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“I wanted to him to feel special on his birthday.”

Sue Morse, daughter of Duane Sherman, on her requests for cards for her dad's 96th birthday. Sue wanted him to feel special since Duane's wife past away a few years ago and he's outlived many of his friends. She expected 160 cards, but received over 50,000. The WWII veteran and Purple Heart recipient was "amazed, shocked, & appreciative" with the cards that have come from all 50 states and 10 countries.
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“We have some very large people that like eating, so I think we’re going to have a little fun.”

Pres. Trump hosted the college football National champs, Clemson Tigers, at the White House offering fast food, such as McDonald's & pizza. During the partial gov’t shutdown, the White House has limited staff & the Press Sec. confirmed the President paid for the meal himself. Late Monday, the Dept. of Defense announced the U.S. military will extend its assistance of border patrol through September.
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“President Trump has sought no assurances, promises, or commitments from me of any kind, either express or implied, and I have not given him any, other than that I would run the department with professionalism and integrity.”

William Barr, President Trump's Attorney General nominee, in prepared testimony to be delivered Tuesday during his 2-day confirmation hearing. Barr, who served as AG from 1991-1993, says special counsel Robert Mueller should "be allowed to complete his work."
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“The only deal on the table is the one (members of Parliament) will vote on tomorrow night.”

UK Prime Minister Theresa May last-ditch effort for support ahead of Tuesday's Parliamentary vote for Britain to leave the European Union. Critics say May's plan keeps the UK too dependent upon the EU for trade. If Parliament rejects the deal, there are limited options ahead of Britain's scheduled March 29th exit.
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“To 99% of the consuming public, these data will be of limited utility — meaningless.”

Kenneth Raske, Greater New York Hospital Association president, as hospitals begin to comply with new federal rules requiring posting prices for services. The Trump Administration's goal was to improve transparency, but critics charge the lengthy spreadsheets are hard to comprehend, for example one cardiology service is listed as “HC PTC CLOS PAT DUCT ART.”
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“We’re going to have a normal day at school.”

Austin Beutner, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent, on keeping school open for 640,000 students despite its teachers union walking off the job after failed contract negotiations. The second-largest school district in America says it will keep all of its schools open by hiring hundreds of substitute teachers. The district maintains the teachers union's demands for smaller class sizes & higher wages would bankrupt the system.
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Immigration Deep Dive: Visa Overstays

 

Amid the chaos and controversy about illegal immigration at the U.S. Southern Border, a closer look at an often overlooked group of people illegally in America: those who overstay their visas.

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About The Visa Program:

  • Every year the U.S. issues more than 9M nonimmigrant visas for foreigners entering temporarily for touristic, work or educational purposes. Length of visas vary.
  • Under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), citizens of 38 countries (ex: Australia, Japan & many EU countries) are free to travel to the U.S. for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa.
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The Visa Process:

  • Visa recipients must apply (usually in person at a U.S. embassy), provide identification & get approval by the U.S. government.
  • Those who overstay are considered “unlawfully present.”
  • Often quoted data includes ALL visa overstays, even those who eventually leave. We looked at the most recent numbers of those suspected of not leaving yet.
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A Look At FY2017:

We don’t know how many entered illegally, but we know visa overstays outpaced border arrests.

  • More than 600K of the 52.6M who entered (via air or sea) were suspected of staying beyond the time their visa allowed.
  • More than 310K were apprehended while trying to enter illegally at a U.S. border.
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A Closer Look:

In 2017, the overstay rate of those suspected of staying beyond the time their visa allowed was 1.15% (meaning more than 98% left under the terms of their visas).

Who were the least & most likely to overstay? Those on student or exchange visas had an overstay rate of 4.15%. The overstay rate for Visa Waiver Program countries was .51%.

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Top 10 Countries of Visa Overstayers (FY2017)

  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Venezuela
  • UK
  • India
  • Colombia
  • Nigeria
  • France 
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HOW DOES IT HAPPEN? A lack of information sharing & inadequate technology. A 2017 report by the federal gov't concluded that the "Department of Homeland Security IT systems don't effectively support ICE visa tracking operations." Also, some visa exit dates and extension requirements, especially for students, are vague.

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“We need to try to do the right thing every time, to perform at our best, because we never know which moment in our lives we’ll be judged on.”

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#OTD 10 years ago, Captain "Sully" Sullenberger made the decision to land US Airways Flight #1549 in the Hudson River after birds took out both of the plane's engines after departing NYC. His decision & flawless execution saved the lives of all 155 people on board.

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Fixer Upper For Sale

 

 

 

One of the most iconic buildings in America may now be the world’s most recognized renovations.

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Why Is The Chrysler Building Special?

Trademark: Circular designs recall the Chrysler automobile logo (the founder of Chrysler helped build the skyscraper).

Secret Spire: The 185-foot spire was placed on the top of the building within 90 minutes to surprise competitors, earning the building’s title as world’s tallest in 1930.

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Why Sell?

No clear answer but…

Interesting NYC Fact: *Some* owners of NYC buildings don’t own the land the building is on; they only lease it! This is the case with the Chrysler Building. The group that owns the land raised the annual prices for the owners from $7M to $32M in 2018. By 2028 it will be $40M+.

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Who Will Buy?

Current Owners: An investment group from Abu Dhabi paid $800M for 90% in 2008. Tishman Speyer, a large New York city real estate developer that owns other famous buildings like Rockefeller Center, owns the remaining 10%.

Big Question: Can they recoup their money? No one knows the current price of this building.

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Why is the Chrysler Building a "fixer upper"? Nearby skyscrapers with office for rent offer gyms, modern, open work spaces w/high ceilings and plenty of light. Updating a building from the 1920s is expensive and difficult. Example: The Empire State Building in a 500M renovation had to add a new antennae for wireless reception.

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DEMOCRATS DIVE IN

 

 

22 months from the next Presidential election, the field gets more crowded.

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Why So Early?

The earlier you announce you can:

  • Do Media (Name Recognition)
  • Raise Money
  • Travel To Key States

Just *saying* you’re running gets you started, but you still have to register (it’s one form!) & get your name on state ballots (differs state-by-state).

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“There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace.”

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) says she will officially announce her candidacy this coming week. Gabbard served in the Army National Guard and deployed twice to Iraq. She's 37 years-old and currently serving her fourth term in congress.
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“…I’m under no illusion that accomplishing something like Medicare-for-all would be easy. But I do believe that in this nation, in the richest nation on Earth, that not a single person should be without health care when they need it.”

Julián Castro, who served as Housing and Urban Development Secretary in the Obama Administration announced his intention to run for President this weekend in his hometown of San Antonio, where he served as mayor.
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“What the American people are really looking for is a leader to try to bring us together, not actually talk like half the country’s entirely wrong about everything they believe.”

John Delaney, formerly a Maryland congressman, was the first Democrat to announce his candidacy in 2017. This weekend, he announced he'd only work on bipartisan proposals for his first 100 days in office. He's visited Iowa & New Hampshire, 21 & 12 times respectively, two important early states in presidential elections.
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Something To Consider:

“If past presidential campaigns are prelude to the present, there’s every reason to believe an unknown will emerge and win the Democratic presidential nod. Barack Obama did it in 2008. Bill Clinton in 1992 and Jimmy Carter in 1976…”

Brad Bannon, Democratic Pollster, Bannon Communications Research
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30+ candidates may seek the Democrat Party's nomination for President. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced in Dec. she has an exploratory committee - a team recognized by the Federal Elections Committee - that's a sign of "seriousness" of intent.

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“It makes teaching impossible when you’ve got that many bodies in the room.”

Amy Owen, Los Angeles teacher, on why its union is preparing to strike Monday affecting the second-largest school district in America. Owen says classroom size often swells to as many as 50 per class. The district says it can't afford the pay increases and larger staffs the teachers' union is demanding. L.A. teachers have not walked off the job in more than 30 years.
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“No idea. …I want to give them a chance to see if they can act responsibly.”

President Trump on whether or not he can get a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a border wall. In an interview with Fox News, President Trump did not rule out calling an emergency declaration, but said he was not ready to "right now." The gov't shutdown is now the longest in history, entering its fourth week.
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“Drivers be advised: Looks can be deceiving! Highways may appear to be clear, but slick and icy conditions still exist.”

Virginia State Police as a brutal winter storm, which dropped more than a foot of snow across the Midwest and East Coast over the weekend, spread to the D.C. area. At least 12 people were killed in winter-related crashes throughout the weekend. Virginia & North Carolina declared states of emergency.
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“…a nice guy named Dave help pull me out without knowing I was a player.”

Jeff Allen, Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman, trying to track down a good Samaritan who helped him after his car got stuck in the snow before the NFL Divisional Playoff game this Saturday. Allen found the man, thanking him with tickets to the AFC Championship game vs. the New England Patriots this coming Sunday. More than a foot of snow fell across the state.
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“We’ve got to get up there and learn. There’s no other way to do it.”

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer on the military branch's planned expeditions in the Arctic as it competes for dominance in the area against rivals China and Russia. A Navy warship will sail through the waters in coming months in its first such operation. The Navy will also reopen a resource station in Adak, Alaska that closed in 1997 and was base during WWII & the Cold War.
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“We haven’t seen that amount of stings over the weekend in a very long period of time.”

Calan Lovitt, Queensland’s lifeguard coordinator after swarms of bluebottle jellyfish stung thousands of beachgoers in Melbourne, Australia. More than 3,500 stings were reported in one weekend. Stings since December 1st are have more than tripled compared to last year, sparking concerns of what's causing the invasion.
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Click "View Sources" for notable news events to kick off your week feeling #SmartHER. Watch our website & social media feeds for updates on these stories all week long.

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On This Day

“Motown was about music for all people – white and black, blue and green, cops and the robbers. I was reluctant to have our music alienate anyone.”

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Gordy who #OTD in 1959 at age 30 began Motown Records (originally called Tamla Records) with an $800 loan from his family. The Detroit music label would go on to discover & create music with legendary artists like Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, & Stevie Wonder.

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What We Know About Illegal Immigrants …

(And What We Don’t)

We don’t know *exactly* how many illegal immigrants live in the U.S. or their impact on crime, but here’s a look at three popular studies often cited by the media and politicians alike.

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How Many Illegal Immigrants Are There?
12 Million

  • Source: Homeland Security (2018)
  • How: Using census data, DHS subtracted the legal foreign-born population from total foreign-born population

DHS says population grew to 12M in 2015 – up from 11.6M in 2010 & 10.5M in 2005.

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How Many Illegal Immigrants Are There?
22 Million

  • Source: Researchers affiliated with Yale University (2018)
  • How: Using various federal data sources, subtracted how many leave (ex: deportations) from how many enter (ex: visa overstays)

Researchers found there were as few as 16M & as many as 29M.

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Do Illegal Immigrants Commit More Crimes?

  • Source: Cato Institute (2017)
  • How: Examined citizenship data collected by gov’t, jails & prisons

Using the U.S. prison population, Cato found illegal immigrants are 44% LESS likely to be incarcerated vs. citizens based on incarceration rates of illegal immigrants (0.85%) & citizens (1.53%).

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Why Data Is Limited

  • Population Estimates: a precise count of the illegal immigrant population does not exist.
  • What Defines “Criminal”: data often treats crimes & criminals equally and doesn’t take into account certain crimes are more serious than others (ex: shoplifting vs. rape). Data doesn’t break down violent crimes between citizens vs. non-citizen.
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We don't know *exactly* how many illegal immigrants live in the U.S. and this casts a long shadow on all illegal immigration data. Also, an important reminder: the number of visa overstays (those who stay in America passed when they have permission) is higher than those apprehended at the U.S. Southern Border.

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January 11, 1935

Amelia Earhart Starts Historic Journey

“All Ok”

The aviator departs from Hawaii & 18 hours later becomes the first person to fly solo from the Hawaiian islands to California.

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Why This Journey Mattered

Although Amelia became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic solo, the accomplishment of being the first person ever to fly from Honolulu to Oakland was arguably a bigger accomplishment.

Its a longer trip, more time over the water, with potentially more risk to the pilot.

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“The night I found over the Pacific was a night of stars. They seemed to rise from the sea and hang outside my cockpit window, near enough to touch, until hours later they slipped away into the dawn.”

Amelia Earhart describing her journey that included a rainy takeoff (complete with worrisome emergency crew nearby) and a hot chocolate at 8,000 feet above the Pacific ocean.
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Amelia’s Firsts

  • First woman to fly solo nonstop across America (1932).
  • First woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean (1932).
  • First person to fly solo from Hawaii to California (1935).
  • First person to fly solo from Los Angeles to Mexico City (1935).
  • In 1937, Amelia started her fateful final voyage, attempting to fly around the world.
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Amelia didn't just fly. She also created a fashion line for “the woman who lives actively" that included flight suits for female aviators and wrinkle-free clothing for the woman traveler.

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