New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez speaks at the hangar facility at Spaceport America, northeast of Truth Or Consequences, on October 17, 2011 in New Mexico. Sir Richard Branson was on hand to host guests and media at the Keys To A New Dawn event, for the dedication of Virgin Galactic's new home at Spaceport America, the world's first purpose-built commercial spaceport in southern New Mexico, where the Spaceport America Terminal Hangar Facility will serve as the operating hub for Virgin Galactic and is expected to house two WhiteKnightTwos and five SpaceShipTwos, in addition to all of Virgin's astronaut preparation facilities and mission control.
Chris Christie just picked up an amazing 2016 endorsement, albeit one that’s tucked in the middle of an article about how conservatives “recoil” at the thought of him being the GOP’s nominee. “I love his authenticity, I love who he is,” Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico told the New York Times, adding, “I will support Governor Christie in anything he decides to do in life.” There’s already speculation that Martinez might be Christie’s running mate (yes, the 2016 veepstakes is already underway), but she should probably hold off, just in case Christie tries to annex Delaware orsomething.
More than a month after Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance and nearly 2 years into term, Trump nominates a U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia: Retired Army General John Abizaid, a former commander of CENTCOM.
An important first for Harvard’s student newspaper
Kristine E. Guillaume ’20 will lead the newly elected 146th Guard of The Harvard Crimson, the organization’s President announced on Monday. Guillaume is the first black woman to serve as President of The Crimson in the paper’s 145-year history.
Guillaume, a joint African American Studies and History and Literature concentrator, is currently one of The Crimson’s Central Administration reporters. In that capacity, she interviewed two successive University Presidents — Drew G. Faust and Lawrence S. Bacow — and worked as part of the reporting team that covered Harvard’s 2018 presidential search.
amazon today announced that it had officially picked long island city and crystal city, VA as its two new corporate headquarters – thanks in part to generous corporate incentives, to the tune of $1.5 billion in new york’s case. overall, is this a good or bad idea for new york city?
First of all, it’s not $1.5 billion. It’s closer to $3 billion.
$1.5 billion is just the state portion. The city is providing large incentives, too.
an New York is overpaying
Google is building up a similar presence to this with no similar subsidy program. It’s not the 1970s, we don’t need to pay employers to come here. They want to be in New York.
it’s a bit more complicated than ‘good or bad,’ but I do think it will likely drive up rents and make both Queens and northern VA less affordable for people who already have trouble making ends meet
to Sarah’s point, development deals like this make a lot more sense in places that aren’t already crowded
if you do this in Cleveland, there’s a lot of homes available to house the new workers
it’s not going to drive up housing costs, and people who already live there end up better off because of ancillary job creation
whereas in New York, this tends to push up rents – both residential rents and office rents. it makes it more expensive for other companies to locate here, and more expensive for people to live here
do you think that this deal alone will drive up housing costs tremendously in queens? it seems like long island city was already on its way there – it’s one of the areas that’s seen the most high-end condo development in new york
I don’t know about “tremendously” but yes it will push rents upward
that was a trumpian turn of phrase on my part
LIC had already gentrified. but I do this will push people further out into Queens driving up rents in other neighborhoods in the process
LIC has been an area where you can get a new construction apartment similar to the ones going up in Manhattan at something like a 30% discount
that discount will drop
and surrounding neighborhoods – sunnyside, astoria etc – that are experiencing sharp rent hikes will see even sharper ones
I used to live in Sunnyside. The year I moved out – 2014 – my landlord was seeing an 8% annual increase
it’s already a hot market
I worry about what will happen to a neighborhood like Jackson Heights, which is where I lived when I moved here
it was affordable then but it was already beginning to gentrify
that said, there are some advantages to this for Queens
a main one is, it better balances the distribution of jobs and homes in the city
what the market really demands in neighborhoods like LIC is homes. People want to live there at a discount to Manhattan, and commute in
It’s been a tougher sell for office development
with a big employer going there, a lot of people will rent and buy those homes and walk to work. that takes some pressure off the subway
and some people will reverse commute from Manhattan out to Amazon – using subway trains that are below capacity, for a change
yeah, condos are more affordable for young families looking to buy. not just in LIC but in Sunnyside and Jackson Heights too
so if new york did overpay and this deal will do the opposite of what mayor bill de blasio says he wants in terms of rent and affordable housing – what would have been the proper strategy? ditch the incentives? actively discourage amazon from moving in?
most elected officials want big corporations with high-paying jobs to relocate to their areas, of course
I think the right strategy is to do nothing
Google is going to have a 20,000 person office in New York. That’s fine, more power to them. It’s good for the tax base. We shouldn’t try to stop google from doing that.
But we didn’t have to hand them $3 billion either
right – and I think what rubs a lot of people the wrong way is the process that led up to this, this dog and pony show with all the mayors and governors groveling at amazon’s feet
it feels unseemly
It is unseemly
but Amazon is cooler than Google
it has a better public image than Google
and so it’s in a better position to do it
yes. there was that survey about what institutions Americans trust most
Amazon was #1 for Democrats and #3 for Republicans
Even after Trump attacked it
it’s unseemly and now that we have it, it looks like Bill de Blasio is prioritizing Jeff Bezos’s helipad over the the city’s affordable housing problem
yeah, I don’t really get what de blasio gains here
he gets to call himself a job creator? but i don’t think that matters as much in NYC
he’s not revitalizing rural America
a decent chunk of the money generated from the development will go into projects BDB can cut ribbons in front of
Amazon will donate a site for a school
He will get to expand the (heavily subsidized) ferry service he’s so enamored of
I assume there will be some subway improvements in the court square area
He and Cuomo will get to take credit for tangible, physical things
And also, there is some sort of ego thing
New York officials feel like New York should be the leader with every industry
they want to rival silicon valley, even though it’s not obvious that should be our goal as a city
so, maybe they will be able to build a tech cluster around this and the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island
it’s a legacy item they can point to far after they leave office
yeah, I just think there’s potential for a major public backlash on this – hard to tell if that’s real, or just restricted to ocasio-cortez and lefty twitter
but I get the sense that nobody was really clamoring for this
there will be two kinds of backlash
there is the AOC lefty backlash
and there will be a more garden-variety traffic-and-crowds-and-noise backlash
some community groups in Queens are upset, so it’s not just high-profile leftists like AOC
though I would note, Queens homeowners are winners in this deal
their property values go up
I should note, the permanent Amazon HQ site is not quite in court square
it’s off on the waterfront, in what was a light industrial area
so that will mitigate the community backlash a little
it’s not right directly up in a lot of people’s apartments
I will say I’m a little skeptical of “there goes the neighborhood” talk in new york. I heard a lot of that in my area when the barclays center was being built – turns out it barely made a dent in anything.
it’s a place that can absorb a whole lot
is the crap amazon is getting for moving to two already thriving economies justified? should we be expecting corporations to act more benevolently when it comes to this kind of thing?
for moral reasons at least
no. as I wrote here: http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/11/why-amazon-chose-nyc-instead-of-a-place-that-needs-it-more.html
we can’t expect companies to take in as stakeholders people who have no prior relationship at all to the company
Amazon has no obligation to Cleveland
yes we can. again, in a moral sense
it’s not a charity. they think they can do their business best here. if the government wants to channel corporate energy into something else, it can do that under its own power – through tax or regulation or whatever.
but we are talking about a company that forced british warehouse workers to piss in bottles because they weren’t allowed bathroom breaks
businesses are not going to be any good at deciding how their economic development energies can be best allocated to the greatest use for a country
they have neither the right information nor the right incentives
that’s a function of government
Republicans could claw back a House seat that was thought to be lost
#UT04 update: Salt Lake County gives Ben McAdams (D) 5,059 new votes, Rep. Mia Love (R) 4,722. McAdams’s overall lead stands at 1,357, but the latest batches have skewed slightly more R than the initial, making this a nail biter.
Juul Labs Inc, the U.S. market leader for electronic cigarettes, said Tuesday it will pull popular flavors such as mango, cucumber and fruit from retail store shelves in an effort to reduce surging teenage use of its products.
The move comes as Juul and other e-cigarette makers have faced heightened scrutiny from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amid a sharp increase in high school use of the devices, which look like a USB flash drive and vaporize a flavored liquid containing nicotine.
In a statement on Tuesday, Juul Chief Executive Kevin Burns said the company wants to be “the off-ramp for adult smokers to switch from cigarettes, not an on-ramp for America’s youth to initiate on nicotine.”
Has Trump been out of view in recent days because he’s sulking?
For weeks this fall, an ebullient President Trump traveled relentlessly to hold raise-the-rafters campaign rallies — sometimes three a day — in states where his presence was likely to help Republicans on the ballot.
But his mood apparently has changed as he has taken measure of the electoral backlash that voters delivered Nov. 6. With the certainty that the incoming Democratic House majority will go after his tax returns and investigate his actions, and the likelihood of additional indictments by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, Trump has retreated into a cocoon of bitterness and resentment, according to multiple administration sources.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday announced plans to place more stringent restrictions on pollution from heavy-duty trucks, in a move that won the Trump administration rare praise from environmental groups.
Nearly two decades have passed since the EPA last updated its standards for emissions of nitrogen oxide, or NOx, that govern the nation’s heavy-duty trucking fleet. Two years ago, 20 state and local air regulators, backed by public health groups, petitioned the agency to revamp its regulations of NOx, citing adverse health impacts and harmful effects on air quality.
A potential headache for Bernie Sanders dissipates
A top adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders said Tuesday that the Vermont independent’s wife, Jane Sanders, has been recently told by the US attorney in Vermont that they have closed an investigation into a land deal involving Burlington College during Jane Sanders’ presidency.
No charges will be brought, Jeff Weaver, who ran Bernie Sanders’$2 2016 presidential campaign and is authorized to speak on Jane Sanders’ behalf, told CNN. The US Attorney’s Office in Vermont declined to comment, telling CNN it did not comment on investigations. A message left with the senator’s office was not immediately returned Tuesday.
Just asked the First Lady’s office about deputy national security advisor Mira Ricardel : “It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House,” Stephanie Grisham The First Lady’s communication director to @ABC
A climate writer takes issue with some Dems’ climate-change tactics in Twitter thread
1. I can’t say I really understand the @sunrisemvmt climate protest outside of Pelosi’s office. Admittedly, I’m not a Youth, so perhaps I just don’t Get It, but I cannot reconstruct the strategic logic. A short thread, after which you may all yell at me.
Kelly has also gotten on the wrong side of first lady Melania Trump over staffing issues and travel requests. Some of the disputes with the East Wing have escalated to the president, the seven people familiar with the clashes said.
“There have been instances where the East Wing staff were not treated as equals to the male-dominated decision makers in Chief Kelly’s office,” one White House official said. “Promotions were denied then finally granted after months of requests,” the official said.
The next guest star in the Trump-Russia drama: mysterious professor Joseph Mifsud
A lawyer closely associated with Joseph Mifsud claims that the Maltese professor, who allegedly delivered word of Hillary Clinton’s stolen emails to Donald Trump’s campaign, is willing to testify to the US Senate.
Mifsud disappeared after he was identified as the unnamed professor alleged by FBI investigators in court documents unsealed in October 2017 to have told Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos that the Russians had “dirt” on Clinton in the form of thousands of emails, months before the Democrats themselves were aware that their computer system had been hacked.
He has not been seen in public since November that year. His former girlfriend in Ukraine says he disappeared, prosecutors in Italy investigating a decade-old case couldn’t locate him, and US investigators have complained they weren’t able to interrogate the professor thoroughly when he was last in the US in February 2017. Democratic National Committee lawyers even suggested he may be dead.
Solid logic: If North Korea is pulling the wool over Trump’s eyes, Trump will be the first to let us know
The story in the New York Times concerning North Korea developing missile bases is inaccurate. We fully know about the sites being discussed, nothing new - and nothing happening out of the normal. Just more Fake News. I will be the first to let you know if things go bad!
The self-driving revolution might be sexier than imagined
Self-driving cars will change the way we travel and work. But according to researchers studying the potential implications of autonomous vehicles (AVs), they could also have a profound impact on another aspect of life: How we have sex.
One recent study concluded that nearly 60% of all Americans have had sex in a car. This time-worn tradition may only increase when you consider that self-driving cars are essentially private rooms on wheels. It’s an insight that comes from a new paper published in the Annals of Tourism Research, which reviewed many studies on both cities and autonomous vehicles to identify burgeoning trends.
WSJ: Trump will fire Nielsen, may replace Kelly with Pence’s chief of staff
The first domino in the latest shake-up is likely to be the removal of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who is a close ally of Mr. Kelly, White House officials said. The president has decided to replace Ms. Nielsen, but hasn’t finalized the timing, White House officials said, in part because there isn’t an obvious candidate to replace her, officials said. Changes are also being contemplated for the National Security Council.
Mr. Trump has told aides that he is aware that forcing out Ms. Nielsen may result in Mr. Kelly quitting, administration officials said. Mr. Trump has told these aides that he is resigned to the possibility of Mr. Kelly leaving, and that he probably will replace Mr. Kelly with Nick Ayers, who is currently chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence.
Federal judge’s ruling may swing close congressional election
Voting rights folks just scored another big court victory in Georgia this morning: Gwinnett County can’t reject absentee ballots just because the year of birth was filled out wrong on the ballot envelope. Watch the Woodall-Bourdeaux race (GA-07) closely…