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Trump's policies have Nike facing one of its biggest threats in history


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Nike is taking some serious political hits lately — and it's unclear how the company will weather them.

The shoe giant was a big proponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership — the trade pact championed by former President Barack Obama as an agreement to increase wealth in the US by opening up Asian markets to American goods — and vice versa.

It had promised to bring 10,000 additional US jobs and move some manufacturing to the US if the US joined the TPP.

The US signing onto the TPP would have reduced or eliminated tariffs for shoes imported from Vietnam and some other countries into the US, reducing the built-in cost to outsource sneaker manufacturing overseas for Nike and others. 

A large percentage of Nike's footwear is made in countries included in the TPP pact. In fact, Nike imports 40% of its sneakers from Vietnam, according to Bloomberg. Tariffs are already high for footwear, ranging from 5% to 40% depending on the materials used, according to the Office of Textiles and Apparel, and settling around 20% for athletic shoes.

With President Donald Trump signing an executive order signaling the US will not be joining the TPP, Nike's contingent promise looks dead on arrival.

But the swoosh will need to do something to counter Trump's proposed "border tax" on American companies importing goods made in foreign locales. There's no additional details on that law, or how it might take shape. Goldman Sachs gives the law a 30% chance of actually taking effect.


Since there are already high tariffs imposed on shoes, the "tax" might just take that form and not do too much damage, in comparison to other companies. Barron's Avi Salzman takes that view. But it's just as likely that the new tax will take another form — one additional to tariffs already enforced.

Shoes require a lot of labor to produce. Nike has already quietly been investing in advanced manufacturing, with the goal of creating an entire shoe without human interaction, according to The Oregonian. Nike currently has 8% of its factories in the US — 44 for apparel and one footwear— but they employ a total of less than one percent of its manufacturing workforce. Nike said if TPP was ratified, they would have more capital to speed up this process of re shoring and advanced manufacturing.

But it'll likely happen anyway. Nike may not have a choice but to fulfill its promise and bring advanced manufacturing to the US. There's little doubt when this factory is created, it will be in the US and employ fewer people but increase productivity and pad its bottom line.

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I went to one of the largest specialty food expos in the US — here are the 10 craziest things I ate


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Some 33,000 industry professionals and tastemakers poured into San Francisco this week for the annual Winter Fancy Food Show, the largest trade show devoted to specialty foods and beverages on the West Coast. For anyone who's braved the crowds at the Consumer Electronics Show, the rough equivalent for the technology industry, you can probably imagine the chaos.

Attendees walk the convention center's unending halls while nibbling on free samples and dodging spokespeople. Like at CES, I waded through aisles of exhibitors before stumbling on one cool product. Unlike CES, I left on a full stomach.

I came, I saw, I conquered roughly 700,000 square feet of exhibit space and consumed more calories than I care to admit. Here are the 10 craziest foods and beverages I tried.

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Water tapped from maple trees might be the next coconut water (though it's a long shot).

Sap on Tap piggybacks on the success of another H2O alternative, coconut water.

The company sources water tapped from maple trees on farms across the Northeast, and heats it to kill off bugs and bacteria. The end product is a clear, slightly sweet liquid that has eight grams of sugar and twice the amount of manganese as a cup of kale, according to the bottle.



Maple syrup practically runs in my blood, being a New Hampshire native. I expected Maple Water to taste like my favorite pancake topping, but the sweetness was much more subtle.

I dug the flavor and finished off a whole bottle while walking the expo floor.

Sap on Tap offers three flavors: Original, Ginger Lime, and Yerba Mate. Each bottle costs $2.99 and can be found at Whole Foods in the New York City area.

The future of maple water is ambiguous, however, as climate change threatens sap production.

Pasta Bow Ties are chips made from layering two uncooked bow-tie noodles and baking them until they puff up with air. They come in flavors like Creamy Ranch and Honey Butter.

I tried the Meatball Parm flavor, which is the most popular flavor, according to Chris Hays, a regional sales manager with Vintage Italia. "Everyone thinks it has meat in it," he said.

I popped a chip into my mouth. It kind of tasted like that iconic gas station food, Combos, which are cylindrical tubes of cracker filled with meat and cheese — or the interpretation of a meatball sub by someone who's never eaten a meatball sub. I'd still eat it.

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McDonald's new Big Mac is the best fast-food item I've eaten in years — and there's a simple reason why


McDonald's Grand Mac 8

I made a huge mistake Wednesday night.

I'd agreed to go to a whiskey tasting immediately after work. What I didn't realize (but should have): tasting means drinking.

Four whiskeys on an empty stomach later, my mistake was palpable in all of my senses. I began Googling nearby places to grab a quick dinner under the table while the instructor prattled on about the different between 15 year and 18 year single malt. (Honestly, I'm still not convinced there's much of one.)

When I noticed the McDonald's a block away, my mind was immediately made up. I had remembered the new Big Mac sizes the company had just released and I knew what I had to have. There was no better opportunity to devour the largest, the Grand Mac, than right now — belly full of whiskey but devoid of food.

I hadn't stepped inside the Golden Arches in a long time. It was exactly how you likely remember it. Spartan, but a little upbeat. I stepped up to the counter and after some forced pleasantries, relayed my order.

"Can I get a Grand Big Mac, please?"

I watched the cashier's eyes grow wide as she realized what I asked for. "Oh, gosh," she whispered under her breath. "Anything else?"

Yes, there was something else. I also purchased a four-piece chicken McNugget. I was feeling myself.

Mcdonalds in the 90s

A short while later, my number was called; I grabbed my bag and practically ran home.

"You're gonna need two hands," the box reads. I was undaunted. With one bite, I was instantly transported to another time and place. This wasn't just a bigger Big Mac. It was a portal to 15 years ago, when I was smaller and Big Macs just seemed bigger to me than they really are.

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I ate a lot of Big Macs as a kid of the '90s, when nutrition was less of a concern to a working single mom than finding time to feed me something I liked. And, man, I loved Big Macs. Truly. Madly. Deeply.

Naturally, I don't eat that many Big Macs anymore. It's impossible to find the same solace I once did. That's why the Grand Mac was so remarkable. For a moment, I truly felt like a kid again.

For McDonald's to continue to transform its struggling self in the modern food-service landscape, it would do well to look to the past. It's these nostalgic only-'90s-kids-will-get-this experiences that will keep me coming back when I'm looking for comfort.

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These doormen guard the residences of New York's wealthiest residents



Many of New York's wealthiest people reside in multimillion-dollar condos on Park Avenue on the Upper East Side. There's 740 Park Avenue, where John D. Rockefeller, Blackstone founder Steve Schwarzman, and business tycoon David Koch have all lived. Just down the street at 730 Park Avenue, "billionaire bidding wars" have led to some sky-high home sales, including a penthouse that reportedly sold to hedge funder Daniel Benton for $39 million in 2012.

Guarding the entrance to these and other tony buildings along Park Avenue are the doormen who often live vastly different lives than those inside. A doorman's tasks can vary greatly, as they assist residents with everything from running errands, to loading up their cars, to calling cabs, and most importantly, providing security. As of 2014, unionized doormen in New York City made an average of $49,402 a year. 

It was the unusual job of the doorman that photographer Sam Golanski was most interested in when he visited New York in 2015. He convinced them to pose briefly for his camera. "These guys are real people who need more attention. [They're] not pampered celebs wearing their Gucci bags and expensive watches," Golanski told Business Insider.

Ahead, see 11 doormen pose outside their posts.  

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Golanski noted that many of the doormen he spoke with have been working in the industry for years.

"In many cases it's a job for life," Golanski said. "One gentleman said he had been working as a doorman at the same building since [the] late '70s."

An important part of the job of a doorman is to keep residents' personal lives private. "They do witness a lot about resident life, but there is a secret agreement between them and the people they serve not to talk about it to outsiders," Golanski said.

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Home prices in the Hamptons are collapsing


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At least three brokerage reports showed that home prices in the Hamptons plunged in the fourth quarter of last year.

The luxury-real-estate company Brown Harris Stevens said prices fell 23.1%, to $1.87 million, year-over-year. The Corcoran Group put the decline in the South Fork's median price at 11%.

Ernie Cervi, Corcoran's regional senior vice president, told the New York Post that the slump in activity late last year was related to uncertainty about the election. Consumer confidence has spiked since the election outcome became clear, which could revive the market this year, Cervi said.

Housing market activity in the Hamptons this year could also be tied to how Wall Street professionals perform, as it's a prime location for buying vacation homes. After Hamptons home sales fell in the third quarter, Jonathan Miller, CEO of the real-estate appraisal firm Miller Samuel, tied the drop to weak hedge-fund performance.

The fourth-quarter report prepared by Miller's firm showed a 7.2% drop in the median sales price of Hamptons homes compared with last year. The number of sales closed fell by nearly 15%, and it took longer for sales deals to close — about four extra days, compared with the same time last year.

At the luxury end of the Hamptons market, the median sales price fell 29.5%, to $5.85 million, year-on-year, according to Miller Samuel. But this did not deter developers from putting more homes up for sale, as inventory increased 21% in the same period.

The opposite is happening about 100 miles away in Manhattan, where fewer homes with overzealous prices are being offered for sale as more buyers push back.

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An expert explains why you should try a high intensity workout like the '7-minute workout'


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Lots of people mean to work out regularly, but it's often all too easy to just not get around to it.

Sure, we know that exercise is basically the closest thing to a magic pill for our health that's out there, but — in a busy, busy world especially — where do you find the time?

Luckily for those of us who could use the many benefits of exercise, from improved cardiovascular health to stress reduction and mood-boosting effects (so, all of us), modern fitness science has done a lot to eliminate excuses for skipping a workout.

Short, high-intensity workouts that can often be accomplished in half an hour or even less can be just as effective as longer workouts.

That's backed up by a growing body of research, which shows that for many measures of physical health, these fitness routines can be just as good as routines that take two to fives times as long. And many of these workouts can be accomplished in your home without expensive equipment, according to Jason Barone, clinical director of Professional Physical Therapy.

"Time is everything for people," says Barone. "High intensity training is kind of perfect for the busy schedule — you don't need a gym, you can do it at your home, you're looking at about a 20 to 30 minute workout."

What Barone is talking about is high intensity interval training, where people work out at a close to full-on level for short periods of time instead of doing longer workouts at more moderate, 60-70% exertion levels. Some of these workouts include short sprints mixed in with warm up and cool down time; others are short circuits of bodyweight exercises.

At the same time, working out at full intensity without being prepared for it potentially puts you at risk for a muscle or lower back strain, along with other injuries.

Here's how Barone says to get started and how to avoid hurting yourself along the way.

  1. Find a program. Barone says he doesn't have one particular workout to recommend but that many can work — find one you like. Several routines that we've found effective include bodyweight exercises using the The 7-Minute Workout app or the Sworkit App. Others might try this study-backed 10-minute routine that includes just one minute of all-out exercise.
  2. Start a beginner level, move on to a more advanced level. This is especially true if you are trying to get back into shape but haven't been working out regularly. Don't pick something that's too complicated for you to do with proper form. Work your way up to harder programs to avoid injuring yourself.
  3. Warm up properly. When you are going all-out, there's a chance you could injure yourself if you aren't warmed up. You don't want to just stretch and touch your toes either. Barone says to look for about a five-minute dynamic warmup that will help get your muscles ready to go (a YouTube search brings up quite a few good ones).
  4. Do your routine and listen to your body. Push yourself through the workout, trying to complete every exercise with the best form you can. "It's good to push the body, but you need to listen to it as well," says Barone. "Be aware of warning signs ... don't push through pain [especially a sharp twinge or tightening], that might mean you need to take it easy." You want to make sure you don't put yourself out of commission and miss your next workout.
  5. Repeat. The main reason you've got to find a program that you enjoy is that you'll get the most out of exercise if you do it regularly. That might be one of the free routines linked to above or it might be a program at a gym or something else. Find something that you like enough that you can keep it up.

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Here are the ’smartest’ dog breeds, according to a canine psychologist


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There’s no easy way to rate dog intelligence.

As canine psychologist Stanley Coren wrote back in the 90s, there’s adaptive intelligence (i.e., figuring stuff out), working intelligence (i.e., following orders), and instinctive intelligence (i.e., innate talent) — not to mention spatial intelligence, kinesthetic intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, and more.

Indeed, as animal behaviorist Frans de Waal has argued, humans tend to judge animal intelligence in limited and unfair terms and often bungle the experiment.

While labs at Yale, Duke, and around the world are studying this question, for now we do at least have data on one metric: working intelligence.

Coren, in his book, "The Intelligence of Dogs," featured the results of a lengthy survey of 199 dog obedience judges. The responses, he said, were remarkably consistent; however, he noted that many judges pointed out that there are exceptions in every breed and that a lot comes down to training.

Here’s what he found:

TOP TIER—the brightest working dogs, who tend to learn a new command in less than five seconds and obey at least 95% of the time.

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1. Border collie
2. Poodle
3. German shepherd
4. Golden retriever
5. Doberman pinscher
6. Shetland sheepdog
7. Labrador retriever
8. Papillon
9. Rottweiler
10. Australian cattle dog

SECOND TIER—excellent working dogs, who tend to learn a new command in 5–15 exposures and obey at least 85% of the time.

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11. Pembroke Welsh corgi
12. Miniature schnauzer
13. English springer spaniel
14. Belgian Tervuren
15. Schipperke, Belgian sheepdog
16. Collie Keeshond
17. German short-haired pointer
18. Flat-coated retriever, English cocker spaniel, Standard schnauzer
19. Brittany spaniel
20. Cocker spaniel, Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever
21. Weimaraner
22. Belgian Malinois, Bernese mountain dog
23. Pomeranian
24. Irish water spaniel
25. Vizsla
26. Cardigan Welsh corgi

THIRD TIER—above-average working dogs, who tend to learn a new trick in 15–25 repetitions and obey at least 70% of the time.

chesapeake bay retriever

27. Chesapeake Bay retriever, Puli, Yorkshire terrier
28. Giant schnauzer, Portuguese water dog
29. Airedale, Bouvier des FLandres
30. Border terrier, Briard
31. Welsh springer spaniel
32. Manchester terrier
33. Samoyed
34. Field spaniel, Newfoundland, Australian terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Gordon setter, Bearded collie
35. American Eskimo dog, Cairn terrier, Kerry blue terrier, Irish setter
36. Norwegian elkhound
37. Affenpinscher, Silky terrier, Miniature pinscher, English setter, Pharaoh hound, Clumber spaniel
38. Norwich terrier
39. Dalmatian

FOURTH TIER—average working dogs, who tend to learn a new trick in 25–40 repetitions and obey at least 50% of the time.

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40. Soft-coated wheaten terrier, Bedlington terrier, Smooth-haired fox terrier
41. Curly-coated retriever, Irish wolfhound
42. Kuvasz, Australian shepherd
43. Saluki, Finnish Spitz, Pointer
44. Cavalier King Charles spaniel, German wirehaired pointer, Black-and-tan coonhound, American water spaniel
45. Siberian husky, Bichon frise, English toy spaniel
46. Tibetan spaniel, English foxhound, Otterhound, American foxhound, Greyhound, Harrier, Parson Russel terrier, Wirehaired pointing griffon
47. West Highland white terrier, Havanese, Scottish deerhound
48. Boxer, Great Dane
49. Dachschund, Staffordshire bull terrier, Shiba Inu
50. Malamute
51. Whippet, Chinese shar-pei, Wirehaired fox terrier
52. Rhodesian ridgeback
53. Ibizan hound, Welsh terrier, Irish terrier
54. Boston terrier, Akita

FIFTH TIER—fair working dogs, who tend to learn a new trick in 40–80 repetitions and respond about 40% of the time.

Skye terrier

55. Skye terrier
56. Norfolk terrier, Sealyham terrier
57. Pug
58. French bulldog
59. Brussels griffon, Maltese terrier
60. Italian greyhound
61. Chinese crested
62. Dandie Dinmont terrier, Vendeen, Tibetan terrier, Japanese chin, Lakeland terrier
63. Old English sheepdog
64. Great Pyrenees
65. Scottish terrier, Saint Bernard
66. Bull terrier, Petite Basset Griffon, Vendeen
67. Chihuahua
68. Lhasa apso
69. Bullmastiff

SIXTH TIER—the least effective working dogs, who may learn a new trick after more than 100 repetitions and obey around 30% of the time.

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70. Shuh Tzu
71. Basset hound
72. Mastiff, beagle
73. Pekingese
74. Bloodhound
75. Borzoi
76. Chow chow
77. Bulldog
78. Basenji
79. Afghan hound

There are, again, exceptions. Coren talks in his book about a trainer who managed to win obedience competitions with multiple Staffordshire bull terriers (#49).

There are also, again, other ways of measuring intelligence.

Coren tells us about a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (#20) he owned that was in some ways too smart for competitions. "He was so bright and attentive that he read my every motion, head turn, and even the direction that I was looking with my eyes, as a command," he writes by email. "That made him very difficult to compete with in obedience trials, since, for instance, a glance with my eyes in the direction of the high jump might be interpreted by him as a command and that would send him off, taking the jump beautifully of course, but nonetheless disqualifying us from that round of competition."

De Waal, in "Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?" spoke in defense of the Afghan hound (#79), noting that they may not be unintelligent but rather independent-mined, stubborn, and unwilling to follow orders.

"Afghans," he wrote, "are perhaps more like cats, which are not beholden to anyone."

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Dating app Hinge wants to sell you a $99-a-month 'personal assistant' to message your dates


hinge audreyDating app Hinge wants to you to pay $99-a-month for a personal assistant that will message your dates for you.

Hinge is currently beta-testing something called "Audrey," which Hinge describes as "a revolutionary service" that lets you "say goodbye to matching, messaging, and scheduling."

Here's roughly how Audrey works, according to an email from Hinge:

  1. "Select the people you’re interested in."
  2. "Audrey will reach out, introduce you, and schedule a date if the feeling is mutual."
  3. "Audrey provides data and feedback along the way to help you find that perfect match."

So basically for $99-a-month, a (potentially robotic?) assistant will chat up your matches for you, and then get you all set up for a date. This all assumes that either your date doesn't think it's weird they are flirting with a "personal assistant," or they can't tell.

Audrey is the next step in a series of recent changes for Hinge.

In October, Hinge, which once functioned as a Tinder for friends-of-friends, launched a totally new app focused on relationships (versus hookups). The new app, which the team had been secretly devoting the bulk of its energy to for almost a year, features less swiping, more of a social-media vibe, and a $7-a-month fee for the full feature set.

At first, Hinge had said all members would eventually have to pay $7, but now seems to be going more the "freemium" route favored by competitors like Tinder. (Hinge has said it is still "moving towards full subscription.")

But Audrey would be something very different, especially considering how high its price point is.

Hinge did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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'People are furious down here' - Hundreds of protesters will amass at Mark Zuckerberg's Hawaiian wall


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When Mark Zuckerberg decided to sue hundreds of Hawaiians with ownership rights to small parts of his Kauai estate, he ignited a firestorm of backlash.

Now the Facebook billionaire's neighbors plan to march in protest this weekend at the six-foot wall he erected last year along Koolau Road, according to the march's organizer, Joe Hart.

In an interview with Business Insider on Thursday, Hart said he expected at least 200 locals, including several who Zuckerberg has filed lawsuits against, to participate in the march this Saturday.

“People are furious down here with him," said Hart, a local hibiscus farmer who lives about a quarter mile from one edge of Zuckerberg's roughly 700-acre property. Hart is encouraging people who attend the march to blow conch shells and bang drums in peaceful protest.

Zuckerberg filed eight lawsuits in local court on December 30 against families who collectively inherited 14 parcels of land through the Kuleana Act, a Hawaiian law established in 1850 that for the first time gave natives the right to own the land that they lived on.

The 14 parcels collectively total just 8 of the roughly 700 acres Zuckerberg owns, but the ancient law would give any direct family member of a parcel's original owner the right to enter the billionaire's otherwise private compound.

Encounters with security guards 

Kauai, Hawaii

Neighbors of Zuckerberg like Joe Hart said that the Facebook CEO's security team has used intimidation tactics to keep them off the public beaches and trails that intertwine with his mostly undeveloped property.

Hart recalled being recently confronted by security guards while walking along a public beach adjacent to Zuckerberg's property.

“We were walking along and they tried to say that this was private," he said. "I’ve been walking on this since I was a little kid.”

In a recent interview with the Honolulu Star Advertiser, a man named Naoshi Grady said he filed a police report last year after being run off a public trail that runs through part of Zuckerberg's estate.

"They told me I was on private property," he told the local newspaper. "They were threatening to take my picture and have me arrested. They were aggressive, rude, and disrespectful."

Richard Spacer, a self-described activist for public access who also lives in Kauai, told Business Insider that he's heard of numerous natives who have either encountered no trespassing signs along the historic ala loa trail or have been forced to leave by security guards riding on ATVs.

A 6-foot wall that blocks "Kuleana"

Both Spacer and Hart said that the six-foot wall Zuckerberg built last year cut off access to an inherited parcel of land, or "kuleana," that had been previously accessible to the original owner's family members.

Representatives for Zuckerberg didn't respond to Business Insider's multiple requests for comment for this story. Zuckerberg issued a statement on Tuesday that said he was "reconsidering" the lawsuits, which would compel owners of the parcels to sell to the highest bidder.

"Based on feedback from the local community, we are reconsidering the quiet title process and discussing how to move forward," Zuckerberg said in the statement. "We want to make sure we are following a process that protects the interests of property owners, respects the traditions of native Hawaiians, and preserves the environment."

Hart said that he plans to keep marching at the wall every Saturday until Zuckerberg officially drops the lawsuits and meets with his neighbors in person.

“We just want to bring this light to issue," Hart said. "He’s made his money stealing everyone’s information, which we’ve let him do, but to come down here and start suing everyone, that’s not going to fly down here.”

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The 30 highest-paid tennis players of all time


Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams

Unlike team sports, tennis players, for the most part, must rely on their own talent to earn their way. However, once that talent takes a player to the top of the sport, it can lead to regular runs that go deep in tournaments and eventually it translates to a lucrative career.

Below, we take a look at the 30 highest-paid tennis players of all time. While the list is skewed towards recent players, there is good mix of both men and women, as well as current players and some of the all-time greats.

The 30 players below have combined to win 196 Grand Slam singles titles and 1,452 singles titles overall.

Data is from the ATP and WTA tours. Doubles and and mixed-doubles earnings are included in the career winnings, but are not included in the number of titles won. 

30. Goran Ivanisevic — $19,878,007

Nationality: Croatian

Grand Slam titles: 1 (Wimbledon)

Overall titles: 22

29. Stefan Edberg — $20,630,941

Nationality: Croatian

Grand Slam titles: 6 (2 Australian, 2 Wimbledon, 2 U.S. Open)

Overall titles: 41

28. Andy Roddick — $20,640,030

Nationality: American

Grand Slam titles: 1 (U.S. Open)

Overall titles: 32

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The 10 best places for a power breakfast in New York City


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As fewer and fewer busy execs and other people of influence seem willing to put in the time for a long lunch these days, the networking and deals that once happened over fancy midday meals are now happening at all times of the day, including breakfast. 

Keeping that in mind, we turned to our friends at Foursquare City Guide to find the top-rated places to have a power breakfast in New York City. To determine the list, Foursquare took into account a number of factors, including ratings, visits, the overall sentiment of its users' reviews, and the use of words like "power," "business," and "meeting" in reviews.

A number of classic New York power establishments made the list, but there are a few relative newcomers as well. Here's where to go to get your day started on the right foot — with eggs, coffee, and a side of business talk .

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10. Michael's

24 West 55th Street, Midtown

A longtime destination for decision-makers in media and finance, Michael's is famous for its power breakfasts and lunches. You'll even find a "NY power breakfast" on the menu — it's a plate of egg whites, spinach, and citrus salad. 

9. Norma's

119 West 56th Street, Midtown

Located to the side of the lobby at Le Parker Meridien hotel, Norma's is perhaps best known for its "Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata," which comes topped with different amounts of Sevruga caviar. The cheaper version ($100) comes with one ounce of caviar, while the more expensive one ($1,000) comes with 10 ounces.

A note under the super-size frittata reads: "Norma Dares You to Expense This," a tongue-in-cheek nod to the restaurant's corporate crowd. The restaurant also has stellar blueberry pancakes and smoothies.

8. The Breslin

16 West 29th Street, NoMad

The Breslin has what many consider to be the city's best full English breakfast, served with pork sausage, black pudding, bacon, fried eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms.

There are also some excellent (and smaller) options, including a sourdough pancake served with Dutchess County maple syrup, as well as a chilled grapefruit drink with ginger sugar and mint.

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Trump Tower residents are complaining that heavy security is keeping them from their food deliveries


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For residents of Donald Trump's namesake tower on New York City's 5th Avenue, there are upsides and downsides to being neighbors with the president's family. 

One obvious upside is the increased security surrounding the building since Trump was elected. Unfortunately, that safety and privilege comes at a price: convenience.

Realtor Julius A. Liu of NY NY Condo Inc. told Bloomberg that he lets prospective buyers know they will be questioned in the lobby, and that their bags will be searched before they can come inside.

"It's an inconvenience to some, but there are people who say, 'You know what? This is the safest building in the city now,'" Liu said.

Shortly after the election in November, an email blast trumpeting the building's heightened security was sent out by a team of Douglas Elliman brokers trying to sell a $2.1 million one-bedroom unit located on the 31st floor. They said it was "the best value in the most secure building in Manhattan."

"The New Aminity [sic] – The United States Secret Service," the email read. That unit is still on the market, though its listing price has since been lowered to $2 million.

With the heavy security and cordoned-off blocks full of barriers ensuring that no one can get too close, that means your car service isn't getting very close either.

"It's a luxury building, and if you have a car service come pick you up and it's pouring rain, and you have security checkpoints, you're looking at walking around the block," Jonathan Miller, president of Miller Samuel real estate, told Bloomberg. "You're adding this complication for day-to-day accessibility."

The heavy security has also apparently complicated dry-cleaning deliveries for residents, as well as food deliveries ordered via apps like Seamless and Grubhub.

The situation is clear: When it comes to living in Trump Tower luxury, don't expect to be able to have it all. 

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A master networker explains how to single out the most interesting people at any event


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Jon Levy overcame a fear of introducing himself a long time ago.

Over the past six years, he's built a network of 900 people who have attended one of his Influencer events, a forum for interesting people from a wide variety of fields to meet each other.

He's hosted everyone from Nobel laureates to Olympic athletes in his sprawling Manhattan apartment. He also has a penchant for traveling the world, and his book "The 2 AM Principle" is a collection of what he's learned as a student of human behavior.

In it, he outlines his top tips for finding the most interesting people. The next time you're at a networking event and don't want to awkwardly stand by yourself sipping a drink, look for the following, from "The 2 AM Principle":

1. "Who is laughing and enjoying themselves the most? Is there a group that is giggling and laughing and clearly having more fun than everyone else? Go have some fun with them.

2. "Who is the one person people are pretending not to look at? Scan the room and pay attention to who people stare at every few seconds while pretending to talk to their friends. If a lot of people are darting looks at the same person, there is a good chance he or she will be interesting to speak to.

3. "Who is the most put-together? I don't mean dressed sexy or proper; I mean the person who has the most style. Who has assembled an outfit that stands out? It might not be your style, but the fact that they are so put-together probably means they are up to something and are interesting.

4. "When people are standing in a circle, where are their feet pointing? I have noticed that feet tend to be directed at the person with the most social clout or the leader of the group.

5. "Who is dressed very loud? If this person didn't want to talk to others, they would have likely worn something subtler."

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16 signs you've 'made it' in America


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The American Dream has transformed over time.

To find out what it means to Americans today, personal-budgeting company You Need A Budget and market-research company OnePoll surveyed the financial aspirations of 2,000 Americans.

The result is a list of 30-plus signs that indicate achievement of the modern American Dream, ranging from paying for a Netflix account to shopping at Whole Foods to owning a second home.

Below, find 16 signs from the survey that you've "made it." And remember: Just like the Dream has evolved over time, it also varies from person to person. Whether or not you've truly "made it" isn't about your car or travel schedule. It's completely up to you.

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You own property valued between $1 million and $2 million.

Homeownership in the US fell to a multi-decade low in July 2016. Less than 63% of Americans owned a home, potentially in part due to millennials prioritizing paying significant loans for their education over buying property.

Among those who do own a home, many don't know how its value changes over time, according to a 2015 Zillow survey. If seven-figure property signifies the American Dream to you, make sure you know what your home is worth (and what could trash its value).

You have $7,425 in your checking account.

Surveyed Americans said maintaining $7,425 in their checking account was a sign of success.

According to certified financial planner Sophia Bera, the right amount to keep in your checking really depends on how much you make.

"A good rule of thumb is to keep at least one month of net pay in your checking at all times. Look for a checking account with no monthly fee and no minimum balance. Even better, find an account that reimburses ATM fees from other banks," Bera wrote on Business Insider, adding that it's smart to keep your checking and savings at different banks to avoid the temptation to dip into one or the other.

You go on at least two annual trips abroad.

While Americans collectively leave hundreds of millions of vacation days on the table every year, survey participants agreed that embarking on at least two trips abroad annually is a sign of achieving the American Dream.

And increasingly, they want those vacations to have value.

An American Express Travel survey of US adults earning $100,000 or more revealed that 81% of Americans are seeking deeper and more personalized experiences abroad, while 73% "said they would be willing to exceed their budget to have a unique local experience when they travel, and more than half said they would splurge to enjoy the cuisine of a particular destination."

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