Face the Nation December 10, 2017 Transcript

JOHN DICKERSON, HOST: Today on FACE THE NATION: President Trump's controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sparks violent protests in the Middle East. Plus, forced resignations over sexual misconduct rattle Congress, as work begins to clean up a messy tax bill in the rush to get it to the president's desk by Christmas. There is fury in the Arab world today and concern for American citizens' safety overseas, as criticism from U.S. allies over the administration's plan to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem threatens to further deteriorate the view of the U.S. role around the world. We will talk to U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley. Back at home, members of Congress push three of their colleagues accused of sexual misconduct out. But with two days until the Senate special election in Alabama, will accused child molester Roy Moore be in? (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) ROY MOORE (R), ALABAMA SENATORIAL CANDIDATE: I did not date underage women. I did not molest anyone. And so these allegations are false. (END VIDEO CLIP) DICKERSON: Democrats are hoping Doug Jones can turn out the African-American vote and are attacking Moore's character. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) NARRATOR: Think about it. Has Roy Moore ever looked you in the eye told you the truth? (END VIDEO CLIP) DICKERSON: Senate Republicans still refuse to support Moore, but the president is all in, campaigning near Alabama and recording a robo-call on Moore's behalf. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: So, get out and vote for Roy Moore. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) TRUMP: Do it. Do it. (END VIDEO CLIP) DICKERSON: We will talk to Maine's Republican Senator Susan Collins and the number two Democrat in the Senate, Illinois' Richard Durbin, about the politics of sexual misconduct in Congress and efforts to clean up a sprawling tax bill that has sparked more questions than answers. We will also have plenty of analysis, both foreign and domestic, on all the Continue Reading

How Much Money Does New York Fashion Week Make?

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) has become a major business venture — a chance for designers to demonstrate their creative visions and a vital money-making opportunity, too. NYFW emerged in 1943 as Press Week by way of legendary fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert, creator of the International Best-Dressed List. International Management Group (IMG) now serves as NYFW's official organizer. IMG operates the showcase: securing venues, acquiring sponsors and providing full production services to brands, among other duties. However, every intricate detail from preparation, model castings and the runway shows themselves are executed by the brands. "It is the perfect combination of art and commerce," James LaForce, CEO of LaForce PR, told International Business Times. "Some things make perfect sense and follow a playbook. Other things are a complete surprise and come out of nowhere. It's what makes it so fun." Any designer that wants to partake in NYFW can do so. The challenge is to secure CFDA recognition on the official NYFW calendar. Brands typically apply at least two months in advance to secure a featured calendar listing. "The various NYFW organizing bodies try to accommodate every designer's request. That said, there are only so many hours in the day," LaForce said. "If every designer had their choice, they would show late morning or in the middle of the afternoon on a weekday. That means everyone is competing for the same time slot." "The major brands that have been showing for many seasons and years tend to get priority on the calendar," Jane Lerman, the CEO and Founder of L.E.R. Public Relations, told IBT. "Newer brands are usually slotted in around these established brands to ensure there are no conflicts for the top tier buyers and press who attend the majority of the shows." Putting on a successful show can be costly for brands, especially those that are working with a smaller budget. The most basic show Continue Reading

Glitter, exposed skin, and giant hats: A look back at Grammy fashion through the decades

Outrageous fashion moments at the Grammys On May 4, 1959, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Gene Autry and other musical luminaries sat down to formal dinners and golden statues in Los Angeles and New York simultaneously for the very first Grammy Awards."As I recall, no one objected to dressing black-tie back then, though like so much else, that would change eventually," said Christine Farnon, who helped organize the first presentation and became executive vice president of the Recording Academy, in a short history on the Grammy website.Change Grammy fashion did, evolving slowly over 60 shows into the wildest and wackiest red carpet of the awards season. By 1974, Cher's navel was out, as good a barometer as any.In the early years, tuxedoes and traditional evening gowns prevailed. David Bowie helped shake things up, simply by being David Bowie, in his orange hair phase. Liberace and Aretha Franklin added sparkle. Bette Midler once wore a .45 record album in her hair. Dolly Parton showed up decades ago in a bright pink pantsuit, before bright pink pantsuits were mild compared to what came later.In those simpler times, through the '60s and '70s, there was a whole lot of great big hair. There were Nehru collars, Beatles in caps and Isaac Hayes boldly bringing it in huge bedazzled caftans. By the '80s, anything went and there was a glitter glove on one of Michael Jackson's hands."When you compare it to other awards shows, you never know what you're going to get at the Grammy Awards," said Nwaka Onwusa, curator of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. "It's great that in music, everyone can be welcome no matter what you're wearing. It doesn't have to be that tuxedo black tie situation all the time. Music has no boundaries and that's the cool thing about it."A glance at some outrageous fashion moments at the Grammys: CHER'S BUTTERFLY NIGHT Before Cher went full-on Bob Mackie showgirl, she popped over to the 1974 Grammys with a huge green and pink crystal butterfly somehow Continue Reading

Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2017

Bernard Mcghee, Associated Press Updated 10:55 am, Sunday, December 31, 2017 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-40', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 40', target_type: Continue Reading

From Calvin Klein to Tom Ford, New York Fashion Week ready for kickoff

By Alicia Powell NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Fashion Week, the first in a series of global style weeks during September, is gearing up with designers ready to present their visions for Spring 2018. This season, more than 100 designers will showcase their latest creations in venues across New York from Thursday, although some flagship brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Thom Browne, Proenza Schouler, and Altuzarra have opted to move their shows overseas. The six-day schedule, which previously ran for a full week, has been streamlined to give buyers and editors more time to fly out to London Fashion Week, which follows directly after New York's. "When you look at fashion weeks globally - starting in New York, then London, then Milan, then Paris - it's basically a month. You have editors and buyers traveling to all those fashion weeks," said Steven Kolb, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA), describing the "sheer exhaustion" of such a jam-packed schedule. High-profile fashion houses Calvin Klein and Tom Ford are kicking off the New York shows to "put it on the same playing field" as its European counterparts, Kolb said. In keeping with the political messaging that often underlies the program, many fashionistas on and off the runway are expected to wear blue ribbons, created in collaboration with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). "The ACLU is an important group that really stands up for people's rights - the right for people to live their lives as they choose," Kolb said.Celebrities have been sporting the ribbon on red carpets already this year, but for fashion week, the ribbon is branded with the NYFW initials.Last season the CFDA paired up with the Planned Parenthood health group to create pink pins that ended up on the garments of models on the runway, designers such as Marchesa's Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. (Reporting by Alicia Powell in New York; Writing by Elly Park; Continue Reading

Paris Jackson reportedly considering role on Lee Daniels’ musical drama ‘Star’

Paris Jackson is definitely out of hiding. The daughter of the late Michael Jackson was once shielded from the public with masks, but the 18-year-old is going into 2017 with some high-profile gigs lined up. According to TMZ, Paris reportedly met with Lee Daniels to discuss joining the cast of his new Fox musical drama "Star." Details surrounding her possible involvement are being kept under wraps, but Daniels teased fans last week by sharing an Instagram photo of him and Jackson together. "#whenpariscomestoyou …. talking talking talking," he captioned the picture. The outlet said Jackson is "seriously considering" joining the show. During a September appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres" show Jackson revealed that it was her father who made her want to go into acting. "My dad was in the movie 'Moonwalker,' and I knew he could sing really well but I didn't know he could act," she said. "I saw that and I said, 'Wow, I want to be just like him.' We would do improve together. He would give us little scenarios. He would go, 'OK, in this scene you're going to cry,' and I'd cry on the spot." In addition to Jackson possibly joining "Star," the famous teen has been approached by several agencies to become a high-fashion model. Jackson has reportedly already booked three magazine covers, with the first being released later in the month. Last year, the King of Pop's daughter made headlines when she did a steamy photoshoot with her 26-year-old boyfriend, Michael Snoddy, for Flaunt magazine. In one of the images, Jackson was seen kissing Snoddy as water pours down over their heads. Continue Reading

Whatever happened to…? The unsolved mysteries of 2016

The biggest question left lingering as 2016 finally, mercifully ends is: What the hell is happening to our world? We’ve staggered through an onslaught of domestic and international crises, and are still left scratching our heads over a series of disturbing issues that have not been resolved. Here are some of the searing questions we want answers to as 2017 looms. What is in Donald Trump's tax returns? He promised. He delayed. He delayed more. He blamed the IRS. And now, Donald Trump will walk into the White House as the first major presidential candidate in more than 40 years to not release his tax returns. What could the returns possibly contain that Trump doesn’t want us to see? Could it be a lack of charitable donations, or fishy foreign ties, or that he’s barely a billionaire (or maybe just a millionaire)? The possibilities are endless. That mystery also opens up another: Who leaked Trump’s 1995 tax returns,which showed him losing nearly $1 billion and making it possible to skirt paying income tax for up to 18 years? What's in Hillary Clinton's deleted emails? We heard about those damn emails all year, and most of last year, too — and yet, even after Clinton’s defeat, we still don’t have any concrete answers. Roughly 33,000 emails from Clinton’s private secretary of state server disappeared, never to be seen again despite the endless FBI investigation. Clinton claimed the emails, which an employee wiped weeks after a subpoena arrived, were just trivial — “planning Chelsea’s wedding or my mother’s funeral arrangements, condolence notes to friends as well as yoga routines, family vacations,” as she put it. Trump suspected there was more to it, and hit her hard about the missing messages on the campaign trail. With the campaign done, there’s still no solid sign of what was in those missives, and whether anyone will Continue Reading

London Fashion Week: Luxury designers seek to defy tough markets

London designers are seeking to entice more demanding fashion followers with luxurious materials, rich embellishment and vivid colors, hopeful that the country's luxury industry will grow despite continuing global economic woes. London Fashion Week, effectively a trade show that sees hundreds of buyers, journalists and celebrities descend on the British capital, is expected to result in orders worth more than 100 million pounds ($159.35 million) during its September 13-17 run. Hoping to cash in on last year's London Olympics and the Kate Middleton factor that thrust London in the spotlight - even though the city is a smaller sister to fashion giants Milan, Paris and New York - designers are full of confidence. Despite a noted slowdown in designer-hungry China, many brands still see huge potential there and a rebound in U.S. demand, while Japan is boosting spirits and balance sheets. "I think the customer is still there," Mulberry Chief Executive Bruno Guillon told Reuters after the luxury label's spring/summer 2014 womenswear show. "I think the customer is certainly focusing on quality." In a lush garden setting in London's exclusive Claridges hotel, Mulberry models wore colorful silk floral as well as sparkly sequined dresses, leather T-shirts, dark coats with pony-skin panels and silvery jacquard coats. The British luxury sector is forecast to almost double in size over the next five years, from 6.6 billion pounds in 2012 to 12.2 billion pounds in 2017, according to a Ledbury Research and Walpole Luxury Benchmark study published in July. Fashion contributes 21 billion pounds to Britain's $2.5 trillion economy, British Fashion Council figures show, and, as the largest employer of all the creative industries, it supports around 816,000 jobs. "British brands developed very well recently - Burberry and Mulberry ... stress a lot on British heritage and this is beneficial for the whole British luxury industry," said Mario Ortelli, Bernstein luxury Continue Reading

Spring 2017 fashion shows were most diverse in recent history

The fashion industry is slowly but steadily reflecting the wide variety of consumers who have grown increasingly vocal in venting frustration over homogenous campaigns and runway shows in recent years.The Spring 2017 runway shows held through the month of September in New York, London, Milan and Paris were the most inclusive in recent memory. One in four models was a woman of color, a number that has inched up over consecutive seasons from 20% for Fall 2015, according to a new report from online fashion community theFashionSpot, which surveyed 299 shows and 8,832 models.New York saw a slight dip in racial diversity this season, though it continues to be the most progressive of the major industry hubs, thanks in part to designers like Kimora Lee Simmons and Ashish, who have been leaders in diverse casting.A newcomer to the list of most diverse shows is Brandon Maxwell, the stylist to Lady Gaga who has become a standout since his debut at New York Fashion Week a year ago, which impressed critics and helped earn him a 2016 CFDA Award, an honor considered  the fashion equivalent of an Oscar.Kanye West’s Yeezy show was the most diverse, with 97% women of color, though the rapper-cum-designer received backlash for a casting call that solicited only multiracial models.A wider variety of body types also appeared on runways, reflecting a trend of body-positivity in advertising that’s becoming status quo.More than double the number of plus size models walked in traditional shows (not specifically plus-size brands) this season. Christian Siriano was a major influencer in this area, casting five women above a sample size for his show, while Tome also worked plus model Marquita Pring into the lineup so seamlessly it barely caught viewers’ attention.The number of models over age 50 has also increased, as has the number of transgender models, which remains the least represented group.The improvements in casting decisions reflect a new outcry from those Continue Reading

Ahead in 2017: Another Desert Trip? Plus FBI findings, Salton Sea solutions

As we usher in 2017, we can be sure of one thing: There will be plenty of news to capture our attention in the next 12 months.Will the gods of rock 'n' roll make return appearances in Indio? How will the Salton Sea hold up as deliveries of water cease and the ailing lake’s decline accelerates? How far will California Democrats go to take on President-elect Donald Trump on the environment, immigration and health care? LAST YEAR:  These stories defined 2016 in the Palm Springs area Here are some issues that could well be among some of the big stories of 2017 in the Coachella Valley and beyond:Rock gods such as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Who put on a legendary performance at Desert Trip in October 2016, bringing 75,000 people into the Coachella Valley and $1 million in ticket taxes for Indio. Following the superstar-studded concert won't be easy, but city officials say they expect organizer Goldenvoice to put on a music festival in a different vein in 2017, continuing to build Indio in acclaim as one of the best places in the country to see live music. Despite their confidence, many questions remain: Will the concert retain its name? What genre will the new festival be? Can Goldenvoice obtain similar starpower the second time around? With an estimated $403 million generated by Coachella Fest and Stagecoach for local businesses in 2016, it's no exaggeration to say the valley's economy counts on this success.The Salton Sea is about to begin receding rapidly. Under the terms of a 2003 water transfer deal, the final deliveries of “mitigation water” will flow into the lake during 2017. Then those deliveries of water will cease and the sea’s decline will accelerate. As the end-of-2017 deadline approaches, California officials are moving forward with plans to build wetlands along the receding shores to provide habitat for birds and cover up stretches of Continue Reading