First Black Woman on ‘America’s Test Kitchen’ And Her Mission For Women Chefs of Color

As the first woman of color on America’s Test Kitchen—a PBS TV cooking show, Elle Simone, doesn’t view her “test cook” role as just a job. She believes it’s part of her life’s mission to advance the representation for women of color and provide them with a platform for mentorship, sisterhood, and job placement in the culinary world. “Through my social enterprise SheChef, I’m most proud of the women chefs that I’ve been able to mentor directly, said Simone. Their products are on the shelves of Whole Foods, they’re cooking for celebrities, and food styling with Food52.

“I would like to see the full dismantling of the “good old boys club” ideologies. The ones that condone mental, verbal, and emotional abuse as a measure of gaining respect or shaping chefs. I want more support for those who are choosing to go against the grain of these concepts in order to create positive kitchen cultures. I would love to see our male counterparts stop pretending that it’s such a phenomenon that women chefs are equally capable, and often more so, in the kitchen.”

As a culinary activist, Simone is also passionate about creating safe spaces for all women. “The culinary industry is no stranger to the types of behaviors that spearheaded the “#MeToo movement” and since women are largely the minority of our industry, it is easy for us to slip under the radar,” she said. I’ve always felt that women chefs, especially those of color, needed a place for support and guidance; figuring out how and what that looked like, became a priority for me. I believe it’s great to create beautiful content and create social settings for women chefs but what good is any of that if we don’t feel safe, affirmed, and represented?

Below, Simone shares her insight on how she plans to bridge the culture cap for women of color in the culinary world.

Talk about your role on America’s Test Kitchen.

On the PBS show, America’s Test Kitchen, my role is that of a test cook. The test cooks at ATK work long hours to test and develop recipes to get them to the level of perfection that the company strives for. On the show, the test cook shares with the host some of the challenges of the recipe and the ways in which they overcame those challenges in testing; essentially, making all the mistakes so that the ‘home cook” doesn’t have to. I’m also the food stylist for all the food on ATK TV and our secondary show, Cook’s Country.

What is the biggest thing you’d like to see changed in the culinary industry, and how are you working toward making that change happen?

This year, I moderated two very important panels on the “good old boys club” topic. The first was offered by SheChef Inc. at SXSW in Austin, Texas, about how women create and curate culinary careers. Our panelist were women who have used their unique career paths to start their own food business and how they’ve been able to foster positive kitchen cultures. The latter was with WCR (Women Chefs & Restaurateurs) Conference in Minnesota, where we discussed ways in which women chefs can speak up and show up for each other; reinforcing and strengthening our leadership voices and skills. People can feel exhausted from hearing these conversations time and time again, especially over a long period of time. But my feeling is that until the culinary industry is safe and fully inclusive, the dialogue should continue.

You’re in the midst of launching the Art of the Hustle Event Series for people pursuing culinary endeavors, what’s the purpose behind those events?

These events are a place where women in culinary can have a platform to teach and share about ways they have become successful and also share the mindsets and actions that may have hindered them. The goal is for everyone to walk away with several new ideas to implement that can help sustain their business. I always hope that networking will happen but I’m hoping for a sisterhood that will become the pulse and vein of SheChef Inc.

What’s the one thing you wish you had known before going into the culinary world?

I wish I had known that there are many paths that can be taken in this industry. You don’t have to be a restaurant chef! You can be a purchaser of a food distributing company, you can be a food stylist, you can be a nutritionist! I wish someone would’ve told me that the possibilities were endless, perhaps also that as a black woman, it’d be a bit more difficult but that despite that, I could do anything I wanted.

 

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Kaiser Permanente Receives Women’s Choice Award as California’s Most Recommended Health Insurance Plan and America’s Best Hospital Awards

PASADENA, Calif. Kaiser Permanente Southern California has received the Women’s Choice Award® designation, “California’s Most Recommended Health Insurance Plan,” as well as its medical centers throughout the region receiving multiple “America’s Best Hospitals” awards that include: Best Patient Safety, Best Hospital for Obstetrics, Best Stroke Care, America’s 100 Best Hospital, Best Bariatric Surgery, and Best Breast Center.

The Women’s Choice Award® identified “America’s Best Hospitals” across the nation to help women make smart healthcare choices. The Women’s Choice Award® methodology is based on surveys of tens of thousands of women, as well as research conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of Business on what drives the consumer experience for women vs. men.

In addition, the organization distributed a statewide survey to more than 10,000 women who reside in California, these women were asked to identify which health insurance plan they would highly recommend to their friends and family. Kaiser Permanente received its evidence-based designation, “California’s Most Recommended Health Insurance Plan” from these results.

“We pride ourselves on our patient-centered, integrated approach that creates high quality care,” said Julie Miller-Phipps, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Inc., for the Southern California Region. “It’s gratifying when data supports our approach and show us that our members choose Kaiser Permanente with confidence, knowing that we put their health and safety first.”

According to the Women’s Choice Award®, market research shows that women influence more than 90 percent of family healthcare decisions; and a national survey conducted by the Women’s Choice Award® determined which hospitals and services women would highly recommend in today’s marketplace. These hospitals had to meet exceptionally high standards regarding women’s unique needs and preferences.

The following Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers received one or more designated Women’s Choice Awards®, to view the detailed list please click here:

Kaiser Permanente Orange County Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente Moreno Valley Medical Center.

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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/share.

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Brit schoolgirl, 13, who wowed America’s Got Talent judges used busking to fund her dream

A BRITISH schoolgirl, 13, who wowed the America’s Got Talent judges has been busking to fund her dream, it’s been revealed.

Courtney Hadwin, from Peterlee in County Durham, performs on streets up and down the UK to pay for her singing lessons.

Courtney Hadwin, 13, who wowed the judges on America’s Got Talent, has been busking on the streets of the UK to fund her dream
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She gives some of the cash to her dad Paul for petrol money as he drives her to some of her favourite spots around the North East and even down to the capital.

The teenager received a standing ovation after she performed a storming rendition of an Otis Redding classic during her audition on Tuesday night.

Her proud grandfather, Tom Storey, told MailOnline: “The busking has been paying for her music lessons and for petrol money.”

The security guard, from Inverness, admitted that while the punters love her singing, Courtney wasn’t a huge hit with the other buskers.

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The America’s Got Talent judges were blown away by 13-year-old Courtney Hadwin’s performance
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He added: “They keep asking her to move away because she is always the big attraction and attracts the crowd. It doesn’t go down well with them.”

The 60-year-old revealed Courtney had chosen to enter the American version of the talent show because “the UK doesn’t get her” after she lost out in the UK’s The Voice Kids.

He said the youngster received online abuse after her appearance on the show, with some calling her a “shouter” not a singer, which left the family upset.

But Mr Storey firmly believes his granddaughter, whose moves are all self-taught, is going to “go down a storm” in the States as he expressed his pride.

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The British school girl was given given a standing ovation and ‘golden buzzer’ for her Otis Redding song
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Mr Storey added: “If she wins the million pounds it will be some transformation of the family’s finances.”

On Tuesday night’s show, Courtney was seen nervously walking on stage and telling the judges that her favourite subject at school was music.

After the schoolgirl, who attends The Academy at Shotton Hall, was asked to start her performance, she theatrically started to nod her head to the beat.

Within just a few bars of the 1968 hit Hard To Handle, her unexpectedly powerful voice had the judges all smiling, and Mel B shouted: “Oh my God!”

Very soon they were all on their feet along with the cheering crowd behind them to give Courtney, who’s previously appeared on The Voice Kids in the UK, a standing ovation.

Once she had finished, Simon said: “You were this shy little thing when you came out and then you sing and you’re like a lion.

“I mean genuinely incredible.”


As Courtney’s dad looked on proudly, judge Howie Mandel added: “You are not from this era!”

He could then be seen getting up and pressing the ‘Golden Buzzer’, which sends her straight to the final.

Last night, the Hartlepool teenager tweeted: “I didn’t know what to expect when I auditioned for @AGT but the golden buzzer was more than I ever could have dreamed of. Thank you so much @howiemandel I am so happy and can’t thank you enough xx”


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It’s official: some of the most beautiful sights in America can be seen on the road less traveled. After going through data collected by the US Department of Transportation, GPS tracking company Geotab has released a list of the country’s least traveled highway routes, which also happen to be some of the most scenic. From the remote roads of Alaska to the old colonial roads of Virginia, take a look at which roads showcase the most beauty.
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MEANWHILE…the big one that didn’t get away. Also, I had no idea there were constables in America.

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How Jamie Anderson, America’s Olympic Hippie, Won Snowboarding Gold

Jamie Anderson has hugged trees before competitions, and carries bark in her travel bag. She burns incense in her hotel rooms. The American snowboarding star grew up in Lake Tahoe, Calif., homeschooled alongside seven siblings by her mother Lauren; mom believed that kids didn’t belong cooped up in class, but should be free to roam the mountains and woods and learn the book stuff on their own time. “It was about connecting with the universe,” says Anderson’s older brother Luke, 33, “and going with the flow.”

She does yoga, and has said that her purpose is to find consciousness. She brings a pharmacy full of herbal remedies to events. The laid-back Californian has called herself a “peaceful warrior,” balancing the need to crush her opponents with inner calm, and a smile. “I consider myself an old hippie for sure,” Anderson’s father, Joey, a retired firefighter who grew up in the Bay Area in the 1960s tells TIME. “But Jamie’s a serious hippie.”

Anderson’s at one with her spirit, and on Monday afternoon at the Phoenix Snow Park in Bongpyeong, South Korea, she became a two-time Olympic champ. She cruised to another gold medal in the slopestyle competition, thanks to an error-free run; treacherous winds messed with the tricks of most riders. With her second gold, Anderson — who four years ago won the inaugural Olympic slopestyle event in Sochi — is now the first woman to win two Olympic gold medals in snowboard.

So far, the Americans have swept the snowboarding gold medals of these Games: Red Gerard took men’s slopestyle gold on Sunday. The women’s halfpipe final is on deck, set for Tuesday morning local time in South Korea: U.S. teen phenomenon Chloe Kim topped in qualifying, and fellow Americans Maddie Mastro, Kelly Clark, and Arielle Gold could also compete for medals.

Controversy did overshadow the women’s slopestyle, as some riders insisted that, given the gusting winds, the event should have been postponed. Riders repeatedly wiped out, banging their bodies against the snow after sailing and twisting off steep ramps. Just five of the 25 athletes in the competition completed their first run. “I don’t it think it should have been run at all,” says Norwegian rider Silje Norendal. She labeled the decision to go forward “crazy” and “sad.” Women’s slopestyle missed a rare chance to tout its talent to the world. “What we were able to show today was not good at all,” says Norendal.

Olympic officials did cancel the giant slalom alpine ski race on Monday, leading Norendal to suggest that that FIS, the international governing body for both skiing and snowboarding, gave the skiers preferential treatment. “When it’s alpine, they have a higher status, and they really want a good show,” says Norendal. “I feel like we’re definitely coming in second.” Giant slalom doesn’t even count as a speed event in ski racing. Meanwhile, snowboarders soar to the edge of insanity. Officials sacrificed safety to avoid a cancellation, some riders suggested. “The slalom today, I know it’s unfair if it’s windy,” says Norendal. “But they can’t die. We can actually get super hurt.”

Luckily, no one did. Anderson argued for holding the event, which was delayed for over an hour due to the weather. “It’s not like what we’re doing is safe anyhow,” says Anderson. Knowing so many riders in front of her were falling, Anderson dialed back her game plan, and even made a midair decision to flip once, not twice, off one jump. “I’m not extremely proud of my run,” she says. It was the kind was routine you’d find in a qualifying round; the riders save their best of the finals. Olympic viewers saw the junior varsity.

Still, her gold medal shines. Anderson had to fight injuries — both physical and mental — to earn her second Olympic title. Since Sochi, Anderson’s witnessed an influx of younger riders executing more difficult tricks. Their talent messed with with her head. “I was like really afraid,” says Anderson. “I was like oh my gosh, I don’t know if I’m going to keep with these young bucks.”

Incense and bark helped her stop stressing. Anderson’s always been a free-spirit, thanks largely to her upbringing. Her mother Lauren earned a teaching degree, then decided she’d rather instruct her children herself. “I wanted them to run free like little lambs,” Lauren, who during the event was wearing a USA beanie with “MOM” stitched in the wool, tells TIME. When Anderson was about 12, the spent a few days in junior high. Her father (wool hat: DAD) recalls her laying on the couch one day, after the final bell. “Dad,” she told him. “School sucks.”

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The mountain serves as her classroom. She’d beat the boys in BMX racing, and battled older sisters Joanie, 31, and Stacie, 28, on snowboards. The sisters constantly one-upped each other with new tricks. “She knew how to push buttons,” says Joanie, who along with Jamie won X-Games gold in 2007. “She wasn’t about to be lost in the mix.” Or as younger brother Joey, 23, puts it: “she’s a f–king boss, man.”

Anderson brings therapeutic accoutrements on road trips. “I have like a little altar set up at every hotel,” Anderson says. “It’s pretty sweet.” For the Olympics, she packed crystals — smoky quartz and clear quartz — a piece of bark, seed from a Hawaiian temple, and various essential oils. She brought frankincense and lavender to the mountain for her Olympic coronation. “I knew she had a little bit of a gypsy personality,” says Anderson’s boyfriend, Canadian Olympic snowboarder Tyler Nicholson. But when they started dating around three years ago, Nicholson was surprised she traveled like a healer. He’s since warmed up to her habits. “She owns it,” he says.

Plus, finding consciousness yields one hell of a result: making Olympic history.

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How Nathan Chen Became America’s Greatest Hope for Figure Skating Glory at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics

Nathan Chen hit the ice jumping when he landed in PyeongChang, South Korea to compete in his first Winter Olympic Games. Despite not sleeping through the night because of jet lag, the young American star managed to skate all three practice sessions to which he was assigned and he held little back, landing most of the challenging quadruple jumps for which he’s known.

That bodes well for the first member of the U.S. Olympic figure skating team scheduled to compete in PyeongChang. Chen, 18, will skate the short program portion of the team event this Thursday, Feb. 8, at 8pm ET, a day before the official Olympics opening ceremony on Feb. 9.

It’s a moment Chen was all but groomed for. When he was seven, Chen used to perform a routine set to “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” from the Lion King, decked out in a Simba costume with hoodie, ears and tail that his mother made for the occasion. Few could have predicted how prescient it was.

Chen is now the two-time U.S. national figure skating champion and is known as the Quad King for being the first skater in the world to land five quadruple jumps in a single program. Most elite figure skaters perfect just one or two of the four-rotation jumps. But Chen’s ability to whip off five different quad jumps makes him a favorite to win individual Olympic gold in PyeongChang.

A native of Salt Lake City and the youngest of five, Chen displayed his extraordinary skating skill from an early age, landing his first triple jumps at 10. Mastering quad jumps was an extension of the work ethic instilled by his parents, who immigrated from China. “My parents always wanted the very best from me, and pushed me further and further,” Chen tells TIME. “That stuck with me, and it’s something I’ve taken hold of myself and tried to improve on.”

As a rising junior figure skater, Chen noticed a “dry spell” in men’s skating in the U.S. during which there “hasn’t been too much motivation to do quad jumps,” he says. (A U.S. man’s last Olympic skating medal was Evan Lysacek’s gold in 2010.) “I was seeing younger guys at international competitions do crazy things, and realized we were a little far behind, and that we needed to keep pushing forward.”

Watching a competitor from China packing his figure skating programs with three quad jumps sparked a competitive fire in Chen. “Knowing that other guys were far ahead of me switched a light on in my head, that it was really important to get these quad jumps,” he says.

Trained in ballet and gymnastics along with skating, Chen’s strength and technique offered a strong foundation for building his repertoire of quad jumps. His training partner and Olympic teammate, Adam Rippon, says Chen is “one of the best jumpers in the world” and credits Chen with improving his own figure skating.

Chen is also among the most versatile. His programs seem to be a continuous work in progress — this season he has not performed the same long program twice, switching up his figure skating jumps depending on how he is feeling physically and compensating for any mistakes he may have made. Because he is able to execute five different quadruple jumps (not to mention their triple versions too), he has a range of tricks he can slide into his routines. “I’m the only skater currently who can do all five quads. So having that technical difficulty in my arsenal allows me to manipulate my program however I want during competition.”

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The downside of all that flexibility (and sheer physical force) is the toll it can take on his body. Just after winning his first medal, a bronze, at the senior U.S. national championships in 2016, Chen injured his hip, forcing him to spend five months off the ice to recover.

Once back in the rink, Chen focused on soaring even higher. “I never set out to do these programs, or to make history,” he says. “I just like to keep pushing myself and the sport.”

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‘America’s Next Top Model’: Cycle 24 Makeovers Ranked

The makeovers on America’s Next Top Model are always filled with drama, with plenty of tears flowing. While the transformations happened on Tuesday’s episode, VH1 just released before and after photos of the contestants, allowing fans to pour over the photos.

We rank all fourteen makeover (or as host Tyra Banks calls them, ty-overs). Some changes were subtle, and some were very dramatic. The makeovers were captured by photographer Massimo Capana.

Check out all the Cycle 24 model makeovers, ranked from worst to best.

14. Ivana

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Her ranking explained: Plus-sized contestant Ivana entered with big personality and big hair. But she started to fade after feeling she lacked modeling experience. When the judges cut off her hair — her source of confidence — she completely unraveled, admitting she felt “short hair was ugly.” She went from vivacious to flat, and was eliminated.

13. Shanice

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Her ranking explained: Poor Shanice. The statuesque model was looking forward to getting a makeover but patches of psoriasis on her scalp limited what could be done. Like Ivana, she took a major confidence hit, and ended up in the bottom two.

12. Christina

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He ranking explained: The producers seem to be handicapping Christina with unnatural green hair, which no other contestant in the history of America’s Next Top Model has ever had. While it may work for Kylie Jenner, it definitely doesn’t work for this 34-year-old hopeful. In the opening credits, Christina is seen with (slightly more manageable) purple hair, so perhaps she’ll undergo another ty-over.

11. Liz

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Her ranking explained: Pink is another outrageous color, but it’s definitely less shocking than green, and fits Liz’s quirky personality. But unlike Cycle 18 winner Sophie (who also was given pink hair), Liz’s banged look is a bit disheveled and sloppy-looking.

10. Sandra

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Her ranking explained: It seems the producers are obsessed with having a Kim Kardashian-lookalike this season, so they gave Sandra a long blunt bob just like the reality star. She’s yet to show any personality yet, so hopefully this hair will bring it out of her.

9. Rhiyan

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Her ranking explained: Rhiyan is a pretty girl. The judges have also found her pretty boring. This is a look Tyra’s given other contestants (notably Tiffany in Cycle 3 and Ebony in Cycle 7), and each time they hide behind their long tresses instead of embrace them.

8. Erin

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Her ranking explained: The judges hoped long wavy hair would help youthen the 42-year-old grandmother, who is the oldest contestant in the show’s history.

7. Kyla

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Her ranking explained: Image architect and judge Law Roach said Kyla is the most modelesque in the group, and this straight brown hair gives her a much more sophisticated look.

6. Brendi

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Her ranking explained: Brendi hated her buzzcut (she was afraid of looking too masculine), but she actually has the bone structure to carry short hair. She seemed very surprised when she got one of the week’s top photos. Unfortunately, contestants with short hair rarely win, the notable exception being Cycle 3’s Eva and Cycle 4’s Naima.

5. Khrystyana

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Her ranking explained: Khrystyana got platinum Daenerys Targaryen hair. She’s largely flown under the radar — a good thing on America’s Next Top Model — because producers tend to give contestants that are eliminated early more camera time. Like Dany, it may take Khrystyana awhile to get to her destination, but she’ll make a big splash when she arrives.

4. Coura

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Her ranking explained: Banks loved Coura’s look so much that she changed nothing about it, which has only happened a couple times in America’s Next Top Model history. Like Kyla, and Rhiyan, she has yet to show any personality whatsoever … and looks only take you so far in this competition.

3. Liberty

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Her ranking explained: “You voted red, so you’re going red,” Banks told the Trump supporter. The new hair color actually lit a fire under the middle-of-the-road contestant, giving her a newfound confidence and the best performance of the week.

2. Rio

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Her ranking explained: Rio was already the “cool chick” of the competition, and the edgy, blonde ‘do has made her next level fierce.

1. Jeana

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Her ranking explained: Jeana suffers from alopecia, an auto-immune disease that causes hair loss. She was hesitant to remove her wig, because she had been teased for her lack of hair all her life, getting called “cancer patient” and other names. After an emotional exchange with Roach, she agreed to remove it. Once her wig was lifted, so was the burden on her shoulders. She embraced her baldness and established herself as a frontrunner. The only downside — she was already the shortest contestant by far before the makeovers and will need to overcome that.

Which was your favorite America’s Next Top Model makeover?

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President Donald Trump’s reported derogatory remarks about Haiti and slur against immigrants from “shithole” countries in Africa sent shockwaves around the world, simultaneously becoming a diplomatic issue that could damage America’s global image and complicating an immigration reform effort at home.


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Alaskan ‘sunrise’ girl sheds light on how humans populated Americas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ancient DNA extracted from the skull of a six-week-old baby girl whose 11,500-year-old remains were unearthed in a burial pit in central Alaska is helping scientists resolve long-standing controversies about how humans first populated the Americas.


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32 Years of Covering America’s Most Admired CEO, Kenneth Chenault

One of the most dynamic business leaders that BLACK ENTERPRISE has covered during the past 32 years has been American Express CEO Kenneth I. Chenault, who will retire on Feb. 1, 2018. During his 16-year tenure as chief executive—the longest run ever for an executive at the helm of a company listed on the Dow Jones industrial average—he has led the financial giant’s innovation, transformation, and growth. Managing through challenges such as the world-quaking events of 9/11 and the Great Recession to the industrial disruption caused by the digital revolution. Along the way, the Harvard-trained lawyer and moot court champion has demonstrated his prowess by being a powerful communicator and ubiquitous motivator who never loses sight of customers, employees, and other stakeholders.  BLACK ENTERPRISE unveiled his dexterity and brilliance in our first major profile in the December 1985 issue and followed every major milestone in his career since that time. In this slideshow, you, too, can track his ascent and find out how he became, in the words of our Founder and Publisher Earl G. Graves Sr., “the best CEO of his generation.”

View the slideshow for a look at BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine’s coverage of Chenault throughout the decades:

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In One of America’s Most Dangerous Cities, Football Is a Reprieve for the East St. Louis Flyers

The story of East St. Louis (Ill.) High’s football team might feel familiar: An athletic program thrives in an afflicted community, providing its players with a foundation of strength and a path toward a better life. In 89 Blocks—the Fox Sports Films documentary executive produced by Sports Illustrated with LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s Uninterrupted chronicling the Flyers’ 2016 season that will air on Fox on Nov. 26—coach Darren Sunkett sums up the reality his players face. “We live this struggle every damn day,” he says, “but when we come out here, we forget about it all.”

The film’s impact derives in part from the magnitude of that struggle: East St. Louis has the nation’s highest per capita murder rate, and 43.5% of its 26,922 residents live below the poverty line. But the doc also delivers emotional force by focusing on individuals: the enigmatic star receiver who, coaches admit, is a mystery even to them; the cornerback who is devastated by the sudden death of a 17-year-old cousin; the coach who, through his work, compensates for missed time with his own eldest son. What might seem all too familiar becomes deeply human.

Sunkett knows well football’s power to elevate. Playing at Camden (N.J.) High in the early 1980s helped lift him out of the troubled city to Cheyney (Pa.) University, a historically black school where he lined up at defensive back. “That was pretty much my ticket to success,” he says. By the early ’90s he had married his wife, Lisa, an East St. Louis native, and they relocated to the area. In 2000, after coaching eight seasons at two other area schools, Sunkett took over the Flyers, who had claimed six state titles and produced NFL All-Pros such as linebacker Bryan Cox and tight end Kellen Winslow Sr. before sliding into mediocrity in the years following the 1995 retirement of legendary coach Bob Shannon.

It was a trajectory not unlike that of East St. Louis itself. Once a thriving middle-class manufacturing and shipping hub—the National Civic League designated it an All-American City in 1959, the same decade its population peaked at more than 80,000—it was hit by forces of urban destabilization, both common and unique: deindustrialization, white flight, the construction of an interstate that fractured neighborhoods.

When the crack epidemic struck the U.S. in the 1980s, the drug “came in and tore through the city like a forest fire in a high wind,” says Daily Beast editor-at-large Goldie Taylor, an East St. Louis native. Wildly disparate federal sentencing laws (one gram of crack was treated the same as 100 grams of powder cocaine) hastened the devastation by tearing up implicated families and keeping them apart. The city’s population continued to wane. Schools shuttered or merged. Neglected buildings fell into disrepair, their surrounding lots overgrown. “The city was never the same,” Taylor says.

Against this backdrop Sunkett rebuilt the football program into a powerhouse that serves as one of the city’s points of pride and its players’ brightest source of hope. In 89 Blocks—a reference to the city’s footprint and a nickname used by East St. Louisans—Sunkett and his staff impress on their team that football can open doors to higher education. (The school’s 2015 season had been cut short by a midseason teachers’ strike, wiping out the best chance to impress recruiters for that year’s seniors.)

No Flyer from the class of ’17 is more coveted than wideout Jeff Thomas, an eventual All-America and top 10 recruit at his position. But no Flyer is as frustrating, either. Absent from a string of practices, Thomas is held out of a game and must eventually win over his teammates, who voted on whether he should keep his roster spot. His coaches confide that their star is hard to reach, often hidden behind walls he’s built to protect himself from a harsh environment.

Miami football fans can provide an update on Thomas’s saga. After committing to the Hurricanes last February, the 5’10”, 175-pound Thomas has forced his way onto the field as an explosive, if slight, slot receiver, catching 13 passes for 273 yards, including 48- and 78-yard scores in consecutive games last month. “I’m not surprised,” Sunkett says. “Jeff’s been doing what he’s doing now since he was in sixth grade.”
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A small fly that thrives at an inhospitable California lake east of Yosemite National Park long has perplexed observers who watch as it crawls into the severely salty and alkaline water, snacks on some algae or lays some eggs, then emerges dry as a desert.


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45 Great Moments in Black Business – No. 23: America’s First Black Billionaire Buys NBA Franchise

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This year, BLACK ENTERPRISE celebrates the 45th anniversary of its roster of the nation’s largest black-owned businesses—The BE 100s. To commemorate the significance of this collective’s widespread impact on black business and economic development as well as American industry over four decades, we have presented 45 milestones moments. As part of this tribute, we continue our yearlong countdown.  

Today we reveal No. 23 in the web series “Great Moments in Black Business.” 

2003: Billionaire Bob Johnson makes another slam dunk in black business history by breaking the ownership barrier in professional sports through the acquisition of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats.

Recognized as America’s first black billionaire, business mogul Robert L. Johnson is accomplished at being involved with and closing big deals.

 

(Robert L. Johnson. Image: File)

 

Johnson showed his proficiency as a serial entrepreneur when he paid $ 300 million in 2003 to acquire the National Basketball Association’s Charlotte Bobcats expansion team.  The transaction was huge as it made Johnson the first black majority owner of a major professional sports team.

Johnson’s deal shattered ownership barriers when it came to a black businessman operating in that realm, though at the time, the NBA had a player base that was roughly 80% black.

The acquisition came two years after Johnson, the founder and chairman of Black Entertainment Television (BET), sold that company to Viacom for roughly $ 3 billion. As such, Johnson became a billionaire and household name.

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The audacious entrepreneur has always been focused on engaging in commercial enterprises in sectors which had an absence of African American ownership. For example, while in the process of selling BET, he also sought to launch DC Air as a major black-owned airline operating from Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington. Johnson, a US Airways board member at the time, hammered out a deal to acquire assets in the Washington market for $ 141 million as part of United Airlines then-parent UAL Corp. ‘s $ 4.3 billion bid for US Airways in 2000. The deal was grounded when the Department of Justice blocked the merger in 2001.

After he closed the BET deal, Johnson vigorously went after becoming a majority owner of a sports franchise but never succeeded. Johnson failed twice to buy the Charlotte Hornets from team owner George Shinn. After the Hornets relocated to New Orleans, the NBA opened itself to the possibility of adding an expansion team in Charlotte for the 2004-2005 season. In January 2003, the NBA Board of Governors granted Johnson the Charlotte franchise. He also gained ownership of the WNBA’s Charlotte Sting.

 

(Image: Black Enterprise Magazine, March 2003)

 

Johnson believes it was his business savvy and financial status that won the deal—he connected with NBA owners who were members of the selection team as well as had influencers such as then-AOL Time Warner CEO Dick Parsons and former President Bill Clinton go to bat for him. He also says that being African American was the fast break on his slam dunk: “The fact that I am African American was a plus, but at the end of the day, if I didn’t have the credibility or experience, there’s no way they would have said, ‘We’ll give it to you just because we want a black guy running an NBA team.”

 

(Image: Black Enterprise Magazine, March 2003)

 

Yet Johnson’s tenure as the NBA team’s owner was tarnished by forces like poor attendance and slow sponsorship sales, contributing to the loss of tens of millions of dollars and unprofitability. In 2009, Johnson began seeking a buyer.

Deal With Jordan

 

He eventually sold the franchise in 2010 to NBA legend Michael Jordan, who had been a minority investor and head of basketball operations since 2006, for $ 275 million. The Hall of Famer and six-time NBA champion became the second African American and first NBA player to own a franchise. At the time of the sale, Bobcats Basketball Holdings L.L.C., which Johnson founded, was ranked No. 40 on the 2009 BE INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE COMPANIES list. “I am confident that Michael’s leadership will bring success to the Bobcats whether it’s measured by on-the-court performance, success as a business, or making a positive impact in the Charlotte community,” Johnson said.

After operating under the Bobcats moniker for a decade, the franchise was named the Charlotte Hornets when it became available again after New Orleans owner Tom Benson changed his team’s name to the Pelicans.

Johnson continues to build his legacy as one of America’s most dynamic businessman and wealth builder. He currently serves as chairman of The RLJ Cos., a portfolio of holdings in assorted industries, including the RLJ McLarty Landers Holdings L.L.C., the highest-earning black-owned auto company with revenues of $ 1.6 billion and ranked No. 1 on the 2017 BE Auto 50 list and RLJ Equity Partners L.L.C. (No. 10 on the BE PRIVATE EQUITY FIRMS list with $ 334 million in capital under management). He was No. 2 on BLACK ENTERPRISE‘s list of “Titans: The 40 Most Powerful African Americans in Business” in the magazine’s 40th-anniversary issue and the recipient of the A.G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award, the media company’s highest honor, in 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We treasure our soldiers for what they do and stand for, yet how many of us know more than the basic facts of life in the military? Here are the hopes, dreams, doubts, and everyday challenges met by our active-duty and former service people—in their own words.

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Everywhere you look, everywhere you listen, every newscast you've watched has told you the same thing: That 2017 is nothing but a shit sandwich so far.

One month after an unpopular president took office, North Korea celebrated Donald Trump's admission into the World Leaders Club not with fireworks but with missiles fired into the Sea of Japan. War raged in the Middle East; cholera broke

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While a severe earthquake, hurricane, or nuclear disaster could easily destroy most buildings, there exists a rare breed of structures that would emerge practically unscathed and as striking as ever. These everlasting edifices incorporate rugged materials, impact-resistant surfaces, and clever mechanical features to survive the worst natural and man-made disasters. Here are 10 of the most indestructible buildings across the country.
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Twitter chat: America’s unhealthy relationship with opioids

America has an opioid problem.

More than 20 million people have substance use disorders, the Surgeon General said in a report last year, adding that 12.5 million Americans reported misusing prescription pain relievers. Ninety-one Americans die of an opioid overdose each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

How did this start? And what are we doing about it?

As a part of the PBS NewsHour series “American Addicted,” NewsHour (@NewsHour) will host a Twitter chat at 1 p.m. ET Friday, Sept. 29 to talk about opioid use and substance abuse with Dr. Leana Wen (@DrLeanaWen), Baltimore City Health Commissioner and Dr. Sarah Wakeman (@DrSarahWakeman), medical director of the Substance Use Disorder Initiative and the Addiction Consult Team at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Humans have struggled with opioids for centuries. Today, opioids are used as prescription painkillers, typically for chronic or acute pain such as a cancer or a wisdom tooth removal. The CDC reported that from 1999 to 2014, the sale of prescription opioids in the U.S. nearly quadrupled, while the amount of reported pain remained the same. The drugs have also enjoyed a sales spike on the so-called dark web, a set of websites and servers where users can purchase opioids anonymously.

Opioids target parts of our brain that release dopamine, a chemical associated with happiness, which can lead to addictive behavior. There are 48.9 million Americans using opioids or opiates, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. For those abusing the drug, quitting would mean several days of torturous withdrawal. Yet as opioid overdoses reach an all time high, doctors and other substance abuse experts are trying new methods to prevent and treat substance abuse.

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Could Legalizing All Drugs Solve America’s Opioid Epidemic?

Drug policy in the U.S. is at a crossroads. On one hand, at least 22 states have decriminalized recreational marijuana, eight of which have gone a step further by legalizing it altogether. At least 29 states permit medical marijuana for qualifying patients. Several additional states look poised to consider legalization, decriminalization, or medicalization in 2018. At the federal level, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) has introduced a bill to end the national prohibition of marijuana. U.S. policy toward marijuana, at least, is on a path toward liberalization–if not outright legalization.

On the other hand, the opioid epidemic creates pressure in the other direction. Many proposals for taming the epidemic involve further constraining access (for example, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines restricting prescriptions or state laws limiting access to painkillers). In addition, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions seems intent on reversing marijuana liberalizations, calling marijuana “only slightly less awful” than heroin.

Given this tension over drug policy, it is useful to note some of the positive outcomes of drug liberalizations around the world.

Portugal is a prime example: It decriminalized all drugs in 2001 amid a heroin addiction crisis and soaring numbers of drug-related AIDS deaths. Possessing small amounts of illicit substances is now treated as a public health problem. Instead of facing jail time, drug users who are caught must meet with medical experts, social workers, and psychologists who assess their situation and often direct them toward treatment or other rehabilitative services.

The results of this policy have been astonishing. Drug use has declined across all age groups. Overdose deaths have plummeted to just three per million adults, the second lowest rate in the European Union. For comparison, the drug overdose death rate in the U.S. is a staggering 185 per million adults. Portugal’s drug-related HIV infections have fallen by 94% since 2001. And the number of people arrested for criminal drug offenses has declined by over 60%, which has allowed Portugal to channel money once spent on arresting and imprisoning addicts toward more effective treatment programs.

As described by one Portuguese counselor who works directly with recovering addicts, “It’s cheaper to treat people than to incarcerate them. … If I come across someone who wants my help, I’m in a much better position to provide it than a judge would ever be.” Unsurprisingly, this humane approach to drug treatment has garnered widespread support among Portuguese citizens.

Similarly, the Czech Republic has removed penalties for limited personal use of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, and other substances. The nation’s lenient polices encourage users to seek treatment; largely as a result, annual overdose deaths are on par with Portugal at about five per million adults–much lower than the EU average.

Perhaps most radically, Uruguay fully legalized marijuana in 2013 and has decriminalized cocaine and heroin. While it is too early to determine its long-term effects, the new policy has helped Uruguay focus law enforcement resources on drug smuggling. The country’s government even operates a program that sells cannabis for just $ 1 per gram, making it difficult for black markets to thrive.

Domestically, recent marijuana legalizations in Colorado, Washington state, Oregon, and Alaska have yielded positive outcomes. Numerous studies show little to no rise in marijuana use following legalization, coupled with possible declines in cocaine and heroin use. Moreover, legalizations appear to have had no impact on violent crime and traffic accidents, consistent with medical research showing little association between marijuana and impaired cognition or driving ability.

Critics of drug liberalization often warn that further decriminalizing drugs in America will worsen the opioid epidemic. Citing “gateway” effects, many commentators (such as Sessions) advocate reducing opioid addiction via greater law enforcement and heavier penalties against all substance possession and use. But this reasoning ignores that opioids are already highly restricted, and that previous attempts to control them more tightly have been counterproductive.

Around the world, liberal drug policies have had great success in reducing the harms from drug addiction, such as HIV and overdoses. Faced with a raging opioid crisis, the U.S. would be wise to model its own drug policy after countries that have undergone similar experiences.

Jeffrey Miron is the director of economic studies at the Cato Institute and the director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University.


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13 Of America’s Most Flourishing Black Women Honored In TIME ‘Firsts’ Project

Winfrey honored in TIME's 'Firsts' series.

On Thursday, TIME released a multimedia documentary titled Firsts which pays homage to 46 trailblazing women through a series of video interviews and photos.

“Our goal with Firsts is for every woman and girl to find someone whose presence in the highest reaches of success says to her that it is safe to climb, come on up, the view is spectacular,” read the project’s homepage.

Among the women honored in the interactive series of videos are 13 black women (coincidentally, the number 13 also happens to represent the percentage of Black women in the United States population). The women’s accomplishments are grouped into categories titled: The Setbacks, The Motivations, The Families, The Histories and The Ceilings.

Black icons Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, Shonda Rhimes, Serena Williams, Gabby Douglass, Rita Dove, Issa Rae, Ursula Burns, Rita Dove, Mo’ne Davis, Aretha Franklin, Mae Jemison, Ilhan Omar and Loretta Lynch were all featured in the project.

“This is not a power list, this is not most famous women or most wealthy women,” TIME editor in chief Nancy Gibbs said. “This really is women who have stories to tell about breaking barriers that we think are instructive and inspiring across so many different fields. I think when you read their stories and hear them talk about what motivated them, what contributed to their success, what setbacks they faced, everyone will find someone they can identify with.”

In addition to the Friday issue dedicated to the ‘Firsts’ series, the collection of portraits and interviews with the women will also be available as a book which will be released September 19.

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An hour before dawn on a rooftop in Raqqa, you can see the Milky Way. The Islamic State's embattled capital in Syria, once home to hundreds of thousands of people, has been bombed back into darkness, but from the city center comes the trancelike recitation of the call to prayer. A sudden flash of red light illuminates the skyline, and a rumbling like distant thunder rolls over the rooftops. As

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Shares of CRH plc were gaining around 3 percent in the early morning trading in London after the building materials group reported Thursday higher profit in its first half with improved sales. The company also announced its agreement to sell Americas Distribution business to Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. for $ 2.63 billion in cash or about 2.2 billion euros.
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Meet the real Miss Americas. Since 2012, a pageant featuring women of the armed forces has been held in Las Vegas to bring awareness to the plight of homeless female veterans. Called Ms. Veteran America, it has everything you’d expect from such a contest: gorgeous gowns, special talents and personal interviews. But what sets this…
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Amazon’s Takeover of Whole Foods and the Implications for Black America’s Health

Last week’s news that Amazon acquired luxury grocery store chain Whole Foods rocked the business world. There have been countless articles speculating on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ new net worth—with some saying he is on track for becoming the richest person in the world. What’s being lost among the fervor over the money is how this purchase is likely a game-changer for communities of color by making high-quality, fresh food more affordable and more widely available.

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There is little doubt that Amazon is poised to disrupt the way we purchase groceries just as it did with the way we shop for everything else. Just last year, the company launched Amazon Go, a grocery store that uses Amazon’s Just Walk Out Technology.

This technology automatically detects when products are taken from or returned to the shelves and keeps track of them in a virtual cart. When you leave the store, your Amazon account is charged and you are sent a receipt. Amazon Go only requires an Amazon account, a smartphone, and the Amazon Go app.

Amazon Go is still in the experimental stage, currently only available to Amazon employees. It’s probably safe to bank this technology will play a large role in the Whole Foods acquisition.

It Will Be Delivered Everywhere

 

It’s also not a stretch to assume that anything you can buy now at Whole Foods you will be able to have delivered (and probably soon by drone).

Amazon’s vast delivery service will make quality food available in neighborhoods that are “food deserts”—inner-city and rural areas that lack large, local supermarkets and access to healthy, fresh food.

We are all aware of, and many of us hail from communities where McDonald’s, Popeye’s, candy stores, and bodegas account for a lot of that community’s food options. This means many people of color are living off of fast food as well as processed foods.

These unhealthy foods contribute to a host of health issues including obesity as a result of malnourishment, according to a report from Community Commons.

We also know that Whole Foods are located in wealthy zip codes. Having the ability to deliver from there to well, just about anywhere—makes Whole Foods accessible to those who do not reside in those zip codes.

It Will Get Cheaper

 

Of course, Whole Foods is not called “Whole Paycheck” for nothing. It’s expensive. But, as mentioned, with Amazon’s takeover, automation is sure to be a factor. It’s very likely cashiers will be replaced as Amazon Go’s technology is introduced in stores.

This automation will cut operating costs, allowing Whole Foods prices to drop. Couple that with the fact Amazon just reduced the rate of its Prime service for those with lower incomes.

Yes, with automation, people will end up losing jobs. But Amazon is always creating more jobs, including fairly high-paying work-from-home customer service jobs.

Equally important is that Amazon will democratize the wholesome food grocery experience the same way it has done with item shopping. For black and brown people and their kids stuck in food deserts, this will be a good thing.

 

 

 

 

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America’s most important historical dates will surprise you

Summing up all of American history in one book is nearly impossible — that’s why author Carl M. Cannon ingeniously takes it one day at a time. His “On This Date” (Twelve Books) highlights some of our country’s most important but less celebrated moments, from the arrival of the Mayflower through the 2016 presidential election,…
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VENEZUELA: Americas’ Foreign Ministers Condemn Constituent Assembly

Foreign ministers from 12 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean condemned the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) in Venezuela and deemed it as a “breach of the democratic order” in the country, according to a joint statement released by Peru’s Foreign Ministry after a meeting held yesterday in Lima.
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AP FACT CHECK: How strong is America’s nuclear arsenal?

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s tweet Wednesday that America’s nuclear arsenal is “now stronger and more powerful than ever before” is debatable.

While the U.S. has daunting nuclear power, the Pentagon’s program has been beset with morale, training, discipline and resource problems. And the modernization effort that started under former President Barack Obama hasn’t been altered by the Trump administration. His claim of the credit is entirely unjustified.

Here’s a look at Trump’s statements and how they hold up:

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TRUMP: “My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before.”

THE FACTS: Trump did order a new review of the U.S. nuclear posture, in an executive order in January. The order said the review should ensure America’s nuclear deterrent is robust, ready and tailored to address 21st century threats.

But the review isn’t complete. There have been no significant changes in America’s nuclear power as a result.

While Obama pledged billions of dollars to modernizing the arsenal, the program is in its early stages.

It is aimed at all three elements of the nuclear triad: Air Force bombers and Navy submarines capable of launching nuclear bombs and land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Today’s force is largely the same as the one Trump inherited on Jan. 20. The primary difference is there are actually fewer ICBMs now after a planned reduction that was directed by Obama.

Today’s force is largely the same as the one Trump inherited on Jan. 20. The primary difference is there are actually fewer ICBMs now after a planned reduction that was directed by Obama.

Trump also initially proposed a 2018 budget that would cut $ 340 million from missile defense programs intended to deter a potential strike by North Korea, Iran or other countries. Congress has been taking steps to safeguard some of that funding.

Trump’s statement about overall nuclear strength is debatable.

The Associated Press documented a range of problems in the Minuteman 3 missile force starting in 2013, including numerous morale, training, discipline and leadership shortfalls that have beset the nuclear force in recent years, especially among those who operate, maintain and protect the weapons.

The Air Force began implementing what it calls a “force improvement plan” to boost morale, increase resources and attempt to eliminate the stigma that had become attached to the nuclear missile career field, which many saw as a dead end and much less rewarding than being a pilot.

Analysis: Can the U.S. defend itself against North Korea’s missile threat?

Last year, then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that the Pentagon would invest $ 108 billion over the next five years, saying the department was committed to correcting decades of short-changing the nuclear force. The funding would be used to sustain and improve the force and for developing a new generation of weapons.

There also are questions about missile defense.

Some experts argue the current strategy for shooting down ICBM-range missiles, like those North Korea is trying to perfect, is overly expensive and inadequate. Instead of the silo-based interceptors being used, some argue a more fruitful approach would be to destroy or disable such missiles before they can be launched, possibly by cyberattack.

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America’s ‘drug infested dens’ a national emergency?

Last Monday the White House commission examining the nation’s opioid epidemic, headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, released its interim report that says President Donald Trump should declare an emergency because “our citizens are dying.”


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Investor confidence and America’s status as the world’s economic leader are at risk under Trump

As Trump strains the justice system and upends American commitments, the president poses two kinds of risks.
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One of America’s Busiest National Parks May Soon Require Reservations

Without a reservation visitors would have to pay a fee and then only drive through the park.

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‘Why I Disagree with My Dad’ Is America’s Next Great Meme

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This Luxury Sleeper Train Shows You the Americas’ Most Beautiful Views

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This Small Town is Apparently America’s #1 Up-And-Coming Vacation Destination

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The Gettysburg Address: Using Lincoln’s Words to Tell the Whole Story of America’s Civil War, 1776 to the Present

The Gettysburg Address: Using Lincoln’s Words to Tell the Whole Story of America’s Civil War, 1776 to the Present


”Four score and seven years ago … ” They’re the famous opening words of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address delivered in 1863, and they point back to the founding year of the United States: 1776. To understand the issues involved in the Civil War, it’s necessary to go that far back in American history. Based on the founding fathers’ vision for America, how free were the states to leave the Union if they wanted to? Did the federal government have the power and right to stop them? What did Lincoln really think about the issues of slavery and race?Those are just some of the questions this graphic novel examines. Divided into sections corresponding to the phrases of the Gettysburg Address, this is an enlightening read that brings the reader face to face with the complex historical issues behind the Civil War. More than just a comic book, it goes surprisingly in-depth and shows the causes of the Civil War were not as simple as you may think.Product DetailsDimensions: 6” W x 9” HSoftcover graphic novel, 224 pages, by Jonathan HennesseyArt by Aaron McConnellISBN: 978-0-06-196976-8
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This Is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America’s Best Women Writers

This Is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America’s Best Women Writers


New short stories from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Aimee Bender – Judy Budnitz – Jennifer S. Davis – Jennifer Egan – Carolyn Ferrell – Mary Gordon – Cristina Henriquez – Samantha Hunt -Binnie Kirshenbaum – Dika Lam – Caitlin Macy – Francine Prose – Holiday Reinhorn – Roxana Robinson – Curtis Sittenfeld – Lynne Tillman – Martha Witt " "Chick lit: A genre of fiction that often recycles the following plot: Girl in big city desperately searches for Mr. Right in between dieting and shopping for shoes. Girl gets dumped (sometimes repeatedly). Girl finds Prince Charming. "This Is Not Chick Lit "is a celebration of America’s most dynamic literary voices, as well as a much needed reminder that, for every stock protagonist with a designer handbag and three boyfriends, there is a woman writer pushing the envelope of literary fiction with imagination, humor, and depth. The original short stories in this collection touch on some of the same themes as chick lit-the search for love and identity-but they do so with extraordinary power, creativity, and range; they are also political, provocative, and, at turns, utterly surprising. Featuring marquee names as well as burgeoning talents, "This Is Not Chick Lit "will nourish your heart, and your mind. ""This Is Not Chick Lit" is important not only for its content, but for its title. I’ll know we’re getting somewhere when equally talented male writers feel they have to separate themselves from the endless stream of fiction glorifying war, hunting and sports by naming an anthology This Is Not a Guy Thing." -Gloria Steinem "These voices, diverse and almost eerily resonant, offer us a refreshing breath of womanhood-untamed, ungroomed, and unglossed."-ELLE
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The 17 Craziest Makeovers From America’s Next Top Model

The twenty-second cycle of America’s Next Top Model kicks off August 5. And in honor of those episodes that you can always count on for major drama, we’re taking a look back at the most jaw-dropping makeovers, including some that left the contestants emotional wrecks.
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Of Thee I Zing: America’s Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots

Of Thee I Zing: America’s Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots


While Laura Ingraham was walking through a Northern Virginia shopping mall one Saturday afternoon, it all became clear to her. Everywhere she turned, she saw signs of the impending disaster: zombie teens texting each other across a cafe table; a man having his eyebrows threaded at a kiosk; a fiftyish woman shoe-horned into a tube top and skinny jeans; and a storefront ad featuring a Victoria’s Secret model spilling out of her push-up bra and into the faces of young passersby. Ingraham wondered to herself, "Is this it? Is this what our forefathers fought for? What my parents struggled for? I wonder if Victoria’s Secret is still having that two-for-one sale?" A menacing force surrounds us. We see it, we feel it, we know it. The country we love is in grave peril. While politicians and "experts" prattle on about the debt crisis at home, and terrorism abroad, a more insidious homegrown threat is emerging. It endangers our future and undermines our present. The uncomfortable truth is: We have become our own worst enemy. The culture we have created is now turning on us. We’re on the verge of drowning in our ignorance, arrogance, gluttony . . . can you believe there are only three shots of vanilla in a Caramel Macchiato? ? Now in an act of patriotic intervention the most-listened-to woman in talk radio casts her satirical eye upon all that ails American society. In this sharp-witted, comic romp, Laura Ingraham takes you on a guided tour through ten levels of our cultural hell. You know we’re in trouble when . . . – Airplane seats shrink–just as the passengers expand. – Celebrity baby names go from the peculiar (Apple, Stetson, and Daisy Boo) to the pathetic (Bamboo, Blanket, and Bronx). – People meticulously tend their virtual crops on Farmville, while their children eat takeout. – "Breaking News" usually means it happened yesterday. – The weddings last longer than the marriages. – Facebook has become a verb and reading has become an ancient art form. "Of Thee I Zing "is cultural commentary too funny to ignore, igniting a national conversation long past due. America, your cultural recovery begins here.
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America’s Financial Apocalypse: How to Profit from the Next Great Depression (Condensed Edition)

America’s Financial Apocalypse: How to Profit from the Next Great Depression (Condensed Edition)


For nearly three decades, America has been gradually losing ground to the developed world in many critical areas. The result is that the American standard of living has been in decline for over two decades, with the middle class having been affected the most. Meanwhile, the rich have gotten wealthier and now America is a nation controlled by corporate America. Hidden by two-income households and open access to credit, declining living standards have gone unnoticed by most Americans. Spending beyond one’s means has become the American way of life and is encouraged by the government. In contrast, saving is almost unheard of in America. As a result, this once power nation has changed from the world’s largest creditor to the world’s largest debtor. Decades of over consumption by Americans can only last so long before a day of reckoning occurs. The deflation of the Internet Bubble resulted in the paper loss of over trillion dollars, yet most people seem to have already forgotten the most scandalous charades in U.S. history by Wall Street and corporate America. And now, as the retirement assets of tens of millions of Americans are in question, an even larger number are caught up in the largest real estate bubble in our history. As we enter the two next decades, 76 million baby boomers will retire, most of them in poverty. Thus, the generation that was responsible for creating the greatest bull market in U.S. history may, through no choice of its own, also be the same group that causes an economic meltdown due to decades of government mismanagement, inadequate planning, and overconsumption. During this same time frame, many expect the global oil production is gradually decline due to whatis known as the peak oil theory. Obviously, this has enormous consequences of its own. Today, America is in the final preparatory stages that will lead to a massive economic meltdown resulting in the Next Great Depression, as over 46 million Americans already have no healthcare insurance, Social Security will be inadequate for the 76 million baby boomers who will retire over the next several years, energy prices will remain high for some time, and for the first time ever, Americans can no longer live with the comfort knowing that they are safe on their own soil. These issues will only get worse and when the appropriate triggers are set off, a domino effect will commence, sending the stock and bond markets into a downward spiral. This book claims to represent the most detailed and exhaustive analysis of America’s current and future economic plight, as well as that of its capital markets. Rather than making bold claims supported by scant data, this book makes use of several hundred figures, tables, and charts, as well as over 700 references to support the premise that a depression is inevitable for America. Finally, the final three chapters address economic and market risks and provide investment guidance and strategy for investors to position themselves to profit befo
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Of Thee I Zing: America’s Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots (Unabridged)

Of Thee I Zing: America’s Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots (Unabridged)

While Laura Ingraham was walking through a Northern Virginia shopping mall one Saturday afternoon, it all became clear to her. Everywhere she turned, she saw signs of the impending disaster: zombie teens texting each other across a café table; a man having his eyebrows threaded at a kiosk; a 50ish woman shoe-horned into a tube top and skinny jeans; and a storefront ad featuring a Victoria’s Secret model spilling out of her push-up bra and into the faces of young passersby. Ingraham wondered to herself, “Is this it? Is this what our forefathers fought for? What my parents struggled for? I wonder if Victoria’s Secret is still having that two-for-one sale?”

A menacing force surrounds us. We see it, we feel it, we know it. The country we love is in grave peril. While politicians and “experts” prattle on about the debt crisis at home, and terrorism abroad, a more insidious homegrown threat is emerging. It endangers our future and undermines our present. The uncomfortable truth: We have become our own worst enemy. The culture we have created is now turning on us. We’re on the verge of drowning in our ignorance, arrogance, gluttony… can you believe there are only three shots of vanilla in a Caramel Macchiato?!?

Now, in an act of patriotic intervention, the most-listened-to woman in talk radio casts her satirical eye upon all that ails American society. In this sharp-witted, comic romp, Laura Ingraham takes you on a guided tour through 10 levels of our cultural hell.

You know we’re in trouble when:

  • Airplane seats shrink – just as the passengers expand.
  • Celebrity baby names go from the peculiar (Apple, Stetson, and Daisy Boo) to the pathetic (Bamboo, Blanket, and Bronx).
  • People meticulously tend their virtual crops on Farmville, while their children eat takeout.
  • “Breaking News” usually means it happened yesterday.
  • The weddings last longer than the marriages.
  • Facebook has become a verb and read…
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The Baby Name Bible: The Ultimate Guide by America’s Baby-Naming Experts

The Baby Name Bible: The Ultimate Guide by America’s Baby-Naming Experts


How can you tell if a name is too popular or not mainstream enough, wonderfully creative or just plain weird? How can you find the name that is perfect for you and your baby? America’s baby-naming experts, Pam Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, are here to help. They’ve packed all of their unique wit and wisdom into the best, most complete baby-name book ever, which includes – More than 50,000 names, with their meanings and derivations – Expert opinions on every name – Unique symbols that highlight unisex names, starred recommendations, and names that are on their way up or down – The latest celebrity-baby names – Ethnic and international names – Fresh alternatives for popular names – More than 200 fascinating lists, from "Cool Biblical Names" to "Names Headed for Harvard" to "Names Kids Love Having" …and more. Informative and inspiring, entertaining and enlightening, The Baby Name Bible is the only book that offers such far-reaching advice on the full range of classic, multicultural, and creative choices to help you figure out what’s hot, what’s cool, and what’s right for your baby.
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The Plight of America’s ‘Elder Orphans’

Many aging Baby Boomers face health issues without family or support, report says

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John Oliver Explains How America’s Neglected Infrastructure Is Like A Lego Set

If you weren’t aware that U.S. roads, bridges and dams are in serious state of disrepair, allow John Oliver to put it plainly: “We aren’t just flirting with disaster, we’re rounding third base and asking if disaster has any condoms.”

On Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver broke down the sorry state of America’s neglected infrastructure, including “hold your breath” bridges, killer potholes, a severe lack of inspectors and potential floods from our half-century old dams.

“Much like most Botox recipients and competitive cloggers, the average dam is 52 years old and has something deeply broken inside of it,” said Oliver.

As Oliver explains, The White House is counting on the closure of corporate tax loopholes, no one wants to raise the gas tax and House Speaker John Boehner has his own ideas about fixing the problem which involves two years of not doing anything followed by ignoring Oliver’s phone calls, emails and Vines.

During a montage of politicians cutting ribbons with oversized scissors, Oliver also points out that repairing infrastructure isn’t as “sexy” as building anew, and backs it up with the perfect Legos analogy.

“Infrastructure is like Legos,” he said. “Building is fun, destroying is fun, but a Lego maintenance set would be the most boring fucking toy in the world.”

To top it off, Oliver presents a trailer for a new kind of summer blockbuster movie, one that’s more about fixing cracks and less about explosions.
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A People at War: Civilians and Soldiers in America’s Civil War

A People at War: Civilians and Soldiers in America’s Civil War


Claiming more than 600000 lives the American Civil War had a devastating impact on countless numbers of common soldiers and civilians even as it brought freedom to millions. This book shows how average Americans coped with despair as well as hope during this vast upheaval. A People at War brings to life the full humanity of the war’s participants from women behind their plows to their husbands in army camps; from refugees from slavery to their former masters; from Mayflower descendants to freshly recruited Irish sailors. We discover how people confronted their own feelings about the war itself and how they coped with emotional challenges (uncertainty exhaustion fear guilt betrayal grief) as well as physical ones (displacement poverty illness disfigurement). The book explores the violence beyond the battlefield illuminating the sharp-edged conflicts of neighbor against neighbor whether in guerilla warfare or urban riots. The authors travel as far west as China and as far east as Europe taking us inside soldiers’ tents prisoner-of-war camps plantations tenements churches Indian reservations and even the cargo holds of ships. They stress the war years but also cast an eye at the tumultuous decades that preceded and followed the battlefield confrontations. An engrossing account of ordinary people caught up in life-shattering circumstances A People at War captures how the Civil War rocked the lives of rich and poor black and white parents and children-and how all these Americans pushed generals and presidents to make the conflict a people’s war.

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Selecting the Mercury Seven: The Search for America’s First Astronauts

Selecting the Mercury Seven: The Search for America’s First Astronauts


The names of the seven Mercury astronauts were announced in April 1959 amid a flurry of publicity and patriotism. This work provides biographical details of all thirty-two finalists for the seven coveted places as America’s pioneering astronauts. All of the candidates were among the nation’s elite pilots involved in testing new supersonic aircraft capabilities. Most had served as wartime fighter and bomber pilots; some were test pilots on top secret and sophisticated aviation projects, while others were fleet admirals, prisoners of war, and proposed pilots for spaceflight programs such as the Dyna-Soar (X-20). The names of all 32 finalists have been kept secret until very recently. "Selecting the Mercury Seven" also relates the history and difficulties behind the initial choice of candidates. The lives, motivations, military careers, and achievements of the unsuccessful twenty-five finalists are explored first in fully authorized biographies. Test pilots for the U.S. Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, each man has a fascinating and very different story to tell. All thirty-two men had to endure meticulous, demeaning, and brutal week-long medical examinations at the Lovelace Clinic in New Mexico. This was followed by another torturous week at the Wright Aeromedical Laboratory in Ohio, where they were subjected to extreme fitness and physiological testing, the sole purpose of which was to sort out the Supermen from the near-supermen. The final part of the book examines the accomplishments and spaceflights of the seven successful candidates, bringing their amazing stories right up to date.
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America’s Parks 2014 Wall Calendar: 824160642906

America’s Parks 2014 Wall Calendar: 824160642906


Snow-covered Grand Tetons, red rock in Arches, sunset over the Pacific ocean, rhododendrons in Redwoods, sunrise at Yosemite-Bela Baliko, MPA, captured these locations and many more in our state and national parks at their most breath-taking moments! Giant Saguaro cactus, Balanced Rock, Mesa Arch, W
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Liberty and Freedom: A Visual History of America’s Founding Ideas

Liberty and Freedom: A Visual History of America’s Founding Ideas


Liberty and freedom: Americans agree that these values are fundamental to our nation, but what do they mean? How have their meanings changed through time? In this new volume of cultural history, David Hackett Fischer shows how these varying ideas form an intertwined strand that runs through the core of American life. Fischer examines liberty and freedom not as philosophical or political abstractions, but as folkways and popular beliefs deeply embedded in American culture. Tocqueville called them “habits of the heart.” From the earliest colonies, Americans have shared ideals of liberty and freedom, but with very different meanings. Like DNA these ideas have transformed and recombined in each generation. The book arose from Fischer’s discovery that the words themselves had differing origins: the Latinate “liberty” implied separation and independence. The root meaning of “freedom” (akin to “friend”) connoted attachment: the rights of belonging in a community of freepeople. The tension between the two senses has been a source of conflict and creativity throughout American history. Liberty & Freedom studies the folk history of those ideas through more than 400 visions, images, and symbols. It begins with the American Revolution, and explores the meaning of New England’s Liberty Tree, Pennsylvania’s Liberty Bells, Carolina’s Liberty Crescent, and “Don’t Tread on Me” rattlesnakes. In the new republic, the search for a common American symbol gave new meaning to Yankee Doodle, Uncle Sam, Miss Liberty, and many other icons. In the Civil War, Americans divided over liberty and freedom. Afterward, new universal visions were invented by people who had formerly been excluded from a free society–African Americans, American Indians, and immigrants. The twentieth century saw liberty and freedom tested by enemies and contested at home, yet it brought the greatest outpouring of new visions, from Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms to Martin Luther King’s “dream” to Janis Joplin’s “not

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One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future

One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future


The acclaimed brain surgeon and bestselling author’s plan for restoring America’s greatness Dr. Ben Carson made headlines with his keynote at the National Prayer Breakfast in February 2013. Standing just a few feet from President Obama, the neurosurgeon offered a common sense critique of liberal government, calling for a return to our historic culture of personal responsibility, free markets, and upward mobility. The speech instantly went viral; “The Wall Street Journal” even ran an editorial, “Ben Carson for President.” Now, in this sequel to their #1 “New York Times “bestseller “America the Beautiful,” Dr. and Mrs. Carson offer a bold plan to stop the country’s slide into fiscal and moral decay. Avoiding the political correctness of politicians and the animosity of Washington lawyers, Dr. Carson calls for respectful discussion and disagreement, with no subjects off limits. Applying the problem-solving skills he honed as a surgeon, he takes on tough issues such as education, health care, family values, race relations, taxes, charity, and the role of faith in public life. In his journey from poverty to the top of his field, Dr. Carson has lived the American dream. He shows how we can save that dream for our future generations, by restoring a moral, informed citizenry that will support “one nation, under God, indivisible.”

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America’s Last Real Home Front

America’s Last Real Home Front


The leadup to America’s entry into WWII was a clash between two national heroes: President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Aviator/Isolationist Charles Lindbergh. Their harsh debate was finally silenced by Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The author, who experienced the war as a teenager, recalls the nation’s overnight coming together, the Fireside Chats and how the American people produced the greatest arsenal in history through sheer determination. often-strained teamwork and heavy personal sacrifices. While hundreds of thousands of their loved ones were being killed or wounded overseas, some American men and women worked seven days a week. They learned to live with limited food, clothing and gasoline, accepted and paid higher taxes, salvaged everything from newspapers to kitchen grease, put up with a horribly complex rationing system and loaned their government billions of dollars in bonds and stamps. The author also lists 14 areas which may require special Home Front attention in case of another global war.

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My Conversation With Filmmaker Robert Greenwald About His Film, Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars

Join me tonight on PBS for my conversation with award-winning filmmaker Robert Greenwald. He has exec-produced and/or directed more than 50 TV movies, miniseries and feature films. Through his company, Brave New Films, he also makes political video shorts and full-length documentaries — substantive investigations of social issues, told through personal stories, and creatively distributed through such outlets as the Internet and social media. His latest film, Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars, investigates the impact of drone strikes both here and abroad.

In the clip below, Greenwald shares his thoughts about President Obama’s “kill list” and why he is getting a pass on drone strikes.

For more of our conversation, be sure to tune in to Tavis Smiley tonight on PBS. Check out our website for your local TV listings: http://www.pbs.org/tavis.
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Apollo and America’s Moon Landing Program: Command Module (CSM) Reference

Apollo and America’s Moon Landing Program: Command Module (CSM) Reference


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The DASH Diet for Weight Loss: Lose Weight and Keep It Off-the Healthy Way-with America’s Most Respected Diet

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