DC Metro Real Estate News

Saturday, August 13, 2016

  • Fortune - CEO Daily: Who's backing Trump?
    8/13/2016 @ 1:32 AM - Saturday Morning Post: The Weekly View from Washington The widely accepted notion that an army of the economically dispossessed forms the core of Donald Trump's support may be more myth than fact. That's the conclusion of a massive new study by Gallup that analyzed 87,000 interviews the polling organization conducted over the last year. It found that Trump supporters aren't suffering more acutely than the rest of the population from the effects of trade or immigration. Nor are they likelier to earn less or to be out of work. And even among white Republicans, Trump doesn't perform better in those communities that have seen manufacturing jobs disappear over the last quarter-century. Polling indicates Trump's...

Friday, August 12, 2016

  • Gant Daily - Hacker releases cell phone numbers, personal emails of House Democrats
    8/12/2016 @ 9:30 PM - The hacker calling themselves Guccifer 2.0” is claiming credit for the Friday night release of personal cell phone numbers and private email addresses of Democratic House members. The data posted to their WordPress blog file also contains the contact information for staff members and campaign aides. In the trove of information released on Friday Guccifer 2.0” also uploaded files to the blog post that contains login information to subscription services used by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, including Lexis-Nexis and Washington newspapers. In a statement, DCCC Press Secretary Meredith Kelly said: As previously noted, the DCCC has been the target of a cybersecurity incident, and we are cooperating with federal law enforcement in their ongoing...
  • Gant Daily - Bill Clinton talks email controversy: Biggest load of bull
    8/12/2016 @ 9:30 PM - The Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling” began to play Bill Clintons cue to get off the stage. But the former president, addressing a gathering of the Asian American Journalists Association here at the Caesars Palace hotel, wouldnt budge, insisting over the music that he wanted to take one more question. Let me answer it real quick and Ill go,” Clinton said. They want me to go, I would stay.” The questioner identified himself as a Democrat who loved Clinton as president and is supporting his wife, Hillary Clinton, in the 2016 election. But, he wanted to know: Why should Americans trust the Democratic nominee when she lied about her emails? Wait a...
  • Gant Daily - Bill Clinton: Email controversy biggest load of bull Ive ever heard
    8/12/2016 @ 8:45 PM - The Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling” began to play Bill Clintons cue to get off the stage. But the former president, addressing a gathering of the Asian American Journalists Association here at the Caesars Palace hotel, wouldnt budge, insisting over the music that he wanted to take one more question. Let me answer it real quick and Ill go,” Clinton said. They want me to go, I would stay.” The questioner identified himself as a Democrat who loved Clinton as president and is supporting his wife, Hillary Clinton, in the 2016 election. But, he wanted to know: Why should Americans trust the Democratic nominee when she lied about her emails? Wait a...
  • AOL Real Estate - Donald Trump burns protester: 'Go home to mom! And your mother is voting for Trump!'
    8/12/2016 @ 7:07 PM - Donald Trump burns protester: 'Go home to mom! And your mother is voting for Trump!' try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-1").style.display="none";}catch(e){} Donald Trump had a stinging remark for a protester who disrupted his event in Pennsylvania on Friday. "Here's another one," the Republican presidential nominee said when the demonstrator started making some noise. SEE ALSO: Donald Trump just got hit with another wave of brutal polls from swing states The billionaire added: "Go home to mom! And your mother is voting for Trump! She's voting for Trump! It's true, it's true." Earlier in the event, other protesters held up signs that...
  • Gant Daily - Maryland apartment fire damage hampers investigation
    8/12/2016 @ 5:30 PM - Smoldering heat and the danger of collapse are hampering recovery efforts after the massive apartment fire that killed at least two people this week in a Maryland suburb of Washington, fire officials said Friday. Fire investigators are no closer to finding the cause of the explosion that caused the fire Wednesday night. At least 110 people have been displaced. Two bodies have been found in the ruins of the building in Silver Spring, said Montgomery County Assistant Police Chief Russ Hamill and he said he expects to find more. A number of people are still within the remains of the building,” he said. Police have accounted for 110 residents, but are not saying how many...
  • AOL Real Estate - Firefighters make leap to smokejumping
    8/12/2016 @ 5:07 PM - Firefighters make leap to smokejumping WINTHROP, Wash., Aug 12 (Reuters) - On a 100-degree day in early June, Matt Mueller did sit-ups in a semicircle with seven other experienced firefighters training to parachute into a wildfire. Better known as "rookie candidates," they were determined to make it through the five-week program at North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington, where the first experimental jumps occurred in 1939. "It's sort of the spiritual home of smokejumping," said David Ryder, who photographed the latest group of rookies for Reuters. "These guys are the elite of the elite." The 32-year-old freelance photographer said covering the record-setting wildfires in his home state of Washington over the past...
  • AOL Real Estate - Donald Trump just got hit with another wave of brutal polls from swing states
    8/12/2016 @ 5:01 PM - Donald Trump just got hit with another wave of brutal polls from swing states try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-1").style.display="none";}catch(e){} The polls are getting worse for Donald Trump . On Friday, NBC News/The Wall Street Journal/Marist released polls for the traditional swing states of Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, and Virginia. Those polls found Trump to be facing long odds in three of the four, while he remained behind Hillary Clinton by a sizable gap in the other. Trump was trailing Clinton by 5 points in Florida, 9 points in North Carolina, 13 points in Virginia, and 14 points in Colorado among registered voters polled by...
  • Gant Daily - Republicans question Trumps travel choices, tight purse strings
    8/12/2016 @ 4:45 PM - The last time Connecticut voted for a Republican presidential candidate, Americans were listening to music on cassette tapes and most cell phones were the size of shoe boxes. Yet Donald Trumps campaign spokesman insists they believe he has a chance to turn Connecticut red for the first time since 1988, and thats why he is holding weekend rally there on Saturday. Veteran Republicans, however, see Trumps Fairfield, Connecticut, campaign stop as a fools errand a prime example of what many worry is a political operation that takes Trumps proclivity for defying convention a step too far. Trump has spent most of his campaign time in real battleground states: Florida, Virginia, Iowa and Pennsylvania. But with the...
  • Gant Daily - The 15 most provocative Trump magazine and tabloid covers
    8/12/2016 @ 4:30 PM - These past three weeks have been tough for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Thats reflected in the new Time magazine cover featuring an orange Trump melting down. Trumps campaign has been unconventional since the get-go which has resulted in a number of standout magazine and tabloid newspaper covers. Here are some of the most memorable so far: Time Magazine, Aug. 22 Time magazines latest cover features a dripping Trump with a single-word headline: Meltdown.” The story featured in the magazine breaks down all of the missteps of Trumps campaign in the weeks after the Republican National Convention. The New Yorker, Aug. 22 ...
  • Bedford + Bowery - Get Blasted for a Good Cause at This Black Lives Matter Fundraiser
    8/12/2016 @ 3:30 PM - (flyer via Friends and Lovers) When America is faced with what seems to be an endless stream of police brutality, discrimination, and gentrification toward black and brown individuals, sharing an article for the fifth time can start to feel fruitless. Those of us who continue to see this kind of gut-wrenching news on our social media feeds can start to wonder what exactly we can do to help. Well, tonight there's a tangible way to make some sort of a difference: Crown Heights bar and venue Friends and Lovers is throwing a big ol' dance party with performances, DJ sets, and raffles to benefit the NYC chapter of Black Lives...
  • Slate - The Real Meaning of All Those Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories About Hillary's Health
    8/12/2016 @ 3:07 PM - If you spend much time on right-wing media, you might have heard that Hillary Clinton suffers from seizures, dementia, Parkinson's disease , and possibly even tongue cancer . As David Weigel writes in the Washington Post , Sean Hannity has spent all week dredging up debunked rumors about Clinton's health, giving special attention to a photo of her stumbling as she climbs a set of outdoor stairs while wearing heels in February. Donald Trump nodded to the rumors at a rally last weekend, saying, 'Honestly I don't think she's all there.' Photos of 'leaked' medical records describing Clinton's 'subcortical vascular dementia' and 'complex partial seizures' are circulating online; as Snopes points out...
  • Realtor.com News - Elisabeth and Tim Hasselbeck Make a Move From Greenwich to Nashville
    8/12/2016 @ 3:01 PM - John Lamparski/WireImage TV host Elisabeth Hasselbeck and her husband, ex-jock  Tim , have finally sold their  Greenwich, CT,  home for $4.56 million. Theyre moving south to a $2 million brick house in a Nashville, TN,  suburb, Variety reports. The Hasselbecks  Colonial-style home  in the heart of Greenwich sits on 1.5 level acres and features a pool, playhouses, covered porch, and entertainment terraces. Inside, the seven-bedroom, 7,600-square-foot house has high ceilings and custom millwork, front-to-back entry hall, marble fireplaces, and a mahogany library. The master suite has a fireplace, sitting room, and his-and-her walk-in closets. There's also a third-floor playroom with guest quarters. The house originally went on the market in...
  • Salon - Clinton taunts Trump while releasing her tax returns: 'What is he trying to hide?'
    8/12/2016 @ 2:32 PM - Hillary Clinton released her 2015 tax return Friday, issuing a challenge to rival Donald Trump to do the same 'He has failed to provide the public with the most basic financial information disclosed by every major candidate in the last 40 years,' Clinton said in a statement issued by campaign spokesperson Jennifer Palmieri Friday. 'What is he trying to hide?' According to their joint return, the Clintons made $10.6 million in 2015, significantly less than the nearly $28 million they made the year before when the former secretary of state was still doing paid speaking engagements. In 2015, the Clintons paid $3.24 million in federal income taxes, amounting to effective tax rate as 34%, according to the Clinton campaign....
  • Housing Wire - Tim Kaine: Here's how Hillary Clinton will ensure fair housing for all
    8/12/2016 @ 2:31 PM - The Democratic vice presidential nominee, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, spent much of his pre-politics career as a fair housing attorney, spending nearly 20 years fighting for fair housing, and it looks like he plans to continue that fight if he becomes vice president. Here, in Kaine's own words, is the Democrats' plan to ensure fair housing for all.
  • Salon - High hopes get dashed: The feds reject legalizing marijuana - and take a small step in the right direction
    8/12/2016 @ 2:09 PM - (Credit: AP/Robert F. Bukaty) Several months ago, two former Democratic governors filed petitions asking the DEA to strip marijuana of its Schedule 1 status and reclassify it as a drug with known medicinal uses. Schedule 1 narcotics (LSD and heroin, for example) are considered the most dangerous. Such a classification implies two things: that a drug has a high potential for abuse and that it has no medical value. Not a shred of evidence suggests marijuana is more harmful than alcohol or tobacco, to say nothing of opioids, which are Schedule 2 drugs. And its preposterous to claim marijuana has a higher potential for abuse than OTC drugs or virtually any of the controlled substances regulated by the government....
  • Fortune - Could the RNC Turn Its Back on Donald Trump?
    8/12/2016 @ 1:45 PM - This is what a full-blown panic looks like. More than 75 Republicans, including former lawmakers and senior White House officials, have added their names to a letter urging the Republican National Committee to abandon Donald Trump, the Washington Post reports . Their argument is strategic: Trump is hurtling toward a devastating loss in the presidential race and the party should do what it can now to salvage its Congressional majorities by dedicating all of its resources to them instead. But it's also the latest in a series of brutal assessments of Trump's candidacy from GOP elders, who in the letter cite their nominee's "divisiveness, recklessness, incompetence, and record-breaking unpopularity" and point to his habit of "deliberately...
  • Salon - Sean Hannity fact-check of the week: No, Trump didnt send his private jet to transport stranded” Gulf War marines
    8/12/2016 @ 1:18 PM - Sean Hannity, Donald Trump (Credit: Jeff Malet, maletphoto.com/Reuters/Brendan McDermid/Photo montage by Salon) In a May post on his website , Fox News personality Sean Hannity falsely claimed that in 1991 now-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump sent his private jet to retrieve 200 stranded” Gulf War veterans from Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. According to the erroneous report - which the Trump campaign has confirmed” - Mr. Trump did indeed send his plane to make two trips from North Carolina to Miami, Florida to transport over 200 Gulf War Marines back home.” Nudged by reader mail, Washington Post fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, looked deeper into the suspicious” anecdote and found that the plane -...
  • Gant Daily - Poll: Clinton leading Trump in critical battlegrounds
    8/12/2016 @ 12:45 PM - Hillary Clinton has opened up commanding leads over Donald Trump in several critical battleground states, including North Carolina and Colorado, according to a new poll Friday. Clinton leads Trump 46%-32% in Colorado, 44%-39% in Florida, 48%-39% in North Carolina and 46%-33% in Virginia, according to new NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls. The results represent increasing margins for Clinton in each of those four states, compared with polling conducted before the conventions and all the leads are outside each polls margin of sampling error. The polls also tested four-way matchups including Gary Johnson and Jill Stein and found that the margin between Clinton and Trump holds when the third party candidates are included. The polls were conducted between...
  • AOL Real Estate - Democratic presidential nominee Clinton paid 34.2 pct federal tax rate in 2015
    8/12/2016 @ 12:37 PM - Democratic presidential nominee Clinton paid 34.2 pct federal tax rate in 2015 try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-1").style.display="none";}catch(e){} WASHINGTON, Aug 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton paid an effective federal tax rate of 34.2 percent last year and a combined federal, state and local effective tax rate of 43.2 percent, her campaign said on Friday. Clinton's running mate, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, along with his wife, Anne Holton, paid a federal effective tax rate of 20.3 percent in 2015, the campaign said. "Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine continue to set the standard for financial transparency," Clinton campaign aide Jennifer Palmieri said in a...
  • Salon - Real big government” and tyranny” in action: The Baltimore police are running amok and conservatives are silent
    8/12/2016 @ 11:53 AM - (Credit: AP/Patrick Semansky) In the United States, conservatives are obsessed with 'tyranny' and the threats to personal liberty and freedom posed by 'big government.' As such, they see threats to 'freedom' and 'democracy' in almost every area of American life. The Affordable Care Act is 'tyrannical.' Preventing discrimination against gays and lesbians is an 'assault' on the 'freedom' of Christians. Placing reasonable restrictions on firearms in the interest of public safety are tantamount to the actions of a 'dictatorship.' The vaguely defined bogeyman of 'political correctness' imperils individual 'freedom' and the 'right' to 'free speech.' Their favorite words and slogans also echo these anxieties about 'tyranny' and the merits of 'small government'. In his first inaugural speech...
  • AOL Real Estate - 'Traitor!': Florida man unleashes tirade at media following Trump rally
    8/12/2016 @ 11:17 AM - 'Traitor!': Florida man unleashes tirade at media following Trump rally try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-1").style.display="none";}catch(e){} A Florida man calling himself an "American patriot" unleashed a verbal assault on the assembled press following Republican nominee Donald Trump 's rally in Kissimmee, Florida, on Thursday night. "Up yours!" he exclaimed, waving his raised middle finger at the press pen located at the back of the venue, before shouting "traitor!" at an unspecified member of the press. RELATED: Trump rally in Anaheim As he was approached by CNN's Noah Gray, the man turned toward the reporter, shouting, "I am a patriot and you are a traitor!"...
  • Salon - Trump fine” with sending U.S. citizens accused of terrorism to Guantanamo
    8/12/2016 @ 11:03 AM - (Credit: The Telegraph) When President Obama recently expressed regret at failing to shut down the detention centers at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying I dont want to leave this to the next president,” Donald Trump was quick to rebuff the endeavor. This morning I watched President Obama talking about Gitmo,” Trump told a crowd gathered inside a Nevada casino back in February. Guantanamo Bay which by the way, we are keeping open! And were going to load it up with some bad dudes. Were going to load it up.” Trump then suggested that the Cuban government take over the facility and reimburse the US for paying rent.” Maybe in our deal with Cuba, we get...
  • Fortune - Power Sheet: Could the RNC Turn Its Back on Donald Trump?
    8/12/2016 @ 10:14 AM - Writer Tory Newmyer (@ torynewmyer ) is filling in for Geoff Colvin this week. This is what a full-blown panic looks like. More than 75 Republicans, including former lawmakers and senior White House officials, have added their names to a letter urging the Republican National Committee to abandon Donald Trump , the Washington Post reports . Their argument is strategic: Trump is hurtling toward a devastating loss in the presidential race and the party should do what it can now to salvage its Congressional majorities by dedicating all of its resources to them instead. But it's also the latest in a series of brutal assessments of Trump's candidacy from GOP elders, who in the...
  • Gant Daily - Tim Kaine: How to make housing fair in America
    8/12/2016 @ 9:45 AM - I was a brand-new lawyer at a small firm in Richmond, Virginia. And fresh out of law school, as the rookie on the team, the pro-bono cases came to me. Thats how I met Lorraine. She was a young African-American woman. As she sat across the table, she told me how she had just graduated college, found a job, and was trying to move out of her parents home and start a life of her own. Lorraine saw an apartment advertised in the newspaper, called the number and arranged to meet the landlord. But as soon as he saw her in person, he said, Sorry, we just rented the place.” Something didnt feel right. So...
  • Brownstoner - Walk the High Bridge, New York Citys Oldest Span
    8/12/2016 @ 9:00 AM - There's only one way to escape Manhattan that's solely for pedestrians (and bicyclists): the High Bridge, which spans the Harlem River between Washington Heights and the Bronx.It's New York City's oldest bridge, and well worth a visit.A little history.Originally constructed in 1848 to carry water as part of the Croton… Read More > The post Walk the High Bridge, New York Citys Oldest Span appeared first on Brownstoner .
  • Realtor.com News - Bernie Sanders Buys $575,000 Lakefront Vacation Home in Vermont
    8/12/2016 @ 9:00 AM - Alex Wong/Getty Images After galvanizing voters for months on the presidential primary trail,  U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is pursuing a little R&R by buying a $575,000 vacation home on the Champlain Islands in Vermont. Of course, the Internet reacted in predictable fashion. Cries arose about the socialist politician-the champion of the little guy, the share-the-wealth candidate-purchasing a third  house in North Hero, VT . (Sanders also owns homes in Washington, DC,  and  Burlington, VT .) One  Reddit poster said, 'No one should be able to afford 3 homes, especially at that price, as a politician.' Another wrote, 'What a dirty capitalist!' Cut Sanders some slack, trolls! The senator's modest summer digs on Lake Champlain...
  • Times Union - Ledger
    8/12/2016 @ 8:59 AM - Weekly applications for unemployment slip WASHINGTON - Slightly fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, a sign that layoffs are low and employers are probably adding new jobs. The Labor Department said that weekly unemployment aid applications declined 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 266,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 3,000 to 262,750. Applications are a proxy for layoffs and are at historically low levels. That suggests employers are confident enough in the economy to hold onto their staffs. At the same time, hiring has picked up: Employers added the most jobs in eight months in June and hiring was also healthy in July. The unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in both months....
  • MacRumors - Apple Rumored to Be Pursuing Massive Office Expansion in Seattle Area
    8/12/2016 @ 8:15 AM - Apple might be looking to further expand its presence in Seattle, Washington following its acquisition of Seattle-based machine learning and artificial intelligence startup Turi . The news comes from reports of a "large California company" looking to purchase a big piece of office space in the city, with most believing that it's Apple (via GeekWire ). Last week, Apple paid $200 million to acquire Turi, which bills itself as a "machine learning platform for developers and data scientists," helping them build apps using the capabilities of artificial intelligence. Although the company's acquisition of Turi helps justify the rumor of Apple's expansion in Seattle, nothing has yet been solidified and, according to GeekWire...
  • Washington Post Real Estate - Maryland open houses Aug. 13-14
    8/12/2016 @ 8:01 AM - Here's a list of open houses taking place Aug. 13-14 in Maryland. We've divided the list by counties. To learn more about the properties for sale, click on the link underneath the address, which will take you to the listing. As always, feel free to search a listing of properties for sale in the Washington region. […]
  • Gant Daily - Democrats see chance to reshape map as Trump stumbles
    8/12/2016 @ 8:00 AM - In a less volatile election cycle, the notion that Democrats would be on offense in red states like Utah, Arizona and Georgia would suggest the presidential race was effectively over. No one is willing to make that kind of bet in a race that has defied all political norms. But as Donald Trumps downward spiral continues in round after round of battleground polls, and the Hillary Clinton campaign has begun to dabble in ruby-red states, Democrats are clearly feeling bullish. Some are now openly mulling the possibility of a Clinton blowout in November. Even Trump acknowledged Thursday that his campaign was having a tremendous problem in Utah,” a reliably Republican state where Mitt Romney won more than 70%...
  • Salon - Clinton courts the right: Attacking Trump as aberration rather than apotheosis gives Republicans a pass
    8/12/2016 @ 7:58 AM - Hillary Clinton (Credit: AP/Andrew Harnik) Donald Trump has made this election, like everything else, about Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton, happily skewering him as he blows up his campaign with ruinous attacks on fellow Republicans and myriad others, has zero problems with this. But critics on the left do, because by playing it safe Clinton is sending troubling if unsurprising signals about the agenda she will set as president, and also missing a historic opportunity to crush the Republican Party in a moment of acute vulnerability. Instead of aggressively making the case that Trump represents the worst of Republican greed and bigotry, she is inviting their leaders and donors to join her campaign en masse. 'Hes...
  • Washington Post Real Estate - Virginia open houses Aug. 13-14
    8/12/2016 @ 7:55 AM - Here's a list of open houses taking place Aug. 13-14 in Virginia. We've divided the list by counties. To learn more about the properties for sale, click on the link underneath the address, which will take you to the listing. As always, feel free to search a listing of properties for sale in the Washington region. […]
  • Washington Post Real Estate - D.C. open houses Aug. 13-14
    8/12/2016 @ 7:51 AM - Here's a list of open houses taking place Aug. 13-14 in the District. We've divided the list by quadrants. To learn more about the properties for sale, click on the link underneath the address, which will take you to the listing. As always, feel free to search a listing of properties for sale in the Washington […]
  • Gant Daily - As Trump slips, Democrats see a chance to reshape the map
    8/12/2016 @ 7:45 AM - In a less volatile election cycle, the notion that Democrats would be on offense in red states like Utah, Arizona and Georgia would suggest the presidential race was effectively over. No one is willing to make that kind of bet in a race that has defied all political norms. But as Donald Trumps downward spiral continues in round after round of battleground polls, and the Hillary Clinton campaign has begun to dabble in ruby-red states, Democrats are clearly feeling bullish. Some are now openly mulling the possibility of a Clinton blowout in November. Even Trump acknowledged Thursday that his campaign was having a tremendous problem in Utah,” a reliably Republican state where Mitt Romney won more than 70%...
  • Gant Daily - In Trumps fall, Democrats see a chance to reshape the map
    8/12/2016 @ 6:00 AM - In a less volatile election cycle, the notion that Democrats would be on offense in red states like Utah, Arizona and Georgia would suggest the presidential race was effectively over. No one is willing to make that kind of bet in a race that has defied all political norms. But as Donald Trumps downward spiral continues in round after round of battleground polls, and the Hillary Clinton campaign has begun to dabble in ruby-red states, Democrats are clearly feeling bullish. Some are now openly mulling the possibility of a Clinton blowout in November. Even Trump acknowledged Thursday that his campaign was having a tremendous problem in Utah,” a reliably Republican state where Mitt Romney won more than 70%...
  • Realtor.com News - This Weeks Most Popular Home Has 11 Bedrooms for Only $115K
    8/12/2016 @ 6:00 AM - realtor.com When we see a listing with 11 bedrooms, were like luxury lab rats. Our minds are trained to look for the seven- or eight-digit price tag. Take Donald Trump s former Beverly Hills, CA, home. Listed this week , the 11-bedroom home on Rodeo Drive is selling for $30 million. Typical. But wait! The most-clicked home on realtor.com® this week comes with 11 bedrooms, but it isnt a million-dollar mansion. In fact, this Illinois house is listed for just a tick above $100,000. How is this even possible ? Well, its a former church, so youll have to get used to the stained-glass windows in your living room....
  • Salon - Hillarys economic pitch: Shes recommitting to progressive policies and dismantling Trumpism
    8/12/2016 @ 5:58 AM - Hillary Clinton (Credit: Reuters/Chris Keane) Heading into Hillary Clintons' big economic speech on Thursday, there was some concern among progressive groups that the Democratic presidential nominee was going to use the opportunity to nudge her policy agenda towards the center. She'd secured the nomination and no longer had to worry about Bernie Sanders' challenge from the left, and her campaign was in the middle of a high-profile push to recruit Republican defectors away from GOP nominee Donald Trump, which left open the possibility that she might start moderating for the general election. Well, Hillary's speech seems to have put those concerns to rest. At least for the moment. She also put together an...
  • Washington Post Real Estate - Capitol Hill house was once a horse stable and an organ factory
    8/12/2016 @ 5:31 AM - Built as a horse stable in 1878, this unusual Capitol Hill house also spent time as an organ factory before becoming a private residence. Through all its transformations, its winsome details have been maintained. Samuel S. Waters bought the stable in 1897 and converted it to an organ factory. He built organs there until his […]
  • Inman News - Baltimore market stays steady through summer
    8/12/2016 @ 1:00 AM - Time for your Baltimore real estate update: According to Tim Montoya, a Realtor with Long & Foster Real Estate, there are 6,763 current listings in Baltimore County. Nearly half of them are condos listed under $300, ...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

  • Realty Biz News - 'Granny flats' face growing opposition
    8/11/2016 @ 10:16 PM - So-called 'granny flats', or smaller homes built in back yards for aging parents or rentals, are being challenged in a number of cities in the U.S. Los Angeles in particular has seen the 'granny flat' battle heat up to epic proportions, with some homeowners who have recently bought permits to build a second unit on their single-family lot now being barred from actually building them. Officials had previously granted permission to build them, but now are refusing to hand over the necessary certificate of occupancy. This means that utility companies won't connect these new units to the grid, making them essentially uninhabitable. One argument goes that granny flats help to ease housing shortages, and are...
  • Gant Daily - Baltimores Justice Department report no surprise to residents
    8/11/2016 @ 8:15 PM - It took the Justice Department 164 pages to chronicle what Baltimore resident Alethea Booze said she has known all her life: Cops routinely abuse the citys majority African-American community. Ive seen them search the fellows,” Booze, who lives a few doors from where Freddie Gray was arrested before his eventual death in police custody, said of the police. Ive seen them push them down. It can be 10, 20 degrees and they will make them sit on that sidewalk. They will pull their pants down and they dont care if you was outside, if Im outside, kids outside. … I would say thats not right. You shouldnt do that and they tell me, if I dont...
  • Realty Biz News - Hawaii Has Highest Closing Costs While Pennsylvania Has the Lowest
    8/11/2016 @ 7:35 PM - According to a new Bankrate.com (NYSE: RATE) report, Hawaii has the highest mortgage closing costs in the country, while Pennsylvania has the lowest. When based on a $200,000 loan, Hawaii's closing costs averaged out to $2655, while in Pennsylvania these closing costs were just $1837. The national average is $2128. New York has the second-highest closing costs at $2560, followed by North Carolina at $2409, Delaware at $2358, South Carolina at $2322 and Connecticut at $2313. Pennsylvania isn't the only state with low closing costs, as in Wisconsin closing costs were $1863, while in Kentucky they were $1874, in South Dakota this figure was $1904, in Oklahoma it was $1911 and in Missouri it was $1926....
  • Inman News - Slow July for DC real estate, says MRIS
    8/11/2016 @ 6:30 PM - As the amount of available homes decrease throughout the Washington D.C. metro area, the rest of market is seeing an impact. According to the MRIS July Housing Market Updates for the DC Metro and Baltimore, inventory in both metros are falling and pushing prices up. The lack of inventory, though, is putting a damper on the number and volume of sales ...
  • Re/code - Full transcript: Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode talk Verizon's Yahoo acquisition on Too Embarrassed to Ask
    8/11/2016 @ 6:26 PM - 'People care about Yahoo, even if they don't use it.' On a recent episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask , Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode discussed what happens to Yahoo now that it's set to be scooped by by Verizon . You can read some of the highlights from their discussion at that link, or listen to it in the audio player above. Below, we've posted a lightly edited complete transcript of their conversation. If you like this, be sure to subscribe to Too Embarrassed to Ask on iTunes , Google Play Music , TuneIn or Stitcher ....
  • Slate - Who Cares Who Sits Behind Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump?
    8/11/2016 @ 5:24 PM - America owes a debt of gratitude on this day to disgraced former Rep. Mark Foley, the diddler. By showing his face at Donald Trump's Florida rally Wednesday night and sitting in the same camera shot as the candidate, he canceled out the story about Seddique Mateen, father of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, who on Monday appeared just above Hillary Clinton's left shoulder during the broadcast of a rally. Now that both Trump and Clinton have had unsavories sitting behind them at recent rallies, they're both tainted by the same nonstory, and both might now be loath to weaponize the other's nontransgression. It would be a minor victory in this intensely...
  • Gant Daily - Trump Tower climber: Who is Stephen Rogata?
    8/11/2016 @ 5:15 PM - Whatever his intentions, Stephen Rogata had arrived to borrow a famous Trumpism bigly. For three harrowing hours, the young Virginian soared high above the scorching streets of midtown Manhattan. The 19-year-old precariously hauled his thin frame up the side of Trump Tower on Wednesday afternoon. He methodically positioned suction cups above his head as he ascended the facade of the 68-story glass behemoth. He stopped pedestrian and motor traffic along Fifth Avenue near Central Park. Onlookers chronicled the climb with cell phones and cameras. Every foot of the ascent lifted Rogata to a new level of social media stardom. Millions witnessed his daredevil stunt as multiple cable networks like CNN, MSNBC and...
  • Mashable - Donald Trump responds after supporter climbs Trump Tower
    8/11/2016 @ 4:45 PM - Michael Joseph Ryan, a 19-year-old from Virginia, caused a scene in Manhattan while attempting to scale the facade of Trump Tower with suction cups.  After more than 2 hours of climbing, the police and fire department were able to rescue and arrest the man.  According to a YouTube video he posted earlier, Ryan was trying to get a private meeting with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Additional reporting by Storyful.  Read more... More about Mashable Video , Democratic Party , Republican Party , Politicians , and President
  • Fortune - Shake Shack Is Giving Away Free Burgers at All Its Locations
    8/11/2016 @ 4:17 PM - This is not a drill. To celebrate the opening of its 100th location at the Boston Seaport, Shake Shack shak is giving away free burgers to the first 100 guests at all its locations on Tuesday August 16, the company said . All Shake Shack restaurants in the U.S. will open at 10:30 a.m. that day. The promotion ends at 12 p.m. and excludes stadiums and ballparks. CEO Randy Garutti called the 100th store opening an "epic milestone." "We're overwhelmed by the love and enthusiasm from our fans around the world, and this moment wouldn't be...
  • The Guardian - President Obama's summer playlist: a proud affirmation of his blackness
    8/11/2016 @ 4:00 PM - From Aloe Blacc's joyful anthem to Mary J Blige and Method Man's ballad of love against the odds, the president's mixtape reminds us why we will miss him Straight out of college, I dated a guy from Washington DC who had just spent a few years working on the redevelopment of public housing projects in Chicago. We met at Harvard, where I was working as a receptionist at the department of Afro-American studies, which was his focus for a graduate degree. He was easygoing and honest, handsome and smart, with outstanding taste in music (I will be forever grateful to him for introducing me to Outkast - in particular, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik ). A light-skinned black man with a...
  • Fortune - This 1 Chart Tells You Everything About How Donald Trump Is Doing with Women Voters
    8/11/2016 @ 3:52 PM - On Thursday, Donald Trump announced the addition of nine new members to his economic advisory council--eight of whom are women. The move comes after the GOP nominees original council , which he unveiled last week, was criticized for being exclusively male (Hillary Clinton also pointed out that the group included six guys named Steve.”) While Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks said in an email to Fortune , that it was always [the campaigns] intention to make additions and we will continue to expand the group,” some see the decision to bring on the new female council members as an attempt to woo back GOP women, many of whom have spoken out against Trump in...
  • AOL Real Estate - Theories emerge about Donald Trump's tweeting habits
    8/11/2016 @ 3:38 PM - Theories emerge about Donald Trump's tweeting habits try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-2").style.display="none";}catch(e){} No matter where your party allegiance lies, many people are saying Donald Trump has a very interesting way of tweeting. According to The Daily Dot , he actually has two different tones with which he tweets. The theory is that his staffers sometimes write the tweets for him. Twitter user Todd Vaziri said any tweets sent from an iPhone are written by his staff, and Android-written tweets are by Trump himself. A New York Times piece about Trump's Twitter habits identified that he...
  • Salon - Capitalizing on stupidity: Today, Trump called Obama a terrorist - something hes being doing quietly since 2011
    8/11/2016 @ 3:21 PM - Barack Obama, Donald Trump (Credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas/Carlo Allegri/Photo montage by Salon) Donald Trump has transgressed political norms without consequence for most of his campaign. He appeared to have crossed a line, however, with his attacks on the Khan family two weeks ago. Suddenly, fence-sitting Republicans like Sen. Susan Collins and Rep. Adam Kinzinger decided to abandon ship. Even Trump supporters like Newt Gingrich fumbled for defenses of his behavior. It was sufficiently bad that the Trump campaign began pushing rumors about an imminent 'pivot.' Trump was finally ready to get serious and feign decency. To prove it, he read from hand-held scripts at rallies last...
  • AOL Real Estate - 2 polls of Donald Trump's standing in Iowa, exactly one year apart, are a time warp into the 2016 campaign
    8/11/2016 @ 3:12 PM - 2 polls of Donald Trump's standing in Iowa, exactly one year apart, are a time warp into the 2016 campaign try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-1").style.display="none";}catch(e){} Two polls of Iowa tell the story of the past year for Donald Trump . Exactly one year ago, Trump was polling at 17% in Iowa among Republican primary contenders. There were some fresh warning signs about his fledgling, yet burgeoning, candidacy among a 17-candidate GOP field. One wild and turbulent year later, Trump - the Republican presidential nominee - is leading his Democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton , in the same poll of the same state. Trump led 41% to 40% in the...
  • Fortune - Here's Why Your Facebook Timeline Is Suddenly Full of Hillary Clinton Supporters
    8/11/2016 @ 2:43 PM - Courtney Bugler has considered herself a "diehard" Democrat since the sixth grade, when she--in the role of 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis--won her elementary school debate tournament (unlike the real Dukakis, who lost the election to George H.W. Bush). "I just love politics," says the Atlanta-based 39-year-old. Yet Bugler, who ran for her high school's student council every year, was voted most likely to be president by her classmates, and describes herself as someone who doesn't keep her opinions to herself, has spent most of this election season in silence. "I didn't post about it, I didn't talk to family or friends about it," she says. "I just couldn't fight this battle." Hearing Bugler, who...
  • Fortune - This Former NFL Player Has Been Arrested For Allegedly Running a $10 Million Ponzi-Scheme
    8/11/2016 @ 2:36 PM - Former Philadelphia Eagles player Merrill Robertson Jr., and his business partner, Sherman C. Vaughn Jr., were certainly cavalier when they made their pitch to their future investors. On Wednesday, the two were charged with defrauding investors by the Securities and Exchange Commission through their firm, Cavalier Union Investments. In a parallel action, the U.S. Justice Department announced criminal charges against Robertson. According to the SECs complaint , the partners raised more $10 million from over 60 investors, including senior citizens and former football coaches from the University of Virginia and Fork Union Military Academy--Robertsons alma maters. They then used roughly $6 million of those funds to pay for personal expenses, using the other $4 million or so...
  • Gant Daily - Clinton: I will stamp out the Trump loophole
    8/11/2016 @ 2:30 PM - Hillary Clinton lambasted Donald Trumps economic plans in a speech Thursday as nothing more than a huge tax break for himself, labeling tax cuts he proposed earlier this week as the Trump Loophole.” Throughout her speech on the floor of a factory north of Detroit, Clinton accused Trump of using his presidential campaign to boost wealthy people like himself, looking to drive home a message that the only person Trump is looking out for is Trump. He would give trillions in tax cuts to big corporations, millionaires, and Wall Street money managers,” Clinton said. In his speech on Monday, he called for a new tax loophole lets call it the Trump Loophole.” She added, It...
  • Salon - 70 top Republicans call on the RNC to dump Trump: His chances of being elected president are evaporating by the day'
    8/11/2016 @ 2:27 PM - (Credit: AP) Last week, when Donald  Trump  decided to enact his keenly timed revenge on House Speaker Paul Ryan, who Trumps begrudged for his delayed and hesitant endorsement, refusing to offer his reciprocal endorsement days before Ryan faced re-election, instead offering up complimentary words for Ryans primary challenger, RNC chair Reince Priebus reportedly went into full panic mode. Priebus, who was on vacation, called the GOP presidential nominee and threatened to pull resources away from the candidate in favor of down-ballot races, according to a new report in Time. Trump eventually went on to endorsed Ryan, only a few days before his primary on Tuesday. story about @reince telling @realDonaldTrump...
  • Gant Daily - Clinton on Trump: Hes missing so much
    8/11/2016 @ 1:45 PM - Hillary Clinton is in Michigan Thursday drawing a contrast between her economic vision and proposals outlined by Donald Trump earlier this week. I just wish my opponent in this election saw the same Michigan I do,” Clinton said in a major economic address in Warren. When Donald Trump visited Detroit on Monday, he talked only of failure, poverty, and crime. Hes missing so much.” Clintons speech is not expected to outline new policy proposals, according to background provided by aides who have reviewed the remarks, but will instead go after Trump directly. The Democratic presidential nominee will question his commitment to the middle class, his refusal to release his tax returns and what she will call his wildly...
  • AOL Real Estate - Clinton to release 2015 tax returns within days
    8/11/2016 @ 1:32 PM - Clinton to release 2015 tax returns within days try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-1").style.display="none";}catch(e){} WASHINGTON, Aug 11 (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will release her 2015 tax returns and her running mate, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and his wife, Anne Holton, will release the last 10 years of their tax returns within days, according to a source close to Clinton. The returns will show Clinton paid an effective tax rate of 35 percent and gave about 10 percent to charity, according to a CNBC report. The release comes as Republican nominee Donald Trump is facing criticism for not releasing his tax returns -...
  • Curbed - Trump Tower climber charged after traffic-stopping stunt
    8/11/2016 @ 1:30 PM - Yesterday's stunt on the Trump Tower , wherein a young man attempted to scale the building using suction cups, ended pretty much as expected. Police apprehended the climber after more than two hours (and after traffic on Fifth Avenue basically came to a halt), and now, he's been charged by the NYPD with reckless endangerment and trespassing, according to the New York Times. The climber has been identified as Stephen Rogata, a 19-year-old from Great Falls, Virginia. According to the Times, " The police said Mr. Rogata told them his stunt had a simple motivation: He wanted to meet Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee." A video , in which he...
  • AOL Real Estate - Reid: Democrats could force vote on US high court nominee Garland
    8/11/2016 @ 1:22 PM - Reid: Democrats could force vote on US high court nominee Garland try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-1").style.display="none";}catch(e){} WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats may try to force a vote on President Barack Obama's Supreme court nominee, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said on Thursday, inviting along Republicans who want to distance themselves from presidential candidate Donald Trump . "We have a couple of options and we are deciding when to do that. And if we should do that. When and if," Reid said in a conference call with reporters. The leader of the Republican-controlled Senate, Mitch McConnell, has refused to schedule hearings on the nomination of Judge...
  • Realty Biz News - Memphis Class A Commercial Property on Target to Exceed Last Year
    8/11/2016 @ 1:15 PM - Memphis class A commercial properties are on track to exceed anything from many pervious years. Class A properties are the top of the class in commercial real estate. Large office buildings and large manufacturing facilities. Of course, it includes many other commercial properties such as strip malls but those mentioned are the major big opportunities. Large malls are no longer considered class A properties. Some of the new businesses are fairly high technology. For example, Tesla Motors wants to build its first super-charging station for its electric vehicles in Memphis, at the Park Place shopping center. The plan is to build a charging station there that has eight stalls for up to eight vehicles at a time. The Park...
  • Salon - Plutocrats make it clear: Capitalism trumps democracy - why some free-marketeers actually like dictators
    8/11/2016 @ 1:11 PM - (Credit: Nomad_Soul via Shutterstock ) Capitalism is a lot more important than democracy,” Stephen Moore asserted. I'm not even a big believer in democracy,” he added. Moore, a former member of the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal, is an economic adviser for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. He made these comments  in an interview in Michael Moores 2009 documentary Capitalism: A Love Story.” Democracy doesn't always lead to a good economy or even a good political system,” said Moore, a fellow and former chief economist at The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. To many people, that this important political and media figure openly espouses such extreme views...
  • Fortune - Power Sheet: Free Trade Advocates Get a Much-Needed Boost
    8/11/2016 @ 10:31 AM - Writer Tory Newmyer (@ torynewmyer ) is filling in for Geoff Colvin this week. Free trade advocates don't have a lot to feel encouraged about these days. The two major presidential candidates are jockeying for the same anti-trade position, a reflection of how politically toxic its become to back new international deals. And in that context, though big business groups are leaning hard on Congress to pass the 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership by the end of the year, its prospects are dim. But a flicker of hope emerged from an unlikely place this week. In southeastern Wisconsin on Tuesday , House Speaker Paul Ryan demolished a Republican primary challenger who sought to...
  • Washington Post Real Estate - Mortgage rates move slightly higher as refinances fuel uptick in applications
    8/11/2016 @ 10:17 AM - Mortgage rates were barely affected by last week's better-than-expected employment report. Despite indications that America's labor market is surging again, home loan rates remained about where they have been. For those who have been paying more attention to the Olympics, presidential election, beach or back to school, they are hovering at their lowest levels in three […]
  • ArchDaily - Gallery: David Adjaye's National Museum of African American History and Culture Photographed by Paul Clemence
    8/11/2016 @ 10:00 AM - © Paul Clemence Photographer Paul Clemence of ARCHI-PHOTO has shared with us images of Adjaye Associates'  nearly-completed Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture . The building draws inspiration from the nearby Washington  Monument, mirroring the 17-degree angle of its capstone in the museum's tiered corona. Adjaye has described the building's ornamental bronze lattice as 'a historical reference to African American craftsmanship.' The skin can also be modulated to control the transparency and amount of sunlight reaching the interior spaces. The building will open to the public on September 24, 2016. Continue on for Clemence's full photoset. ...
  • Fortune - Hillary Clinton to Release Her 2015 Taxes, Putting Pressure on Trump
    8/11/2016 @ 9:56 AM - Donald Trump has repeatedly resisted calls to release his tax returns. But Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, will be adding more pressure as she reportedly plans to release her 2015 tax return this week. Clinton has already released her 2007 to 2014 tax returns. According to a CNBC report, Clintons 2015 tax return will show that her effective tax rate is around 35%, and her charitable donations make up about 10%. Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, Clintons running mate, will release 10 years of tax returns, CNBC said. brightcove.createExperiences(); Although its become...
  • Fortune - Donald Trump Calls for Exploding the National Debt
    8/11/2016 @ 9:45 AM - It wasnt very long ago that Donald Trump vowed he could completely eliminate the American federal debt by the end of his second term as president. Now, the Republican presidential candidate is doing a complete 180, telling CNBCs Squawk Box that because interest rates are so low” that this is the time to borrow, and to borrow long term, so that we can have money to rebuild our infrastructure.” Trump demurred when asked just how much debt he was comfortable with taking on, but he argued that ideally the U.S. would borrow even more than the $500 billion in new infrastructure spending he pledged last week . That would only compound the problem...
  • Curbed - Manhattan rents keep rising, but there's some hope in Brooklyn
    8/11/2016 @ 9:15 AM - Inventory keeps rising, along with Manhattan median rents, but Brooklyn prices saw an incremental drop The latest round of rental market reports are out, with numbers showing that the market for luxury rentals is slowing down-not unlike the much-publicized slowdown in the luxury condo market. As for everything that isn't luxury real estate, of course, demand remains steady. Douglas Elliman examined rents for the month of July and recorded a median rent of $3,450/month in Manhattan (0.2 percent higher than the previous month), a median rent of $2,826/month in Brooklyn (1.9 percent lower than the previous month), and finally a median of $2,768/month in Queens (a .7 percent drop from June). These slight...
  • Gant Daily - Clintons emails and the Washington insider game
    8/11/2016 @ 9:15 AM - On Tuesday, the public gained access to 44 new email exchanges from Hillary Clintons private server that raise new questions about unseemly ties between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department under her leadership. These new publicly disclosed work-related emails come despite Hillary Clinton promising the public that she turned over all work-related emails.” FBI Director James Comey dubbed this Clinton claim as not true,” saying the FBI found thousands that were not returned,” but perhaps more disturbing than Clintons disclosure mistruth was what some suggest is a pay for play” scheme that could violate Clintons ethics agreement with the State Department. On January 5, 2009, soon-to-be Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed an agreement, promising the...
  • Redfin Blog - Walkable New Construction: 10 Cities Leading the Way
    8/11/2016 @ 8:01 AM - Philadelphia ranked first with 91% of new homes having a higher Walk Score than the citywide score. In Chicago, Cleveland, St. Petersburg, Boston and Seattle, more than 80% of new homes have a  Walk Score higher than the citywide score. Greensboro, Corpus Christi, Albuquerque, Plano and Bakersfield all had the lowest percentages of walkable new home construction. New home construction doesn't always mean building farther out. Today, some builders and cities are working together to build new homes in areas with high Walk Score ratings. So which cities are building the most walkable new homes? We took a look at new homes so far in 2016 and compared...
  • AOL Real Estate - Ronald Reagan was shot while president -- his daughter has a few words for Donald Trump
    8/11/2016 @ 7:47 AM - Ronald Reagan was shot while president -- his daughter has a few words for Donald Trump try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-1").style.display="none";}catch(e){} Patti Davis knows what it means to have your father shot while serving as president. On March 30, 1981, Davis' father Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded in Washington, D.C., by John Hinckley Jr., who had become obsessed with attracting the attention of actress Jodie Foster. SEE ALSO: The Secret Service is investigating Trump's 'Second Amendment' comments For these reasons, Davis slammed Donald Trump in a Facebook post over his "glib and horrifying comment" made at a rally in North Carolina, in which he suggested...
  • Fortune - CEO Daily: Thursday, 11th August
    8/11/2016 @ 7:24 AM - Good morning. Snapchat succumbed yesterday to a wave of online outrage about a filter that smacked of anti-Asian racism (a yellow face with closed, slanted eyes). It seems a good moment to wonder if the same outrage will ever be directed at those who are blocking Chinese investment overseas. It may be easier to illustrate the problem in three cases where U.S. interests arent directly affected. Today, Australia moved to block a Chinese consortium of state and private interests taking a controlling stake in the countrys largest electricity network over national security concerns. Last week, the U.K.s new Prime Minister slammed the brakes on a project to build...
  • Gant Daily - Where does Hillary Clinton stand on guns?
    8/11/2016 @ 6:15 AM - Donald Trumps persistent and false accusation that Hillary Clinton would abolish the Second Amendment as president is renewing scrutiny of her position on gun rights. In the 2016 campaign, Clinton has fought for a raft of gun reforms. But she hasnt always been as strident an advocate for gun control. In the 1990s, she was a fierce supporter for the landmark Brady Bill restrictions. But in the 2000s, she didnt push the issue, and even slammed then-Sen. Barack Obamas criticism of people who cling to guns or religion” in the 2008 presidential primary. And now, after a rash of mass shootings, shes the Democratic standard-bearer on a renewed gun control push. Heres a...
  • Gant Daily - Can Trump be the first to go directly from corner office to Oval Office?
    8/11/2016 @ 6:15 AM - If Donald Trump makes it from the corner office to the Oval Office, he will be pulling off an unprecedented feat: He will be the only head of the executive branch of government whose principal professional credential is having served as a chief executive officer. Plenty of presidential candidates have pointed to their business acumen in making a case for the White House, most recently Republican Mitt Romney in 2012. But Trump is a rarity for a major party nominee, since hes never held elected office, a top government post or a high military rank. In recent election cycles, candidates from the private sector have surged, suggesting voters are more open to politicians with business resumes, though...
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  • Boing Boing - Trump says Barack "Hussein" Obama and Hillary Clinton founded ISIS
    8/11/2016 @ 6:00 AM - At a rally last night in Ft. Lauderdale, and repeated this morning, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said that President Barack Obama was the "founder" of terrorist group ISIS and that rival Hillary Clinton was its "co-founder." ... Trump also said that ISIS "honors" Obama -- who the GOP nominee referred to as "Barack Hussein Obama." "Normally you want to clean up; he made a bigger mess out of it. He made such a mess. And then you had Hillary with Libya, so sad," Trump said. "In fact, in many respects, you know they honor president Obama. ISIS is honoring President Obama. He is the founder of ISIS. He's the founder of ISIS, OK? He's the founder....
  • Salon - It wont happen, but compulsory voting might be the only solution to political ignorance in America
    8/11/2016 @ 6:00 AM - Voting booths in St. Joris Weert, Belgium, June 13, 2010. (Credit: AP/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) The success of Donald Trump reveals a number of troubling truths about our country, but voter ignorance is the most glaring. If more Americans were involved, if more were informed and discerning citizens, Trumps political existence would not be possible. Love him or hate him, Trump is a reflection of the country. He sports his idiocy like a badge of honor, knowing his supporters do the same. He knows nothing of the world he wants to lead. He doesnt understand the issues and makes no effort to pretend otherwise. Virtually everything hes said about policy or geopolitics is false. None...
  • Salon - Dont worry about Paul Ryan: Hes in an awful spot thanks to Trump, but he will come out just fine - as he always does
    8/11/2016 @ 5:59 AM - Paul Ryan (Credit: Reuters/Carlos Barria) To hear some observers tell it, Paul Ryan's primary victory on Tuesday night is a case of winning a battle while losing the war. First, the battle. Ryan crushed his challenger, a chunk of raw red meat named Paul Nehlen, a tattooed and glowering local business owner who has called for deporting Muslims and, he was very proud to tell everyone, rides a Harley . (Hey, it worked for Wisconsin governor Scott Walker .) Nehlen ran as a sort of mini-Donald Trump. In the end, though, he had much less success. Ryan banked 84 percent of the...
  • Salon - Why Trumps Second Amendment” insinuation was an abhorrent stunt straight out of the NRAs playbook
    8/11/2016 @ 5:57 AM - Donald Trump; Wayne LaPierre (Credit: AP/Rick Wilking/Reuters/John Sommers II/Photo montage by Salon) It was reprehensible for Donald Trump to insinuate that his pro-gun followers use violence to thwart Hillary Clinton. That said, was he really out of lockstep with what the NRA and other pro-gun groups have been saying for years? Just to be clear, this is what Trump said : 'If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks. Although the Second Amendment people-maybe there is, I don't know.' Considering that this is a man who has already called on a foreign superpower to hack his opponent's email server, it's hard to blame Trump's critics for...
  • AOL Real Estate - Trump Tower climber wanted meeting with the presidential candidate
    8/11/2016 @ 5:41 AM - Trump Tower climber wanted meeting with the presidential candidate try{document.getElementById("aol-cms-player-2").style.display="none";}catch(e){} A man captured after attempting to scale Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan Wednesday apparently made the climb to deliver a message to Donald Trump himself. In a YouTube video posted Tuesday, a man who resembles the climber said he wanted to "seek an audience with Mr. Trump" about "an important matter." The climber, who goes by the first name Steve and is from Virginia according to a police source, was grabbed and hauled into the skyscraper by law enforcement at the twentieth story about two hours after the spectacle...
  • Mashable - Ronald Reagan was shot while president - his daughter has a few words for Donald Trump
    8/11/2016 @ 5:37 AM - Patti Davis knows what it means to have your father shot while serving as president.  On March 30, 1981, Davis' father Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded in Washington, D.C., by John Hinckley Jr., who had become obsessed with attracting the attention of actress Jodie Foster. SEE ALSO: The Secret Service is investigating Trump's 'Second Amendment' comments For these reasons, Davis slammed Donald Trump in a Facebook post over his "glib and horrifying comment" made at a rally in North Carolina, in which he suggested "Second Amendment people" namely gun owners could take action against his opponent Hillary Clinton.  Read more... More about Election 2016 , Hillary...
  • Washington Post Real Estate - Upscale apartment building with fin design slated for D.C.s Mount Vernon Triangle
    8/11/2016 @ 5:30 AM - Construction has begun on the Lydian, a 324-unit apartment building at 400 K St. NW in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood adjacent to Lyric 440K, another apartment developed by Quadrangle Development Corp. and the Wilkes Company. The apartment buildings are part of Mount Vernon Place, a 2 million-square-foot mixed-use development. The Lydian's contemporary architecture, designed […]
  • Luxury Daily - Wellness tourism primed for growth from men, Southeast Asia
    8/11/2016 @ 3:31 AM - Spa at Peninsula New York Wellness tourism is projected for an 11 percent compound annual growth rate through 2020, according to Technavio analysts. For Technavio's Global Wellness Tourism Market 2016-2020 Report , wellness tourists are split into two groups, with primary wellness tourists traveling entirely for wellness purposes and secondary wellness tourists indulging in wellness-related activities but planning travel for other reasons. Primary wellness tourists traveling internationally outspend the average international tourist by at least 60 percent, signaling a growing and valuable revenue stream for hotels. 'With the adoption of wellness activities among consumers as a part of changing lifestyle, there is a growing demand for multiple price points and increased convenience and accessibility, thereby...