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The Christmas Crisi

The Christmas Crisi

s I got a call on a Wednesday morning from a number with a Long Island area code. Long Island? I picked up, because why not. “Emma? This is Santa speaking.” My caller, it turned out, was not just Santa but the National Santa™, a.k.a. Santa Tim Connaghan, the Big Daddy of American Saint Nicks. Santa Tim’s website features pictures of him posing with Giada De Laurentiis, Dr. Phil, and Jewel; he’s the guy Melania Trump called for help at a Toys for Tots event. In normal years, he runs a roving school for Santas and Mmes. Claus and supplies...

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Colorado’s unemployment surges by 30% — another 52,000 filed for support last week

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Colorado’s unemployment surges by 30% — another 52,000 filed for support last week

A month’s worth of stricter restrictions on restaurants, gyms and other types of businesses because of the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the Colorado economy as new unemployment filings continued to climb at an alarming rate last week. The Colorado Department of Labor of Employment reported Thursday that 52,386 people filed initial claims for unemployment during the week ending Dec. 19. That’s a 29.4% increase over the week ending Dec. 12. It’s the single worst week for new claims since April, and roughly a five-fold increase over weekly claims volume seen as recently as October. Of those...

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The best dress shoes for men cost hundreds of dollars, right?

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The best dress shoes for men cost hundreds of dollars, right?

Gents, I thought so too. When it comes to shoes, a higher cost usually means a superior construction. So where does that leave guys who can't splash out $300 on a new pair of shoes for work? Are these men doomed to wear cheap, faux leather shoes for the rest of their lives? Of course not. Guys, I'm here to offer you some advice. Believe it or not, it's actually very possible to find a great pair of quality dress shoes for less than $100. You've just got to know what you're looking for. As I've always said, there are...

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How Texas’s Attorney General Won by Losing Big

How Texas’s Attorney General Won by Losing Big

Last week, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a brilliantly cynical lawsuit seeking to overturn the presidential election in four swing states—Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The lawsuit used a provision of the U.S. Constitution that makes the Supreme Court the arbiter in state conflicts. President Donald Trump quickly jumped on board. Republican attorneys general in 17 other states, as well as 126 of the 196 House Republicans, filed briefs expressing support for Paxton’s suit. The justices lost little time in turning away the suit on Friday night. But even as he lost in court, Paxton had already won. The...

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The tiny nation with a rapidly growing airline route map

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The tiny nation with a rapidly growing airline route map

Around the world, the pandemic has caused most air traffic to come to an abrupt halt. When the coronavirus began spreading rapidly in March and April, some airlines completely stopped operating, while others pulled back from secondary markets, even leaving some cities with no commercial service. One tiny country, however, is seeing a reversal in fortune. Israel, nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and its Arab neighbors, is in the midst of a geopolitical transformation. While Israel’s aviation market remains especially hard hit by the COVID crisis, there have been some surprising signs of hope that have emerged on the geopolitical...

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