The president once raged at the North Korean leader as a 'madman' and a killer, but showed little concern for his brutal style during their meeting in Singapore. Almost exactly one year ago, North Korea returned an imprisoned 22-year-old American college student to his family in the United States. It was not a happy reunion. Otto Warmbier, whom the North Koreans had imprisoned for more than a year, arrived in a coma and died a few days later — spurring President Donald Trump to rail against the “brutality” of a North Korean government that lacked “basic human decency.” Trump gradually focused his attacks on the regime’s leader, Kim Jong Un, calling him a “sick puppy” and a “madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people.”Story Continued Below In Singapore this week, Trump warmly embraced that so-called madman. He called Kim a “smart” and “funny guy” who “loves his people.” He … [Read more...] about ‘What the hell?’ Trump-Kim lovefest ignores human rights nightmare
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WASHINGTON — A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a powerful and popular tool to simplify the management of your charitable giving. According to the 2017 Donor Advised Fund report from the National Philanthropic Trust, donor-advised funds reached a record $23 billion in contributions in 2016. Donor-advised funds offer many of the benefits of a private foundation without the headaches. Some of the advantages are that it allows you, as the donor, to receive an immediate tax deduction for the full amount of your charitable donation, invest the principal free of taxes and distribute funds to charities that you and your successors care about most over time. Establishing an account in a DAF can be arranged at most major brokerage firms, as well as through community foundations and single-issue charity sponsors. The initial amount needed to open a DAF account and the required future minimum additions and charity gifts varies based on the specific sponsor. Other than your donation into the … [Read more...] about Are donor advised funds right for your charitable giving?
The investment news website Seeking Alpha has 128 investor conference-call transcripts listed under the stock ticker symbol for Medtronic PLC, but it doesn’t seem to have one from Medtronic’s announcement of Omar Ishrak as its new chief executive in 2011. A new CEO is a big deal, of course, but it makes sense that Medtronic didn’t host a call back then. After all, the new boss just got there, so what was an investor supposed to learn? Without really trying to, Medtronic proved the wisdom of that 2011 decision by actually going ahead with an early morning conference call last week for investors and analysts. It followed news that former JPMorgan Chase analyst Michael Weinstein came aboard as a new senior vice president of strategy. Even carefully rereading the eight-page transcript of the call backward, a trick learned from watching spy movies, didn’t reveal an obvious key insight. Weinstein seems happy about the new job, happy to mostly take stock for pay and … [Read more...] about Medtronic hire brings expertise and plenty of questions
Sarah Skidmore Sell, Ap Personal Finance Writer Updated 12:34 am, Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Photo: Tony Gutierrez, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 In this April 9, 2018, photo, Rob Chilton and his wife Saria pose for a photo in their recently purchased home in Frisco, Texas. To cope with rising prices in Dallas, first-time buyers like Rob Chilton and his wife have broadened their search area, even if it lengthens their commutes to work. The couple, who cut back on dining out and other luxuries the past few years to set aside money for a down payment, bought a three-bedroom, two-bath fixer-upper for $335,000 in February. less In this April 9, 2018, photo, Rob Chilton and his wife Saria pose for a photo in their recently purchased home in Frisco, Texas. To cope with rising prices in Dallas, first-time buyers like Rob Chilton and his ... more … [Read more...] about Landing the right house in a tough market for homebuyers
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Don't underestimate Shaquem Griffin.The former University of Central Florida linebacker, who has one hand, turned heads at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine this past weekend, delivering two incredible fitness feats as part of his workout.Wearing a special prosthetic attachment on his left arm, the 22-year-old bench-pressed 225 pounds 20 times, generating raucous applause from the crowd that formed behind him. His previous personal max-out at 225 was 11 reps, but his goal entering the event was only six, Fox Sports reported. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below If that weren't enough, the 6-0, 227-pound athlete also ran a blazing 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash — the fastest-ever official time for a linebacker since the NFL began documenting its Combine stats in 2003. Watch both of Griffin’s amazing highlights below, posted by the NFL: Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Griffin's Combine showing had NFL superstars J.J. Watt of the … [Read more...] about A One-Handed Linebacker Defied the Odds and Crushed the NFL Combine