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REVEALED: Kushner sold property to company linked to Japanese government two months after joining White House

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Two months after President Donald Trump’s son-in-law joined the White House as a senior adviser, his family sold off a stake in a property they own in Brooklyn to a Japanese company whose major shareholder is the Japanese government.

According to an investigation by Bloomberg, the Kushner family made the $103 million dollar deal with Normandy Real Estate Partners, a New Jersey-based investment firm, however documents filed in Japan show that the company was representing a subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. As noted by the report NTT’s largest shareholder is the government which owns one third of the concern.

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The report states that this sale is the first business deal discovered so far with a government-affiliated firm since Kushner entered the White House.

Kushner — as well as his family — have been has been under scrutiny since he began advising Trump over the possibility of using his access to President Trump as a possible sweetener on real estate deals that could be possibly linked to foreign policy decisions by the president.

According to the report, there’s no evidence the NTT company made the investment with a politics in mind — issuing a denial — or that the company and the Japanese government benefited in any way.

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FBI investigating Chinese businessman who bankrolled media company linked to Steve Bannon

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A Wall Street Journal expose revealed that a Chinese businessman is under investigation by the FBI after he used funds to bankroll a media company with ties to a former aide to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon.

"Federal Bureau of Investigation national security agents in recent months have asked people who know both men for information on Mr. Guo’s activities, including the source of funds of a media company linked to him that hired Mr. Bannon in 2018 as a consultant, the people said," according to the Journal. "As recently as last week, the FBI met with one person familiar with the companies tied to Mr. Guo, the people said. The probe has been underway for more than six months, and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn have been involved.

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Lady Antebellum changed their name for racial sensitivity — now they’re suing the Black singer who already used the name

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In June, as the national conversation about racial justice in the wake of the George Floyd killing pushed many groups and organizations to examine the racial connotations of their brands, the country music group Lady Antebellum announced they were changing their name to "Lady A" to remove reference to the slavery period of Southern history.

There was just one problem: an African-American blues singer in Seattle, Anita White, already went by that name. Now, according to Pitchfork, the band is going to court for the right to use the trademark.

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American Airlines ordered passengers to stop social distancing — because they hadn’t paid for exit seats

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On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that the flight crew on an American Airlines trip ordered two passengers to stop social distancing and move back to their seats.

The reason? The empty row they moved into cost slightly more.

"On a June 30 flight on American Airlines from Dallas to Newark, Joy Gonzalez, an aviation engineer based in Seattle, found herself seated at a window with two older passengers beside her in the middle and aisle seats," reported Elaine Glusac. "In order to gain more social distance, she and the aisle passenger both moved to seats behind them where two rows were empty. But before takeoff, a flight attendant ordered them back to their assigned seats, telling them they had not paid for those exit row seats, which are more expensive."

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