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World Net Daily: The Family Christian Chain Went Bankrupt Because They Didn’t Love Jesus Properly

Via World Net Daily: News came this week that Family Christian Stores is finally shuttering all 240 locations. The 85-year-old chain filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015, and now the end has come for the Christian retail giant that employed 3,000 and stretched across 36 states. They did it to themselves. The explosion came from within, as decades of pandering ...

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Family Christian Chain To Close All 240 Stores After “Prayerfully Trusting God’s Plan For Our Organization”

Every time Macy’s closes a few stores or Target has a bad quarter, the right wing celebrates their “victory.” So today we get this: Family Christian, the “World’s largest retailer of Christian-themed merchandise” is set to close at 240 stores in 36 states after 85 years. The non-profit store, which employs 3,000 people, said that the store had been seeing ...

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New York City Gets Golden Girls Themed Cafe

Mental Floss reports: After months of anticipation, fans of The Golden Girls can finally pour one out for late actress Rue McClanahan (who played sultry Southern belle Blanche Devereaux) and the rest of her senior gang at New York City’s brand-new Rue La Rue Café. Plans for the Girls-themed eatery were first announced last summer; now, The New York Times ...

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Bill Gates Calls For Robotics Tax To Offset Jobs Lost To Automation And Fund Other Types Of Employment

Yes, really. Quartz reports: Robots are taking human jobs. But Bill Gates believes that governments should tax companies’ use of them, as a way to at least temporarily slow the spread of automation and to fund other types of employment. It’s a striking position from the world’s richest man and a self-described techno-optimist who co-founded Microsoft, one of the leading ...

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SOUTH KOREA: Samsung Head Arrested In Corruption Scandal That Led To Impeachment Of President

Reuters reports: Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee was arrested on Friday over his alleged role in a corruption scandal rocking the highest levels of power in South Korea, dealing a fresh blow to the technology giant and standard-bearer for Asia’s fourth-largest economy. The special prosecutor’s office accuses Lee of bribing a close friend of President Park Geun-hye to gain ...

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WASHINGTON: State Supreme Court Rules Unanimously Against Anti-Gay Florist Barronelle Stutzman

The Associated Press reports: The Washington state Supreme Court has ruled that a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding broke anti-discrimination laws. The nine justices posted their unanimous ruling on Thursday. Barronelle Stutzman, a florist in Richland, Washington, had been fined by a lower court for denying service to a gay couple in 2013. Stutzman had ...

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Burlington Boots Ivanka’s Product Lines

Metro reports: Joining a lineup of stores yanking the first daughter’s namesake clothing and shoe line for women, Burlington Coat Factory is no longer selling Ivanka Trump’s brand. On Friday, the discount retailer’s website did not display any stock of her clothing or accessories, Business Insider reported. Last Tuesday, Burlington had 13 Trump items for sale, according to Shannon Coulter, ...

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Kmart And Sears Drop Trump Home Products Line

Business Insider reports: Sears’ and Kmart’s websites no longer sell products from the Trump Home line, which is owned by the Trump Organization. As of Friday, a search for Trump Home items on both retailers’ sites yielded no results, except items sold by third-party sellers. “As part of the company’s initiative to optimize its online product assortment, we constantly refine ...

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CHINA: Gay Dating App Draws 27 Million Users, Major Investment From Beijing State-Run Newspaper

The Financial Times reports: China’s vibrant gay dating scene is attracting millions of dollars in investment, including from at least one state-controlled media group, even as embarrassed official censors curb the portrayal of openly homosexual characters on television and in other media. With Chinese men signing up en masse for gay dating apps, the biggest such service — Blued (pronounced ...

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Ethics Expert: Kellyanne Conway Could Face Penalties For Her Self-Described Ivanka Commercial [VIDEO]

Raw Story reports: Norm Eisen, former White House ethics and transparency czar, asserted on Thursday that Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway had broken federal regulations by promoting Ivanka Trump’s brand on the air.  Eisen accused Conway of breaking §2635.702, which forbids “use of public office for private gain.” “By doing this ad — I have never seen anything like it — ...

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Propaganda Minister Urges Americans To “Go Buy Ivanka’s Stuff” In Message From White House [VIDEO]

Speaking to Fox & Friends panelists from the White House briefing room, this morning Propaganda Minister Kellyanne Conway urged American’s to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff.” She then declared that she would personally be buying Ivanka products. Fox host Steve Deacy agreed, noting, “There is that hashtag #BuyIvanka right now.” Don’t hold your breath for Republicans to object. “Go buy Ivanka’s ...

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Breitbart Leads Call To Boycott Nordstrom

From the top story on Breitbart this afternoon: Retail department store Nordstrom’s decision last week to cut first daughter Ivanka Trump’s fashion line has sparked a tremendous backlash from consumers—especially women—who say the company’s move has led them to boycott the store and cut up their Nordstrom’s cards. Nordstrom’s claimed that the Ivanka Trump brand wasn’t performing well, but industry insiders ...

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Marshalls And TJ Maxx Literally Dump Ivanka’s Line

The New York Times reports: Last week, employees at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls got very clear instructions about where to put signs for Ivanka Trump products: in the garbage. The TJX Companies, the retailers’ parent company, told employees not to display Ivanka Trump merchandise separately and to throw away Ivanka Trump signs, according to a note to employees on Wednesday, ...

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Ethics Group Offers To Sue Trump On Behalf Of Nordstrom Under California Unfair Competition Law

Raw Story reports: Norm Eisen, co-founder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, has offered to help Nordstrom and other companies sue President Donald Trump for improperly using his executive position to hurt their businesses. In a tweet on Wednesday, Trump blasted Nordstrom for dropping his daughter Ivanka’s line of products. “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly ...

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Trump Lashes Out At Nordstrom For Dropping Ivanka’s Line: She Has Been Treated So Unfairly, Terrible!

Business Insider reports: President Donald Trump lashed out at Nordstrom on Wednesday for dropping his daughter’s fashion line. “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by Nordstrom,” Trump tweeted. “She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!” Nordstrom said last week that the brand’s declining sales led to its decision. “Each year ...

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New York Times Blast Melania’s Libel Suit Revelation That She Plans To “Rake In Millions” As First Lady

From the editorial board of the New York Times: Her assessment of the damage the claim has done to her earning potential is galling, and revelatory. As a result of the report published in August, Mrs. Trump contends in the suit, her “brand has lost significant value, and major business opportunities that were otherwise available to her have been lost ...

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Nearly 100 Major Tech Companies File Brief Opposing Trump’s Travel Ban: Google, Apple, Twitter, Facebook

NBC News reports: Twitter, Uber, Google and Apple were among 97 companies to file a friend-of-the-court brief early on Monday with a federal appeals court hearing challenges to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. “The order effects a sudden shift in the rules governing entry into the United States, and is inflicting substantial harm on U.S. companies,” the amicus ...

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Trump Signs Order Backing Rollback Of Wall Street Reforms Meant To Prevent Another Banking Meltdown

So this just happened. Reuters reports: U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday will scale back major regulations that resulted from the financial crisis, directing a review of the Dodd-Frank Act and putting the brakes on a retirement advice rule. The executive order Trump will sign on the 2010 Dodd-Frank law on Wall Street reform will be largely symbolic towards rolling ...

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Nordstrom Dumps Ivanka Trump’s Line

The New York Times reports: Ivanka Trump stilettos will soon be harder to find at Nordstrom. The department store chain said on Thursday that it had decided to put the brakes on its relationship with Ms. Trump and removed her brand from a list on its site. “We’ve said all along we make buying decisions based on performance,” Nordstrom said ...

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Hallmark Valentine’s Ad Features Gay Proposal [VIDEO]

For the third consecutive year, Hallmark has included a gay couple in an ad for their Signature series Valentine’s Day cards. You may recall last year’s widespread furor because Hallmark dared to include gay dads and their little girl in the commercial. Watch this year’s ad below.

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