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the archives

1976 “At 29, dress designer and haute hustler Diane von Fürstenberg has become the most marketable female in fashion since Coco Chanel,” according to Newsweek. Fürstenberg “parlayed her titled name, her sophisticated image and her sharp merchandising talent into a design empire that projects $60 million in retail sales this year,” based in large part on the success of her signature wrap dress which “carries the cachet of the designer’s own ultra-chic image.” After expanding too quickly initially, von Fürstenberg made a comeback in the ’90s, and on March 8, released her fourth book, Own It: The Secret to Life. 1982 Newsweek reported that the Reagan administration launched an unconvincing media campaign and “a major propaganda offensive” claiming “that the Sandinistas are exporting arms and revolution to El Salvador.” In 1986, the International…

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will ceos put their money where their mouths are?

IT WAS QUITE A YEAR IN THE WORLD OF corporate activism. In 2020, businesses and their leaders stood up like never before. CEOs and their boards halted campaign contributions to politicians who spread lies about a stolen presidential election, contributed millions to food banks to help Americans who lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and spent millions more to support social justice programs after the civil unrest that followed the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. And, they took a long look in the mirror. But all that work will produce few results if business leaders don’t take the next step and make good on the promises and pledges from the past year. “It’s critical that the commitments made are integral to an organization’s purpose and that leaders…

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nyc’s ‘cheerleader in chief’

ANDREW YANG’S 2020 PRESIDENTIAL campaign garnered zero delegates, but it propelled him and his signature idea of Universal Basic Income into the national consciousness. Now he’s running for mayor of New York City—and recent polls suggest he’s already a frontrunner. Yang and his fan base—dubbed the Yang Gang—campaigned hard for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as well as for other Democratic candidates across the country. The entrepreneur-turned-politician is bringing that same energy to New York. Other frontrunners include Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. Raymond McGuire, a top Wall Street executive, has shown a strong ability to fundraise. Maya Wiley, an academic and former lawyer in current Mayor Bill De Blasio’s administration, has been endorsed by one of the city’s most powerful labor unions, the…

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walled in

WHAT WOULD JOE BIDEN DO IF HE HAD TO CHOOSE BETWEEN pleasing his political donors or endorsing a key Donald Trump policy? Well, obviously he’s going to…wait a minute. He what??? On the most consequential foreign policy issue that the Biden administration is likely to face—how to deal with the People’s Republic of China—the new Democratic president seems ready to follow the path set out by his Republican predecessor. “Let me just say that I believe that President Trump was right in taking a tougher approach to China,” said Antony Blinken, Biden’s secretary of state, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in January. Then, before the shock of that statement could sink in, he quickly added: “I disagree very much with the way that he went about it…

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should pregnant women get vaccinated?

GUIDANCE FROM PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS about whether pregnant women should get the COVID-19 vaccine has been conflicted and cautious to the point of being noncommittal. For instance, the World Health Organization initially advised that only pregnant women at high risk of COVID-19 exposure or with a separate underlying condition should get the vaccine; then the WHO revised the guidance to reflect the higher risk pregnant women face of getting severe COVID and the increased risk of pre-term birth. But it added a qualification: the available data was “insufficient to assess vaccine efficacy or vaccine-associated risks in pregnancy,” even though “animal studies showed no harmful effects in pregnancy.” An independent advisory committee of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested that pregnant women consider getting the shots “after consulting…

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best maternity hospitals 2021

THE BIRTH OF A HEALTHY BABY brings great joy—especially during such a difficult time. If you’re planning to add a new baby to the family, you want to feel confident that you’ve chosen a first-rate maternity hospital to help you achieve that happy outcome. ¶ How can you make informed decisions about maternity care? Newsweek used data from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization that reports on the safety and quality performance of U.S. health care facilities, to highlight the Best Maternity Hospitals 2021. Our list presents 217 hospitals in 37 states, categorized by region. The facilities that made this list met Leapfrog’s high standards for safety and quality of the maternity care they provide. ¶ “We commend them for their commitment to excellence,” said Leah Binder, President &…

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