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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

There's a good reason we haven't heard much about the Trump transition team's inner workings -- every member of the team have signed a very intense NDA. The NDA, which bars those working on the transition from "disclosing info about major portions of the transition work, like policy briefings, personnel material, donor info, fundraising goals, budgets, contracts, or any draft research papers." It also states that if anyone suspects that someone has leaked material, they must report that leak to the leadership. If they're caught, they face a court order forcing them to stop. Unlike the NDA signed by those working on the Trump campaign, the transition team's NDA does not include a non-disparagement agreement. People working on Trump's campaign couldn't say anything publicly to demean their candidate. read more


Alternately goading and mocking the crowd, Richard B. Spencer delivered his white-supremacist message Tuesday evening to a packed room of about 400 people at the Texas A&M University Memorial Student Center.

Forty minutes into his two-hour appearance, a few people surged toward the stage, pushing and shoving, before police officers restored order. The chaos seemed to energize Mr. Spencer, who sprinkled racist, sexist comments with fat jokes aimed at protesters who challenged him. read more


Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Authorities say hate crimes and bias attacks have shot up across the country and in New York since the election, prompting debates about how bystanders should respond. On Sunday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said it's "disgraceful" that no one came to the aid of Yasmin Seweidi, a young Muslim woman who says she was attacked by three men in the subway as they shouted anti-Muslim slurs. So what should you do if you witness a bias attack? We turned to experts. read more


Jonathan Gray of Blackstone Group LP went on the biggest homebuying spree in history after the U.S. foreclosure crisis, purchasing repossessed properties from the courthouse steps and through online auctions.

Four years, $10 billion and roughly 50,000 homes later, he will find out if his gambit will pay off. Invitation Homes LP, the Dallas-based company Blackstone formed to maintain and rent those homes, has filed confidentially for an initial public offering that could come as soon as January.

Though Blackstone is unlikely to sell much or even any of its stake in an IPO, the stock market debut will test investors' interest in the idea that the rental-home business can be institutionalized as apartments, shopping centers and office towers were before.

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The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, called The Setting, was created by Jesse Katz, a Boulder native and Fairview High grad, who founded Devil Proof Vineyards and Aperture Cellars in California. read more


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