Monthly Archives: February 2018

Walmart follows Dick’s Sporting Goods’ lead in raising age minimum for gun purchases in the wake of Florida school shooting

Joseph Barbarito holds a sign as he waits for protesters to deliver a petition to Walmart in Danbury, Connecticut January 15, 2013.

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Joseph Barbarito holds a sign as he waits for protesters to deliver a petition to Walmart in Danbury, Connecticut January 15, 2013.
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  • Walmart said in a statement that it will stop selling guns and ammo to customers under the age of 21.
  • The company will also stop selling nonlethal airsoft guns and toys that resemble assault weapons on its website.
  • This comes after Dick’s Sporting Goods announced a similar move Wednesday morning.
  • Walmart had stopped selling assault-style weapons in 2015.

Walmart is following Dick’s Sporting Goods’ lead.

The world’s largest retailer has announced that it will raise age restrictions for the purchase of firearms and ammo to 21 years of age starting immediately, according to a press release.

This comes hours after Dick’s Sporting Goods announced it will also raise its age restriction to 21, and stop selling assault-style weapons in its 35 Field & Stream stores. In November, Dick’s sold a gun to Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old accused of killing 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, though a different gun was used in the shooting, according to The New York Times.

Walmart stopped selling assault-style weapons in 2015.

The company will also stop selling items “resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys” on its website.

“Our heritage as a company has always been in serving sportsmen and hunters, and we will continue to do so in a responsible way,” the company’s statement reads.

Here’s Walmart’s full statement:

In light of recent events, we’ve taken an opportunity to review our policy on firearm sales. Going forward, we are raising the age restriction for purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age. We will update our processes as quickly as possible to implement this change.

In 2015, Walmart ended sales of modern sporting rifles, including the AR-15. We also do not sell handguns, except in Alaska where we feel we should continue to offer them to our customers. Additionally, we do not sell bump stocks, high-capacity magazines and similar accessories. We have a process to monitor our eCommerce marketplace and ensure our policies are applied.

We take seriously our obligation to be a responsible seller of firearms and go beyond Federal law by requiring customers to pass a background check before purchasing any firearm. The law would allow the sale of a firearm if no response to a background check request has been received within three business days, but our policy prohibits the sale until an approval is given.

We are also removing items from our website resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys. Our heritage as a company has always been in serving sportsmen and hunters, and we will continue to do so in a responsible way.

Top Democrat says trying to chase down Trump on conflicts of interest is ‘like catching smoke’

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  • A top Democratic congressman says it’s very tricky for the public to keep up with President Donald Trump’s possible conflicts of interest and ethical entanglements.
  • The congressman, Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland, says Democrats will move forward on codifying ethical norms into law if they can retake Congress.
  • “People weren’t paying a lot of attention (to Watergate) until this idea that something was being hidden took hold of them,” he said.

Democratic Rep. John Sarbanes knows there isn’t much Democrats are able to do regarding President Donald Trump’s and his administration’s conflicts and ethical snafus.

It’s why Sarbanes, as chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, a group of House Democrats seeking to “confront the Trump Administration’s conflicts of interest and ethical lapses,” has published a list of 100 such conflicts or lapses from the administration every 100 days of its existence.

On Monday, Sarbanes published the fourth edition of his report, which highlighted such possible conflicts as Donald Trump Jr.’s recent trip to India to promote a Trump hotel, the Trump Organization moving forward on a Dominican project, and foreign governments doing favors for Trump businesses.

But that report is peanuts compared to what Democrats would do if they could retake Congress. Sarbanes said Democratic lawmakers would seek to codify ethical norms into law if they are able to regain control of Congress.

Trump passed control of his business to his two adult sons prior to taking office last year. But the president’s level of personal involvement and influence is still murky when it comes to his namesake company. The Washington Post reported that Trump still owns the businesses and is able to withdraw cash from them at any time. Additionally, Trump still has refused to release his tax returns, which could shed light on the full extent of any possible conflicts.

No occupant of the Oval Office who preceded Trump entered the office with the number of conflicts that were possible for the current president, whose business portfolio far exceeded any prior president. While other presidents had severed themselves from smaller portfolios, Trump’s plan to clear up conflicts when he entered office did not involve a full separation from his business, merely passing control to his family.

Not only had the plan not cleared up conflicts as ethics experts had hoped for, specifically by Trump either severing himself from his business or instituting a truly blind trust, but the White House and the Trump Organization have, at times, been less than transparent about the effort.

Sarbanes said that lack of transparency around what he described as a “blizzard” of questionable ethical moves and conflicts of interest, however, allows for Congress, the press, and the public to circle back to the same question: “What is he trying to hide?”

The Maryland Democrat pointed to Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns as the central item that plays into this frame. He said any of the “number of grievances that people ought to have” can be boiled down to that question.

“That is a very fair question for the public to ask,” he said. “And how the administration handles it will determine its fate.”

Democrats want to push forward on codifying ethical norms into law if they can reclaim Congress

John Sarbanes.

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An issue at the core of the battle between ethicists and Trump is that many of the ethical standards governing the presidency are understood norms, not concrete laws. Sarbanes said the Trump presidency has shown lawmakers that they “can’t make assumptions” about a president and his administration.

“Before Trump, every president in recent memory understood there were these boundaries, respected them, when they crossed them and were called on it they did what they could to remedy the situation,” he said. “But in Trump’s case, he’s ethically blind, he doesn’t see the boundaries, or he has complete disregard for them. So things you never thought had to be put into statute or legislation because they were implied by the nature of the office and this sober responsibility a president is supposed to have when they get into that office” now need to be.

The congressman said Congress needs to codify some of the ethical understands that are merely that today, provide “more teeth” to the Office of Government Ethics, and create more enforcement opportunities for Congress. And if Democrats take back control of Congress, Sarbanes said you can expect to see such proposals being passed.

“What happened because of Trump is that he spawned a sort of cottage industry of proposals here on the Hill around ethics and accountability that it wouldn’t have even occurred to people under a prior president that you would need to put those into statutes,” he said. “So, if that’s one of the consequences of his presidency, that we put more rigor and force and authority behind these rules to prepare for the next person or, frankly, to be able to hem in the current president and his team to places where they ought to be, then we ought to move forward with it.”

‘… these ideas of a cover-up kind of captures people’s imagination’

Just this week, there were a pair of major news stories regarding the Trump Organization with implications, or possible implications, for the president. On Monday, the company said in a statement that, as Trump previously pledged, it donated profits from foreign government officials patronizing its hotels to the Treasury Department.

Receiving such profits from foreign government officials has long alarmed ethics experts. They have warned that such payments could violate the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which prohibits a president from accepting gifts or cash from foreign governments.

But the president’s namesake business made a glaring omission from its declaration: It did not say how much money was donated.

Meanwhile, Trump’s business was tied up in an ugly dispute with a Panamanian hotel owner that could lead to a possible foreign probe into the Trump Organization. If that investigation is opened by Panamanian prosecutors, it would mark the first time a foreign government opened such a probe into the president’s business since he’s been in office.

Speaking to the Trump Organization’s announcement on the donations, Sarbanes said the company essentially gave a “head fake.”

“They want the first part of your statement to be the lead and give people some idea that they’re doing good things,” he said. “But then when you just pick a little bit below the surface and try to chase down whether it’s real or not real, it’s like catching smoke.”

And as long as such issues continue to be pressed on, Sarbanes is confident that the public’s interest in the subject will perk back up.

“People weren’t paying a lot of attention (to Watergate) until this idea that something was being hidden took hold of them,” Sarbanes said. “And these ideas of a cover-up kind of captures people’s imagination.”

The ‘Beast from the East’ is so cold that the sea has frozen at the Isle of Wight

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The “Beast from the East” is so cold that even the sea is freezing.

Britain is currently caught in the icy grip of a freezing weather system that originated in Siberia. London and much of the rest of the country is coated in snow, with the “Beast from the East” causing temperatures well below freezing.

It’s so cold, in fact, that the sea itself has frozen over at one part of the Isle of Wight – one of the southern-most parts of the country.

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Part of Bembridge Harbour, a seawater port on the east side of the 148-square-mile island has frozen, video footage posted on Facebook by local publication Island Echo shows, trapping the boats moored there.

Sea water typically freezes at around -2 degrees Celsius – but warmer subsurface fluid and its constant movement means it rarely does, even in sub-zero air temperatures.

Those boats aren't going anywhere any time soon.

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Elsewhere in the UK flights have been cancelled, and the Met Office is predicting power cuts and road closures, while Scotland is on red alert. Hundreds of schools have been closed, and at least one man has died.

The location of Bembridge Harbour on the Isle of Wight.

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The location of Bembridge Harbour on the Isle of Wight.
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Here’s the full video of Bembridge Harbour:

Hope Hicks resigns from White House after being thrust into the spotlight with Rob Porter scandal

Hope Hicks is resigning from her position as White House communications director.

The White House confirmed the news on Wednesday, with The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman reporting that Hicks’ last day in the role is expected to be in the coming weeks.

On Tuesday, Hicks testified before the House Intelligence Committee on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

However, Haberman tweeted that Hicks’ departure was not related to the hearing. According to Haberman’s sources, the communications director had been considering leaving the White House for months.

Hicks “told colleagues she felt like she had done all she could do in the job,” Haberman tweeted. “She had never liked Washington and never become part of its ecosystem.”

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly walks with then-White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter to depart with President Donald Trump aboard the Marine One helicopter from the White House in Washington, on November 29, 2017.

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly walks with then-White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter to depart with President Donald Trump aboard the Marine One helicopter from the White House in Washington, on November 29, 2017.
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The Russian investigation is not the only Washington, DC scandal that Hicks has been linked to recently.

Earlier in February, Hicks was thrust into the spotlight when then-White House staff secretary Rob Porter was accused of physical and emotional abuse by his two ex-wives.

Hicks was reportedly dating Porter at the time. Despite this, sources told CNN that Hicks was involved in crafting an official statement from the White House chief of staff, John Kelly, supporting Porter.

“Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor, and I can’t say enough good things about him,” Kelly’s statement said. “He is a friend, a confidante, and a trusted professional. I am proud to serve alongside him.”

Porter resigned after the allegations, which he called “outrageous” and “simply false,” were published in various media outlets.

The Daily Mail reported on February 14 that Hicks and Porter ended their relationship after Porter resigned. However, intensified focus has remained on Hicks in recent weeks – something that the communications direction likely did not enjoy.

“‘The last few weeks were really, really hard for her,’ one of Hicks’ confidants told me, confirming that she started seriously thinking about resigning when the Rob Porter scandal erupted,” CNN’s Brian Stelter tweeted on Wednesday.

Hicks is notoriously low-key, and rarely speaks to the media on the record. The Porter scandal marked one of the first times she was not able to stay on the sidelines, but instead became the center of conversation.

As Hicks prepares to exit the White House, it’s hard to imagine that the Porter controversy – and the spotlight it cast on Hicks’ life – did not play a role for the 29-year-old.

Former Infowars staffers filed a formal complaint against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones alleging anti-Semitism, racism, and sexual misconduct

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  • Conspiracy theorist and Infowars founder Alex Jones has been accused by two of his former employees of workplace harassment, racism, and sexual misconduct.
  • Jones allegedly called a Jewish former employee anti-Semitic names and repeatedly discriminated against a black former employee, whom he also allegedly groped.
  • Jones and Infowars have become influential outlets on the right, and Jones claims he has spoken to President Donald Trump several times since the 2016 election.

Alex Jones, the notorious host of the right-wing conspiracy website Infowars, has been accused of using anti-Semitic and racial slurs to refer to two of his former employees, including one woman who also claimed Jones “grabbed her behind,” according to the Daily Mail.

One of the former employees, former video editor Rob Jacobson, who is Jewish, alleged that Jones bullied him repeatedly for his background, calling him anti-Semitic names like “The Jewish Individual,” “The Resident Jew,” and “Yacobson.” The other employee, former production assistant Ashley Beckford, claimed Jones once grabbed her by her behind as he was giving her a hug, saying, “Who wouldn’t want to have a black wife?”

Beckford, who is black, said Infowars was a toxic work environment.

“I also was subjected to harassment and racial slurs by Respondent’s management and some peer colleagues, as well as subjected to sexual harassment and a hostile, sexually offensive work environment,” Beckford said, referring to Jones.

Beckford also claimed she was called a “coon” by senior members of the staff and said she was actively treated differently than other employees because of her race.

“I was subjected to different terms and conditions of employment, in comparison to my non-Black African-American peers, when it came to my salary/wages and benefits (travel), and in regards to my dress, including my hair style,” Beckford stated.

Both former employees have already reportedly filed an Equal Employment Opportunity complaint against Jones. While Beckford had only joined the site’s staff in June 2016, Jacobson had reportedly been working at Infowars for 13 years before being fired in May 2017.

Jones and Infowars emerged as powerful right-wing brands amid the 2016 presidential campaign and even helped to elect him, according to former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, Roger Stone. They have continued to play an influential role in conspiracy circles, and Trump has reportedly used Infowars as a news source.

Jones claimed that Trump personally called him to thank him following his surprise electoral win in November 2016, and Jones said Trump spoke with him several times as recently as late 2017 and early 2018.

Infowars has pushed several prominent conspiracy theories over the years, including that the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012 was a hoax, that the September 11, 2001 attacks were an inside job, and that former President Barack Obama was the global head of the terrorist group Al Qaeda.

Elon Musk went on a Twitter rant about America’s failing infrastructure — and it made his Hyperloop idea sound less crazy

Elon Musk's Hyperloop may seem outlandish, but public infrastructure improvements aren't easy either.

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Elon Musk’s Hyperloop may seem outlandish, but public infrastructure improvements aren’t easy either.
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  • In a Twitter thread on Tuesday, Elon Musk pointed out how difficult it can be to make improvements to existing infrastructure due to incentives that increase their cost and difficulty.
  • The thread addressed points made by critics that Hyperloop, a high-speed transit system proposed by Musk, is impractical.
  • Musk’s Hyperloop concept and Boring Company both have their fair share of critics who think it’s a fantasy, but Musk’s tweets pointed out how traditional infrastructure improvements can be expensive and difficult as well.

Elon Musk’s ideas for future transportation systems might sound a little crazy at first.

The Hyperloop, a high-speed transit system, first proposed by Elon Musk in 2013, would send pods full of passengers through tubes at over 500 mph and require tunnel networks to be built from scratch.

His Boring Company, which is working to build a tunneling system, could be used to build those networks, but doing so requires approval from the governments of cities the tunnels would pass through. On top of that, the basic Hyperloop system is still in the early stages of development, so it’s unclear if the underlying technology would allow for safe and reliable inter-city transport.

But the vast amount of work that would be needed to get a Hyperloop system running might not be as impractical as it seems. In a Twitter thread on Tuesday, Musk pointed out how difficult it can be to make improvements to existing infrastructure due to incentives that increase their cost and difficulty.

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Musk started the thread by comparing a Chinese train station that was built in just nine hours to overworked and out-of-date transit systems in San Francisco and New York City. He then described some of the reasons why American cities have trouble keep their infrastructure in good shape.

“True root cause imo is an exponential growth in bureaucracy & a self-serving private sector consultant industry earning a % on project cost, incenting them to maximize cost,” he wrote.

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Musk’s Hyperloop concept and Boring Company both have their fair share of critics who think it’s a fantasy, but Musk’s tweets pointed out how traditional infrastructure improvements can be expensive and difficult as well.

New York City’s subway system, for example, is in horrible shape after years of inadequate maintenance, and the influence of unions and private contractors makes construction projects far more expensive than in comparable cities. It doesn’t help that the system’s combination of state and city funding means that no one group can be held fully accountable for its problems.

So if Hyperloop seems like a pipe dream, so do timely and reasonably-priced public infrastructure projects.

Trump just threw the GOP leadership’s strategy on gun control under the bus

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  • President Donald Trump said during a White House meeting that Congress should pass a broad bill dealing with guns.
  • That contradicts the strategy of Senate Republican leaders, who want to pass a narrower bill focusing on the background check system.
  • Democrats are in favor of a broader bill to address guns, closer to Trump’s request.

President Donald Trump called on Congress to pass a sweeping bill to address a slew of gun-related issues during a White House meeting Wednesday, a request that flies directly in the face of his own party leadership’s strategy.

Trump said in response to the attack at a high school in Parkland, Florida, Congress should address everything from mental illness treatment to the age requirement to buy certain types of guns in an attempt to prevent mass shootings.

In the run up to the meeting, Sen. John Cornyn – the second-ranking GOP senator – repeatedly deflected requests from some Democrats to pass a wide-ranging gun bill. Instead, Cornyn advocated for the Senate to focus on a narrow bill that closed some loopholes in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS.

“I realize that it may not be as comprehensive as some people would like,” Cornyn said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “The problem is around here, if you ignore the things that you can agree on and just look to fight about things you can’t agree on, nothing ever happens. No problems ever get solved.”

Cornyn’s “Fix NICS” bill would tighten rules on the existing background check system to ensure that agencies upload information to the NICS. Ad that fewer people who do not qualify to buy a gun fall through the cracks.

During the White House meeting, Trump requested that Cornyn add his narrower NICS background check bill to other legislation such as a proposal that would close background check loopholes for people buying guns online or at a gun show. Trump also suggested increasing the age to purchase long guns to 21.

Trump’s request seemed more in line with what Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for on the floor of the Senate than Cornyn.

“Fix NICS has wide support in this chamber, I am a cosponsor but it is just the first, tiny step that addresses one specific issue,” Schumer said. “We have a whole host of issues to address.”

While many Democrats support the Fix NICS bill, lawmakers in the party are angling to include the fix along with a change that would require background checks on all gun purchases.

“If we were only to debate the Fix NICS Act,we would be slamming the door in the face of all these kids who are demanding change,” Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy said Tuesday.

Sen. Bill Nelson echoed a similar sentiment, saying Cornyn’s bill is “not nearly enough.”

“We want to move to some substantial accomplishments to get at this problem,” Nelson said.

In a statement following the meeting, Schumer applauded Trump’s willingness to go beyond Cornyn’s bill.

“I want to commend the president for going far beyond the Fix NICS bill. The president’s comments indicate that he supports universal background checks and even possibly an assault weapons ban,” he said. “But the next step is even more important – despite the huge pressure that will come from the hard right, the president must stick with these principles.”

A spokesperson for Cornyn did not respond to a request for comment.

White House press secretary insists that Hope Hicks’ departure is not a ‘scandal’

White House communications director Hope Hicks.

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White House communications director Hope Hicks.
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  • White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Hope Hicks, the White House communications director who is resigning, thought about her decision “for a while.”
  • Sanders insisted that the development is not a “scandal.”
  • Hicks’ resignation follows her appearance before the House Intelligence Committee this week, during which lawmakers questioned her for more than eight hours.

Following reports of White House communications director Hope Hicks’ resignation, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday warned reporters not to “make this a scandal.”

“Guys, quit trying to make this a scandal – it’s not,” Sanders said, according to Washington Examiner reporter Gabby Morrongiello.

“Don’t try to read more into it than exists,” Sanders reportedly continued. “This is something [Hicks] has been thinking about for a while, so maybe it’s surprising for you guys but it’s not like it happened overnight.”

Hicks, one of President Donald Trump’s confidantes since the onset of his 2016 US presidential campaign, reportedly told colleagues she had been thinking for several months about when she would leave the administration.

Hicks’s resignation was first reported by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, who also noted that there was no departure date yet.

“There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump,” Hicks said in a statement. “I wish the President and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country.”

In his own statement, Trump said of Hicks: “She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person,” Trump said in a statement. “I will miss having her by my side but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood.”

Hicks, a former model, had no previous political experience prior to joining the Trump campaign. The Times reported that Hicks told fellow staffers that she accomplished all she felt she could in the job, where she became one of the most prominent figures in the Trump White House. But her prominence was not met with a large public profile, as Hicks rarely made public comments or spoke on camera.

Allan Smith contributed reporting.

Trump releases heartfelt statement after Hope Hicks quits the White House

U.S. President Donald Trump confers with White House Communications Director Hope Hicks during an interview with Reuters at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 17, 2018.

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  • President Donald Trump released a heartfelt statement after White House communications director Hope Hicks announced she would be resigning from her position.
  • Trump called her “outstanding” and said he will miss having her by his side.
  • Hicks was one of Trump’s closest staffers, but had become involved in a number of controversies since her tenure began.

Soon after White House communications director Hope Hicks made a surprise announcement on Wednesday that she would be resigning from the White House, President Donald Trump released a heartfelt farewell statement saying he hoped he and Hicks would cross paths again soon.

“Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years,” Trump’s statement read. “She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person. I will miss having her by my side but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood. I am sure we will work together again in the future.”

Hicks is one of Trump’s longest-serving staffers, and was a facet of his 2016 presidential campaign from its start in late 2015. She had served as communications director since August, and is the third person to resign from that post in Trump’s White House.

Trump reportedly took negative news much better coming from her than from any other staffers, and some White House aides reportedly referred to her as his “real daughter.”

Her resignation came a day after she testified before the House Intelligence Committee in the investigation into Russian election interference. She had previously been interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. She had reportedly decided to leave the Trump administration in the week before before her interview with the House committee.

A mixed background

Hicks, a former model and actress who had no political experience before joining Trump’s campaign, had come under fire recently. With regard to the Russia investigation, The New York Times reported that Mark Corallo, a former spokesman for the president’s legal team, planned to tell Mueller about a previously undisclosed phone call involving Trump and Hicks.

Corallo planned to say that in the call to Trump, Hicks said emails that showed that Donald Trump Jr. sought political dirt on the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, would “never get out,” The Times reported. Hicks’ lawyer denied the allegation.

Earlier this month, Hicks helped craft the administration’s response to allegations of physical and emotional abuse against Rob Porter, who resigned as the White House staff secretary Wednesday. Multiple outlets have reported that Hicks is dating Porter.

One of Porter’s former wives provided the Daily Mail photos of a black eye she said Porter gave her, while the other provided a photo of a protective order she filed against Porter in 2010. Porter denied the allegations.

In June, the White House released salary info for 377 top staffers. Hicks gets paid the maximum amount that any of Trump’s aides receive: $179,700.

When Spotify goes public, it should be very good for these 8 people and investors

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  • Spotify is preparing to become a public company.
  • This will be very good for a number of Spotify executives and investors who own a lot of shares.
  • Here’s a list of the biggest shareholders in Spotify who stand to get rich (or get richer) if the stock does well.

Global music streaming service Spotify just filed the paperwork to list its shares for sale to the public using an unusual method called a direct listing. Should its stock fare well, Spotify’s founders, executives and major investors should do quite well.

We don’t know yet how much money Spotify hopes its shares to sell at, so we don’t know how many millions Spotify will bring each of these people or investment firms. Spotify will price its shares closer to its first day of trading.

But we do know who owns a lot of shares and who stands to get a windfall, thanks to its IPO documents filed with the SEC.

Here are the biggest potential winners from the Spotify IPO:

Daniel Ek, 35, is the company’s co-founder CEO and the face of Spotify. He currently controls 25% of the company with the voting rights to nearly 47 million shares. He doesn’t own all of those shares directly: 25.5 million of them are owned by his investment company. He still has a massive direct stake over 16 million shares.

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Wealth is nothing new to Ek. He’s been a self-made millionaire for over a decade now after selling his first company, ad tech startup Advertigo, at age 23 for $1.25 million.

After that sale, he bought fancy cars, wooed women and wound up feeling empty and depressed he later admitted.

That’s when he started thinking about doing something next with his life, had long talks with Swedish businessman Martin Lorentzon where they envisioned creating a way to allow people to have better access to all of the world’s music. And here we are at Spotify’s IPO.

Martin Lorentzon, 48, co-founder and director and former chairman, is the next biggest shareholder. He owns 13% of the company, just under 24 million shares.

Lorentzon’s first partnership with Ek was when the ad network company he founded, Tradedoubler acquired Ek’s company Advertigo in 2006 and made the young Ek a millionaire.

Investor Sony Music Entertainment International owns over 10 million shares. Its investment deal, and the royalties it made from sharing its huge catalog of music with Spotify, was the source of some dispute. 19 artists including Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood sued Sony over it, alleging they weren’t getting their fair share of money Spotify was paying Sony. As Spotify prepped for its IPO, Sony settled that suit in January.

Investor Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) owns 9.5 million shares, overseen by TCV partner and Spotify board member Christopher “Woody” Marshall. Marshall has a huge roster of successful investments under his belt, including Netflix, Airbnb, Twilio, Dollar Shave Club, others.

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Investor Tiger Global owns 12.2 million shares. Tiger is one of the world’s largest hedge funds, founded by Chase Coleman, an early investor in Facebook and a power player in tech and finance.

Investor Tencent, owns about 13.4 million shares. Tencent is the Chinese internet giant, run by its billionaire, engineer founder CEO Pony Ma. He is one of China’s wealthiest people.

CFO Barry McCarthy owns 142,680 shares, and has upcoming options to purchase about another 1.5 million shares. McCarthy is the former CFO of Netflix.

Shishir Mehrotra, 38, owns 99,560 shares. Mehrotra is a board member and former YouTube executive. In April he was granted $2.6 million worth of shares for his time as an employee at Spotify, too.

There are a number of other well-known people who will also benefit with Spotify’s IPO because they are serving on Spotify’s board. This includes Padmasree Warrior, former star engineer at Cisco and current CEO of NIO US (a Chinese electric car company); Nike exec Heidi O’Neill and Netflix exec Ted Sarandos.