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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie to divorce after 25 years of marriage

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Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos says that he and his wife MacKenzie are divorcing after 25 years of marriage.

"We want to make people aware of a development in our lives," the couple said in a post on Bezos' Twitter account Wednesday. "As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends."

The carefully worded announcement suggests a cordial divorce and one that is unlikely to disrupt or affect Amazon, currently the world's most valuable company, at $810 billion just ahead of Microsoft ($789 billion), according to S&P Global Market Intelligence.

The couple met at management investment firm D.E. Shaw in New York City and married in 1993, six months after MacKenzie asked him out to lunch, according to a Business Insider profile of their marriage.

A year later, they moved to Seattle to found Amazon, where she became an accountant and one of the first employees for the then-Internet bookseller. Until five years ago, she dropped Bezos off at work in their Honda after they took their four kids to school.

More: How much could Mackenzie Bezos get in divorce with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos?

Since then, Bezos became the world's richest man and supplanting Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on Forbes' annual list of the 400 richest Americans three months ago, with his net worth rising to $160 billion, up from $81.5 billion a year ago.

MacKenzie Bezos became a novelist, winning an American Book Award for her 2005 debut novel "The Testing of Luther Albright." Subsequently, she released the book "Traps" in 2013.

It's unclear whether the couple had a prenuptial agreement. But that is unlikely, says Stuart Slotnick, chairman of the matrimonial department of law firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in New York City.

"People get prenuptial agreements when they have assets to protect," Slotnick said. "In this case, they had no real assets vis à vis Amazon because when they got married Amazon did not exist."

That doesn't mean the separating couple have not come to an arrangement, he says. In fact, the statement issued by them both "devoid of emotion," Slotnick said, likely suggests "they might already have an agreement … (and) be done essentially."

Whatever the agreement, it's unlikely to disrupt Amazon's operations, as that would be counterproductive to an amicable separation, he said. "There would be no reason that the company would be affected by this divorce," Slotnick said.

"I’ve dealt with corporate divorces when there was vindictiveness and bitterness involved. This doesn’t seem that way," said Engelmayer, president of HeraldPR, a New York public relations firm.

As part of the settlement, MacKenzie Bezos could get a "lasting annuity based on the company’s performance," he said. "But in terms of actual control of the company, splitting up and having co-CEOs, I don’t think that is where this is going.”

A prenuptial agreement would not have been out of the question for the couple, as they were common in New York more than two decades ago and the couple could have gotten one because "they had significant earning potential," said Wendy Crew, a Birmingham, Alabama, attorney who specializes in family law issues.

But the language in their announcement suggests they may have had a postnuptial agreement, similar to a prenup but arranged after earnings and finances change or bad acts in a marriage occur, she said.

The wording, Crew said, "certainly indicates that the great majority of the dissolution of the marriage had been worked out amicably before they made the statement. If the divorce has been filed, probably the terms had been worked out even before the filing of the divorce, which is not unusual in a high net worth case."

Similarly, any custody issues have been likely settled, too, as the two mention "wonderful futures ahead as parents" in the statement. "They are successful in their lives," Crew said, "so most likely they are going to be able to be successful co-parenting together."

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie are divorcing

  • The billionaire executive announced the news Wednesday — three days before his 55th birthday — in a tweet signed by both of them. They have been married 25 years.
  • The couple last year launched a charitable fund together, dubbed the Day One Fund.
  • The statement Wednesday suggests they will continue to work together on that effort.

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Amazon's Jeff Bezos and wife Mackenzie announce divorce

Amazon's Jeff Bezos and wife Mackenzie announce divorce  3 Hours Ago | 04:07

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are divorcing.

The billionaire executive and his wife of 25 years announced the news Wednesday — three days before his 55th birthday — in a tweet signed by both of them. They have four children.

"We want to make people aware of a development in our lives. As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends," the tweet says.

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The couple last year launched a charitable fund together, dubbed the Day One Fund. The statement Wednesday suggests they will continue to work together on that effort.

"We've had such a great life together as a married couple, and we also see wonderful futures ahead, as parents, friends, partners in ventures and projects, and as individuals pursuing ventures and adventures," the tweet says.

MacKenzie Bezos, a 48-year-old novelist, is often cited in the Amazon origin story as having supported her husband's move off of Wall Street and into e-commerce.

Shares of Amazon dipped slightly immediately following the announcement before paring those losses.

Jeff Bezos announces $2 billion charitable fund

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    #2 Lindsay Lohan on Instagram: “Need advice for the workplace? Ask me anything then watch @LohanBeachClub on Tuesday night’s at 8/7c on MTV! 👋”

    Need advice for the workplace? Ask me anything then watch @LohanBeachClub on Tuesday night's at 8/7c on MTV! 👋

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    Lindsay Lohan’s new reality show is deeply sad — but not for the reasons you might expect

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    This new MTV reality show follows Lindsay Lohan as she opens a beach club in Mykonos, Greece, and tries to reinvent herself as an entrepreneur. 

    January 9 at 6:00 AM

    When you hear “Lindsay Lohan” and “reality show” in the same sentence, another word that might come to mind is “disaster.” The troubled actress, known for her many legal entanglements and controversies, attempted a docuseries with Oprah Winfrey in 2014 — it did not go well. She’s also infamous for causing problems on sets; one director once likened it to being held hostage.

    However, we can inform you: “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club,” which debuted on MTV Tuesday night, is actually not a disaster. Centered on the launch of Lohan’s new club in Mykonos, Greece, it’s a fairly standard — and unremarkable — entry into the “underlings work for a celebrity boss” genre of reality TV (see: “Vanderpump Rules”).

    Still, the show is a deeply sad viewing experience. Just not for the reasons you might expect.

    “Stop rehashing my past for no reason, because everything is different now,” Lohan recently told a Variety reporter, in response to a question about how Hollywood could help bring about equality for women. In an interview last month with Paper, her publicist asked the writer to mention that Lohan arrived “on time.”

    Lohan’s new chapter is the theme of the first episode, which kicked off with the actress triumphantly perched on a boat in the sparkling blue sea: “I want to be my own boss,” she announced. So she and her business partner, Panos Spentzos, rounded up a group of American “VIP hosts” to work at Lohan Beach House, her third establishment in Greece. As these VIP hosts caused all sorts of unnecessary drama, the sadness seeped in when viewers learned what motivated Lohan to create the club; and also when it was made clear how damaged she is by her time in Hollywood.

    In the opening segment, Lohan talked about why she loves Greece: “I've always loved the beauty and serenity I feel when I'm here,” she says. “Mykonos is the place to be . . . it's beautiful, it's open-minded, and most of all, it's safe.”

    If “safe” didn’t quite fit in with those other descriptors, it made sense later in the episode, when Lohan reminded Spentzos that he had known her since “I was hit on that beach.”

    Spentzos turned serious as he told the camera about the violent incident in Mykonos that made headlines in 2016: “Three years ago, Lindsay was there on that beach with her ex-boyfriend. She got hit by him.”

    “I was in a very tumultuous relationship. I was in a different place in my life,” Lohan explained. “Instead of crying or getting angry, I said, ‘I’m gonna own this beach one day.' Because I always want everyone to feel safe.”

    Lohan started to cry as she described bringing her mother to the beach club for the first time. “I made it something that is meaningful to me,” she said. Lohan then segued into her disappointment in the club’s new “VIP hosts,” who got drunk the first night of filming. “I don’t want these kids to [mess] that up for my family and my future.”


    The cast of "Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club." (MTV) (Sebastian Kim)

    As the show went on, Lohan took on the role of the strict boss who didn’t have time for drunken antics and wouldn’t hesitate to fire anyone. (“I want to build an empire here, this is not ‘Girls Gone Wild.’ ”) Still, cast members repeatedly gushed about how lucky they were to be working for Lohan, and that they didn’t want to disappoint her.

    “I grew up watching Lindsay, and when I was a little girl, I used to be like, ‘I want to be like her,’ ” said May Yassine, a waitress from New York. “Now I’m working for her. I still think this is a dream. “

    This also came up again and again: Lohan has serious trust issues from years in the spotlight, particularly with people using her for their own gain. She moved to Dubai years ago, and during the episode’s after-show, she explained her reasoning: “I moved to Dubai because it’s illegal to take photos of people without their knowledge. That’s really important to me.”

    In one scene, Lohan confronted the staff about their drunken pool party. Gabi Andrews, a bartender from Washington, admitted she was on the show for “selfish” reasons, and saw it as a steppingstone for her own career. Lohan wasn’t impressed.

    Later, she fretted about cast members taking advantage of her. “Just like everyone watches me, I’m watching them. Camera’s flipped now,” she said defiantly.

    Granted, it’s a reality series, so those sound bites could have easily been scripted — but it sounded like pretty real pain from someone who, as a child star, never had a shot at a normal life. As easy as it would be to write off “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club” as yet another ridiculous show, when you consider everything that led the once-celebrated actress to this place, it actually just feels tragic.

    (This post has been updated.)

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      #3 Freddie Kitchens

       

      Browns will reportedly name offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens their next head coach

      The Cleveland Browns have apparently found their next head coach. According to a report from ESPN.com's Chris Mortensen, the Browns will announce the hiring of Freddie Kitchens -- who served as the team's offensive coordinator after the firings of Hue Jackson and Todd Haley -- as their coach on Tuesday afternoon.

      Kitchens was one of several candidates to interview for the job, and in recent days it became clear that he was an inner-circle candidate along with Minnesota Vikingsinterim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski. It appears he did enough to impress the front-office tandem of John Dorsey and Paul DePodesta and will come away with the job.

      Kitchens served as the Browns' offensive coordinator from Week 9 on this past season, and oversaw improvement in the team's offense, sparked by increased reliance on Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb.

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      Yards/Game342.4395.1
      Points/Game21.123.8

      With Kitchens calling the plays, the Browns also saw a massive spike in their offensive efficiency, as measured by Football Outsiders' DVOA. The 30th-ranked offense by DVOA upon Jackson and Haley's exit, the Browns eventually finished the season ranked 17th. They saw the single largest change in offensive DVOA from Week 9 through the end of the season, indicating that Kitchens, Mayfield, Chubb, and company really took off over the second half of the year.

      It's difficult to suss out how much of that was due to Kitchens and how much was due to (a) Mayfield coming into his own after reliving Tyrod Taylor in Week 3 and getting his first start in Week 4; and (b) the front office's decision to trade Carlos Hyde, which thrust Chubb into the lineup. (Chubb's first start came in Week 7.) Kitchens has coached a several positions throughout his career (running backs, tight ends, quarterbacks), but he had been the team's running backs coach prior to being promoted to offensive coordinator under Gregg Williams, who stepped in as the interim head coach when Jackson and Haley were fired.

      Williams was reportedly relieved of his defensive coordinator duties on Wednesday and is not longer with the Browns.

      Kitchens himself was a quarterback at Alabama in the early-to-mid 1990s, and at the time of his departure he ranked fourth in the school's history in in passing yards. He spent several years as a position coach in college before becoming the Cowboys' tight ends coach in 2006. He was then hired by Ken Whisenhunt to coach the same position with the Cardinals in 2007, eventually got promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2013 when Bruce Arians took over, moved to running backs coach in 2017, and joined the Browns for the 2018 season.

      Kitchens will now be tasked with overseeing the development of Mayfield, who looks like he has the potential to be one of the league's best quarterbacks. The Browns have a strong offensive line, plus Chubb and tight end David Njoku as strong offensive weapons, but need to fill out their wide receiver corps around Jarvis Landry. The team's defense has a few stars or potential stars as well in Myles GarrettDenzel Ward, and Larry Ogunjobi, and it will be interesting to see who Kitchens taps as his defensive coordinator because that coach will get to work with some high-end talent. The future is as bright for the Browns as it has been in a very long time, and Kitchens is apparently the man the front office thinks can get the most out of this group.

      Sources: Browns to name Freddie Kitchens head coach

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      The Cleveland Browns will hire Freddie Kitchens to be the 18th head coach in team history on Wednesday, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

      Kitchens served as the Browns' interim offensive coordinator the final eight games of the 2018 season. That work and his relationship with and development of Baker Mayfield were keys to his promotion.The Browns did not want to lose Kitchens and denied him permission to talk to other teams about offensive coordinator openings during the interview process.

      Interim coach and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was relieved of his duties and is no longer with the team.

      Kitchens wasn't well known when the Browns moved him from assistant head coach/running backs coach to interim offensive coordinator after Hue Jackson and Todd Haley were let go. When he started to impress with his playcalling and his name reached the rumor mill as a possible head coach, Kitchens heard the critics say he wasn't ready.

      His retort: "Who the hell is ready to be a head coach?"

      General manager John Dorsey said the day after the season that Kitchens had "moved the bar on the offensive side of the ball."

      "He's gotten the ball out of the quarterback's hands quicker," Dorsey said. "I think he's put some flair and different route combinations together that help out the quarterback."

      Under Haley, Mayfield was 1-4 as a starter (with a win in relief over the Jets) and completed 58.3 percent off his passes with eight touchdowns, six interceptions and 20 sacks. Under Kitchens, Mayfield went 5-3, completing 68.4 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns, eight interceptions and five sacks.

      Mayfield's presence was important in the hiring process. The Browns view him as the future, to the point that they face-timed him into interviews, according to a source with knowledge of the interviews.

      Kitchens played quarterback in college under Gene Stallings at Alabama. He's coached under Bill Parcells and Bruce Arians, and with Haley. He worked 11 seasons in Arizona -- as running backs, quarterbacks and tight ends coach -- before joining the Browns.

      During the season, Kitchens talked about his desire to stay with the Browns.

      "I like it here and I like it here a lot, and everybody around here knows that I like it here,'' he said in December. "I love the town of Cleveland. Cleveland and I get along well. I didn't have a dad as a coach, OK?

      "I didn't have a starting point in this league. I grew up the son of a tire maker at Goodyear Tire and Rubber plant in Gadsden, Alabama. Benjamin E. Mays said: 'Those who start behind in the game of life must run faster to catch up,' and I feel like I've been running fast my whole life. And that's the way it's going to continue, so whether it's here or what, I'm just here to do a job right now, this week and this year.''

      Kitchens is the ninth full-time coach since the team returned to Cleveland in 1999 and the 11th if interim coaches are included. He's also the sixth head coach since Jimmy Haslam took ownership of the team in 2012 (Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski, Mike Pettine, Jackson and interim Gregg Williams).

      The Browns chose Kitchens after interviewing him, Williams, New Orleans Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell, former Colts and Lions coach Jim Caldwell, Vikings interim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski (who interviewed twice), Patriots linebackers coach/defensive play caller Brian Flores and Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus.

      Stefanski, a finalist for the Browns' head-coaching job, is returning to Minnesota as the Vikings offensive coordinator, according to a source.

      ESPN's Dan Graziano contributed to this report.

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        #4 Jim Chaney

        BREAKING: Tennessee hires Georgia offensive coordinator #JimChaney as their new offensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is brewing something in Rocky Top 😬

        333 Likes, 32 Comments - College Football Brackets (@cfbbrackets_) on Instagram: "BREAKING: Tennessee hires Georgia offensive coordinator #JimChaney as their new offensive..."

         

        UT Vols: Jim Chaney agrees to three-year deal to become Tennessee offensive coordinator

        The Vols intend to announce Jim Chaney as their offensive coordinator. Angela Gosnell, Knoxville News Sentinel
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        He's back.

        Tennessee on Wednesday announced the hire of Jim Chaney as its offensive coordinator, capping a search that lasted more than six weeks.

        Chaney agreed to a three-year, $4.8 million deal that runs through Jan. 31, 2022. He'll earn $1.5 million in 2019, with $100,000 increases in each of the next two seasons.

        Tennessee also agreed to cover up to $500,000 in buyout costs for Chaney leaving Georgia in the midst of a contract that ran through June 2021.

        Chaney replaces Tyson Helton, who left UT after one season to become the head coach at Western Kentucky on Nov. 27.

        Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt pillaged an SEC East rival to get his man. Chaney spent the past three seasons as Georgia's offensive coordinator under Kirby Smart.

        He's a familiar face in Knoxville. Chaney was Tennessee's offensive coordinator from 2009-12, working for Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley.

        “I’m thrilled to announce Jim Chaney as our offensive coordinator,” Pruitt said in a news release. “Jim couldn’t be a better fit for our program at the University of Tennessee. His track record of success guiding offenses speaks for itself from his time at Purdue with Drew Brees to his time in the NFL and his success in the SEC at Georgia, Arkansas, and, of course, previously with the Vols.

        “What most impresses me about Jim is his knowledge of the game and also the way he has adapted his offenses to his players’ strengths. He’s had years where he has guided one of the nation’s top passing offenses and years where his offenses have been near the top in rushing. He could coach every position on offense and is a true teacher of the game.

        “Jim has proven to be a great mentor for young men, and I’m excited to have him here at Tennessee.”

        Chaney's Georgia offenses operated a pro-style system, which is what head coach Jeremy Pruitt favors at Tennessee.

        After ranking 87th nationally in total offense in Chaney's first season in 2016, the Bulldogs improved to 32nd in 2017 and 18th this season.

        Tennessee had one winning season during Chaney’s first stint in Knoxville, but Chaney’s offenses had their moments – particularly in 2012, when the Vols ranked second in the SEC in total offense despite a 5-7 record.

        Chaney served as interim coach in the finale of that season after Dooley was fired. He led the Vols to a victory over Kentucky.

        Georgia's offenses were built on power run games, and quarterback Jake Fromm is a steady hand who thrives on play-action passes and smart downfield shots.

        Tennessee's offenses were balanced in Chaney's time in Knoxville, favoring the run in Kiffin's lone season before shifting to a slight passing edge throughout the Dooley era.

        Chaney has stewarded several quarterbacks who have gone on to the NFL, including Drew Brees and Kyle Orton at Purdue, Tyler Bray and Jonathan Crompton at Tennessee, Brandon Allen at Arkansas and Nathan Peterman at Pittsburgh.

        The 56-year-old Chaney is a Holden, Missouri, native who played nose tackle in college at Division II Central Missouri. He started his coaching career in 1985 at Cal State Fullerton.

        He's an experienced play caller who has worked in a variety of systems.

        Chaney brought a pass-heavy spread system to Purdue in his first stint as an FBS offensive coordinator, but since then, he's worked in mostly pro-style systems.

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        GOT HIS MAN: Vols plan to hire Jim Chaney as offensive coordinator, per report

        $1.5 million — Where would that salary rank Jim Chaney among his peers?

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        KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Our sports department confirmed with multiple sources on Tuesday, that Georgia Offensive Coordinator Jim Chaney will take the same position at Tennessee.

        According to ESPN's Chris Low, Tennessee will pay Chaney somewhere in the range of $1.5 million/year.

        That’s a steep raise, compared to his salary of $950,000 at Georgia.

        According to the USA Today's archive of 2018 NCAA football coaches' salaries, that number would rank Chaney in the top-10 of all assistants nationwide.

        WHAT ELSE?

        A $1.5 million salary would make Jim Chaney:
        --The highest-paid offensive coordinator in the country.
        --The highest-paid assistant coach in the SEC East.
        --The 4th highest-paid assistant coach in the SEC.

        INTERESTING

        The highest-paid offensive coordinator in the country in 2018 was Tennessee's Tyson Helton, who left in December to become the head coach at Western Kentucky.

        (All numbers are based on 2018 coaching salaries)

        These numbers may shake-out slightly different, when it's all said and done, due to coaching changes, raises, etc.

        LINK: USA Today’s 2018 assistant coach salaries

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          #5 Kamala Harris

          Kamala Harris' new book published with praise for 'leadership' of now-disgraced former aide

          Kamala Harris' new book may have gone to the printer just a bit too soon.

          The U.S. senator's biography, “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey,” which was released Tuesday, is the latest sign that the California Democrat is seriously considering the 2020 presidential run.

          But the book also puts Harris in an awkward spot because it praises the "leadership" her now-disgraced former aide, Larry Wallace, who resigned in December over a $400,000 sexual harassment settlement.

          The settlement stemmed from the alleged harassment of Danielle Hartley, who had been Wallace's executive assistant during his time at the California Department of Justice -- which was then led by Harris, who was then California's attorney general.

          The senator’s book features a passage in which she praises Wallace, former director of the Division of Law Enforcement in California, for his “leadership” in coming up with an “implicit bias and procedural justice training program.”

          The passage was reported by the Washington Free Beacon. The outlet also noted that the book contains a photo of Harris together with Wallace.

          Harris' book has also been deemed a campaign book rather than an actual attempt at writing a comprehensive biography book. "So is it a great book? No. No, it is not," NPR's review of the book read, pointing out that the book contains "some careful elision of facts" and "plenty of platitudes."

          According Hartley’s lawsuit, first reported by the Sacramento Bee, Wallace instructed Hartley to run his personal errands -- such as booking flights for his children, and getting his car washed and otherwise maintained. When she would return from the assigned tasks, the lawsuit states, “co-workers would make hostile comments to her, including, ‘Are you walking the walk of shame?’”

          Hartley claims she tried to solve the matter internally, reporting the harassment allegations in 2011, but this only prompted retaliation against her. She was involuntarily transferred to another office at the state Department of Justice at the end of 2014, the suit said.

          KAMALA HARRIS’ DOJ RECEIVED MISCONDUCT CLAIM INVOLVING AIDE MONTHS BEFORE SHE LEFT: REPORT

          The lawsuit was settled for $400,000 in May 2017, just two months after Wallace went to work for now- Sen. Harris as her senior adviser.

          Harris insisted that she was “unaware” of the allegations against Wallace during her time as state attorney general, even though her department was informed of the woman’s lawsuit three months before she left the position, the Bee reported.

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          She told the newspaper that she took “full responsibility for what happened in my office” and blamed a “breakdown” in the system for making her unaware of the allegations.

          “That’s what makes me upset about this," she said, "There’s no question I should have been informed about this. There’s no question. And there were ample opportunities when I could have been informed."

          Kamala Harris reportedly ready to jump into 2020 race, lining up East Coast headquarters

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          Jan. 9, 2019 Updated: Jan. 9, 2019 6:11 a.m.

          Word is California Sen. Kamala Harris will announce she’s running for president either on or shortly after the upcoming Martin Luther King weekend.

          The exact date is still being worked out, but sources tell us it’s going to be sometime this month — the MLK holiday is Jan. 21.

          “Right now, she is on a book tour, which to me looks like an unconventional run-up to an announcement,” said former political consultant Bob Shrum, who is now director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California. As part of that tour for her new book, “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey,” Harris will appear at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco Saturday.

          While the presidential primaries and caucuses are still more than a year out, those in the know say Harris needs to be up and running during the first quarter of the year or risk being lost in the herd of Democratic candidates already lining up for the 2020 marathon.

          “Running for president is all about the perception of momentum,” University of San Francisco political science Professor James Taylor said. “Right now, Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden are the only candidates with double digit support in national polls.

          “Harris is well known in California, but she and the other candidates are still in the single digits nationally,” Taylor said.

          Adding to the time squeeze was Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s announcement last week that she was forming a presidential exploratory committee.

          “That gave Warren an instant 50-state advantage on fundraising ” Taylor said.

          A source involved in national Democratic fundraising said the Harris camp has already made calls to various key donor groups — the goal is to raise upward of $500,000 by March. Both Taylor and Shrum, however, said launching a successful online small- donor network is just as important as showing you can bring in the big bucks.

          “Small-dollar donations are important to project a popular base of support,” Taylor said. Sanders demonstrated that during the 2016 presidential campaign.

          Although Harris will have a strong campaign presence in California, her team wants its national campaign headquarters to be on the East Coast. One reason is that the national cable news outlets, which have become increasingly critical to presidential campaign exposure, all operate on Eastern Time.

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            #6 Vic Fangio • Denver Broncos • Head coach • Chicago Bears • John Albert Elway Jr. • Associated Press • Defensive coordinator

             

            Vic Fangio leaves the Bears to become the head coach of the Broncos

            Vic Fangio wasn’t carried off the field on his players’ shoulders after his final game, but he is the first Bears defensive coordinator since Buddy Ryan after Super Bowl XX to leave the franchise to become a head coach.

            The Broncos are expected to name Fangio their new coach, a source told the Tribune on Wednesday.

            It is the first head-coaching job for Fangio, 60, who previously was a coordinator for the 49ers, Texans, Colts and Panthers in a professional career that dates to 1984 with the Philadelphia Stars of the USFL. With many teams seeking the next hot, young coach on the offensive side of the ball, the Broncos bucked the trend, picking Fangio over Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak.

            Two days after the wild-card round year ago, Matt Nagy boarded a plane in Kansas City, Mo., and headed for Chicago to be hired as Bears coach. Three days after this year’s wild-card round, in which the Eagles eliminated the Bears 16-15 at Soldier Field, Nagy will begin the search for a new defensive coordinator.

            It’s a good problem for the Bears to have. Broncos President John Elway wouldn’t have hired Fangio if the defense hadn’t been impressive the last few seasons. In fact, it was dominant this season, ranking first in scoring defense and leading the league in several key statistical categories, including run defense, takeaways and opponents’ passer rating.

            Fangio doesn’t leave after a Super Bowl title, as Ryan did, but the defense is young with foundational players at all three levels, meaning the work Fangio did since arriving as the coordinator under John Fox in 2015 leaves the Bears well-positioned to excel for seasons to come.

            Selfishly, players had said they hoped Fangio would remain in place but acknowledged he deserved an opportunity to become a head coach. Fangio had interviewed for the position only three times before: with the Bears last year, the 49ers in 2015 and the Chargers in 1997 – meaning he went 22 years between his first interview for a top job and landing one.

            Nagy will go to work immediately to locate a successor.

            Former Jets coach Todd Bowles is a candidate to join Nagy’s staff and a source said they already have spoken multiple times. It is believed Bowles will choose between the Bears and Buccaneers. It had been reported Bowles would join Bruce Arians in Tampa but nothing has been finalized with the Buccaneers.

            Nagy has a longstanding relationship with Bowles as Nagy’s father coached him in high school. Arians has an even deeper background with Bowles. Arians coached Bowles when he played at Temple and Bowles served as his defensive coordinator with the Cardinals.

            Joining the Bears could help Bowles get back in the mix for a head-coaching position because the roster is built to win coming off a 12-4 season.

            On the flip side, joining the Buccaneers could be a fast ticket for Bowles as well. He would be hailed for getting the defense to the middle of the pack, and many expect Arians to get the offense humming quickly.

            Bears secondary coach Ed Donatell has had coordinator experience with the Falcons and Packers. But Donatell, 61, is coming out contract and will be a free agent. He previously worked with Fangio in San Francisco, and Fangio could look to hire Donatell with the Broncos.

            If the Bears don’t promote Donatell, one source said he likely will depart.

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            Broncos choose Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to be their next head coach

            Yahoo SportsJan 9, 2019, 12:11 PM

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            With the rest of the NFL looking for the next young, innovative offensive mind, the Denver Broncos are going the other way.

            After leading a tremendous Chicago Bears defense this season, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is finally getting his shot to be a head coach. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said the Broncos reached an agreement with Fangio on Wednesday morning. Fangio and Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak were said to be the two finalists.

            Fangio, who is 60, has been a respected defensive coach in the NFL for a long time. This will be his first time as a head coach.

            Vic Fangio waited a long time for a chance

            The Fangio hire is entirely opposite of two of the first three hires made by NFL teams this cycle.

            The Green Bay Packers hired Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, even though Tennessee’s offense struggled in LaFleur’s only season calling an offense. The Arizona Cardinals went one step further, hiring Kliff Kingsbury, ignoring that he posted losing seasons in four of his last five years at Texas Tech.

            LaFleur and Kingsbury are young and are expected to call creative offenses. Their most recent results didn’t even matter, because those teams were sold on the hope of them becoming the next Sean McVay. Teams are looking for the next McVay, to the point that the Cardinals hilariously made sure to point out in announcing the Kingsbury hire that their new coach was actually friends with McVay.

            It’s never bad to zig when everyone else zags. In another time, not long ago, Fangio might have been by far the top candidate available. He has coached for a long time and has a long history of success calling defenses. He has been in the NFL since becoming the Saints’ linebackers coach in 1986, and his first defensive coordinator job was with the expansion Carolina Panthers in 1995. His work with the Bears, as they surprised everyone by winning the NFC North with a 12-4 record, was impressive. The Bears will obviously miss him.

            The Broncos’ identity in recent years, if there is one, is as a team with some defensive stars. With the candidate pool being thinner than ever, as teams all look for McVay clones, the Broncos leaned on defense.

            Broncos job isn’t an easy one

            Fangio has a big challenge ahead. The Broncos haven’t been good in a post-Peyton Manning era, yet fans still have championship dreams. Denver’s ownership situation is a mess, since Pat Bowlen is battling Alzheimer’s disease and the family is battling for control. The team’s quarterback situation is still unsettled after Case Keenum didn’t do much in his first season with the Broncos. And general manager John Elway has let the roster fall into disrepair, while showing little patience with his coaches.

            That’s the situation Fangio steps into for his first chance as a head coach. There were many indications that Gary Kubiak, who led the Broncos to a win in Super Bowl 50, would have a role coaching the offense, and Schefter reported that Kubiak will run the Broncos’ offense this season. That allows Fangio to take a defense with exciting pieces like cornerback Chris Harris and pass rushers Von Miller and Bradley Chubb and shape it into his own.

            The Broncos’ job has some obvious drawbacks, despite Denver having a winning history. But Fangio wasn’t going to have a better shot to finally become a head coach, and now he gets his chance.

            Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio agreed to become the Broncos head coach. (AP)
            Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio agreed to become the Broncos head coach. (AP)

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