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: Neera Tanden is out as Biden’s OMB nominee

The White House will withdraw the nomination of Neera Tanden for director of the Office of Management and Budget, in the first significant personnel setback for the Biden administration......»»

Category: topSource: marketwatchMar 2nd, 2021

Lindsey Graham says that he wants Donald Trump to run again in 2024, just a few days after the former president trashed him

On Wednesday, former President Donald Trump trashed Sen. Lindsey Graham. Three days later, the South Carolina lawmaker sung Trump's praises. Sen. Lindsey Graham (left) said that he wants former President Donald Trump (right) to run again in 2024. Getty Images Lindsey Graham told a crowd of Michigan Republicans that he hopes Donald Trump runs again in 2024, per The Detroit News. Three days before, Trump trashed Graham, saying that the South Carolina lawmaker should be "ashamed" of himself. Graham has been an on-and-off ally of Trump, initially being an outspoken critic of the former president. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sen. Lindsey Graham told a crowd in Michigan on Saturday night that he hopes former President Donald Trump runs again in 2024, according to The Detroit News.Speaking on the second day of the Mackinac Republican Party's Leadership Conference, The Detroit News reported that Graham elicited cheers from the crowd when he shared his hopes for Trump's political future."I don't think Trump is listening. He might be," Graham reportedly said. "I hope President Trump runs again."The comments come three days after Graham was trashed by the former president - an "on-and-off ally" of his.Earlier this week, new claims emerged that Graham and Sen. Mike Lee had personally investigated Trump's allegations that the 2020 election was stolen. According to "Peril," a new book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Graham found his evidence provided to him to be elementary and suitable for "third grade."Trump responded to the new claims by stating his Save America PAC on Wednesday night, per The Hill, in which he was critical of the South Carolina lawmaker."I spent virtually no time with Senators Mike Lee of Utah, or Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, talking about the 2020 Presidential Election Scam or, as it is viewed by many, the 'Crime of the Century,'" said the statement. "Lindsey and Mike should be ashamed of themselves for not putting up the fight necessary to win."In the statement, Trump also accused him of "letting the Democrats get away with the greatest Election Hoax in history."Graham didn't explicitly respond to Trump's jibes on Saturday night, The Detroit News reported, but did say that the former president can be "a handful" and suggested that he "turn it down a notch."He added that, in recent years, they have come to find common ground. "I've come to like him, and he likes him," Graham joked to the crowd.Graham was initially an outspoken critic of Trump. He called him a "kook," a "race-baiting bigot," and "the most flawed nominee in the history of the Republican Party" during the 2016 election. They eventually smoothed over the cracks in their fractious relationship during a meeting in 2017, according to the New Yorker, and Graham became a dependable ally of the former president.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nyt20 hr. 1 min. ago

McConnell has warmed up to former NFL star Herschel Walker"s Senate bid in Georgia

"He's called me; we had a good conversation. I think there's every indication he's going to be a good candidate," McConnell told Politico of Walker. The former NFL player Herschel Walker. David John Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Former NFL player Herschel Walker has emerged as a GOP frontrunner in the Georgia US Senate race. McConnell told Politico he "had a good conversation" with Walker about his Senate bid. "I think there's every indication he's going to be a good candidate," McConnell said of Walker. See more stories on Insider's business page. While some Republicans have questioned whether former NFL player Herschel Walker can defeat Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in the Georgia Senate race next year, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky appears to have warmed up to the Heisman Trophy winner's candidacy.This past summer, Politico wrote that the longtime Republican leader saw the former football standout's "complicated" personal history as "a vulnerability" in regaining control of the Senate; the publication referenced an Associated Press report that detailed threats that Walker allegedly made to his ex-wife and questions surrounding his business dealings.Walker, who has had a decadeslong friendship with former President Donald Trump, was strongly encouraged by the former president to jump into the race - which he did last month. And McConnell, who earlier this year suggested he would oppose unelectable Trump-backed candidates, recently praised Walker."There are some things written that indicate he's had some challenges in his life. On the other hand, the good news is, he's made several impressive performances on national television. His whole team is the same team around [former Sen.] Johnny Isakson," McConnell told Politico this week. "He's called me; we had a good conversation. I think there's every indication he's going to be a good candidate."Isakson, a longtime Peach State lawmaker, held the Senate seat that Warnock now occupies from 2005 to 2019 before stepping down for health reasons.Gov. Brian Kemp appointed Republican Kelly Loeffler to the Senate seat, who held it until losing to Warnock in the January runoff election, which also saw Democrat Jon Ossoff unseat GOP Sen. David Perdue. Warnock was elected to fill the remainder of Isakson's term, which will expire in January 2023.Trump on Saturday will appear with Walker at a political rally in Georgia, and in the evenly divided Senate, a GOP net gain of one seat in the upper chamber would give the party majority control, which is McConnell's ultimate goal.But internal issues have also come into play between the two Republican leaders.Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump was actively speaking with Republican senators and allies in an effort to remove McConnell as GOP leader, but with unwavering support in his caucus, the effort is highly unlikely to succeed. The two men have yet to patch up their falling out over McConnell's sharp criticism of the former president's conduct on the day of the Capitol insurrection. However, as McConnell looks to 2022 and Trump continues to flirt with a 2024 bid, the men will invariably need to work with each other at some point in the future.The Kentucky senator, who led the caucus when the party lost what were seen as winnable races in Nevada, Delaware, Missouri, and Indiana in the 2010 and 2012 cycles, has not noticed the type of pushback among party members that occurred with some controversial candidates in years past."I don't see Sharron Angle, Christine O'Donnell, Todd Akin, or Richard Mourdock out there," McConnell told Politico, referring to the GOP Senate nominees who were defeated in those high-profile races. "I don't think there's much chance we're going to end up with a nominee who can't win in November."Despite the questions surrounding Walker's candidacy, his entry into the race has given the GOP its highest-profile candidate to date in what will be one of the country's marquee Senate races.The other Republicans in the race include state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and two military veterans: Latham Saddler and Kelvin King.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytSep 25th, 2021

Asheville boasts one of the longest foliage seasons in the US - these 10 central hotels offer striking views

These are the best hotels in Asheville, NC including Grand Bohemian, the Biltmore, Cambria, the Renaissance, Kimpton, and Omni Grove Park Inn. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Omni Hotels Asheville is a big city with a small-town feel in North Carolina. Asheville is near national parks and is known for vibrant dining, breweries, art, and music. Asheville's best hotels are also varied, from boutique inns to B&Bs and brand name luxury. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyWith unbelievable mountain views, a thriving food and drink scene, an emphasis on nature, and a penchant for the arts, Asheville is a must-visit destination. Sitting on "America's Prettiest Drive," the Blue Ridge Parkway, it has mild seasons year-round and one of the longest, most vibrant fall foliage seaons in the US.I've been visiting Asheville for the past decade, and throughout the pandemic, it made it my go-to road trip for its accessible location, outdoor activities, and how safely it's handled COVID-19. Follow my lead and plan a trip to Asheville with a stay at one of the following standout hotels that range from cozy bed and breakfast in a historic neighborhood to trendy downtown high rise, and the lap of luxury at a five-star spa hotel. Browse the best Asheville hotels below, or jump directly to a specific area here:The best hotels in AshevilleFAQ: Asheville, NC hotelsHow we selected the best hotels in AshevilleMore of the best hotels on the East CoastThese are the best hotels in Asheville, sorted by price from low to high. Cambria Downtown Ashville Floor-to-ceiling windows offer direct views of Pisgah Mountain. Booking.com Book Cambria Downtown AshevilleCategory: BudgetNeighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak prices: $128/$515Best for: Couples, friends, families, solo travelers, business travelers On-site amenities: Restaurant, bar, fitness room, convenience store, meeting roomsPros: Every room is thoughtfully designed with wide foyers, Bluetooth mirrors in the bathroom, and desks and beds facing floor-to-ceiling windows with mountain views.Cons: TVs only have a few channels and don't connect to streaming services, so don't count on a lot of in-room entertainment.Located next to historic Grove Arcade, the Cambria Downtown Asheville places you in an ideal location to explore Downtown's revered restaurants, bars, breweries, and galleries on foot.The rooms are loft-style, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering direct views of Pisgah Mountain and more space to spread out than most standard hotel rooms. As you walk in, a foyer gradually widens, opening up to a space marked by crisp white beds, a desk, plenty of electrical outlets and USB ports, wood floors, and exposed red brick walls with eye-catching splashes of blue. The bathroom is spacious with a large vanity, walk-in showers, bathtubs in some rooms, and the coolest part, Bluetooth mirrors that can play your music while you get ready.A sundry in the lobby is packed with healthy meals to prepare in your in-room microwave, or head to Hemingway's, a Cuban restaurant and bar on the fourth-floor with a terrace and fire pits. Locals pack this rooftop on weekend nights, so make a reservation to grab a seat. COVID-19 procedures are available here. Renaissance Asheville Hotel Rooms are comfortable, clean, and have mountain views. Marriott Book Renaissance Asheville HotelCategory: Mid-rangeNeighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak prices: $131/$512Best for: Couples, solo travelers, business travelers, Marriott loyalistsOn-site amenities: Restaurant, fitness room, pool, meeting rooms, marketPros: This Renaissance has the largest Junior Olympic saltwater swimming pool in Asheville.Cons: The restaurant is only open for breakfast, and the only other food served at the hotel are the snacks and packaged meals available at the on-site market. When you need a nice, but moderate Downtown Asheville hotel with a full list of modern amenities from a trusted brand, choose the Renaissance.I stayed here on a whim as I was passing through Asheville in the height of COVID-19 in 2020, and wanted a hotel brand I knew I could trust to handle the pandemic safely. The Renaissance, a Marriott Bonvoy property, did this exceptionally well and impressed me with their levels of safety and cleanliness.The Renaissance is on the edge of Downtown Asheville and every room has floor-to-ceiling windows that allow you to wake up to see the sunrise over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with plush beds, textured black headboards, a desk, and a sitting area.Asheville was nicknamed "Bee City USA" in 2012 for its honey bee population and commitment to educating the public about how important bees are for the environment. Staying true to this oath, this hotel houses "bee boxes" from the Bee Institute on its roof to promote sustainability.COVID-19 procedures are available here. 1900 Inn on Montford The lavish, spa-like Cloisters Suite is a top pick for romance and relaxation. Booking.com Book 1900 Inn On MontfordCategory: BoutiqueNeighborhood: Montford Historic DistrictTypical starting/peak prices: $145/$605Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, solo travelers, foodiesOn-site amenities: Dining room, daily breakfast and social hour, live music, games, all-day snacksPros: Book the luxurious 1,300-square-foot Cloisters suite, which has a private garden and a large spa room with a two-person Whirlpool, shiatsu massage, air bath, and walk-in shower.Cons: This hotel is not great for families as children under the age of 12 are not permitted.Perched on a hill in a historic residential neighborhood, just eight blocks from the edge of Downtown Asheville, the Inn on Montford is charming, cozy, and well-placed.This Arts and Crafts style bed and breakfast has eight rooms, each with King beds, gas fireplaces, bathrooms with fiber-optic starry floors, Roman baths, and color-changing, LED-lit vanities.Don't miss the daily cookie selection; one of the innkeepers, Shawnie, makes them herself and prepares a mix of mouthwatering flavors like salted chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, or chocolate-orange.If you're on vacation with your special someone, make it extra romantic and book the Cloisters suite, in the Carriage House, which has 1,300 square feet of space, a private garden, a huge living room, a kitchenette, a bar, a fireplace, and a luxurious 68-square-foot spa room with a two-person Whirlpool tub, shiatsu massage, air bath, and a huge walk-in shower. COVID-19 procedures are available here. Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Autograph Collection Art and design feature prominently, with statement decor in guest rooms. Marriott Book Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Autograph CollectionCategory: LuxuryNeighborhood: Biltmore VillageTypical starting/peak prices: $158 /$600Best for: Couples, families, solo travelers, business travelers, Marriott loyalistsOn-site amenities: Restaurant, bar, art gallery, spa, fitness room, meeting roomsPros: Grand Bohemian Asheville is located directly across the street from the entrance to the famed Biltmore Estate, and the on-site art gallery has local and regional art and jewelry for sale.Cons: In some room categories, the bathroom is separated from the bedroom by a thin curtain rather than an actual door, which isn't ideal for privacy or modesty. Request one with a door if you're traveling with mixed company.This art-driven hotel is the best hotel in Biltmore Village, directly across the street from the entrance to famous Biltmore Estate, known as "America's Largest Home," which was built by George Vanderbilt in 1889 and has a world-class winery, historic gardens, popular restaurants, a farm and over 20 miles of nature trails.Like all Kessler boutique properties, this hotel is innately luxurious, but with a vibe that's creative, relaxing, and comfortable enough to make you feel at home. Art also features prominently, with an on-site art gallery filled with paintings, sculptures, glass art, and jewelry by local artists that are also available for sale.As such, the atmosphere is rich and enticing, with an entrance flanked by a Tudor-style driveway, dramatic candelabras, and heavy burgundy drapes.Inside, stylish, but quirky rooms and common areas juxtapose oil and contemporary paintings and historic busts with surprising sculptures, like a wild hog wearing a tacky tourist hat, and bright purple low lighting that matches velvet chairs alongside fixtures that look like antlers. The rooms are big and enticing, with tufted teal headboards, lamps with tree branch bases, brown and teal-patterned carpeting, and sleek bathrooms with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the soaking tub.COVID-19 procedures are available here.Read our full hotel review of Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville Village Hotel Village Hotel is one of three accommodation options housed within the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate. Booking.com Book Village HotelCategory: Mid-RangeNeighborhood: Biltmore VillageTypical starting/peak prices: $170 /$705Best for: Families, couples, solo travelersOn-site amenities: Restaurants, bars, pool, spa, fitness room, meeting roomsPros: Village Hotel is located in Antler Hill Village, on Biltmore Estate, right next to a slew of family-friendly restaurants, activities, a petting zoo, a winery, and over 20 miles of nature trails. Cons: Transportation around the estate is currently unavailable due to COVID-19, so guests will need to factor a rental car into the cost of their trip.Village Hotel is one of three accommodation options housed within the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate, and it's the best pick for families. Located in Antler Hill Village, just steps from the winery, the famed Cedric's Tavern (named after the Vanderbilt family dog), a petting zoo, the outdoor adventure center, and over 20 miles of nature trails, the hotel offers tons to do.The entry-level Village Double Rooms are simple, without fancy bells and whistles, but are modern and spacious with a minimalist black, white and gray color scheme, comfortable double beds, a walk-in shower, and a charming window seat for a vantage point over the beautiful grounds.In addition to all of the aforementioned perks of staying at Biltmore Estate, guests can also dine at Village Social for kid-friendly breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, or go to The Creamery for "Winky Bar sundaes," which is a waffle cone filled with black cherry ice cream, whipped cream, and a cherry.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Kimpton Hotel Arras Kimpton Hotel Arras has a prime downtown location and impressive perks, especially for pets. Booking.com Book Kimpton Hotel Arras Category: Boutique Neighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak prices: $171/$760Best for: Couples, solo travelers, business travelers, travelers with pets, IHG loyalistsOn-site amenities: Restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, fitness center, seasonal book program, free essential toiletriesPros: This hotel boasts a super central location in downtown Asheville, right on Pack Square. Animals may stay at no extra charge and receive special pet amenities.Cons: With its prime downtown location and resident and local foot traffic, this hotel can be loud and crowded.When in Downtown Asheville, look up and you'll spot the Kimpton Hotel Arras; it's the tallest building in all of Asheville.The 128 rooms, suites, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom luxury condos are bright, airy, and filled with natural woods, white and neutral fabrics, textured walls, art by local Asheville artist Catherine Murphy, a desk, and floor-to-ceiling windows facing Downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains.In even the most basic Queen Room, the vanity and bathroom area feels luxurious with a huge walk-in glass shower, marble accents, warm lighting, a dark wood vanity, a large mirror, and a separate toilet.Indulge in drinks and a Mediterranean meal at District 42, and when the sun goes down on a pretty evening, grab a seat by the glass fire pits on the terrace and watch life in Downtown Asheville buzz by. All Kimpton hotels are pet-friendly, too, so bring your dog, cat, bird, iguana or any other animal for no charge. All pet companions are also pampered with perks like stylish feeding bowls, pet beds, treat bags, a ball, and more for free.COVID-19 procedures are available here. The Foundry Hotel Asheville Exposed brick and contemporary furnishings give off an industrial-chic vibe. Hilton Book The Foundry Hotel AshevilleCategory: BoutiqueNeighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak prices: $182/$684Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, solo travelers, families, Hilton loyalistsOn-site amenities: Restaurant, bar, fitness room, meeting rooms, courtyard with fire pitsPros: It's just two blocks walking distance from the heart of downtown Asheville, and offers Tesla car service and a Southern soul food restaurant by a six-time James Beard Award nominee.Cons: The internet connection was unreliable when I visited, which is hard for business travelers or those who like to be overly connected.Once the foundry and warehouse that forged steel for Asheville's famous Biltmore Estate, The Foundry Hotel Asheville is now a luxury boutique Hilton property next to Pack Square Park.An ode to the city's Black history, it's located in a historical enclave called "The Block," that was once a hub of African American community and business in the late 19th and 20th centuries.After sipping a glass of Champagne at check-in, make your way up to your room, which feels industrially luxe with exposed brick walls, all-white beds with cream tufted leather headboards, floor-to-ceiling mountain views, and eclectic wall art featuring period paintings and newspaper clippings in mixed oval and rectangular frames.Paying homage to its Black heritage, the on-site Benne on Eagle is a Southern soul food restaurant led by six-time James Beard Award nominee John Fleer. The hotel is just a five-minute walk from Downtown Asheville, but if you'd rather drive, The Foundry's Tesla car service can drop you off. COVID-19 procedures are available here. Abbington Green This charming B&B feels plucked from the English countryside. Booking.com Book Abbington GreenCategory: BoutiqueNeighborhood: Montford Historic DistrictTypical starting/peak prices: $229/$469Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, solo travelers, foodiesOn-site amenities: Dining room, spa, English gardens, daily breakfast and social hour, games, all-day snacksPros: Every room has a King bed (which is unique for most historic bed and breakfasts in Asheville) and TVs you can watch from the bathtub.Cons: Children under the age of 12 are not permitted, which isn't ideal for young families.The English-inspired Abbington Green is an award-winning bed and breakfast, sitting atop a hill with whimsical landscaping and prize-winning manicured gardens.The property has both a main and carriage house, seven rooms, one two-bedroom suite, a spa room, a dining room, and a living room with games, a piano, and a guitar.Every guest room has a King bed, which is unique for historic homes like these, as well as towel warmers, a fireplace, and luxury bathtubs with a view of the TV — perfect for a bubble bath with a glass of wine and your favorite movie.There's an on-site charging station for electric cars, daily breakfast, a social hour, and a beautiful veranda where you can watch the sunset over the Blue Ridge mountains. The warmth of innkeepers Dean and Cherie brings it all together, as they love to talk to their guests, swap travel stories, and make everyone feel right at home.For COVID-19 procedures, call (828) 251-2454. Sourwood Inn The owners spent more than 25 years in the wine industry, and their knowledge filters down to the overall experience of staying here. Booking.com Book Sourwood InnCategory: BoutiqueNeighborhood: Greater AshevilleTypical starting/peak prices: $235/$390Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, solo travelers, nature lovers, foodies, oenophilesOn-site amenities: Dining room, library, loop trails, wine and flower packages, gamesPros: The owners spent more than 25 years in the wine industry and brought that culinary experience to the hotel, giving guests farm-to-table dining, curated wine lists, in-room wine programs, and pairing dinners.Cons: The inn is a 20-minute drive from downtown Asheville on remote mountain roads, so you'll have to factor a rental car into your trip.This romantic bed and breakfast is a true hidden gem that sits largely under the radar in Asheville. Located right off the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, it's just 20 minutes from downtown, positioned on 100 acres of hilly landscapes that make it feel as if you're staying in a national park.There are 12 guest rooms in the cedar and stone-trimmed main house, with a separate Sassafras Cabin, all of which underwent a recent head-to-toe renovation. Rooms are airy and bright, welcoming sunlight through tall windows, plus light-colored walls, wood-burning fireplaces, balconies overlooking Reems Creek Valley, and soaking tubs with scenic Bullhead Mountain views.The owners spent a combined 25+ years in the wine industry, and brought that culinary knowledge to the inn through well-executed farm-to-table cuisine, curated wine lists, food pairings, as well as wine of the month and wine and dine packages that add value for serious oenophiles. COVID-19 procedures are available here. The Omni Grove Park Inn Sprawling grounds feel regal and are exceedingly beautiful. Tripadvisor Book The Omni Grove Park InnCategory: LuxuryNeighborhood: Grove ParkTypical starting/peak prices: $239/$1,049Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, business travelers, families On-site amenities: Restaurants, bars, fitness room, pools, spa, meeting rooms, sports complex, outdoor center, golf course, tennis courts, food foraging experiencesPros: Perfect for a honeymoon or couples getaway, this romantic hotel guarantees five-star service, a renowned subterranean spa, and an iconic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains at sunset from its restaurant, Sunset Terrace.Cons: As this is a luxury property, expect to pay premium prices for everything.Few resorts can say they've hosted 10 US presidents and every celebrity you can think of, from Gene Hackman and Helen Carter to Nick Carter and Barack Obama, but The Omni Grove Park Inn is one of them. Additionally, this historic resort, which opened in 1913 is famous for being a World War II internment camp for German diplomats, and served as the hotel and inspiration of choice for author F. Scott Fitzgerald over the course of two summers. Five-star service is unparalleled, with an exterior resembling a majestic stone palace that appears as if it's built right into the mountains. Overlooking 300 acres of hills, woodlands, and the Blue Ridge Mountains, the hotel also sits on a Donald Ross-designed championship golf course.From its famous terrace viewpoint, wander down the stone steps to the subterranean spa (it's so popular that you have to book six or eight weeks in advance to get an appointment) and discover hidden waterfalls along the way. Be sure to drink a glass of wine by one of two huge lobby fireplaces, and look up to see original light fixtures from the first day it opened.You'll likely pinch yourself watching the sunset over the mountains from dinner at Sunset Terrace. It's such an iconic view that, whether you stay at the Omni or not, everyone will ask if you saw it.COVID-19 procedures are available here. FAQ: Asheville, NC hotels What is the best area to stay in Asheville?Asheville is a revered food and drink destination and staying in downtown Asheville puts you within walking distance from many award-winning restaurants and breweries.If you're only in town to visit Biltmore Estate, you could stay in Biltmore Village, which is right across the street from the estate entrance, or at the Biltmore itself. Biltmore Village and Downtown Asheville are the two main attraction areas in Asheville and, luckily for visitors, they are only a 10-minute drive apart.Don't worry about not having a car; Uber and Lyft are everywhere in Asheville's popular areas, and it's easy to catch one to get to and from each. When is the best time of year to visit Asheville?Ask the locals, and they'll tell you there's no such thing as a "low season" in Asheville anymore. As such, the best time of year to visit Asheville is anytime. The award-winning restaurant and brewery scene is always available and the famous Biltmore Estate is a top attraction.If you're planning a fall visit, Asheville's 100+ deciduous trees give it one of the nation's longest fall foliage seaons, making it truly spectacular to visit in September and October. At this time of year, the leaves start to change along the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway, apple-picking season is in full swing, and temperatures drop to the 40s and 50s.Prices get slightly cheaper in January and February when snow and ice make driving in the mountains less appealing, and in March when it's cold and rainy. What are COVID-19 protocols in Asheville?Asheville has been very proactive about COVID-19 risk since the beginning of the pandemic, and stores, restaurants, and businesses strictly enforce local mandates. Currently, there are no restrictions on capacity and social distancing in restaurants, bars, and meeting spaces. Masks are required in all indoor locations in Buncombe County based on advice from medical experts and scientists. What is the best hotel in Asheville?I believe that The Omni Grove Park Inn is by far the best hotel in Asheville. It feels like staying in a palace built into the mountain, right on a championship golf course, with five-star service, a subterranean spa, and unbelievable views of 300+ acres of rolling green hills and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. Staying here is the ultimate getaway, whether you're on your honeymoon, planning a girls spa weekend, or looking for a memorable place to spend the holidays. But with rooms hitting peak prices at $1,049 a night, it might not be an option for everyone. However, Asheville is filled with a range of wonderful boutique properties and larger hotels. For the best boutique hotel in Asheville, stay at the Abbington Green, an England-inspired bed and breakfast in the Montford Historic District with large and modern King rooms, daily breakfast, social hours, and beautiful English gardens.For the best hotels in downtown Asheville, the Kimpton Hotel Arras is a dog-friendly hotel right on Pack Square with beautiful and spacious rooms. And across from Grove Arcade, the Cambria Hotel Downtown Asheville offers stylish loft-style rooms with panoramic mountain views, Bluetooth bathroom mirrors, and a terrific terrace restaurant serving authentic Cuban food. What is better in Asheville—a boutique inn or bed and breakfast, or a larger hotel or resort?Both options are wonderful, and the one you choose depends on what your group needs or prefers. Boutique inns or bed and breakfasts are usually in historic residential neighborhoods and offer a cozy and comfortable feel of staying in someone's house. They typically have between six and 16 rooms, so if you're traveling with a small or mid-sized group, you could even rent the entire property.A larger hotel comes with more amenities and usually a more central location within walking distance of great restaurants, bars, breweries, shopping, and entertainment. There are also no age restrictions at larger hotels in Asheville, while most bed and breakfasts don't allow children under the age of 12 so as not to disturb other guests. What is the most romantic hotel in Asheville?With its beautiful stone building, iconic views, luxury service, and intimate feel, there is nowhere more romantic in Asheville than The Omni Grove Park Inn. Make your honeymoon extra special by booking a couples massage at the spa, ordering a tasty steak dinner and a bottle of wine at Sunset Terrace, book a Premium Club Floor Room on the adults-only Club Floor, and end each night with a drink by the lobby fireplace. What is the best hotel for families in Asheville?Village Hotel in Biltmore Estate's Antler Hill Village is great for families. Its basic Village Room starts at $170 and comes with two double beds. If you need more room, upgrade to the Village Double with Living Room, which starts at $320 per night and comes with a bedroom with two double beds, a separate living room with a couch, two twin sleeper sofas, and two full bathrooms.The location is also a huge benefit for families as it is steps away from family-friendly restaurants, the Farmyard petting zoo, 20+ miles of easy nature trails, falconry, and the Biltmore Gardens Railway, which has model trains that kids will love.How cheap or expensive is it to plan a trip to Asheville?Asheville is definitely a top tourist destination in the United States, so prices are constantly rising. That said, there is so much to do and see in Asheville, from hiking, biking, and kayaking to award-winning restaurants, breweries, and the Biltmore. These activities run from free or cheap to quite expensive. Hotels and resorts also run the gamut from $128 to $1,049 per night, and there are also tons of Airbnbs at a variety of price points. If you'd prefer one, we rounded up the best vacation rentals in Asheville as well. How we selected the best hotels in Asheville I chose the properties on this list based on my own deep knowledge of Asheville, supplemented by the research points listed below. I extensively researched and visited each hotel and selected properties with excellent recent reviews and ratings of 4 or higher on trusted traveler sites like Tripadvisor or Booking.com.All properties offer a variety of accommodation types, from boutique bed and breakfasts to brand-name hotels and luxury resorts.They range in starting price from $128 to $1,049 per night to suit a range of budgets. Hotels are located in Asheville's top neighborhoods and historic districts, and are near popular restaurants, breweries, shops, and attractions.All hotels offer COVID-19 safety policies, which we've linked for each property, or provided contact information where you can find out more. More of the best hotels on the East Coast Tripadvisor The best hotels in BostonThe best hotels in New York CityThe best hotels in PhiladelphiaThe best hotels in Washington, DCThe best hotels in Ocean City, MarylandThe best hotels on Hilton Head IslandThe best hotels in Myrtle BeachThe best hotels in CharlestonThe best hotels in SavannahThe best hotels on Tybee IslandThe best hotels in Florida Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytSep 24th, 2021

Democratic-socialist candidate for Buffalo mayor India Walton says she"s open to helping the billionaire owner of the Buffalo Bills build a new stadium, she tells us in the EIC Interview

Democratic-socialist candidate India Walton said a deal with the Buffalo Bills could be reached if it is good for the community and creates jobs. Fans pose before a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium on September 12. Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images India Walton is a democratic socialist, the Democratic nominee for Buffalo mayor, and a Bills fan. She shocked everyone by beating four-term incumbent Byron Brown in the Democratic primary. She's open to a public-private partnership to keep the Bills in town if it means jobs. See more stories on Insider's business page. I'm Nicholas Carlson, the global editor in chief of Insider. Here's the latest installment of my series, The EIC Interview, condensed and edited for clarity.One popular narrative about your race is that the current mayor of Buffalo wasn't paying very close attention to the primary and that, given how low turnout was, if he had been paying attention he might have won. How do you react to that? Does that narrative hurt your mandate if you win the general election?I don't think that's the dominant narrative, right? The first thing is it's offensive to me to not have the hard work of myself and my team acknowledged, because we did work hard. I want to clarify that voter turnout was not lower than it normally is in the Buffalo mayoral primary. It was about the same. The turnout that was lower is that his supporters didn't turn out for him because of his campaign. And you know, I think that it is a testament to the way that he governs. He has ignored his constituency. He has ignored the voters. Last summer he ignored our community while people suffered through a pandemic. He ignored protesters who were crying out for accountability in our police department, and that is the reason why I was able to be victorious. Because he doesn't appreciate and has ignored, and not served our community for so long. And also because we worked hard. We had a solid strategy. And we're gonna do it again November 2. Now he's trying to run as an independent, but didn't he already have his chance with the voters? I believe that he had his chance with the voters. He has been a Democrat in elected office for nearly three decades. He was the former chair of the state Democratic Party. So for him to try and make the case that he is now some kind of independent candidate is ridiculous.Kathy Hochul, the new governor of New York, hasn't endorsed you. She said she's not making local endorsements. But you won the Democratic nomination - and she's a Democrat. What do you say to the governor when she won't do that? I think that the governor has bigger fish to fry. She's assuming a really difficult and complex position, and I think that she should be focused on governing the state of New York. We can hash out our problems here in Buffalo.I'm going to take a leap of faith here and assume you're a Bills fan …I was born and raised in Buffalo. Of course I'm a Bills fan.OK, all right. So, as mayor would you be willing to use city resources to help the billionaire owner of the Buffalo Bills stay happy, have the best facilities, and stay in town? First I just want to say that according to the current mayor, the city is not involved in any negotiation with the NFL or the Bills.What I will say is that I don't believe we have any business making billionaires happy when there are people living in poverty, right?That being said, I know how much this community loves the Bills. I love the Bills, and I think that any public resources that goes into a new stadium, the community needs to have a binding community-benefits agreement, needs to have a first-source hiring policy. I think that that could potentially solve some of the issues that we see in the city of Buffalo regarding job creation, investments in infrastructure, closing that racial-wealth and home-ownership gap. So I would be more interested in what the community benefits of a publicly financed anything would be than necessarily where the team is located.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderSep 24th, 2021

Democratic socialist India Walton, a surprise Democratic nominee for Buffalo mayor, hasn"t studied socialism since grade school, she tells us in the EIC interview

India Walton, a nurse who beat out the incumbent Byron Brown for the Democratic nomination for Buffalo mayor, shares her vision for the future. The community activist India Walton beat four-term Mayor Byron Brown for the Democratic nomination in Buffalo, New York. Lindsay DeDario/Reuters Nurse, organizer, and democratic socialist India Walton is the Democratic nominee for Buffalo mayor. She says she's not a Democrat because the party has not delivered. She says her policies are meant to help poor people, but they'll benefit the rich, too. See more stories on Insider's business page. I'm Nicholas Carlson, the global editor in chief of Insider. Here's the latest installment of my series, The EIC Interview, condensed and edited for clarity.How is socialism different from democratic socialism?I've never studied socialism besides in grade school. My values most closely align with social programming and the belief that government should serve the people. Getting caught up in the conversation about socialism versus democratic socialism versus democracy is semantics. It's super confusing. The bottom line is that we just put people before profit. Simple as that. You probably could have a similar policy agenda, just call yourself a progressive Democrat, and not have to deal with all that semantic baggage. So why not just call yourself a Democrat? Because progressive Democrats have not delivered for the people, and I want to be accountable to the people that I serve. We also knew that Buffalo's politics operate in a vacuum, and that in order to stand out we would have to be different than the same old milquetoast neoliberal Democrat. When some people hear the word socialist, even if it's part of "democratic socialist," they think that you want everybody to have the same amount of money and lifestyle, no matter how hard they work or how talented they are. Is that what you want?Well you know, as mayor, I can't effectively abolish capitalism, right? (laughs) I think actually, if people are less poor, wealthy people are going to be more wealthy because there's more money circulating in the economy. I believe that poor people are working, talented people, but we have a system that's been set up to keep certain groups of people impoverished, while other folks, you know, make record profits off of the labor of others. So no, I don't believe that people who work hard should be the only ones being poor. Those that work hard should have an equal shot at justice and equity. That means that resources, especially when it comes out of taxpayer dollars, can benefit the working class.I sometimes hear people say they don't want equality of outcome; they want equality of opportunity. Is that your goal as well?Well you know, the word equality is sort of loaded. I prefer to use the term equity. What equity means is that if a person has been 50 feet behind the starting line for the last hundred years, then we have to provide them with that 50 feet to get them to zero before they can even get started, right? That's what equity means. Our platform is on bringing people from the marshes and fringes into the mainstream and investing in things that we all deserve, like a quality education, housing, healthcare, and a good living-wage job.How do you feel about the rich getting richer if the poor are too? You know, is that OK if that's what's happening? If the poor are getting richer?Meaning that, if you enact programs that help the poor gain economically, is it OK with you if one result is that it helps wealthy people too?I don't know if the poor can get "richer" …(laughs)We live in an economic system where when people are less poor, the natural consequence of that, intended or not, is that wealthy people continue to gain wealth, right? So there's really no way for us to avoid rich folks getting richer.But what we do need to do is appeal to the sensibility of a lot of wealthy folks, that they should pay their fair share, that they should pay their workers a fair and living wage. And society as a whole will do better when we don't expect certain people to suffer for the benefit of others.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytSep 23rd, 2021

President Biden nominates 2 top campaign bundlers for ambassadorships to Sweden and Belgium

Erik Ramanathan and Michael Adler "bundled" at least $100,000 each for Biden's campaign, and have now been nominated to top diplomatic posts. President Joe Biden speaks at the White House on August 16, 2021. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images Biden tapped 2 more top "bundlers" who contributed at least $100,000 to his campaign for ambassadorships. Biden chose Erik Ramanathan for Ambassador to Sweden and Michael Adler for Ambassador to Belgium. Presidents often political allies for key diplomatic posts, a practice increasingly under fire. See more stories on Insider's business page. The White House announced on Wednesday that President Joe Biden is nominating two top campaign contributors for ambassadorships in Europe, continuing a long-running practice of presidents appointing political allies to diplomatic posts.Biden nominated Erik Ramanathan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Heluna Health, to be US Ambassador to Sweden. The president also announced the nomination of Michael Adler, a Florida real estate developer, to be US Ambassador to Belgium.Both men make the list of Biden's top campaign "bundlers" - individuals who raised more than $100,000 for the campaign and it's affiliated political committees during the 2020 campaign.Along with the two top campaign contributors, Biden also announced the nomination of Calvin Smyre, the longest-serving member of the Georgia state legislature and an early ally of Biden's, to be ambassador to the Dominican Republic.Adler, who also served as national finance chair for Biden's 2008 campaign, told Forward in January that he wanted to be Biden's ambassador to Israel, though that post eventually went to Thomas Nides. "I'm not interested in grabbing power because I can grab it. I'm interested in serving this nation and this president," he said at the time.Ramanathan was one of several top Democratic bundlers who tried to draft Biden to run for President in the fall of 2015, as eventual 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign was already underway. "I want to see this play out. I want Biden in the race," he told the Wall Street Journal that year.Neither nominee has any formal diplomatic experience.The practice of nominating big donors and political allies to ambassadorships, while not new, has come under recent scrutiny. Under President Trump, the number of donors appointed to plum ambassadorships soared, with 43.5% of Trump's ambassador picks being political appointees according to the American Foreign Service Association.In 2020, Elizabeth Warren made eliminating the practice a central part of her plan to "rebuild the State Department.""As a principle, I strongly disagree with the idea that, if you give money during the campaign, you'll be rewarded with a job later," Michael McFaul, a former US ambassador to Russia, told POLITICO last year. "Most certainly at this moment in time, when morale has been incredibly eroded in the foreign service, it doesn't send the right signal."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderSep 23rd, 2021

New Highs on Hopes that New President Brings New Stimulus

New Highs on Hopes that New President Brings New Stimulus The major indices all reached record highs on Wednesday as a new President gets inaugurated and Netflix soars double digits. As far as the market is concerned, it might as well have been a big dollar sign taking the oath this afternoon. President Biden already outlined a $1.9 trillion stimulus package, but he's probably not done. More relief is expected in the near future, as evidenced by Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen’s “go big” comments yesterday in front of a Senate committee. The NASDAQ once again was easily out in front with a surge of 1.97% (or approximately 260 points) to 13,457.25. The index got a lot of help from Netflix (NFLX), which soared just about 16.9% in the session after its quarterly report. The streaming giant’s top and bottom line results didn’t really impress investors, but the growth in global subscriptions sure did. NFLX added 8.5 million new customers, which soared past expectations of less than 7 million. It now has more than 200 million subscribers The company is also thinking about stock buybacks. Meanwhile, the S&P rose 1.39% on Wednesday to 3851.85, while the Dow advanced 0.83% (or about 258 points) to 31,188.38. This is the first time all three major indices reached new highs at the same time since Friday, January 8. Morgan Stanley (MS) continued its industry’s pattern this earnings season by reporting better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings and revenue… but getting little love from the market. However, the stock only dipped by 0.2%. It’s still early in the season, but we’ve had a pretty strong start with a very high proportion of companies beating estimates and even offering favorable outlooks. For an in-depth study of the season so far, make sure to read Sheraz Mian’s recent Earnings Trends report titled: “Early Q4 Results Show an Improving Earnings Picture”. In addition to the next round  of reports and any first moves by the new Administration, investors will also be watching the jobless claims report tomorrow. You certainly remember that last week’s was particularly rough with approximately 965,000 people filing claims, which blew the doors off expectations of 800K. Unfortunately, tomorrow’s number isn’t expected to be much better, though it might not matter to the market since investors are looking forward right now. Today's Portfolio Highlights: Blockchain Innovators: News of a 2-for-1 stock split sent eXp World Holdings (EXPI) surging nearly 16% on Wednesday. Dave added this cloud-based real estate business back in March during the early days of the economic shutdown. The stock has now soared nearly 1000% since being added. Yeah, you read that right. In less than a year, EXPI has turned into a 1000% winner for the portfolio!  The editor certainly thought a company like this would perform well during the pandemic, but this is ridiculous… in a great and very profitable way. Needless to say, the rally in EXPI today gave this portfolio one of the top performers among all ZU names.  Home Run Investor: With a full portfolio, Brian must cut a name in order to add a new one. Therefore, he sold Altra Industrial Motion (AIMC) on Wednesday for a nice return of 22.2%. in approximately two-and-a-half months. The new addition is Verra Mobility Corp. (VRRM), a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) from the security and safety services sector. The company has beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the last four quarters with an average surprise of 49%. The pandemic impacted VRRM’s topline in 2020, but analysts are calling for growth of 33% in 2021. The complete commentary has more specifics on today’s addition.    Surprise Trader: Data protection has become increasingly more important in this “stay home” economy. Therefore, Dave added CommVault Systems (CVLT) on Wednesday with a 12.5% allocation. The company beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 28.6% last time and as much as 168.4% the quarter before. CVLT will look to make it three in a row before the bell on Wednesday, January 27. It has a positive Earnings ESP of 4.71% for the report, so there's a good chance it can keep the momentum going. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for Goldman Sachs (GS), which is “stuck in the mud” despite what Dave considered to be a “great report”. He sold GS for a loss of about 3.7%. Read the complete commentary for more on today’s action.  Counterstrike: As previously mentioned, shares of eXp World Holdings (EXPI) soared on Wednesday after this cloud-based real estate broker service announced a 2-for-1 stock split. Jeremy reminds us that such a split does not make a stock more valuable, but the market loves them nonetheless. The editor considers the upmove to be “silly”, but the profits are not. The portfolio sold EXPI today for a nice return of 28.6% in less than two weeks. You’ve got to take what the market gives you! TAZR Trader: Leave it to Kevin to find some rare value in the tech space. Of course, he had to go “across the pond” to find it. On Wednesday, the editor added Talend (TLND), a provider of big data and cloud integration solutions. He’s most impressed with the company’s cloud revenue, which has been doubling (yoy) for 14 straight quarters and will breach $100 million for 2020. Furthermore, it’s 4X price/sales multiple is a bargain compared to peers like Splunk (SPLK, 10X), Alteryx (AYX, 15X), Elastic (ESTC, 20X) and MongoDB (MDB, 30X). The portfolio added TLND with a 7% allocation. Read the full write-up for more. Have a Great Evening, Jim Giaquinto Recommendations from Zacks' Private Portfolios: Believe it or not, this article is not available on the Zacks.com website. The commentary is a partial overview of the daily activity from Zacks' private recommendation services. If you would like to follow our Buy and Sell signals in real time, we've made a special arrangement for readers of this website. Starting today you can see all the recommendations from all of Zacks' portfolios absolutely free for 7 days. Our services cover everything from value stocks and momentum trades to insider buying and positive earnings surprises (which we've predicted with an astonishing 80%+ accuracy). Click here to "test drive" Zacks Ultimate for FREE >>  Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksSep 21st, 2021

Neera Tanden, who withdrew as budget nominee, becomes senior adviser to Biden

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Category: topSource: marketwatchMay 14th, 2021

Adverum says director nominee Jean Bennett intends to withdraw candidacy

See the rest of the story here. Theflyonthewall.com provides the latest financial news as it breaks. Known as a leader in market intelligence, The Fl.....»»

Category: blogSource: theflyonthewallMay 10th, 2021

More than 100 million Americans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19

According to the CDC, 101,407,318 Americans have received full doses as of Friday. biden vaccine Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images Over 100 million.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderApr 30th, 2021

Biden’s NASA nominee says he’ll try to stick to Trump’s schedule for return to the moon

Nelson said the ambitious moon program, dubbed Artemis, transcends politics and that it “has to be continued, regardless of who’s in the majority, of who’s in the presidency.”.....»»

Category: topSource: washpostApr 22nd, 2021

Rep. Liz Cheney tells Fox News she would not support Trump if he were the 2024 GOP nominee

Earlier this week, Cheney accused Trump of "embracing insurrection," and in January, Cheney voted to impeach Trump. Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., conduct a news conference.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytApr 14th, 2021

Biden thinks that only US leadership stops the world from the "law of the jungle," his top diplomat says

Blinken's summary of Biden's foreign policy presented a picture of a president with a decidedly traditional, but also pragmatic, worldview. Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken speaks after being introduced by Presi.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytApr 9th, 2021

Pixar"s "Soul" is an Oscar nominee for best animated feature - here"s how to watch the jazz-influenced film

Pixar's "Soul" is nominated for three Oscars. You can stream the movie now on Disney Plus, or buy it through VOD platforms like Prime Video and Vudu. If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affili.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytMar 23rd, 2021

Tegna board nominee Adonis Hoffman withdraws, WSJ reports

See the rest of the story here. Theflyonthewall.com provides the latest financial news as it breaks. Known as a leader in market intelligence, The Fl.....»»

Category: blogSource: theflyonthewallMar 9th, 2021

: Interior nominee Haaland gets support from unlikely source — House GOP’s Cole

Rep. Deb Haaland, nominated to be the first Native American to serve as Interior secretary, has an unlikely booster in fellow House member Rep. Tom Cole, a member of the Republican party's House leadership team......»»

Category: topSource: marketwatchMar 3rd, 2021

: Neera Tanden is out as Biden’s OMB nominee

The White House will withdraw the nomination of Neera Tanden for director of the Office of Management and Budget, in the first significant personnel setback for the Biden administration......»»

Category: topSource: marketwatchMar 2nd, 2021

Bitcoin falls 4% after Biden nominee Gary Gensler says SEC will seek to eliminate fraud and manipulation in crypto markets

Gensler said that the SEC would enforce investor protections in the crypto market, including ensuring that the custody of digital assets are safe. Alex Wong/Getty Images Bitcoin fell as much as 4% on Tuesday after SEC Chairman nominee Gary Gens.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytMar 2nd, 2021

Amid GameStop craze, Biden"s SEC nominee Gary Gensler on Capitol Hill

Biden's SEC Chair pick Gensler will inherit GameStop, short-selling trading crisis......»»

Category: topSource: foxnewsMar 2nd, 2021

Biden picks for SEC, CFPB to face senators in joint confirmation hearing

SEC nominee Gary Gensler and CFPB nominee Rohit Chopra, both tough industry critics, will appear before the Senate Banking Committee for a joint confirmation hearing......»»

Category: topSource: washpostMar 2nd, 2021