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It’s not political: People really aren’t buying Ivanka Trump’s clothes

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Fourth quarter earnings reports show that, in fact, people have stopped buying Ivanka Trump’s fashion line and that the decision by Nordstrom, Inc. and other retailers to discontinue their relationship with her company was based on free market principles, not on politics.

The A.V. Club reported on Friday that the White House’s decision to lash out at Nordstrom on Twitter this week was ill-advised, “Because, as we all know, multinational corporations hate making money, and love scoring cheap and meaningless political points against misdirected adversaries.”

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CNBC reports that Nordstrom wasn’t lying, and that group of pasty-faced authoritarian weirdos strolling the abandoned ruins of a once-bustling focus of American democracy were, as has been consistently the case, lying for no discernible reason outside of blind hubris,” wrote Alex McCown-Levy.

“Ivanka Trump’s line of goods at Nordstrom fell 63 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the previous year, and were additionally down 26 percent in January 2017 compared with 12 months earlier. Her items experienced similar drops at other retailers like Zappos and Amazon (43 percent and 21 percent),” he continued. Sales were up at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, but they rose at a slower pace than in the previous year.

“Nordstrom cut the cord for the most basic reason imaginable,” said McCown-Levy. “They weren’t making enough money.”

This week has seen Trump’s senior advisor Kellyanne Conway plugging Ivanka’s brand in a TV interview, a decision that many considered to be skirting into ethically questionable terrain.

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After the president’s outburst on Twitter — both on his personal Twitter profile and on the official @POTUS account — Nordstrom issued a statement reiterating that their decision had nothing to do with politics, but with sales.

By the end of trading on Wednesday, Nordstrom, Inc. (JWN)’s share price had risen 4 percentcontrary to Breitbart.com’s report that the controversy has caused the company’s stock to tumble and devastated the brand.

 

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‘It’s treachery if not treason’: Harvard’s Laurence Tribe destroys Trump’s claim he’s above the law

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Legendary constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe explained the legality of President Donald Trump's claim to be above the law during a Thursday evening appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

The host played a notorious clip of Trump.

"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters. Okay? It’s like incredible," Trump argued.

"And now he has gone beyond that," O'Donnell noted. "Now the president is sayin, 'I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and I cannot be prosecuted for that crime. Or any crime.'"

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Marine Corps unit busted planning to hold a party at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort: report

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President Donald Trump is facing yet another corruption scandal after a Marine Corps unit was caught planning to hold a party at the commander-in-chief's Mar-a-Lago resort.

"At a time when taxpayer and foreign-government spending at Trump Organization properties is fueling political battles, a U.S. Marine Corps reserve unit stationed in South Florida hopes to hold an annual ball at a venue that could profit the commander-in-chief," the Miami Herald reported Thursday.

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Internet blown away by Giuliani’s ‘pants-sh*tting panic’ freak out on CNN’s Cuomo

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani received harsh reviews of his Thursday evening appearance on CNN with anchor Chris Cuomo.

Many people worried about Giuliani's mental health after watching the interview.

Here is some of what people were saying about Trump's defense attorney.

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