Amazon jumps out ahead of its rivals and raises wages to $15

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, the business that upended the retailing industry and transformed the way we shop for just about everything, is jumping out ahead of the pack again, announcing a minimum wage of $15 an hour for its U.S. employees that could force other big companies to raise their pay.

The online giant also said it will push Congress to increase the federal minimum wage, now at $7.25.

Given Amazon’s size and clout, the move Tuesday is a major victory for the $15-an-hour movement, which has organized protests of fast-food, gas station and other low-paid workers. Already, several states and cities have raised their minimum wages above the federal one.

Amazon, whose value topped an awesome $1 trillion in September, has been under political and economic pressure to pay its employees more.

“We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO.

But Amazon may also be offering raises out of necessity: With the economy booming and unemployment near rock bottom, employers are having difficulty finding help. Amazon, with about 100 warehouses around the country, will soon need to hire more than 100,000 workers to pack and ship boxes during the holiday season.

The wage increase takes effect next month.

AP reporters Anne D’Innocenzio in New York; Michelle Chapman in Newark, New Jersey; and Chris Rugaber in Washington also contributed to this report.

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BRAZILIAN SETS WOMEN’S WORLD RECORD BY SURFING 68-FOOT WAVE

 

(CNN) — A Brazilian surfed a 68-foot wave and placed her name in the record books.

In January, Maya Gabeira conquered the large wave during a surfing event in Nazaré, Portugal. It happened at the same location where she suffered a serious injury in 2013.

Months after the surfing event, Guinness World Records announced the 68-foot wave Gabeira surfed was the largest on record for a woman.

A Brazilian also holds the mark for the largest wave surfed by a man.

Rodrigo Koxa rode an 80-foot wave, also at Nazaré, in November 2017, according to Guinness.

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FBI Probe of Kavanaugh Is Expected to Wrap Up Very Soon

People familiar with the process said Tuesday that the FBI investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct against Judge Kavanaugh could wrap up very soon, well ahead of the end-of week deadline.

GOP aides on the Hill and another person familiar with the process said they were expecting the bureau to conclude its report as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday. Agents had interviewed at least four key people as of Tuesday in its background investigation of Judge Kavanaugh. The White House had given the bureau until Friday to wrap up the probe.

Senators would then be shown the FBI’s findings, but it wasn’t clear if the public would get a look as well.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said on Tuesday the report was expected “soon” and “will be made available to each senator and only senators will be allowed to look at it.”

But his number two in the Senate, John Cornyn (R., Texas) said “there does need to be some sort of public statement, if not the reports themselves.” His reasoning: “since the accusations have been made public, it seems to me that people are not going to be satisfied until some public statement about what the FBI supplemental background investigation showed is made.”

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) said that in his 38 years on the Senate, “an FBI report, as far as I know, has never been made public” and that it could hurt the FBI in future investigations if the report was made public.

The top Democrat on the committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, said “it depends” and she thinks a report it “should be limited” to the committee. She said in her past experience that is what has been done, but she was not clear on the format the FBI would release the results of its investigation.

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OUCH! Grassley’s Chief Counsel DESTROYS Creepy Porn Lawyer Avenatti Over His Client’s Bogus Gang Rape Claim Against Kavanaugh

Creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti revealed Brett Kavanaugh’s 3rd accuser last Wednesday morning–A woman named Julie Swetnick who brought forth allegations of gang rape.

Avenatti sent Swetnick’s written statement to Grassley’s team last week–Apparently Grassley’s team is annoyed Avenatti is relentlessly emailing them over Swetnick’s claims because they hit back hard Tuesday.

Avenatti emailed Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley’s Chief Counsel Mike Davis again saying, “Stop playing games. If you are the Chief Counsel then you need to do your job. Please respond to our requests.”

Grassley’s Chief Counsel responded to Avenatti saying, “We have already reviewed your client’s allegations. We focus on credible allegations. Please stop emailing me.”

On Monday evening, Julie Swetnick backtracked and said she never saw Brett Kavanaugh “spike” the punch at house parties, rather, Swetnick said she “saw him around the punch containers.”

Julie Swetnick also changed her story on the gang rape allegation against Mr. Kavanaugh and Mr. Judge saying she only saw them congregated outside of bedrooms.

NBC said they were unable to verify Swetnick’s claims. ‘She told us things on camera that differ from her written statement,’ NBC said.

Avenatti complained from his Twitter account Tuesday and said his client deserves to be heard and interviewed by the FBI.

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Dow jumps more than 100 points to all-time high, rallies for a second day to start fourth quarter

The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a record high on Tuesday as it rallied for a second day, boosted by gains in Intel and optimism around global trade.

The 30-stock index closed 122.73 points higher to 26,773.94 for its first record close since Sept. 21. Intel climbed more than 3.5 percent, while Boeing soared to an all-time high. These gains added to the 192-point pop in the Dow on Monday to start the fourth quarter.

 

Mid-Term Prediction: HUGE RED WAVE To Hit America After Disgusting Kavanaugh Attacks ( And We Were Right in 2016 Too)

 

As the Presidential election of 2016 approached, we made a prediction on the election.  We predicted a huge Trump victory.  We were right.  Today we are announcing our prediction on the 2018 mid-term election.  We are confident with our prediction.

Election 2016

As November 8th, 2016 approached, we predicted a Trump victory.  We based our prediction on analysis and observations and we were correct.  We beat all of the #NeverTrump naysayers and liberal media hacks.

We started our 2016 Presidential Election prediction with a reminder on our earlier predictions from the primaries.  On April 2nd of 2016 we predicted that Ted Cruz would be mathematically eliminated from the Republican race for President on April 27th because on that day he would need more delegates than would be available. We also predicted that on April 27th Donald Trump would accumulate 943 delegates which would put him well on track to win the Republican nomination.

April 27th came and Ted Cruz was eliminated and Trump had amassed 944 delegates (which later was updated to 950 delegates). We were 100% correct and our reporting made the headlines at the Drudge report!

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