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21 февраля, 04:17

Росреестр и Государственный комитет кадастра недвижимости Республики Армения договорились о сотрудничестве

Заместитель Министра экономического развития Российской Федерации – руководитель Росреестра Виктория Абрамченко и председатель Государственного комитета кадастра недвижимости при Правительстве Республики Армения Мартин Саргсян подписали меморандум о взаимопонимании и сотрудничестве двух ведомств. В ходе рабочей встречи представители Росреестра и комитета обменялись опытом и обсудили вопросы двустороннего сотрудничества, дальнейшего совместного участия в деятельности Межгосударственного совета по геодезии, картографии, кадастру и дистанционному зондированию Земли государств-участников СНГ, Европейской экономической комиссии ООН, Ассоциации «Еврогеографика» и Группы экспертов ООН по географическим названиям. «Росреестр и Государственный комитет кадастра недвижимости при Правительстве Республики Армения связывают годы плодотворного сотрудничества. Меморандум закрепляет наши намерения обмениваться опытом и реализовывать совместные проекты. Для этого специалисты наших ведомств будут проводить учебно-ознакомительные визиты в Россию и Армению, организовывать совместные семинары, делиться информацией», – отметила Виктория Абрамченко. Замминистра рассказала армянским коллегам о достижениях в учетно-регистрационной сфере Российской Федерации: развитии Росреестром «бесконтактных технологий» - увеличении доли госуслуг, оказанных в электронном виде и на базе многофункциональных центров, совершенствовании земельного надзора и сферы геодезии и картографии, а также о высокой позиции России в рейтинге Всемирного банка Doing Business по показателю «регистрация собственности». Особое внимание Виктория Абрамченко уделила вступлению в силу с 1 января 2017 года федерального закона «О государственной регистрации недвижимости». «Считаю это событие историческим. Закон существенно упростил учетно-регистрационные процедуры. Услуги предоставляются экстерриториально на всей территории России. Данные об объектах недвижимости объединены в едином ресурсе. Это очень важно для удобства граждан и улучшения инвестиционного климата», – подчеркнула она. Представители Государственного комитета кадастра недвижимости при Правительстве Республики Армения рассказали российским коллегам о деятельности комитета: о создании национальной геоинформационной системы и состоянии работ в области геодезии и картографии в республике.

20 февраля, 09:52

How European pension funds sustain Israeli occupation

Five largest funds have more than $8bn invested in companies that do business in Israeli settlements, report shows.

19 февраля, 17:54

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is. Vote With Your Dollars

Are you feeling disempowered? Don’t feel as if your voice is heard, especially now that the election is over? What can you do and will it make a difference? As a consumer, you have immense power with your spending. The Power Of The Purse If you’ve been watching the political commentary (or reading the President’s tweets), the “power of the purse” was marked by consumers choosing not to buy products from Ivanka Trump’s brand. This was highlighted most recently, as Nordstrom responded by dropping the line. I’m not going to discuss our President’s tweet that his daughter was “treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom,” nor will I address the quote by a spokesperson for the first daughter’s fashion label, who asserted that, “the brand’s overall sales were up 21% in 2016 compared to the prior year. I will even bite my tongue and not comment on Kellyanne Conway’s promotion of Ivanka’s products on national television. (Although I might take issue with her fashion flair at the inauguration when it was noted that Paddington Bear picked out her outfit. Not to mention that she forgot that “Buy American” does not seem to cover her Gucci inauguration outfit.) I write about money and I’m trying to stay in my lane! The point I’m trying to make is that consumers seem to “voting” a lot since the election. Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Shoes.com, Belk, ShopStyle, Bellacor, Jet.com, and Gilt, have all dropped some or all of Ivanka’s line as well as other Trump-branded products. Also, the New York Times reported employees at T.J Maxx and Marshalls have been told that “all Ivanka Trump signage should be discarded.” The retail ballot boxes seem to be open for business. The Cost Of The Walk Of Shame Boycott campaigns are springing up. For instance, the hashtag #GrabYourWallet has formed and has millions of impressions and shares since Shannon Coulter, a brand and digital strategist, coined it in October of 2016. She compiled a list of retailers that have business ties to the Trump family and that list is growing. She is asking retailors that carry Ivanka Trump’s Collection to boycott the products. These retailors include such stores as; Macy’s, Nordstrom, Amazon, Lord & Taylor, Marshalls, Zappos, etc. She is counting on people to vote with their money. The theory is that, even if sales are not hurt, reputations can be damaged. An example of this theory was with Nike in the 1990s. It was revealed that they were using child labor and that resulted in a boycott. The goal was to create a blow to their reputation, if not to their bottom line. There was an outcry, Nike’s image was damaged, and sales were hurt. Another notable example of the “Walk Of Shame,” was with Dior. Their creative director and designer, John Galliano, was exposed as an anti-Semite after he made remarks in public. Dior fired him after a public storm of criticism. Does Voting With Your Wallet Work? For me, the most notable example of economics affecting politics was in South Africa. The ruling white minority didn’t just wake up one day and realize that their legal discrimination against the black majority was wrong; extreme economic pressure was applied to twist their arms. This started first with the consumer who “voted” not to buy products from companies who “supported” white South African companies. They spoke loudly. Here in the U.S., people started to put pressure on American companies that had economic ties to companies in South Africa and could therefore benefit from apartheid. The pressure was felt and institutional investors, like banks, universities and pension funds, started to disinvest in South Africa. The movement started in the 60s, when the United Nations passed a resolution establishing a Special Committee against apartheid calling for economic boycotts and other sanctions. The movement didn’t gain real traction until the 1980s. I was working at Chase Bank as the movement took hold. I remember being at a shareholder’s meeting in the early 1970s, which was conducted by our then Chairman, David Rockefeller. He indicated, in response to hecklers in the meeting, that Chase was not going to do business with South Africa until their discriminatory policies ended. I was impressed that the collective global shareholders were voting with their money. It worked. In 1986, the U.S. implemented the disinvestment campaign incorporating it into federal legislation. This all led to putting enough pressure on the South African government to start negotiation that ultimately led to the dismantling of the apartheid system. As a side note, Britain never joined the movement. They said that they thought that the economic sanctions were “unconstitutional.” The “bottom line” to all this? Economic pressure is real. So, get out and vote… with your wallet! type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=5890dacae4b04c35d583536c,589e013ee4b03df370d6132f,589cb373e4b0c1284f2b3865 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

19 февраля, 15:42

How an American Bureaucrat Became President of Somalia

He was a refugee who embraced U.S.-style democracy. Now's he's trying to bring it home.

19 февраля, 14:49

Could ‘Nexit’ follow Brexit after Dutch elections?

For a small nation that has grown hugely wealthy thanks to centuries of doing business far and wide, the political mood in the Netherlands has turned surprisingly inward.

18 февраля, 03:03

Investors Urge Banks To Support Rerouting Dakota Access Pipeline

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); A group of more than 120 investors on Friday told 17 banks financing construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline that the project should be rerouted away from a Native American tribe’s reservation.  “We are concerned that if DAPL’s projected route moves forward, the result will almost certainly be an escalation of conflict and unrest as well as possible contamination of the water supply,” said the statement to banks, including Citibank and Wells Fargo, which have lent money to the companies behind the 1,172-mile oil pipeline. The group of investors includes California’s giant public employee pension fund, CalPERS; New York City teacher and firefighter pensions; dozens of religious organizations; and asset management firms. They have a combined $653 billion in managed assets, according to the statement.  The investors expressed support for the Standing Rock Sioux, who say that the oil line threatens their drinking water and violates territorial rights in North Dakota established by an 1851 treaty with the federal government. “We call on the banks to address or support the Tribe’s request for a reroute and utilize their influence as a project lender to reach a peaceful solution that is acceptable to all parties, including the Tribe,” the letter said.  The group worries that its investments in the banks could be hurt by a public backlash against the project through legal action or boycotts. “As investors we are very concerned by the reputational and potential financial risks due to these banks being associated with DAPL,” the statement said.  Representatives of the banks were scheduled to meet with tribal leaders Friday, The Financial Times reported. There’s been mounting pressure on financial institutions connected to Dakota Access. The city of Seattle recently voted to end its financial relationship with Wells Fargo because the bank has provided loans and financial services to Energy Transfer Partners, the lead developer. Norway’s largest bank sold its stake in the pipeline in November, citing concerns about its effect on the Standing Rock tribe.  The investors’ group stopped short of calling on the banks to divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline, though there are calls to do so elsewhere. One online group claims supporters have pledged to withdraw more than $66 million from banks doing business with the pipeline’s owners.  “We believe that engaging with the companies we own is the first course of action to effect change and a preferred option over divestment where we lose our voice as an investor,” said Anne Simpson, an investment director for CalPERS, in a statement.  The pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois is almost complete. President Donald Trump’s administration allowed construction to resume this month on the disputed section beneath a Missouri River reservoir near the Standing Rock Sioux’s reservation.  Citibank and Wells Fargo officials did not respond to The Huffington Post’s requests for comment on the letter. Citibank, however, said in a Jan. 30 statement that it is “very concerned about the situation on the ground in North Dakota” but that it cannot break its contract with Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics, a pipeline project partner. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

18 февраля, 00:49

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17 февраля, 12:06

How Russia managed to double its exports to Iran in 2016

With all the expectations that Russian businesses had about Iran after the lifting of American sanctions, the 60 percent growth in Russia-Iran bilateral trade from $1.2 billion in 2015 to almost $2 billion in 2016 can hardly be termed a breakthrough. However, the resumption of weapons deliveries, as well as participation in infrastructure projects financed by Russian loans, led to the doubling of exports of non-energy products from Russia to Iran. These exports mainly comprised of weapons, trucks and wagons. Sanctions on Iran Since the early 2000s, the trade turnover between Iran and Russia grew steadily and reached its peak in 2010-11 to $3.7 billion, of which Russian exports accounted for $3.4 billion. After 2012, when the U.S. imposed new sanctions against Iran, the country was disconnected from the SWIFT interbank payment system, and Russian businesses began to experience problems when it came to making financial settlements with Iranian partners. The sanctions led to a large increase of the cost of doing business, which in turn led to an almost threefold drop in bilateral trade to $1.25 billion in 2015. Russia and Iran circumvented sanctions The largest volume of export from Russia at the time of the imposition of sanctions came from steel industry products. To solve the problem with access to foreign currency, Russian steel manufacturers appointed international traders as intermediaries, giving them a share of the profits. Why did the Russian deputy prime minister abruptly cancel a visit to Iran? Another method to bypass the sanctions was bills of exchange, but this caused delays. An additional challenge was posed by a special declaration procedure: international bodies demanded proof that the goods were not used for military purposes. Another mechanism was doing business through representative offices of Iranian banks in CIS countries. Specifically to service trade operations between Russia and Iran, Mir Business Bank opened offices in Moscow and Astrakhan. The bank is completely owned by the largest commercial retail bank in Iran – Bank Melli Iran. One of the clients of the bank is the Ashinsky metallurgical plant. Under the sanctions regime, the bank did not use the SWIFT system. Instead, the Iranians deposited rials in the bank, which converted them into rubles. Similar financial transactions were processed by Tedjarati Iran bank in Tajikistan and TK Bank in Belarus. A shortage of solid contracts After the lifting of sanctions there were no longer any payment-related problems. Moreover, in 2016 Russia and Iran signed MoUs on dozens of industrial projects, the total amount of which may reach $40 billion. However most of these projects are still on paper. Will Tehran spoil Moscow’s push for peace in Syria? Generally, agreements between major Russian and Iranian businesses are achieved at a high level with the participation of representatives of ministries. These projects, however, depend on additional funding.   Most Iranian companies are short of money, which means that their Russian counterparts have to find the finances for each project. Since Russia is also experiencing a credit crunch, only a small part of the projects receives government loans. It is these projects that become solid contracts. This was the case with the construction of a power plant in Bandar Abbas and with the supply of wagons by Uralvagonzavod. The latter was financed by Russia’s Vnesheconombank. Metals vs. grain Since the mid-2000s, the largest chunk of Russian exports to Iran comprised of products of steel industry products. In particular, Magnitogorsk Metallurgical Combine and Severstal actively worked in the Iranian market. Anti-Iranian sanctions made the business less profitable, and Iran actively started increasing domestic steel production. As a result, Russian steel companies have a significantly reduced presence in the country. Qasem Soleimani: Iran's ‘architect’ of Russian operations in Syria Against this background, in 2014, Russia commenced significant grain exports to Iran. Despite the fact that many experts rated this product as risky, by 2016, Iran was among the top five importers of Russian grain. The importance of this sector may be reflected by the fact that in 2016, Rusagrotrans, the largest Russian operator in the field of grain transportation, jointly with Azerbaijan Railways, created the AzRusTrans company for the purpose of grain delivery to Iran and Turkey. The company also plans to build a grain terminal with an initial capacity of around 30,000 tons per year on the Azerbaijan-Iran border. Trend in 2016: Weapons and railroads Export-import operations between Iran and Russia are mainly carried by large businesses with a significant share of state participation. This resulted in a sharp decline in trade after the imposition of sanctions against Iran, as large companies became more vulnerable to financial constraints. But the very same factor also became the basis of positive dynamics last year. The growth of trade turnover between Russia and Iran in 2016 was both quantitative and qualitative. Machinery has replaced agricultural products as the largest source of exports to Iran, accounting for 60 percent of Russian exports to the country last year. Iran’s missile launch gives the Russian-U.S. honeymoon its first crisis One of the main reasons for the overall growth in Russian exports was the return to the Iranian market of the so-called “secret code” exports, which primarily comprises of weapons. The largest example was the supply of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems. The first batch of S-300 was delivered in April 2016. The executor of the $900 million contract was the Almaz-Antey company. According to RBC, the total volume of supply of products under the "secret code" to the Islamic Republic in 2016 was more than $300 million. Under sanctions, this figure did not exceed a few million dollars. In addition, Russia agreed to provide Iran with a loan of $2.2 billion for infrastructure projects involving Russian companies. This includes the construction of a power plant in Bandar Abbas, the completion of the Rasht–Astara railway, as well as the electrification of the Garmsar–Inche Burun railway. In addition, the main manufacturer of wagons in Russia, Uralvagonzavod won the contract for the supply of 5,000 wagons, the first batch of which was shipped in September 2016. The share of engineering products in Russia's exports to Iran may increase even further. Russian truck manufacturer Kamaz plans to export 300 trucks in 2017, GAZ signed a memorandum with the Iranian authorities for the supply of 900 buses. High technology, tourism and pharmaceuticals After the lifting of sanctions a number of Russian companies became interested in Iran. Investment Fund Winter Capital Partners, owned by Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin, became a co-owner of a number of Iranian Internet companies, including the country's largest online retailer Digikala. Will Trump push China to form a military alliance with Russia? According to Kommersant, the investment in Digikala is estimated at $300 million. This deal was the first significant acquisition by a Russian company in the Iranian IT sector. Another new trend is cooperation in the field of production of medicines. In 2016 one of the largest Iranian pharmaceutical companies Sobhan Recombinant Protein and the Russian Petrovax Pharm signed agreements providing for the production of vaccines against influenza in Iran using Russian technology. In another case of cooperation in the pharmaceutical industry, hepatitis B vaccine for Iran will be produced in Russia. There is also some progress in the field of tourism. Moscow and Tehran signed an agreement on the mutual simplification of visa procedures. This along with the devaluation of the ruble led to a 170 percent increase in the number of Iranian tourists visiting Russia in 2016.  The actual number was however, less than 100,000, so this may not be a major indicator. Barriers to Iranian-Russian cooperation A key challenge for the expansion of economic cooperation between Russia and Iran is that the countries are able to offer each other a limited number of products at globally competitive rates. Why doesn’t Russia return the ‘Northern Territories’ to Japan? Russia’s traditional exports to Iran include metals, wood, electrical machines, paper and cardboard, floating structures, grain, weapons, and individual mechanically engineered products. Russia’s major import from Iran is agricultural produce. In 2014, more than 81 percent of Iranian exports to Russia comprised of vegetables and fruits. Starting in 2015, Iran began to export fish and seafood to Russia. In addition, in 2016, Russia imported more than 1 million tons of dairy products from the Middle Eastern country. In a sanction-free environment, Russia will continue to increase its presence in the lucrative Iranian market.

17 февраля, 03:14

How San Diego Built a Bridge Over the Wall

A simple pedestrian crossing created the world’s first true binational airport, and boosted the economies on both sides of the border.

16 февраля, 00:51

What Does It Mean to Have 'Repeated Contacts' With Russian Intelligence?

A Russian investigative journalist parses a murky concept.

15 февраля, 23:40

Why the Puzder Nomination Fell Apart

The fast-food mogul faced opposition from both liberal and conservative groups, though for different reasons.

15 февраля, 02:00

Trump's Russia Reset Will Survive Flynn's Ouster

But the uncertainty that Trump has brought to the United States is spilling into even the places that he hoped to do business with.

14 февраля, 01:10

How Trump Could Get a Deal With North Korea

He has leverage, if he knows how to use it.

11 февраля, 01:53

T.J. Maxx Customers And Employees Sound Off On Ivanka Trump

T.J. Maxx and Marshalls employees were instructed this week to remove all Ivanka Trump signage and mix her products with the rest of the stores’ vast offerings. The company said its decision to stop featuring Trump’s merchandise was based on “a number of factors,” pointing out they send similar communications “from time to time.” But many took it as a signal that yet another retailer is distancing itself from the Trump family, perhaps in response to sluggish sales due to the #Grabyourwallet boycott movement. Last week, citing poor performance, both Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus stopped carrying Trump’s products.  T.J. Maxx and Marshalls have massive followings of faithful bargain-hunting shoppers. But how do they, and people who work at the stores, really feel about the whole thing? We visited a T.J. Maxx on 57th Street in New York City, which voted overwhelmingly against Donald Trump, to find out.  Chris, a woman shopping for pantyhose, made clear her disdain for doing business with Trump partners. “You just reminded me that they didn’t stop selling it, they just stopped featuring it,” she said, putting down a pair of pantyhose and heading for the exit. “I need these for a funeral, but I won’t buy them here. Thank you for reminding me.”  Other people were less concerned. A few shoppers who declined to give their names said they didn’t feel strongly either way, or that the fact that the store carries Ivanka Trump “doesn’t matter, it’s just clothes.” One employee was ambivalent, while a recent hire said he agreed with the decision to stop featuring Trump’s line. You shouldn’t have a clothing line if you’re involved in government, but there is a downside to this now, too. TJ Maxx shopper Margherita A shopper named Danielle, who only recently began frequenting TJ Maxx, was a bit conflicted. She questioned whether or not Ivanka Trump should be subject to the boycott, voicing her support for female entrepreneurship and wondering if the president’s daughter might “be getting unduly punishment for something she did not do.” Trump was a key member of her father’s campaign, prompting groups like #GrabYourWallet to begin boycotting her product lines during the campaign season. Despite being unsure how she felt about the issue overall, Danielle said the boycott has had an effect: She’s found herself “looking at [Trump’s] products with ambivalence” as a result.  Margherita, a regular shopper at both T.J Maxx and Marshalls, said she was pleased to have been in a Marshalls store when the employees started taking down Trump signs.  “You shouldn’t have a clothing line if you’re involved in government, but there is a downside to this now, too,” she suggested. “I think it will make her merchandise more rare and valuable now that it is being sold in [fewer] stores, but I appreciate the stores making a statement.”   Focusing on merchandise displays is losing sight of what’s actually important, said a shopper named Art.  “There are more important issues than where people are putting their clothes. People are losing their healthcare... There is a laundry list of more important things to worry about. The average American can’t even afford to fucking shop at Nordstrom, anyway. People say ‘God bless America,’ but I say ‘God help America.’” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

11 февраля, 00:29

Here's Why The Ivanka Trump Nordstrom Scandal Is A Really Big Deal

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― Before taking the oath of office as president of the United States, Donald Trump swept aside concerns about conflicts of interest arising from his family business with a clear assertion: “The president can’t have a conflict of interest.” It only took three weeks into the real estate magnate’s presidency for this statement to be proven false. Although the recent spat between Ivanka Trump and Nordstrom department store is minor in scope, it has prompted, at the very least, a question of whether White House adviser Kellyanne Conway broke ethics laws by urging people to buy the president’s daughter’s branded products. But it is much more important than just that. It also shows that the president is incapable of emotionally disconnecting himself from his family’s brand-driven financial interests ― and that this incapacity has trickled down to his staff. It reveals the fiction of any separation the president maintains from his Trump Organization while it is headed by his adult sons, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump. Further, members of the president’s staff appear to believe that it is their jobs, as paid representatives of the president, to defend his personal and his family’s private business interests rather than the interests of the American people. There appears to be no conception in the White House that the family business is separate from the business of government. “I actually think this is a really significant matter,” said Kathleen Clark, an ethics law expert at Washington University School of Law. “It seems to indicate that high-level personnel in the White House don’t understand the basics of why they’re there.” The Nordstrom scandal developed over the course of eight days. The chain announced on Feb. 2 that it would no longer buy Ivanka Trump brand-products, based on their poor performance in the past year. There was a call to boycott companies that sold Trump products at the time, but Nordstrom denies its decision was based on that protest. Six days later, the president used his personal Twitter account to blame the store’s decision on politics, without any evidence. “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person ― always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!” he tweeted. My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person -- always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017 This tweet was subsequently retweeted by the official, government-owned @POTUS Twitter account. Then, at Wednesday’s daily press briefing, the White House communications director and press secretary, Sean Spicer, attacked Nordstrom in his official capacity as a government spokesman. Like the president, Spicer, without evidence, insisted Nordstrom ceased to carry the president’s daughter’s product line because, “they have a problem with [Trump’s] policies.” “For someone to take out their concern with his policies on a family member of his is just not acceptable,” Spicer added. Like the president, he ignored Nordstrom’s own explanation for why the line was pulled. Next came Conway’s error. In a Thursday morning interview with “Fox & Friends,” she told viewers, “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff! I hate shopping, and I will go get some myself today.” She added, “I fully, I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.” “The fear all along has been the concern that Trump intends to use the presidency not to pursue policy goals but to enrich himself and his businesses and his family,” Clark said. “And that’s what’s going on this week. That’s what he’s doing. And that’s what his subordinates, his appointees are doing.” Federal ethics laws prohibit executive branch employees, including Conway, from promoting any private companies or commercial products. (These laws exempt the president, the vice president and their spouses.) Conway’s statement was so clearly out-of-bounds that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, actually denounced her. Chaffetz and his Democratic counterpart, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), sent a letter calling on the Office of Government Ethics to review Conway’s violation. A group of 40 House Democrats added their concerns in a separate letter. In addition, six Democratic senators urged White House counsel Don McGahn to stop any similar scandals from happening in the future. On Thursday, Spicer would only tell reporters that Conway was being “counseled.” Clark described this as a common euphemism for being “scolded.” Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), one of the 40 Democrats urging OGE to act on Conway’s statements, said that Conway’s error isn’t the real problem. “What she did is predictable when the person at the top of your organization has this willful disregard of conflicts of interest and ethical standards,” he said. The president set an example when he failed to fully separate himself from his business and declared that he could not have a conflict of interest. Similarly, his eldest daughter has not separated herself from her business ― despite saying she would do so when her husband, Jared Kushner, took a position as a White House adviser. Trump’s attitude that he “can’t have a conflict of interest” has trickled down to members of his staff, who now treat his personal business interests as though they were the interests of the American people. “The whole tone has been set by the man at the top, the president,” said Richard Painter, former White House adviser to President George W. Bush. Not only did this lead Conway to commit a possible ethics violation, but it also led Spicer to attack a company for its private relationship with the president’s daughter’s business. “Sean Spicer seemed not to understand that there is a difference [between] the federal government and Donald Trump,” Clark said. The president has holdings that could present much greater conflicts, and have larger consequences, than the Nordstrom debacle. A foreign nation could interfere with his business holdings overseas. The General Services Administration could cancel its lease with the president to run a hotel out of the federal government-owned Old Post Office building. The president, along with Spicer and Conway, are communicating that the president’s family business interests are an extension of the president. What is the message corporations and countries take from this? “It sets the tone that you shouldn’t mess with Trump Inc., and if you want to kiss up with this White House, you’re going to do business with Trump Inc.,” Painter said. Painter added, “They need to think seriously about whether he wants this job as president ― whether he’s going to make adjustments on his own investments and distancing himself financially, as well as emotionally, from the Trump business empire.” So far, not so good. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

11 февраля, 00:29

Here's Why The Ivanka Trump Nordstrom Scandal Is A Really Big Deal

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Although the recent spat between Ivanka Trump and Nordstrom department store is minor in scope, it has prompted, at the very least, a question of whether White House adviser Kellyanne Conway broke ethics laws by urging people to buy the president’s daughter’s branded products. But it is much more important than just that. It also shows that the president is incapable of emotionally disconnecting himself from his family’s brand-driven financial interests ― and that this incapacity has trickled down to his staff. It reveals the fiction of any separation the president maintains from his Trump Organization while it is headed by his adult sons, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump. Further, members of the president’s staff appear to believe that it is their jobs, as paid representatives of the president, to defend his personal and his family’s private business interests rather than the interests of the American people. There appears to be no conception in the White House that the family business is separate from the business of government. “I actually think this is a really significant matter,” said Kathleen Clark, an ethics law expert at Washington University School of Law. “It seems to indicate that high-level personnel in the White House don’t understand the basics of why they’re there.” The Nordstrom scandal developed over the course of eight days. The chain announced on Feb. 2 that it would no longer buy Ivanka Trump brand-products, based on their poor performance in the past year. There was a call to boycott companies that sold Trump products at the time, but Nordstrom denies its decision was based on that protest. Six days later, the president used his personal Twitter account to blame the store’s decision on politics, without any evidence. “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person ― always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!” he tweeted. My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person -- always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017 This tweet was subsequently retweeted by the official, government-owned @POTUS Twitter account. Then, at Wednesday’s daily press briefing, the White House communications director and press secretary, Sean Spicer, attacked Nordstrom in his official capacity as a government spokesman. Like the president, Spicer, without evidence, insisted Nordstrom ceased to carry the president’s daughter’s product line because, “they have a problem with [Trump’s] policies.” “For someone to take out their concern with his policies on a family member of his is just not acceptable,” Spicer added. Like the president, he ignored Nordstrom’s own explanation for why the line was pulled. Next came Conway’s error. In a Thursday morning interview with “Fox & Friends,” she told viewers, “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff! I hate shopping, and I will go get some myself today.” She added, “I fully, I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.” “The fear all along has been the concern that Trump intends to use the presidency not to pursue policy goals but to enrich himself and his businesses and his family,” Clark said. “And that’s what’s going on this week. That’s what he’s doing. And that’s what his subordinates, his appointees are doing.” Federal ethics laws prohibit executive branch employees, including Conway, from promoting any private companies or commercial products. (These laws exempt the president, the vice president and their spouses.) Conway’s statement was so clearly out-of-bounds that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, actually denounced her. Chaffetz and his Democratic counterpart, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), sent a letter calling on the Office of Government Ethics to review Conway’s violation. A group of 40 House Democrats added their concerns in a separate letter. In addition, six Democratic senators urged White House counsel Don McGahn to stop any similar scandals from happening in the future. On Thursday, Spicer would only tell reporters that Conway was being “counseled.” Clark described this as a common euphemism for being “scolded.” Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), one of the 40 Democrats urging OGE to act on Conway’s statements, said that Conway’s error isn’t the real problem. “What she did is predictable when the person at the top of your organization has this willful disregard of conflicts of interest and ethical standards,” he said. The president set an example when he failed to fully separate himself from his business and declared that he could not have a conflict of interest. Similarly, his eldest daughter has not separated herself from her business ― despite saying she would do so when her husband, Jared Kushner, took a position as a White House adviser. Trump’s attitude that he “can’t have a conflict of interest” has trickled down to members of his staff, who now treat his personal business interests as though they were the interests of the American people. “The whole tone has been set by the man at the top, the president,” said Richard Painter, former White House adviser to President George W. Bush. Not only did this lead Conway to commit a possible ethics violation, but it also led Spicer to attack a company for its private relationship with the president’s daughter’s business. “Sean Spicer seemed not to understand that there is a difference [between] the federal government and Donald Trump,” Clark said. The president has holdings that could present much greater conflicts, and have larger consequences, than the Nordstrom debacle. A foreign nation could interfere with his business holdings overseas. The General Services Administration could cancel its lease with the president to run a hotel out of the federal government-owned Old Post Office building. The president, along with Spicer and Conway, are communicating that the president’s family business interests are an extension of the president. What is the message corporations and countries take from this? “It sets the tone that you shouldn’t mess with Trump Inc., and if you want to kiss up with this White House, you’re going to do business with Trump Inc.,” Painter said. Painter added, “They need to think seriously about whether he wants this job as president ― whether he’s going to make adjustments on his own investments and distancing himself financially, as well as emotionally, from the Trump business empire.” So far, not so good. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

10 февраля, 22:55

Celebrities Mock Donald Trump's Attack On Nordstrom By Shopping There

Celebrities are taking a page out of Chelsea Handler’s playbook and throwing their money at Nordstrom.  Just a few days after the president of the United States attacked the retailer on Twitter for dropping his daughter Ivanka Trump’s line, Handler went on a Nordstrom shopping spree, then took her purchases to the White House.  A Jew and a Gay went to pick a Muslim up from the airport, headed straight to Nordstrom, and then headed over to @whitehouse to give our thanks! @POTUS! @quinnmurphy A photo posted by Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) on Feb 9, 2017 at 9:14am PST Celebrities including Rosie O’Donnell, Michael Moore, Kristen Davis, and Aisha Taylor quickly shared their own Nordstrom purchases:  shop nordstrom ! pic.twitter.com/lDwRnkIch9— ROSIE (@Rosie) February 9, 2017 OK!! SEE YOU THERE!! JUST AS SOON AS I FINISH MY SHOPPING AT NORDSTROM!! https://t.co/OM8NEFWaM4— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) February 10, 2017 Hey! Guess who carries some really nice shoes- @nordstrom ! I'm getting these @sjpcollection , do you think they are too #Charlotte"???? A photo posted by iamkristindavis (@iamkristindavis) on Feb 8, 2017 at 12:25pm PST Just dropped a giant pile of money with @Nordstrom. Happy to spend my money with you. Off to @starbucks now! #grabyourwallet— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) February 9, 2017 Can't wait to go shopping at Nordstrom today!— Leslie Grossman (@MissLeslieG) February 8, 2017 Mia Farrow, Aidy Bryant, Judd Apatow and Patton Oswalt were among those who tweeted glowing endorsements of the store or talked about future shopping trips:  I've never plugged a store but Nordstrom is great— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) February 8, 2017 If only our so called President listened to her. I love @Nordstrom and will keep shopping there to make a point-- and I need slacks! https://t.co/RggdS9mMr3— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) February 8, 2017 Been very into Nordstrom for a long time. Yah, I shopped there but in high school I used to really get down on the panini in their cafe.— Aidy Bryant (@aidybryant) February 8, 2017 I will be shopping the FUCK out of @Nordstrom tomorrow. What's a good song for a "trying on shirts" montage?— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 8, 2017 Nordstrom cited a lack of sales for their decision to stop carrying Ivanka Trump merchandise, but George Takei saw the move as something bigger happening with businesses in America:  When Uber, Starbucks and Nordstrom take a stand, it gives courage to others to also walk away, to reject "do business with Trump or else."— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 10, 2017 It seems like all of the attention to Nordstrom paid off, as Handler pointed out on Twitter:  Nordstrom stock had a record day after getting rid of Trump merchandise, the government should follow suit. Also, unfollow trump on twitter.— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) February 10, 2017 Your move, Trump!  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

10 февраля, 01:15

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