Wednesday, February 10, 2016

First Lady, Melania Trump

If Donald Trump wins The Oval Office, 
America's First Lady will be a native-born Slovenian.

Melania Trump (née Knauss, born Melanija Knávs,[1] 
Germanized to Melania Knauss; April 26, 1970)

The Absurd Superlatives Saturating Donald Trump's New Hampshire Acceptance Speech

"Mediocre Philosophy Sells: It Makes The Half Literate Feel Smart

Excerpt: "We're going to rebuild our military. It's going to be so big, so strong, so powerful. Nobody is going to mess with us, believe me, nobody. Nobody."

Donald Trump is the unequivocal winner from Republicans' New Hampshire primary. And, as The Fix's Philip Bump notes, for a man who loves winning, it was a great one: "Trump won men, women, every age group, every ideology, people who had and people had not gone to college, and every single age bracket. And he won those groups by huge margins."
Trump was visibly relieved Tuesday night with his victory and its YUGE margin; he came in second in Iowa a week earlier to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
Which means that Tuesday was the first time we've heard Trump give a victory speech this entire campaign. And it was worth annotating. Here's the complete transcript, which we've annotated using Genius.
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TRUMP: Oh, wow! wow, wow, wow! So beautiful. So beautiful.
(APPLAUSE) We are going to make America great again.
So I want to thank everybody. But I really have to begin by paying homage to my parents, Mary and Fred. They are up there. They are looking down. They're saying, this is something very special. They love this country, and they're very happy right now. So thank you to my parents.
I want to thank my sister, Judge Barry, Maryanne, a really great sister, another great sister, Elizabeth. My fantastic brother, Robert, who is watching right now with Ann Marie (ph), and I want to thank my brother, my late brother, Fred, what a fantastic guy. I learned so much from Fred. Taught me more than just about anybody. Just probably about even with my father, a fantastic guy. So I want to thank Fred. He's up there and he's looking down also.
And we can go right down the line, but we have to start with Melania, what she puts up with.
And she said that right from day one, reason you're going to win, so, Melania, thank you, honey. Thank you.
And Don and Vanessa, thank you so much.
And Ivanka, she was out. She made seven stops today at the polling areas.
So, very, very special. And Jared. Jared is a very, very successful real estate entrepreneur in Manhattan. But he likes this better than real estate I think.
So, Jared, thank you.
And Lara (ph) and Eric (ph). And they were all out today and it was amazing. And Corey (ph). Where is Corey? Does Corey have a ground game or what?
Boy do we have a ground game. Where's Corey? Corey? Corey Lewendowski (ph).
(APPLAUSE) You know we learned a lot about ground games in one week. I have to tell you that. And the entire staff -- and Hope picks -- this is Hope. This is Hope. This is Hope. Nobody takes more phone calls I think in a day than Hope. So thank you, Hope and Corey and the entire group, the entire staff. Incredible job.
Get over here. Come here. The man.
TRUMP: So again, we have to thank the candidates because they really ran. We have some very talented people. And to be victorious against some of these people, even if it's for one week, but believe it's going to be for many weeks, OK?
But they really are, they're terrific. A number of them called and I just wanted to thank them. But I wanted to congratulate the other candidates. OK?
Now that I got that over with. You know it's always tough. And then tomorrow boom, boom. But that's the way it is. And really you have some real talent. We have some real talent in the Republican Party and the RNC and (inaudible). We want to thank everybody. Thank you very much.
We -- yes right, right. Well, I'll tell you what. I'll tell you what. What do we really want to thank right? We want to thank the people of New Hampshire right?
Do we love the people of New Hampshire?
You know, I said it and I said it even a year ago. I said I think I'm going to do really well there because I'm here a lot. And it's so beautiful. And I love it so much. And I love the people. And I said I actually think they like me a lot.
And then all of a sudden we started getting numbers in. And everyone said how come they like Trump so much? But I have so many friends up here. And they are special, special people.
So, New Hampshire, I want to thank you. We love you. We're going to be back a lot. We're not going to forget you. You started it. Remember, you started it.
AUDIENCE: Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump.
TRUMP: You started it.
TRUMP: You know when I came out I heard the end of Bernie's speech. And I heard some of the beginning. No, no...
TRUMP: I -- first of all, congratulations to Bernie. In all fairness we have to congratulate him. We may not like it. But I heard parts of Bernie's speech. He wants to give away our country, folks. He wants to give away -- we're not going to let it happen. We're not going to let it happen. I don't know where it's going with Bernie. We wish him a lot of luck.
But we are going to make America great again. But we're going to do it the old fashioned way. We're going to beat China, Japan. We're going to beat Mexico at trade. We're going to beat all of these countries that are taking so much of our money away from us on a daily basis. It's not going to happen anymore. We have the greatest businesspeople right now in the world. They call me all the time. They want to be involved. We have political hacks negotiating our deals for billions and billions and billions of dollars. Not going to happen anymore. We're going to use the finest business people in the world. We are going to something so good and so fast and so strong. And the world is going to respect us again. Believe me.
We're going to -- do we love our country?
Do we love our country?
I think one of the thing that really caught on is very important, self-funding my campaign. Everybody on both sides...
And you know I was saying two weeks ago. I said I don't think people really appreciate it because I see all of this money being poured into commercials and it's not their money. It's special interests' money. And this is on both sides. This is on the Republican side, the Democrat side, money just pouring into commercials.

Alan: Donald Trump's personal fortune is "special interest money" - and not the special interest of The 1% but the special interest of just 1 man.
These are special interests, folks. These are lobbyists. These are people that don't necessarily love our country. They don't have the best interests of our country at heart. We're not going to let it happen. We can't -- we have to do something about it. When you see -- when you see the kind of deals made in our country, a lot of those deals are made because the politicians aren't so stupid. They're making them for their benefit. We have to stop it. We have to stop it. We are now going to make it for your benefit. We're going to make the deals for the American people. That's the way it is. (CHEERS) (APPLAUSE)Now, very -- oh, I love this. Look at you. Look at you. I love these signs. They're the most imaginative signs.
So look, in a nutshell, we're going to make great trade deals. We're going to rebuild our military. It's going to be so big, so strong, so powerful. Nobody is going to mess with us, believe me, nobody. Nobody.
We are going to take care of our vets. Where is Al? Where is Al? We love Al. All right, Al? Get up here if you can.
We're going to take care of our vets. Our vets are treated horribly. They're our greatest people. Our vets are going to be taken care of. And you remember that, everybody.
We're going to have strong, incredible borders. And people are going to come into our country. But they're going to come into our country legally. They're going to come in legally.
We're going to build a wall. It's going to be built. It's not even, believe it or not, it's not even a difficult thing to do.
And by the way, for the people of New Hampshire, you have a tremendous problem with heroin and drugs. You wouldn't even believe it. You see this place and you say it's so beautifulYou have a tremendous problem.
The first thing always that they mention to me, Mr. Trump, please do something. The drugs, the heroin, it's pouring in. And it's so cheap because there's so much of it. And the kids are getting stuck and other people are getting stuck. We're going to end it. We're going to end it. We're going to end it at the southern border... (CHEERS) It's going to be over. And we're going to work. And we're going to work really hard to get those people that are so addicted off the habit. We're going to work like hell to take care of the situation. It's a huge problem in New Hampshire. It's a huge problem all over our country.
We're going to have borders again. And we're going to work with you people to help you solve that very big problem. And we'll get it done.
AUDIENCE: Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump...
TRUMP: That's so beautiful.
AUDIENCE: Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump...
TRUMP: What a group of people.
You know, and on top of this group we have thousands of people outside that can't even get in. That's what we have. Thousands of people.
AUDIENCE: Trump for president.
TRUMP: Health care. We're going to repeal and replace Obamacare...
It is a total disaster. We're repealing and replacing Obamacare. It's gone.
We're getting rid of Common Core. We're going to educate our children...
... locally. We educate our children locally.
We are going to preserve our very sacred Second Amendment.
There's not going to be any more chipping away at our Second Amendment. If we had protection in California recently, and so many other places.
You could even look to Paris. Paris has the toughest gun laws in the world. France has the toughest gun laws in the world. These animals go in. They start shooting, one, two, three, 130 people. With many people horribly wounded. Horribly wounded right now in the hospital. If there were bullets going in the other direction, believe me, it would've been a whole different story, folks.
But nobody had protection.
AUDIENCE: Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump...
TRUMP: I am going to be the greatest jobs president that God ever created. Remember that.
Don't believe those phony numbers when you hear 4.9 and 5 percent unemployment. The number's probably 28, 29, as high as 35. In fact, I even heard recently 42 percent. Do you think we'd have gatherings like this if we had -- if we had 5 percent unemployment do you really think we'd have these gatherings?
Forgetting about security, forgetting about ISIS, which by the way, we're going to knock the hell out of ISIS.
We're going to knock the hell out of them. And it's going to be done the right way.
So we're going to take care of the economy. We're going to take care of jobs. We're going to take care of all of the things that I said, our border, everything, health care. It's going to be so great.
Remember this about Obamacare. People are forgetting, but now they're miserable because it's going up 45 percent, 35 percent, 55 percent. It's totally out of control. Probably sinks of its own volition in 2017, unless the Republicans give it another -- I mean what's going on? What's going on?
The budget, the last budget that was approved is an absolute disaster for everybody in this country. We owe $19 trillion as of today. We just crossed the $19 trillion mark. We're going to very shortly be at $21 trillion because of the budget.
We are going to make our country so strong. We are going to start winning again. We don't win anymore as a country. We don't win on trade. We don't win with the military. We can't beat ISIS. We don't win with anything.
We are going to start winning again. And we're going to win so much, you are going to be so happy. We are going to make America so great again. Maybe greater than ever before.
I love you all. Thank you, New Hampshire.
Thank you. Thank you, New Hampshire. Thank you.
We are going now to South Carolina. We're going to win in South Carolina.
I love you all. Thank you very much. Thank you.
Thank you very much.

The Republican Contest Distilled

Republican Support For Same-Sex Marriage Up By 131% Since 2005

People of all parties increasingly support same-sex marriage rights.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

En Español: The NY Times Launches Spanish-Language News Site Aiming South Of Border

En Español: 

The New York Times launches a Spanish-language news site aiming south of the border

The New York Times en Español is the Times’ latest attempt to grow its audience internationally.
The Iowa caucuses are confusing. Every four years, Americans receive a crash course in the quirky midwestern custom that kicks off the presidential nominating cycle, but for news consumers abroad — even those who follow U.S. politics — the process can be even more mystifying.
So before Iowans caucused last week, The New York Times published a story in Spanish to explain how the caucuses work and what their impact will be on the rest of the campaign.
The story was written by journalistAlbinson Linares for The New York Times en Español, a Spanish-language site the Times is officially launching today. The site, to be run out of Mexico City, will curate and translate 10 to 15 Times news and opinion articles each day while also featuring some original Spanish-language reporting. The site is one of the latest steps in a larger effort from the paper to grow its international audience.
“This team, and future teams that we build in other places, can be a bridge — not just to bring Times journalism to those places, but also to explain the United States and all the things that happen here to those audiences,”Lydia Polgreen, the deputy international editor who oversaw editorial development of the project told me.
Elias Lopez is the site’s editorial director, and he’ll be working with a team of six journalists.
International expansion has long been one of the Times’ goals. In amemo last year, CEO Mark Thompson and executive editor Dean Baquet wrote that the paper would prioritize efforts “to tailor our journalism and products to make them more relevant for specific new audiences, rather than viewing the rest of the world as just one big audience.”
The Times began translating stories into Spanish in early 2015 as it worked to develop the new products. The project was based out of NYT Beta, an in-house incubator of sorts that also originated apps like NYT Cooking and NYT Now.
In addition to the site that the Times is debuting today, it’s also launching a twice-weekly newsletter, Boletín.
“We’ll be exploring different models as time goes on,” Polgreen said. “This is a beta project. We’re learning. We’re trying to understand the audience. We’re trying to understand the value.”
The Times decided to focus on a Spanish product first because the language is so widely spoken (a Spanish government report last year estimated that there are 559 million Spanish speakers globally, including 470 million native speakers). That many Spanish-speaking countries are near the United States meant the staff didn’t have to battle time zones or travel far to conduct research.
The paper expects its largest audiences for the new product to come from Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and Spain. There is also a sizable audience of Spanish speakers in the United States.
Polgreen wouldn’t specify which other regions the Times is targeting for future expansion, but she said the paper would probably try to replicate the curated approach even if it’s entering a predominantly English-speaking market.
For now, the Spanish site will be free to access, and its stories won’t count against the Times’ paywall. Polgreen said the Times plans to continue to “experiment with a lot of different potential models, paid and not” as it grows internationally. “Our main goal in this is to get people to think of The New York Times as an important part of their daily lives,” she said.
The Times has had a mixed record with previous attempts at international growth. In 2012, it debuted a Chinese-language sitethat was promptly blocked by the Chinese government. Last year, it began posting on WeChat in English and Chinese. Plans for a Portuguese-language site, however, were scrapped, and the Times also shuttered its India Ink blog in 2014.
Looking abroad for growth has become a common move for U.S. and U.K. outlets. The Guardian has launched newsrooms in the United States and Australia; The Times of London recently launched an app specifically for international audiences. And organizations such as BuzzFeed and Mashable have also expanded abroad.
Polgreen said she considers The New York Times en Español an extension of the Times’ current products. “We don’t have a separate brand for it,” she said. “The truth is, people want to read The New York Times, and they want to read the Times’ marquee journalists. That’s what’s most appealing to them.”
Polgreen has led the editorial side of the project. Paul Walborsky, the former Gigaom CEO who has been consulting for the Times since late 2014, worked on the business side. Polgreen said she and Walborsky were “joined at the hip” throughout the process. Others on the team worked on design, product development, and data science.
Over the past year or so, Polgreen and others have taken multiple trips to the region to conduct research on the market. On one, Polgreen walked around Mexico City getting her shoes shined at multiple places, and asking the shoeshiners how their customers typically consume their news. Polgreen learned that before work in the mornings, people tended to read hard news on their phones. After lunch, they moved to one of the many Mexican celebrity tabloids. Team members also commuted with people on the subway to understand how they use their phones to consume news.
“I was a foreign correspondent for ten years,” Polgreen said. “I’ve always had the instinct to go out and talk to people, but it was really interesting to take that approach and apply it to developing a product.”
The Times also ran tests on Facebook and elsewhere to learn which types of stories resonated most with Spanish-speaking audiences, and which were better received in English. That data helped the Times determine the kinds of stories it wanted to translate and highlight in Spanish.
Because the Times wants to reach users through the Spanish-speaking world in Latin America as well as Spain, the team of journalists in Mexico City running the project are all native Spanish speakers who hail from around Latin America and Spain. Times staffers in New York and the Times’ correspondents throughout Latin America will also contribute to the site.
“We wanted to have a staff that crossed the Spanish-speaking world because our hope was to come up with a tone and a language that would be accessible to everyone,” Polgreen said. “We have a group of people who can talk together and say, ‘This word means this in Mexico, but does it sound different to a Colombian ear?’ Having that real-time back-and-forth ensures that we’re getting high-quality translations and using as neutral a Spanish as possible,” Polgreen said.
For now, the team will focus primarily on translated stories, but Polgreen said the Times could pursue more original Spanish stories if the demand from readers is there.
“We’re starting with a largely translated project with a significant component of original reporting, but as we build an audience, as we understand the needs of that audience, we can make deeper investments in original reporting based on what we learn,” she said. “We’re trying to backload rather than front load these investments.”