- Shushannah Walshe, Richard Coolidge, and Jordyn Phelps at Power Players1 day ago
Whether you’re an intern looking to land a first job or at the top of the executive ladder, the principles of power dressing are useful guideposts for workplace fashion.
In this episode of “Power Players,” Lauren Rothman, author of the “Style Bible: What to Wear to Work,” takes us to Bloomingdale’s for some styling advice.
“That woman who's going to the office, whether she's running for office or she's in the board room, the suit has really evolved, it’s not just about the traditional suit,” said Rothman, who said that women now wear more “creams and whites” rather than black and other loud colors.
“You're seeing a little bit of what you see on the red carpet, which is the perforated, you're seeing a little bit of the cutout, you're now seeing it in the boardroom as well,” Rothman said.
Washington, D.C., has a buttoned up reputation and Rothman believes we will “always” see that in the nation’s capital, but noted that she thinks it’s most important to look “modern, but accessible.”
“The nature of this city is power and it is certainly the currency on how D.C. works,” Rothman said, adding it’s not just about dressing conservatively.
- Power Players3 days ago
During the days of Prohibition, there was perhaps no one with easier access to alcohol in the nation’s capital than the very people responsible for ratifying the constitutional amendment that banned the production, sale, and transportation of alcohol: members of Congress.
It was all thanks to Congress’ favorite bootlegger: George Cassiday, who was more commonly known on Capitol Hill as “the man in the green hat.” For 10 years, he ran a bootlegging operation for Congress out of the House and Senate office buildings.
“He kept them wet, even though they all voted dry,” Garrett Peck, author of the book “Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren’t,” told “Power Players” in an interview in the Prohibition-era wine cellar that belonged to President Woodrow Wilson.
Cassiday estimated that “four out of five” members of Congress drank alcohol despite their votes in favor of Prohibition, said Peck, and he went on to blow the lid off Congress’ hypocrisy by publishing a series of expose articles in the Washington Post after his decade-long operation was busted.
- Power Players4 days ago
Three years after the catastrophic nuclear disaster at Japan’s Fukushima power plant, a group of nuclear experts are warning that the United States is vulnerable to a similar disaster.
“It can happen here,” physicist Edwin Lyman, co-author of the book "Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster," told “Top Line.”
Lyman, who is a senior scientist at the Union for Concerned Scientists, said the United States’ regulation of nuclear facilities is plagued by the same sort of “complacency” that “contributed to the circumstances that led to the disaster in Japan” and that the industry is resistant to investing in the necessary safety upgrades.
“We think there's a lot more room for safety improvements,” Lyman said. “In fact, we need to make those improvements to reduce the risk, but we don't think the industry and the regulators share that same view. They are just tinkering around the edges and not making fundamental safety reforms.”
- Power Players7 days ago
The Fine Print
Rick Santorum is not shy about discussing his presidential ambitions.
“I'm certainly open to it,” the former Republican presidential candidate and Pennsylvania senator told “The Fine Print” during an interview following his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Santorum, who next month will publish a new book “Blue Collar Conservatives: Recommitting to an America that Works,” said the GOP has fallen short in connecting with working-class Americans.
“I think if you look at where we've dropped the ball is that we haven't connected to people who are struggling in America today,” Santorum said, arguing this is the reason Republicans failed to reclaim the White House in the 2012 election.
“We didn't have any policies or even a campaign targeted toward talking to them where they are and letting them understand how we can help them get to where they're going,” he said. “We're different than the Democrats. We're not going to pay you to move you up the ladder. We're going to give you the opportunity to work and encourage a healthy community.”
- Power Players8 days ago
The Fine Print
With one of the biggest Republican gatherings of the year in full swing at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a group of Democratic operatives in Washington is fighting back -- waging a full-out public relations war to counter CPAC.
“We are kind of the central apparatus for tracking and research, really, on the progressive side. And so at an event like CPAC, we put our resources to work,” said American Bridge PAC president Brad Woodhouse, speaking to “The Fine Print” during a rare tour of the Democratic group’s so-called war room.
The room is filled with rows of desks equipped with double-monitor computer screens, which a group of about 40 Democratic operatives are using to monitor and fact-check speeches at CPAC as they happen, issue rapid responses, and monitor the media and social networking sites.
“Over here, we have people who are monitoring. Today they're monitoring CPAC,” Woodhouse said, as he pointed to people working around the room. “They're monitoring tweets, they're monitoring news coverage [and] they’re looking at transcripts.”
- Power Players10 days ago
The Fine Print
Rep. Michele Bachmann is “sorry” that Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a controversial bill in Arizona that would have allowed businesses to legally refuse service to same-sex couples because of religious objections.
“I believe that tolerance is a two-way street, and we need to respect everyone's rights, including the rights of people who have sincerely held religious beliefs,” Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican told “The Fine Print.”
Many prominent Republicans, including former Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain of Arizona have backed Brewer’s decision to veto the bill, but the tea party leader said they are wrong on this issue.
“Religious liberties and the protection of our religious liberties is right,” she said. “Right now, there's a terrible intolerance afoot in the United States, and it's against people who hold sincerely held religious beliefs.”
- Power Players11 days ago
It has been a winter of massive pile-ups, and many of the accidents have been caused by simple mistakes. So, what should you do if you find yourself driving in dangerous winter conditions?
In this special edition of “Power Players,” we take you on a spin around Ford’s winter driving test track to get some answers on how to stay safe behind the wheel.
Ford test engineer Phil Couture demonstrated one of the most effective and simple tips: If you need to avoid an accident ahead, look where you want to steer the car instead of at the accident. Your steering wheel will follow your eyes.
It can get a little trickier, however, if you unexpectedly drive on to some black ice, since it is not usually visible to a driver and can cause you to overreact.
“What happens is you’re not expecting it, when you hit that black ice typically your wheels tend to spin up,” Couture said. “You’ll notice loss of steering control; people try to respond to that by steering the vehicle but there’s no traction because you’re on ice.”
- Power Players12 days ago
On the Radar
Ben Affleck certainly isn’t the first celebrity to advocate for a good cause, but the Hollywood actor and director has managed to maintain an uncommon level of credibility and expertise on the two-decades-long conflict in the Congo that has resulted in the deaths of more than 5 million people.
Affleck, who has founded an advocacy and development organization for Eastern Congo and has traveled to the region extensively, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week and sat down with “On the Radar” to make his case for why the United States should invest greater resources to solving the conflict.
“This is who we are as Americans,” Affleck said. “We believe in helping others who are down, who are suffering. … We've been involved in several conflicts overseas, conflicts that may have sapped some of our will, and we've become, perhaps, a bit disillusioned with engaging overseas, but I don't think that we should give up on our core values.”
- Power Players16 days ago
Before she teamed up with Shonda Rhimes to produce the hit ABC television show “Scandal,” Judy Smith kept such a low profile that she didn’t even have business cards or a website for her crisis management consulting firm.
But today, Smith is firmly in the limelight as the inspiration for the show’s main character, Olivia Pope, played by actress Kerry Washington, and told “Politics Confidential” that despite the show’s often far-fetched and very fictionalized plots, Washington has accurately captured the essence of the real-life Olivia Pope.
“She does an incredible job,” said Smith, the co-executive producer of “Scandal.” “You want the character, for me, to be someone strong, someone who is very strategic and smart, at the top of her game, and someone who is very passionate about their work and very compassionate toward their clients.”
Smith, true to Olivia Pope style, wore her iconic white coat to her interview with “Politics Confidential” and walked in a fast-paced strut similar to the character. She added that the quick and curt style of office politics at the fictionalized Pope & Associates also has basis in reality.
- Power Players17 days ago
The Fine Print
Alison Lundergan Grimes was only in the first grade when Mitch McConnell was first elected to the U.S. Senate in Kentucky, but now, the 35-year-old Democrat is hoping to unseat the Senate Minority Leader.
And she’s doing it with the help of an old family pal: Bill Clinton.
“President Clinton is a friend, a mentor and an adviser,” Grimes told “The Fine Print” in Kentucky. “He's someone who has literally seen me grow up since I was 14 years old.”
Clinton hit the campaign trail yesterday to pitch for Grimes, telling the audience at a 1,200 people sold-out fundraiser that “it makes a big difference” if she wins in November.
Grimes’ father, former state legislator and Kentucky Democratic Party chairman Jerry Lundergan, has been a long-time supporter of the Clintons, helping to lay the groundwork for both Bill and Hillary Clinton’s respective presidential campaigns in Kentucky. A photograph of 14-year-old Grimes presenting a bouquet of roses to President Clinton at his 1993 presidential inaugural festivities serves as further evidence of the long-standing bond.