by on February 8, 2018
This is a story about anger. This is a story about racism, twerking for change, single mothers, financial struggle, exhaustion, resistance, extortion, stigma, sex work, alienation, seeing the future and the past, knowing all the ways we are being screwed and getting dressed up anyway. Because we have rent, kids, student loans, a grandmother with dementia. This is a story about stripper pride. A selfie at work in a Jacq the Stripper Hat. (She has her own line: Strippersforever.com.) ...
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by on December 25, 2017
A look at the line trucks and support vehicles that PPL will be sending to Puerto Rico by barge, starting around Jan. 3. It’s been more than three months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and about one-third of the U.S. territory is still without power, according to a website run by the island’s government. Full power restoration isn’t expected until May, the head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told various media outlets earlier this month. On Saturday, an Allentown-ba...
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by on January 1, 2018
Wind turbines near Whitewater, California. Ultimately, the work on climate change is done on the ground and is up to each of us. That is why America’s Pledge on climate is so important, as former U.S. President Barack Obama told city leaders in Chicago last week at the inaugural Global Covenant of Mayors North American Climate Summit. Policymakers from around the world met at the conference to look for ways to do more to tackle climate change, a drive we’re also seeing from states and busines...
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by on March 9, 2018
BREAKING: Martin Shkreli has been sentenced to seven years in prison for defrauding investors, U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto roughly splitting the difference between what prosecutors and defense attorneys had asked for. The former hedge fund manager showed little reaction to the sentence. He will receive credit for the six months he has served while awaiting sentencing. Before hearing the verdict, Shkreli addressed the court and cried as he said he was sorry and had learned from his exper...
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by on May 23, 2018
Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko (left) meets US President Donald Trump at the White House in June 2017 Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of at least $400,000 (£300,000) to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump, according to sources in Kiev close to those involved. The payment was arranged by intermediaries acting for Ukraine's leader, Petro Poroshenko, the sources said, though Mr Cohen was not registered as a representati...
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by on January 2, 2018
Eric Trump, here with his wife Lara, told the Irish Times that “it is incredibly gratifying to see our vision for Trump Doonbeg come to life.”  President Trump’s golf course in Ireland lost about $2.3 million in 2016, according to new documents filed with the Irish government — the latest in a series of Trump golf clubs that have recently reported losses or declining revenue. The Irish course, called Trump International Golf Links Ireland, is located in Doonbeg on the island’s west coa...
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by on February 9, 2018
Hurricane Maria left her atelier without power. Her seamstresses lost everything and her house flooded. But Puerto Rican designer Stella Nolasco put tragedy behind her to bring a color and optimism to New York Fashion Week, laced with a clear political message. She was just starting to prepare for her fall/winter 2018 collection when the monster storm tore through the island on September 20, devastating the US territory and leaving Puerto Rico without power or telecommunications for months. ...
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by on December 25, 2017
  A news conference in Mexico City. The president’s administration has spent nearly $2 billion on advertising in the past five years. Running a newspaper, radio station or television outlet in Mexico usually means relying on a single, powerful client that spends exorbitant sums on advertising with a simple warning: “I do not pay you to criticize me.” That client is the government of Mexico. President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration has spent hundreds of millions of dollars a ...
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by on January 2, 2018
Rodneyse Bichotte's legislation would have eliminated net-worth cap for female and nonwhite entrepreneurs in state program Gov. Andrew Cuomo closed out 2017 by slapping down a bill that would grant more businesses belonging to women and nonwhites access to state projects—provoking fireworks from the legislation's sponsor. Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte's legislation would have erased the requirement that entrepreneurs seeking certification under the state's Minority- and Women-Owned B...
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by on March 15, 2018
Project Destined teaches kids how to value and finance local apartment buildings, and then given the opportunity to share in real profits from those properties. How do you get inner-city kids off the streets? Give them a vested interest in those streets and a stake in the property around them. That is the philosophy behind a new program that teaches teens financial literacy through investments in real estate. Kids are taught how to value and finance local apartment buildings, and then ...
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by on May 30, 2018
Wall Street’s long campaign to chip away at the toughest trading restriction imposed on banks after the financial crisis is finally paying off under President Donald Trump. The Federal Reserve Board, now led by Trump appointees, on Wednesday took the most concrete step yet to roll back the Volcker Rule, which was key to Washington’s efforts to make the industry safer after the 2008 meltdown. Fed governors voted 3-0 to seek comment on proposed changes, kicking off an administrative process...
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by on December 21, 2017
Mayor de Blasio deserves credit for developing a plan to create 100,000 good jobs. But a recent CUF forum made it clear that there are several other promising ideas that, if added to the city’s plan, could bolster middle class job creation and help more low-income New Yorkers access them. by Center for an Urban Future Read the full report (PDF) New York City can boast 975,000 more jobs than 20 years ago, nearly 700,000 of which were added in the past decade. However, New York’s rece...
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