.
“You have to have a blend of people who are knowledgeable about the levers of power,” he told me. “We got criticized a bit about Arkansans in the government, but every president going back to Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan, they all had people from their home state who they had relationships with. Likewise with President George W. Bush and President Obama—they brought in people from Texas and Illinois, respectively.”
But McLarty saw the value in Washington experience, too. In June, he tapped David Gergen, a veteran of the Republican Nixon, Ford, and Reagan administrations, to join his team, a step that McLarty believes was essential to stabilizing the presidency.
Trump, too, has compiled an eclectic, eccentric mix of advisers, few with White House experience. They include close confidants from New York, like his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and campaign figures like Steve Bannon. Kellyanne Conway, a longtime Washington figure, has never worked in the West Wing. Stephen Miller, just 32, has become a powerful figure, even though, as Joshua Green wrote, “In any other Republican administration, he’d have been lucky to land a second-tier job at a third-tier agency.” Priebus ran the Republican National Committee, but he, too, has no federal-government experience.
Trump should have had a jump on Clinton’s 1993 pace. After September 11, as my colleague Russell Berman reported in depth, the presidential-transition process was overhauled to ensure continuity of government, including providing for funding and space for transition teams for both major-party candidates. Instead, Trump got the worst of both worlds. He still doesn’t have a full Cabinet, with nominees moving slowly through the confirmation process. And, like Clinton, his West Wing staff has failed to jell. Many of the top figures in the White House also came directly from the election war room at Trump Tower, which requires shifting gears.
“Any president has to make the transition from campaigning to governing,” McLarty said. “That’s really what a transition is about, and that's really what the first 100 days are about, and it’s crucial that you realize it's a very different landscape, a very different passage in your endeavor.”
Conveying that lesson to President Clinton was not an easy task. “It was just chaotic. There wasn’t anybody in charge,” domestic policy adviser Bruce Reed told the Miller Center in 2004. “I think he kind of liked it that way. He knew he was his own best strategist; he liked being able to make the decisions. So he didn’t worry too much about the fact that his advisers couldn’t agree.”
If Clinton was slow to learn that lesson, Trump seems to flatly reject it. He reportedly revels in the chaos, viewing it (at least in his more optimistic moments) as creative tension and disruption. Trump and Bill Clinton also share a lack of discipline that leads them to become distracted from the task at hand and obsessed with minor details—though in Clinton’s case, that tended toward policy minutiae, while Trump has favored feuding with the press, Barack Obama, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
This is how Trump operated during the presidential campaign, and it’s understandable that he’d expect what worked then would to work now. Candidate Trump was answerable only to himself and delighted in thumbing his nose even at the Republican Party. His improvisatory approach served him well, garnering attention while simultaneously allowing him to change the subject quickly after each gaffe. When Trump made a decision, he could quickly turn it into action.
But that’s not how the White House works.
“You have these various stakeholders, including the press and members of Congress, that you've got to establish relationships with,” McLarty said. “You've got to establish rapport with world leaders. You've got to be mindful of ‘those that brung you,’ as the expression goes.”
Instead, Trump has clashed with each of these constituencies. He has eagerly alienated the press, and just as eagerly alienated Democratic members in Congress—but he hasn’t done all that much better with Republican members. They have been taken aback by his accusation that Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, worried about Russian interference in American elections, and divided over how to replace Obamacare—a maneuver that Trump, in an odd echo of his predecessor’s approach to passing the law, has decided to leave to Congress to sort out. (“Nobody knew health care could be so complicated,” he has said—Clinton is among the many who would disagree.)
Meanwhile, Trump has forged few relationships with foreign leaders, and fewer still with important U.S. allies, while his outreach to Vladimir Putin seems endangered by domestic political considerations. After Trump delivered a relatively well-received address to a joint session of Congress at the end of February, a series of scandals overshadowed it, reportedly infuriating Trump. This sort of distraction is a classic pitfall, said Leon Panetta, Clinton’s second chief of staff.
“Your goal is to stay focused on the news that the president should be focused on and what you want to be the headline, not what the press wants to be the headline,” Panetta told me in January. “Your hope is that the president will not be diverted from the principal message that he wants to get out that day.”
Keeping the president on task requires a White House structure that streamlines decisions, allowing the president to focus on only the most important tasks, confident that aides will execute his decisions efficiently. It also requires the West Wing staff to bury rivalries and egos. Yet each day seems to bring new revelations about Trump’s team, as White House aides leak damaging information about each other and jockey for position. Clinton suffered similar internal rancor.
“His first White House staff, and the way they constantly went around Mack McLarty—it was destructive,” media consultant Frank Greer told the Miller Center. “Everybody was freelancing, everybody was promoting themselves, everybody was looking out for themselves.”
McLarty disagreed with Greer’s assessment, saying that strong communication with the president prevented any problems. “I never felt he undercut me or did something I wasn’t aware of,” he told me. “Did I know he was getting thoughts from others inside and outside government? I think any president’s going to do that. That’s going to have some influence on him. As long as the president’s working with you and you’ve got good and open communication, I just never had that problem.”
McLarty, who had never worked for Clinton in government, had been somewhat surprised to be tapped as chief of staff, and decided to serve no more than two years. In the summer of 1994, he stepped down and was replaced by Panetta, who was then head of the Office of Management and Budget. Panetta told Clinton he was happy where he was. The president replied, “You know, you could be the greatest OMB director in the history of the country, but if the White House is falling apart, nobody's going to remember you.”
So Panetta took the job and set to work. “I remember asking my predecessor, Mack McLarty, I said, ‘Could you give me a chain of command? What's the staff structure in the White House?’ And he paused and he said, ‘You know, I don't believe I've ever seen one of those,’” Panetta said with a laugh. “I immediately knew I was in deep shit.”
(“I don’t think it was that big a deal. I kind of vaguely remember. I think everybody knew the organization pretty well,” said McLarty, who recommended Panetta as his successor.)
Panetta instituted a pair of staff meetings every day, one for all staff and another for a smaller group. He wanted to make sure he knew what everyone in the White House was doing, so that he could then work with the president—and make sure that there weren’t many different people speaking with Clinton, offering contradictory information. He set up a schedule stretching six months, setting priorities for each day and week.
Trump, however, has maintained an “open-office” policy, meaning that a huge number of aides can speak with him, from top advisers on down to Trump’s private security director, and to Omarosa Manigault, the former Apprentice contestant who now runs communications for the Office of Public Engagement.
One special irritant for Panetta was the profusion of people moving around the West Wing with grand titles and vague or elusive portfolios. “These were people who walked into meetings and talked about, gave their thoughts on all kinds of issues, usually raising hell, and then walked out of those meetings with no responsibility other than to talk a good game,” he said. “They really didn’t have the responsibility to carry out any specific duties except to kind of give their thoughts on what should or shouldn’t happen.”
The way Panetta dealt with those people varied: useful ones co-opted, difficult ones sidelined. One of them was the wunderkind campaign veteran George Stephanopoulos: “I liked George, and I thought he was really smart, so I said, ‘You're going to work under me, pal!’” Another was Dick Morris, the longtime Clinton strategist (or “little campaign shit from Arkansas,” in Panetta’s words), who was commandeering staff to work on pet projects, which Panetta stopped. Today, the Trump White House features a similarly long roster of aides with lofty titles. Priebus is chief of staff. Bannon is chief strategist. Kushner and Miller are senior advisers. Conway is counselor to the president.
“You cannot have a number of power centers within the White House,” Panetta said. “This White House is in danger of making a terrible mistake.” (James Baker, the Reagan chief of staff on whom Panetta modeled his tenure, offered a more diplomatic version of that critique in an interview with Politico: “The White House that they have constructed has a lot of chiefs. In this White House, it seems to me, you’ve got at least four, maybe five, different power centers, so we are just going to have to wait and see how it works in practice.”)
In his defense, Priebus has attempted to impose some of the same measures Panetta did—including an 8 a.m. senior staff meeting, and telling aides they need to go through him or his deputy to speak with the president. Yet the result has been not a more orderly White House, but simply more leaks painting him as weak, beleaguered, and ineffectual. The leaks have become such a problem that Press Secretary Sean Spicer took to checking White House employees’ phones to plug the holes. That, too, leaked.
Anonymous leaking to the press is a challenge for every president, but it is a particular plague for more dysfunctional administrations. Panetta recalled demurring after Clinton demanded he ferret out the source of a leak from the White House.
“I kept telling him, ‘Look, if we spend all of our time and resources trying to find out who was leaking what, A, we'll never really determine what happened and B, it will divert us from the primary mission that we should be working on,’” he said. “The key for me was ultimately if I could build that sense within the White House where people felt like they were part of a team and were loyal to that team, then the problem of leaks began to heal itself.”
These problems—the fractious staff, the vast range of distractions, the press battles, the machinations of other stakeholders, and the gusher of leaks—pose a special challenge to Trump because they are features of the political world that are distant from the way he was able to run his company in the private sector. Businesspeople aspiring to public office have for years argued that their experiences in the private sector will make them effective in the public sector, only to find that the two realms reward and require different, if overlapping, skill sets.
For Trump, the shift is partly a matter of size: The Trump Organization, despite its large declared assets, is a lean company with a small, tightly-knit staff, with family members as executive staff—a mom ’n’ pop that runs international resorts, basically— while Trump now sits atop the massive, sprawling federal bureaucracy.
Galston believed Clinton, the longtime governor of Arkansas, had a similar problem adjusting to the scale of the federal government: “What’s typical about talented governors of small states is that they are head and shoulders above the other politicians in their state, and they can—through force of intellect and character and a loyal dedicated staff—move the political system of those states… Washington is not that way at all.”
But Trump’s challenge is also structural. In business, Trump was constrained only by his deal-making abilities and, to a certain extent, regulation and the law—though he showed an affinity for sidestepping regulations and civil suits through lengthy litigation and creative settlements. Government’s lattice of checks and balances is already hobbling Trump; when the federal judiciary suspended his immigration executive order, he lashed out in anger.
McLarty, who came to the White House after serving as CEO of Arkla, a Fortune 500 natural-gas company, was unusually well-positioned to assess the difference between business and government. While the pace of change in government can feel comparatively slow, that doesn’t mean the president can be slow, he said.
“We found, and I found, and I think President Trump will find, that the timeline for making decisions in the White House is much faster than in business,” McLarty said. “The wheels of government grind slowly, but you have to move forward and make decisions. Sometimes you don't get your legislation passed quickly—that part does grind slowly.”
Trump and his staff are also dealing with a much broader range of issues than a real-estate-and-entertainment concern like the Trump Organization, McLarty said—and eventually, “President Trump and his team are going to have to prepare for UFOs— unforeseen occurrences.”
For example, in March 1993, North Korea announced its intention to withdraw from the Non-Proliferation Treaty, an apparent test of the Clinton team. (Pyongyang later reversed course.) Now North Korea is testing a new president again, with missile launches in mid-February and again over the weekend. State media reported that one weapon being tested is designed to be able to strike U.S. bases in Japan. The White House was notably slow in responding.
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From one angle, Clinton’s first 100 days are a harrowing warning to Trump. The problems that emerged early on continued to haunt him for the rest of his presidency. Aides found ways to mitigate and direct the president’s lack of discipline, but it still flared up in both the policy and personal realms, most notably in his affair with Monica Lewinsky. A series of scandals, including Filegate and Travelgate, fed into the independent counsel’s investigation that ultimately turned up that affair and led to Clinton’s impeachment. His bold push to overhaul the health-care system, overseen by First Lady Hillary Clinton, collapsed, dooming reform for another 15 years and stalling his policy agenda.
Clinton’s approval rating dropped from 58 percent when he took office to just 37 by June. (Trump hasn’t dropped as much because he started much lower.) The combination of a rudderless administration and proliferating scandals helped Republicans to a massive victory in the 1994 midterm elections. That created GOP control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 1946, and enabled Clinton’s impeachment.
From a different angle, Clinton’s example could be heartening for the Trump team. Despite his rocky start, Clinton went on to easily win reelection. He oversaw a booming economy. And while portions of his legacy—the crime bill, NAFTA, and welfare reform chief among them—have lost their luster, he remains well-liked by the public and well-regarded by political historians. Ending up with a Clintonian reputation would seem near-miraculous given Trump’s start, a challenge compounded by the fact that, despite some notable political victories, much of his agenda is deeply unpopular.
“After the first year, President Clinton’s approval rating was 57 percent—and remember, he got 43 percent of the popular vote in 1992,” McLarty said. “I think Donald Trump would take that deal in a minute, if he could get his team in place, get his legislation in place, step onto the international stage, establish positive relationships with world leaders, and have a 57 percent approval rating at the end of the first year.”
How far Trump can get toward that goal will depend on Reince Priebus, but Priebus’s success will, in turn, depend on Trump. The buck stops with the president. McLarty often receives blame for the early chaos in the White House, but some administration alums, like Galston, have countered that Clinton’s White House ran the way it did because that’s what Clinton wanted. “Mack McLarty was selected because he’s a decent man, utterly loyal to the president, grew up with him, and would not interfere with that model of executive leadership, would enable it rather than interfere with it,” Galston told the Miller Center.
So it will be with the Trump administration: Priebus’s ability to right the ship will depend on Trump deciding he wants it righted. That will be especially tricky for the chief of staff, since Bannon—one of his rivals for control—has repeatedly espoused chaos as a useful strategy.
“[Priebus’s success] depends on two things: whether he has the total trust of the president, and two, whether he has the courage to tell the president when he’s wrong,” Panetta said. He predicted the shakeup would make the beginning of the Clinton administration look smooth by comparison.
“It's likely that this first year is going to be spent trying to work out all of those difficulties,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a lot bloodier.”

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