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Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz To End WH Bid

Axios reports: Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who put his independent presidential exploration on hold in June, will tell supporters later this morning that he’s abandoning his campaign but still plans to spend big “to fix our broken system.” Why it matters: Schultz — a billionaire who planned to spend north of $100 million on 2020 — now will direct …

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Howard Schultz Cuts Staff, Puts Campaign On Hiatus

The Huffington Post reports: Starbucks billionaire Howard Schultz told campaign staff that he is making significant cuts to his team, as he suspends his political plans for the summer. Schultz came into the office Wednesday for the first time in months and met with the staff, according to a person in the room. He announced that he was letting everyone …

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HBO Responds To Starbucks Gaffe In Game Of Thrones

From the Hollywood Reporter: Savvy viewers who tuned in to the fourth episode of the HBO fantasy saga’s final season, “The Last of the Starks,” were distracted when they spotted what appeared to be an out-of-place Starbucks coffee cup in a scene taking place in Winterfell, the home of House Stark. Starbucks later responded with a tweet. “TBH we’re surprised …

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OOPS: Starbucks Cup Appears In Game Of Thrones

The Verge reports: Game of Thrones, the most closely watched and scrutinized show on TV, last night aired a huge moment of lore discontinuity, as a celebratory feast in Winterfell happened to include a distinctly modern takeaway coffee cup among all the metal goblets of wine. It’s not obvious who the offending coffee drinker on set was, or what flavor …

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Schultz: Dems Like Warren Will Get Trump Reelected

CBS News reports: “I really believe the spoiler in all of this is going to be a far-left Democratic candidate, if that’s who gets the nomination, who is walking the shoes of a socialist,” Schultz said in an interview on Saturday. “Lifelong Republicans who do not want to pull the lever for Donald Trump are not gonna pull the lever …

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Howard Schultz: I Honestly Don’t See Color [VIDEO]

The Huffington Post reports: Howard Schultz, the billionaire ex-Starbucks chief executive considering an independent presidential campaign, went viral on Twitter on Tuesday night after a CNN town hall. Schultz was asked a question about racial profiling in light of a highly publicized incident in which two black men were arrested after attempting to use the restroom at a Starbucks without …

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Howard Schultz Has Jeb-Style “Please Clap” Moment

Time Magazine reports: Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks and possible 2020 presidential candidate, just got a round of applause while speaking to students at Purdue University on Thursday. The problem is, he had to ask for it. “The cost of an education here will be less expensive in nominal dollars in 2020 than it was in 2012. Congratulations,” …

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Howard Schultz Doesn’t Want To Be Called A Billionaire

During an interview with CNBC last night, former Starbucks CEO appeared to take exception with the term “billionaire” when asked if people like him have too much power. “The moniker ‘billionaire’ now has become the catchphrase. I would rephrase that and say that ‘people of means’ have been able to leverage their wealth and their interest in ways that are …

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Schultz Deletes His Tweet Praising Right Wing Column Which Called Harris “Shrill” And Warren “Fauxcahontas”

The Hill reports: Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO who has floated an independent run at the White House, deleted a tweet Wednesday in which he praised a column that insulted other 2020 contenders. In the now-deleted tweet, Schultz linked to a piece that called Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) “shrill” and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) “Fauxcahontas,” a reference to her …

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Howard Schultz Doesn’t Know Cost Of Cheerios [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast reports: Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, amid a media tour rife with awkward moments, got stumped by Morning Joe on Wednesday when asked: “How much does an 18-ounce box of Cheerios cost?” “An 18 ounce box of Cheerios? I don’t eat Cheerios,” the billionaire responded to host Mika Brzezinski. When she revealed the price was four dollars, …

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Howard Schultz Heckled About Possible WH Bid [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: A day after Howard Schultz said he might run for U.S. president, a heckler shouted “don’t help elect Trump” at the former Starbucks CEO, voicing concerns that his independent bid could help President Donald Trump win re-election in 2020. “Don’t help elect Trump, you egotistical, billionaire, asshole,” shouted the heckler at a Schultz book promotion in New York …

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Howard Schultz: I’d Run As A “Centrist Independent”

“I am seriously thinking of running for president. I will run as a centrist independent, outside of the two-party system we’re living at a most-fragile time not only the fact that this president is not qualified to be the president, but the fact that both parties are consistently not doing what’s necessary on behalf of the American people and are …

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Former Starbucks CEO Teases Independent WH Bid

The Atlantic reports: These days, the difference between the parties is starker than it’s ever been in modern times. Yet here comes Howard Schultz, a billionaire who feels that he might be the answer to American politics, and that he’d run for president as an independent. Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO, says in a 60 Minutes interview already recorded but …

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REPORT: Former Starbucks CEO Mulls 2020 WH Bid

The Washington Post reports: Advisers to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz have been exploring the possibility of launching an independent bid for the White House in 2020, according to two people who have been informed of the discussions. The entry of a high-profile billionaire Democrat outside the traditional party structure would add an unpredictable dynamic to the increasingly sprawling campaign …

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Starbucks Chair To Step Down, May Run For President

The Washington Post reports: Howard Schultz, who built the coffee chain into a global giant, is leaving the company, where he previously served as chief executive. He has been an outspoken leader on civic issues, and this move has reignited speculation that he might plan a run for political office. Starbucks recently has been embroiled in controversy over the arrest …

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All Starbucks To Close Today For Anti-Bias Training

USA Today reports: Starbucks will attempt a dramatic move toward racial reconciliation Tuesday as it closes 8,000 stores across the nation for an afternoon of anti-bias training. Up to 180,000 employees at Starbucks stores and at its headquarters will receive training from a “tool kit” that will “focus on understanding prejudice and the history of public accommodations in the United …

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Starbucks: No Purchase Required To Use Restroom

The Associated Press reports: Starbucks has adopted an open-bathroom policy following the arrest last month of two African American men at a coffee shop in Philadelphia. Chairman Howard Schultz says he doesn’t want the company to become a public bathroom, but feels employees can make the “right decision a hundred percent of the time,” if that choice is removed at …

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Far-Right Trolls Flood Social Media With Fake Starbucks Coupons Embedded With N-Word And Hitler References

Think Progress reports: Right-wing trolls are trying to embarrass Starbucks by spreading fake coupons that purport to give black people free coffee — but really contain hidden racial slurs and white supremacist slogans. “Starbucks values all people of color and we are working on employee sensitivity training” the fake flyers read, some with the accompanying hashtag #FreeBlackCoffee. “The best dialogue …

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Starbucks To Close All Stores For Racial-Bias Training

NBC News reports: Starbucks announced Tuesday that it will close all of its more than 8,000 stores nationwide to conduct “racial-bias” training amid a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores in Philadelphia. Three years ago, Starbucks was widely ridiculed for trying to start a national conversation on race relations by asking …

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PHILADELPHIA: Starbucks CEO Apologizes After Video Of Two Black Men Arrested For Trespassing Goes Viral

The Washington Post reports: The chief executive of Starbucks apologized Saturday to two black men arrested at a Philadelphia store in an incident that has led to accusations of racial profiling by the company and police. In a statement to Starbucks customers and employees Saturday, CEO Kevin Johnson acknowledged “a disheartening situation in one of our Philadelphia-area stores this past …

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