If you just can’t miss a workout, hit this gym at the airport

Make the most of your airport delay with a workout.

Yoga rooms are becoming the norm at airports and one even has a therapy pig to try to make air travel less stressful. So it makes sense that now an airport will feature a full gym (with showers) to help you take the edge off, or at least, keep up with your fitness goals.

Roam Fitness is opening by the end of January at Baltimore-Washington International Airport behind airport security so you can work out before your flight or when your plane is hours delayed. It will feature cardio equipment, stretching space, a TRX cable system and a full locker room with showers, towel service and skin products.

Roam founders Cynthia Sandall and Ty Manegold, who met at the University of Oregon during their MBA program a few years ago, spoke with Mashable Thursday about the launch. Manegold called from the under-construction space at BWI he said he was surrounded by lots of paint buckets in the not-quite-ready facility.

Welcome to the airport gym.

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The two teamed up after traveling a lot of for their grad program. Manegold called airports “high-stress locations” and a dead zone for productivity. “If you’re trying to stay healthy, there’s not much you can do,” he said.

That’s where their compact, but complete gym comes in. You can even reserve a shower so you won’t miss your flight just because you had to wait forever for a stall after your workout.

Business travelers are the expected gym users, but the two are optimistic about so-called “leisure travelers” checking out the space, at the very least for the showers. Reducing stress and anxiety is the guiding principle behind the design and offerings, Sandall said. They hope the BWI gym will be replicated at other airports across the country.

The compact workout space will be found after security.

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If you don’t have workout clothes, no problem. The gym has partnered with athletic wear companies Lululemon and Brooks Running shoes so you can rent gear. If you brought your own, Roam will vacuum seal your used clothes to keep any smells contained and away from your fellow passengers.

The concept is not likely to replace your home gym unless you travel a lot and can get behind security. But Sandall said she hopes TSA and other airport staff will join the gym since it’ll be right there between concourses D and E in a new connector at BWI.

Prices start at $40 for a day pass, $175 for a monthly membership and $600 for an annual pass.

Soon there’ll be one less excuse for missing a workout.

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Avoiding Conflicts Of Interest: Donald Trump Says That From Now On, If He Tries To Access Any Of His Businesses, A Chip In Mike Pences Skull Will Detonate

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Defense secretary nominee Mattis warns world order under historic threat

Defense secretary nominee Gen. James Mattis issued a grave warning Thursday at his Senate confirmation hearing, saying the established world order is under its biggest attack since World War II as he called for boosting military readiness and Americas alliances.

Under questioning from Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., about Russia and other threats, Mattis said the U.S. should recognize the reality of dealing with Vladimir Putins government and that hes trying to break the North Atlantic alliance.

Citing Russias aggressions and other concerns, he said: I think [the world order is] under the biggest attack since World War II from Russia, from terrorist groups and with what China is doing in the South China Sea.

To address this, Mattis testified, deterrence is critical.  

His assessment came as he called for strengthening military readiness while also pursuing business reforms at the Pentagon. He said U.S. forces must be the best led, best equipped and most lethal in the world.

If you confirm me, my watchwords will be solvency and security in providing for the protection of our people and the survival of our freedoms, he said.

Mattis, a tough Marine general who earned the nickname Mad Dog over the course of his career and most recently led U.S. Central Command before retiring in 2013, is poised to become the first career military officer in charge of the Pentagon since the 1950s.

He addressed any potential concerns about that break from tradition at his hearing Thursday, saying he recognizes civilian control of the military is a fundamental tenet of the American military tradition.

Civilian leaders bear these responsibilities because the esprit-de-corps of our military, its can-do spirit, and its obedience to civilian leadership reduces the inclination and power of the military to oppose a policy it is ultimately ordered to implement, he said.

Before Mattis can join the Cabinet, Congress must approve a one-time exception to a law requiring a military officer to be out of uniform for at least seven years before leading the Pentagon. Even some of Trump’s strongest critics say Mattis merits the exception — and the Senate voted decisively Thursday to approve the waiver on a 81-17 vote. It goes next to the House.

The question of budget restraints at the Pentagon is a critical one for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. McCain warned at Thursdays hearing that the military cant proceed with business as usual as he ripped arbitrary congressional caps on spending.

Mattis agreed that those policies cause concerns. His assurances on dealing with Russia also follow concerns from McCain and other senior lawmakers that the incoming Donald Trump administration is wrongly warming to Moscow.

Mattis testimony falls amid a packed week of confirmation hearings for top Trump Cabinet nominees, including Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general and Rex Tillerson for secretary of state. Both nominees have faced pushback on Capitol Hill, but virtually all of Trumps picks Mattis included are expected to win confirmation provided Republicans hold together on the final vote.

In prepared remarks for the hearing, Mattis expressed unqualified support for traditional U.S. international alliances. In contrast, during the White House campaign, Trump insisted that U.S. treaty allies and security partners pay more for their own defense and for hosting American forces on their soil.

Mattis is a former leader of NATO’s transformation command, in charge of efforts to adapt the alliance’s structure and capabilities to 21st century threats.

In his testimony, he spoke about the importance of the alliance, calling for the U.S. to maintain “the strongest possible relationship with NATO.”

On the Iran nuclear deal, Mattis said he would not have personally signed the pact, but said that when America gives its word, we have to “live up to it.”

Mattis also was challenged by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., on his views on allowing homosexuals and women to serve in combat roles:

“Do you believe that openly serving homosexuals along with women in combat units is underminding our force?” she asked.

Senator, my belief is that we have to stay focused on a military thats so lethal that on the battlefield it will be the enemy’s longest day and their worst day when they run into that force,” Mattis responded, before saying he had no intention to roll back current policy. “I believe military service is a touchstone of patriots of whatever stripe.” 

Eliot A. Cohen, a senior State Department counselor in President George W. Bush’s administration who has publicly criticized the incoming Trump team, said at a Senate hearing Tuesday that he feels a “sense of alarm” about the judgment of the incoming administration. But, he said, Mattis “would be a stabilizing and moderating force, preventing wildly stupid, dangerous or illegal things from happening.”

Mattis, 66, is one of three recently retired senior generals selected by Trump for top jobs in his administration.

After retiring, Mattis joined the Hoover Institution, a conservative-leaning think tank. He also is a member of the board of directors of General Dynamics, the big defense contractor.

He has remained outspoken in his concerns about Iran. In remarks last April at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Mattis called Iran “the single most enduring threat to stability and peace in the Middle East.”

Mattis is best known as a battle-hardened combat officer who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. But he also has worked behind the scenes with senior civilian officials at the Pentagon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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This Pharmacy Chain Now Stocks An EpiPen Rival That’s 83 Percent Less

Families who rely on an epinephrine auto-injector to prevent life-threatening allergic reactions now have a more cost-effective option.

CVS, the national pharmacy chain, will begin widely stocking the authorized generic version of Adrenaclick, an auto-injector that dispenses epinephrine. The package of two pens costs $109.99. Thats significantly cheaper than the controversial EpiPen, which now costs $649.99 for a two-pack and $339.99 for a generic version of the EpiPen two-pack.

People who qualify can get the CVS auto-injector price reduced even further if they use a coupon from Impax Laboratories (the creator of Adrenaclick), which offers a $100 discount per packfor up to three packs.

CVS splashy news is just one of many signs that the health care industry is beginning to self-regulate as outrage over costs mount. Some pharmaceutical companies are pledging to limit annual price increases to under 10 percent, while a handful of state Medicaid programs are dropping coverage of brand-name epinephrine auto-injectors like EpiPen and Adrenaclick unless a patient gets authorization first.

Five months ago, there was uproar over EpiPens 500 percent price hike, when it rose from $100 for a two-pack in 2009 to more than $600 in 2016. The public reaction forced manufacturer Mylan Pharmaceuticals to expand its coupon program and launch itsfirst-ever generic version of the pen injector.

EpiPen is based on a century-old drug and a 40-year-old auto-injection technology, and theres no reason it should cost $600 or even $300-plus, said Peter Maybarduk, director of the Access to Medicines program at the consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen.

Maybarduk praised CVS for its decision to stock a low-cost competitor to the EpiPen and said it was an example of the power of market competition to reduce drug prices.

The most effective way of bringing prices down is through competition, he said. We need players like CVS and others to step in and work with alternatives to provide countervailing pressure on price through competition.

Indeed, one of the EpiPens main competitors, the Auvi-Q, was recalled over inaccurate dosage issues in October 2015, which helped cement EpiPens place as one of the only options for people with life-threatening allergies.

During his first news conference as president-elect, Donald Trump expressed a similar viewpoint, promising to take aim at pharmaceutical companies by creating new bidding procedures. This could mean allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices directly with companies. Medicare is currently barred from doing this.

Not everyone will be able to make the switch

While the wide availability of the Adrenaclick generic could mean a huge discount for the more than 4 million Americans who need to keep an injectable source of epinephrine with them at all times, its important to note that not everyone may be able to make the switch.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not consider differing brands of epinephrine auto-injectors to be therapeutically equivalent to each other, despite the fact that they administer the same active ingredients in the same doses. This is because some, like the EpiPen and Adrenaclick, have injectors that work in slightly different ways from each other. Because of this classification, patients cant easily substitute a cheaper pen for the brand they are prescribed unless they live in astate that has changed its own regulationsto allow it. Alan Sager, professor of health law, policy and management at the Boston University School of Public Health, criticized the FDAs drug classifications on this matter, calling the protections anti-competitive.

Because of this regulatory wrinkle, CVS is letting doctors know that the Adrenaclick generic is newly available at their pharmacies. Doctors can either write a prescription for an epinephrine auto-injector so patients can have access to the cheaper pen, explained a CVS spokeswoman, or CVS can reach out to a patients doctor to ask for permission to change the prescription if the patient requests it.

CVS Pharmacy said it made this decision partlyin response to public outcryover the skyrocketing cost of the EpiPen, but USA Today notes that the move could also be a sign of CVS expanding clout in negotiations with drugmakers, all in an effort to maintain competitive drug pricing compared with other national pharmacy chains.

This is just one drop in the bucket

Sager was much more skeptical about the move. Sager praised CVS decision to stock epinephrine auto-injectors that were much cheaper than the industry standard, but he also called it a drop in the bucket and said that, on the whole, the promise of market competition to lower drug prices is hollow.

Weve been hearing about market forces pushing down drug prices for decades. Anybody see much progress? Sager asked. This one action will help some companies public relations, but it doesnt signal more affordable meds.

Soaring drug prices, coupled with the proliferation of high-deductible health insurance plans, are an increasing financial burden on the American people. Americans pay more for prescription drugs than people in any other country, and costs are continuing to rise. The reasons for this are complex, but one oft-stated reason is that U.S. pharmaceutical companies rely on the profits they earn from American patients to invest in the research and development of more drugs. President Barack Obama discussed this issue in a recent interview with Voxs Ezra Klein and Sarah Kliff in which he called other countries who benefit from U.S. pharmaceutical innovationfree riders on a system that American patients subsidize.

About eight in 10 Americans think that prescription drug prices are unreasonable, according to a September poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The survey respondents supported various cost-cutting measures, including drug importation, independent oversight and price regulation, to reduce costs.

Sager is one of those Americans. To address the free rider problem, as Obama put it, Sager is in favor of a cost-sharing scheme among middle- and high-income democracies to more fairly distribute the burden of pharmaceutical research. He also hopes that the U.S. can start to enforce many of the other levers that other rich countries use to keep costs down, such as price caps on medicine.

There are so many millions of Americans who continue to suffer, worry and even die prematurely because they cant afford the meds their doctors prescribe, Sager concluded. Its an intolerable tragedy, and we need to move on that very, very quickly.

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Audience member to Speaker Ryan: Obamacare saved my life

(CNN)An audience member at CNN’s town hall with House Speaker Paul Ryan said President Barack Obama saved his life through the Affordable Care Act.

Jeff Jeans of Sedona, Arizona, told Ryan, who is leading the fight in the House to repeal Obamacare, that he had been a small business owner and “lifelong Republican” before being diagnosed with cancer, with just six weeks to live, at age 49.
“I want to thank President Obama from the bottom of my heart because I would be dead if it weren’t for him,” Jeans told Ryan on Thursday night, receiving applause from the audience.
    He posed a question: “Why would you repeal the Affordable Care Act Without a replacement?”
    Ryan said Republicans do not plan to repeal the law without better legislation.
    “Oh, we wouldn’t do that,” said Ryan. “We want to replace it with something better.”
    “I am glad you are standing here,” the speaker added.

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/12/politics/audience-member-paul-ryan-town-hall-obamacare/index.html

    California lawmakers propose bills to teach students to identify ‘fake news’

    The bills aim to teach high school students how to detect misleading, fabricated or inaccurate reports in the wake of the 2016 US election

    Two California lawmakers have proposed bills to fight fake news by teaching high school students how to detect misleading, fabricated or inaccurate reports in the waves of information flooding into their daily lives.

    In northern California, state senator Bill Dodd proposed a measure that would ask the state education board to create a media literacy curriculum. His proposal would incorporate training in social science courses from first through 12th grade and try to teach students critical thinking, independent research and digital citizenship.

    The rise of fake and misleading news is deeply concerning, Dodd said in a statement. Even more concerning is the lack of education provided to ensure people can distinguish what is fact and whats not.

    By giving students the proper tools to analyze the media they consume, we can empower them to make informed decisions, he added.

    In Los Angeles, assemblyman Jimmy Gomez introduced a separate but similar bill that would bring civic online reasoning into student curriculums. His bill would incorporate critical thinking skills into a range of courses, including English, science, math and history, for grades seven through 12.

    Gomez warned that the 2016 election showed the corrupting effects of a deliberate propaganda campaign driven by fake news.

    When fake news is repeated, it becomes difficult for the public to discern whats real, he said in a statement. These attempts to mislead readers pose a direct threat to our democracy.

    He said he hoped his measure would help young Californians discern between news intended to inform and fake news intended to mislead.

    In November, a Stanford University study found that 82% of high school students surveyed could not distinguish between a reported news story and an advertisement. During last years election, rumors and false reports spread widely, and in the aftermath of the vote partisans began to accuse each other of propagating fake news.

    President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump have both denounced fake news in recent weeks, to different purposes. In November, Obama warned that democracies would be threatened by the spread of misinformation and false reports, and by the discrediting of once trusted news sources. This week, Trump seized on the phrase fake news to characterize unsubstantiated allegations about him, blaming BuzzFeed and CNN in particular.

    Tessa Jolls, president of the nonprofit and nonpartisan Center for Media Literacy, said that such measures were long overdue. Now that powers have shifted, with citizens as producers [of information], people are suddenly saying, Oh wow, this is something we need.

    Jolls said that no single curriculum was perfect but that Americans should start thinking about core questions when they consume any kind of media, whether its news stories, viral videos or social media rants. She suggested that an ideal curriculum would teach students to ask about the motives behind a posted clip and what effects it might have on others. Do they decide this is gossipy and great, so Im going to share it on social media, or do they think this could hurt somebody, so Im not going to share it? We really need to consciously address these decisions.

    Jolls added that in recent years, many Americans had lurched from trusting the news too much toward distrusting everything. The goal of objectivity had created an impossible standard, she added.

    What we want is skepticism, not cynicism, she said. Cynicism is when you dont believe anything. Skepticism is when you have discernment, judgment you can rely on.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/12/california-lawmakers-propose-bills-to-teach-students-to-identify-fake-news

    Rudy Giuliani Just Said Trump Is Trying To ‘Get Us Back To A Free Press’

    Rudy Giuliani appeared on Sean Hannitys Fox News show Thursday night and praised President-elect Donald Trump for his relationship with the press.

    It is refreshing and it is very good for our democracy that we have a president that is trying to get us back to a free press, Giuliani said while discussing the president-elects handling of the media during his first news conference in 167 days.

    Trumps unorthodox relationship with the media is widely seen as a threat to journalism ethics and a free press.

    During the Wednesday press briefing, Trumprefused to take a question from CNNsJim Acostaand called the cable news network fake news. CNN had published a reportTuesday that said intelligence officials presented Trump and President Barack Obama with claims that Russian operatives had compromising information about the president-elect. Trump also called BuzzFeed a failing pile of garbage for publishing the 35-page document of unverified claims.

    Giuliani has been one of Trumps top surrogates throughout the president-elects campaign and transition into office. Speculation had the former New York City mayor on a shortlist for Trumps top Cabinet positions, but he says he turned down two offers for top posts because he didnt want to do it.

    On Thursday, Trump announced that Giuliani would advise the president-elects incoming administration on cybersecurity issues, a role the New York Times said represented a diminished place in Trump world.

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    Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

    Manchester United may go for jugular against Liverpool, Morgan Schneiderlin must settle quickly at Everton and Ahmed Musa has chance to shine for Leicester

    1) Will United go for the jugular against Liverpool?

    Manchester United were on the receiving end of heavy criticism when they shut up shop and successfully played for a 0-0 draw when they visited Liverpool in October. It was a classic exercise in parking the bus from an unapologetic Jos Mourinho, who reasoned that a cautious approach was necessary against a team who regularly overwhelm their opponents with blistering attacking play. But while it was possible to grudgingly respect Mourinhos plan, there is no need for the United manager to play it safe at Old Trafford on Sunday. Although United are unlikely to veer too far away from pragmatism this is a Mourinho side, after all it is reasonable to expect them to play with enhanced adventure, given that they are riding high after nine successive wins in all competitions, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring consistently, Paul Pogba beginning to excel in midfield, Marcus Rashford spreading panic in opposition defences, Henrikh Mkhitaryan creating and Juan Mata continuing to chip in with important goals. Victory would lift them two points behind Jrgen Klopps side, so this is no time for timidity. JS

    2) Who will be hit hardest by absences through Africa Cup of Nations?

    No other Premier League team has lost more players to the Africa Cup of Nations than Sunderland or Stoke City. For David Moyess side, Lamine Kon, Didier Ndong and Wahbi Khazri have departed to join Ivory Coast, Gabon and Tunisia respectively, while Wilfried Bony, Mame Biram Diouf and Ramadan Sobhi have also flown the coop. Who will feel the absences harder? Kon remains Sunderlands best defender, despite their encouraging displays without him in the past two matches, and he will be sorely missed against a physical strike force likely to consist of Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters. Should these two be repelled, Sunderland will fancy their chances at home against a Stoke side lacking in other attacking options with Bojan reportedly the subject of a bid from Middlesbrough and a defence who have shipped 11 goals in the last three games on the road. MB

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    Sunderlands David Moyes will be without key players against another side his by absences because of Africa Cup of Nations duty, Stoke City. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

    3) Can West Brom finally beat one of their betters?

    West Bromwich Albion are perhaps the quietest success story in the Premier League this season. Six wins in their last 10 games have taken them from towards the iffy end of the table at the end of October, to eighth and sitting relatively pretty now. But theyre still 10 points behind Manchester United in sixth and 12 back from Arsenal in fifth, so a run at the European places seems rather unlikely, and thats at least partly down to their record against the better teams in the division. The draw against Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the season is the only time theyve taken a point from anyone currently above them in the table, which, given their relative resources, is not a huge surprise. But this season Bournemouth have beaten Liverpool, as have Burnley. Leicester have beaten Manchester City. Watford have beaten Manchester United. It doesnt necessarily have to be the unquestioning status quo that the biggest clubs just win games and those beneath them should just chalk them off as lost causes. Given their decent record against Tottenham (Spurs have only beaten them once in the past three years), if they are to progress beyond where they currently are, they could do with adding a few scalps to go with victories against those in the bottom half of the table. NM

    4) Southampton need to find some consistency in the league

    Southampton are a curious side this season. Their run to the EFL Cup semi-final, possibly the final should they hold on to their lead over Liverpool, has been achieved at least in part because they have a pretty even level of quality in their squad. Their second string isnt a massive step down from their first-choice XI, so when teams ring the changes for the games deemed less important, Claude Puels side is less affected. The question then becomes whether that level of quality is quite good enough in the league because on the basis of their recent games it hasnt been. Before the cup interval they had lost three games in a row, including a strange performance against Tottenham in which they were excellent for 20 minutes but departed the field in mind and spirit, if not body, after that. Their consistency in talent seems to be their strength but their inconsistency in performances their weakness. Now its important to show this level in all of our games in the Premier League, Puel said after the victory over Liverpool. At least hes aware of the problem and the bubbling frustration within their support. NM

    5) Will Schneiderlin start for Everton?

    There was no harm in finding out whether Morgan Schneiderlin was capable of succeeding at the highest level and no reason for him to be ashamed that he fell short of the standards of excellence demanded by Manchester United. Schneiderlin was one of the leagues outstanding midfielders during his time at Southampton, impressing with his interceptions, energy and ability to drive from box to box, and United could not be accused of acting foolishly when they signed him in the summer of 2015. Although he did not impress during his 18 months at Old Trafford, he remains a fine player and Ronald Koeman, who managed him for a season at Southampton, jumped at the chance of a reunion at Everton, whose rivals can only look on enviously at a smart piece of business. Schneiderlin will need to settle quickly if he makes his debut this weekend though. Manchester City visit Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon and someone needs to keep David Silva quiet. Koeman will trust that Schneiderlin is up to the task. JS

    6) How Ibe copes with his latest setback could define his career

    When is it going to happen for Jordon Ibe? The 15m summer signing from Liverpool had not started a game for Bournemouth since 5 November (he was withdrawn at half-time at home to Sunderland) and put in a turgid display last week as the Cherries crashed out of the FA Cup, 3-0 to League One Millwall. Afterwards, Eddie Howe labelled Ibes form a disappointment and with so many other players impressing, notably Ryan Fraser, Junior Stanislas and Josh King, it may be some time until Bournemouths most expensive ever player gets another chance. With technical ability and physical attributes to terrify defenders, too often it is Ibes decision-making and final ball that is left wanting. How he must crave a starting place against bottom-placed Hull City, who are still finding their feet under the new manager, Marco Silva. What is much more likely is another Saturday spent on the bench and another few weeks of frustration. At only 21, Ibe still has time to improve but how he mentally copes with this latest setback could define his career. He needs something to happen for him, sharpish. MB

    Bournemouths
    With technical ability and physical attributes to terrify defenders, too often it is Jordon Ibes decision making and final ball that is left wanting Photograph: John Walton/PA

    7) Allardyce seeks revenge on his former employers

    When it comes to showing Sam Allardyce what he could have had, it is safe to say that the London Stadium comes a distinct second best to the England job. But as he prepares to visit his old clubs new ground for the first time on Saturday afternoon, there can be no doubt that Allardyce would like nothing more than to get one over on West Ham United, who hardly need reminding that Crystal Palaces new manager is a survival expert. Allardyce never seemed likely to join West Ham on their adventure to Stratford and it is almost two years since he left by mutual consent, but he might fancy his chances of earning his first victory with his struggling Palace side, who are sitting a point above the bottom three and need Christian Benteke to rediscover his poise in front of goal. West Ham are still adapting to their new surroundings and while they picked up unconvincing home wins over Burnley and Hull last month, their mood has been punctured by their FA Cup shellacking by Manchester City and news of Dimitri Payets determination to leave this month. This is an excellent opportunity for Palace to inch clear of the bottom three and pull their London rivals back into trouble in the process. JS

    8) Arsenal must avoid another slow start

    Having finished the festive period eight points behind Chelsea and a place outside the top four, the pressure on Arsenal has gone up a notch or two. Their title challenge is in need of an injection of energy and while they have always found a way to qualify for the Champions League in the past, the competition is tougher this season and there is no room for complacency. Although Arsne Wengers side demonstrated their resolve by recovering from dismal starts against Bournemouth and Preston North End, their initial slackness in both of those games suggests that there needs to be a sharp improvement in their focus when they visit Swansea City, whose players will surely be eager to impress their new manager, Paul Clement, despite their perilous position. JS

    9) Musas chance to shine for Leicester City

    The Africa Cup of Nations means that Leicester will be without two of their most dangerous attacking players for the next month now that Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez have joined up with Algeria. But Nigerias failure to qualify for the tournament could leave a space open for the speedy Ahmed Musa, who has performed patchily since his move from CSKA Moscow in the summer, to establish himself in Claudio Ranieris attack. Musa scored twice as the champions fought back to beat Everton in the FA Cup last weekend and his pace and directness could cause problems for Chelseas back three at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening. JS

    Ahmed
    Ahmed Musas pace can pose a threat to Chelsea. Photograph: Media Image – MI News & Sport/PA

    10) Middlesbrough must show more ambition

    Middlesbrough are the divisions joint lowest goalscorers, their lack of punch in the final third continuing to undermine their commendable defensive organisation and their efforts to avoid an instant return to the Championship. They have not won away from home since beating Sunderland in August and it might be time to worry if they provide a cure for any insomniacs at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon. Aitor Karankas men have managed eight goals on their travels this season but they face a Watford side who have picked up one point from their last five games, with Walter Mazzarri fretting about the injury crisis that has thrown his plans into disarray in recent weeks, and the stage is surely set for Middlesbrough to secure a precious win. Another listless away performance would heighten suspicions that Karanka is too negative. JS

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/jan/13/premier-league-10-things-to-look-out-for-this-weekend

    With Barack Obamas exit the US is losing a saint. But a sinner may make a better president | Simon Jenkins

    If a good man like Barack Obama fails to deliver on his promises, is it inevitable that a bad man like Donald Trump will do worse?

    Does a good man make a good president and a bad man a bad one? Barack Obamas leaving speech in Chicago on Tuesday night was as uplifting as his arrival speech in November 2008. It exuded optimism, moderation and generosity. He was neither triumphalist nor sectarian. Ever adept at masking cliche with rhetoric, he turned Yes we can to Yes we did.

    There were tears in many eyes that November night, including mine. I recall an American friends reaction: I am so tired of America being hated, she said. I long to be admired. Now perhaps I will. It is hardly partisan to suggest that few tears were shed on the election of Donald Trump, except of dismay.

    Yesterdays bizarre press conference by the president-elect, his tweets and cavalier dismissal of various sexual allegations against him are more suggestive of a banana republic than a democratic inauguration. That America has exchanged a saint for a sinner is hardly controversial, even among many Trump supporters. But American presidents are not chosen to be saints. They may stand as momentary icons of nationhood, but first and foremost they are chief executives.

    Obama listed his achievements on Tuesday night, and they were not inconsiderable. In 2009 he pulled the American economy back from the brink of recession with perhaps an emphatic modern-day Keynesianism. He saved the auto industry, prevented a bank collapse and put his country on the road back towards full employment. He introduced a health plan that may be flawed, but should be too entrenched for its enemies to destroy. Abroad, he pulled off deals with Iran and Cuba, and tried to bring an end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Obama was a good man. The presidents regime was scandal-free, his family admirable, his colleagues able. He brought dignity, noble intent and a clear intelligence to the job. He knew that American democracy was a fragile flower, and what most threatened it: the fragmentation of identity politics. His most specific warning in Tuesdays speech was against the rise of naked partisanship and economic and regional stratification a retreat into bubbles, of people who look like us and share the same political outlook.

    He never wanted to be seen as a black president. In his 2008 speech he did not once mention race. His remarkable autobiography was the memoir not of a salvationist minority leader but of a youth from a white family searching for the roots of his blackness. The passion of the welcome for his presidency was due in large part to the symbolism of a barrier being breached.

    What Obama understood was that he had become the president of a nation in need of healing, and that he faced a world still looking to America as an exemplar of a decent society. Of all recent presidents, Obama seemed the most committed to bringing people together to globalisation in the best sense of the word.

    Yet the central task for Obama after that November evening in 2008 was to convert the glory of his election into political capital. In this he failed. He did not clean the Augean stables of Washington, and suffered dearly for it. An assertive and partisan Congress was able to shackle him. It prevented him from establishing an electoral base sufficient to hold off a Republican resurgence, and thus protect his ownlegacy.

    Under Obama there was no easing of racial tension, desperate as he was to achieve it. There was no gun control and little evidence of police control. Guantnamo was not closed. America did not withdraw its lumbering military presence from places where it had no right or cause to be. It still has troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Obama could not prevent the crazy Anglo-French intervention in Libya, of which he clearly disapproved. Nor did he do anything but prolong the horror of Syrias civil war, by backing the losing side.

    In thrall to military advisers and lobbyists, Obama scattered his drones and special forces throughout the Muslim world, as counter-productive to peace as they ever were. He failed to discipline Israel or define a new relationship with Russia. Washington showed no understanding that terrorism was not the same as an attack on the security of a state.

    The president and his Democrats thus left it open to Trump, of all people, to attack Wall Street and Washingtons beltway bubble. They left it to Trump to appear on the side of the small guy. They left it to him to champion non-intervention abroad and reassess the purposes of Nato in Europe. They left it to him to call for rapprochement, however sinister, with Russia.

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    Watching the documentary Inside Obamas White House, we sensed the presidents honed intelligence turning toughness to indecision Photograph: Pete Souza/BBC/The White House

    Of course Obama claimed to seek many of these things on coming to office, but he did not carry them through. There were moments in Norma Percys gripping 2015 documentary, Inside Obamas White House, when we sensed his honed intelligence turning toughness to indecision.

    Trump may not do what he claims to want to do sane or insane. But if a good man fails to do what he promises, is it inevitable that a bad man will do worse? I think I prefer intelligent indecision to impetuosity. But as yet, who knows? A Trump presidency remains a wholly unknown quantity, not least, probably, to himself.

    Eight years ago the whole world cried out for Obama. He was portrayed, unhelpfully, as an American messiah. No one cries Messiah of Trump, except on the wilder shores of political love. On Obamas coming to power, the cliche was that America will never be the same again. For better or worse, it is much the same. But the same apocalyptic prophecies are being made of Trump.

    Since they were not true of Obama, there is no reason to think they will be true of Trump. His enemies seem as likely to be within his own party as among his political opponents. When anything can happen, the only divide is between natures optimists and pessimists.

    The mistake is clearly to exaggerate the significance of any president and of his room for manoeuvre. It was Obamas undoing that the American constitution has a facility for throwing up barriers against the exercise of any sort of power.

    Perhaps Americas friends should take comfort not from its capacity to change, but from its capacity to stay the same. That capacity has seldom seemed more needed than today.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/12/ignore-prohecies-trump-obama-much-in-common-america-ability-to-stay-same