Mable K. Sexton

Leading Homeland Security Under a President Who Embraces ‘Hate-Filled’ Talk

WASHINGTON — Elaine C. Duke, then President Donald Trump’s acting secretary of homeland security, arrived at the Roosevelt Room, down the hall from the Oval Office, on a steamy August afternoon in 2017 expecting a discussion about Trump’s pledge to terminate DACA, the Obama-era protections for young immigrants. Instead, she said, it was “an ambush.”

“The room was stacked,” she recalled. Stephen Miller, the architect of the president’s assault on immigration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other White House officials demanded that she sign a memo ending the program, which they had already concluded was illegal. She did not disagree, but she chafed at being cut out of the real decision-making.

“President Trump believes that he can’t trust,” Duke, now a consultant, said in a wide-ranging interview about the 14 months she spent working for him and the consequences of the president’s suspicion of what he calls the “deep state”

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How to Build a Route for Riding Somewhere New

Photo credit: pixdeluxe - Getty Images
Photo credit: pixdeluxe – Getty Images

From Bicycling

While the go-to routes in our backyard that we’ve ridden countless times over the years will always hold a special place in our hearts, there’s something to be said for getting out and exploring new areas.

Whether this means squeezing in a bike ride on a weekend road trip getaway with the family, or hopping on a plane and traveling to a far-flung destination, there are must-ride routes all over the world that are worth checking out.

Obviously, traveling and riding during COVID-19 makes extensive exploring more challenging for everybody. (For the most up-to-date information on areas you may be traveling to, check resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) regularly.)

But if you are getting out there at some point soon or are planning a trip in the future, it’s easier than

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Preparing For A Big Drop

For much of the first half of this year, consumers stuck at home as the coronavirus circled the globe. Many people only dreamed of taking off to faraway lands or cruising across oceans and seas to exotic locales, while the industry that provided those services saw its own dreams turn into nightmares.

Domestic travel spending in the U.S. is on track to crash some 40% year-over-year to $583 billion from $972 billion last year, according to a recent U.S. Travel Association-commissioned report. That comes as domestic trips taken by U.S. residents dip to 1.6 billion, a 30% drop from last year and logging the lowest figure since 1991—another recession year—the group noted.

And that doesn’t include the pandemic-induced fallout from the international side. “International inbound spending is expected to freefall a whopping 75%,” landing at about $39 billion from $155 billion a year ago, according to the research by Tourism

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Louis Vuitton Takes Men’s Show on the Road

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PARIS — New era, new system.

As the fashion world grapples with how to deal with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, Louis Vuitton is upending its men’s wear schedule and switching to a seasonless, itinerant model of fashion shows, beginning with physical runway displays in Shanghai on Aug. 6 and in Tokyo at a later date.

Titled “Message in a Bottle,” the spring 2021 collection will introduce a multifaceted sustainability initiative, where work can be recycled, upcycled and even reissued in its original form.

Michael Burke, chairman and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton, and Virgil Abloh, artistic director of men’s wear, revealed their plans in an exclusive joint Zoom interview with WWD, ahead of a cocktail event on Thursday evening at the historic Louis Vuitton grounds in the Paris suburb of Asnières.

In a wide-ranging talk, the men addressed

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