Get ready for Trump TV, America

In the hours before the second presidential debate, a report emerged suggesting President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was in talks about launching a Trump-branded media property.

There were widespread rumors before Trump was elected president that what he was really interested in was creating Trump TV. Now, as the voters are about to weigh in on whether Trump gets a second term, Trump TV is back in the news. But the truth is that if Trump does not win re-election, it’s because he has conducted his re-election campaign, and much of his presidency, like it was already Trump TV.

While it is hard for his critics to believe, there are millions of Americans who not only support Trump because of his more or less conservative policies, but also actually like the qualities that set him apart from normal politicians: the tweeting, the belligerence, the political incorrectness, the adversarial relationship with a media they regard as partisan and biased to the point of being corrupt.

Consider this exchange with 60 Minutes’ Leslie Stahl: “Is the name-calling turning people off?” she asked. Trump replied with a question of his own: “Where are we sitting right now?” She answered, “The Roosevelt Room.” Trump shot back, “Of what?” “The White House,” Stahl replied. “That’s right,” Trump concluded triumphantly.

To many voters, this is maddeningly unpresidential. Ronald Reagan may have similarly regarded the media as liberal and biased against him, but it is hard to imagine him speaking this way to an interviewer. Trump fans, however, love this. This kind of grandstanding is why they adore him.

Trump has identified a segment of the market that finds his style entertaining, engaging, even inspiring. He has worked to deliver what they want for four years. The trouble with this as a political exercise is that, unless the polling is more mistaken than it was four years ago, that audience adds up to only about 42 percent of the electorate. That may not be enough to win him re-election, but 42 percent of voters can certainly support a successful television show. They can make for a massive podcast. They can buy a lot of red MAGA baseball caps and other swag. They can fill assembly halls and other rally venues.

Trump has perfected a new brand as a populist pugilist. While this brand appeals to fewer people than his previous brand representing wealth and glamor, a real-life Robin Leach’s Lifestyles …read more

Source:: The Week – Business


Trump is wrong that windmills ‘kill all the birds,’ but Biden’s nonexistant ‘tiny, small windows’ plan would help

The final 2020 presidential debate spent a good deal of time on climate policy, and President Trump added some color with a few out-of-left-field claims. Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s climate policy, Trump claimed, was really written by “AOC-plus-three,” a reference to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y) and the three other congresswomen in “the Squad.”

Under their collective plan, Trump said, “they want to take buildings down because they want to make bigger windows into smaller windows. As far as they’re concerned, if you had no window it would be a lovely thing.” He continued: “They want to knock down buildings and build new buildings with little, tiny, small widows, and many other things.” Biden laughed and said Trump was making stuff up. The fastest-growing industries in America are solar and wind energy, he added, and Trump “thinks wind causes cancer, windmills.” Trump did not dispute that, but he did tell Biden, “I know more about wind than you do. It’s extremely expensive. Kills all the birds.”

Joe Biden: “He thinks wind causes cancer, windmills.”

President Trump: “I know more about wind than you do. It’s extremely expensive. Kills all the birds.” #Debates2020

— The Hill (@thehill) October 23, 2020

The Squad had some fun with Trump’s bizarre claim about tiny windows, something not mentioned in their Green New Deal framework, much less Biden’s proposals.

Just so folks are clear, I love windows.

— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) October 23, 2020

Calling an emergency meeting with the Squad. #smallwindows

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 23, 2020

But if Trump were really concerned about the fate of the birds, reducing the size of windows would be the best policy short of banning cats.

This graph is still my favorite thing I’ve learned from something blatantly false Trump has repeated over and over

— Jake Lahut (@JakeLahut) October 23, 2020

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Source:: The Week – Business


Gap to close 220 stores, focus on outlets and e-commerce

Gap Inc. announced on Thursday it plans on closing 30 percent of its Gap and Banana Republic stores in North America over the next three years in order to focus on outlet stores and e-commerce.

This will affect 220 Gap and 130 Banana Republic stores. The Gap has been a mall mainstay, but that’s no longer working, the company said, and after the closures 80 percent of the remaining stores will be outside of traditional malls. “We’ve been overly reliant on low-productivity, high-rent stores,” Gap CEO Mark Breitbard said. “We’ve used the past six months to address the real estate issues and accelerate our shift to a true omni-model.”

Two other Gap Inc. brands, Old Navy and Athleta, are doing well, and there are plans for both to grow over the next three years. Old Navy has 1,200 stores, and last year brought in $8 billion in sales; that number is expected to increase to $10 billion annually by early 2024. Athleta now has 200 U.S. locations, and the goal is to have about 300 by 2024.

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Source:: The Week – Business


Jobless claims still at high levels in Utah

The Utah Department of Workforce Services’ main administration building in Salt Lake City now bears the name of the late Gov. Olene S. Walker. The building was renamed during a ceremony celebrating the department’s 20th anniversary on Thursday, June 29, 2017.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services’ main administration building in Salt Lake City. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Thousands of people continue to file for jobless benefits even as the economy is recovering.

The state Department of Workforce Services reported Thursday the number of new claims for unemployment compensation in Utah registered at 4,264 for the week of Oct. 11 through Oct. 17, with a total of $11.8 million in benefits paid out to individuals. There were 34,579 continued claims filed during that same week, the report noted.

The number of individuals who have not requested a benefit for two consecutive weeks as of Oct. 10 was 4,713, a significant increase over the 3,614 that met the same criteria last week.

“Over the last seven months of the pandemic, the unemployment division has received claims nearly totaling the number of new claims filed in the previous five years combined, as well as approximately paying out more unemployment benefits than were paid in the previous eight years combined,” said Unemployment Insurance Division Director Kevin Burt. “In spite of this overwhelming demand, Utah’s trust fund currently remains solvent and we are confident it will continue to meet the ongoing demand, while more than 20 states’ own trust funds have gone insolvent.”

This story will be updated,

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Source:: Deseret News – Business News