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Trump campaign spent $158K with Amazon in 379 transactions labeled as office supplies

President Trump has blasted Amazon the last few days, alleging the e-commerce giant is taking advantage of the U.S. Postal Service and failing to pay enough in state and local taxes. Mr. Trump claims his criticisms of Amazon long predate his election.

But Mr. Trump's presidential campaign relied on Amazon for office supplies regularly, spending $158,498.41 in 379 transactions labeled as office supply purchases in 2015 and 2016, according to Federal Election Commission records reviewed by CBS News. In the average transaction, Mr. Trump's campaign spent $418.20, and the most the campaign spent in a single transaction was $3,890. The Donald J. Trump for President committee continued to use Amazon well after the election, spending more than $2,000 in 2017, FEC records show.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/amazon-trump-campaign-spent-thousands-office-supplies-tweet-post-office-scam-today/

Amazon loses nearly $40 billion in value on report Trump wants to 'go after' company's tax treatment

President Donald Trump is not a fan of Amazon.

Axios is reporting that Trump wants to "go after" the e-commerce giant, citing five sources who have talked about Amazon with him.

"He's obsessed with Amazon," one source told the media outlet. "Obsessed."

Trump has discussed altering the company's tax treatment because several of his friends told him Amazon is hurting their businesses and "killing shopping malls and brick-and-mortar retailers," according to Axios.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/28/president-trump-reportedly-hates-amazon.html

LOL, Bezos to reap rewards of

supporting Breitbart and streaming NRATV?

I'm laughing

Trump wants to punish Jeff Bezos for wrecking value of wealthy pals’ shopping malls

https://www.axios.com/trump-regulation-amazon-facebook-646c642c-a2d7-454b-a9a9-cdc6e4eaef2c.html

Ivanka Trump: Born to legitimize corruption and make the shoddy look cute



On July 27, 2017, near the end of the one of the most compelling hearings yet on the Trump-Russia affair, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) offered an extraordinary insight. It shot through the proceedings like a comet.

"Corrupt kleptocrats and international criminals make themselves rich in criminality and corruption," he said. "Then at some point they need the legitimate world in order to protect and account for their stolen proceeds."

What? Whitehouse sketched a new bipolar world order, in which the so-called legitimate world, which includes the United States, is not at war with, but rather deeply enmeshed in, the corrupt one, where governments are built on bribery, kleptocracy, electoral fraud, slush funds, legal plunder and nepotism.

Whitehouse then addressed William F. Browder, the hedge funder turned global finance reformer, who was giving testimony on foreign-agent registry violations. "How good a job is the legitimate world doing about fencing off the corrupt world rather than facilitating it? "

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-heffernan-ivanka-legitimizing-20180303-story.html?outputType=amp&__twitter_impression=true

Amazon is officially the new Walmart only worse

Amazon is under fire after refusing to cut the NRA's TV show from its streaming service.

The e-commerce giant's behavior is under the microscope, as cities offer up millions of dollars in tax incentives as they compete over HQ2.

Walmart was once portrayed as the biggest villain in American capitalism. Now, Amazon is becoming the new symbol of everything that's wrong with big business.

As Americans demand that companies take a stand on gun control, Walmart is stepping up — and Amazon is falling short.

http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-vs-walmart-gun-control-hq2-2018-3?r=UK&IR=T

SimpliSafe cuts ties with the NRA

A major home security company is the latest company to end its relationship with the National Rifle Association.

SimpliSafe, which gives NRA members two months of free monitoring with a purchase of any new home security system, informed ThinkProgress of its decision in an email Friday morning.

“We have discontinued our existing relationship with the NRA,” wrote Cassie Kling, a SimpliSafe spokesperson. Kling did not immediate respond to followup questions asking what prompted the decision.

https://thinkprogress.org/simplisafe-cuts-ties-with-the-nra-524c33be3544/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

What's the worst that could happen? world's tallest wooden skyscraper.

A Japanese company is planning to build the world's tallest wooden skyscraper with 90 percent of the building made of wood.

Sumitomo Forestry says its wooden high-rise — dubbed the W350 — will be 350 meters tall and the planned structure will be a hybrid of mostly wood and steel.

The 70-storey building, expected to be built in Tokyo, will comprise of stores, offices, hotels and private homes, the company noted in plans released earlier in February.

Sumitomo Forestry, which notes on its website that "happiness grows from trees," said it aimed to create environmentally-friendly, timber-utilizing cities which "become forests through increased use of wooden architecture for high-rise buildings."

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/20/worlds-tallest-wooden-skyscraper-japan.html

American history suggests Centennials could turn the tide on the NRA

The Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida could have simply been destined to be added to a tragic list.

It was the 18th gun-related episode on American school grounds this year, prompting commentators to decry the violence but expect little change in gun laws as a result.
Martin Luther King gives his I Have a Dream speech in 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial
Photo: Student protests inspired the mass gatherings that led to Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech in 1963. (Wikimedia)

But Stoneman Douglas students are declaring they don't want to become just a number, organising protests, criticising President Donald Trump and confronting politicians over the contributions they have accepted from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

The students are not only doing so in words; they plan to do so in person, organising The March For Our Lives, scheduled to take place on March 24 in Washington, DC.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-19/generation-z-nra-gun-control-florida-high-school-massacre/9460720

PolitiFact gains nonprofit status with move to the Poynter Institute

The Poynter Institute, a nonprofit school for journalists based in St. Petersburg, Fla., has acquired direct ownership of PolitiFact from the Tampa Bay Times, the organizations announced Monday.

The fact-checking website was created in 2007 by the Times newspaper. The Times is owned by Poynter.

The move will allow PolitiFact to function fully as a not-for-profit national news organization, putting it more squarely on footing with other nonprofit newsrooms like ProPublica and the Center for Public Integrity. Poynter already is home to the International Fact Checking Network, an organization that supports fact-checkers around the world.

The transition by PolitiFact also means that contributions to PolitiFact’s membership program, called the Truth Squad, will be tax deductible in 2018, as allowed by law. PolitiFact launched the Truth Squad in 2017, and the website reported raising more than $200,000 in donations in its first year.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2018/feb/12/politifact-gains-nonprofit-status-move-poynter-ins/

Re the importance of reading presidential daily briefs, heres one from August 6, 2001

https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/962319038583136258
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