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It's Here: Donald Trump Robot Unveiled at Disney's Hall of Presidents

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/19/2017, 1:15 AM

About six months behind its usual post-election refurbishment schedule, Walt Disney World has unveiled its Audio-Animatronic version of the current president of the United States, including a short recorded monologue by him about the American spirit. The attraction officially opens to the public on Tuesday, December 19.  The Hall of Presidents, running since 1971 when Richard M. Nixon was in the ...

U.S. Government Won't Require Bag Fee Disclosure in Airfares

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/11/2017, 1:00 PM

An Obama administration proposal designed to protect airline passengers from hidden fees has been discarded by the current Department of Transportation.  Under the proposed rule—released near the end of President Obama's second term—airlines, travel agents, and websites that sell tickets would be required to disclose fees for checked and carry-on bags right from the start, so that passengers woul...

Blaming Trump, Another Airline Calls It Quits in Cuba

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/17/2017, 8:30 PM

Alaska Airlines will discontinue its service to Cuba on January 22, 2018, the carrier has announced. The reason: the Trump Administration's new rules that make it too difficult for Americans to visit the island. The tighter restrictions do away with the Obama-era "people-to-people" travel exemption. That means that Americans who want to visit Cuba must now do so with authorized tours and cruises ...

U.S. Government Makes It Harder for Americans to Visit Cuba

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/08/2017, 9:30 PM

Travel to Cuba gets tougher for Americans this week. New rules released by the Trump Administration ban most independent travel to the island, requiring visitors from the U.S. to rely on authorized "people-to-people" tour companies instead. That's a return to the way things were before President Barack Obama restored diplomatic relations with Cuba in 2015. In June of this year, his successor an...

An Ignorant Proposed Cut in Amtrak's Budget Would Devastate That Much-Needed Service

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/20/2017, 12:00 AM

President Trump wants to reduce Amtrak's budget. Once and for all: What has the right wing got against long-distance rail service?...

Trump Robot Will Speak at Hall of Presidents, Says Disney

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/30/2017, 4:00 AM

Disney has refuted the notion that the Hall of Presidents attraction at Walt Disney World in Orlando will take a different approach to incorporating the current occupant of the Oval Office.   In two stories published in May and June, Vice Media's Motherboard reported that in order to avoid giving an animatronic Trump speaking lines in the attraction, Disney would likely revert to the pre-1...

Our National Parks Are in Peril of Having Their Funding Cut

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/26/2017, 12:00 AM

The Trump Administration wants to cut 4,000 jobs from the department that oversees the National Park Service. That could spell disaster for some of the country's most cherished sights....

Pres. Trump Has Reinstated a Cuba Policy That Has Been an Abject Failure for 50 Years

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/20/2017, 12:00 AM

Pres. Trump's Cuba decision senselessly turns back the clock, reversing gains for both countries—and for U.S. travelers. ...

Proposals to Privatize Air Traffic Control Are Based on Ideology, Not Practicality

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/12/2017, 12:00 AM

The Trump Administration wants to put air traffic control in the hands of a private corporation. Should that worry you?...

Hotel News: A Mid-Priced Trump Chain and the First West Elm Hotel Location

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/09/2017, 4:00 AM

Two widely known brands have recently made announcements that could have a big impact on the American hotel industry. First, the Trump Organization is launching a new chain of three-star hotels that will have much more affordable rates than those of the luxury properties the company has previously offered.  Called American Idea, the chain is expected to feature patriotic decor and bric...

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