Herman Cain Says He Isn’t Withdrawing from Consideration for the Fed


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Despite the controversy surrounding Herman Cain over his potential nomination to the Federal Reserve Board, the former businessman and 2012 nominee says he isn’t going anywhere. Cain spoke to the Wall Street Journal today and said he’s staying in it:
Mr. Cain said the last time they spoke, Mr. Kudlow encouraged him to hang in there—though he couldn’t specify when exactly that was. “What Kudlow was doing was giving me an out, and I appreciate that, but I don’t want an out. I don’t want an out,” Mr. Cain said, adding that he doesn’t think the White House is getting cold feet about his potential nomination. “You know that the president is a fighter, and Kudlow is a fighter. They might be getting a lot of blowback from some folks, I don’t know. But I don’t think they’re getting uncomfortable with it.”
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Ivanka Trump: ‘No Cause to Be Concerned’ About Mueller Report


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White House senior advisor and First Daughter Ivanka Trump says she’s not worried about what the Mueller report reveals. “I never expressed concern,” she said. “I never talked about the investigation except when asked, and I was fortunate to have knowledge of the fact that I knew there was no collusion. I knew that there was no obstruction. And this was affirmed in the Mueller report and Attorney General Barr’s subsequent summary.” Bill Barr‘s summary said that Robert Mueller did not find evidence of any Trump-Russia conspiracy, but said the special counsel did not decide on obstruction. Barr concluded he did not think there was obstruction. Ivanka Trump again said to the AP she has “no cause to be concerned.” You can watch above, via the Associated Press. [image via screengrab]

‘Don’t Buy a 5G Smartphone’


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This piece by Ron Amadeo at Ars Technica was published in December, but I think accurately captures the state of 5G for 2019:
For 5G mmWave in 2019, we’re going to get thicker, hotter, more complicated phones that use more energy and cost more money. With no commercial devices to look at, the exact extent of all of these downgrades is still up in the air, but it’s undeniable that first-gen 5G hardware is going to be inferior to more mature 4G designs. With 5G networks only in their infancy and a supposed $200-$300 premium for 5G-compatible phones, this really doesn’t seem worth it for consumers.
Amadeo’s illustration showing how many extra chips a 5G phone needs today is a real eye opener. Qualcomm is motivated to move things forward as fast as they can, but this makes me think we might not see good 5G phones until 2021.

Ben Rhodes Hits Trump Admin for Ending Relations Between MLB and Cuba: Who Is Against More Cubans In the Major Leagues?


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Ben Rhodes, a former Deputy National Security Advisor under President Barack Obama, criticized President Donald Trump’s administration’s approach to Cuba on Wednesday. “Another recent change was them invalidating the Major League Baseball contract involving players and their ability to earn money and play here without defecting. [Secretary of State] Pompeo said today that your administration was playing footsie with the Castro regime which, of course, has now been succeeded,” MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell said. “Well, we were ending an approach that had failed for 60 years, Andrea. This is the definition of insanity. You followed Cuba for a long time. Was the embargo working in promoting any kind of change in Cuba? No,” Rhodes replied. “The American people and the Cuban people overwhelmingly supported what we were trying to do: To open up more travel, to open up more space for business. Who is against more Cubans playing in the Continue reading "Ben Rhodes Hits Trump Admin for Ending Relations Between MLB and Cuba: Who Is Against More Cubans In the Major Leagues?"

Carl’s Jr. makes a hemp burger and Andy Capp’s gets the munchies: Marketer’s Brief


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Welcome to the latest edition of Marketer's Brief, a quick take on marketing news, moves and trends from Ad Age's reporters and editors. Send tips/suggestions to eschultz@adage.com.

Maybe McDonald’s just isn’t meant to be fancy. Below, find out how the fast-feeder is cutting back on premium burger toppings. We also revisit Oreo’s famous “you can still dunk in the dark” tweet, as a former Mondelez executive this week suggests it wasn’t worth the hype. “Sorry to have wasted your time,” he says. Now he tells us? But first, 4/20 is three days away, which means marketing is about to go to pot.

4/20 munchies
Just like cannabis, the unofficial holiday celebrating it has gone mainstream. Get ready for a lot of 4/20 pot tweets from brands trying to look hip. But how edgy is it, really, now that cannabis is legal in multiple states? Even a couple of food brands Continue reading "Carl’s Jr. makes a hemp burger and Andy Capp’s gets the munchies: Marketer’s Brief"

Ex-Obama Campaign Manager: Bernie Can’t Beat Trump


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The manager of the last winning Democratic Presidential campaign believes Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) cannot win the next one. In an interview on ABC’s Powerhouse Politics, Jim Messina — who served as former President Barack Obama‘s campaign manager in 2012 — completely wrote off the chances of the Vermont senator. “Can Bernie Sanders beat [President] Donald Trump?” Host Jonathan Karl asked. “No,” Messina replied. Messina elaborated. “I think if you look at swing voters in this country they are incredibly focused on the economy,” Messina said. He added, “The winner of the economic argument in the last five Presidential elections with swing voters has won the presidency. I think today you look at it and say that Bernie Sanders is unlikely going to be able to stand up to the constant barrage that is Donald Trump on economic issues.” Despite dismissing his chances in the general Continue reading "Ex-Obama Campaign Manager: Bernie Can’t Beat Trump"

White House Reporter: Sources Say Trump Plans to Personally Donate to Rebuild Notre Dame


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A member of the White House press corps says there’s a good probability President Donald Trump will make a personal contribution to Notre Dame’s reconstruction. Ever since Notre Dame was nearly destroyed in a fire earlier this week, international pledges have come pouring in as philanthropists and organizations promised to donate to the cathedral’s rebuilding. According to Newsmax’s John Gizzi, Trump is “very likely” to join in this endeavor. The news comes hours after Trump tweeted that he spoke to Pope Francis and French President Emmanuel Macron. He said he used this call to offer sympathies for the cathedral while offering assistance in its restoration.

Alice Tonge leaves 4Creative; DDB SF gets a new president


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Head of 4Creative Alice Tonge is stepping down after 15 years at the in-house creative agency for Channel 4, the British TV station. She will leave the organization this summer. No decision has been made yet about a successor. Tonge joined 4Creative in 2005 after a three-day freelance assignment turned into a permanent job and became the agency’s first female creative lead in 2017. She is best known for “We’re the Superhumans,” Channel 4’s spot promoting its broadcast of the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics, which won a Cannes Lions Film Grand Prix and two black D&AD pencils.

DDB hired John McCarthy as president of its San Francisco office. Throughout his career, he has worked with brands including Google, Coca-Cola, Nike, PlayStation, Goldman Sachs, GE, Chanel, State Farm, Home Depot and the United Nations. He joins from YML, where he was senior VP of strategy, and was general manager Continue reading "Alice Tonge leaves 4Creative; DDB SF gets a new president"

Maria Bartiromo Lashes Out at Guest Over Bernie’s Tax Proposal: ‘Who is Not Paying Their Fair Share!?’


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Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo lashed out at Fox News contributor Richard Fowler this morning after he defended Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders‘ tax plan and suggested the wealthy in America should be required to pay more in taxes. “I think what [Sanders is] saying is everyone should pay their fair share,” Fowler argued. “Who’s not paying their fair share?!” erupted Bartiromo after the guest’s remark. “Just tell me who’s not paying! This is such a talking point that bothers me!” “The top 10 percent pay 70 percent of taxes,” she added, to which he said he’s referring to “folks who don’t pay their fair share,” like those earn their income from capital gains. Bartiromo claimed Fowler is putting “apples together with oranges” by tying income to capital gains and defended capital gains as a good way “to encourage people to invest for the long term.” Continue reading "Maria Bartiromo Lashes Out at Guest Over Bernie’s Tax Proposal: ‘Who is Not Paying Their Fair Share!?’"

Scientists Revive Cells in Dead Pigs’ Brains and Everyone Has Questions


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Let’s take a brief break from the insanity of the news cycle for some remarkable news from the world of science. Multiple reports this afternoon have revealed that scientists were able to restore some functions in the brains of dead pigs. Seriously:
The brains did not regain anything resembling consciousness: There were no signs indicating coordinated electrical signaling, necessary for higher functions like awareness and intelligence. But in an experimental treatment, blood vessels in the pigs’ brains began functioning, flowing with a blood substitute, and certain brain cells regained metabolic activity, even responding to drugs. When the researchers tested slices of treated brain tissue, they discovered electrical activity in some neurons.
It’s the kind of research that certainly makes you think about the implications––both good and bad––and everyone has questions.

Galaxy Fold Doesn’t Fold So Good


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Dieter Bohn’s review unit broke after just two days:
It’s a distressing thing to discover just two days after receiving my review unit. More distressing is that the bulge eventually pressed sharply enough into the screen to break it. You can see the telltale lines of a broken OLED converging on the spot where the bulge is.
Seems like a widespread problem. Steve Kovach’s unit broke after one day, and so did Mark Gurman’s. Gurman says it comes with a screen protector that he peeled off but apparently wasn’t supposed to. Looks like the sort of thing you’re supposed to peel off. Marques Brownlee peeled his off too and the screen broke. Now I’m starting to wonder if anyone’s review unit has not broken. The Galaxy Fold didn’t look like a real product when Samsung announced it, and it looks less like a real product now that it’s in Continue reading "Galaxy Fold Doesn’t Fold So Good"

Twitter Celebrates/Dreads News Prosecutors Plan to Release Video of Robert Kraft at Spa


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The Twitterverse has a lot to say about the emerging news that federal prosecutors intend to release the footage they have from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft‘s prostitution scandal. New court documents say that prosecutors plan on showing their video evidence of Kraft and other men paying for and receiving sexual services at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa. Kraft’s attorneys have filed an emergency motion to block the release, calling it “pornography” that is of no public interest and will “destroy” Kraft’s chances of receiving a fair trial for the charges against him. Now, the idea that officials are about to release something so salacious to make their case against Kraft was bound to catch fire online. Indeed, it already has. Some people have expressed a degree of curiosity for what the videos will show:

Ivanka: Trump Asked Me to Head Up the World Bank


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Ivanka Trump claims her father offered her the job of World Bank chief — but she turned it down. In an interview with the Associated Press, Ivanka says that President Donald Trump came to her before settling on David Malpass for the position. “He did,” Ivanka said — when asked if the President offered her the job. Asked to describe the nature of her father’s pitch, Ivanka replied, “It was a question.” “I’m very happy doing the work that I’m doing.” Part of that work, as White House senior advisor, was helping to select Malpass — in concert with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “We had a strong preference,” she said. “David Malpass was unanimously confirmed and is going to do an unbelievable job. The First Daughter suggested that the World Bank gig may not have been the only position that the President has offered. When asked whether Continue reading "Ivanka: Trump Asked Me to Head Up the World Bank"

Beto O’Rourke Whiffs When Students Ask For Specifics on Protecting Abortion Rights, Equal Rights Amendment


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Former Texas Congressman and current Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke was asked for specifics on protecting abortion rights and his support for the Equal Rights Amendment, and while he said a lot of words in response, came up empty on the specifics. During a town hall event at The University of Virginia in Charlottesville Tuesday night, a student named AnnMarie asked O’Rourke for specific legislative solutions to state laws outlawing abortions as early as 5 or 6 weeks into pregnancy. “I believe there are now six states where it is illegal to get an abortion after a heartbeat is detected, which most women don’t even know they’re pregnant by that time,” she said, and asked “what your plans are to address that in a way that will actually result in legislation, or some form of action, so that that’s not an issue women will face?” O’Rourke replied by repeatedly Continue reading "Beto O’Rourke Whiffs When Students Ask For Specifics on Protecting Abortion Rights, Equal Rights Amendment"

Beto O’Rourke Whiffs When Students Ask For Specifics on Protecting Abortion Rights, Equal Rights Amendment


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Former Texas Congressman and current Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke was asked for specifics on protecting abortion rights and his support for the Equal Rights Amendment, and while he said a lot of words in response, came up empty on the specifics. During a town hall event at The University of Virginia in Charlottesville Tuesday night, a student named AnnMarie asked O’Rourke for specific legislative solutions to state laws outlawing abortions as early as 5 or 6 weeks into pregnancy. “I believe there are now six states where it is illegal to get an abortion after a heartbeat is detected, which most women don’t even know they’re pregnant by that time,” she said, and asked “what your plans are to address that in a way that will actually result in legislation, or some form of action, so that that’s not an issue women will face?” O’Rourke replied by repeatedly Continue reading "Beto O’Rourke Whiffs When Students Ask For Specifics on Protecting Abortion Rights, Equal Rights Amendment"

Al Jazeera Host Calls Out Fox News For Airing Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘Racist Bullsh*t Propaganda’


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Al Jazeera Host Mehdi Hasan is literally calling bullshit on the booking of irresponsible conspiracy promoter Dinesh D’Souza on Laura Ingraham’s prime time Fox News programming Tuesday night. D’Souza was booked to ostensibly argue about the recent controversial remarks made by Rep. Ilhan Omar in which she referred to the events of 9/11 as “some people did something” which was quickly called out by conservative critics. D’Souza said that a reasonable person “would not be able to tell if [Rep. Ilhan Omar] was on the side of the victims of 9/11 or the perpetrators.”  This segment was tweeted out last night and responded to in kind by Hasan: Worth noting D’Souza was on Fox News airwaves just a day after he retweeted a claim Continue reading "Al Jazeera Host Calls Out Fox News For Airing Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘Racist Bullsh*t Propaganda’"