The problem with Donald Trump’s kids


Donald Trump may have an ethics problem. That’s the thing about being one of the richest people to serve in the White House. The New York billionaire has business interests all around the globe, and as president, he’ll be in charge of shaping policy on a host of issues that are bound to affect those interests. Trump has said NBD because his children will take over the family business. Ethics watchdogs say that’s not good enough. The president-elect needs to act quickly to shift his assets into a strict blind trust to avoid conflicts of interest. Trump’s three oldest children — Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump — are set to run the Trump Organization, but they’re also serving on the executive committee of the Trump presidential team, helping make decisions about who will hold top posts in their father’s administration. See the possible conflict? Technically, nothing in federal law says Trump as president can’t run the Trump Organization himself, but Trump’s business conflicts could open up accusations of corruption that he campaigned against. And yes, we’re still waiting on those tax returns.


If You’ve Decided Not To Leave The Country, You’re Totally Entitled To A Post-Election Vacation

Good news: JetBlue is offering extremely cheap airfares because filling seats is good for business. Bad news: Don’t think you are about to score the best holiday travel rate in the history of holidays. You see, airlines know when holidays are. Even those three-day weekends (we see you MLK Day and President’s Day.) But let’s get back to the good news. Until 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday, some nonstop JetBlue fares are below $100 round trip. Airlines have long resorted to fare sales to fill empty seats during low-demand periods like the “trough” season between Thanksgiving and Christmas and during the weeks that follow the New Year’s holiday. Just make sure to read the fine print before you buy.


37 New Ways To Swipe Left

A few months ago, Tinder’s CEO said he discovered the transgender community was getting harassed on the dating platform, and he was not happy about it. So he reached out to transgender users and to GLADD to figure out how to stop it. The result is an additional 37 gender options for trans and non-comforming users. Tinder, which boasts more than 20 billion “matches,” is also trying to correct harassment of transgender users by catching when a transgender user has been unfairly banned. According to CEO Sean Rad, Tinder will continue to evolve this update, because “gender is a complex conversation — it’s an ongoing dialogue.”

Yesterday, Trump And Putin Had A Chat. Today, Russia Pounds Syria.

Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin seem to have a thing for each other. The New York Times called it a “bromance.” During the presidential campaign, Trump praised Putin’s strength and said he was “a leader far more than our president has been a leader.” On Monday, President-elect Trump spoke by phone with Putin, and the two discussed the need to improve relations and join forces to combat international terrorism, the Trump transition team said. Just hours after the call, Russia launched a major military offensive in Syria. Russia said the attacks targeted the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaeda affiliate. But some of the airstrikes hit beleaguered Aleppo, the city that has been the focal point in a five-year war between U.S.-backed rebels and troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is backed by Russia.


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