Gallup Reports Trump’s Job Approval Stabilizing at Lower Level

Gallup’s Trump Daily Approval Rate is 34% as of Today, August 31, 2017

President Donald Trump‘s job approval rating has stabilized, registering 34% or 35% in each Gallup Daily tracking three-day rolling average since Aug. 20, including 35% in the latest update based on Aug. 27-29 interviewing. The 34% approval ratings recorded last week tie the Aug. 11-13 measurement as the lowest Trump has had as president. And it still could go lower yet. 

After starting out in the mid-40s, Trump’s job approval rating has been below the 40% mark in each month since February. He is on pace to spend the entire month of August below 40%, with his job approval rating last at 40% on July 11.Trump's Job Approval Stabilizing at Lower Level 1

The stable, lower job approval ratings in recent days produced a 35% weekly average for Trump during the week of Aug. 21-27. This is the lowest weekly average of his presidency.

Because of the recent pattern, Trump’s full-term approval average since he took office in January has now fallen below 40% for the first time, to 39%. The historically low job approval ratings for Trump are well-documented, but the weakness of his 39% term average to date is stark:

No other president has had a full-term average of less than 45% approval (Harry Truman) while in office.

  • No other president has averaged less than 49% approval during his first year in office.
  • Only three presidents — Bill Clinton (49%), Ronald Reagan (57%) and Barack Obama (57%) — have averaged less than 60% job approval in their first year.

Trump still has nearly five months left in his first year in office, and three full years beyond that until his first term is over. His unusually low ratings so far mean his support will need to improve substantially to avoid leaving office with the worst approval ratings a president has had by a significant margin.amzg0lnthko46odiazojvw (Graph #2)

Democratic Approval of Trump Stuck in Single Digits

The chances of Trump’s ratings improving substantially, however, are hampered by his low support among Democrats, a major reason why his overall approval is so low. In Aug. 21-27 Gallup polling, an average of 7% of Democrats said they approve of the job Trump is doing.

Single-digit approval ratings of the president are not uncommon in the recent era of highly polarized job approval ratings. Presidents Obama and George W. Bush registered many single-digit approval ratings from Republicans and Democrats, respectively, while in office. But neither did so for the first time until much later in his presidency — Obama in October 2010, nearly two years into his presidency, and Bush in October 2004, during his fourth year in office.

In contrast, Trump fell below 10% job approval among Democrats his second full week in office. Although Trump has seen some approval ratings among Democrats of 10% or higher since then, he has not done so since the week of April 24-30.

Obama had the lowest full-term average approval rating among supporters of the opposition party, at 13%. Trump has averaged 8% job approval among Democrats to date. Continue reading

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Home and Interiors: KitchenAid Brings Signature Colors To Commercial-Style Ranges

KitchenAid is now offering a way for home cooks to include its signature colors in a new, eye-catching way. Following the launch of the brand’s popular line of major appliances in the industry-first black stainless finish, KitchenAid has added even more major appliances to the color lineup with the introduction of four new colors to its existing line of 30″, 36″ and 48″ non-steam commercial-style range models.

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KitchenAid Brings Signature Colors To Commercial-Style Ranges

Our commercial-style ranges have consistently earned high marks with serious home cooks who value the power and precision of a professional style appliance,” says Anthony Pastrick, brand manager for KitchenAid. “These new models give those who design with color in mind a way to combine commercial-style performance with a fresh, new look.”

Features on the KitchenAid® commercial-style range series include the industry’s most powerful burner among leading brands. The 20,000 BTU Ultra Power™ Dual-Flame Burner offers the versatility to go from intense searing to a low simmer. Additional burners include two 15,000 BTU professional burners and a 5,000 BTU simmer/melt burner.

Electronic ignition enhances reliability for lighting burners while infinite-heat controls provide countless intermediate settings between low and high for added cooking precision.

To promote even cooking on all racks of the oven, an Even-Heat™ True Convection System uses a hidden heating element, a fan and a bow-tie shaped baffle to consistently circulate air heated by the element. An EasyConvect™ Time and Temperature Conversion System automatically converts conventional times and temperatures to their convection equivalents. Other features include convection bake, broil and roast, a bread proofing option and a Sabbath mode. A large glass-touch oven display features a responsive, easy-to-use interface designed for easy cleaning.

Available now, the commercial-style series will add four new colors in Signature Red, Cobalt Blue, Imperial (matte) Black, and Imperial (matte) White, in limited quantities. Suggested retail prices will range from $5,049 to $9,949.

Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined Opens At The Whitney On October 20

The Whitney Museum of American Art debuts Toyin Ojih Odutola’s first solo museum exhibition in New York on October 20, 2017. The exhibition presents an interconnected series of portraits that chronicle the private lives and surroundings of two fictional aristocratic Nigerian families: the UmuEze Amara clan and the house of Obafemi. Rendered life-size in charcoal, pastel, and pencil, Ojih Odutola’s figures appear enigmatic and mysterious, set against luxurious backdrops of domesticity and leisure. In tandem with the artist’s larger conceived narrative, they highlight the malleability of identity and upend assumptions about race, wealth, and class. The exhibition features a significant new body of work alongside a small selection of works made in 2016.

Toyin Ojih Odutola (b. 1985), Wall of Ambassadors, 2017.

Photo Credit: Toyin Ojih Odutola (b. 1985), Wall of Ambassadors, 2017. Charcoal, pastel and pencil on paper, 40 x 30 inches. © Toyin Ojih Odutola. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Ojih Odutola creates intimate drawings that explore the complexity of identification and belonging. Depicted in her distinctive style of intricate mark-making, her sumptuous compositions reimagine the genre and traditions of portraiture. They are informed by the artist’s own array of inspirations, which range from art history to popular culture to experiences of migration and dislocation. Highly attentive to detail and the nuances of space and color—whether of palette or skin—Ojih Odutola continues her examinations of narrative, authenticity, and representation.

Toyin Ojih Odutola (b. 1985) was born in Ife, Nigeria and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She currently lives and works in New York City. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco (2016), the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2015), and the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (2013). She has participated in several group shows including Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, Brooklyn Museum (2015); Ballpoint Pen Drawing Since 1950, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2013); Fore, Studio Museum in Harlem (2012); The Moment for Ink, Chinese Cultural Center, San Francisco (2013); and The Progress of Love, Menil Collection, Houston (2012). Ojih Odutola received her MFA from the California College of Arts, San Francisco in 2012 and her BFA from the University of Alabama, Huntsville in 2008.

Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined will be on view in the first-floor John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Gallery, which is accessible to the public free-of-charge.

This exhibition is organized by Rujeko Hockley, assistant curator, and Melinda Lang, curatorial assistant. Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined is sponsored by Audi of America. Major support is provided by the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation. Generous support is provided by Jackson Tang.

Anne Murray To Release Career-Spanning Set September 29

The Ultimate Collection Tracklist Personally Curated By Murray

Available in Single Disc, 2-CD, Digital, and Double-Vinyl Formats

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Internationally renowned music legend Anne Murray will have her storied career encapsulated once more with the most authoritative collection yet assembled – overseen by Murray herself. The Ultimate Collection will be released September 29 in single disc, 2-CD, Digital formats via UMe. A Double-Vinyl configuration will be available November 17.

Murray is a Canadian music trailblazer, with a string of firsts: first Canadian female solo singer to reach No. 1 on the U.S. charts, first to earn a Gold record (for Snowbird), and the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Country Music Awards, to name but a few. Her successes made a path for further Canadian artists to follow en route to conquering the world stage – Céline Dion, Shania Twain, kd lang, Alanis Morissette, and Sarah McLachlan among them.Anne Murray Ultimate Collection UMe

Murray’s career began with chance encounters which resulted in remarkable achievements. The young singer from Nova Scotia was offered a couple of songs, including Snowbird – which soared beyond all borders and still sails the stratosphere to this day. Not long after, a television performance on Glen Campbell‘s Goodtime Hour brought Murray into people’s homes and into their hearts, places she would occupy throughout her recording and performing years. Over the next decades, Anne Murray would sell over 55 million albums worldwide and did so while effortlessly moving between pop, country, and adult contemporary formats. The accolades were equally multitudinous, with several standout achievements.

On receiving the Grammy in 1978, Murray recalls: “When I started in my career I didn’t have any intention of being any one kind of singer, I thought: ‘Well, maybe you can do a little bit of everything.’ When I was nominated in the pop category for ‘You Needed Me’ I was so relieved in that they had seen the song as a pop song and seen me as a pop singer alongside of people like Barbara Streisand, Olivia Newton-John, Carly Simon, Donna Summer, and not only did they see me there, I also won. After that, even my career in country music became bigger. I was trying to do a little bit of everything but, in the end, it didn’t matter to me as long as people enjoyed the music. That was what was important to me. Get to the people, and so I did.”

During her illustrious career, Anne Murray received four Grammys, a record-breaking 24 Junos, three American Music Awards, three Country Music Association Awards, and three Canadian Country Music Association Awards. She is a Companion of the Order of Canada, the highest honor that can be awarded to a Canadian civilian and, in 2007, Canada Post issued a limited edition Anne Murray stamp. She has been inducted into the Juno Hall of Fame, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame. Murray has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on Canada’s Walk of Fame as well as Nashville’s Walkway of Stars. Murray has been involved in many charitable initiatives, most notably her years of work with Colon Cancer Canada. She continues to oversee the Anne Murray Centre, a charitable foundation, and museum of her memorabilia which was established in 1989.

The original idea was to come up with a greatest hits compilation along with several of the songs that many people wouldn’t have heard but were particular favorites of mine,” explains Murray. “The hits were easy but then to decide what should go on the second disc, I went over the songs that I used to do in sound check, things I used to do in the unplugged segment of the show, personal favorites of mine. Some of them are from early on in my career so they have kind of a special meaning for me too.” Continue reading

Lucky Brand Home Arrives at Macy’s for Fall 2017

Macy’s and Lucky Brand announced, this past week, the launch of Lucky Brand Home, a new bedding collection created for Macy’s. The line offers a full range of duvet covers, comforters, hand-crafted quilts, sheet sets, throws and decorative pillows in a relaxed and free-spirited aesthetic, available now on macys.com and in 100 Macy’s stores beginning Sept. 15, 2017.macyslogo

In collaboration with the Lucky Brand design team, we focused on the idea of effortless style and vintage textiles, while also keeping in mind the tradition and aesthetic of the heritage collection,” said Roberson Keffer, vice president and Home fashion director for Macy’s. “We are particularly proud of the craftsmanship behind the line. From tassel details in the throws to the intricate embroideries of our quilts, Lucky Brand Home looks beautiful in any space, but is also easy to care for and style.

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Lucky Brand Home Pillows_and Throws, Created for Macy’s

The collection will launch with five top-of-bed offerings, each as three-piece sets that include a duvet cover or comforter and two shams. The bedding ranges from rich, indigo hues in the Sienna set to the neutral tones of Ventura Waffle and Santa Fe Stripe. Designed to layer seamlessly, Lucky Brand Home also features 100 percent cotton quilts, throws and coverlets, and decorative pillows distinct with texture that are crafted in a range of techniques.

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Lucky Brand Home’s Sachiko Quilt Collection, Created for Macy’s

With a rich history beginning in Southern California in 1990, Lucky Brand embodies the authentic, all-American spirit, grounded in vintage-inspired denim. Now, with the introduction of home, the Los Angeles-native company has become a true lifestyle brand, offering the customer a piece of the SoCal experience from their wardrobe to their bedroom.

We are very proud of our collaboration with Macy’s and the creation of the first home collection for our brand. The new collection is rooted in our brand heritage and the West Coast casual lifestyle. The line is beautiful, the style is highly differentiated and the quality of every product is amazing. The Macy’s team, working closely with our design team, has done an incredible job in bringing the vision of a Lucky Brand Home Collection to life with impeccable taste and great authenticity. We see this launch as an important brand extension of our product offering to support the active lifestyle of our customers.

Ranging from $80 to $330, Lucky Brand Home is available now at www.macys.com/LuckyBrand and www.LuckyBrand.com. Product will be introduced in 100 Macy’s stores beginning Sept. 15, 2017.

Blue Ridge Fall Color Forecast: Ideal Conditions For “Vibrant 2017”

New Ways To See The Leaves Change, Interactive 360-Degree Views And Weekly Color Reports at FallintheMountains.com

Biologists and NOAA weather experts are citing ideal conditions for a healthy and bright 2017 fall color show across the Blue Ridge Mountains and Asheville, an area known for one of the longest and most colorful fall foliage seasons in the world.

Surrounded by the highest peaks in the East, Asheville is steeped in natural history, fall adventure and cultural legacies – including America’s Largest Home, Biltmore. With elevations that range from 1,500 feet in the valleys to 6,684 feet at Mount Mitchell (the highest peak east of the Mississippi River), the Blue Ridge Mountains have more than 100 deciduous (leaf-shedding) tree species, regularly placing the area among the nation’s top fall travel destinations.

Explore Asheville Fall-Forecast-2017

The Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding Asheville make a premier Southeastern destination for autumn leaf watchers. The fall color season extends from late September through early November, with significant variance in elevation providing no one “peak” for viewing fall color. (Photo courtesy of FallintheMountains.com)

Named Lonely Planet‘s “Best in the U.S.” travel destination for 2017, Asheville heads into autumn with a slate of new fall color adventures for travelers including new hotels with rooftop views, “forest bathing” eco-tours and craft breweries with panoramic mountain scenery. Fall travel deals, weekly color updates and interactive 360-degree views of peaking fall leaves at http://www.FallintheMountains.com.

Fall Foliage Report: Ideal Conditions For A Colorful Blue Ridge Autumn

A warm and wet 2017 with a temperate summer has biologists and fall color experts predicting that autumn will be beautiful and vibrant across the Blue Ridge.

According to NOAA Climate Scientist Jake Crouch, Asheville is experiencing its second warmest year on record. The average high temperature of 58.8 degrees Fahrenheit is 3.5 degrees above normal. Much of the warmth occurred in winter and early spring, with summer offering more temperate conditions. While precipitation levels for Asheville are above average in 2017, the summer has been fairly dry. “Drier soils typically mean brighter fall color in the mountains,” said Crouch. “But we aren’t having to worry about any extreme conditions like drought and what that might do to the leaves.”ashevillelogo2

Healthy trees will add to the color spectrum this year says Dr. Howard S. Neufeld, professor of biology and “fall color guy” at Appalachian State University. “We aren’t seeing trees prematurely losing their leaves in the mountains. Tulip poplars often lose their leaves in the summer, but this year we may get to enjoy an added burst of bright yellow from these sentinels in the forest.

As the area moves into autumn with favorable conditions, a continuation of below-average precipitation is ideal to keep the strong color on track this year. Dr. Beverly Collins, a biology professor and fall foliage forecaster at Western Carolina University, adds that September weather is a very important factor for fall color. Sunny days and crisp, cool nights during the month are what causes green chlorophyll in leaves to degrade and red, orange and yellow pigments to emerge. The extreme variation in elevation and variety of tree species make for a colorful display of falling leaves from late September (at the highest locations like Grandfather Mountain and Mt. Mitchell) to early November (lower locales like Chimney Rock). Continue reading

Nordstrom Expands “Reserve Online” Program & Try In Store” Service To About 40 Stores

Nordstrom, Inc. announced that it has expanded its Reserve Online & Try In Store service to nearly 40 stores across the country; following a pilot in six stores. Reserve Online & Try In Store allows customers to select items online and try them on in person at their nearest Nordstrom store, combining the convenience of shopping online with an efficient and personalized in-store experience. Nordstrom first launched Reserve Online & Try In Store as a pilot in six Washington state stores in the fall of 2016. During the pilot, 80 percent of shoppers who tried Reserve Online & Try In Store continued to use the service multiple times.

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Shoppers nationwide can easily use Reserve Online & Try In Store through the Nordstrom mobile app by selecting “Reserve Online & Try In Store” from the product detail page of the items they’d like to try on. Customers will then receive a text notification when their items have been found at their nearest store and are ready to try on, as well as a text notification when they get to the store letting them know where they can find the dedicated dressing room with their name and selected items.

Nordstrom is continually looking at ways that technology can support the customer shopping experience. The company offers several services that allow customers to shop on their own terms in a convenient manner such as Buy Online & Pickup In Store, Curbside Pickup and Scan & Shop on the Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack mobile apps. Nordstrom also recently launched Style Boards, a mobile tool that allows salespeople to create digital boards filled with personalized style recommendations which customers can view on their phone and purchase from Nordstrom.com.

We’re thrilled to expand our Reserve Online & Try In Store service to provide a better experience for customers shopping with Nordstrom – whether that’s online, in-store or a combination of both,” said Shea Jensen, senior vice president of customer experience at Nordstrom. “Many of our customers like to feel and try on clothes and shoes before they purchase them and we’re excited to offer them a more convenient way to do so.

The following Nordstrom stores now offer Reserve Online & Try In Store services:

California

Colorado

Georgia

Illinois

Maryland

New Jersey

New York

Oregon

Texas

Virginia

Washington

Nordstrom plans to continue expanding Reserve Online & Try In Store to stores over the next year.