Trump DC hotel sales pitch boasts of millions to be made from foreign governments
- The hotel's biggest selling point though, according to a copy of the brochure seen by CNN, is the one thing that the Trump family insists it didn't take advantage of: profiting off foreign governments.
- The investor pitch is an explicit acknowledgment of how important foreign business is to the 263-room luxury hotel in the Old Post Office building blocks from the White House.
- The investor pitch began circulating in recent weeks after the Trump Organization announced last month that it was exploring the sale of its 60-year lease with the General Services Administration.
- When Trump created the trust for his business he also named as ethics adviser Bobby Burchfield, a Washington lawyer, who would have to approve certain transactions, including a sale of the hotel.
- Despite the Trump Organization's claims that it turned away millions of dollars in business from foreign governments, the Washington hotel has done brisk business with them.
A record number of fliers expected around Thanksgiving, TSA says
- About 26.8 million passengers are expected to pass through TSA checkpoints nationwide from the Friday before Thanksgiving through the Monday afterward, or November 22 to December 2, TSA Acting Deputy Administrator Patricia Cogswell said Wednesday.
- That would be a record for the Thanksgiving period, and about 4% more than the same time last year, Cogswell said at a news conference at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
- The Sunday after Thanksgiving is expected to be "the single busiest day ever for the US airline industry," said Sharon Pinkerton, senior vice president for industry group Airlines for America.
- About 3.1 million passengers are expected on that day, December 1, Pinkerton said.
Saquon Barkley & the Giants Are Putting Both of Their Futures at Risk
- New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley might be a “generational talent,” but he needs to have some generational perspective.
- The 22-year-old Barkley might feel indestructible, but pushing himself to grind through the remaining NFL season would be a terrible mistake for both him and the Giants.
- Saquon Barkley is an elite athlete, and superstars don’t want to sit on the bench while their teammates go to war.
- An injury is an injury, and this is where the right people in the New York Giants organization must make it clear to him that the history books are filled with star backs cut short in their prime.
- Any NFL player worth their salt wants to be on the field at all costs, but Saquon Barkley’s production is simply too valuable a commodity to waste in embarrassing losses to the New York Jets.
A big element of US power is missing from Trump's Syria policy
- UN-led Syria peace talks have recently restarted, and the Syrian government met with opposition delegates in Geneva to work on a constitutional committee for when the civil war ends.
- Currently, Washington has little leverage in encouraging a peaceful end to the Syrian civil war — its commitment to an endless military presence with no clear goal has actually prolonged the violence and suffering.
- By threatening Turkey, implementing a failing maximum pressure strategy against Iran, and showing an unwillingness to engage with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad — though brutal and detestable, his regime has realistically all but won in Syria — the United States is only undermining the path to peace so Syria can begin to heal.
- Without productive negotiations, Washington's current strategy will conflict with opposing forces who are looking to secure their own interests in Syria, which will only exacerbate the country's civil war.
A troubling new study shows that legalizing marijuana is linked with an increase in problematic pot use among teens
- The study, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, found a small increase in heavy, detrimental marijuana use among teens in states with legal marijuana shops.
- It also showed a small increase in problematic marijuana use, known as cannabis use disorder, among adults.
- The study shows that among teens aged 12 to 17, problematic marijuana use was 25% higher when states legalized marijuana.
- Problematic cannabis use is associated with negative health effects, including increased anxiety, lower educational attainment, unemployment, cognitive decline, and potentially a decline in socio-economic class, according to the study's authors.
- To figure out how marijuana use has changed, the study's authors used data from National Survey on Drug Use and Health and specifically looked at Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon, from 2008 to 2016.
- Cerdá added that in addition to legalizing marijuana, states should invest in programs to help treat cannabis use disorder and prevent adolescents from using marijuana.
Rare dragonfly fossils could teach us about climate change
- Canadian scientist Bruce Archibald, who examined the fossilized remains of the insects, said the dragonflies would have lived in a period of increasing atmospheric carbon and higher global temperatures.
- These fossil beds preserve a record of life just over a dozen million years after the extinction of the dinosaurs.
- Archibald said that the fossils would have formed when the dead insects fell into lakes, eventually sinking to the muddy bottom.
- The researchers said the fossils represented eight previously unknown species, six of which were well enough preserved to be given scientific names.
- Unlike other fossilized insects from this era, these dragonflies belong to modern families, mostly to a diverse group called the darners — and would not look out of place today flying beside a modern pond.