Source: The New York Times
By Niraj Chokshi and Ivan Penn
Dec. 3, 2023, 2:59 p.m. ET
Alaska Airlines on Sunday announced plans to acquire Hawaiian Airlines in a $1.9 billion deal.
The combined airline will maintain the Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines brands but with a single operating platform, Alaska Airlines said in a news release. The company would provide service to 138 destinations, including nonstop flights to airports in the Americas, Asia, Australia and the South Pacific.
For residents in Hawaii, the company would offer three times the current number of destinations from the state to destinations throughout North America, either nonstop or with one connection.
In Alaska Airlines, we are joining an airline that has long served Hawaii, and has a complementary network and a shared culture of service, Peter Ingram, president and chief executive of Hawaiian Airlines, was quoted as saying in the news release.
Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/03/business/alaska-airlines-hawaiian-airlines-deal.html?unlocked_article_code=1.DE0.FVXO.3h0bkGmF-Mcd&hpgrp=ar-abar&smid=url-share
Source: The Hill
BY NICK ROBERTSON - 12/02/23 10:20 AM ET
Former Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) in late night posts on social media pledged to file ethics complaints against several of his House colleagues after he was expelled from office Friday.
His threats were levied against Reps. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.), Mike Lawler (R-N.Y.), Nick LaLota (R-N.Y.) and Rob Menendez (D-N.J.) over campaign finance violations and other ethics claims. The embattled former lawmaker said he will file official complaints on Monday.
New York Republicans led the GOP push to oust Santos, who was himself accused of campaign finance violations, lying to donors and fraud. He faces 23 criminal charges for his alleged conduct, including wire fraud, identity theft and theft of public funds, but has not been tried.
Lets talk about hypocrisy. Can someone ask Nicole MalioStockTips when did she become a savant in stock trading? Santos posted on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, late Friday.
Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/house/4338930-santos-threatens-former-colleagues-with-ethics-complaints/
He certainly graduated from the Donald Trump school of Idiocy.
Opinion: Trump is threatening to use the government to "come down hard" on the free press. Believe him. (Media Matters)
Full link: https://www.mediamatters.org/msnbc/trump-threatening-use-government-come-down-hard-free-press-believe-him
PUBLISHED 11/30/23 4:12 PM EST
Donald Trump is running for president on a stated mission of deploying the powers of government to exact retribution against his enemies. He is openly threatening to turn the Justice Departments investigatory and prosecutorial powers on his political opponents and to purge the federal bureaucracy of officials who are not personally loyal to him.
But over the past eight years, no perceived Trump foe has faced more sustained vitriol from the former president than the U.S. press. His denouncements of journalists who produced critical reporting on his presidency were so overheated that critics warned he was encouraging dictators to repress troublesome news outlets in their own countries. Harsh words alone will not suffice if Trump is returned to the White House in 2024. On Tuesday, he suggested that he plans to use federal power to punish news outlets that provide unfavorable coverage.
In a post to his Truth Social platform, he claimed that MSNBCs critical coverage of himself and the Republican Party constituted the worlds biggest political contribution to the Radical Left Democrats who, by the way, are destroying our Country, and thrust the blame for that coverage on Brian Roberts, the CEO and president of MSNBC parent company Comcast. He concluded: Our so-called government should come down hard on them and make them pay for their illegal political activity. Much more to come, watch!
Trumps attempt to reframe reporting about himself that he dislikes as illegal political activity should be anathema to anyone who cherishes the First Amendments protections of free speech. But his threat to use the government to come down hard on MSNBC and make them pay is in line with his attempts to leverage government authority in order to bend media outlets to his will, and foreshadows a second-term effort targeting not just MSNBC, but the wide array of newspapers, digital outlets, and cable and broadcast networks hes denounced for years.
Read more: https://www.mediamatters.org/msnbc/trump-threatening-use-government-come-down-hard-free-press-believe-him
I took the nominees from the list on SportsGeek.com, which lists the current odds of who'll win. I left off one name on their list - Lionel Messi - because I think his chances are practically nil, even though the odds for some names are longer than his. Zelenskyy won last year.
TIME will reveal its choice on Dec. 10
Source: Yahoo Finance (via MSN)
Story by Hamza Shaban,Karen Friar
US stocks rose Friday afternoon, building on a stellar November, even as investors digested a warning from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell that it would be "premature" to conclude that Fed rate hikes are over or "speculate" when cuts could begin.
The S&P 500 (^GSPC) increased about 0.6% to a new 2023 closing high, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) rose roughly 0.8% or nearly 300 points. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite (^IXIC) advanced 0.5%. All three indexes closed positive for a fifth straight week.
Stocks soared in November to post their best monthly performance since 2022 as conviction that the Fed was done with rate hikes morphed into growing hopes for rate cuts before the summer.
"It's one of the best months we've seen in the last decade," eToro US investment analyst Callie Cox told Yahoo Finance Live. "And I think it shows us how a lot of investors were caught off guard by the Fed's flexible stance after the Nov. 1 meeting."
Powell spoke Friday after October data showed inflation cooled to its lowest levels since 2021. Despite his pushback against talk of rate cuts, markets moved higher from earlier losses as he hinted the central bank could be done with rate hikes.
Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/stock-market-news-today-s-p-500-hits-new-2023-closing-high-as-stocks-rise-for-5th-straight-week/ar-AA1kRB6t
When youre Repughlican friends keep saying the economy sucks under Biden, show them this.
MSNBC is shaking up its weekend schedule as CNNs Saturday and Sunday offerings continue to provide competition.
The NBCUniversal cable-news outlet plans to a launch a new panel show, The Weekend, co-moderated by Alicia Menendez, Symone Sanders-Townsend and Michael Steele that will air Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. That move will consolidate anchors who had been active on the weekend schedule in their own time slots, and leave room for change.
Alex Witt, one of the longest-serving news anchors on MSNBC, gets new hours to fill, with an expanded 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. slot on both Saturday and Sunday. Yasmin Vossoughian, who had been doing news in the afternoons, will focus solely on working as a national reporter for MSNBC. Both Jonathan Capehart and Katie Phang will see their programs move Phang to noon on Saturdays and Capehart to 6 p.m. on both weekend evenings.
Ayman Mohyeldin will takeover Mehdi Hasans one-hour program on Sundays, expanding to four hours on both Saturday and Sundays. Hasan, one of MSNBCs most outspoken commentators, will remain at the network as a political analyst and fill-in host.
Read more: https://variety.com/2023/tv/news/msnbc-shakes-up-weekend-schedule-panel-show-symone-sanders-1235814463/
I'm not happy with some of these changes. Mehdi Hasan should be getting more hours, not less. Katie Phang, whose weekend show is very informative, is getting moved to a better time slot for West Coast viewers like me, but only one day now. Yasmin Vossoughian, someone else I really think does a great job, won't have a defined slot anymore, either.
One of my favorite Christmas songs.
Source: USA Today
Irish musician Shane MacGowan, who formed the influential punk band The Pogues, best known for '80s hit "Fairytale of New York," has died. He was 65.
MacGowan died in the early hours of Thursday with his family by his side, The Pogues' official Instagram page announced in a joint statement from his wife Victoria Mary Clarke, sister Siobhan and father Maurice.
"Prayers and the last rites were rites were read which gave comfort to his family," the statement added. "Further details will be announced shortly but the family ask for privacy at this very sad time."
MacGowan's wife also shared a tribute to her husband on Instagram Thursday, writing, "Shane who will always be the light that I hold before me and the measure of my dreams and the love ❤️ of my life and the most beautiful soul and beautiful angel and the sun and the moon and the start and end of everything that I hold dear has gone to be with Jesus and Mary and his beautiful mother Therese."
Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2023/11/30/shane-macgowan-dead-the-pogues-singer/71751428007/
One of my very favorite Christmas songs.
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