Most of us hate the indignities of air travel but for some Americans, Sikhs especially, airport security is humiliating. One Sikh says that it’s not making America safer.
While I am excited to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, I am not excited about the process of getting there. None of us enjoy going through airport security, and this is especially true during the busiest travel week of the year: removing our shoes, removing personal items from our pockets, only to stand in a glass tube and lift up our arms in front of a stranger. All of this is further exacerbated by our eagerness to reach our loved ones as quickly as possible, especially during the holidays.
A Gap ad featuring a Sikh model went viral after being vandalized with racist comments. The company reacted admirably, but the incident proves our society is still divided.
You would expect New York City—one of the nation’s most diverse cities, in which more than a third of its 8 million residents are born in a foreign country—to be a haven for tolerance. But, a recent incident of subway graffiti would indicate otherwise.On Sunday, as I was monitoring my social media feeds, I noticed a striking photograph of a Gap Inc. subway clothing advertisement taken by a friend and NYC photographer, Robert Gerhardt, which he took on the “downtown platform on the 6 train at the Buhre Avenue stop in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx” in New York City just a few days prior.
Here’s how to find out find out if you’re eligible to skip the security line at the airport to save time and hassle during Thanksgiving travel.
For the more than 25 million Americans who are planning to board a plane over the Thanksgiving weekend, holiday travel can pose a logistical nightmare. Bumper-to-bumper traffic, overworked airport staff, and winding security lines make holiday travel long and frustrating.That’s why the Transportation Security Administration introduced “PreCheck” last year. The program allows travelers to breeze through security without having to remove their jackets, shoes, belts, or laptops.
The right always whines about its contrived war on Christmas. But this year, the real assault is on Thanksgiving, when retail stores will be open—depriving thousands of their holiday.
Forget the war on Christmas. It’s time to talk about a more dangerous assault—the one being waged against Thanksgiving. And this war has real casualties: American families.On Thursday, while most of us will be stuffing ourselves in the company of our loved ones—or at least our family—thousands of others will be compelled to leave their Thanksgiving celebrations to go to work. Why? Many retail chains have decided to open up their stores on Thanksgiving Day, including Walmart, Macy’s, Target, and Sears.
With her jump from broadcast TV to a video player on Yahoo’s homepage, Katie Couric signals a new era—it’s no longer career suicide to move from old media to new.
When, years from now, historians try to piece together the exact moment that the balance of cultural power shifted from old media to new, when the old lions guarding the gatehouse were flattened by the democratizing power of the Internet and social media, the events of the last few months, or even the last couple of days, may provide a clue.On Friday, news broke that Katie Couric, one of the most recognizable stars of television, was leaving ABC for Yahoo News.
Talked about for years, a high speed rail service for the Northeast may be on its way at last, with the Federal Railroad Administration expected to approve an overhaul of the tracks.
It may seem improbable, but the odds that faster trains are coming to the Northeast Corridor have jumped recently. That’s because beginning in 2015, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is expected to finally permit modern European designs on tracks throughout the country, running side by side with heavy freight, at all times of day. This decision could cut the weight of U.S. passenger trains in half, meaning trains can go faster, accelerate more quickly, cause less wear on tracks, and get passengers to their destination in less time.
The passenger-rail behemoth sucks up more taxpayer dollars than ever, and its ridership gains are merely a blip. Kill it once and for all.
“We’ll take you across the mighty Mississippi through eight states—past wheat fields and ranches, missions and pueblos, mountains and deserts,” reads the promotional copy for Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, a sleeper train that weaves 2,256 miles from Los Angeles to Chicago along portions of the old Sante Fe trail. “You’ll see spectacular landscapes and pristine vistas not visible from interstate highways.” While gazing out at scenery worthy of the best John Ford flicks, riders can chow down on offerings from Amtrak’s full-service kitchen, such as the angus steak burger for $9.
Before Napa was even a glimmer in anyone’s eye, the first great American wine was made on the banks of the Ohio River by a land speculator in 1842. The story of how he inadvertently made a Champagne-style wine that even wowed Europe and inspired a poem by Longfellow.
America’s first great wine is one you’ve probably never heard of. The Pilgrims did not produce it. Despite his dreams of flourishing vineyards at Monticello and his belief that America could produce wines “doubtless as good” as Europe, Thomas Jefferson did not create it either. American’s first great wine was a pink sparkling libation made from a hybrid grape called Catawba, grown in the Ohio River Valley outside of Cincinnati. The visionary behind it, Nicholas Longworth was convinced Catawba would become the greatest grape in America, possibly the world.
Holiday food drives for ‘associates in need’? Tips on ‘digging out of holiday debt,’ like selling items on eBay? Far from raising wages, Walmart and McDonald’s have a reached a new low.
What are future historians going to call this age? Probably not the Era of Good Feelings, which is what we still call the Monroe-era embrace of small-r republicanism. (It was awfully brief.) The Gilded Age has been taken, although we’ve often heard that we’re living in a New Gilded Age.Lately, I’m wondering if we’ve morphed even beyond that. We know the 1 percent have been partying in contemporary America as never before. And we know the workers at the bottom have been getting hammered.
With serious concerns that Amazon's 'Prime Air' would infringe on privacy, The Daily Beast's Abby Haglage explains why the drones are a recipe for disaster.
As Washington chewed over the Paul Ryan-Patty Murray budget deal, the Treasury Department announced a walloping drop in red ink. Turns out government didn’t need a “grand bargain” to get its fiscal house in order.