The Week in Review: Big Republican Win in Midterm Elections

The most expensive midterm election in history culminated Tuesday night with a Republican Party wave. Nearly $4 billion in spending turned state houses, governors’ mansions and districts throughout the country red.

The GOP now controls two chambers in 29 states (the biggest numbers since 1920), 31 governorships (the highest since 1998) and, for the first time in the presidency of Barack Obama, the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.

Voters who were dissatisfied with Obama’s leadership, lacking trust in government and worried about the economy helped buoy the Republicans, according to exit polls.

More than half of voters disapproved of Obama’s job as chief executive and those who described their own financial situation as worsening over the last two years voted for Republican congressional candidates by a 2-1 margin.

President Obama and the likely soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner will now work together to govern—or not. Trade and tax reform, immigration, health care and the environment are among the items potentially up next on the Congressional docket. Although the leaders sounded mostly conciliatory in public, conflict is already festering.

In a post-Election Day press conference, Obama admitted “Republicans had a good night,” but he also reiterated his commitment to protecting unauthorized immigrants from deportation. McConnell responded by saying that for Republicans the move was like “waving a red flag in front of a bull.”

Get caught up on the 2014 election results and stay up to speed with Congressional developments as the shifting dynamics unfold.

ELECTION 2014 by The Active Screen: The results and reprecautions from Election Night.

Women in politics by Stacey Ashlund: 2014 was a historic election year for women. Learn about who’s coming to Washington.

North Carolina Politics by Linda Schlensker: News from one of the most competitive states of the election cycle.

New Hampshire News & Politics by sw0mp d0nk3y: Granite States politics were front and center this year. Find out why and what transpired.

Politics of Congress by Keith Fitzgerald: Will Washington be different with new Senate leadership? Follow the political battles around the corner.

2014 Election by thenewsdesk: Read all the 2014 election news from the beginning of the campaigns.

~GabyS is reading “Restoring the Capitol Dome

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What I’m Reading: California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom

Wanna run for office? Be prepared for some heavy reading. Besides writing laws that impact millions of people, you need to stay hyper informed and alert while the issues of the day rapidly unfold. For California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, that’s a vital part of the job.

Newsom says he quickly digests top stories in one place: Flipboard. Whether comparing governments to tech startups or advocating for gay marriage, the former Mayor of San Francisco uses Flipboard to find a diverse mix of sources, get up to speed on the latest news and make sense of the most important issues of the day. He also creates magazines to help constituents understand his way of thinking.

And because Newsom is more than a politician—he’s a stylish guy raised in tough circumstances and a budding basketball star who soon developed a nose for wine—we were interested to ask him a key question: what are you reading?

As an avid reader, Flipboard has become my go-to source for information. No, really. I use Flipboard almost 20 times a day! With such a hectic schedule, it can be difficult to take the time to visit each news site to find out what’s going on. That’s why I like having one place where I can find out the latest information and the day’s news.

Some of my favorite sources of information come from traditional news sources such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Politico and The Atlantic, all of which I find reliable and quick to update. But I am also sure to keep up with TechCrunch and Re/code to know what’s going on in the world of technology, as well as Forbes and the World Economic Forum to stay current on all things business.

In addition to my go-to sources, I appreciate varying views on any given topic or issue, which is why I follow sources from opposite sides of the aisle such as the Drudge Report and The Daily Beast.

It’s not all business, though. I also check out Buzzfeed and Reddit as well as The Huffington Post, Esquire, and Men’s Health for the more human touch.

I do not have my tiles arranged in any particular order, but I do like creating magazines based on specific content. When I find the latest events, news and important information going on in our state, I flip that into my “California” magazine; when I find interesting articles explaining what’s happening in technology and civic engagement, I keep those in my “Citizenville” magazine.

Recently, I’ve added two more magazines. The first is “Environment.” There are so many local leaders addressing climate change, not to mention many discussions happening nationally and internationally around how to address it.

The second magazine is “Marijuana.” The discussion and debate around decriminalization has increased in the last year and I think it’s important to stay up on the latest. As I do my research with the ACLU Blue Ribbon Panel for a potential ballot measure to legalize the drug recreationally in California, it’s important to know what some of the discussions are, whether in support or opposition of the idea.

The Internet as a whole has allowed me to know what’s going on at the click of a button, but it’s also given citizens the opportunity to see what I’m following and interested in, without having to wait for an official press conference, which I think is an incredible benefit to the world we are living in.

~ShonaS is curating “Compulsive & Conscious

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The Week in Review: Giants Win the Series

A 25-year-old North Carolina native who married his high school sweetheart at 20 broke the record for most postseason innings pitched, was awarded the series MVP and won it all for the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.

Madison Bumgarner held the Kansas City Royals to two runs in Game 7, helping capture the Giants’ third title in five seasons.

“I’m numb through all this,” Giants Manager Bruce Bochy said after the game. “You’re so blessed and fortunate to get in the World Series and get to one; it just doesn’t happen very often. I’m amazed at what these guys did.”

They became the first team since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates to win a Series Game 7 on the road and only the second team to win three championships in the 21st century.

Although this wasn’t the expected World Series, given that both teams were wild cards, there has been consistent “dynasty” talk since the win.

“Dynasty is a tough word, because the bodies will change, but next year will be a new movie, which is a good thing,” Giants President Larry Baer said.

“If you win three, I think it’s a dynasty,” Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt said. “I definitely wouldn’t say no.”

Let Flipboard be your baseball hub from World Series recaps to team magazines and baseball history.

San Francisco Giants by Adam Hatch: Giants news from an ultimate Giants fan.

Kansas City Royals Blue October 2014 by Julie Wolfe: Relive the best Royals game moments and fan moments.

World Series 2014 by thenewsdesk: Catch up on all your World Series news, game by game.

Baseball by Cayden Cline: The news about baseball, from the regular season to the World Series and latest on the players.

Baseball History by Tom McMahon: Review baseball history, an American tradition for over 140 years.

Baseball Visual by John Lackey: Images new and old from the fields, teams and stadiums.

~Gaby S is reading “Mariners

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The New Flipboard Gets Personal with Over 30,000 Topics to Follow

We’re on a quest to create the world’s best personal magazine, and today’s update—the third generation of Flipboard—builds on our core tenets. The new Flipboard is both more personal and magazine-like. Here’s how:

1) With over 30,000 topics now available, your Flipboard can be as unique as you are. Topics range from “action hero” to “zoology” (and everything in-between), and you can find them via search or by tapping on the new topic tags on articles. Press “follow” every time you want to add something (or someone) to your Flipboard and watch as your experience becomes tailored to your life.

Topics are fueled by Zite’s technology but they’re also powered by people: Flipboard’s magazine makers, to be precise. Our “MagMakers” have curated over 10 million magazines around subjects they’re passionate about, often flipping in insightful articles, stunning photos and powerful videos and music. Our community’s hand-picked selections, indexed by our algorithms, yield a potent new mix of topical content you won’t find anywhere else. Take a look:

2) Want to catch up on the news in a fast, definitive way? Meet The Daily Edition, a carefully curated roundup of top headlines in news, business, tech, sports and culture, along with some fun elements, like a daily track and a Parting GIF to send you off on your day with a smile. Curated by the Flipboard team, The Daily Edition is currently available in editions for the U.S., UK, Latin America, U.S. Latino, Brazil and India, and is ready every day by 7:00 a.m. local time. You can find it among your tiles.

3) We’re rolling out an all-new design for the phone, where Flipboard has been re-imagined to be more magazine-like and elegant. Open Flipboard, and you’ll be immediately immersed in a highly-visual and up-to-the-minute stream of articles, photos and more based on your areas of interest. There are airy full-screen covers, fresh typography and a new navigational bar that lets you quickly access your home feed, your tiles, search, notifications and your profile.

4) The MagMakers among you will be excited to learn that there’s an updated look for profiles and a new Web tool called My Analytics, which offers an overview of how your curation is performing on Flipboard. And because we admire the work of our MagMakers, we’re launching a new series today called “My Magazine,” videos that spotlight inspiring people, their personal journeys and magazine expressions. Be sure to check out the clips and share your story with us using the #MyMagazine hashtag.

Finally, as part of this new edition of Flipboard, we’ve updated our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use (effective October 30, 2014) to accommodate all the new features and to explain our practices more clearly.

There’s something for everyone in this third generation of Flipboard, whether you have deep interests, are a passionate curator or just want the latest headlines. So update today, start following topics and people, and truly make Flipboard your own.

~The Flipboard Team

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Meet Some Extraordinary People in the New “My Magazine” Campaign

Over 10 million—that’s how many magazines our community has created since March 2013, when the feature launched. Now anyone can curate magazines focused on the things they care about most. But a nagging question has always been: how do you find these amazing collections, which cover everything from adaptive urbanism to zen running?

Today’s launch of the third generation of Flipboard includes a key new feature—Topics—that will help many of those magazines find the audiences they deserve. Search for a topic of interest, and the results will include content from magazines curated by people passionate about that subject. In other words: magazine makers will move into the spotlight on Flipboard as never before.

With that in mind, we’re highlighting some particularly moving curators/storytellers for a new video series called “My Magazine.” At a key moment in their life—some extraordinary, some seemingly mundane—they identified their passion and then made it their mission to share that with the world. They’ve also transferred that expertise and enthusiasm into Flipboard magazines.

Former NFL-player-turned-astronaut Leland Melvin‘s story could be summed up in two words: “second chances.” His position as a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions was well deserved, but back-to-back hamstring injuries put him on the bench for good—so he went the only direction he knew: literally up and away, all the way to outer space and later as a champion for S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art and math) education.

In Carolyn Malachi‘s case, it was music that moved her—not just to dance, but to tell her own truth. Despite having a famous jazz pianist for a great-grandfather, Malachi was nudged by her parents towards business school. As a born leader, it seemed like a perfect fit. Today she’s a Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter whose music acts as a way to trade stories, morals and mythologies about who we are.

And then there’s Steve Hawk, older brother to pro skater Tony Hawk, and no less accomplished. A journalist and lifelong surfer (one of the few people to have ridden waves on all seven continents), Hawk has translated his love of the ocean to readers of Harper’s, The New York Times and Outside Magazine, positioning surfing as the thinking man’s sport. Today he’s the executive editor at Sierra Magazine and acts as Secretary for the Tony Hawk Foundation, a charity focused on youth empowerment.

How about you? What’s your passion and are you using Flipboard magazines to share your expertise and interests with the world? We’d love to hear from you using the #mymagazine hashtag on social media, or upload your own inspiring video as a response to these videos on YouTube, Vimeo and/or Vine.

~ShonaS is curating “Proof of Experience

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Give Us a Few Flips, And We’ll Give You the World…in The Daily Edition

The Daily Edition is a new essential for Flipboard readers who want a fast, definitive roundup of the day’s news—with a little bit of fun thrown in the mix.

Although it’s packed with information, it’s also a quick read. There are top stories in news, business, technology, sports and popular culture, and every day we go deep on one story, selecting thoughtful articles about that story as well as a beautiful cover image. The Daily Edition also features noteworthy opinion pieces, exclusive photo galleries and a rotating special section: On Monday it’s “Big Ideas,” the latest in science, health and innovation; on Tuesday we’ve got top culture picks in books, music, art and more; on Wednesday it’s all things politics; Thursday is your style update; and Friday previews what’s coming up over the weekend. We finish it all off with a song we love and a Parting GIF to send you off with a smile.

You can find The Daily Edition among your tiles and you’ll get a notification when it’s ready each day at 7 a.m. If for any reason you do not want these notifications, you can go into your Flipboard Settings, tap into “Push Notifications” and tap the green button next to “Daily Edition.”

You can also remove it from your tiles at any time by holding your finger on the tile and tapping the “x”—though we hope you’ll find it to be a truly useful and indispensable part of your Flipboard experience.

The Daily Edition also comes in local versions for readers in the UK, India, Brazil, Latin America and Spanish-speaking U.S.

~The Newsdesk

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The Week in Review: Remembering Oscar de la Renta, Celebrating Fashion

Oscar de la Renta shaped the meaning of elegance. With his tasteful lines, flowing silhouettes and bold colors, de la Renta proved great art in any form can transcend. In his 82 years—50 of which were spent at the helm of his own company—he celebrated women, donated his time and resources to education and cemented fashion’s role in politics by dressing the most important women in Washington.

“My job as a designer is to make a woman feel her very best,” he once said. “Work hard. Believe in yourself. It’s not the publicity that sells the clothes, it’s the woman.”

He dressed generations of women, including Audrey Hepburn, Oprah, Sarah Jessica Parker, Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer, rapper Nicki Minaj, Amal Alamuddin at her recent wedding and every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy.

“We will always be grateful to Oscar for the love he showed us, and for sharing his talent on some of the most important occasions of our lives,” the Clintons said in a statement after his passing.

“We will miss Oscar’s generous and warm personality, his charm and his wonderful talents,” former first lady Laura Bush said in a statement. “My daughters and I have many fond memories of visits with Oscar, who designed our favorite clothes, including Jenna’s wedding dress.”

In a piece penned for Vogue, Anna Wintour, Artistic Director for Condé Nast and Vogue Editor in Chief, wrote, “There is much being said that his passing yesterday marks the end of an era. Not true. He was the most democratic man I knew and he would have lived happily and defined any era.”

De la Renta’s influence is seen in magazines on Flipboard, in topics ranging from bridal inspiration to women’s rights.

Wedding Wishes by kpease1: A bridal how-to, covering everything from de la Renta’s inspirational dresses to invitation options and location suggestions.

Clothes and Fashion by Amelia Shepherd: A look at fashion throughout our lives, from the runway to the street.

RunWay by universal_style: The models, runways and designers that comprise high fashion.

Bridal by margaret marshall: Iconic wedding dresses from de la Renta’s atelier and other lines.

Women’s Rights by Cena Bussey: Supporting the pursuits of women across the globe, inclduing the first ladies de la Renta famously dressed.

Tributes & Obituaries by thenewsdesk: Celebrating those we’ve lost.

~GabyS is reading “New York, New York

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On the Red Couch with Comic Book Icon Jim Lee

Young, talented Ivy League graduate leaves the safe confines of higher learning to pursue his dream, founds a company that transforms an industry and becomes wildly successful in the process. Silicon Valley startup entrepreneur, you say? Try comic book creator with an origin story worthy of the very pages he creates.

Jim Lee, world-renowned artist, writer, editor and publisher, has been a pioneer in the comic book industry for more than 25 years. Among his many accomplishments are founding Image Comics and Wildstorm Productions, becoming the current Co-Publisher of DC Comics, and being in the Guinness World Records for having penciled and co-written the best-selling comic book of all time (X-Men No. 1).

He might be best known for his distinctive drawing style, but Jim’s knowledge and influence over an entire publishing medium has been even more eye catching. We were fortunate enough to hear his stories, thoughts and insights below.

You decided to take a huge gamble on your passion in life, like many startup founders. What gave you the confidence to jump into comics?
It was largely stupidity. When you’re young and just starting out, it’s less of a gamble because you’ve got nowhere to go but up. You’re not thinking about buying a house or saving up for my kids’ college fund. It’s all about immediate gratification. When I was deciding what interests me, it was creating and telling stories with pictures. I couldn’t envision a life where I didn’t get to do that.

Your work has made a big impact on an entire industry, particularly artists. What influenced your style—that has in return influenced the style of so many after you?
I was very much a kid of pop culture and mainstream comics: John Byrne, Neal Adams, George Pérez, Frank Miller. When I first started in the business, I was still looking at past comics as a source of inspiration. But in my second year, I basically put down all those comic books I loved and said, “I’m going to throw that out of my point of view and just rely on what comes to mind.” My style did go on to be copied, perhaps because it was commercially successful. One of the more gratifying things I hear at Comic-Con is from young people who grew up on my comic books and were inspired to pursue a career in the arts because of them. There’s no greater honor than passing inspiration forward.

You were at the top of the game at Marvel when you took your second big entrepreneurial leap to start Image. How did that gamble end up happening?
Maybe it was less of a gamble because I always felt like, “Hey, if things go horribly awry, maybe they’ll take us back.” [Laughs] But at the end of the day, I launched Image with the other guys because they were my friends—we grew up in the business together, we had a lot of shared sensibilities and desires, and we didn’t know any better.

In addition to being a commercial success, Image also changed the game for independent creators from a business standpoint. How would you describe Image’s lasting effects on the publishing industry?
Well, first off, I think creators owning their work outright was a big change. We were able to pass on most of the profits to the creators themselves. But more so than that, showing there were other options out there for creators was important and continues to be to this day. Whether it’s Kickstarter or self publishing or web comics, I think it’s healthy for the business and healthy for the talent community to have as many options as possible.

Tell us about The New 52 project at DC. What was it like to reboot the most iconic characters in the DC Comics universe?
It’s interesting. This touches on many of the themes of what prepares you to take gambles in life. I certainly drew upon the experiences I had at Marvel with Heroes Reborn, where we rebooted the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Avengers and Captain America. And I looked at history, as well, since DC had done what’s called the Silver Age reboot of the characters back in the 50s. We wanted to take the entire DC universe and do something exciting that would essentially reset the table to make it inviting for both new and old fans.

When you think about The New 52 and how dramatically sweeping those changes were, there was a risk of damaging these icons that have been around for 75+ years. There was a furor and controversy in the press leading up to the launch as fans were up in arms about these changes. But it was one of those instances where it paid off to stick to your guns because when the books came out, it was a huge success. It really showed that you can’t always rely on a certain subsection of your readers who may be the most vocal but may not represent the bulk of your potential sales and audience.

Something near and dear to Flipboard is the technology shifts that are happening in digital publishing. Are there any new consumer technologies related to the comic book industry that you find interesting?
One of the great things that helped The New 52 gain so much traction was the same-day-digital [publishing] across our entire lineup—you could buy the print edition and the digital edition at the same time. That opened up the world: it made The New 52 just a couple clicks away for a potential consumer to read an article about what we’re doing, find the website, and purchase the comic book that they just read about.

The other thing that happened was that portable media devices allowed us to experiment with interactive storytelling and tell stories in dramatically different ways. Instead of your traditional left-right, up-down narrative/flow that you would normally have in a printed comic book, you can now build panels in a dynamic way that mixes visual and story elements. You tap the screen and get a word balloon; tap again and get a sound effect; tap again to see a previous panel, and so on. It’s like building a song using notes in a very different way.

It seems like comic book characters and their stories are more popular and relevant than ever, with several of the highest grossing movies this year being based on comics. What do you think has caused this renaissance?
The common answer here is that comic books are the mythology of pop culture today. But I think these movies are so popular because they are based on great stories. What you get out of publishing great comic stories for 70-80 years is a sort of natural selection. The stories that have survived are the best stories of an entire industry over decades. The glitzy CGI is then great for bringing those stories to life on the big screen. But at the end what brings people to the cinema are the stories about the people and that human element. I don’t think it’s a surprise that some of the very best movie heroes out there are comic book heroes.

DC Comics’ “Justice League: Origin” is available for free download now through our partner, iBooks, as part of its iOS 8 celebration. You can download Lee’s book (and others) via the iBooks pages in this magazine:

~EricF is reading “Ten for Today

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What I’m Reading: The Moment Magazine


“Nothing useless can be truly beautiful,” said the English textile designer and writer William Morris. A century later, one man made it his life’s work to echo the need for both form and function. Months before his passing, Apple cofounder Steve Jobs reminded the world that “technology married with liberal arts makes our hearts sing.”

Two people who live by these ideas are Jennifer Frye and Allan Bunch of The Moment Magazine. The Washington, DC-based duo work in tech—Frye as the technology project manager for a museum and Bunch as the VP of a local startup—and see art as an integral part of their professional and personal lives.

On Flipboard, the pair slip into the role of curators. The Moment’s virtual gallery of city guides, art news and trends is updated daily with selections ranging from the offbeat to the essential. With so much available eye candy, we wanted an insider’s guide to having great taste.

So we asked: what are you reading?

The Moment began as an opportunity to share with the world stories around our collective interests and experiences. Our first daily posts were explorations in art, food, music and travel.

Before long, we realized that our collection of stories truly resonated with our readers, so we set out to understand why. With so much available content focusing on culture, what was it that attracted people to the musings of our experiences? It wasn’t long before we started to uncover the answer: positivity.

With positivity as our beacon, we set out, every day, to curate the best content for our 14 Flipboard magazines that span culture, art, fashion, technology, design, food and local guides to New York City, Washington, D.C., and Miami.

We subscribe to growing list of about 137 sources that we flip from throughout the day and also when we’re up at night. While it’s hard to narrow our favorite Flipboard sources down to a few, some of them include:

Instagram: We subscribe to images tagged with #contemporaryart, #streetart and #lovenyc as well as several talented NYC photographers like Kevin Lu, Gary Hershorn, Wrongrob, DARIO NYC and JMSUAREZ. One of the best parts of any day is coming across those few images out of the multitude that we can’t wait to share with our readers!

Twitter: Nothing beats Twitter for finding out what is happening at events like Art Basel, New York Fashion Week and SXSW in real and near time.

Flipboard Picks and Instagram Gems: We love checking out the inspiring content shared by the Flipboard team in Flipboard Picks and Instagram Gems. Both magazines are our favorite jumping off points for exploring magazines offered by other Flipboard MagMakers. Of course, we are always very excited if we find one of our flips featured in them as well.

Untapped Cities, Time Out New York, Gotham Magazine, Guest of a Guest: On a consistent basis, we can always count on these wonderful folks for insights on what’s happening in NYC.

Blouin Artinfo, Hyperallergic, Colossal, Arrested Motion, Artsy: Fantastic sources for keeping up-to-date with contemporary and modern art.

Cool Hunting, Wired, Fast Company, My Modern Met: Commendable sources for a wide variety of cool, motivating and inspiring stuff.

Our Flipboard readers know that we keep them up-to-date on topics ranging from fashion, to local happenings, to offbeat delights. Aside from our specific sources, what all but a few know is the test that each must pass before publication consideration: our smile test!

As we uncover exciting nuggets to share with our friends, if it makes us smile, The Moment readers are likely to see it. It’s our way of connecting with our magazine fans. When you read a fun Offbeat Moment story, gaze at a photo in Art Moment, visit an event you discovered in What Where New York, or try that recipe from Culinary Moment, you can be sure that what you’re experiencing made us smile.

And when our readers comment, letting us know that we brought a bit of cheer to their day; well, that’s why we do what we do. That’s why The Moment is on Flipboard.

Stay in The Moment on Flipboard:

~ShonaS is curating “Proof of Experience

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Your Guide to Travel + Leisure on Flipboard

When “Camera and Travel” became “Travel + Leisure” in 1971, it combined the renowned photography of the former with the most experienced travel journalism of the latter. Today, the result is a magazine filled with inspirational images and articles to help make your worldly adventures more comfortable and chic.

In search of a kid-friendly place to stay? Pick from a list of the best hotel kids’ clubs. Worried about this holiday season? Catch up with five “before you leave” steps to ease the stress. Tired of over-packing? Get tips from a travel-pro CEO. Having a girls or boys weekend in Miami? Make sure you do it right.

They’re also known for the World’s Best, a user-survey-driven list of recommendations that includes the World’s Best Hotels, Cities, Cruise Lines and Spas.

Turn your workday daydreams into a reality by planning your next family vacation, hour of relaxation or perfect meal with Travel + Leisure, specially designed for Flipboard:

~GabyS is reading “Presidential Time Capsules

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