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21 января, 01:09

Inside Obama's final goodbyes

The former president buoys aides by saying ‘this is not a period, this is a comma…’

21 января, 01:04

Donald Trump's Childhood Neighborhood Isn't Sure What To Make Of Its Native Son On Inauguration Day

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); NEW YORK ― For the last 40 years, Bill and Beverly Feigelman have lived in Jamaica Estates, the Queens neighborhood where President Donald Trump grew up. Each time Bill walks by the 23-room house the Trump family lived in, he winces. “As I pass his former residence up the street, I just wince at the thought of [living] with such a person who I don’t see as presidential,” he said. “Ordinarily I would say if I lived in the neighborhood where the president lived I would feel pride, but I don’t feel a scintilla of pride. It’s just like the wrong guy got the job.” Feigelman said he’s always been proud to be associated with other officials who lived in Jamaica Estates, like former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and former Rep. Gary Ackerman. But Trump is different, he said. “His values is just, you know, acquisition ― you know, money. There is not a scintilla of doing good in his record,” he said.  Today, the mostly white Queens neighborhood where Trump grew up is a melting pot of black, Latino, Caribbean, Asian and South Asian Americans. Supermarkets advertise in different languages and sell Halal meat. Trump ― whose Trump Tower apartment is now surrounded by luxury businesses like Tiffany’s, Louis Vuitton and Cartier ― has called for banning all Muslims from entering the United States and for massive deportations. The people who live there now aren’t quite sure what to make of their native son. Gregory Gurrier said his neighborhood has significantly changed since the time that Trump lived there, when it was mostly white people. “This used to be a very upscale neighborhood. It’s not that he came from a hard upbringing. He’s a rich guy, he’s always been,” said Gurrier, who came to the United States from Haiti on a student visa to study engineering around 2001.“I don’t think he can ever connect with anybody down low. He probably would kick us out. I don’t think he would be part of this neighborhood now.” Trump has spoken warmly about his childhood neighborhood, calling it an “oasis” in a 2015 interview with The New York Times. In the same interview, Trump, who often longed for the “old days” on the campaign trail, described the changes in his background as a good thing. A Queens bully from a young age, Trump has always shown a lust for Manhattan. He brought his father’s real-estate empire into the city in the 1970s. During the presidential campaign, he would fly back to New York almost nightly and is expected to still spend considerable time in the city as president. His 757 plane is parked at LaGuardia Airport, not far from where he grew up. “He’s still a simple boy from Queens,” his sister Maryanne told The Washington Post last year. Trump Tower, an hour’s drive from Jamaica Estates, has been surrounded by police and protected like a fortress for months. But less than an hour before Trump took the oath of office on Friday, the street where the 45th president lived until he was 4 years old was deserted. There’s nothing to denote the special significance of the five-bedroom tudor house in Jamaica Estates where the Trumps lived before moving into the 23-room mansion. A white Mercedes-Benz was parked in the driveway, a weathered American flag flew out front, and dead plants sat below the window in front of the house. A sign noting it was up for auction sat out front (it was recently purchased by a mystery buyer). Lights in the house were on, but no one answered a knock on the door.  After a while, a woman named Leonie Brown, who has lived in the neighborhood for 20 years, walked by with her dog. “I am disappointed that he is going to be our next president,” she said. “When his father built his apartments in Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens, I would not have been able to rent one because I am black. Those things, people do not forget.” Other longtime residents of Jamaica Estates were more optimistic about Trump. Ellen Reyes, who has lived in the neighborhood for 35 years, said she thought Trump was motivated by a need for fame, but would remember his old neighborhood. “He knows the hardship that the people are having over here. Hopefully he will think about it,” she said. Stephanie Bond grew up in Jamaica Estates and said her family and the Trumps belonged to the same church. She didn’t know the Trump family well, but every once in a while would get a glimpse of a Trump license plate going by (Donald Trump’s father, Fred, kept two Cadillacs with the plates FCT1 and FCT2 in the driveway). “I am proud that someone from our neighborhood is up there. I’m cautiously proud. I hope his edges are smoothed. He seems very sharp and very determined. And I’m glad he’s determined, but he’s not a whisperer, so let’s see what happens,” she said. Even though Trump always stood out, Bond said that he still displays many of the values of Jamaica Estates. “We had a lot that other people don’t have, but he had much more than the neighborhood had. He always had excess. Where we were driving used cars, he was riding in a limo,” she said. “But still, we all had our homes and our homes were important, and our families were important. He seems to still know how important his family is, his surroundings.” “He’s just in bigger surroundings now.” -- 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.

20 января, 20:31

Present that presents a problem

US President-elect Donald Trump arrived at the White House for his final meeting with outgoing leader Barack Obama yesterday, before heading to the Capitol for his swearing-in ceremony. Obama and first

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20 января, 19:11

Мелания Трамп подарила Мишель Обаме украшения от Tiffany

А та растерялась, не зная, куда деть презент

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18 января, 20:44

Tiffany & Co Attributes Dismal Holiday Sales To Chaos At Trump Tower

For at least one American business, Donald Trump's election has already had a negative effect.

18 января, 18:18

Company News for January 18, 2017

Companies in the News are: CWEI,NBL,WMT,RAI,BTI,TIF

18 января, 17:32

Tiffany "винит" Трампа в падении своих продаж в Нью-Йорке

Компания Tiffany & amp; Co "винит" избранного президента США Дональда Трампа в резком падении своих продаж в Нью-Йорке, сообщает Sky News. Как заявили в Tiffany, продажи во флагманском магазине на Манхэттене снизились на 14% во ...

18 января, 15:48

What Took Away Sheen from Tiffany's Holiday Season Sales?

Tiffany (TIF) posted lower-than-expected sales results for the November-December holiday period.

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18 января, 01:39

HUFFPOST HILL - Obama Sentences Nation To Several Days Of Trump Tweets About Chelsea Manning

Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening! Donald Trump’s inaugural poem contains swipes at Barack Obama, but sadly not the lines, “There once was a Trump who was yuge / he denied he was Putin’s stooge / he had no real plans / but very small hands / and won with Vlad’s subterfuge.” Davos is underway, the annual event featuring that irritating T-Mobile CEO from all those sponsored tweets talking about how the internet of things increases entrepreneurship among HIV-positive inner-city children. And a group of Democrats are boycotting Trump’s inauguration, even though a real mark of congressional courage would be staying in Washington on a Friday. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, January 17th, 2017: OBAMA COMMUTES CHELSEA MANNING’S SENTENCE - “President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst convicted of an enormous 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted the administration, and made WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures, famous. The decision by Mr. Obama rescued Ms. Manning, who twice tried to commit suicide last year, from an uncertain future as a transgender woman incarcerated at the male military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She has been jailed for nearly seven years, and her 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction. Now, under the terms of Mr. Obama’s commutation announced by the White House on Tuesday, Ms. Manning is set to be freed in five months, on May 17 of this year, rather than in 2045. The commutation also relieved the Department of Defense of the difficult responsibility of her incarceration as she pushes for treatment for her gender dysphoria — including sex reassignment surgery — that the military has no experience providing.” [NYT] @wikileaks: If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case [From January 12th] TEAM OF ASSKISSERS - Sam Stein and Christina Wilkie: “A number of experienced Republicans offering to help Donald Trump assume the office of the presidency have effectively been blacklisted from doing so because they were previously critical of his White House bid. On Monday, The Washington Post reported that numerous national security figures from the GOP ranks were concerned that they were being denied jobs on the transition team and in the incoming administration because they had signed a letter pledging to oppose Trump during the months he was running for the Republican nomination. The ostracism is real, multiple sources told The Huffington Post a few weeks back, and it extends beyond the national security realm. According to these sources ― one of whom works on the transition and another who was prevented from doing so ― Trump’s team has identified people who were highly critical of his candidacy and essentially cut them off from being part of the current operation. In one instance, a Republican official working on the confirmation strategy for EPA secretary nominee Scott Pruitt was removed from that team because he had been a Never Trump-er.” [HuffPost] Like HuffPost Hill? Then order Eliot’s new book, The Beltway Bible: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide To Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing, and Sometimes Hilarious GovernmentDoes somebody keep forwarding you this newsletter? Get your own copy. It’s free! Sign up here. Send tips/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to [email protected] Follow us on Twitter - @HuffPostHill THAT AIN’T RIGHT - Manu Raju: “[HHS nominee Rep. Tom] Price bought between $1,001 to $15,000 worth of shares last March in Zimmer Biomet, according to House records reviewed by CNN. Less than a week after the transaction, the Georgia Republican congressman introduced the HIP Act, legislation that would have delayed until 2018 a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulation that industry analysts warned would significantly hurt Zimmer Biomet financially once fully implemented. Zimmer Biomet, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of knee and hip implants, was one of two companies that would have been hit the hardest by the new CMS regulation that directly impacts the payments for such procedures, according to press reports and congressional sources. After Price offered his bill to provide Zimmer Biomet and other companies relief from the CMS regulation, the company’s political action committee donated to the congressman’s reelection campaign, records show.” [CNN] DEM BOYCOTT OF INAUGURATION GROWS - But will they appear at the swearing-in of President Pence when Trump grows bored of the job after three weeks? Jennifer Bendery: “More than 50 Democratic members of Congress are planning to skip President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, many saying they can’t bring themselves to welcome a man to the White House who ran such a divisive and prejudiced campaign ― and insulted their colleague, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).... Lewis, a civil rights icon who said he hasn’t missed an inauguration since he came to Congress in 1986 (although it appears he boycotted President George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2001), said Friday that he will boycott this year’s event and that he does not view Trump as a ‘legitimate president.’ ‘You cannot be at home with something that you feel is wrong,’ he told NBC News. When Trump responded on Twitter, calling Lewis, ‘All talk, talk, talk ― no action,’ more members announced they would boycott the inauguration.” [HuffPost] TURNS OUT REPEALING OBAMACARE WOULD REPEAL OBAMACARE - Uh oh! Jonathan Cohn: “The Congressional Budget Office just issued a report on the likely effects of a Republican effort to repeal Obamacare immediately but keep some elements of the coverage expansion in place for two years…. Within the first year, the CBO predicts, 18 million people would lose insurance. In addition, premiums for people buying coverage on their own would increase, on average, by 20 to 25 percent relative to what they would be if the Affordable Care Act remained in place…. Ultimately, the CBO concludes, 32 million more people would be uninsured and premiums would be twice as high ― again, relative to what they would be if Obamacare stayed on the books.” [HuffPost] Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) evidently read this CBO report. In a related, kind of surprising development, NBC News and the Wall Street Journal are out with a new survey showing Obamacare is more popular than it’s ever been, although still not as popular as, say, pizza with melted cheese injected into the crust. THANK GOD WE’RE GETTING RID OF THAT TYRANT OBAMA - Ronald Reagan: Who can forget that executive-order-issuing, amnesty-granting, big-government lackey? Kristen Bialik: “President Barack Obama has averaged fewer executive orders per year in office than any U.S. president in 120 years….  As of Jan. 13, Obama had issued 275 executive orders, or 34 per year in office. That’s slightly fewer than the 36 per year that George W. Bush issued and the lowest average since Grover Cleveland, who issued 32 per year during his eight nonconsecutive years in office, according to data from the American Presidency Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara…. Overall, Obama ranks 16th among presidents in total number of executive orders issued and 22nd in the average number issued per year. Historically, the use of executive orders peaked under Franklin D. Roosevelt, who issued 3,721, or 307 for every year of his tenure. Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge and Theodore Roosevelt also issued more than 1,000.” [Pew Research Center] PEOTUS BEING SUED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT NOW A THING - Dana Liebelson: “Summer Zervos, who claims President-elect Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in a hotel room in 2007, filed a defamation lawsuit against him on Tuesday. Zervos is one of more than a dozen women who have accused the president-elect of sexual assault, including groping or kissing without consent. She publicly came forward with her story in October, not long after video surfaced of Trump boasting about grabbing women ‘by the pussy.’ Zervos alleged that after appearing on the reality show, ‘The Apprentice,’ she contacted Trump about potential job opportunities. She said he asked her to meet him at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where he aggressively kissed her and placed his hand on her breast.” [HuffPost] TIME TO KILL US SOME PRAIRIE DOGS - Matthew Brown and Matthew Daly: “In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, one of the government’s most powerful conservation tools, after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities. Over the past eight years, GOP lawmakers sponsored dozens of measures aimed at curtailing the landmark law or putting species such as gray wolves and sage grouse out of its reach. Almost all were blocked by Democrats and the White House or lawsuits from environmentalists. Now, with the ascension of President-elect Donald Trump, Republicans see an opportunity to advance broad changes to a law they contend has been exploited by wildlife advocates to block economic development.” [AP] DAVOS IS AWFUL - Apparently attendees left their self-respect in their Audis. Felix Salmon: “What’s more, [incoming Director of the Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs Anthony Scaramucci] has a whole new level of celebrity now: he’s part of the Davos 1%, the tiny subset of delegates who get mobbed by television cameras and business-card wielding networkers and miscellaneous selfie hunters wherever they go, and who have unfettered access to every soirée. If Davos is FOMO in its most rarefied form, then Scaramucci is now up there with the likes of Bono and Bill Clinton in the select group of people who can rest assured that there’s no party they’re not invited to. That status alone has helped bring a minimum (and entirely unwarranted) level of respect to the incoming Trump administration: you’re much less likely to be overtly rude about someone if they’re in the same small town that you’re in and if you want them to come to your party. But beyond that, the substance of Scaramucci’s public remarks has also done a pretty good job of disarming the Davos crowd.” [Fusion] Buyer’s remorse: “Scott Ford said he wishes he had just skipped voting for president altogether, rather than casting his ballot for Trump. Ford said he voted for Democrats for 18 years and supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the primary against Clinton. During the general election, he went back and forth on who to support. Ultimately, he chose Trump, and has gotten grief from friends and strangers from doing so…. ‘I really thought this was going to be an election that was going to [create] change,’ Ford said. ‘That was Trump’s whole thing: ‘We’re going to clean up Washington, we’re going to drain the swamp.’ The swamp is full again. It’s actually fuller.’” [HuffPost’s Elise Foley] ALL THE SPIES HATING TRUMP COULD COME BACK ON HIM - Shane Harris: “’I think it’s the right and indeed the responsibility of the president of the United States to challenge the conclusions of the intelligence community,’ Mr. Brennan said. ‘We don’t expect our information and our assessments to be swallowed whole.’ ‘It’s when there are allegations made about leaking or about dishonesty or a lack of integrity, that’s where I think the line is crossed,’ he continued, taking particular umbrage at Mr. Trump’s comments last week that leaking intelligence on political figures was something that Nazi Germany ‘would have done and did do.’ ‘Tell the families of those 117 CIA officers who are forever memorialized on our wall of honor that their loved ones who gave their lives were akin to Nazis,’ Mr. Brennan said. ‘Tell the CIA officers who are serving in harm’s way right now and their families who are worried about them that they are akin to Nazi Germany. I found that to be very repugnant, and I will forever stand up for the integrity and patriotism of my officers who have done much over the years to sacrifice for their fellow citizens.’” [WSJ] DOES ANYONE ACTUALLY KNOW WHY RICK PERRY WILL RUN THE ENERGY DEPARTMENT? Dominique Mosbergen: “Perry’s disdain for the department he’s been tapped to run is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to reasons why critics say he’s a poor choice for the job. His supporters argue that Perry, who governed Texas for 14 years, is a solid pick because of his experience managing a massive annual budget and heading up a sizable bureaucracy with thousands of employees. But Perry has also demonstrated a dangerous lack of scientific knowledge, including rigid climate skepticism, as well as eyebrow-raising ties to the fossil fuel industry and a reputation for cronyism and ‘pay-for-play.’” [HuffPost] BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR - Here’s “Star Wars” recreated with cats. OH HAIR NO Free work? What is she, a writer? Emily Heil: “A Washington-based hairstylist says the president-elect’s second wife tried to get out of paying her to style her tresses and those of her 23-year-old daughter, Tiffany Trump, for Inauguration Day. Freelance stylist Tricia Kelly says she was contacted by a longtime client with ties to the Trumps about a job coifing Marla Maples and the younger Trump daughter for the big event. Kelly expressed her interest and she explained her rates — a $150 fee to travel in addition to the cost of her services — but Maples, through her assistant, balked. ‘I was told they had a $300 budget for both of them for hair and makeup,’ Kelly says. After some back and forth, Kelly agreed to be paid $200 total and a makeup artist $150 to get the women camera-ready. That’s when Maples’s assistant came up with another proposal: Would Kelly and the makeup artist be willing to provide their services for free? In exchange, they would get ‘exposure,’ and Maples would mention them on her social-media feeds, the assistant told her.” [WaPo] We look forward to grabbing bagels at So’s Your Mom with the Obamas and Leon Wieseltier: “President Barack Obama’s stay at the White House doesn’t officially end until Friday, but he’s already getting a head start on moving into his new home. Movers were spotted Tuesday afternoon pulling boxes out of an unmarked white truck at the site of the first family’s post-White House digs in Washington’s Kalorama neighborhood.” [CNN’s Betsy Klein] COMFORT FOOD - This guy had a much better visit to the zoo than you. - The Hostess power rankings. - Vine closed today. RIP Vine. TWITTERAMA @wexler: The key to a smooth confirmation hearing is being a potential Senate candidate in a swing state where the opposing party is in cycle. @pourmecoffee: Springsteen Cover Band Clarifies Commitment To NATO @aedwardslevy: If you are a person who rightfully mocked crowd sizes as an election indicator, probably don’t read too much into crowds at inauguration Got something to add? Send tips/quotes/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to Eliot Nelson ([email protected]) -- 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.

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17 января, 20:59

Tiffany fails to shine in shadow of Trump Tower

Increased security at president-elect’s New York office hits sales at jeweller

17 января, 20:24

16 Writers Reflect On The Magical Meaning Of Michelle Obama

In her forward to Veronica Chambers’ The Meaning of Michelle, filmmaker Ava DuVernay describes a historic scene. In the center of her story is, of course, Michelle Obama, the first lady who’s spent two terms standing beside and, in some ways, rocketing past her husband, President Barack Obama. On the particular day DuVernay chose to remember, Michelle ― in a deep red shift dress ― was touring her then-future home for the first time. “Damn being demure! The sight of her striding up the White House steps was a transformative image to behold,” DuVernay writes. “In one wardrobe choice, this stellar sister brought a breath of fresh air to the hallowed halls of the world’s most famous residence [...] In that one photo op, Michelle infused the image of the First Lady with pride, panache and polish. Many of us saw a woman to be admired. A woman to be trusted.” “Scratch that,” she adds. “Many of us saw a Black woman to be admired. A Black woman to be trusted. There it is.” The Meaning of Michelle, edited by Mama’s Girl author Chambers, is a collection of stories dedicated to the iconic first lady’s legacy. With essays from Roxane Gay, Tanisha C. Ford, Marcus Samuelsson, Phillipa Soo, Rebecca Carroll, Sarah Lewis and more, the book is meant to stand as a parting gift to Michelle, set to leave office a mere weeks after the book’s publication in January. The 16 writers cover everything from representational justice to fashion to stereotypes related to race and marriage to the “unapologetic power of blackness.” For many of these authors, the allure of Michelle is both academic and personal, a draw so intimately connected to identities of womanhood, motherhood, blackness and beyond that her influence is rarely described without the object “us.” She stirs us, provokes us, leads us, emboldens us, so many write. Her achievements can be our achievements, so many intone; she is both singular and a reflection of a rising tide of women leaders. “Michelle!” DuVernay proclaims. “That name now carries a whole world of meaning.” In honor of Michelle’s birthday on Jan. 17, and the final week of her eight-year run as first lady, here are excerpts from the 16 authors in Chambers’ collection. Together, they make up an ever-evolving definition of Michelle Obama: Veronica Chambers on Michelle’s intimacy: “There’s an intimacy we felt with her from the beginning. The mainstream media seemed flummoxed by her lack of political posturing: Is she on board with this whole political spouse thing? do the Obamas want it (meaning the presidency) badly enough? But it was that very same lack of fake warmth and glossed-over royal waves that let us, in the Black community, know that she was real, and this is what won our affection.” She’s given us permission to be ourselves, on a national stage, to be proud of our Blackness, our realness, our humble beginnings, our regular-ness, our greatness. Benilde Little Benilde Little on Michelle’s pride: “Michelle resonates for us on a deeply personal level. She’s given us permission to be ourselves, on a national stage, to be proud of our Blackness, our realness, our humble beginnings, our regular-ness, our greatness. To not be perfect and to not even have that as a goal, because she’s smart enough to understand that perfection is its own prison.” Damon Young on Michelle’s acceptance: “I believe that defense of Michelle helped many of us acknowledge, accept, confront, and attempt to alter some of the more unsavory and unflattering latent beliefs and sub-conscious feelings we possessed about our skin and our noses and our eyes and our hair. It’s a legacy I’m amazed by when I think of kids like my 9-year-old niece and 11-year-old nephew.” It's easier to be brave in our era when possibility is modeled the way that that couple has. Alicia Hall Moran Alicia Hall Moran (in conversation with Jason Moran) on Michelle’s place in history: “She has achieved what we Black people have really taken personally, what Maya Angelou called ‘the dream of the slave.’ It makes living in a contemporary society very easy. It’s easier to be brave in our era when possibility is modeled the way that that couple has.” Brittney Cooper on Michelle and Beyoncé’s relationship: “Both Michelle and Beyoncé are actively remixing the terms upon which Black womanhood has been cast. The denial of the right to ladyhood that has shaped Black women’s lives since the advent of slavery can no longer proceed unchecked into the twenty-first century.” Why should [Michelle] be apologetic? Come to think of it, why should I? Ylonda Gault Caviness Ylonda Gault Caviness on Michelle’s fearlessness: “Why should she be apologetic? Come to think of it, why should I? Michelle did not come to play. Yes, she is proud in her role as Mrs. Obama and, rightly so, she gives Barack his propers all day long, loving and supporting his candidacy. But she never set out to function as a mere prop to his ― or anyone else’s ― agenda.” Chirlane McCray on Michelle’s self-definition: “When First Lady Obama said her top priority was to serve as mom-in-chief, she was telling us that her family comes first. [...] I have tremendous respect for how she defined herself, right from the beginning, defined her role before there was too much speculation about what she would do.” I have tremendous respect for how she defined herself, right from the beginning. Chirlane McCray Cathi Hanauer on identifying with Michelle: “I wouldn’t be surprised if someone suggested I’m about as unlike Michelle Obama as two women roughly the same age with two children can be. Yet in one way ― and it’s an important one ― I really identify with Michelle. And that’s this: She and I have both had to learn to be The Wife.” Tiffany Dufu on Michelle’s professional success: “Michelle Obama is only the third [First Lady] to have a professional or graduate degree, public evidence of intellectual prowess and independence, and to have balanced her own high-profile career with her private role as wife and mother. She, along with Hillary Clinton, charted a path that allows future first ladies to do it their way. Her polarity inspires all of us to break the mold.” She, along with Hillary Clinton, charted a path that allows future first ladies to do it their way. Tiffany Dufu Tanisha C. Ford on Michelle as “us”: “We, as Black women, respected and admired how she lived between two tensions: the stature and visibility of the office of First Lady and the disturbing social responses to her Black womanness. [...] Even though her platform was larger than ours, her daily routine ― with her team of secret service agents who clocked and coordinated her every move ― different than ours, she was us. Even if she was the First Lady, first and foremost, she was a Black woman.” Marcus Samuelsson on Michelle’s relevance: “It’s an amazing achievement, for her to be so relevant in these conversations, whether it’s talking about Obamacare or talking about New York Fashion Week or kids’ food. Always aware that, no matter what she says, she’s speaking to the world. She is putting something out there to the world that the world has never seen before.” Authenticity is not an achievement. Yet authenticity doest take effort if you are upending centuries of history with your mere presence. Sarah Lewis Sarah Lewis on Michelle’s authenticity: “Authenticity is not an achievement. Yet authenticity does take effort if you are upending centuries of history with your mere presence. It takes work to let people stare, wonder, probe and prod to determine the veracity of your life.” Karen Hill Anton on Michelle’s determination: “Michelle, what I really like about you is that you did not settle for an assigned role. I imagine you saw early on the potential of the position of First Lady, and determined to use it to full advantage. I guess you also saw the risks, but went for it anyhow. Wow.” She is a civil disruptor with a radical kind of benevolence. Rebecca Carroll Rebecca Carroll on Michelle as a politician: “She is a civil disruptor with a radical kind of benevolence. She is focused and silly, compelling and humble. It would all be an act if it wasn’t. And while some might argue that this is precisely what politicians do and who they are ― polished, well prepared, articulate, unflappable ― Michelle Obama is not so much a politician as she is a manifestor; the hyper spectacular incarnation of a Black woman unbound.”  Phillipa Soo on Michelle’s ability to bring people together: “I could tell just from watching Mrs. Obama that she has such an awareness of what it means to bring people together, how important that is. We can all be doing our separate things amazingly, but when you bring groups together the ways she does, it can actually create something better than you could have imagined.” I hope Michelle Obama does whatever her heart most desires when her husband's presidency ends, but I would love to see her make space for black girls and women in the public sphere. Roxane Gay Roxane Gay on Michelle’s future: “I hope Michelle Obama does whatever her heart most desires when her husband’s presidency ends, but I would love to see her make space for black girls and women in the public sphere and the public imagination. In a perfect world, she might create and lead a robust and well-funded organization dedicated to black girls and women, one that implements a set of initiatives that encourage black girls and women to flourish.” The Meaning of Michelle, published by St. Martin’s Press, is available on Amazon or at your local bookstore. -- 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.

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17 января, 17:35

Tiffany has blue Christmas due to Trump Tower traffic

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17 января, 17:35

Tiffany has blue Christmas due to Trump Tower traffic

For retailers, it's all about location, location, location. But being located near Trump Tower on New York City's famous Fifth Avenue has turned out to be a nightmare for Tiffany as of late.

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17 января, 16:13

Продажи Tiffany в праздничный сезон выросли на 0,5%

Продажи компании Tiffany в ноябре - декабре 2016 года, то есть в праздничный сезон, выросли на 0,5% по сравнению с предыдущим годом и составили $966 млн. Об этом сообщает RNS. Сопоставимые продажи показали снижение на 2%. "Результаты ...

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17 января, 15:54

Tiffany's stock drops 5% in light premarket trade after holiday sales results

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17 января, 14:52

Tiffany appoints Reed Krakoff to new position of chief artistic officer

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17 января, 14:51

Tiffany 2016 FactSet adj. EPS consensus implies 6.7% growth

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