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The historian Jon Meacham, who wrote of ‘the soul of America,’ has been working on Biden’s speeches.

first_imgMr. Biden’s speech-writing process is run by Mike Donilon, the president-elect’s longtime adviser. But behind the scenes, Mr. Meacham has been playing a larger role than was previously known, both writing drafts of speeches and offering edits on many of Mr. Biden’s big addresses, including one he gave at Gettysburg last month and his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in August.TJ Ducklo, a spokesman for Mr. Biden, downplayed Mr. Meacham’s role. “President-elect Joe Biden wrote the speech he delivered to the American people on Saturday night, which laid out his vision for uniting and healing the nation,” Mr. Ducklo said. “Given the significance of the speech, he consulted a number of important, and diverse, voices as part of his writing process, as he often does.” Mr. Meacham declined to comment on his role.During the Trump years, Mr. Meacham has been a regular presence on both MSNBC and NBC News’ broadcasts, where he served as a paid contributor. Mr. Meacham, who has voted for presidents in both parties, played an unusual role during the campaign. He publicly endorsed Mr. Biden in an op-ed and received a prime speaking slot at the D.N.C. this year.“To record history doesn’t mean you are removed from it,” Mr. Meacham said over the summer, noting he had been friends with Mr. Biden for a long time.Mr. Meacham is currently not expected to join the administration. But his role helping to craft Mr. Biden’s biggest addresses has shades of the presidential historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.’s relationship with President John F. Kennedy. Mr. Schlesinger worked for Mr. Kennedy’s campaign and as a member of his White House staff.- Advertisement – The network declined to comment on Monday, but Mr. Meacham will no longer be a paid contributor going forward, according to a person familiar with the decision. That person added, however, that Mr. Meacham would be welcomed back on the airwaves as a guest.Indeed, Mr. Meacham appeared on MSNBC both shortly before and after Mr. Biden’s speech. About half an hour after the speech had concluded, the anchor Brian Williams introduced Mr. Meacham by saying, “I’m not the historian that you are, and I don’t have the Pulitzer that you do, but do you concur that is the way we are used to hearing from our presidents?”“Absolutely,” Mr. Meacham responded, without disclosing that he been involved in the writing of Mr. Biden’s speech. Jon Meacham, the presidential historian and biographer, has been helping to craft President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s speeches, according to multiple sources involved, including helping to write the acceptance speech that Mr. Biden that he delivered Saturday night from Wilmington.In that address, Mr. Biden spoke of a mission “to rebuild the soul of America, to rebuild the backbone of this nation, the middle class and to make America respected around the world again.” Mr. Meacham’s 2018 book, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels,” has long served as a touchstone for Mr. Biden, who read it and has reached out to Mr. Meacham in the past to discuss passages he liked.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – A Biden official added that Mr. Meacham was involved in discussions about the themes in the victory speech.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Buy a Biomass Stove, Get a Tax Credit

first_imgOn June 1, the Internal Revenue Service clarified the terms under which consumers can qualify for a federal tax credit of as much as 30%, up to $1,500, on the purchase of a biomass stove that has an efficiency rating of 75% or higher.That clarification was cited immediately by trade groups such as the Pellet Fuels Institute, consumer-interest nonprofits such as the Tax Incentives Assistance Project, and manufacturers such as Hearth & Home Technologies, which noted in a press release that its product line includes 30 items that qualify for the credit.The TIAP is careful to point out that the scope of the original tax-credit incentives expanded on February 17 to include purchases of biomass stoves, ground-source heat pumps, and geothermal heat pumps. Also, the financial cap on the credit for heating equipment purchases increased to $1,500 from $500.The biomass stoves offered by Hearth & Home, which are manufactured under the Quadra Fire and Harman Home Heating brands, are designed to burn wood or corn pellets (some can alternate between both). Both brands provide their customers with a document certifying that the product qualifies for the tax credit.The credits, TIAP adds, are available for stoves placed in service between January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2010.last_img read more

iOttie iON Wireless Mini Portable Charging Pad: Fast and Convenient

first_imgBlueair 680i Air Purifier: Clean Air For Your H… Related Posts Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Molekule Air Purifier: Small in Stature, Big on…center_img Canvia Digital Art Turns Home and Office Walls … To make the smartphone charging experience more convenient and powerful, charging pads have emerged in the last few years. One of the latest to hit the market is the iOttie iON wireless mini fast charging pad.Here are my thoughts after using one of these charging pads for a few weeks.How it WorksThanks to this portable charging pad, you can charge your smartphones without needing any extra cables. All you do is put your phone on the charging surface, and it will begin charging automatically.It works for both iPhone and Samsung smartphones as well as a Qi-enabled device. For Android, it is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, Galaxy S8, S8+, S7, S7 Edge, S6 S6 Edge, Note 9, 8, Note 5, LG G6, G6+ and all other Qi-enabled devices For Apple, the charging pad works with the iPhone X, 8, and 8 Plus.Charging Pad FeaturesWhile there is also a regular size charging pad from iOttie, this one is an inch shorter but doesn’t short you on any of the incredible features. This mini version features Qi wireless technology, which gives it incredible charging speed. There is an anti-slip silicone pad on the bottom of the pad that holds it in place while the anti-slip ring on the top of the charging pad keeps your smartphone from sliding off.The charging pad also has a reversible USB-C input that makes setup simple. It also has an LED charging indicator on the front of the wireless phone charger to verify that it is charging your device. This light is small, so it’s not something you will notice at night in case you have it charging in the same room.What I Like BestWhile it doesn’t have to look great as a utility, this fabric-wrapped charging pad has style. Plus, the linen fabric feels nice, making it almost luxurious.  It comes in red, gray, or beige and offers an aesthetically pleasing design. It’s wide enough to hold an iPhone X.The versatile charging pad even works well if your phone is in a case. It works with smartphone cases that are up to seven millimeters in thickness. The rectangular shape makes more sense those of other charging pads. I could line up my rectangular phone on the rectangular charging pad rather than hunting around in hopes I had found the right spot for charging to commence.Because of its small size and lightweight style thanks to the plastic body that holds the charging technology, the charging pad is comfortable to take with you anywhere, making it great when you need to work from the road. Also, it’s compact size means I can fit it anywhere, including my work desk so I can still use my phone at the same time if needed.While charging on the mini version is a bit slower than the bigger version, it still got the job done even when my iPhone was down to two percent on battery life.Where to BuyYou can purchase the charging pad directly from iOttie’s website. They offer free shipping and free 30-day returns. You can also find this charging pad on sites like Amazon.What Comes with ItAlong with the charging pad in your preferred color choice, you will also receive a four-foot USB-C to USB-A cable and a power adapter. It also comes with a hassle-free two-year warranty.ConclusionThe iOttie iON wireless mini charger offers a compact and convenient way to speed smartphone charging on the go. I’m fast becoming a convert to charging pads over being tied to a charging cord. HyperDrive Power 9-in-1 USB-C Hublast_img read more

10 Half Truths About Sales

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now There are a lot of “truths” about sales bandied about on social media by people who have a something to gain if your believe their half truths. Here are some to watch for. Buyers are spending their time researching: I am sure there are some people in purchasing departments somewhere researching something they need to purchase for their company. My experience tells me that most decision-makers are not. If there is information parity between you and your prospective client, you are doing sales wrong.Buyers are well-educated and well-informed: About many things, yes. About you and your industry and the choices that available to them when it comes to producing better results, not so much. Buyers have experience when they repurchase, and most of their education is gained through the experience of having bought and used a service.Buyers are spending their time on social sites: There are surely some people in business with buying roles that are engaged on social sites. What you’ll find to be true is that the higher up the organizational charts you climb, the fewer people you will find spending their time on social sites.Buyers now control the process: If buyers knew how to get the results they needed, they’d already be getting those results. When a buyer has a process, it’s called an RFP. What you sell is surely being commoditized,  this process will never serve you, and it rarely serves the company well. You can still control the process if you initiate it.Marketing is going to generate your leads: Marketing creates awareness. When things go well, they generate leads. The other half of this truth is that those leads will not be enough for you to grow your business. Sales is about opportunity creation as much as it is about opportunity capture.Marketing automation can nurture your relationships: Marketing can automate messages. Nurturing is something different. You don’t nurture a lead. You nurture a relationship. Your prospects don’t have any relationships with anyone in your marketing department. When they have a need, they are not calling marketing. People nurture relationships with other people.Inbound is better than outbound: Inbound can be enormously helpful. But it isn’t better than targeting your dream clients, building relationships over time, developing a case for change, and winning your dream client. Outbound still rules the roost.Salespeople are only necessary to close opportunities: Why, sir, so few opportunities then? If inbound isn’t working, and marketing doesn’t generate leads, where are the opportunities you need going to come from? Salespeople are necessary to create opportunities. That commitment comes way before the commitment to buy.The best salespeople should not prospect: Closers. Sure. Whatever. The person with the greatest ability to create value for their dream client should prospect and they should be engaged early in the process, where deals are won and lost. Saving the best salesperson for the end of the process and allowing them not to prospect is a bad idea.There will be fewer salespeople in the future: This is a half truth. If your model is transactional, this is almost certainly true. Where you model is high trust, high value, and high caring, this is not true. In fact, there is already a shortage of salespeople with the necessary skill sets to sell in businesses with these models.last_img read more

Cargo Movers march back to finals vs Blaze Spikers

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend The championships will begin on July 11.National player Aby Maraño anchored F2 Logistics’ fast-paced game, gliding her way to 10 points, including a running attack and a solo block for the match’s last two points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We really, really wanted to win this game not just because we want to get back at Cignal which beat us in the preliminaries, but also because we want to make the championships,” said the flamboyant middle-blocker.F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus commended Maraño’s game, saying “it looks like she wanted to eat our opponents alive.” “At the start of the game we really want to focus and remove all the doubts in our hearts,” Maraño added.Looking confident, the Cargo Movers executed their plays at breakneck speed with Maraño, Ara Galang, Desiree Cheng and Majoy Baron taking turns in attacks.But they also held their ground in defense, muting Cignal’s top scorers Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga who are more at home with high-low plays and combination attacks.“We were very successful in our service that made it difficult for them to establish defense,” added Maraño.Baron typified F2’s “fully loaded serves,” hammering four straight aces that triggered five straight points for the Cargo Movers as the HD Spikers struggled in receives.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Aby Marano of F2 Logistics saves the ball. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPetron trounced Foton even as F2 Logistics routed Cignal Thursday night to arrange a best-of-three title fight in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.The Blaze Spikers hacked out a 25-21, 22-25, 25-9, 26-16 win over the Tornadoes, while the defending champion Cargo Movers zoomed past the flustered HD Spikers, 25-15, 25-15, 25-14, earlier.ADVERTISEMENT Global upends Ceres; Kaya snaps winless spell Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenacenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Good news — at last — for Torontos live music scene

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Danforth Music Hall hosted 202 shows this year, and hopes to continue its hot streak through its 100th anniversary in 2019. (RENE JOHNSTON / TORONTO STAR) Fans of live music have witnessed a lot of casualties on the local scene lately — with one club after another closing or threatening to — so they might understandably fear the worst.But lurking behind all the talk of a “venue crisis” — which reached a fever pitch when the beloved Silver Dollar Room went dark in May after remaining a fond fixture on the Spadina Ave. strip since 1958 — there’s also some pretty good news.We might have lost places like the Dollar, the Hoxton, the Holy Oak, the Central and the Hideout over the past year or so, and watched Hugh’s Room and Cherry Cola’s barely achieve stays of execution. Login/Register With: At the same time, though, the Horseshoe Tavern just celebrated its 70th birthday, the 69-year-old El Mocambo looks to finally reopen in the spring, and the revamped Danforth Music Hall turns 99 next year. Twittercenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Salvation Army gets big gift to boost donations One Week at the

first_img Magnetic Media recommended Valentine’s Day Events Families Homeless after Five Cays Fire Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Dec 2015 – The Red Kettle of the Salvation Army is now live at various shopping centers around the country but new honorary chairman, Stan Hartling has taken giving to the organization to an entirely new level. When you donate a specific amount, you not only help the Salvation Army to reach closer to its goal of raising $50,000, but you are entered to win a seven day getaway at the Palms Resort; one of Hartling’s hotels in Provo. With $50 you get an entry form; but donate $150 and get four entries, $250 to get seven entries and $500 will earn you 15 contest entries. The prize is valued at $7,000. There is also a website where on-line donations can be made: www.tcikettle.com. Or, donations can be dropped off at The Sands on Grace Bay or The Palms. Recommended for you Salvation Army does exceedingly abundantly more in Red Kettle Drive Related Items:donations, harling group, red kettle, regent palms resort, salvation army Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more