Second Acts
August 22, 2019

Three Democrats have dropped out of the 2020 presidential race but none of them seems ready to retire from politics. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) is running for another term in Congress, and according to multiple people familiar with their thinking, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is going to run for Senate in 2020 and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will seek a third term as governor.

Inslee, who ended his presidential run on Wednesday night, plans to announce his plans to seek re-election in an email to supporters on Thursday, two people close to the governor tell The Associated Press. Washington doesn't have gubernatorial term limits, though the last governor to serve more than two terms was Dan Evans (R), who led Washington from 1965 to 1977. Several Washington state Democrats have announced they might run for governor, but only if Inslee doesn't. He already has some Republican challengers, but no Republican has won the governorship in more than 30 years, AP reports.

People familiar with Hickenlooper's plans told The Denver Post and The Colorado Independent on Wednesday that the former governor will challenge vulnerable incumbent Sen. Cory Garner (R-Colo.), despite earlier saying he wasn't interested in becoming a U.S. senator. "Hick has been making calls to various elected officials telling them he's running, and asking for their support," one Democratic insider told the Independent.

The Democrats already running for Colorado's Senate seat have indicated they won't exit the race if Hickenlooper enters it. But prominent Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), urged Hickenlooper to jump into the race, seeing him as their best shot at toppling the first-term incumbent. An Aug. 16-19 poll from Emerson University bolsters that assumption, showing Hickenlooper beating Garner 53 percent to 40 percent, well outside of the poll's ±3 percentage point margin of error. Peter Weber

June 15, 2015

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has already tried dusting himself off and running again. So when he lost in a tight race in 2014 to Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Brown decided to retreat from politics in favor of doing some good old manual labor, working a few days a week as a bike mechanic at Gus' Bike Shop in North Hampton, New Hampshire:

"Back in December, I came in and said, 'Listen, I don't need a job, I don’t need any money, but I've always wanted to learn how to put together and take apart bikes,'" Brown told Seacoast Online.

A cyclist and triathlete, Brown said learning to repair bikes has always been "a bucket list thing." Samantha Rollins

October 6, 2014

After his infamous anti-Semitic rant in 2011 went public, celebrated fashion designer John Galliano left Christian Dior in disgrace. Now, three years later, he's returning to the fashion industry, joining Paris house Maison Martin Margiela as its creative director.

Galliano was booted from Dior after he was caught drunkenly hurling anti-Semitic remarks at a couple at a Paris bar. A court fined him $8,400 for "anti-Semitic behavior." Galliano later apologized for the incident and said he was an alcoholic.

Galliano is currently embroiled in a labor case against his former employers for wrongful termination, WWD reports. Galliano is seeking $7.6 million, and a works tribunal will begin hearings in Galliano's case on Nov. 4.

Maison Martin Margiela's parent company, OTB, released a statement Monday announcing Galliano's hire and praising his "non-conformist creative talent." He will oversee the design of all Margiela lines, including couture as well as women's and men's ready-to-wear collections, according to WWD. Galliano's first designs for Margiela are expected at Paris Couture Week in January.

"Margiela is ready for a new charismatic creative soul," Renzo Rosso, president of OTB, said in a statement. "John Galliano is one of the greatest, undisputed talents of all time — a unique, exceptional couturier for a maison that always challenged and innovated the world of fashion. I look forward to his return to create that fashion dream that only he can create, and wish him to here find his new home." Meghan DeMaria

July 8, 2014

When Taylor Swift isn't shaming her ex-boyfriends and offering life advice to high schoolers through her songs, she's writing for The Wall Street Journal about the current state of the music industry.

Swift has some ideas about how artists can sell more albums: They just need to bare their souls, the way that she does in her music:

I'd like to point out that people are still buying albums, but now they're buying just a few of them. They are buying only the ones that hit them like an arrow through the heart or have made them feel strong or allowed them to feel like they really aren't alone in feeling so alone. [The Wall Street Journal]

If artists just made music that shot audiences "like an arrow through the heart," everything would be solved! Swift realizes that "it isn't as easy today as it was 20 years ago to have a multiplatinum-selling album," but "that should challenge and motivate" artists, not discourage them.

Among Swift's other statements is the odd opinion that "pop sounds like hip-hop," and she closes the article by stating what she'd really love in life: "a nice garden." Meghan DeMaria

June 7, 2014

Nearly two decades since he penned his last "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip, reclusive cartoonist Bill Watterson emerged this week, on a syndicated-strip collaboration, Time reports.

Stephen Pastis, a syndicated cartoonist ("Pearls Before Swine") sent Watterson a strip dedicated to "Calvin and Hobbes," thanking the iconic cartoonist for his unknowing influence. To Pastis' surprise, Watterson wrote back, asking if Pastis would be interested in a collaboration.

The resulting comic strips appeared this week, and Pastis shares the full story — along with links to the cartoons — in a blog post. Sarah Eberspacher

June 3, 2014

David Beckham's second act as an H&M model just might not be doing it for him. In an upcoming BBC documentary about his life, the soccer star revealed that he's considering coming out of retirement to play soccer again because he had "a tough time" adjusting to life outside athletics.

Since the 39-year-old officially ended his career, he's been working on launching a Major League Soccer team in Miami. Perhaps that's where he would start his comeback tour. "There's never been a player-owner," Beckham hinted, "but maybe?"

He added: "Now I go to watch a basketball game and, when you are watching athletes play at the top of their game, for me it gives me that itch again and I want to be back in the game then and I start thinking to myself 'Could I play again? Could I go back? Could I come out of retirement and start playing again?'" Here's to hoping he scratches that itch. Jordan Valinsky

May 5, 2014

This morning, the World Health Organization declared polio an international health emergency, saying the recent spread of the virus is cause for global concern.

The WHO specified Syria, Cameroon, and Pakistan as areas that are particularly vulnerable to polio's spread. These three countries showed higher rates of polio transmission to other countries, even when the virus wasn't as widespread. A total of 10 countries are currently reporting evidence of polio outbreaks.

"If the situation as of today and April 2014 is unchecked, it could result in the failure to eradicate globally one of the world's most serious vaccine preventable diseases," Dr. Bruce Ayleward, the WHO assistant director general for polio, emergencies, and country collaboration, told Time.

Emergency measures include required polio vaccines for residents of Syria, Cameroon, and Pakistan who plan to travel outside their countries. The committee will reconvene in three months to re-evaluate their recommendations to control the disease. Meghan DeMaria

April 28, 2014

It's almost been a year since Paula Deen admitted to using racial slurs and was booted from the Food Network. Since then, the celebrity chef and butter aficionado has mostly stayed away from the spotlight. So, the time is ripe to plot a comeback tour — at least, that's what Deen hopes.

The 67-year-old celebrity chef known for her heart-clogging Southern-inspired recipes is embarking on "Paula Deen Live!," a live show featuring cooking demonstrations, games, and personal stories. The tour will stop in 20 cities across America. "I cannot wait to get on the road and meet so many of my amazing fans during these shows," said Deen in a statement.

The tour marks Deen's return to the spotlight since last year's media firestorm around her use of the N-word caused her to lose her Food Network show and several of her corporate sponsorships. The Associated Press notes that all of the cities announced so far on the tour (five) are located in her "Southern comfort zone," so it won't be too scary for her.

The first city on the tour is Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where a $20 million restaurant featuring her name is under construction. Ah, synergy. Jordan Valinsky

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