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Trump Administration plots crackdown by Feds in Democrat-managed cities nationwide

July 22, 2020

The crackdown by federal law enforcement in some American cities is about to ramp up and go national, according to interviews by The Daily Beast with “knowledgeable Trump Administration sources.”

The move is President Donald Trump’s latest effort to use Customs and Border Protection officials, as well as the Department of Homeland Security—an agency created after 9/11 to protect the country from terrorism—to intimidate and remove protesters, without the approval of local or state authorities.

What’s more, both The Daily Beast and Fox News noted, Portland and Kansas City were just the beginning.

Among the list of cities— “all run by liberal Democrats”—in which the president said on July 20 he intends to “quell protests” are New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Oakland, and Detroit.

As previewed by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows over the weekend and President Donald Trump on July 20, the Administration intends to send federal law enforcement into Democrat-run cities—whether those cities want federal police help or not. Multiple sources expected Chicago, a flashpoint of white anxiety, to be a focus, as the Chicago Tribune first reported.

Indeed, it is rumored a force of 150 DHS agents will be deployed to Chicago this coming weekend.

In Portland, Customs and Border Protection agents, kitted out in military-style camouflage uniforms and obscured insignia, detained unarmed and largely peaceful protesters in unmarked vans and used pepper spray, tear gas, and batons against them. Oregon’s governor, both of its U.S. senators, and Portland’s mayor have denounced the federal deployment as an unwanted escalation. Its attorney general has sued DHS and the U.S. Marshals Service.

“What is happening in Portland—armed occupation by federal agents—is totally unacceptable,” Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) told The Daily Beast. “Donald Trump’s unconstitutional test run in Portland cannot be the precursor to a nationwide invasion of cities across the country. Republicans and officials at DOJ and DHS need to think long and hard about whether they want to be party to this gross abuse of power.”

Wyden and his fellow Oregonian in the Senate, Democrat Jeff Merkley, on Monday introduced an amendment to the annual defense authorization to disallow the federal law-enforcement deployment. Their amendment, supported by Oregon Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici, restricts federal efforts at crowd control to the “immediate vicinity” of federal property unless requested by local authorities and bans the use of unmarked vehicles or obscured insignia.

According to The Daily Beast, “Trump’s full-on embrace of this type of election-year posturing came after a brief period earlier this summer when the president flirted with emphasizing supposed police reform and related criminal-justice matters, in his increasingly uphill fight against presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Naturally, Trump quickly grew bored with playing the role of reformer.”

These days, his campaign is sounding a different tune. “Many presidents have used the military to stop riots, so this is nothing new and in accordance with the law,” said longtime New Hampshire State Representative Al Baldasaro, the New Hampshire co-chair of Trump 2020. “Our police have taken a beating, and they don’t deserve this. I fully support what President Trump is doing,” he continued, adding that Trump should quickly send “federal help” to other cities such as “Chicago [and] Detroit.”

In Chicago, where police reactions to Black Lives Matter protests have been violent, a Fraternal Order of Police president requested Trump’s assistance. That move drew strong rebuke from local elected officials. Mayor Lori Lightfoot, often the subject of ire from the protesters, has said she doesn’t want outside federal law enforcement assistance.

“We don’t need federal agents without any insignia taking people off the streets and holding them, I think, unlawfully. That’s not what we need,” Lightfoot said Monday. 

Research contact: @thedailybeast

The new normal: Why your pet has been acting up

May 20, 2020

If the faces around you have become way too familiar over the past few months of “sheltering in place,” have some empathy for your pets.

“Animals do really like to have routines,” says Jamie Richardson, DVM, chief of staff for Small Door Veterinary in New York City. “With this change, with our day-to-day anxieties, all that translates down to our pets.”

That’s why your dog or cat may be behaving unusually, such as barking or meowing more often than normal, over-grooming, or urinating in inappropriate places (known as displacement behaviors or displacement activities), she recently told Better Homes & Gardens.

So, what can you do when your dog begins eating couch cushions, or your cat is tearing up the carpet? “Try to keep them as much on a normal schedule as possible,” Richardson says. That means feed them when you usually do, go on daily walks like normal, but try not to add in anything out of the norm

. “I tell people that they need to spend time away from their pets,” Richardson adds. “Don’t make every walk about going out with your dog. Make sure you leave the house sometimes without your pet.”

If you’re working from home, try designating work times where you’re completely separated from your animal. “My husband actually shuts himself in the office and doesn’t let the pets in there, so it’s almost like he has left for work,” Richardson says. (She owns a Labrador named Ralph and a Chihuahua named Freddie). “So at 6 p.m., he just opens the door. They get excited like he just came home from work.

“And, although a schedule is important, try to vary your routine each day,” she recommends to Better Homes & Gardens. “For example, if your pet has separation anxiety, consider showering at a different time so they don’t know when you’ll be gone and “go crazy,” Richardson says.

Additionally, be sure to give your pet as much love and attention as possible. “Set aside time each day specifically for your pet, whether it’s physical or mental exercise,” Richardson says. This could be anything, including playing with them in your house or backyard or even teaching them a new trick.”

Richardson told the magazine that she also likes toys that double as brain games. For pups, she recommends a puzzle bowl, ($8.60, Chewy.com). Cats, on the other hand, love Doc. & Phoebe’s Cat Co.’s indoor hunting feeder (19.99, Chewy.com), she says.

Of course, it’s also important to take care of yourself. “Try to look after your own mental health, too,” Richardson adds. “Dogs and cats have intuitive behavior. They know when we are stressed. They know when we are upset. They know something is wrong. That can cause them anxiety, too.”

Research contact: @BHG

New York City to hire 1,000 health workers in May to track coronavirus cases

April 27, 2020

New York City—currently, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic—plans to hire 1,000 workers, who will be charged with creating a database of people who come in contact with those who have tested positive for the virus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at his briefing on Monday, April 27, according to a report by CNBC.

“We are hiring. We are looking for talented, experienced health workers,” de Blasio said. “If you have experience in the health care field, if you’re ready to lend your talents to this fight, we need you and we need you right away. We are hiring immediately and we’ll be hiring throughout the month of May.”

Specifically, the city’s contact tracers—whom de Blasio described as “disease detectives”—will interview and identify people who came into contact with those who tested positive for COVID-19, de Blasio explained. The tracers also will provide support to New Yorkers who need to be isolated, de Blasio said.

Capacity to test broadly throughout the population and to trace contacts with those who test positive for COVID-19 are crucial elements in the state and city’s plans to lift restrictions and reopen after the lockdown, de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo have previously said.

De Blasio said the city is building “A contact tracing network in this city like it’s never been seen before on a vast scale. Every time someone tests positive, immediately we can swing into action, figure out who were their close contacts, and get those people tested to isolate anyone who needs isolation.”

The city is looking for people with a background in health care, de Blasio said, urging people to apply through the Fund for Public Health. De blasio said the new tracers will partner with the city’s health care personnel, as well as with staff from various city agencies who are being trained for the job.

“This is really the key,” de Blasio said. “Finally getting testing on a large scale, tracing people, isolating everyone who needs it. Doing that is the path forward.”

Research contact: @CNBC

Skintimate opens pop-up professional leg shave bar in New York City

May 20, 2019

Women spend 72 days shaving their legs over the course of a lifetime—or approximately 1,728 hours, according to findings of a survey conducted by British beauty brand Escentual. What’s more, shaving ranked as women’s most hated beauty ritual, with 35% of respondents saying that they loathed shaving their legs more than any other self-care ritual (for example, doing their hair, or tweezing their brows).

Now, help is on the way. On May 17, the Edgewell brand, Skintimate, opened a pop-up professional leg shave bar in New York City that already is just about fully booked for its three-day event (going through Sunday, May 19).

At The Shave Bar by Skintimate, “consumers are invited to receive complimentary leg shaves by expert estheticians in a colorful, spa-meets-bar environment that is inspired by the brand’s signature shave gels and first collection of disposable razors,” the company says.

The bar is offering a customizable menu of exotic shave gels, scented razor handles— including an unscented razor for sensitive skin– bespoke cocktail pairings, and retro-tropical beats. Drinks and music are being curated by New York City-based  mixologist, Pamela Wiznitzer and DJ Brittany Sky.

Shave Bar treatments include:

  • The Reset: Pair the Skintimate Vanilla Sugar Razor with Skin Therapy Moisturizing Shave Gel to feel relaxed, refreshed, and re-energized for what’s next. Cocktail Pairing: Peachy Kween–Vanilla infused vodka, squeeze of lemon and scoop of peach sorbet.
  • The Escape: The Skintimate Coconut Delight Razor and Shave Gel leaves you oh-so hydrated and ready to sip into vacation mode. Cocktail PairingSmooth Sailing – White rum, coconut water, hint of kiwi and a twist of lime.
  • The Pregame: Fruity and flirty, the Skintimate Sensitive Razor and Strawberry Tangerine Shave Gel sets the mood for date nights, late nights, and everything in between. Cocktail PairingBerry Foam Party – Hibiscus infused tequila and lime juice topped with tangerine foam.

“The Shave Bar by Skintimate is largely inspired by our consumer,” says Jennifer Rogers Sheppeard, Skintimate brand manager at Edgewell Personal Care. “She’s an experience-seeker who makes every moment fun. Shaving is not a mundane chore for her; it’s part of the getting-ready process that we see her embracing with friends and sharing on social media. ”

The Shave Bar by Skintimate is located at 107 Grand Street in New York. People in the metro area are encouraged to walk in and enjoy the scene.

Research contact: @Skintimate

Starbucks Delivers expands to more U.S. cities, powered by Uber Eats

January 23, 2019

After a successful pilot test in Miami, on January 22, Starbucks announced the expansion of its delivery service to another six cities nationwide.

The rollout, in partnership with Uber Eats, began on Tuesday in San Francisco—and the company says that it “remains on track to bring Starbucks Delivers to nearly one-quarter of [our] U.S. company-operated stores, “ with planned expansion to select stores in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., in the coming weeks.

According to the Seattle-based coffee chain, the Miami test, also powered by Uber Eats, saw “strong demand, including repeat business throughout the day and positive feedback from customers.”

What’s more, Starbucks Delivers will launch a new pilot later this month in London—its first in Europe, also powered by Uber Eats—following other overseas delivery initiatives in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Mexico, Columbia, and Chile.

The company plans on tapping into a global $95 billion online food delivery market. partnership Starbucks will leverage Uber’s expertise as one of the fastest-growing meal delivery services in the United States—reaching Uber’s current customers, as well as offering the existing Starbucks clientele a new method for including the chain’s beverages in their daily routines.

“We know we have untapped customer demand for Starbucks Delivers in the United States and, starting today, we’re expanding our best-in-class experience to our customers both in and out of our stores,” said Roz Brewer, group president and chief operating officer for Starbucks. “We’re building on key learnings from past delivery pilots and by integrating our ordering technology directly with Uber Eats, we’ve unlocked the ability to bring Starbucks to customers for those times when they’re not able to come to us.”

Customers will be able to access Starbucks Delivers through the Uber Eats mobile app, available on iOS and Android devices. With approximately 95% of core menu items available directly from the Starbucks menu, customers will be able to customize their orders just as they would when ordering on Starbucks mobile apps. Delivery orders will come with an initial $2.49 booking fee.

“At Uber Eats, we’re always looking for new ways to offer people the widest selection of food they love. That’s why we’re so excited to deliver Starbucks fans their favorite food and beverages in a way that’s as easy as requesting a ride,” said Jason Droege, VP and head of UberEverything. “Be it breakfast delivered straight to the soccer field or afternoon lattés to the office, we know this partnership will delight our customers.”

Starbucks Delivers represents the next evolution of the company’s approach to delivery and expanding its digital relationships with customers. In addition to the pilot in Miami and a pilot in the Empire State Building, Starbucks previously tested delivery in Seattle in 2015 for members of the company’s Starbucks Rewards loyalty program.

Starbucks Delivers was first announced in August 2018 in China through a partnership with Alibaba and on-demand food delivery service Ele.me. By the end of 2018, delivery services had expanded to 2,000 stores across 30 cities in China, while also being introduced to select stores in Tokyo and Miami.

Research contact: #starbucksdelivery

You can lead Millennials to water, but Recess might be the beverage of choice in 2019

January 10, 2019

Not tired, not wired.” That’s how a new, non-alcoholic, decaf drink called Recess will make you feel after just a few sips—or so says the eponymously named start-up company that produces it out of New York’s Hudson Valley (and markets it out of New York City).

According to a report by The New York Times, the new beverage checks every box for Millennials: Bubbles? Yes. CBD? Check. Sans-serif block font? Yeah! A knowing, nudging, creepily on-point Instagram presence? Obviously.

The news outlet notes that the drink is a sparkling water infused with CBD (government name: cannabidiol)—a non-intoxicating ingredient that is said to act as a pain reliever, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, and “chillifier.”

It currently is available in three flavors—Pom Hibiscus, Peach Ginger, and Blackberry Chai—and, in addition to the hemp extract, it contains what the company calls “adoptogens,” among them:

  • American ginseng to help customers focus and improve memory;
  • L-theanine, to reduce stress with the help of green tea; and
  • Schisandra to boost immunity and promote a balanced state of mind.

And who better to target the drink at Millennials than company Co-founder and CEO Benjamin Witte, an age 29 entrepreneur who previously worked in tech marketing in San Francisco.

“We canned a feeling,” whispers the copy on the Recess website. The site uses phrases like “the unlikely friendship we’re here for” and, regarding a sample pack, “for those who fear commitment”—“channeling the half-embarrassed self-aware sincerity that defines the Millennial mood,” according to the Times.

The site, social media, and product all read, “Calm Cool Collected,” an apparent mantra and marketing tagline in the soothing lexicon of self-improvement. The cans of Recess,  are tinted in palliative pastel colors of pink, peach, and purple; with minimalist typography reminiscent of such popular brands as Casper and Allbirds.

For those discerning shoppers who are seeking a healthful alternative to mineral water, sparkling water, seltzer—and yes, just plain water—Recess offers a rare alcohol-free, caffeine-free, and almost sugar-free experience.

Research contact: @benwitte

GOP falters in suburban districts

March 22, 2018

Americans now favor Democratic control of Congress by 10 points—50% to 40%—up 6 points from last month, with the GOP losing support among key voter groups, based on findings of an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on March 18.

The numbers, combined with results of last week’s special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district, suggest “a very rocky midterm season may await Republicans this fall.” According to the pollsters.

Source: NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll

Several key segments of the electorate that the GOP targets to push the party over the top are showing declining support—with support among white voters down 3 points to 47% since January; backing in GOP districts down 6 points to 46%; enthusiasm among suburbanites down 7 points to 43%; and endorsement among white-collar workers down by 9 points to 38%.

There was a huge 13-point decline among 18- to 34-year-old voters to,  29%.

NBC notes, “Those changes look particularly concerning for Republicans when you compare them to results from past elections. In the 2014 midterms, for instance, Republicans won white voters by a large margin, 60% to 38%. And that year, the GOP won the vote out of the suburbs, 52% to 43%.”

Source: NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll

On the danger list, the pollsters believe: Republican districts that were already seen as competitive in suburban/urban areas around Atlanta, Detroit, Cleveland, the Twin Cities, New York City—even Omaha, Nebraska.

Research contact: @Dchinni