Targeting Bolton, Justice Dept. Again in Alignment With Trump’s Desires

Attorney General William Barr at the White House on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)
Attorney General William Barr at the White House on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

WASHINGTON — Hours before the Justice Department asked a judge to order President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton to halt publication of his memoir, senior department lawyers and the White House Counsel’s Office were still debating whether to take that step, according to officials familiar with the deliberations.

The Trump administration had already filed a lawsuit seeking to seize Bolton’s $2 million payday because he did not complete a government review process to screen out any classified information from his manuscript. But some officials feared it was far too late to block the book’s distribution, so any attempt was doomed to fail and would make the government look inept.

Trump, however, was making clear that he wanted an aggressive response — even suggesting Bolton should face criminal charges. Ultimately,

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Fashion and Beauty Brands Start Grants for BIPOC-Owned Businesses

And many are accepting applications right now.

According to CBS News, 40% of Black-owned enterprises might not make it through the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Center for Responsible Lending estimated that 90% of small businesses owned by people of color “have been, or will likely be, shut out” from the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Ashley Harrington, the organization’s director of federal advocacy and senior council, told CBS News in April. (You may remember how, quite controversially, the PPP initially sent loans to companies like Shake Shack and Ruth’s Chris Steak House, some of which were then returned due to public outcry.) A survey of Black and Latinx business owners and workers conducted by Color of Change and UnidosUS found that many weren’t receiving the aid they asked for from the Small Business Administration, if they received any aid at all, the New York Times reported.

In light of

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John Lewis reopens more stores

The John Lewis store in Kingston reopened on Monday
The John Lewis store in Kingston reopened on Monday

John Lewis will reopen a further nine department stores on Thursday after the first wave of reopenings this week.

The nine stores opening are at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Peter Jones in London, Southampton, Tunbridge Wells and York.

It means John Lewis would have reopened 22 stores, with 28 remaining closed. The Partnership said further announcements on reopenings will come in the next few weeks, although insiders have warned previously it is “highly unlikely” all 50 stores will reopen.

Some stores will increase the number of customers allowed inside at any one time after bosses found that social distancing was possible with greater crowds in bigger stores.

Berangere Michel, director for customer service for the John Lewis Partnership, said: “We are still reopening our shops carefully and in phases to ensure that our safety measures are

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‘My Black Receipt’ Aims To Make Buying From Black-Owned Businesses More Than A Trend

The coronavirus pandemic has only compounded the financial challenges faced by the Black community. Black entrepreneurs, for example, were disproportionately affected, with a 40% drop in the number of working Black business owners ― a far greater percentage than any other racial group. 

But the racial wealth gap is not a new problem. As of 2016, the net worth of a typical white family was nearly 10 times greater than that of a Black family ($171,000 vs. $17,150), according to the Brookings Institute

One way you can help solve this disparity is by supporting Black businesses. And a new campaign, My Black Receipt, aims to make that a long-term practice among consumers of all backgrounds. Here’s how to participate.

What Is My Black Receipt?

My Black Receipt is an initiative started by Black upStart, an organization that trains Black entrepreneurs to start job-creating businesses. Kezia Williams, the

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‘I Have Nothing:’ The Story Of Wisconsin’s Unemployment Crisis

MILWAUKEE, WI — It was Wednesday morning, and DeiDra Blakley was on the floor of her Milwaukee apartment counting the loose change she saves in a jar.

Blakely has been out of work for more than 13 weeks, and despite applying for unemployment insurance benefits in Wisconsin, she has yet to receive a check. She’s fallen more than two months behind on her rent, and is afraid she might be evicted after the state’s 60-day moratorium on evictions expired last week.

She has a quarter-tank of gas left in her car, and she’s been spending the morning hunting for boxes at nearby gas stations, so she has something to pack her belongings in case she is evicted.

The change amounts to $16.03 — almost enough to fill the tank.

Blakely used to work in the Fire Keepers Club at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino until she was furloughed. Her last

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Church of England and Bank of England apologise for historic slavery links

The Bank of England vowed to block any images of its notorious former leaders from being displayed there - Toby Melville/Reuters
The Bank of England vowed to block any images of its notorious former leaders from being displayed there – Toby Melville/Reuters

The Church of England and the Bank of England apologised on Thursday night for their historic links to slavery through vicars, bishops and Bank governors who benefited from the trade in the 19th century.

The Church said its links to slavery were “a source of shame” as it emerged that scores of churches, clergymen and even a bishop could have been funded by compensation paid to plantation owners.

Fresh analysis of a database held by University College London (UCL) found that nearly 100 clergymen, including a bishop, who benefited from slavery were from the Church of England. Six governors and four directors of the Bank of England are also named as claimants or beneficiaries in the database.  

They include Sir John Rae Reid, governor between 1839 and 1841 and

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How to share your Kindle books in 2 different ways

You can share Kindle books with (or in some cases, without) a Family Library.
You can share Kindle books with (or in some cases, without) a Family Library.

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  • It’s easy to share Kindle books through Amazon Household, a feature that allows you to share Amazon benefits between family members.

  • Setting up an Amazon Household, which can be done online or on your Kindle device, gives you access to a Family Library.

  • Books are automatically shared between members’ devices, though you can check a book’s status online at any time.

  • You can also share Kindle books with others by lending or borrowing, though not all Kindle books are eligible for this option.

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You can easily share Kindle books between family members, but you’ll have to set up an Amazon Household first.

In addition being able to share Prime benefits, creating an Amazon Household gives you access to Family Library, a shared collection of

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The 7 worst ways people are spending their tax refunds

Since the pandemic pushed this year’s tax deadline back to July 15, many Americans will be receiving their refund in the coming weeks.

The IRS says people are getting back an average of $2,769 this year, a slight increase from the year before.

But with the economy still struggling and unemployment numbers hovering at record highs, managing your refund wisely is more important than ever.

Here are the seven worst ways to use a 2020 tax refund.

1. Letting it rot in checking accounts

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Setting your tax refund aside in an emergency fund is one of the smartest things you can do. Many financial advisers recommend keeping enough cash on hand to cover at least six months of your regular expenses.

But keep in mind: Where you stash your emergency savings matters a lot.

Don’t just leave your funds in a traditional checking account, which

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Pot shops are copying Amazon and Uber Eats

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The cannabis sector is tearing pages from the playbooks of technology titans during COVID-19, deploying ideas inspired by Amazon (AMZN) and Uber Eats (UBER) to reshape how consumers buy pot.

The pandemic spurred a flurry of innovation as governments locked down brick-and-mortar cannabis stores in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. In Ontario, private retailers fast-tracked new online sales channels temporarily opened up by the province, allowing them to stay in business after stores were ordered closed between April 5 and the first phase of conditional reopening on May 19.

Many within the industry want the Ford government to make the concessions granted to weather the virus permanent. Prior to COVID-19, legal online sales in Ontario were the exclusive domain of the province-run Ontario Cannabis Store.

While it’s unclear if the window of digital opportunity will remain open for private shops once state of emergency orders

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Edited Transcript of 7731.T earnings conference call or presentation 28-May-20 10:59am GMT

Tokyo Jun 18, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Nikon Corp earnings conference call or presentation Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 10:59:00am GMT

Hello, everybody. This is Tokunari, serving as CFO as of April 1. I would like to thank our investors, analysts and the media for this opportunity.

In order to prevent a further outbreak of COVID-19, we are at this time, holding this session through the Internet. I know this is causing you inconveniences, but Nikon is giving its top priority to secure the safety of our employees and their families and all the stakeholders, including our customers. Hope you understand this, and I do appreciate for your understanding.

That said, I will cover the financial results for the year ended March 31, 2020, as well as our forecast for the year ending March 31, 2021. Slide 3 shows the summary for the year ended March 31, … Read More