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Jeff Bezos considered buying Trump-affiliated National Enquirer to uncover source of leaks: report

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Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos discussed buying the parent company of the National Enquirer — the same company he later accused of trying to blackmail him over leaked “below-the-belt selfies” — earlier in 2019.

In interviews with Vanity Fair‘s Gabriel Sherman, Michael Sanchez, the brother of Bezos’ mistress Lauren Sanchez, described the many ways the Amazon CEO considered dealing with American Media Inc.’s leaks about his relationship.

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After photos were taken of Bezos and his mistress on a Caribbean cruise in early January 2019, the Enquirer called him for comment — and the Amazon CEO reportedly began discussing buying the company to figure out who was leaking information about him.

“We discussed the possibility to buy A.M.I.—not to kill the story, but to find out the source,” Michael Sanchez told Sherman. “They said that’s not a bad idea.”

Bezos and the Sanchez siblings even “discussed numbers and the name of the LLC that we’d use,” the mistress’ brother said. “That’s the level of detail we went into.”

Sanchez — considered by many to be the Enquirer‘s likely source for the nude photos of Bezos — told Sherman he was not the person who leaked them.

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“I had nothing to do with leak of the dick pics. That’s the important thing,” he told Vanity Fair. “I never had access. It’s clear they were sent to others.”

“There are, like, 20 dick pics,” Sanchez added. “Lauren likely shared them with multiple girlfriends, not in a malicious way, that’s not her style, but when she’s in love, she got a kick out of sharing them. One time she tried to show me one and I was like, ‘What the fuck is wrong with you? I don’t want to see that!’”

He was “less declarative” about whether he was the person who leaked intimate text messages between Bezos and his sister, Sherman noted.

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“I’m not saying I didn’t do something,” Sanchez said. “Until I go under oath, what I can tell you now is that ever since April 20, when I met Jeff, my only goal has been to protect Jeff and Lauren.”

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Ilhan Omar trolls GOP lawmakers ‘losing their minds’ over sharing the House floor with three Muslim Democrats

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One of the first Muslim women elected to Congress trolled her GOP colleagues for "losing their minds" over the existence of three Muslims in the House of Representatives.

The three Muslims in Congress are Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. André Carson (D-IN), with Omar and Tlaib being the first to Muslim women in the body

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) worried about the "growing influence" during an appearance on a local radio station.

Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan posted a link to the interview on Twitter, calling it "open bigotry."

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‘They’re all laughing at you’: Trump ridiculed for claiming US economy is ‘the talk of everyone’ at G7

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President Donald Trump used his favorite social media platform to share his thoughts from Biarritz, France, where he's attending the G7 economic summit.

"Our great economy is the talk of everyone!" Trump claimed, one day after U.S. markets plummeted as his trade war with China escalated.

With many worrying Trump is causing a recession, the president was brutally mocked for his tweet.

Here's some of what people are saying:

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WATCH: Climate activists chant ‘failure of leadership’ at Tom Perez after DNC votes against climate debate

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Activists walked out of the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in San Francisco after the organization voted against allowing a climate change debate during the 2020 primary.

DNC Chair Tom Perez imposed strict rules on the debates, which prevented a climate change debate from occurring. Climate activists had forced a vote, hoping to overrule the party boss.

"The Democratic Party needs the energy, motivation, and organizing capacity of young people to defeat Trump in 2020. But Tom Perez keeps shooting the party in the foot by rejecting that energy and turning it away," the Sunrise Movement said in a statement.

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