In Davos, Anthony Scaramucci Translates Trump Message to Global Elite

DAVOS, Switzerland—Donald Trump isn’t here in the Swiss Alps. For the assembled great and good of the World Economic Forum, the next best thing is Anthony Scaramucci. Mr. Scaramucci—hedge-fund showman, conference organizer, Trump confidant—is a Davos habitué. This year, he is also the new administration’s ambassador to the global elite. “This is my 10th year here, but my first year here with a food taster,” Mr. Scaramucci...

January 17, 2017 16:44 UTC

Pulse nightclub gunman's widow faces charges of aiding terrorism and lying to investigators

The widow of the gunman who attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando in June, leaving 49 patrons dead, faces charges of aiding terrorism and lying to investigators, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday morning. The FBI had been examining whether Salman knew of her husband’s plans and questioned her extensively after the shooting. She met Mateen on an online dating site and the pair were married in Contra Costa County in 2011. Salman had previously told the New York Times in an interview that Mateen was volatile and had often beaten her. “I was unaware of everything,” Salman told the newspaper.

January 17, 2017 16:41 UTC

Depression May Be As Bad For The Heart As Obesity

The researchers analyzed the data, comparing clinical depression with other known risks for heart disease. The analysis showed that the risk of fatal heart disease was as high in men with depression as it was in men with high cholesterol levels or obesity. The findings point towards a greater need for heart health screenings among patients with depression, and mental health screenings for cardiovascular patients. Just how depression impacts heart health isn’t entirely clear yet, but it’s likely that stress hormones play a role. “Large randomized trials are needed to evaluate whether treating stress and depression results in reductions in heart disease,” Takawol said.

January 17, 2017 16:38 UTC

Steve Harvey Finally Apologizes For Offensive Joke About Asian Men

After receiving a flood of criticism, Steve Harvey has finally addressed his offensive comments about Asian men. The daytime TV show host took to Twitter on Tuesday and apologized for a joke he made earlier this month in which he laughed at the idea that anyone could be attracted to Asian men.

January 17, 2017 16:35 UTC

As star attraction at Davos, China's Xi Jinping pushes globalization: 'No one will emerge as a winner in a trade war'

This year, Chinese President Xi Jinping took center stage at the World Economic Forum gathering in Davos, Switzerland, deriding protectionism’s perils as China seeks to bolster its role in the world economy. Xi made no direct reference to Trump, but his message challenged the anti-globalization stance that helped bring the U.S. president-elect to power. “No one will emerge as a winner in a trade war,” Xi said. — Chinese President Xi JinpingFew predicted such shifts that last snowy January, and anxiety coursed through meetings and seminars at this year’s event — which runs through Jan. 20, Trump’s inauguration day. Xi asked leaders not to abandon the principles that have fueled economic growth for decades, including China’s own development.

January 17, 2017 16:31 UTC

Jumping the gun? Rep. Waters floats Trump impeachment as Dems vow boycott

As more Democrats get on the bandwagon of boycotting President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, one lawmaker – Rep. Maxine Waters – took the opposition a big step further Monday and floated the possibility of impeachment. Asked by MSNBC host Chris Matthews whether Trump could have committed an impeachable offense before even taking office, Waters doubled down and called for more investigations. While Waters and Lewis have been among the most vocal in their opposition to Trump, it's not the first time they've pre-emptively protested an incoming president. The last time a GOP president was elected – George W. Bush in 2000 – Lewis and Waters both refused to attend his inauguration, with Lewis citing questions surrounding the election. He boycotted Bush 43 also because he... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2017

January 17, 2017 16:30 UTC

Venezuela's Maduro: Trump in the White House can't be worse than Obama

But he said he was certain that whatever geopolitical changes Trump ushers in they won't be more harmful than the policies promoted by the outgoing Barack Obama. "He won't be worse than Obama, that's the only thing I dare to say," Maduro said on state TV alongside OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo of Nigeria. During the campaign, Trump denounced "oppression" in Venezuela and accused Maduro of running the oil economy into the ground. The "Trump era" would certainly bring "big changes" to the world, Maduro said, but he urged caution. Trump has yet to comment on how he'll handle Venezuela, but many in the opposition are hoping he'll harden the U.S. stance.

January 17, 2017 16:22 UTC

Health Law’s Repeal Could Raise Costs and Number of Uninsured, New Report Says

The bill that the budget office analyzed would have eliminated tax penalties for people who go without insurance. Those changes could have immediately increased the number of uninsured by 27 million, a number that would gradually increase to 32 million in 2026, the budget office said. Without subsidies, the budget office said, enrollment in health plans would shrink, and the people who remained in the individual insurance market would be sicker, with higher average health costs. These trends, it said, would accelerate the exodus of insurers from the individual market and from the public marketplaces. But the effects projected by the budget office would be much more severe.

January 17, 2017 16:19 UTC

More Aggressive Mustang Near

Ford is updating its iconic sporty coupe giving us a more aggressive Mustang for 2018. The front end is the main contributor to the more aggressive Mustang look. Ford has been producing the Mustang continuously for over fifty years. Even when Chevrolet killed the Camaro, Pontiac killed the Firebird and Dodge killed the Challenger, Mustang stayed the course. There have been a few half-hearted efforts in the history of Mustang, but the 2018 promises to improve the breed.

January 17, 2017 16:18 UTC

What Is A Border Adjustment Tax?

10 Highest Income Tax States For 2016The phrase "border adjustment tax" has been in the news recently, with it being a part of the GOP’s “A Better Way” Blueprint (available here). What exactly, though, is a border adjustment tax? In a nutshell, a border adjustment tax means that a tax is levied on imports (goods made overseas but sold in the United States) and exports are not taxed (goods made in the United States but sold elsewhere). At bottom, a value-added tax is a consumption tax (meaning its effectively borne by the end consumer), which is generally collected as a percentage of sales price. Because the tax should ultimately be paid to the country of consumption (i.e., the destination), this requires adjustments at the borders for imports and exports—hence, the phrase “border adjustment.”

January 17, 2017 16:18 UTC

18 million would lose insurance in first year of Obamacare repeal without replacement, CBO report says

As Republicans in Congress gear up to repeal the Affordable Care Act, two Pennsylvanians reflect on their different experiences under Obamacare. (Alice Li/The Washington Post)At least 18 million people would lose health insurance in the first year if Republicans move ahead with plans to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act without a replacement plan, estimates a report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Republicans in Congress do not currently have a replacement plan. [Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in Obamacare replacement plan]The report sparked bickering among lawmakers Tuesday as Republicans dismissed it, arguing that the forthcoming GOP repeal plan will also include some elements of replacement. — Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) January 17, 2017The CBO report assumes no Obamacare replacement.

January 17, 2017 16:18 UTC

Yes, Donald Trump Is Going In Disney's Hall Of Presidents

Yuge news: Donald Trump is currently being added to Disney World’s Hall of Presidents. The animatronic stage show features realistic figures of every U.S. president, some of whom move and talk as they explain the country’s origins. The classic Orlando attraction was designed to serve as a “grand cavalcade of history” by Walt Disney himself. The Hall of Presidents is closed as of Tuesday for the installation of a Trump figure, according to a Disney spokesman. It will reopen June 30, with that familiar orange face on the same stage as Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington.

January 17, 2017 16:15 UTC

Maine Governor Tells John Lewis To Thank 3 White Presidents For Civil Rights Progress

Paul LePage (R) said Tuesday that civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) should be more grateful to three white Republican presidents who furthered racial equality in the United States. “I will just say this: John Lewis ought to look at history,” LePage said during a radio appearance on WVOM. A simple thank you would suffice.”Jim Crow laws actually grew under Hayes and Grant, Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd of the Bangor Daily News noted. Lewis was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the civil rights movement and was the youngest speaker at the 1963 march on Washington. Trump responded Saturday by criticizing Lewis and saying he was “all talk.” Trump continued to attack Lewis on Tuesday.

January 17, 2017 16:15 UTC

Why Millennials Are Struggling With Mental Health At Work

Americans do not take mental health seriously enough. According to the NIMH, as many as 45% of mental health cases go untreated in this country, at a total potential cost of $147 billion per year. What is controversial — or at least uncomfortable — is the idea that millennials suffer from more mental health issues than any previous generation. Millennials report depression in higher numbers than any previous generation, according to Mashable, at 20%, or one in five. Depression leads to worsening job performance, which leads to unemployment, which leads to further depression.

January 17, 2017 16:14 UTC

4 Times You (Yes, You) Are Allowed To Settle For 'Good Enough'

Well, here are four times you have permission to stop fixating and just settle for plain ol’ good enough. You make a change, but you’re not totally convinced you love it—so you switch it back. So, if and when you find yourself stuck in this endless loop of revisions, you’re better off just picking something and committing to it. Sometimes done is better than perfect, and good enough will suffice—for now, at least. You look at that completed project and see all of the things you’d like to do better next time.

January 17, 2017 16:12 UTC

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