Politics: House Democratic leadership is dominated by coastal states, has a 'geographic diversity" problem

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 07: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds a news conference following the 2018 midterm elections at the Capitol Building on November 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. Republicans kept the Senate majority but lost control of the House to the Democrats. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

"Rural America can be represented in [Democratic] leadership," Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos tells INSIDER.

  • There are no Midwestern Democrats in the House leadership, which has been frustrating to some Democrats.
  • An overwhelming majority of the Democrats running for leadership positions in the House are from coastal states.
  • Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos tells INSIDER, "I think it’s critical that we send a message to Democrats all over this country that we’re not leaving behind any group, any region, that rural America can be represented in our leadership."

WASHINGTON — In the House Democratic leadership, which is in the process of transitioning into the majority after making considerable gains in the midterm elections, a lack of representation of lawmakers from Midwestern states has been a particular point of contention among Democrats from America's heartland.

Every leadership candidate from speaker of the House on down to the Democratic Caucus chair is from a state on the coasts, except for two: New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján, who is vying for assistant majority leader, and Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos, who is running to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the 2020 cycle.

Read more: Democrats say that if they want to take back control of Congress, their candidates need to be able to break with the base

In addition, two Democrats — Reps. Debbie Dingell of Michigan and Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania — are running for spots on the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.

In announcing her bid, Dingell wrote to her Democratic colleagues that "it is very important that the Heartland be one of the perspectives represented by one of the three co-chairs."

Acknowledging the lack of Midwestern representation from Democrats, Bustos told INSIDER, "I think it’s critical that we send a message to Democrats all over this country that we’re not leaving behind any group, any region, that rural America can be represented in our leadership."

"I think the leadership team matters," she added. "I know the focus is everybody gets asked about the speaker’s race, but the leadership team matters in all sorts of ways. And one of those is geographic diversity."

And other Democrats from Midwestern states have acknowledged the lack of Midwestern representation has become a sticking point for them.

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for the speakership in the aftermath of Donald Trump's ascension to the presidency, told INSIDER Tuesday evening that bringing on more Midwesterners is "absolutely" a priority, but that for any recruitment, he is still "working on it."

Multiple Democratic aides for Midwestern lawmakers lamented their absence from the leadership team and characterized it as "highly frustrating."

The prospect of Midwestern Democrats jumping in for leadership races is dim

But the prospect of others jumping into the Democratic leadership races is unlikely. Bustos said some members "have to feel like they’re ready and want to move up in leadership."

"I would say if I’m elected to [DCCC chair] it is my job to make sure that there are other people who come from the center part of our country that we are nurturing and mentoring so people are ready," she added.

One Democratic aide said one possible scenario to enable more new faces entering into various leadership bids would be if Pelosi can't muster the votes for speaker, but that would result in "a scramble at the top."

Pelosi has remained confident she can win back the speaker's gavel that has eluded her for the past eight years, despite a small but strong faction of Democrats who want new leadership.

Anti-Pelosi Democrats like Reps. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and Filomen Vela of Texas have reiterated they "100 percent" have enough votes to block Pelosi from becoming speaker, CNN reported.

While Moulton said, "We are trying to do the right thing for the party by solving this ahead of time," their contingent of lawmakers is still trying to gather enough signatures for a letter showing large opposition to Pelosi within the caucus.

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Politics: Justice Department defends revoking CNN reporter's press credentials: 'No reporter has a First Amendment right to enter the White House'

CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta.

The Department of Justice has defended its right to revoke CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta's "hard pass" press credentials.

  • The Department of Justice has defended its right to revoke CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta's press credentials.
  • The White House revoked Acosta's credentials on November 7 following a heated exchange with President Donald Trump during a press conference.
  • CNN has since filed a First Amendment lawsuit against the Trump administration.
  • But the DOJ says it has the right to bar anyone from the press room: "No journalist has a First Amendment right to enter the White House."

The Department of Justice has defended its right to revoke CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta's press credentials after CNN filed a First Amendment lawsuit against the Trump administration in an attempt to win back his press pass.

On Tuesday, CNN released a statement condemning the administration's revocation of Acosta's press pass as a violation of "Acosta's First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process."

"If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials," the network said in a statement.

Now, lawyers for the DOJ have responded to the complaint in a 28-page filing saying that "no journalist has a First Amendment right to enter the White House."

The lawyers continued: "The president is generally free to open the White House doors to political allies, in the hopes of furthering a particular agenda, and he is equally free to invite in only political foes, in the hopes of convincing them of his position. The First Amendment simply does not regulate these decisions."

Additionally, in the filing, the lawyers argued that CNN's case does not hold up to the standard of due process because "the lack of a hard pass does not prevent Mr. Acosta — much less CNN— from reporting on the White House."

"That revocation was premised on stated reasons that are viewpoint- and content-neutral and are evident from the video of the November 7 press conference," the filing said.

Read more: Kellyanne Conway says the edited Jim Acosta mic-grab video is 'not altered' but 'sped up', which is fine because 'they do it all the time in sports'

Fox News is supporting CNN in its lawsuit

In what is considered a surprising move, Fox News has given its support to CNN in its lawsuit. In a statement, Fox News president Jay Wallace that the company plans to file an amicus brief, which is also known as a friend-of-the-court brief, with the US District Court in support of CNN.

"FOX News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter's press credential," Wallace said in his statement. "While we don't condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access, and open exchanges for the American people."

In a statement Wednesday morning, CNN thanked Fox News for its support.

The contention over Acosta's press pass began after a heated exchange between Acosta and President Donald Trump at a November 7 press conference.

After arguing about Acosta's question on the migrant caravan traveling to the US, Trump called Acosta a "rude, terrible person."

Ultimately, a White House intern tried to grab the microphone from Acosta's hand, but he twisted away from her and held on.

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Finance: Apple slides into a bear market — now down 20% from its all-time high

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Apple shares slid into a bear market on Wednesday, down 20% from their October peak. The tech giant's valuation peaked at $1.12 trillion in October.

Apple slid into a bear market Wednesday, down 20% from its October peak.

The tech giant in August became the first US company with a $1 trillion valuation. It saw its market value top out at $1.12 trillion in early October, before a stock-market sell-off ravaged the tech sector. Apple was not immune.

In November, Apple reported underwhelming iPhone sales and said that its holiday quarter will be on the low end of expectations. It also said that it would stop reporting unit sales for iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

But that was just the start of the recent worries for Apple shareholders. Earlier this week, a handful of Apple suppliers cut their outlooks, suggesting weaker smartphone demand ahead.

On Monday, Lumentum, the main supplier of the Face ID technology in Apple's latest generation of iPhones, cut its outlook after one of its biggest customers reduced its shipment request. Then, On Tuesday, Qorvo, iPhone radio-frequency chip supplier lowered its guidance due to a drop in demand for flagship smartphones. A handful of other iPhone suppliers, such as screen maker Japan Display and British chipmaker IQE Plc, also slashed their forecasts this week. None of the companies specifically named Apple as the culprit.

And analysts up and down Wall Street have been downgrading the stock and cutting their price targets in response to the recent developments.

"We see growing risk of even softer iPhone unit demand, with downside in China, India and other emerging markets, where Apple may need to start considering lower price points," Guggenheim analyst Mark Cihra said in a note sent out to clients on Wednesday. He downgraded Apple to "neutral" and removed his prior $245 price target.

That followed similar comments out Tuesday from Goldman Sachs, which noted "end demand for new iPhone models is deteriorating."

Apple was up 13.6% this year through Tuesday.

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Lifestyle: Arie Luyendyk and Lauren Burnham are expecting their first child: here's what every other couple from 'The Bachelor' universe is up to

Arie Luyendyk proposing to Lauren Burnham.

"The Bachelor" has multiple spin-offs, like "The Bachelorette" and "Bachelor in Paradise." Here's every couple that's still making it work off-screen.

"The Bachelor" premiered in March 2002, changing the landscape of reality TV forever. Over the past 16 years, there have been 22 seasons of "The Bachelor," 14 seasons of "The Bachelorette," five seasons of "Bachelor in Paradise," three seasons of "Bachelor Pad," and one season of "The Bachelor Winter Games." That's a lot of potential relationships.

With the premiere of "Bachelor in Paradise" looming, we've rounded up every single couple that's currently together as a result of "The Bachelor" franchise. That includes "Paradise," "Bachelor Pad," and even couples that never shared any screen time, but met through their "Bachelor" connection.

Keep scrolling to see them all.

Kevin Wendt and Astrid Loch broke up on the penultimate episode of the most recent season of "Bachelor in Paradise," but got back together at the reunion — and they've been going strong since.

Known affectionately by their fellow "Paradise" contestants as "Mom and Dad," the world was shocked when the most solid couple of the season broke up on the last day of "Paradise." Wendt, straight off a stint on "Bachelor Winter Games," copped to still being affected by his split from ex-girlfriend Ashley Iaconetti (who appears elsewhere on this list). Loch, from Nick Viall's season of "The Bachelor," was blindsided.

Thankfully, the two reunited during the reunion episode, and have been giving us relationship envy ever since. Loch revealed in October that she plans on moving up north to Toronto (Wendt's hometown) at some point in 2019.

Breakout star of Becca's season, "Grocery Store Joe" Amabile, found love early on in "Bachelor in Paradise" with Kendall Long from Arie Luyendyk's season. After breaking up at the end of BIP, they revealed at the reunion that they are back together.

"Grocery Store Joe" and Long are two of the most popular members of Bachelor Nation in recent history — everyone was heartbroken when they broke up at the end of "Paradise." Long revealed to Chris Harrison that she flew to Chicago (Amabile's hometown) after they returned home from Mexico — naturally it was filmed — but their relationship status was unclear.

Thankfully, Amabile cleared everything up at the reunion taping: they are very much in love, and doing the long-distance thing. But Harrison, the fairy godfather of "Bachelor" land, told Amabile he could help with that, and offered him a spot on the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars," which films in Los Angeles, where Long lives — and he made it pretty far into the competition.

Two former "Bachelor" villains, Chris "Goose" Randone and Krystal Nielson, got engaged at the end of the most recent season of "Bachelor in Paradise."

After both spectacularly melted down in their respective seasons, Randone and Nielson found love on the beach in Mexico. After a few bumps in the road (relationships with Tia Booth, Kenny King, Kevin Wendt, and Connor Obrochta), these two got engaged during the season finale of "Paradise."

They've since moved in together in San Diego, and Randone recently shared that he's passed the most important test of all — meeting Nielson's dogs.

Clay Harbor of Becca Kufrin's season just revealed on Instagram that he's currently dating Angela Amezcua, who was recently eliminated from "Bachelor in Paradise."

People were disappointed when Harbor revealed that he wouldn't be appearing on "Paradise." The fan favorite left "The Bachelorette" due to a group date-related wrist injury, breaking Kufrin's, and viewers', heart(s).

But fear not! At some point after leaving "Paradise," Amezcua, who was eliminated on night one of Nick Viall's season, met Harbor in the real world — they were potentially introduced by fellow Bachelor Nation alum Chris Randone (aka Goose) — and began dating. Harbor announced their relationship in an adorable Instagram, captioned "What do the kids call it? Woman crush Wednesday? Welp here’s mine."

Garrett Yrigoyen successfully proposed to Becca Kufrin at the end of the most recent season of "The Bachelorette."

After a heart-wrenching breakup with Blake Horstmann, Kufrin accepted Yrigoyen's proposal. The two have been making the rounds on "Jimmy Kimmel" and "Good Morning America," and look very happy.

Yrigoyen has been in some hot water since the season began, due to some controversial Instagram likes that the Huffington Post first reported on, but Kufrin has said that "it made us stronger in the long run," and that she doesn't condone the posts he was double-tapping.

Arie Luyendyk and Lauren Burnham got engaged on the "After the Final Rose" special, after Luyendyk shocked the world by dumping his fiancée (now-Bachelorette) Becca Kufrin on live television. They're now expecting their first child.

Luyendyk first appeared on the eighth season of "The Bachelorette" in 2012, competing for the love of Emily Maynard. He eventually became the runner-up.

In 2017, ABC made the surprising move to bring him back for the 22nd season of "The Bachelor," where viewers watched him propose to Kufrin.

Sometime after the proposal, Luyendyk decided he had made a mistake, and contacted Burnham, the runner-up from his season, before breaking up with Kufrin while the cameras were rolling, making for a controversial moment in Bachelor Nation's history.

Luyendyk and Burnham began their relationship anew, and he proposed to her on the live "After the Final Rose" special, which aired after the finale.

In November 2018, the couple announced some happy news — they're expecting a baby in June 2019! Baby Luyendyk, of course, already has an Instagram account. The parents-to-be are also in the midst of planning their January 2019 wedding in Hawaii.

Raven Gates and Adam Gottschalk found love on season four of "Bachelor in Paradise." They currently live together in Dallas.

Gates quickly became a fan favorite while she was a contestant on Nick Viall's season of "The Bachelor" in 2017. After finishing in second place, she made her way to Mexico for "Bachelor in Paradise," where she met Gottschalk, who had been a contestant on Rachel Lindsay's season of "The Bachelorette." His claim to fame? An unsettling mannequin he carried around named Adam Junior.

But all thoughts of Adam Junior were pushed aside once these two fell in love — and now they're the only couple left from their season of "Paradise," since Taylor Nolan and Derek Peth broke up.

Gates melted our hearts when she captioned a photo of the two, "Adam is my favorite person. I'm thankful he is the man he is. He sets an example for how every man should treat a woman."

Rachel Lindsay shocked fans when she chose Bryan Abasolo as her winner, but they're still engaged a year later.

Lindsay made history for being the first black Bachelorette after she came in third on Nick Viall's season of "The Bachelor."

After her devastating break-up with Peter Kraus, fans were a bit dubious when she immediately said yes to Abasolo's proposal — he wasn't exactly loved by fans.

But these two have made it work. They live together in Dallas, Texas, and, in Lindsay's own words are "living their best lives." While they haven't announced plans for a wedding anytime soon, Lindsay told Us Weekly that she "could elope with Bryan tomorrow."

Evan Bass basically wore Carly Waddell down until she gave him a chance on "Bachelor in Paradise" — and now they're happily married with a baby.

Bass, who appeared on JoJo Fletcher's season of "The Bachelorette," had a huge crush on Waddell, from Chris Soules' season of "The Bachelor," for most of their season of "Bachelor in Paradise" in 2016.

She maintained that she didn't have feelings for him until he wore her down and they fell in love. Bass proposed to Waddell at the end of the season.

A year later, their wedding was broadcast during the controversial season four of "Bachelor in Paradise," attended by all of your fave Bachelor Nation alumni.

Their daughter Isabella was born in February 2018. Isabella is their first child together, and Waddell's first — Bass has three sons from a previous relationship.

Jordan Rodgers proposed to JoJo Fletcher during season 12 of "The Bachelorette." They're still engaged and live in Dallas, Texas.

After Fletcher sent Robby Hayes packing, she accepted a proposal from Rodgers, who had been the obvious frontrunner for the entire season of the 2016 "The Bachelorette."

The duo is still together, and remain engaged, though they're not in a rush to get married. Fletcher told Us Weekly, "When we first got engaged, I was like, 'We’re getting married next year and I'm gonna have a diamond. I'm gonna have babies in two or three years.' Who knows? Life is so unpredictable and we’ll take it one day at a time. We'll get there when we get there."

The couple announced a web series starring the two of them, "Engaged with JoJo and Jordan," in September 2018. They promised fans that they were "about to get the real reality of our love story."

Jared Haibon and Ashley Iaconetti's love story began in 2015 — they revealed their engagement in June 2018 after years of back and forth.

Haibon and Iaconetti competed on Kaitlyn Bristowe and Chris Soules' seasons of "The Bachelorette" and "The Bachelor" respectively, and met during the second season of "Bachelor in Paradise" in 2015. Iaconetti was smitten… Haibon not so much.

The timeline of their relationship is tricky, so they released a 45-minute video on Iaconetti's YouTube channel explaining how they fell in love. Essentially, Haibon realized he had to make his move once Iaconetti returned from "Bachelor Winter Games" with a boyfriend (Kevin Wendt).

Their relationship was made public in May 2018, and Haibon proposed just a few weeks later. Their engagement was shown on the most recent season of "Bachelor in Paradise."

Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert met on "Bachelor in Paradise" in 2015, and got married eight months later. They welcomed their daughter Emerson in August 2017.

"Janner," as they're known, are the gold standard for "Bachelor in Paradise" couples. They were the first to get engaged and actually get married — there had been a few false starts with other couples — and have been making it work ever since. They have had their struggles though, which were shown on their season of "Marriage Boot Camp." However, they worked through their issues and came out stronger.

Their first daughter Emerson was born in August 2017, and, according to Roper, they're already trying for another.

"We're kind of low-key trying for another baby," Roper told People in April 2018, "We want our kids to be close in age so they're close siblings, and I'm not getting any younger."

Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici remain the sole "Bachelor" couple to get married. They welcomed their second son in May 2018.

Sean Lowe is the only "Bachelor" (season 17, in 2013) that has stayed with the winner of his season (both Jason Mesnick and Arie Luyendyk returned to their runner-ups).

Lowe and Giudici had their first son, Samuel, in July 2016, two years after their televised wedding in 2014. Lowe gushed about his wife's maternal instinct to Entertainment Tonight after the birth of their second son, Isaiah, in June, saying "She's doing awesome. She was meant to be a mom. She never complains, even though she definitely gets less sleep than I do."

JP Rosenbaum won season seven of "The Bachelorette" when he proposed to Ashley Hebert. They share a son, Fordham, and a daughter, Essex.

After placing third on Brad Womack's season of "The Bachelor" (season 2), Hebert got her own fairytale ending when she got engaged to Rosenbaum. The two were married in December 2012.

Their children, Fordham and Essex, were born in 2014 and 2016 respectively. Rosenbaum and Hebert also appeared on "Marriage Boot Camp" to work through some issues they had, such as a lack of time for intimacy. But the couple worked through it, with Hebert admitting that she "could never raise my son without him." They even renewed their vows in August 2018.

Chris Siegfried proposed to Desiree Hartsock on season 17 of "The Bachelorette." They got married in 2015, had their first child in 2016, and recently announced that they're expecting another.

Hartsock originally appeared on Sean Lowe's season of "The Bachelor," but was sent home. Her season of "The Bachelorette" was especially controversial — she was broken up with by Brooks Forester during the second-to-last week of the show, who was thought of by many to be the frontrunner. Thus, a lot of people believed that Hartsock was settling when she accepted Siegfried's proposal.

Despite the controversy, Siegfried and Hartsock got married in January 2015. Their son, Asher, was born a year later. In July 2018, Hartsock announced on Instagram that the couple was expecting their second baby.

The two appeared on the most recent season of "Marriage Boot Camp," which aired its finale in November 2018. The couple, thankfully, decided to stay together and work on their issues.

Holly Durst and Blake Julian have the distinction of being the only successful couple from the short-lived spin-off series "Bachelor Pad."

Durst and Julian met during the second season of "Bachelor Pad" in 2011. Julian was fresh off of Ashley Hebert's season of "The Bachelorette," and Durst had last been seen on Matt Grant's season in 2008. Julian's proposal aired during the season finale.

The two were married by June 2012, and have since moved to South Carolina, where Julian is from.

Jason Mesnick proposed to Melissa Rycroft on the finale of his season of "The Bachelor," but revealed on "After the Final Rose" that he was still in love with runner-up Molly Malaney. They were married in 2010, and had a daughter, Riley, in 2013.

Before Arie Luyenydyk was the most hated "Bachelor" in history, there was Mesnick. He proposed to Rycroft, dumped her on "After the Final Rose," and immediately asked Malaney if they could resume their relationship.

But it worked out. Malaney and Mesnick were engaged later that year in October 2009, and were married just a few months later. Now, they're one of the few "Bachelor" success stories, even if their love story didn't start off in the most conventional way. They had their daughter Riley in 2013.

It worked out for Rycroft, too. After she was broken up with, she reunited with her ex, Tye Strickland. They got married in 2009, and have three kids.

Trista Rehn was the very first "Bachelorette," and set a high bar for the franchise — she's been with the winner of her season, Ryan Sutter, since 2003.

Just uttering the words "Trista and Ryan" around a "Bachelor" fan will send them on a trip down memory lane. The year was 2003, and Rehn was the very first "Bachelorette," after getting sent home as the runner-up of the first season of "The Bachelor."

Rehn chose Sutter in the finale, and he proposed. Their wedding was televised (the first of the franchise) and shown as a miniseries called 'Trista and Ryan's Wedding" in December 2003.

Rehn also appeared on the first season of "Dancing with the Stars," and the couple appeared on "Marriage Boot Camp" in 2014. They're still married, live in Colorado, and have two kids, Max and Blakesley.

Peyton Wright and Chris Lambton never interacted on screen — but they still found love within Bachelor Nation.

Wright and Lambton were never part of the same show — Wright appeared on the 10th season of "The Bachelor" competing for Andy Baldwin's heart, but was left behind on a two-on-one date. She later appeared on the first season of "Bachelor Pad."

Lambton, on the other hand, made it all the way to the final two in Ali Fedotowsky's season of "The Bachelorette," and even turned down the opportunity to be the next "Bachelor."

The two of them didn't find love on TV, but were introduced to each other at a "Bachelor" event in 2010, at which they hit it off. They got married two years later in May 2012, and have been together ever since. "I’m so glad Andy Baldwin left me standing there on that aircraft carrier," Wright told People, "I'm glad it didn't go any further because it wouldn't have worked out."

They have a daughter, Lyla, and announced in July 2018 that they're expecting their second child in December.

Jesse Csincsak actually won the season of "The Bachelorette" he appeared on and proposed to DeAnna Pappas, but the two broke up after a few months. His future wife Ann Lueders was eliminated on night one of Jason Mesnick's season.

The couple met on a "Bachelor" reunion cruise that Csincsak organized — he told Hollywood 411 that he "realized that there were a lot of women who had gone on the show who were also single and could understand what I was going through."

Csincsak and Lueders married in 2010 while Lueders was pregnant with their first child, Noah. Their daughter Charlotte was born three years later, and their third child Brian was born in December 2016.

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Tech: Apple now lets you download all the data it keeps about you — here's how to do it (AAPL)

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I requested all the data Apple has about me after 10 years of heavily using Apple products. Here's what it was like.

Apple now allows you to download all the data it keeps about you, your purchases, and how you interact with Apple services.

It started providing an easy way for European users to request this data earlier this year because of GDPR, a European privacy regulation, but now the website is available to Americans, too.

So last week, I requested what Apple knows about me after 10 years of heavily using Apple products. After five days, Apple sent me an email with download links to nearly 17 GB of data including my entire iCloud drive. On the website, you can also ask Apple to correct what it knows about you and delete your account.

Apple has aggressively positioned itself as the tech giant that's most aligned with users on security and privacy, and Apple CEO Tim Cook has even gone so far to say that privacy is a human right. So Apple's user data interface needs to be stellar to match up with its rhetoric.

Here's what it was like:

Turns out, it's easy to access Apple's new user data portal. Start at privacy.apple.com. Then, you'll be asked for your Apple ID and password.

Once you're in, you have a few options, including downloading your data, correcting your data, and deactivating or deleting your account.

Today, we're requesting a copy of our data. So click on the button that says "request a copy of your data."

Apple will tell you all the different kinds of data that it has on you, along with the formats they come in. It will ask what's the largest file size you can handle.

But you can't download your user data right then. Apple has to prepare the download, which takes a few days. I requested my data on a Friday, and got an email that it was ready the next Tuesday.

Here are all the general categories of data that Apple keeps about me. I can download them individually or all at once. For example, I probably don't need to download what I have on iCloud drive, because that stuff is already on my hard drive.

Some of the stuff that Apple is keeping is pretty interesting, such as this data about my Apple Pay transaction history and credit cards.

There was also information about every time I've had a repair at an Apple Store, reported a problem to Apple Maps, and, oddly, every time I received and opened a marketing email from Apple.

Ultimately, nothing in the gigabytes of files I downloaded really surprised me. But if it had, I could also deactivate or delete my account easily.

If you want to see what data Apple has about you, visit privacy.apple.com.

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APO: United States Embassy Launches SolveIt! 2019 During Global Entrepreneurship Week

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The U.S. government is committed to promoting entrepreneurship in Ethiopia as a means to stimulate local economic growth, open new markets for U.S. companies, and increase global prosperity. The annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), taking place November 12-18, 2018, is designed to celebrate self-starting innovators and connect entrepreneurs to potential collaborators, mentors, and investors. Since its inception in 2008, GEW has fostered the spirit of entrepreneurship globally each November with millions of participants at thousands of events in nearly 170 countries.

To celebrate GEW, the U.S. Embassy in collaboration with Humanity Plus (H+) and iCog Labs, launched SolveIT! 2019, a nationwide innovation competition to encourage young Ethiopians to address community issues through the application of software, hardware and other technologies. The competition also supports youths to develop innovative projects, promote entrepreneurship, and solve local problems through technology. Ten cities will participate in the SolvieIT! 2019competition: Addis Ababa, Assosa, Dire Dawa, Bahir Dar, Gambella, Hawassa, Jigjiga, Jimma, Mekelle and Semera.

At the launch ceremony, the top three winners from the SolveIt! 2018 competition shared their experiences and advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. Members of the first-place team discussed the challenges of balancing their project with their school requirements, and detailed their experience with a material failure that required a redesign of their oxygen therapy device. They stressed that future participants and aspiring entrepreneurs need to be prepared to work through their challenges, learn from mistakes, and to keep trying until they succeed.

The U.S. Embassy, Humanity Plus, and iCog Labs organized the first SolveIT! competition in 2018, which received more than 1,600 registrations across nine cities in Ethiopia, offered 90 technical and entrepreneurial training sessions, mentored teams who developed 85 innovative products and services, and brought 31 teams to the National Round.

By supporting and developing an eco-system that promote entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology, the U.S. Embassy is investing the capacity of Ethiopians to shape their future. U.S. Ambassador Michael Raynor noted, “…as Ethiopia embarks on the hard work of building its brighter future, there will be challenges. But as this competition shows, challenges exist to be solved, and the challenges Ethiopia faces will be solved first and foremost by Ethiopians.”

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Politics: Michelle Obama shares what the 'darkest day' was like in the White House: the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle light 26 candles in honor of the Newtown shooting victims, on the one year anniversary of the massacre.

The former first lady says her husband, President Barack Obama, had her return to the White House immediately because he needed her comfort.

  • In her new memoir, "Becoming," Michelle Obama details what the atmosphere was like at the White House after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012.
  • She writes that her husband had her come back to the White House immediately after the shooting, because he needed her comfort.
  • Michelle says she couldn't bring herself to attend a prayer vigil for the victims because she was "so shaken" by what happened.

Michelle Obama says there was only one time that her husband called her to his office in the middle of the workday because he needed her support, and that was after the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012.

In her new memoir, "Becoming," the former first lady says she was giving a speech across the street from the White House when news broke that a gunman had shot and killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, before taking his own life.

When Michelle wrapped up her speech, her chief of staff came up to her and informed her what happened and said that the president wanted her to return to the White House "right away."

"My husband needed me," Michelle writes. "This would be the only time in eight years that he'd request my presence in the middle of the workday, the two of us rearranging our schedules to be alone together for a moment of dim comfort."

She continues: "When I walked into the Oval Office, Barack and I embraced silently. There was nothing to say. No words."

As a "fact guy," she says her husband demanded to be fully briefed when it came to events like this. So he was overwhelmed with details of "the graphic, horrid crime scene," of the "blood pooled on the floors of the classrooms and the bodies of" the victims.

This especially disturbed her husband, who "loved children in a deep and genuine way."

Read more: 25 things we learned from Michelle Obama's new memoir, 'Becoming'

"Staying upright after Newtown was probably the hardest thing he'd ever had to do," she said.

She says when their daughters got home from school that night, they met them in the residence to give them a hug.

Later, she watched as her husband addressed the nation, unable to hold back his tears.

Michelle writes that she was "so shaken" by what happened that she couldn't bring herself to go with her husband to a prayer vigil for the victims.

"I had no strength left to lend," she said.

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Gay man explains why he chose men over women after a Nigerian woman blasted him for his sexuality

A gay man has replied a Nigerian woman who criticized him for his sexuality and he went in hard.Jane, a Nigerian lady resident in Onitsha, shared a photo of Matt kissing his boyfriend and condemned them for practising homosexuality.She wrote:What will make a guy to be sexually attracted to another guy when there are fine girls all over the world looking for who to love them?  Well, Matt saw the post and replied. In his reply, he pretty much took Jane apart and people are saying she deserves it.He wrote:I’ll answer, its me in the picture your infatuated by. You’ve chosen to speak in bad grammar, you’ve chosen penciled in eyebrows w/2much contour around them, you’ve chosen to wear bad wigs, & improperly installed lace fronts. I have chosen to love men, years of dating women like  you, doing way too much, I connect with a man in a way I found peace. Not my fault if your still single looking for a mans love and can’t find it. Maybe stunts like this is why. Be blessed.The post Gay man explains why he chose men over women after a Nigerian woman blasted him for his sexuality appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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PDP attacks Osinbajo says he is deceiving Nigerians

PDP attacks Osinbajo says he is deceiving Nigerians

The PDP also said Buhari’s administration has crippled Nigeria’s economy, pushed it into recession and dragged the nation into debt.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo of deceiving Nigerians.

According to Daily Post, the party said Osinbajo has been telling Nigerians lies about the current debt profile of the country.

This was made known in a statement issued to newsmen by PDP’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan.

Ologbondiyan said Buhari’s administration has crippled Nigeria’s economy, pushed it into recession and dragged the nation into debt.

He said “Osinbajo is challenged to present to Nigerians, the scorecard of APC administration, for which President Muhammadu Buhari has now lost his carriage as a leader.

”Despite being busted, Osinbajo is labouring to deceive Nigerians by converting domestic borrowings in Naira, under the APC, to US dollars, so that the very high exchange rate will make it look smaller in dollars.

”This is despite verified figures even from agencies of government showing an accumulation of 29.6% debt under Buhari as against the 20.14% under the Yar’Adua and Jonathan administration and the 0.44 % under the Obasanjo administration.

ALSO READ: Osinbajo says Nigeria is in a battle between good and evil

“Osinbajo is reminded that he is the head of Buhari’s economic team and should therefore, not in anyway, parade himself as if he has no blame at all in the failures of this administration.

”Nigerians are no longer swayed by Osinbajo’s homilies and lip service to fiscal federalism, which he is now mouthing, just because the 2019 general election is around the corner.”

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo had on Monday, November 12, 2018, accused former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration of throwing Nigeria into hardship and recession.

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Strategy: An exec at a $2 billion video-game app uses an old-school strategy to get the most out of meetings

Grace Francisco was named Roblox vice president of developer relations in April 2017.

Roblox executive Grace Francisco has been coding since she was a teenager, but when it comes to taking notes, she prefers pen and paper.

  • Roblox executive Grace Francisco has been coding since she was a teenager, but when it comes to business meetings or note taking, she prefers pen and paper.
  • She uses two separate notebooks for work and to-do lists to adjust priorities.
  • Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, and Richard Branson all use notebooks as part of their regular routines.

Roblox executive Grace Francisco has made a career out of technology, but when it comes to business meetings or note taking, she leaves technology out of it.

"I've been coding since I was a teenager — but when it comes to taking notes and tracking my to-do list I go with paper and pen," Francisco told Business Insider.

As the vice president of developer relations at Roblox, an online video-game platform for kids and teens valued at around $2.5 billion, Francisco spends her days focusing on accelerating the success of developers. While her work is focused on the technical side of things, she omits technology in work meetings.

"Taking notes on a laptop distracts from the meeting and can prevent you from really engaging in a discussion because others in the room aren't sure if you are checking email or listening," she said.

Francisco has two notepads to keep work notes and personal to-do lists separate. "This helps me adjust my priorities and cross out things that are complete in a clean way," she said.

"My most successful note-taking strategy is to only write down the salient bits of a discussion in my notebook, otherwise I don't retain the information as well," Francisco said. "Similarly for my to-do list, I find satisfaction in writing out a list day to day and feeling gratification in crossing out those things I've accomplished."

Read more: Here's why writing things out by hand makes you smarter

Handwriting notes is a slower process than typing, which helps retain information. Transcribing every word that's said in a meeting doesn't require critical thinking, but writing down key phrases by hand signals the brain that a piece of information is important, Business Insider previously reported.

Handwriting notes may seem archaic in the tech world, but it's a common organizational hack used by at least a few successful CEOs and execs. Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, and Richard Branson all use notebooks as part of their regular routines.

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Lifestyle: Another senior Tesla employee has left the company — here are all the key names who have departed this year (TSLA)

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Tesla is known for its high rate of executive turnover, and this year has been no different.

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  • Tesla is known for its high rate of executive turnover, and this year has been no different.
  • During a year in which the automaker has faced production issues, investigations from the federal government, and questions about the decision-making of CEO Elon Musk, departures from senior employees have added yet another challenge.
  • Seven senior employees appear to have left Tesla since the beginning of September.

Tesla has seen a lot of executives leave this year.

During a year in which the automaker has faced production issues, investigations from the federal government, and questions about the decision-making of CEO Elon Musk, departures from senior employees have added yet another challenge.

Read more: Tesla is getting rid of a perk new Model S and Model X customers loved

Seven senior employees appear to have left Tesla since the beginning of September: senior director of production and quality Antoin Abou-Haydar, head of human resources Gabrielle Toledano, chief accountant Dave Morton, head of communications Sarah O'Brien (her departure was announced in August, but her final day at the company was September 7, according to Bloomberg), vice president of global supply management Liam O'Connor, vice president of worldwide finance and operations Justin McAnear, and legal vice president Phil Rothenberg.

These are the key names who have left Tesla in 2018, when they left, and where they went next (according to their LinkedIn pages or company announcements):

  • January – Jason Mendez, director of manufacturing engineering: LinkedIn page does not list next position
  • January – Will McColl, manager of equipment engineering: founded WaveForm Design
  • February – Jon McNeill, president of global sales and services: became COO of Lyft
  • March – Eric Branderiz, chief accounting officer: became CFO of Enphase Energy
  • March – Susan Repo, corporate treasurer and vice president of finance: became CFO of Topia (she left Topia in June, according to her LinkedIn page)
  • April – Jim Keller, head of Autopilot hardware engineering: became head of silicon engineering at Intel
  • April – Georg Ell, director of Western Europe operations: became CEO of Smoothwall
  • May – Matthew Schwall, director of field performance engineering: became heady of field safety at Waymo
  • July – Ganesh Srivats, vice president overseeing retail, delivery, and marketing: became CEO of Moda Operandi
  • September – Sarah O'Brien, vice president of communications: LinkedIn page does not list next position
  • September – Gabrielle Toledano, chief people officer: LinkedIn page does not list next position

  • September – Dave Morton, chief accounting officer: became CFO of Anaplan

  • September – Liam O'Connor, vice president of global supply management: LinkedIn page does not list next position
  • September – Antoin Abou-Haydar, senior director of production and quality: became vice president of global quality for Byton
  • October – Justin McAnear, vice president of worldwide finance and operations: became CFO of 10X Genomics
  • November – Phil Rothenberg, vice president in the legal department: became general counsel of Sonder

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Lifestyle: Target is selling $40 knit dresses that put a new twist on ugly holiday sweaters

This Santa dress is simple yet festive.

There are currently 11 styles available, each inspired by a different holiday classic, such as snowmen, elves, and candy canes.

  • Target is selling knit dresses that are inspired by ugly holiday sweaters.
  • Each dress is sold in at least six sizes, XS through XXL, and select styles are also sold in sizes 1X through 3X.
  • Most of the dresses are sized according to the brand's Juniors range, but, according to Target, some are comparable to a limited range of adult sizes.
  • They range in price from $32.99 to $39.99.
  • There are currently 11 styles available on the Target website, including dresses inspired by candy canes, snowmen, and elves.

Ugly holiday sweaters have been around for decades, but the style has become especially trendy since the early 2000s. This year, however, Target is putting a new twist on the holiday tradition.

Available online and in stores, the retailer is selling a variety of knit dresses inspired by ugly holiday sweaters.

There are currently 11 styles available on Target's website

Each one is inspired by a different holiday classic, such as snowmen, elves, and candy canes.

Depending on the size, each dress ranges in price from $32.99 to $39.99

Each dress is sold in at least six sizes, XS through XXL, and select styles are also sold in sizes 1X through 3X. Most of the dresses, however, are sized according to the brand's Juniors range.

Read more: Target is selling a $15 Advent calendar that comes with 12 pairs of socks inspired by iconic Disney princesses and villains

According to the Target website, "Juniors' size 9/M is equivalent to Women's size 6/S." Because the dresses are made by different brands, however, the Juniors' sizing may not fit the limited range of adult sizes they are said to equate to.

Most of the dresses are inspired by Christmas

Of the 11 sweater dresses currently being sold on Target's website, nine of them appear to be inspired by Christmas, such as a gingerbread dress, a Santa dress, and two different toy-solider inspired styles.


Some of the Christmas dresses even light up, like the cozy fireplace dress

For those who do not celebrate Christmas, there appear to be two other festive options

A Hanukkah-inspired dress is available, as well as a snowman style that will work throughout the winter season.


Certain styles appear to be selling out quick

The Christmas-tree-inspired dress, for example, has one size left in a medium, but is available in large and XL at the time of this post.

You can find the dresses that are still available on Target's website here.

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Finance: Apple's waning iPhone demand means the big jump in prices won't be enough, analyst says (AAPL)

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The Apple iPhone's revenue growth has been driven by higher average selling prices, but that setup is no longer enough to offset waning demand.

  • Apple's iPhone revenue grew 18% in 2018, as a higher average selling price offset flat unit growth.
  • A handful of iPhone suppliers recently cut their outlooks, citing weaker smartphone demand.
  • These iPhone supplier's guidance cuts suggest a 5% drop in 2019 iPhone unit sales, which is larger than the price increase, Guggenheim says.
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Apple's eye-popping iPhone revenue growth has been mainly driven by higher average selling prices (ASPs), but that setup is no longer enough to offset waning demand, according to one Wall Street analyst.

"Whereas a year ago Apple looked like a table-pounder when iPhone units were weak but about to be more than offset by a big jump in average selling prices (+17%Y/Y in FY18), which ultimately drove Apple’s best iPhone revenue growth in 3 years," Robert Cihra, an analyst at Guggenheim, said in a note distributed on Wednesday.

"Over the past 10 years, Apple’s iPhone ASP has increased a dramatic + $220, or 40%, reflecting its growing value to both consumer and business markets, but nearly HALF of all that just came in FY18 alone, making a period of digestion now likely."

And recent news around weaker smartphone demand has backed up Cihra's conclusion.

On Monday, Lumentum, the main supplier of the Face ID technology in Apple's latest generation of iPhones, slashed its outlook, citing a reduced shipment request from one of its biggest customers. And on Tuesday, Qorvo, which supplies radio-frequency chips to Apple, also cut its guidance, citing a drop in demand for flagship smartphones. Similarly, a handful of other iPhone suppliers, such as screen maker Japan Display and British chipmaker IQE Plc, also lowered their forecasts this week. None of the companies specifically named Apple as the culprit.

Considering the guidance cuts, Cihra estimates that iPhone unit sales will slide 5% annually during the fiscal year 2019, but that its blended iPhone ASPs will only increase 3% year-over-year, leaving a 2% iPhone revenue gap. According to Apple's annual filing, its iPhone unit sales were flat in 2018, but total iPhone revenues were up 18% thanks to the jump in its ASPs.

"Moreover, we see growing risk of even softer iPhone unit demand, with downside in China, India and other emerging markets, where Apple may need to start considering lower price points," Cihra added. He downgraded Apple to "neutral" and removed his prior $245 price target.

Similarly, Goldman Sachs on Tuesday trimmed its iPhone unit sales estimate by 6%, and cut its price target from $222 to $209 – 8% above where shares were trading Tuesday. The bank's analysts noted "end demand for new iPhone models is deteriorating."

Earlier this month, Apple reported underwhelming third-quarter iPhone sales, and said it would no longer reveal unit sales for its hardware. Shares have fallen 15% since the report, pushing Apple's market capitalization below $1 trillion.

Apple was up 9.6% this year.

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AFRIFF 2018: Rita Dominic, Nse Ikpe Etim spice up day 3

AFRIFF 2018: Rita Dominic, Nse Ikpe Etim spice up day 3

Rita Dominic, Nse Ikpe Etim are some of the faces that attended the day two session of the ongoing Africa International Film Festival in Lagos, Nigeria.

On Tuesday, November 10, 2018, Rita Dominic and Nse Ikpe Etim spiced up the third day of the African International Film Festival, AFRIFF when they showed up at the Genesis Cinema.

The Nollywood movie stars joined their colleagues in Nigeria and others from foreign countries to participate in the day's industry session themed Creative Content Conference.

ALSO READ: AFRIFF 2018: Kunle Afolayan, Mahmood Ali-Balogun attend day 2

Other practitioners spotted at day 2 are Wole Ojo, Mahmood Ali-Balogun, Bimbo Akintola, Mildred Okwo, Uzodinma Okpechi, Charles Novia, Jafextra and Jide Awobona.

 

Filmmakers, movie stars and other practitioners of the movie industry gathered for series of panels and round table discussions for the day.

 

Topics covered by the attendees, discussants and panelists include 'Exporting African Culture-meet the Directors;' 'Distribution- Content as we know it;' 'Digital Revolution;' 'Funding and Nollywood Co-Production.'

Lagos fringe opening/French embassy cocktail

The Lagos fringe festival opened on the third day of AFRIFF inside the Terra Kulture.

 

The opening ceremony, which was in partnership with AFRIFF also witnessed guests been treated to cocktail by the French Embassy.

 

The event witnessed a stage performance, Color Me Pink – a dance-drama advocating for an understanding of and a collective fight to defeat [breast] cancer – while awards presented to Access bank and Terra kulture for their priceless contributions to the art and film industry.

Every year, AFRIFF offers an opportunity for array of movies to be screened during the festival's seven-day run as it hosts competitions in several categories including short films, feature films, documentaries, animated films, and short films made by film students.

 

The first edition of the film festival took place in Port Harcourt 2010, while the 2013 and 2014 editions were held in Calabar.

 

Lagos has hosted it three times, first in 2011 and then the last three editions in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

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Tech: Google's impressive 'Night Sight' camera feature rolls out today — here's how it works (GOOG, GOOGL)

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Night Sight will come to all Pixel phones, even the original, and it'll work with the selfie camera, too.

Google's "Night Sight" feature for its Pixel smartphone cameras rolls out on Wednesday.

The feature that comes with the Pixel's camera app is rolling out over the next few days, and anyone with a Pixel 3, Pixel 2, or original Pixel can update the camera app to receive the feature.

Night Sight is designed to take better photos in low-light conditions for both the rear and selfie cameras, which most phones simply don't do that well.

Often, smartphone photos in dark situations end up being as dark or darker than a user's environment. Some phones let you adjust the camera settings for better night shots, but the results can often be grainy or blurry.

I've been using Night Sight on the Google Pixel, and you can see the difference it makes and how it works below:

This photo was taken in a room with very little light.

The camera app will even suggest when to use Night Sight when the surrounding lighting is too dim for a good photo.

You just need one or two extra taps to use Night Sight.

Night Sight is an entirely different camera mode, which means you'll need to do one or two extra taps to use it. You can either tap the "Try Night Sight" notification when it shows up, or find the "More" option in the camera app and actively select the Night Sight mode.

It's not as seamless as pulling out a phone and taking a snap, but it's very close, and better than adjusting the camera settings.

And depending on how much light there is around you, you and your subjects will have to stay still for a few seconds to let the Pixel's camera capture enough light.

It's not magic. The Pixel's camera still needs to do what all cameras need to do in low-light situations: capture enough light. For that to happen, you need to stay very still — as well as your subjects — while the phone soaks up enough light to take a low-light shot.

After you press the shutter button, a progress wheel will show up prompting you and your subjects to "Hold still" while the phone does its thing.

In better-lit situations, the "Hold still" time was much shorter than in very dark situations.

Google also has a few tips for prospective Night Sight users.

  • If you’re taking a photo of someone, ask them to hold still for a few seconds before and after you press the shutter button.
  • Hold the phone steady. If you can, try propping it against a stable surface.
  • Make sure the camera lens is clean. It can accumulate oil from fingerprints, creating blurry and soft photos.
  • Try tapping on or around your subject to help your camera focus when taking photos in very dark conditions.
  • Avoid pointing your camera at bright light sources, which may cause unwanted reflections in your photo.
  • Cameras don’t work in complete darkness, so you’ll still need some light to capture a photo.

I've only used the tester's version of Night Sight, and I'd rather show you the results of the final full release version that everyone has access to.

I'll be taking photos with the final full release version of Night Sight when it comes out and showing you the results. The tester's version I was using may only show you what to expect, as it does with my photo above, but the final version may have even more improvements.

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Strategy: This YouTuber with over 2.7 million followers is making the beauty industry more inclusive

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Beauty guru Jackie Aina talks about the importance of diversity in the beauty industry and the progress she has seen during her 9 years on YouTube.

  • Tired of the lack of diversity in the beauty industry and YouTube community, Jackie Aina started her own channel in 2009.
  • She now has over 2.7 million followers on the platform, which she has often used to talk about the need for inclusivity in makeup.
  • This year, she partnered with the brand Too Faced Cosmetics to expand their Born This Way foundation line.
  • In the video above, we caught up with Aina in New York City to chat about the importance of diversity in beauty and the progress she's seen since she started nine years ago.

Following is a transcript of the video:

Jackie Aina: A big part of my channel has always been empowering women of color. It's your girl Jackie Aina. Thank you so much for joining me on today's video.

[Jackie Jackie Jackie Jackie…]

I would go to makeup counters and one, they'd be frantic. "Oh my God, the black girl's here. What do we do?" Or they would just like, "Oh no, we don't have anything for you." Or "I wouldn't do that on your complexion." It was always like being the other. I always felt like I was an 'other' box at the makeup counter.

And it was so annoying and so frustrating that I was like, "You know what, I'm just gonna do this stuff myself and then I'll just show people how to do it on YouTube." I'm gonna apply that just directly on my eyelid.

People were like "Oh my god, like who's this black girl? This dark-skinned girl, like she wears color, she wears nude lips, she wears all the trends that we never see on people that look like us," you know.

Maybe everyone's gonna have a different opinion on this, but you have to get to where you wanna be first before you can really shake the table, right? So I would talk about it, I was very vocal, but also very mindful. I still wanna have a relationship with brands. I still wanna grow my platform. And the day that I get untouchable basically is when you'll really hear it from me. That's when I will really like use my platform in the way that I really want to, you know.

[Just don't appreciate the blatant erasure of like a whole spectrum of people. Like it doesn't even look like they tried.]

I believe if you're gonna for example, critique brands or you know, talk about the negatives, I think you should also be uplifting black-owned businesses, you know, talking about other minority-owned businesses, you know.

[I'm going to be doing a full face using Muslim-owned beauty brands.]

To me it's like, I have to kinda sandwich the positive with the negative because ultimately that's the goal is to have more people in positions that look like me, you know, filling seats, working for brands, becoming influencers themselves, being voices that need to be heard, starting businesses.

I don't want to call out everything. I don't feel like I need to be the attack dog of every single incident that takes place online, you know. It's also something that a lot of black women can relate to because people look to us to kind of be like the savior of everything, and it's like this isn't something that we can carry on our backs all the time. Like, we need to collectively as a community, be able to say "Look, this is not okay, this is wrong."

With respect to the conversation of diversity, this is what's so ironic about the topic now because a lot of people like to say that I kind of talk about diversity as like a marketing ploy, and I'm like, if you only knew, five, even six, not that long ago, I was the one that was being told "Don't talk about that, it's too niche, it's too specific, white people can't relate to that. Lighter people can't relate to that. Asian people can't relate to that." These are things that brands will tell me. I was turned down by management companies because they wouldn't want to take on my brand, because they just didn't see the vision. They just didn't see the vision. It's like, "what's with this diversity thing?" like you know.

[Today we're going to be talking about my favorite foundation line for women of color.]

Of course there's more to talk about than just that. That's not the only thing that my platform is about, but the struggles of colorism don't just affect the black community. They affect the Latin community. They affect Asian communities. They affect Natives. It's something that a lot of people can relate to, as it relates to makeup. Mind you, this is still a makeup channel. So it's like, you know, even though you don't wear the same foundation as me. It doesn't mean you can't enjoy my videos.

[You can handle the dew. Like I don't think I'm ready for this jelly. Now it does, however.]

It's crazy seeing now the people that look like me are finally getting a chance to break those glass ceilings and actually grow past a certain number on YouTube. Whereas five years ago, it was not happening. I think that a lot of the work and vocalizing that people of color have done on YouTube and social media in general, like I see viral tweets on Twitter all the time of people being like "This is unacceptable" from these brands, you know with these foundation shade ranges, and just their diversity and their brands in general.

All it takes is one Instagram post for a brand to show their new launch, and God forbid it doesn't run darker than like, you know, tan. People will come for them. And brands see that and they've come to understand "Like, okay, we can't we can't let this slide anymore. We need to make more people visible." And I'm not even just talking about as it relates to color. I mean this could also relate to having Muslims in your campaign. You know, I love what Fenty did with having you know, women actually in hijabs in their campaigns. Seeing someone that looks like you is powerful. That to me is a direct reflection of like I'm accepted, I am beautiful. I'm worthy of being seen.

I actually got reached out by Jerrod Blandino, who at the time was the owner of Too Faced, 'cause now it's an Estee brand. He sat me down in a office with like all his team. And basically was like, "We have not been doing very good justice to a particular community with our foundations and we want you to expand the Born This Way line and like be the face of it." And I was like "Wow." At that time, no one had ever done a campaign like that. You know, it really took me aback because I think it also reminded me of those earlier days in my career of hearing that "This diversity thing is going to get you nowhere." And so it was kind of like a full circle moment for me.

[It's finally here. Oh my god.]

And I'm so glad that now the conversation has gone from "Ugh don't talk about that diversity thing anymore," to now like, everybody's stepping it up.

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Strategy: Eddie Lampert's hedge fund lambasts Sears creditors for 'highly aggressive' plan to kill off the company once and for all (SHLD)

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ESL Investments, the hedge fund led by Sears chairman Eddie Lampert, says creditors like Simon Property Group are trying to profit off Sears' demise.

  • Some of Sears' creditors are urging the company to liquidate and close all its stores.
  • ESL Investments, the hedge fund led by Sears chairman Eddie Lampert, called the creditors' demands "highly aggressive" in a new bankruptcy filing.
  • ESL lambasts David Simon, CEO of Simon Property Group, for his remarks during an October earnings call, in which he said the company would "make money" off Sears' bankruptcy.
  • "Indeed, Sears' liquidation will be a 'unique opportunity' to improve Simon's bottom line," the filing reads.

Some of Sears' creditors have urged the company to immediately liquidate and close all its stores.

Now ESL Investments, the hedge fund led by Sears chairman Eddie Lampert, is hitting back, calling the creditors' demands "highly aggressive" and accusing them of trying to profit off Sears' demise.

In a bankruptcy filing late Tuesday, ESL said liquidating would force tens of thousands of employees to lose their jobs.

"How can it be that liquidation is advocated so quickly…?" the filing by ESL reads. "It appears that the explanation may be that two of the UCC's members, Simon Property Group and Brixmor Property Group are landlords of many Sears stores, both of which have a vested interest in seeing Sears liquidate without regard to the interests of Sears’ other stakeholders."

ESL then lambasts David Simon, CEO of Simon Property Group, for his remarks during an October earnings call in which he said the company would "make money" off Sears' bankruptcy.

"Indeed, Sears' liquidation will be a 'unique opportunity' to improve Simon’s bottom line," the filing reads.

Read more: Creditors urge Sears to shut down all its stores, calling its plan for survival 'wishful thinking'

Sears has proposed cutting its store count to roughly 400 profitable stores, then selling the associated real estate to raise cash while the company works to return to profitability. The company had 687 stores when it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in mid-October.

The group of creditors who urged Sears to liquidate said in a filing on Friday that Sears' plan to survive bankruptcy is "nothing more than wishful thinking" and "an unjustified and foolhardy gamble with other people's money."

Assuming Sears sells the remaining stores within three months, the company could burn through about $375 million, the filing reads.

"By contrast, pursuing [going-out-of-business] sales for all of [Sears'] stores during the same time period may maximize the value of [Sears'] estates," it continues.

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First pidgin interview by a Nigerian Vice President Prof Osinbanjo on the first pidgin station Wazobia FM 95.1

First pidgin interview by a Nigerian Vice President Prof Osinbanjo on the first pidgin station Wazobia FM 95.1The Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday, 13th November 2018, paid a courtesy visit to the Management of AIM Group, owners of Cool FM, Wazobia FM, Nigeria Info FM and Arewa Radio with branches in Abuja, Portharcourt, Kano, Onitsha and their headquarters in Lagos.The Vice President who was received on arrival by the Group Managing Director of AIM Group, Engr. Amin Moussalli and other top management team, commended the team for the warm welcome. Prof. Osinbajo later went live on 95.1 Wazobia FM, to have his First Ever PIDGIN Interview conducted by Top Wazobia FM Presenters, Including Lolo1, Twitwi, Kody and Uzo and also officially launched Wazobia FM visual radio which is a full in studio production for visual broadcast on social media.  The Vice President used the opportunity to speak on different Federal Government intervention programmes, like the Trader Moni Initiative, School Feeding Program, Government efforts to ease the Apapa congestion.Prof. Osinbajo during his live interview, said experiences over the years have shown that government’s business should be to, provide an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the country. According to the Vice President, the Buhari-led administration has now invited some consortiums, including ENI and Shell, to run the country’s refineries to stabilize the oil sector.Speaking further on the Trader Moni Initiative, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to empower about two million petty traders between now and the end of the year.  He said the aim is to further enlarge the financial inclusion agenda, for all Nigerians regardless of social class and economic status.Prof. Osinbajo who promised to return for a second round of the Exclusive interview, expressed his total satisfaction with the level of professionalism exhibited by the team. To watch the full interview kindly click on the linkhttps://twitter.com/Wazobia_FM/status/1062375587795234816 The post First pidgin interview by a Nigerian Vice President Prof Osinbanjo on the first pidgin station Wazobia FM 95.1 appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Politics: Trump is fuming angry over the midterms and has ditched several outings honoring veterans

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday condemned President Donald Trump, characterizing him as an "authoritarian leader."

Disappointment over the elections has led President Trump to skip several ceremonies honoring veterans.

  • President Donald Trump has ditched a number of planned activities and exhibited intense spurts of anger since his party lost seats in the midterms. He was also widely mocked for missing a World War I memorial event due to rain.
  • Trump has been visibly angry in conversations with the press since the midterms, and reportedly testy with other world leaders.
  • On Twitter, Trump has mocked French President Emmanuel Macron, the French people's performance during World War II, and attacked the legitimacy of US elections.

President Donald Trump has ditched a number of planned activities and exhibited intense spurts of anger over the last few weeks as he laments his party's midterm losses and his embarrassment over being mocked for skipping an important World War I memorial in Paris due to light rainfall.

Eyeing an incoming Democratic-majority House of Representatives that can subpoena and investigate him at will, "Trump has retreated into a cocoon of bitterness and resentment," the Los Angeles Times reported, citing a number of sources familiar with the president.

Trump's reported brooding anger coincides with him cancelling a number of his planned presidential outings and activities, while lashing out at allies on Twitter.

Trump visibly, palpably angry

As soon as the midterms passed, Trump began to appear angry in public appearances. Trump held a testy press conference that led to the White House taking press credentials away from Jim Acosta after the CNN anchor challenged Trump on immigration. Trump then dismissed his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and replaced him with Matthew Whitaker — widely seen as a Trump loyalist who has repeatedly questioned the Russia probe.

Asked by CNN reporter Abby Phillip if he hoped Whitaker would "rein in" the investigation, a visibly fuming Trump snapped. "What a stupid question that is," said Trump. "You ask a lot of stupid questions."

As Trump left for Paris over the weekend to meet with other world leaders and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, he was feeling personally insulted by his host, French President Emmanuel Macron.

Macron has been pushing for "a real European army," and said it would defend Europe against the US, which Trump called "very insulting" before departing for France on Friday.

Read more: Macron's 'real European army' sounds like a 'nonsense' force that would never deploy

When UK Prime Minister Theresa May called Trump to congratulate him on Republican wins in the midterms, the president reportedly snapped at her about a variety of unrelated topics, the Washington Post reported.

"He was frustrated with the trip. And he’s itching to make some changes," a senior White House official told the Post. "This is a week where things could get really dicey."

Disappointment over the elections preceded the biggest story of Trump's trip to Paris: The fact that he skipped a once-in-a-century chance to honor fallen World War I veterans because of light rainfall.

The White House blamed the president's no-show on poor visibility conditions which precluded a helicopter flight to the cemetery, and also a desire to not to exacerbate Paris' grinding traffic. Still, Trump seemed unsatisfied with the response.

After being mocked by former Secretary of State John Kerry, former National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, and perhaps even the French army, Trump once again defended his absence, saying the Secret Service turned him down even though he wanted to attend the memorial

The rest of his Paris trip didn't go much better. Macron rebuked Trump's nationalist politics to his face during a speech in Paris. The two reportedly had a testy meeting where not much got done and Trump aired old grievances, the Post reported.

Trump missing in action


On Monday, upon returning from Paris, the White House called an unusually early "lid" at 10:30 a.m. — meaning Trump wouldn't do any more scheduled activities or public appearances for the rest of the day.

As a result Trump skipped traveling to Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a presidential Veterans Day tradition since John F. Kennedy. The French embassy in the US, however, did make the trip.

By the time the lid came into effect, Trump had already attacked the legitimacy of US elections in Florida and floated the possibility of pulling the US out of NATO if his European allies, who he met with the day prior, didn't pay up.

Trump's NATO-skepticism is old news, as he campaigned on getting NATO allies to spend more on defense, but this round of criticism took on a decidedly personal tone.

On Tuesday, Trump mocked France's surrender to Nazi Germany in World War II and Macron's low approval ratings while making the vague demand that they pay for NATO "or not!"

Read more: France's army appears to troll Trump for missing a WWI memorial due to rain

Vice President Mike Pence, not Trump, is currently touring Asia and will attend large summits populated by the region's top leadership. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, not Trump, will visit US troops stationed at the country's southern border in preparation for the arrival of a caravan of migrants due to arrive in the coming days.

During the campaign, an energetic Trump traveled the country to campaign for Republicans, sometimes holding more than one rally a day. He made his opposition to this caravan a key point of his campaigning.

Since the election, where Trump actually didn't fare too badly, he's dropped the subject of the caravan almost entirely.

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Strategy: The head of Victoria's Secret's lingerie business is reportedly leaving the company as it continues its downward spiral (LB)

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Jan Singer, who served as CEO of Victoria's Secret Lingerie for over two years, is leaving the company.

  • The CEO of Victoria's Secret Lingerie has resigned.
  • Jan Singer, who has been with the company for two years, previously hailed from Nike and more recently Spanx, where she served as CEO for over a year.
  • The news comes at a difficult time for the brand, which has struggled in recent years.

The CEO of Victoria's Secret Lingerie is leaving the company, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

Jan Singer, who has been with the company for two years, previously hailed from Nike and more recently Spanx, where she served as CEO for over a year. Sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg and CNBC that Singer resigned from her position.

Victoria's Secret did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

The news comes at a difficult time for the brand, which has struggled in recent years. Once considered to be the kingpin of the US lingerie market, it has lost market share to more body-positive brands, such as American Eagle's Aerie, which has seen explosive growth in recent years.

Read more: These photos reveal why women are abandoning Victoria's Secret for American Eagle's Aerie underwear brand

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