Republicans ‘Turn The Cannons On Each Other’ In Week Of Public Feuding

President Trump and congressional Republicans are lobbing insults and blame at one another, as some Republicans consider working more closely with Democrats to get things done.

Trump University Suit Settlement Approved by Judge

The approval of the settlement, assuming it stands, brings to a close a case that garnered outsize national attention during the presidential race.

Three words to set alarm bells off for every firm

Incidents of fraudsters posing as the boss and demanding staff make payments is on the rise.

With Democrats On The Offensive, Neil Gorsuch Takes The Stand In The Senate

WASHINGTON ? On the same day President Donald Trump?s intemperate wiretapping tweets gained him a sharp rebuke in Congress, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch began the process of asserting his independence from him in the Senate, which is considering his nomination to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

As Gorsuch sat silently Monday through several hours of opening statements by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, it was Democratic senators who did all they could to throw down the gauntlet for his confirmation hearings on the themes they hope to explore:

The judge?s independence from Trump. The treatment of previous Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. Rulings in which Gorsuch is accused of favoring the powerful over the powerless. His views on whether judges should second-guess the expertise of administrative agencies. His constitutional vision for the rights of women, minorities, workers, the poor and religious minorities. The role of money in politics.

All of these were hot topics for Democrats, who don?t have the votes to reject Gorsuch but could try to block him on the Senate floor, an option Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has left on the table. The progressive base, meanwhile, just wants the party to fight the nominee tooth and nail ? and so the hearings, which are set to last through Thursday, are their chance to grandstand about the issues Democrats care about.

?You?re going to have your hands full with this president,? Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told Gorsuch, who sat attentively as both Democrats and Republicans took turns in praising or raising doubts about him. ?He?s going to keep you busy.?

Trump?s controversial policies and imbroglios came up several times at the hearing, but Gorsuch didn?t address any of them head on when it was his time to address the committee. But he did say that the robes judges wear are meant to signify impartiality toward all.

?Ours is a judiciary of honest, black polyester,? he said. He added that when judges put on robes, ?it?s time to lose our egos and open our minds.?

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the committee?s ranking Democrat, said the Senate?s job is to determine if Gorsuch will be ?a reasonable mainstream conservative? on the Supreme Court as well as someone who ?will protect the rights of all Americans, not just the powerful few.?

She criticized Scalia?s constitutional views, which she said would?ve kept segregation and discrimination against women and LGBT people on the books, then wondered aloud about what Gorsuch?s appointment would mean for the future of abortion rights. Feinstein said that Gorsuch?s writings have been read by both anti-abortion and pro-abortion rights activists to mean that he?d vote to overrule Roe v. Wade, and she pointed out that Trump had campaigned specifically on the promise of nominating ?pro-life judges.? 

Time and again, Democrats on the committee praised Garland, the esteemed appeals judge President Barack Obama nominated a month after Scalia?s death but whose nomination was never given the kind of hearing Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is now promptly offering Gorsuch.

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Gorsuch?s home state senator who introduced him alongside Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), urged his colleagues to give the judge a hearing out of respect for him and for Garland, and to do it ?in the manner that his predecessor deserved but was denied.?

Since Scalia?s death more than a year ago, the Supreme Court has carried on with only eight justices ? four appointed by Democratic presidents, four by Republican presidents. The addition of Gorsuch would bring the court back to its prior status quo, with ideologically close rulings depending on Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative centrist who has often pivoted on hot-button constitutional issues.

Perhaps because the stakes are high for Democrats, who fear that Trump?s agenda and an entrenched conservative majority put the causes they care about at risk, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) posed rhetorical questions of the nominee, who will no doubt get them again once the formal question-and-answer sessions begin Tuesday.

?Will you allow the government to intrude on Americans? personal privacy and freedoms? Will you elevate the rights of corporations over those of real people? Will you rubber-stamp a president whose administration has asserted that executive power is not subject to judicial review?? Leahy asked.

After taking the oath, Gorsuch finally got a chance to speak well into the afternoon, following introductions by Bennet, Gardner and Neal Katyal, who was acting solicitor general in the early years of the Obama administration.

The nominee stuck to pleasantries and briefly thanked Trump, his family and his legal heroes, including Kennedy and the late Justice Byron White. ?Justice Scalia was a mentor, too,? Gorsuch said.

He repeated a line that he used on the day he was nominated to the Supreme Court, emphasizing how judges should stick to the letter of the law ? no more, no less.

?A judge who likes every outcome he reaches is probably a very bad judge, stretching for policy results he prefers rather than those the law compels,? Gorsuch said.

Talking to reporters after Day 1 of the hearings, Grassley said that he expects the Senate to vote on Gorsuch?s nomination before Congress? Easter recess, which is scheduled to begin April 8, and that he expects some Democrats to join Republicans in putting him through.

Tuesday?s session is expected to be a marathon for Gorsuch, with all 20 senators on the judiciary committee posing questions in 30-minute intervals. That?s at least 10 hours in the hot seat.

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London Attacker a ‘Soldier of the Islamic State,’ Eight Others Arrested

New information has been revealed on the terror attack that killed an American and several others in London.

Trump Faces Most Consequential Day Of His Presidency So Far

The president’s reputation as a deal-maker is on the line Friday as House Republicans face a politically perilous vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Bastions of democracy

An attacker tried and failed to access Westminster – so what is security like in Paris, Berlin, Brussels and Washington DC?

Life in the land of ‘candle princesses’

Writer Eris Choo describes growing up dark-skinned in Malaysia among “candle princesses”.

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Trump defence chief Mattis threatens less commitment to Nato

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The Moment That Marketers Live For

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By Chris Harris, Managing Director, teamDigital Promotions, Inc.

When 7-year-old Joseph Perez asked Tom Brady at Super Bowl LI Opening Night, “who is your hero?” he probably wasn’t expecting the veteran quarterback to tear up in response. But in one of those moments that’s just too good to be scripted, that’s what happened.

There is probably nobody more excited about this moment than the folks on the Panini America Trading Cards brand team. Joseph is this year’s Panini Kid Reporter, a youth ambassador who will represent all young NFL fans at media events during Super Bowl week. We’ve all heard the adage “content is king,” but with his news-making question, Joseph affirms our belief that sometimes it’s not, moments are king.

We live with cluttered newsfeeds and more notifications than we can rightly manage. Every day, so much content is fighting for our attention that breaking through takes something extraordinary; something like a question that only a 7-year-old could ask.

We believe in the power of a great idea – bringing kids and their hero athletes together on a national stage. But we also believe that a great idea is only as good as the ability to pull it off. While we develop our share of big ideas with activations that engage thousands of casual fans, moments like Panini’s only happen when we find the right fan for the brand. Increasing the likelihood that these moments will happen requires a more nuanced approach; one that focuses on quality over quantity. That is, promotions that are designed for those who are highly passionate and highly engaged.

Although the growth of paid influencers as ambassadors has merit, we believe finding true fans of the brand, the team or the league helps set the stage for authentic, share-worthy moments. teamDigital creates platforms for engaging the most qualified people – in this case, fans.

For a brand, there’s something powerful to be said for having the right fan in the right place, ready to make the most of a spontaneous moment. This year, we’re proud to have worked on behalf of our clients – NFL, Panini and Courtyard by Marriott — to find three moment-making, super fans each with their own unique experience. We focused on the fans, put their fandom to the test and made them prove it in unique ways. Then we got to know them and got them ready to take on the biggest event of the year. 

Expect more magical moments at Super Bowl LI. From the girl who embodies the mission of NFL PLAY 60 and will hand off the game ball on Super Bowl night, to the ultimate fan who will experience the ultimate sleepover at a Courtyard by Marriott suite inside NRG Stadium, to Panini Kid Reporter Joseph. Each of these fans exemplifies the spirit of the brands they represent.

The Super Bowl may just be the epitome of content creation and consumption: commercials, plays for the history books, and touching on-field celebrations are always staples of the big game. But marketers are interested in the moments that transcend. Like when a 7-year old raises his hand and asks the question of Super Bowl LI.

About the Author

Chris Harris is Managing Director at teamDigital Promotions. A 15+ year digital strategy and marketing veteran, Chris leads teamDigital’s agency strategy for clients which include sports teams, leagues and organizations; financial services; retail and CPG.

– This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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By Chris Harris, Managing Director, teamDigital Promotions, Inc.

When 7-year-old Joseph Perez asked Tom Brady at Super Bowl LI Opening Night, “who is your hero?” he probably wasn’t expecting the veteran quarterback to tear up in response. But in one of those moments that’s just too good to be scripted, that’s what happened.

There is probably nobody more excited about this moment than the folks on the Panini America Trading Cards brand team. Joseph is this year’s Panini Kid Reporter, a youth ambassador who will represent all young NFL fans at media events during Super Bowl week. We’ve all heard the adage “content is king,” but with his news-making question, Joseph affirms our belief that sometimes it’s not, moments are king.

We live with cluttered newsfeeds and more notifications than we can rightly manage. Every day, so much content is fighting for our attention that breaking through takes something extraordinary; something like a question that only a 7-year-old could ask.

We believe in the power of a great idea – bringing kids and their hero athletes together on a national stage. But we also believe that a great idea is only as good as the ability to pull it off. While we develop our share of big ideas with activations that engage thousands of casual fans, moments like Panini’s only happen when we find the right fan for the brand. Increasing the likelihood that these moments will happen requires a more nuanced approach; one that focuses on quality over quantity. That is, promotions that are designed for those who are highly passionate and highly engaged.

Although the growth of paid influencers as ambassadors has merit, we believe finding true fans of the brand, the team or the league helps set the stage for authentic, share-worthy moments. teamDigital creates platforms for engaging the most qualified people – in this case, fans.

For a brand, there’s something powerful to be said for having the right fan in the right place, ready to make the most of a spontaneous moment. This year, we’re proud to have worked on behalf of our clients – NFL, Panini and Courtyard by Marriott — to find three moment-making, super fans each with their own unique experience. We focused on the fans, put their fandom to the test and made them prove it in unique ways. Then we got to know them and got them ready to take on the biggest event of the year. 

Expect more magical moments at Super Bowl LI. From the girl who embodies the mission of NFL PLAY 60 and will hand off the game ball on Super Bowl night, to the ultimate fan who will experience the ultimate sleepover at a Courtyard by Marriott suite inside NRG Stadium, to Panini Kid Reporter Joseph. Each of these fans exemplifies the spirit of the brands they represent.

The Super Bowl may just be the epitome of content creation and consumption: commercials, plays for the history books, and touching on-field celebrations are always staples of the big game. But marketers are interested in the moments that transcend. Like when a 7-year old raises his hand and asks the question of Super Bowl LI.

About the Author

Chris Harris is Managing Director at teamDigital Promotions. A 15+ year digital strategy and marketing veteran, Chris leads teamDigital’s agency strategy for clients which include sports teams, leagues and organizations; financial services; retail and CPG.

– This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

Brit Supreme Court Throws Monkey Wrench in May’s Brexit Plan

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Brit Supreme Court Throws Monkey Wrench in May’s Brexit Plan

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The Labor Rights and Business Case for Factory Audits and Advising

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A worker holds part of a pair of trousers at PT Trisula Garmindo Manufacturing in Bandung, West Java province September 17, 2013. In PT Trisula International's hangar-sized factory outside the western Indonesian city of Bandung, hundreds of workers stitch together clothes for some of the world's top brands. Amid the clatter and hum of their machines are hopes for a renaissance that can restore Indonesia's place among Asia's big manufacturing economies, a status it lost in the mid-1990s. Picture taken September 17, 2013 (Reuters/Beawiharta).

Global trade and the supply chains that support it are undergoing a period of profound change. Supply chains face threats…

The post The Labor Rights and Business Case for Factory Audits and Advising appeared first on Development Channel.

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