New USA Track and Field president: No plans to audit CEO’s spending


by Washington Post

Vin Lananna said he's not concerned with no-bid contracts awarded to company with apparent ties to CEO Max Siegel.

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Time reports:

Canada’s Largest School District Stops New Trips to U.S. Over President Trump’s Travel Ban

The school board cited "uncertainty" over who would be impacted by President Trump's travel ban

POLITICO reports:

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the Guardian reports:

The new status symbol: it’s not what you spend – it’s how hard you work

The rich used to show how much they could spend on things they didn’t need. Today, a public display of productivity is the new symbol of class power

Almost 120 years ago, during the first Gilded Age, sociologist Thorstein Veblen coined the term “conspicuous consumption”. He used it to refer to rich people flaunting their wealth through wasteful spending. Why buy a thousand-dollar suit when a hundred-dollar one serves the same function? The answer, Veblen said, was power. The rich asserted their...