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Newsday: "How Clinton and Trump can win in the Electoral College"

08/08/2016

Newsday: "How Clinton and Trump can win in the Electoral College"

Photo: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Thursday, July 28, 2016. (Credit: AP)

With the political conventions done, the race for the White House moves to the stage at which candidates take a hard look at the electoral map to decipher where they can deploy resources to score victories in pivotal states.

Based on current polls and recent election trends, a generous interpretation would show up to 15 states playing key roles in November. But, like most national elections, fewer states are more important than Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Some analysts believe Donald Trump must win two of those — if not all three — to claim victory. A business-based political action committee that’s supporting Trump just announced it will concentrate its political spending in those locales.

But in a race far from ordinary, don’t discount the role of Virginia, North Carolina, Michigan and Nevada. Even New Hampshire’s four electoral votes are being courted by Trump and Hillary Clinton.

“Clinton has a wider path to an Electoral College victory,” David Caputo, a Pace University political scientist, said about the state-by-state targeting that will mark the final three months of this campaign. “Trump is taking a narrower approach, which he has to. He’s going to have fewer states ‘in play’ than Clinton has . . . But this campaign is still in the very early stages.”

Read more: http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/how-clinton-and-trump-can-win-in-the-electoral-college-1.12140263

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Marketplace: "Jet.com would juice Wal-Mart's online sales"

08/05/2016

Marketplace: "Jet.com would juice Wal-Mart's online sales"

Photo: A customer shops at a Wal-Mart October 14, 2006 in Beijing, China. - Cancan Chu/Getty Images

Wal-Mart reported a higher than expected profit last quarter, but it’s no secret the company hasn’t been happy with its performance on the e-commerce front.

Reports say the retailer may be trying to change that by buying Jet.com, the upstart e-commerce platform set up as a rival to Amazon. But despite spending millions on tech and marketing, Jet.com is finding Amazon harder to take on than it thought.

Why would Wal-Mart take on Jet?

Well, Wal-Mart’s online sales have been ticking up, but not nearly as fast as Amazon’s. Brian Yarbrough is a retail analyst with Edward Jones. He said everyone in retail used to react to what Wal-Mart did – now, Wal-Mart is trying to keep up with Amazon. He said in short, buying Jet.com could mean more sales for Wal-Mart.  

“The Jet.com customer is a bit higher income than your average Wal-Mart customer," he said, "and I know Wal-Mart has talked about trying to move up the income scale, so it would give them an opportunity to maybe cater to a higher income customer.”

Larry Chiagouris is a professor of marketing at Pace University. He said if Wal-Mart buys Jet, it’s an admission that Wal-Mart couldn’t conquer online on its own. But he added if the two companies merge…they could.

“I think it’s going to be a formidable competitor to Amazon," he said, "simply because Jet will benefit from the existing purchasing power Wal-Mart has, and the existing sophisticated logistics and supply chain management that Wal-Mart has.”

Listen to the story: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/08/04/world/wal-mart-meet-jetcom

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Marketplace: "Trump is paying a price for being late to the TV ad party"

08/05/2016

Marketplace: "Trump is paying a price for being late to the TV ad party"

Photo: A screen displays Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivering his speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. - Win McNamee/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton and super PACs supporting her have budgeted $100 million for TV ads between now and the November election.  That’s around $97 million more than Donald Trump and his super PACs have set aside for TV ads. According to the Center for Responsive Politics.

“It’s such a stark difference that it’s hard to believe that they’re real,” said Sarah Bryner, the center's research director.

But numbers don’t lie.  And here are some others.  The Trump campaign reported raising around $80 million last month.  Now that he’s sitting on a pile of cash, will Trump finally break into TV? We don’t know. The Trump campaign didn’t respond to our interview requests.

But even if Trump decides to jump into TV now, he may not get the ad slots he wants.

“If the time slots are gone, they’re gone," said David Caputo, professor of Political Science at Pace University. "So that’s the disadvantage of being late.”

Listen to the story: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/08/04/world/trump-pays-price-being-late-tv-ad-party

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Downtown Express: "Code camp: Pace hosts tech 'collaboratory' for high-school programmers"

08/04/2016

Downtown Express: "Code camp: Pace hosts tech 'collaboratory' for high-school programmers"

Photo by Alex Ellefson. More than a dozen high schoolers participated in the 2016 STEM Collaboratory Camp.

Downtown’s Pace University helped high schoolers to hone their coding skills — while helping oysters clean up the environment — in its latest STEM Collaboratory Camp.

More than a dozen high schoolers created apps and websites to help volunteers work with the Billion Oyster Project — an organization dedicated to restoring oyster reefs in New York Harbor. The group of 17 students were split into four teams and paired with a mentor from Pace University’s computer science department, completed their projects during the program’s two-week summer camp.

Shaina Peters, 16, who has taken computer-science classes at Stuyvesant High School, where she will be a junior in the fall, said she enjoyed the opportunity to put what she has learned to practical use.

“I like how I’m able to think of something and then just build it,” she said at the program’s July 29 graduation.

Pace’s STEM Collaboratory camp, sponsored by AT&T and now in its third year, aims to encourage student’s enthusiasm for the so-called STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — while encouraging collaboration among its graduates.

“As you go out into this field of STEM, where it’s so competitive and really fierce, I want you guys to be more fierce,” Lauren Birney, head of the STEM Collaboratory, told the graduates. “But don’t lose that human aspect. The human aspect being that you can never be too compassionate, or too kind, or too gracious. That will never fail you.”

Read more: http://www.downtownexpress.com/2016/08/04/code-camp-pace-hosts-tech-collaboratory-for-high-school-programers

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San Francisco Chronicle: "Combative Trump poses dilemma for GOP leaders"

08/04/2016

San Francisco Chronicle: "Combative Trump poses dilemma for GOP leaders"

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, speaking at a campaign event in Daytona, Fla., has set off alarm bells within the GOP with a recent spate of contentious remarks. Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty Images

. . . The GOP nominee “is taking what he did in the primary and doubling down,” said David A. Caputo, president emeritus of Pace University in New York.

Read more: http://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Combative-Trump-poses-dilemma-for-GOP-leaders-9119039.php

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Computerworld: "HPE's Whitman endorses Clinton; will Trump retaliate if he wins?"

08/03/2016

Computerworld: "HPE's Whitman endorses Clinton; will Trump retaliate if he wins?"

 HP Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman. Photo Credit: HP

. . . Does Whitman's endorsement matter?

Any evidence showing it is consequential is "more muted -- just as labor endorsements by union leaders do not always translate into support for the position taken or the candidate endorsed," said David Caputo, a professor of Political Science at Pace University and president emeritus.

The Clinton campaign is attempting to attract Republican and independent voters to its candidate and the endorsement of Clinton by business leaders "known to be strongly affiliated with the Republican Party should be seen as part of their strategy to win Republican and Independent support," said Caputo.

"One endorsement will not make a significant difference, but a large number might reinforce the Clinton campaign's assertion that Donald Trump is not qualified to serve as president," said Caputo.

Read more: http://www.computerworld.com/article/3104068/it-industry/hpes-whitman-endorses-clinton-will-trump-retaliate-if-he-wins.html

 

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Travel Market Report: "CDC Issues Zika Advisory For Miami Area"

08/02/2016

Travel Market Report: "CDC Issues Zika Advisory For Miami Area"

The Aedes aegypti mosquito. Photo: James Gathany

. . . Dr. Andrew O. Coggins, Jr., clinical professor of management with a focus on hospitality and tourism management at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in New York, doesn’t believe the warning will have an effect on tourism in the area. “It's in a relatively small area of Miami that is off the normal tourist circuit,” he said. However, he expects that to change if the number of cases or affected area increases.

Read more: http://www.travelmarketreport.com/articles/CDC-Issues-Zika-Advisory-For-Miami-Area

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NY Daily News: "Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump is a tale of two campaigns and strategies"

08/01/2016

NY Daily News: "Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump is a tale of two campaigns and strategies"

Photo: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton offers her experience as the calm, conventional commander-in-chief. (Todd Maisel/New York Daily News)

. . . The next few weeks will be framed “by both candidates fleshing out their themes and messages and making strategic decisions on which states they will concentrate on for the campaign,” according to David Caputo, president emeritus and professor of political science at Pace University.

“The election will ultimately come down to turnout,” Caputo predicted.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-tale-campaigns-article-1.2732471

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Travel Weekly: "Trump: Hotels, resorts, casinos, politics"

08/01/2016

Travel Weekly: "Trump: Hotels, resorts, casinos, politics"

. . . Jessica Lavariega-Monforti, professor and chair of the department of political science at Pace University in New York, said that the ethics rules that cover conflicts of interest faced by executive-branch employees from cabinet-level appointees on down do not apply to elected officials, including the president.

And although many presidents have put their assets in a blind trust, which an independent trustee takes over so that the official cannot direct or advise on investment decisions, Lavariega-Monforti said that tradition was "essentially ceremonial, a tradition but not a requirement."

"Nevertheless, it's been a tradition recent presidents have followed," she said. "Lyndon B. Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, both of the Bushes and Bill Clinton used the blind trust."

Read more: http://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Hotel-News/Trump-Hotels-resorts-casinos-politics

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International New York Times: "Verizon's bet on future for Yahoo; One aim is to become a stronger contender for revenue from digital ads"

08/01/2016

International New York Times: "Verizon's bet on future for Yahoo; One aim is to become a stronger contender for revenue from digital ads"

. . . ''All Verizon may have done is purchase a weak player that was on its way to extinction,'' Larry Chiagouris, a marketing professor at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University, wrote in an email.

Read more: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/560362/verizon-challenger-google-facebook.html

 

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