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  • Downgraded Zika Status Raises ConcernsDowngraded Zika Status Raises Concerns

    Georgetown professor of global health law Lawrence Gostin is concerned about the World Health Organization’s Nov. 17 decision to formally lift Zika’s emergency status, arguing the move decreases the prospects of funding to fight and cure Zika, and downgrades public concern when certain populations are still at serious risk of becoming infected. In an op-ed for the health- and medicine-focused STAT News organization, Gostin wrote that ending emergency status will negatively and tangibly affect the global aid directed at preventing and curing Zika by decreasing the urgency of the issue. “Canceling the emergency lets uninformed politicians say, ‘It’s no longer an emergency. Let’s devote the funds to other priorities.’ That’s a likely scenario for the incoming Trump administration, which has shown its antipathy, if not hostility, to global and United Nations institutions,” Gostin wrote. Gostin said in an interview with The Hoya that the development is concerning because South and Latin American countries are currently entering a time of aggressive seasonal risk. “We’re now coming into the summer months of peak mosquito Zika months in Latin America, South Asia, Africa, many of the poor countries of the world, so this is the least opportune moment to call off an emergency and send a signal that all is well,” Gostin said. However, Dr. Peter Salama, the executive director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, emphasized in an interview with the New York Times on Nov. 18 that the lifting of emergency status does not mean the disease is unimportant. “We are not downgrading the importance of Zika, we are sending the message that Zika is here to stay and the WHO response is here to stay,” Salama told the Times. The disease, though it most famously causes microcephaly in infants — small heads and underdeveloped brains — actually tends to be fairly mild for adults. In most cases, those infected have few or no symptoms, lasting only up to a week. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Zika also appears strongly linked to Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which is a severe nervous system disorder — although most individuals with Zika never contract GBS. Most commonly if, mosquitos transmit Zika to people. According to the Center for Disease Control, if the person infected is a pregnant woman, she can pass the virus to the fetus, causing severe birth defects. In addition, Zika can be transmitted sexually. Despite being a substantially larger threat, Gostin said Zika received much less media attention than the Ebola virus did in 2014. According to Gostin, Ebola caused the greater frenzy because it caused a more dramatic, gruesome death and, for a brief period, it looked to be spreading more to the United States. “The American media really only paid attention to Ebola when it was on our shores and we had a few isolated cases and then they way overreacted to it,” Gostin said. Despite the lack of American panic, Gostin argues the United States should be doing more to prevent Zika worldwide. “We have a moral responsibility as the most powerful nation in the Americas to be a leader and to care about, in the Jesuit tradition, all the suffering that is going on in the Latin American world,” Gostin said. According to The New York Times, a number of companies and government organizations are working frantically to develop a Zika vaccine. Experts suggest there should be a functioning vaccine by 2018. “I think it’s very realistic. And the reason is that unlike Ebola or AIDS, we already have a good model for vaccines for Zika because Zika is somewhat similar to dengue fever and it’s also transmitted by mosquitoes and malaria, things like that, and we already have vaccine models for those,” Gostin said. Ben Johnson (NHS ’17), a GERMS crew chief, has had to think about Zika more as a result of his prominent health position on campus. “It’s something that we’re looking for and we potentially have a larger chance of running into in the field,” Johnson said. “One of our stock questions, whenever we see someone with flu-like symptoms we ask about recent travel history. That used to be, we were thinking about Ebola and now we ask the same question but we’re kind of thinking about Zika more.”The post Downgraded Zika Status Raises Concerns appeared first on .

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  • TIMSIT: The Dangers in Denying FactsTIMSIT: The Dangers in Denying Facts

    Facts are foundational to our democracy. We turn to facts to help us lift the veneer of hypocrisy that characterizes modern politics. Following this election, it seems that facts no longer have the ability to compel policy or sway public opinion. According to PolitiFact, a staggering 70 percent of President-elect Donald Trump’s statements are verifiably false. In fact, the Trump campaign has thrived on the spread of fake news on social media and the increasing popularity of news outlets like Breitbart that spin stories in their preferred candidates’ favor. An increasing — and baffling — disrespect for objective truth seems to be the leitmotif of the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump has made the problem more salient with his blatant disdain for facts and ability to spin the truth. But this problem is not new. Past presidential administrations have witnessed a decline in the influence of traditional media outlets and the flourishing of media outlets that propagate false or highly biased news across the internet, such as Breitbart and Drudge Report. We are now seeing the consequences of living in a post-truth society. In past elections, presidential candidates, regardless of political leanings and party identity, at least agreed on facts. They could, and would, disagree on the causes of unemployment, but could at least agree that the unemployment rate was 4 percent. An inability to even agree on facts indicates a serious problem in our political system: Different parties do not just have varying ideas on how to fix the world in which we live, they live in altogether different worlds. It would be easy to blame this phenomenon on the recent wave of populist movements internationally, which do benefit from the spread of misinformation because they know that it feeds into their image. The reality, however, is more complicated: There is an oversupply of differing facts and views and of media outlets with varying degrees of trustworthiness inundating us daily with an overwhelming amount of information. The result is not a flourishing of diverse viewpoints from news outlets, but rather the spread of fake news. Earlier this year, BuzzFeed released a study showing that in the final three months of the presidential campaign, top-performing fake election news stories on Facebook generated more engagement than top stories from major news outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC News and others. There is a problem when a Pew Research Center study shows that 44 percent of American adults say they get their news from Facebook. Instead of turning to reliable media outlets, people turn to Facebook, where — in addition to the echo chambers that flood their newsfeeds with opinions similar to theirs — they are also inundated with fake news items like “Wikileaks CONFIRMS Hillary sold weapons to ISIS!”, a debunked article from the website The Political Insider. This post-fact phenomenon creates some chilling possibilities for our politics and democracy. Once facts cease to be inherently powerful, how will we reach any consensus on the nature of social, economic and environmental problems, let alone agree on the solutions? President Barack Obama himself warned of the dangers of this phenomenon earlier this month: “If we are not serious about facts … if we can’t discriminate between serious arguments and propaganda, then we have problems.” Reinvigorating our democracy should, in theory, be a bipartisan issue and restoring the public’s trust in facts is a good place to start. The spread of false news is one of many issues leading to the disenfranchisement of the American people and the diminishing of our democratic system. But we cannot be active and committed agents in our democratic process if we are not armed with the facts that enable us to make informed decisions. Annabelle Timsit is a senior in the School of Foreign Service. This is the final installment of Use Your Words.The post TIMSIT: The Dangers in Denying Facts appeared first on .

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  • VIEWPOINT: Education Through Student PressVIEWPOINT: Education Through Student Press

    I am pretty sure I was only hired as a writer because the senior interviewing me was currently working on her thesis about Queen Elizabeth. My British accent alone earned my access to Leavey 421. I did not come to Georgetown with dreams of being a journalist. When I arrived on campus, it was with only a vague notion of The Hoya’s existence — it was the promise that I could see movies for free and review them that convinced me to apply. Three and a half years later, and oh, how things have changed — among them, my love and respect for student journalism. From overseeing our coverage of Georgetown’s slaveholding past to frantically gathering USB sticks to print without internet; from organizing our fashion issue shoots to helping run our election night blog — I credit The Hoya with providing me with my most memorable experiences. While I have been fortunate to have some inspiring professors during my time at Georgetown, it is this paper that has taught me the most important, varied and challenging lessons. One of the most significant challenges we have had to tackle is trying to understand the newspaper’s place here on campus. At the core of The Hoya is a conflict with which everyone on staff struggles: balancing being a student group with being a professional organization. Often, it puts us in the uncomfortable position of being both part of and outside of the university community. This leads to the criticism both that we take ourselves too seriously and that we do not report seriously enough. At our best, we see results we can be proud of — stories that bring important issues to light, that challenge the university administration and highlight the work being done by students across campus. But at our worst, we see mistakes that still have the ability to make me physically cringe as I fall asleep. When these mistakes happen, they do so publicly, as the multitude of emails, Facebook and Twitter notifications remind me. Let me be clear — this criticism is important. Of all the lessons The Hoya teaches its members, particularly those aspiring to be professional journalists, this is one of the most valuable. After all, if there is one thing to take away from this election, it is that the media needs to be held accountable. That is a lesson that must start at the level of student journalism. Being part of The Hoya means making sacrifices. For us to do our best, we tend to have to give up our time, some grades, a lot of sleep and, on bad days, some personal relationships. We also have to accept being called out and criticized — sometimes justifiably about our work, and other times unjustifiably about our personal character. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Being editor-in-chief has been a privilege. After spending so many hours in this office, it is hard to pinpoint exactly what stands out as making this experience so wonderful. There is the work, the satisfaction of putting out a story that has really paid off after requiring so much effort, the rush of adrenaline when fiercely standing by an article. But there are the people, too. Witnessing students develop here from nervous new hires to exceptional editors is one of the best rewards as editor-in-chief. The experience of working with our extremely passionate and dedicated staff is one I would not trade for anything. Over the past few weeks, friends have commented on how excited I must be to be done and to have my life back. It is understandable that they think that will be the case, especially since some have started to comment on my corpse-like appearance. Yes, it will be nice to return to a semi-regular sleep schedule, but I take it as the best possible sign that if someone asked me to do it all over again, I would say yes in a heartbeat. As with every editor-in-chief before me, I hope I leave The Hoya a little better than I found it, and I look forward to seeing it improve once I am retired. To more people than could possibly fit here, I can only say thank you for absolutely everything. JESS KELHAM-HOHLER is a senior in the College and the 142nd editor-in-chief of The Hoya. Her term ends Saturday.The post VIEWPOINT: Education Through Student Press appeared first on .

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  • Georgetown Welcomes &pizzaGeorgetown Welcomes &pizza

    The restaurant &pizza opened its newest location on Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown last week as the latest addition to the neighborhood’s fast-casual dining scene with a unique approach to its classic namesake dish. The new pizzeria marks the 19th installment of the D.C.-based custom pizza chain, which owns restaurants throughout the District, Virginia and Maryland with one in Pennsylvania and a new location coming soon to New York. Students and neighbors alike flocked to the Nov. 19 official opening, which offered free pizza to the first 119 guests in line, an homage to its opening date, as well as other giveaways. With the closing of Five Guys Burgers and Fries earlier this year, &pizza fills its gap as a new fast-casual and late-night option. Open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, &pizza is one of only a handful of restaurants in the Georgetown area open after midnight, which include Epicurean and Company and Domino’s Pizza. Following the increasingly popular assembly-line restaurant model, &pizza gives customers the option to select from a variety of menu favorites or to create their own customized pizza based on a wide variety of sauces, cheeses, proteins, vegetables and other fresh toppings. The restaurant also caters to guests with dietary restrictions, offering vegan and gluten-free twists on traditional favorites. All items on “the hits” menu — that are pre-chosen toppings rather than customized — cost $9.32, on par with the majority of other casual area eateries. According to &pizza Communications Director Sam Blum, &pizza stands out for the unique experience it provides. “It’s really what we consider a unique and curated experience. Everything from of course the pizzas on our menu but it goes deeper than that,” Blum said. Blum said that the Georgetown restaurant’s decoration, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, modern furniture and murals on the walls, is meant to evoke the area’s character. “Our Georgetown shop is designed to actually reflect the neighborhood and the history of Georgetown,” Blum said. According to Jayson Harmon, training coordinator for &pizza, the Georgetown community has received the new restaurant positively so far. “We’ve actually had a really warm welcome,” Harmon said. “The neighborhood seems to love us — even the other restaurants. And the students of course, clearly they just want pizza. So it’s been going well.” Harmon, who started working for &pizza two and a half years ago, is a self-proclaimed member of “the tribe,” an affectionate name for &pizza’s dedicated base of employees. He is one of around 80 tribe members to have gotten a tattoo of the company’s iconic ampersand logo, proudly wearing the symbol on his wrist. Like Blum, Harmon emphasized the importance of experience at &pizza. “We accept anybody,” Harmon said. “So I believe it’s kind of apparent when you walk in you see a lot of smiles you see a lot of different people. It just seems like a place where you can be comfortable.” Blum also emphasized &pizza’s commitment to serving the communities where they operate by supporting causes that are important to its customers. “We’ve supported more than a thousand local causes, organizations and nonprofits over the last four years and so we’re eager to get involved with as many of those sort of causes in Georgetown as we can,” Blum said. Harmon echoed this sentiment, saying he hopes Georgetown students will reach out with things that interest them. “I say it all the time to new people like, we’re pretty cool and we want people to know that we’re actually cool,” he said. “Anytime there’s like a new idea or some new creative thing we’d love to be a part of it.” Ganzorig Batbold (COL ’19) enjoys &pizza and claims the Maverick — a tomato pizza with parmesan and mozzarella cheeses topped with pesto, pepperoni, Italian sausage and salami — is his favorite menu item. He said that the employees at the Georgetown location are passionate about their work. “The employees are always so energetic and enthusiastic that you feel they care about the pizza they’re making,” Batbold said. Allie Williams (SFS ’19) said she appreciated the convenience of the new &pizza location as well as the quality of many aspects of its service. “I am a huge fan of &pizza and have been a frequent customer at the other locations in the area and am so excited that one has opened so close to campus,” Williams said. “I love the quality of the food, the friendly staff and the variety of options offered.”The post Georgetown Welcomes &pizza appeared first on .

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  • Alum Founds Community-Based Travel AppAlum Founds Community-Based Travel App

    Last week, Georgetown alumnus Ryan Summe (COL ’10) launched Waypoint, an app that helps users organize and share their favorite places with their friends. Summe’s idea for the app originated from problems he encountered frequently when he travelled and could not find a way to organize and share his favorite places with his own notes and pictures. “In Google Maps you can star a place, but then you have stars littering your map all the time, you can’t add your own details or share them,” Summe said. “Then I started bookmarking things in Yelp, but came across similar issues.” According to Summe, the most appealing aspect of the app is that it fulfills a need other companies have overlooked. “I would love to be the app that people think of when they are in an awesome venue,” Summe said. “I’d also like to be the app that people refer to when helping friends out with recommendations in new cities.” While the app is currently free on the Apple’s app store, Summe has plans to monetize it after he builds a large user base and brand by working with outside services that might users might find useful. “I could monetize through in-app suggestions for users based on their Waypoints and eventually integrate with itinerary services to help users book trips based on Waypoints they discover in the app,” Summe said. Summe also said workers in the hospitality industry might find his app useful. “I also think hotels and concierge services could find value in it by creating verified lists of nearby places that guests can easily explore in the app.” According to Summe, his experience at Georgetown, where he took a computer science course, helped him to develop the app. “It was one of my favorite courses and has gotten me interested in programming ever since,” Summe said. “I think Georgetown did a great job of allowing students to pursue their passions, but also kept them exposed to other areas of study.” Dylan Orshefsky (COL ’17), a computer science major at Georgetown, said the app would be useful if enough people joined it, but that a potential weakness could be building the initial user base. “A lot of mobile apps like this, where the focus is not so much on selling you the app itself … the test of whether or not it’s going to take off is: Can it get a baseline level of users to the point where it’s no longer sort of having to push the app on you, but it’s all of your friends are using it, so you want to get in on it?” Orshefsky said. However, Orshefsky thought that the app could be useful even if your circle of friends was not interested in it. “I’d love to be able to make notes on my GPS,” Orshefsky said. “Google Maps has some features for that, but they aren’t particularly robust; they don’t do much. So I think it’s a good idea, and it’s a question of whether or not as a social sort of tool it was able to catch on.” Maddie Kaye (COL ’17) said that Waypoint could have been useful to her when she studied abroad at the Georgetown University Villa Le Balze last year in Italy. “I had a friend who was at the villa the year before me and she gave me a list of all of her recommendations and I found that really helpful,” Kaye said. “It definitely would have been great to just look it up on my phone.” Kaye had some reservations about the usefulness of the app’s social networking feature. “Most of my friends aren’t that well-traveled, and I wasn’t at all before going,” Kaye said. “I think it would probably have been helpful among our own group of people abroad, but not that much that I could have gotten out of it ahead of time.” Summe said he hoped that people were able to find Waypoint valuable in their travels and use it in place of other media. “No more scribbling notes on folded maps,” Summe said.The post Alum Founds Community-Based Travel App appeared first on .

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  •  Narcissistic individuals use social media for self-promotion Narcissistic individuals use social media for self-promotion

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  • Women’s Soccer | GU Prepares for First-Ever College Cup AppearanceWomen’s Soccer | GU Prepares for First-Ever College Cup Appearance

    Having advanced to the College Cup with a win over Santa Clara last weekend, the No. 2 Georgetown women’s soccer team will take on No. 7 USC in San Jose, Calif., Friday at 7:30 p.m. EST in its first ever trip to the  Final Four. Joining the Hoyas (20-2-3, 6-1-2 Big East) and USC (17-4-2, 8-2-1 Pac-12) in the Final Four are No. 6 North Carolina (17-3-4, 6-2-2 ACC) and No. 1 West Virginia (22-1-2, 8-0 Big XII). Georgetown (20-2-3, 6-1-2 Big East), having already earned its Big East championship, flew to San Jose on Wednesday with a lot of confidence. The Hoyas, who are the only team to beat the Mountaineers this season, are aware of the tough challenge ahead. “It’s wide open,” Head Coach Dave Nolan said. “It really is wide open. For the first time in a few years, there isn’t that one loaded UCLA team, or that one loaded Stanford team, where everybody deep down knows they’re playing for second. All four teams will genuinely feel, ‘This is our year. This is our year to win it. We won’t have a better opportunity.’ And that’s how we’re approaching it.” With the extra media attention, a Thursday night banquet and a police escort to the 18,000 capacity Avaya Stadium on Friday for the semifinal, Nolan knows the team faces distractions. He hopes to mitigate those with consistency, by keeping the same scouting reports and same practices, but foresees the biggest potential distraction as people wanting to be a part of the momentous occasion. Nolan’s hope is that it will feel like just another weekend road trip for the players. “It’s the key to the whole thing,” Nolan said. “You can tackle this in two different ways: You can go out and make it all about the experience, and that’s fine. Or if you’re serious about winning, you can go out with the mindset that it’s just another weekend.  … But it’s going to be hard, because there are so many new things, there are so many distractions.” Much of Georgetown’s postseason success has been a credit to its defensive line, which has yet to concede a goal in the tournament. Graduate student defender Marina Paul has been a vocal leader all season and sees how that back line has developed over the course of the season. “Every shot, every opportunity is do or die, so we put our bodies on the line,” Paul said. “I think we’ve gotten a lot better at playing together, covering each other, knowing our certain tendencies as defenders.” Georgetown has played exciting soccer all season and has scored the second-most goals in the country with 61. Junior midfielder Rachel Corboz’s 16 assists lead the nation, and as a result, she has been named as one of 15 semifinalists for the Hermann Trophy, college soccer’s MVP award. In preparing for USC, Georgetown seems to be only growing in confidence. “They’re going to present us some problems with their athleticism,” Nolan said. “But I’d like to think that we are good enough to present them with problems too. Listen, at this stage of the year, we’ve proven we can score goals against anybody. We have different people stepping up and scoring goals in a variety of ways. And each game it’s someone different.” Interestingly, the Hoyas are familiar with the USC team, as Paul is from Southern California and graduate student forward Crystal Thomas played with USC standout senior midfielder Morgan Andrews when she played at Notre Dame. “I know a lot of girls just because they’re all from Southern California, so I grew up playing club against them,” Paul said. “For me, it’s more fun, because I’m playing people that I know. It’s so much more personal, on top of it being the semifinals.” The Hoyas have vaulted from an unranked team before the season began to one of the nation’s top teams, but even after five successful seasons, Paul admitted she still gets nervous stepping onto the field. “It’s a completely different atmosphere. I still get those butterflies in my stomach, but it’s more of an excited nervous energy. The biggest thing for me is just remembering yes, it’s the semifinals, but it’s just another soccer game with the team I’ve been playing with all season,” Paul said. “The biggest thing is to stay confident and stay true to what we’ve been doing all season. And I know that our ability will help us win out.”The post Women’s Soccer | GU Prepares for First-Ever College Cup Appearance appeared first on .

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  • Learn to make chefs’ favorite dishes this weekendLearn to make chefs’ favorite dishes this weekend

    Celebrity chefs come to town and share their favorite foods WTOP's Rachel Nania | November 30, -0001 12:00 am http://wtop.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/2-METRO-COOKING-DC-rna.mp3Download audio WASHINGTON — Erik Bruner-Yang has been at the forefront of D.C.’s culinary scene since he opened his pint-sized H Street ramen shop Toki Underground in 2011. Since then, the 32-year-old chef has launched a number of concepts, including Maketto, Honeycomb Grocer and Paper Horse, a Whole Foods ramen stand  — all while collecting two James Beard Award nominations. In April, he’ll debut his latest eatery at the forthcoming The Line hotel in Adams Morgan. To say Bruner-Yang is busy is an understatement. But this weekend, foodies will be able to get a slice of his time at the annual MetroCooking DC show at the Washington Convention Center. Along with other notable chefs, including Tom Colicchio and Jacques Pepin, Bruner-Yang will take the stage to field questions and demo one of his favorite recipes, prahok ktis. “Typically when I do the demos, I like to do a cuisine that most people aren’t familiar with,” Bruner-Yang said. The traditional Cambodian dish requires just three ingredients — fresh curry paste, ground pork and “a touch of coconut milk.” And best of all, Bruner-Yang says it’s easy to replicate at home. Popularizing Asian cuisine is fundamental for Bruner-Yang, who was born in Taiwan and grew up in Woodbridge, Virginia — and so far, he has succeeded. Many credit Toki Underground with igniting D.C.’s love affair with ramen. Maketto, a mixed retail/cafe/restaurant concept, presents Cambodian and Taiwanese cooking in an unrivaled way. Where else can one devour pan-seared leek buns and Taiwanese-style fried chicken alongside a curated collection of clothing and footwear? “My overall goal and my culinary perspective is that chefs like Tom [Cunanan, co-owner and chef at D.C.’s Bad Saint] or chefs like me, we’re speaking to a new genre of American cooking,” Bruner-Yang said.   “When people think of American cooking they think of burgers and fries and chili and hot dogs and stuff like that, or Southern food, which is probably the most classically American kind of cooking — but Asians have been in America … almost as long as part of the original settlement, so I think Asian food is a big part of the American history, and so I think we’re kind of carrying that torch.” As for what taste buds can expect from his new spot at The Line, set to open in 2017, Bruner-Yang’s answer is a given: “Delicious.” The plans are not top-secret; he’s still just figuring things out, he says. Bruner-Yang takes the James Beard Cooking Stage at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 at MetroCooking DC. You can find the full schedule of events and ticket information at metrocookingdc.com. The post Learn to make chefs’ favorite dishes this weekend appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Cousins, Redskins look to bounce back in desertCousins, Redskins look to bounce back in desert

    WASHINGTON — Two years ago, Kirk Cousins, playing for the injured Robert Griffin III, took the Redskins into Arizona and came out on the short end of a 30-20 score. Cousins completed 24 of 38 passes for 354 yards with two touchdowns, but threw three interceptions. All three picks occurred in the fourth quarter, with the final one returned for a score with under 30 seconds remaining. “That’ll be a game that I’ll always remember as one that didn’t go our way, didn’t go my way,” Cousins said this week. “And one of those game where you learn from it and you say, ‘tough times don’t last; tough people do.’ To be able to come back from this I’ve got to choose to be mentally and physically tough coming back from that game. I’m just glad that here we are with another opportunity to go back there a couple of seasons later.” Fast forward two years, as Cousins leads a high-powered offense back to the desert this week, looking for a third straight 500-yard game. The Redskins are coming off a tough loss in Dallas on Thanksgiving and now face a desperate football team in their backyard. The Cardinals are 4-6-1 after losing to Atlanta and are fighting to keep their season alive. That’s usually not a good combination. This week proves to be another test for the Redskins offense, as the Cardinals enter the game with the top overall defense, allowing just 294 yards per game. They rank only 11th in points allowed at 20 per game after giving up 38 to Atlanta last week, but are still dangerous. The secondary is a big reason their defense holds offenses in check. Patrick Peterson is an elite corner, who was limited in practice this week with a knee injury but should play. Safety Tyrann Mathieu (and his nine career interceptions) is also lurking back there. On the other side of the ball, this is the week the Redskins’ defense has to get to Carson Palmer. The Cardinals have allowed 33 sacks and Carson Palmer has thrown 11 interceptions. The Cardinals are a team that won 13 games a year ago and are fighting to save their season. Translation: This is a dangerous team. The Redskins have passed the test pretty much all year against the top defenses and Sunday is another chance to show just how far this offense has come. It’s also a chance to basically end the Cardinals’ season. The calendar has turned to December and the Redskins are in control of their playoff destiny. When was the last time you could say that? Enjoy the last five weeks. The post Cousins, Redskins look to bounce back in desert appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Natalie Portman visits DC for ‘Jackie’ premiere (Q&A, Review)Natalie Portman visits DC for ‘Jackie’ premiere (Q&A, Review)

    WTOP's Jason Fraley reviews 'Jackie,' chats with Natalie Portman Jason Fraley | November 30, -0001 12:00 am http://wtop.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/JACKIE-jfray.mp3Download audio WASHINGTON — There was a tragic irony to Natalie Portman’s visit to the Newseum on Thursday night for the D.C. premiere of her new film “Jackie.” The usual excitement of a red carpet premiere contrasted with the darker pomp and circumstance of the history that unfolded along the same street in 1963, where First Lady Jackie Kennedy watched her husband President John F. Kennedy’s flag-draped coffin march from the White House to the U.S. Capitol, then to St. Matthew’s Cathedral before resting at Arlington Cemetery with an eternal flame. Such epic proportions are a load for any film to carry, but like its heroine, “Jackie” does so with grace, transcending any claims of “Oscar bait” to achieve an artful portrait worthy of all accolades. When you see the movie — which opens in limited release on Dec. 2 before going nationwide Dec. 9 — try to remove all preconceived expectations and view it on its own terms: as a stunning character study. “It is such an incredibly traumatic, tragic, violent event that happened to her,” Portman told WTOP. “So it’s absolutely what you would imagine emotionally, that it would range from intense grief, disorientation, anger, dark humor; it sort of allows all these different aspects of grief to come out.” Rather than a standard biopic of her full life story, “Jackie” is an artful, even experimental look at the four days after the JFK assassination. Thus, the film avoids the trap of many mainstream biopics that try to cover too much ground. It’s better to focus on a narrow slice, be it exploring Lincoln through the 13th Amendment in “Lincoln” (2012) or MLK through the Voting Rights Act in “Selma” (2014). This smart choice allows Portman to hone in on the grief of those traumatic days, melting into the role like Daniel Day-Lewis as President Lincoln or David Oyelowo as Dr. King. Her tonal mastery of Jackie’s high-class voice might jar younger viewers unfamiliar with hearing “Jackie O” speak, but if you compare it to the source, it’s spot on, crafting the Camelot myth with each breathless pause. “I didn’t have a ton of time to prepare, so it’s quite fast but it was very intense,” Portman said. “I worked with a great dialect coach. We just listened to the tapes over and over again, and watched the White House tour over and over again, so that by the time I got to set, I didn’t have to think about it.” Beneath this artifice, Portman reveals a raw vulnerability, staggering almost catatonic around the White House in her blood-stained pink suit, listening to “Camelot” on the Victrola, then breaking down with primal, painful cries while wiping her husband’s blood off her face. It’s a performance surely worthy of her second Oscar after Darren Aronofsky’s ballet thriller “Black Swan” (2010). It’s no surprise that Aronofsky was originally set to direct and remains one of the film’s producers, for “Jackie” is nightmarish. Chilean director Pablo Larraín, who was hailed at Cannes for “No” (2012) and the Berlin Film Festival for “El Club” (2015), crafts a haunting portrait of the former first lady with Mica Levi’s eerie score mirroring her mental state, its drooping violins plunging her into madness. “I was invited by Darren Aronofsky, then more people got involved,” Larraín told WTOP. “I thought Natalie was essential to the project. She has not only the beautiful elegance and sophistication that Jackie had, but also she has something essential. I think Jackie Kennedy was a very mysterious person on her eyes and Natalie has that too. That’s why there’s so many close-ups in the film.” Larraín masterfully flashes back to that horrific day in Dallas in a series of fragmented memories, slowly disclosing the more graphic bits until whacking us with Zapruder-style explosiveness. These fragments are but pieces of a broken mirror in what must have surely been a blur for Mrs. Kennedy. “When you go to memory, a memory can be very particular and tough and strange,” Larraín said. “That’s what we tried to do, to create a space for memory. It has elements that are unsettling, elements that are more beautiful, just combing different layers of memory, the music there.” Working with French cinematographer Stéphane Fontaine (“A Prophet,” “Rust & Bone”), Larraín often shows these reflective moments in mirrors, like the three-paneled bathroom mirror as Jackie puts on her pink pillbox hat. But these double images also speak to the symbolic nature of putting on faces. “Mirrors are essential to cinema. Every camera has a mirror, especially if you work in film,” Larraín said. “‘Jackie’ was a fashion icon, so I’m telling you she looked in a mirror. Also, I think a mirror is also a beautiful way to see a reflection that’s not always the reality.” The best example comes as Portman gazes out a car window, its reflection showing archival footage of the crowd of mourners along the parade route. Throughout, “Jackie” seamlessly intercuts archival footage with cinematic recreations, be it Portman appearing in the black-and-white footage of Jackie’s 1962 televised tour of the White House — a technique in everything from “Citizen Kane” (1941) to “Forrest Gump” (1994) — or intercut with the sepia-toned footage of the memorial service. Keeping these fragmented images in some semblance of structure is a framing device where a Life magazine reporter (Billy Crudup) interviews Jackie at her wealthy waterfront estate in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, (those waters have turned decidedly somber this fall after “Manchester By the Sea”). It’s the most conventional choice in an otherwise experimental approach by screenwriter Noah Oppenheim (“The Maze Runner,” “Allegiant”), longtime producer of NBC’s “Today” show. Indeed, there’s a bit of Katie Couric or Savannah Guthrie within Crudup as he patiently prods Portman. “My primary job in life has always been as a journalist, so those were especially fun scenes to write,” Oppenhiem said. “I can’t say that every interview we do is that entertaining and that much of a back-and-forth, but my life experience definitely informed that. … That [framing device] was there from the first draft onward. I always thought that interview was a good way to kind of bookend the film.” These Hyannis Port interview scenes play out like a chess match, as Crudup carefully pries for information and Portman bottles up the truth, self-editing on the fly and speaking off the record. “She was incredibly savvy and knew exactly what she was doing and understood this was her last opportunity to define how her husband would be remembered,” Oppenheim said. “She came up with a very powerful metaphor in Camelot … By making reference to something in pop culture like Arthurian legend, it sticks in people’s minds far more than if she had listed policy accomplishments.” Portman herself says she was surprised at the level of Jackie’s involvement in the myth building. “I was so surprised that she had such a role in crafting the legacy herself, that she took such a strong narrative authorship in the whole process,” Portman said. “It’s really astonishing that she had that presence of mind in those days that she was going through incredible turmoil … to author a legacy.” While the magazine interview features a more guarded Jackie, we get far more personal glimpses in her White House encounters with Lyndon B. 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With that, I can continue to play this game.” Davis has 31 catches for 450 yards and two touchdowns and filled in nicely for Reed already during the two games he missed because of a concussion in October. Those are strong numbers for a secondary tight end, especially given that Reed has 59 catches for 630 yards and quarterback Kirk Cousins has offensive weapons all over the field. Davis’ blocking has also helped the running game improve on last season’s pedestrian numbers, too. “When a player plays for two different teams and then becomes a free agent, and we picked him up, you always wonder what’s left in the tank if two teams have allowed him to leave,” Cousins said. “But from the day he showed up, at a high school in April where we were throwing and I realized right away this guy can still play. I’m still trying to figure out what the catch is or why two teams let him go.” Davis was traded by the 49ers last Nov. 2 to the Denver Broncos after 10 years with that franchise. As recently as 2013 Davis caught 13 touchdown passes. But he had just 26 catches and 245 yards in 2014 and his numbers were in decline again last season. After the trade he actually caught 20 passes in his first seven games with Denver. But he didn’t have any once Manning returned from injury in time for the playoffs last year and was a non-factor during Denver’s march to the Super Bowl title. “The opportunities I was given in Denver, I made plays for them. Chicago [game], made plays. Oakland, made plays. I made some mistakes. I don’t know how may mistakes,” Davis said. “It was a tough situation going in there mid-season, learning the playbook, especially behind Peyton Manning. It was very, very complex. It was a great opportunity for me. A great opportunity. But over the years production declined and when the production’s not there everyone starts worrying.” That’s a subtle hint that things weren’t always so easy with Manning under center for the Broncos. 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Aaron Oster (@TheAOster) – Pro wrestling contributor, Rolling Stone and Baltimore Sun; Host, Jobbing Out Podcast Pick record: 13-11 Scott Fishman (@smFISHMAN) – Pro wrestling contributor, Miami Herald and Channel Guide Magazine Pick record: 12-12 Chuck Carroll (that’s me) (@ChuckCarrollWLC) – Pro wrestling contributor, CBS Local Sports Pick record: 11-13 No Disqualification Match Nikki Bella vs. Carmella Aaron: What this match comes down to, for me, is that this is No DQ, and we still don’t know who attacked Nikki Bella at Survivor Series. What better way to resolve that question than by having her assailant attack again? It would move these two away from each other and give Carmella that important win that she’s been looking for. By the way, people are assuming it’s Natalya, and it probably is… but there’s a certain redhead that we haven’t seen in months too. 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The key part: No “elected official of the Government of the United States” shall be “admitted to any share or part of this Lease.” “He’s going to have to divest himself of the hotel,” said John Sindelar, a former senior adviser to the head of the General Services Administration, the government agency that negotiated the lease three years ago. Sindelar left the agency in 2007. Other contracting experts agreed, though not all of them. David Drabkin, once the GSA’s senior procurement officer, said he thinks the clause doesn’t apply to Trump because it only prohibits adding elected officials to the lease after it was signed, not banning original parties to it who subsequently get elected to office. He adds, though, that a president leasing the building is “absolutely untenable” because of other conflicts of interest issues. The Trump Organization did not respond to emails asking for comment. Whoever is correct, get ready for a battle over the issue. On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that legal documents were being prepared that would “take me completely out of business operations,” but made no mention of selling his ownership interest. He has previously said that he planned to have three of his adult children run his business. Contract experts say that would likely fall short of meeting the requirement for holding on to the hotel lease. Since his election, government ethics lawyers have been urging Trump to sell his assets and put the money in a blind trust controlled by an outside party, not his children. They say that is the only sure way to avoid conflicts between his pursuit of private profit and the public good. But aside from brow beating the president-elect, there is little critics can do. Federal conflicts of interest rule generally don’t apply to the president, a fact that Trump himself has emphasized. The D.C. hotel may prove the exception, however, because he must follow the terms of the lease. “It’s a breach of contract,” said Richard Painter, chief White House ethics lawyer for George W. Bush. “He’s got to get rid of the hotel.” The Trump Organization won the right to lease the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue in 2012, beating out several groups. Trump and the GSA took more than a year to hammer out a 60-year lease for its use. The annual cost for Trump: $3 million a year, plus payments based on inflation and the success of the hotel, said Steven Schooner, a professor of government procurement law at George Washington University who has studied the contract. Schooner has been one of the biggest critics of the deal remaining in place, and has called for the GSA to act fast to terminate the contract. Other lawyers familiar with the contract said GSA could simply alert Trump that he is in violation of the terms, and demand that he sell his ownership interest in the contract to another party. Pressure is mounting on the agency. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and two Democratic lawmakers have called on it to take “concrete steps” to avoid “a clear and very real conflict” triggered as soon as Trump is sworn in next year. The GSA declined to answer questions about its interpretation of the clause, what it might do or whether it is talking to the president elect. The agency released a statement saying that it “plans to coordinate” with the president-elect’s team to “address any issues.” For Trump, the loss of the hotel would be a blow. He poured roughly $200 million into refurbishing the building. And he has an equity stake in the hotel and isn’t just renting out his name, as is the case with many of his hotels around the world. Charles Tiefer, an expert in government contract law at the University of Baltimore, said the language in the contract is “unambiguous” and that Trump will clearly be in violation when becomes president. Tiefer served as the general counsel of the House of Representatives for 11 years before he began teaching and said the words are similar to ones used in rules prohibiting members of Congress from doing business with the federal government. Painter, the former chief ethics lawyer for Bush, said the hotel is a problem for Trump in another way. If foreign diplomats stay at the hotel, as has been reported, then Trump could be seen as running afoul of the emoluments clause of the Constitution banning payments to the president from foreign governments. Other critics have pointed out that the contract requires negotiations over those additional payments each year, and that you cannot expect a GSA employee acting in taxpayer interest to take a tough stand against members of the president’s family or officials of his company to get more money for the government-owned property. Drabkin, the former senior procurement officer at the GSA, thinks for this reason alone, the president-elect should give up the hotel. But as far as the tool to force him to do that, Drabkin doesn’t think clause 37.19 is it. “He was already a tenant,” he wrote in an emailed analysis of the contract. “Whether the language of the provision was inartfully drafted is another matter.” __ Bernard Condon can be reached at http://twitter.com/BernardFCondon. The post To move into White House, Trump may have to dump DC hotel appeared first on WTOP.

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    WASHINGTON — There has been plenty of talk about the possibility the Pittsburgh Pirates might trade star center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Those whispers have grown louder in recent weeks, and while the Nationals have long been rumored to have interest in the 2013 National League MVP, there are now reports tying the two teams together. #Nationals also have number of starting-pitching prospects close to majors. Assume #Pirates would want one of them in addition to Robles. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 1, 2016 Sources: #Pirates targeting #Nationals minor-league OFer Victor Robles, 19, in McCutchen talks, as they did in July. Will want more as well. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 1, 2016 ESPN’s Jayson Stark took Ken Rosenthal’s report one step further, noting the two teams would prefer to get a deal done Thursday. The Pirates and Nationals have ramped up discussions about a trade that would send Andrew McCutchen to… https://t.co/dvDA5ierVm — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 1, 2016 Full text: The Pirates and Nationals have ramped up discussions about a trade that would send Andrew McCutchen to Washington, according to sources who have spoken with both teams. The Nationals, according to one exec, would like to make this deal today, because the ripple effect of trading for McCutchen would likely be a move to nontender shortstop Danny Espinosa before tomorrow’s tender date. The Nationals have been looking for a center fielder. So if they can trade for McCutchen, he would play center, which would bounce Trea Turner to short and leave no spot for Espinosa. The Pirates are looking for controllable starting pitching. So names like Joe Ross and Reynaldo Lopez would fit that shopping list. McCutchen, 30, is coming off the worst season of his career at the plate and in the field. He put together a .256/.336/.430 line, all career lows, though he did launch 24 home runs. He played in 153 games, and he’s played in at least 146 games in seven consecutive seasons — he’s played in at least 153 in six of those seven. Washington would like to add a true center fielder that would push Turner to his natural position of shortstop, but the Pirates star was well below average in the field last season. McCutchen has always been known more for his offensive production, but he did win a Gold Glove in center field in 2012. However, he graded at an abysmal minus-2.6 dWAR (Defensive Wins Above Replacement Player) for the 2016 season, by far his worst mark for a season. There are three major questions for the Nationals here. 1. Is McCutchen’s 2016 season a sign of things to come, or is it an aberration? This is the biggest question, by far. The Nationals are desperate to win a World Series, or even just advance past the first round of the postseason. There is little doubt McCutchen would be a significant boost to their roster; even in his down season, his .256 average would have been the fifth-best among every-day Nationals players (behind Daniel Murphy, Wilson Ramos, Anthony Rendon and Trea Turner), his 24 home runs would have tied Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa for the second-most (Murphy had 25), his 79 RBIs would have been fifth (behind Ramos, Harper, Rendon and Murphy), his 26 doubles would have been fourth (behind Harper, Jayson Werth, Rendon and Murphy) and his 69 walks would have been second (behind Harper’s ridiculous 108). And that is, again, the worst season McCutchen has ever put together — by a considerable margin. But, as MLB Network Radio’s Casey Stern notes, he was a top-3 player in the NL for the four seasons prior. He had a bad year. The FOUR prior he was easily top 3 player in NL! He's literally the face of your franchise. 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This would be a block-buster trade. https://t.co/NuYCtXaLh5 — Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) December 1, 2016 I fog up the windows for McCutchen. Down year but great bounceback candidate IMO. Robles could be a star 1 day tho https://t.co/vkG54ZDPS2 — danny rouhier (@funnydanny) December 1, 2016 Robles put up a .280/.376/.423 line last season while playing in three leagues. Those numbers were dragged down slightly by a .262/.354/.387 performance with the Potomac Nationals, where he was 3.5 years younger than the weighted average of the league, per Baseball-Reference. Robles hit 9 home runs to go with 17 doubles and 8 triples over 504 plate appearances in 2016. He added 42 RBIs, 75 runs and 37 stolen bases while striking out 77 times. And sure enough, Robles has drawn comparisons to McCutchen. — Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) December 1, 2016 Victor Robles is the #Nationals' top hitting prospect and @MLB's No. 10 overall prospect: https://t.co/1GkHRMYGPU https://t.co/DGtO9dzmQO — MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) December 1, 2016 “Robles is a potentially special talent who showcases all five tools along with elite athleticism on a daily basis,” MLB.com’s scouting report reads. 3. What else would the Nationals have to give up? Of less consequence is who else the Pirates would require to get a deal done. This is less important, as McCutchen and Robles are expected to represent the backbone of the deal, but if Washington is forced to give up a second significant prospect, this deal becomes a bit less palatable for many Nationals fans. Paulsen, as he notes in the audio above, is one such fan. If the deal were to be McCutchen for Robles, one for one, Paulsen is intrigued. If another player of note has to be shipped out of Washington, he votes no. But word is the Pirates want a pitcher with several years of team control in return, in addition to Robles. Agree with Twitterverse that at some point, Nats gotta give to get something. But key to what @Ken_Rosenthal said was "want more, too." — Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) December 1, 2016 As Stark mentioned above, two options for Pittsburgh are Joe Ross and Reynaldo Lopez. The Nationals would like to hold onto both of those players. Rouhier would also rather not part with either of them, nor does he want to send Giolito or fellow righty Erick Fedde (No. 4 among Washington’s prospects) and he’s more interested in dealing one of the system’s lower-ranked pitching prospects, such as Dane Dunning (No. 6 in the Nationals’ system) A.J. Cole (No. 13). Until more details come out, this is where we stand on this story. As Max Scherzer told Grant and Danny, however, trades often don’t come to fruition. Stay tuned. Follow Bryan Frantz and 106.7 The Fan on Twitter

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