WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: Everyone who's fled or been fired from the Trump White House
- The New York Times reported in August that McGahn voluntarily gave 30 hours of testimony to special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump obstructed justice as President.
- While all Trump administration officials are bound to ethics pledges to not lobby for special interests within five years of leaving their government job, Pruitt's proposed consulting firm would reportedly not involve improper lobbying.
- McMaster's time in the White House was tumultuous and marked by disputes with Trump, as well as other senior administration officials.
- Top national security official Dina Powell resigned from the White House in December 2017.
- Aside from releasing a tape she recorded of Chief of Staff John Kelly firing her in Trump's situation room, Maginault Newman made a number of claims against members of the administration.
When it comes to VR hardware, consumers are balancing price point and experience
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- The uptick will be largely catalyzed by the emergence of the newest headset form factor, stand-alone VR headsets, which address some of the biggest pain points that have prohibited mainstream consumers from adopting VR.
- This new form factor is more affordable than cost-prohibitive high-end headsets and more capable than its smartphone-powered counterparts.
- The first major stand-alone headset, the Vive Focus from HTC, was launched in January of this year, and more from other major companies like Oculus and Google are expected to follow over the next six months.
- In a new report, Business Insider Intelligence lays out where the VR market is and forecasts how it will grow over the next five years.
25 thoughtful gifts for teachers to thank them around the holidays
- Whether they're used in the classroom or for your teacher's personal collection, or for lesson planbooks or comic books, these bookends make for a quirky gift.
- By the end of the school year, your teacher will have a good idea of the type of coffee they really like.
- Include a thoughtful, hand-written note to thank your teacher for all their hard work this year, and it will go a long way in helping them remember you.
- If you've ever caught your teacher looking stressed or tense, you're probably partially to blame — but you can fix that with this heated at-home massager that feels almost like a professional massage.
- At the end of the day, teachers will always appreciate a gift card, especially if it's to a store where they can stock up on supplies.
Here are the top contenders to replace Ryan Zinke as interior secretary
- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is set to leave the Trump administration at the end of 2018, marking yet another departure from a tumultuous White House that seemingly has a revolving door.
- David Bernhardt, who currently serves as Zinke's deputy, is reportedly expected to take over as acting head of the department in the new year.
- According to Bloomberg, which broke the news of Zinke's impending departure, other possible replacements include: former Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming; Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes; Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt; Idaho Governor C.L.
- "Butch" Otter; former Nevada Sen. Dean Heller; Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state; and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
- Republican and former Navy lieutenant Adam Laxalt is currently serving as attorney general of Nevada.
- Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has represented Washington state's 5th congressional district since 2005.
How Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and other popular apps are upending the e-commerce space
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- Social media is becoming increasingly influential in shoppers' purchasing decisions.
- In addition to influencing purchase decisions, social media is a large part of the product discovery and research phase of the shopping journey.
- And with more and more retailers offering quick access to their sites via social media pages, and shoppable content becoming more popular, it's likely that social media will play an even larger role in e-commerce.
- In this report, BI Intelligence examines the advantages and disadvantages of each platform, and reviews case studies of successful campaigns that helped boost conversion and increase brand awareness.
- Additionally, we explore how retailers can bring social aspects into their own sites and apps to capitalize on consumers' desire for social shopping experiences.
Delta just banned 'emotional support animals' on long flights — and science is on the airline's side
- So the company announced Monday that emotional support pets will no longer be allowed on any Delta flights longer than eight hours.
- When it comes to the science behind the concept of a support pet, "the research is quite inconsistent on whether the animals really do anything at all," Forensic psychologist Jeffrey Younggren from the University of New Mexico told Business Insider.
- Younggren has spent years studying the trend of patients asking their therapists to sign letters certifying that they need an emotional support animal.
- The Fair Housing Act, however, is a bit more lenient: It says that US tenants have a right to keep "assistance animals," including emotional support pets, in their homes even if a leaser has a strict no-pets policy.
- People who train and certify dogs to work with patients are worried about the growing number of untrained pets flying on planes.
McKinsey held a lavish corporate retreat in Kashgar miles from where the Chinese government is imprisoning up to one million ethnic Uighurs
- Up to one million Chinese citizens have been allegedly locked up in the western region of Xinjiang — a remote, Muslim-majority Chinese province populated by the Uighur ethnic minority.
- Reports of a massive police state that China has launched in Xinjiang has horrified people around the world, who have demanded China cease its surveillance, imprisonment, and forced re-education of Chinese Muslims.
- But the people at McKinsey & Company's recent retreat in Kashgar, a Xinjiang city, didn't seem to mind.
- A report from The New York Times revealed on Saturday that McKinsey held a corporate retreat in Kashgar about four miles from an internment camp that holds thousands of Uighurs.
- Indeed, at the Kashgar retreat, McKinsey consultants spent their time discussing their work with state-owned Chinese firms, as well as riding camels and going to lavish bonfires, the Times reported.
Salesforce's Chief People Officer explains how and why the company has spent $8.7 million to close its gender pay gap
- At Business Insider's IGNITION conference, Salesforce President and Chief People Officer Cindy Robbins shared the story of how the cloud software company became committed to equal pay for its employees.
- Robbins said it started around 2014, when CEO Marc Benioff held his quarterly meeting with 60 to 70 top executives at Salesforce — and realized there were hardly any women in the room.
- Otherwise, Robbins explained, new employees are simply bringing in their pay gap from their previous employer.
- Salesforce has also increased the number of women employees by 2,000 in the last year and increased the number of female in leadership roles by 34% since instituting the assessment.
- She also reiterated that the equal pay initiative couldn't have happened without the buy-in from their CEO, Marc Benioff.
'No place to hide': The stock market's sell-off has left investors scrambling for cover
- The market's sell-off since the beginning of October has left investors with few places to hide.
- Under the market's surface, each sector has undergone starkly different declines at different periods, according to a newly released Wells Fargo analysis pinpointing low stock correlation — individual stocks moving out of sync with one another, rather than in tandem — as the primary reason for the uneven price action.
- The sell-off since the market's top in late September and early October has been fueled in part by uncertainty around the US-China trade war, rising interest rates, and concerns about slowing global growth.
- By comparison, it traded above 50 during the sell-offs that took place this past February and in August 2015 (the instances Chintawongvanich points out).
Erin Brockovich is warning about an emerging drinking-water crisis in the US. Here's how she recommends you protect yourself.
- PFAS are extremely persistent, so if they leech out of household products like cooking pans or if people unwittingly drink or inhale them, the chemicals bioaccumulate in our bodies.
- Researchers from Harvard estimated in 2016 that at least 6 million Americans — nearly 2% of the population — were drinking water with PFAS levels higher than what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends.
- She doesn't like the pollution bottled water creates, but Brockovich said she feels safer drinking water that has probably been filtered more thoroughly than the stuff that comes out of the tap.
- Some labels even include the words "reverse osmosis." But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lets companies use the label "purified water" on water that's been treated in several different ways, so it's not always clear how it's been filtered.