change of pace
February 14, 2019

After a particularly rough few weeks for President Trump, in which his approval rating plummeted while Americans blamed him for the partial government shutdown, some of his supporters are suddenly feeling more optimistic about 2020.

A new report from Politico details how Trump's advisers, who are keeping a close eye on Democrats running for president in 2020, are feeling "a mix of relief over the field’s sprint to the left." Those in Trump's inner circle apparently believe that the eventual Democratic nominee is going to be "an out-of-the-mainstream liberal" who the president should have no trouble beating.

Additionally, Politico writes that Republicans are "heartened" by the Democrats not having a clear frontrunner at this point, feeling they "lack a singular figure" who would be able to defeat Trump. Republicans also evidently giddy over some of the difficulties early Democratic candidates have run into, with Republican donors at a recent retreat reportedly celebrating claims of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) treating her staff poorly, as well as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) apologizing for identifying as Native American.

This Politico report is certainly a change of pace following a New York Times report from amid the partial government shutdown, which said that Trump's associates say he "appears without a plan for mounting a strong campaign in 2020" and could even face a primary challenge. So whether Trump's supporters really should be feeling this confident about 2020 is up for debate, but a recent Gallup poll did show Trump's approval rating jumping up seven points to his best number since October.

But it sounds like Trump's team is a little less confident about the president's ability to defeat a more moderate Democrat, with Trump and his advisers feeling former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) are two potential candidates who could be tough to beat. Brendan Morrow

August 17, 2018

IKEA is setting aside its signature minimalist design style for something a little more ... ostentatious.

The Swedish furniture company is going a little avant-garde with some upcoming "pretty, ugly, lovely objects," Fast Company reported Friday. Instead of clean lines and simple functionality, IKEA is collaborating with decidedly un-IKEA-like artists who are bringing a new sensibility to the store's decor items.

In its latest "maximalist" collection, artist Per B Sundberg is creating a line of "future antiques" that are meant to look one-of-a-kind, quirky, and handmade. Poodle-shaped candle holders will be sold alongside sculptural trinkets that would definitely add some intrigue to any apartment — especially if that apartment was previously furnished with IKEA's comparatively dull Grönlid sofa.

The line is set to launch next month, with items like banana-shaped vases available for less than $30. "Each piece of the Föremål collection is different, representing more than function and going beyond reason," the company said in promotional materials. Indeed, shoppers looking for both reasonable, inexpensive flatware and "beyond reason" skull-shaped planters need look no further. Read more at Fast Company. Summer Meza

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