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Amazon patent shows roving robots that could drop off items on sidewalks

Amazon is testing robots that can store packages and make multiple deliveries along their routes, according to a new patent filing.

According to the patent application published Tuesday, the tech giant’s proposed storage compartment vehicles (SCV) could also pick up items for return.

The Seattle-based company, which already deploys robots in many of its fulfillment centers worldwide, is looking for ways to address the troublesome “last mile” of delivery with this method, which would have customers come outside on the sidewalk, tap a security code on their phones and open the correct door to get their packages.

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Alternate designs for Amazon’s storage compartment vehicle are adapted for aerial (left) or water-based (right) transportation. (Amazon Illustration via USPTO) (Amazon Illustration via USPTO)

However, Amazon has often said its patent applications are meant to explore possibilities, but many inventions are not turned into products or services as described in patent applications.

In certain parts of Seattle, Amazon has already been testing Amazon Scout delivery robots.

According to GeekWire, the patent application points out that the SCVs could position themselves in predetermined areas and that they could be outfitted with cameras, microphones, GPS devices, biometric scanners and more — to make sure no one messes with the robots and that deliveries arrive on time.

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There’s also reportedly a water-based model that comes equipped with floats for marine delivery applications.

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Americans trust Amazon and Google more than Tom Hanks or President Trump

Tom Hanks might be America’s favorite actor, but he’s not as trustworthy as Amazon or Google, according to a new report.

According to market research firm Morning Consult, the two tech titans are among the most trustworthy brands in the U.S., coming in behind only a person’s doctor and the U.S. military. Fifty percent of respondents said “your primary doctor” was the top trusted brand, while 39 percent and 38 percent of respondents said Amazon and Google were their most trusted brand.

Tom Hanks was the top brand for 34 percent of respondents and just 20 percent said President Trump topped their list.

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“It’s no secret that trust is key to brand success,” Morning Consult CEO Michael Ramlet said in a statement. “In today’s climate, every single day presents leaders with the opportunity to cultivate reliability — a key driver of trust.”

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Tom Hanks during the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 5, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Steve Granitz/WireImage)

The data, which comes from online surveys on approximately 2,000 brands and an average of 16,700 interviews per brand, found that “despite widespread societal distrust, brands remain largely well trusted by consumers,” adding that Amazon and Google even outrank “other institutions, public figures, and ideas.”

The research firm noted that there were stark differences in the most trustworthy brands depending upon age group. Millennials and Generation Z were more likely to trust technology companies. For Gen Z, Google, Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and PlayStation were the five most trusted brands, while Millennials said Google, the U.S. Postal Service, Amazon, PayPal and Netflix were their top five most trusted brands.

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By comparison, Generation X listed the USPS, Google, Amazon, Hershey and PayPal, whereas Baby Boomers trusted the USPS, UPS, Hershey, The Weather Channel and Cheerios the most.

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Despite their levels of trust from American consumers, Amazon and Google have come under intense scrutiny in recent months for a number of different mishaps.

Amazon reportedly tracked the location of attendees at one of its recent cloud computing conferences, disturbing some of the attendees, while Google has been slammed by lawmakers such as Sen. Josh Hawley R-Mo., over the tech giant’s “interference” in its search algorithms. Google says that changes to its search engine are designed to benefit users.

Fox News has reached out to the White House, Amazon and Google with requests for comment.

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Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this article.

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Waffle maker from Amazon is delivered with old, crusty waffle inside

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A California family that received a waffle maker from Amazon was stunned when they found an old, crusty waffle already inside of it.

Brian McCarthy, a Los Angeles-based photographer, posted a photo of the shocking discovery on Twitter the day after Christmas.

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“Wow, my mom sent my daughter a new waffle maker from @amazon and they sent us a used one with the FOOD STILL IN IT. Disgusting!” he tweeted Dec. 26.

“I guess @khadeeja_safdar, @deniseduana & @shaneshifflett of @WSJ are right. @amazon has no quality control,” he added, referring to a Wall Street Journal article warning of the potential horrors of ordering items from Amazon.

Soon after McCarthy’s tweet, a representative from Amazon’s Help Team reached out on Twitter to apologize for the error.

“We’re sorry to see the condition this item arrived in. It’s certainly not the experience we strive for!” tweeted @AmazonHelp. “So a member of our team to take a closer look at this, please ask you (sic) mom to sign in and provide all the order details here.”

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On Monday, the company that sells the waffle maker, Select Brands, also reached out to McCarthy to issue an apology.

“Mr. McCarthy, We are so sorry that you had this experience with one of our products. Select Brands maintains strong quality control processes,” the company tweeted. “We only ship firsthand goods and do not restock or resell returned or used goods.”

“We are aware that some retailers resell returned merchandise and also allow our products to be distributed through confusing third party marketplaces,” the company continued. “Once again, we extend our apologies and if there is anything we can do to assist in this matter, please do not hesitate to reach out.”

“@SelectBrands I do not believe you have any responsibility in this matter,” McCarthy replied. “This is clearly an issue with how @Amazon markets used products on their website as coming from ‘Amazon Services, Inc.,’ which appears to most shoppers as indistinguishable from ‘Amazon.’”

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McCarthy returned the waffle maker to Amazon and said he plans to buy the same item, but said this time he would purchase it from a brick-and-mortar store.

“My gripe is with what I believe is deceptive marketing from @Amazon and poor quality controls,” he added.

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Amazon driver refuses to deliver wine to 92-year-old grandmother without ID

Talk about taking your job seriously.

An Amazon delivery driver refused to give a customer a bottle of wine that was delivered to her because she did not have ID – despite the fact that she’s 92 years old.

The customer, Louise Wilkinson, was shockingly refused the bottle of Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry that her grandson Carl Jonston arranged to be delivered to her U.K. home, The Sun reports.

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Louise Wilkinson, 92, was shockingly refused a bottle of Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry that her grandson arranged to be delivered to her U.K. home. (Photo: iStock)

When the grandmother, who insisted she was of legal drinking age, explained that she did not have a driver’s license or a passport, the delivery driver took the package away.

The driver tried to deliver the wine bottle again the next day, but when Wilkinson showed him her bus pass, which has a picture of her on it, he still refused to give it to her.

“She is clearly old enough to drink and the second time she did have photo ID, but a bus pass isn’t on Amazon’s list of accepted identifications,” Jonston, the grandson, said. “I can understand that if you are lucky enough to look around 18 you should have to show ID. But my gran is 92. No one could be in any doubt that she’s old enough to drink.”

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He added: “But why can’t they be like in the supermarket where they just accept a visual check if you are clearly over 18. I don’t see why Amazon drivers can’t do the same.”

Amazon’s policy regarding purchasing alcohol states that valid photo ID and a signature from the recipient are required upon delivery for all customers.

“If the recipient is not over the age of 18 and has not been able to show valid photo identification, the item will be returned to Amazon for re-delivery the following day,” the policy says.

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Acceptable forms of photo ID include a passport, driver’s license, military ID card, a biometric immigration document or a photographic identity card bearing a national Proof of Age Standard Scheme (PASS) hologram.

Jonston said his grandmother was a bit disturbed by the incident, as “people that age get anxious when things don’t go to plan.”

He said he’ll instead seek a refund from Amazon and deliver the booze himself.

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Florida sheriff raps Amazon in porch pirate case involving one of its drivers

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A Florida sheriff said Friday Amazon offered his office no help tracking down one of its drivers who was caught on video stealing a package he had just delivered.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told Fox & Friends Friday three Amazon supervisors told his investigators to “send us a subpoena” to Delaware for the name and address of the driver suspected of being the porch pirate.

“We thought this would be a slow pitch,” Judd said. “You call Amazon up. We have the date. We have the time. We have the surveillance video. Hey give us his name and address and we’ll go out and arrest him because, after all, he’s stealing your stuff and he’s stealing your customer’s stuff off front porches.”

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Judd said his investigators broke the case themselves and arrested Jose Campos, 27, on Thursday on burglary and theft charges in connection with the theft of a package he delivered to an address in Davenport on Dec. 19.

“I’m a big fan of Amazon,” Judd told Fox & Friends. “We didn’t get two-day delivery.”

He said Amazon could have provided the information his deputies were seeking without a subpoena.

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The package Campos was accused of stealing was delivered to a gated community that has its own security guards.

The guards provided Judd’s investigators with Campos’ license plate, which helped track him down, Fox 13 Tampa reported.

Judd released surveillance video of the package theft last Sunday, saying only that the suspect was a driver for a third-party service. The video shows the driver snapping a photo confirming the package’s delivery to the recipient — and then walking off with it.

On the day of Campos’ arrest, Amazon issued a statement offering to apologize to Judd’s office.

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“We work regularly and closely with law enforcement across the country and are working to understand what occurred here, to make it right and to reach out to Polk County Sheriff’s office to apologize,” the statement said.

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Bloomberg News slammed for ‘hit piece’ on Sanders, Warren despite vow not to investigate 2020 Democrats

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Bloomberg News was taking heat Monday over what has been described as a “hit piece” about 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., despite the outlet’s controversial vow not to investigate the rivals of Bloomberg owner Michael Bloomberg, who is also running for president.

Last month, Bloomberg News drew criticism after its editorial board announced it would not investigate its CEO, who had just entered the 2020 race, nor any of his Democratic competitors in order to be “fair” to the candidates. But Monday’s report about the Sanders and Warren campaigns relying on Amazon — contradicting both candidates’ past attacks against the tech giant — had critics aiming anew at Bloomberg News.

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According to “federal campaign records reviewed by Bloomberg,” the Sanders campaign shelled out $233,348.51 and the Warren campaign spent $151,240.90 on Amazon purchases “in the first nine months of 2019, mostly on office supplies.” The report adds that Michael Bloomberg’s campaign finance records weren’t yet available because he had just entered the race in November.

The new Bloomberg article also lays out the Amazon “positions” of other Democrats running for president, as well as President Trump, and includes quotes about Amazon from the campaign trail.

“I stand in solidarity with the courageous Amazon workers engaging in a work stoppage against unconscionable working conditions,” Sanders had previously said.

“Amazon crushes small companies by copying the goods they sell on the Amazon Marketplace and then selling its own branded version,” Warren was on record saying.

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Journalists on social media widely mocked the Bloomberg report.

“LOL…when your boss/owner is running for president and your news organization runs stories like this. Disgraceful,” New York Magazine/HuffPo contributor Yashar Ali tweeted.

Bloomberg makes a few exceptions to its rule about not investigating Bloomberg’s opponents,” The Intercept DC bureau chief Ryan Grim reacted.

Even Sanders campaign speechwriter David Sirota slammed the report.

“Less than a month after Bloomberg said a conflict of interest meant it wouldn’t investigate 2020 Dem candidates, Bloomberg publishes a ridiculous hit piece on Mike Bloomberg’s biggest critics in the race (and yes, the story is utterly ridiculous),” Sirota wrote.

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Bloomberg News did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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You’re not paranoid. Your phone really is listening in.

The scene plays out like a thriller: you pull out your phone, and you see an ad for AirPods.

Wait a minute, you think. Didn’t I just have a conversation about AirPods with my friend? Like, a real conversation, spoken aloud? Is my phone… listening to me?

Why, yes, it probably is. When you use your default settings, everything you say may be recorded through your device’s onboard microphone. Our phones routinely collect our voice data, store it in a distant server, and use it for marketing purposes. This fact was kept quiet for some time, but this kind of targeted ad is gradually becoming common knowledge.

As a “prime” example, tap or click here to see what Amazon does with the voice data it harvests and how you can stop Alexa from listening.

Your phone isn’t the only device that’s watching and listening to you. The FBI warns hackers can take over your smart TV if you don’t secure it. Tap or click to learn how to take control of your privacy on your TV before it’s too late.

Before you ask, yes, it’s perfectly legal, and developers claim not to abuse this practice. But that doesn’t mean you have to like it; many people are startled to see ads for things they have only spoken about, not search for on their browsers. Luckily, there are ways to stop your devices from eavesdropping on you.

Whispering (marketing) campaigns

When you think about it, smartphones are equipped with an arsenal of monitoring equipment: multiple microphones and cameras are designed to absorb audio and video. While these tools may be useful for creating media, they are also a goldmine for advertisers.

In mid-2018, a reporter for Vice experimented to see just how closely smartphones listen to our conversations. To test his phone, the journalist spoke pre-selected phrases twice a day for five days in a row. Meanwhile, he monitored his Facebook feed to see if any changes occurred.

Sure enough, the changes seemed to arrive overnight. One of his test phrases involved going “back to university,” and by the next morning, the reporter saw ads for summer courses. He then changed up his test phrase to “cheap shirts,” and quickly saw advertisements for low-cost apparel on his Facebook feed.

This report triggered a wave of studies on the surveillance effects of social media platforms.

While not every study provided clear answers, a general sense of agreement on the matter was reached due to hints in the User Agreements of several apps and social media platforms. Tap or click for an easy way to spot what’s hiding in the User Agreement of your favorite platforms.

These user agreements explicitly state recorded audio may be used for targeted advertising purposes. Interestingly, such practices aren’t against the law. This action allows tech companies to push the privacy boundaries even further to encourage us to buy things we don’t need.

What can I do about being spied on?

If you’re not comfortable with targeted ads, there are ways to mitigate your smartphone’s spy power. That said, you may lose access to some handy features like wake words and voice assistants, so you’ll have to decide whether these features are worth sacrificing your privacy.

The biggest vulnerability comes from the “always-on” feature of most voice assistants. To pick up wake words like “Hey Siri,” the mic needs to remain on at all times – which means your phone is always listening.

The best place to start taking your privacy back is by turning off the “always-on” microphone features on your handset. Here’s how to do it.

Deactivate “Hey Siri”

Apple has come under fire for transcribing audio recordings of Siri users. The data is locally stored on your device and is uploaded once Siri is activated, so disabling this feature will at least make your Siri inputs shorter and more specific to your requests.

To turn off “Hey Siri,” navigate to your iOS device’s Settings, followed by Siri & Search. Then, toggle Listen for ‘Hey Siri to Off.

Disable “OK Google”

Every time you use “OK Google,” or use another voice-controlled function, your query is recorded, and the transcripts are saved to your Google account. Tap or click here to learn how to remove these recordings and other info you don’t want Google to store.

If you use Google Assistant on Android, open the Google Assistant Settings. Say, “OK Google” or hold down the phone’s home button, then tap the file drawer icon found on the upper right-hand corner, and tap the three-dot menu. Select More and choose Settings.

From this point, you’ll want to scroll down to the devices category and select your phone, then in the Google Assistant section near the top, tap the blue slider button to change it gray, which turns off Google Assistant.

Disable mic access for apps

Disabling the always-on microphone features from your phone isn’t enough for some apps like Facebook. The social site makes exceptions to the rule and will keep on listening unless you make the change.

This is just one of the many privacy settings you really should be using if you have a Facebook account. Tap or click for more ways to lock down your profile.

Here’s how you can turn audio recording off for Facebook, but the same steps apply for any app that uses the microphone:

iPhone

Go to Settings >> Facebook >> Settings in the sub-menu. Slide the Microphone switch to the left, so it turns from green to white. That turns it off. Alternatively, you can go to Settings >> Privacy >> Microphone then look for Facebook to do the same. Note that you can toggle the mic on and off for other apps, too.

Android

Open Settings, then choose Applications and Application Manager. Look for Facebook, and tap App Permissions, then toggle the microphone off.

Keep in mind, turning off Facebook’s microphone access will affect and disable certain features like Live Video. If you’re going to use these features, you will have to toggle the mic back on. Follow the same steps above, but make sure the toggle is set to On, and you’ll be good to go.

Bonus Tip for More Know-How:

Amazon has previously come under fire for violating the privacy of its users with Alexa. The famous voice assistant was revealed to be recording users’ inquiries and storing the recordings for human reviewers to analyze. The exposure caused Amazon to make several drastic changes to its products and privacy policy.

Tap or click here for 3 new Alexa privacy settings you need to know about.

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4 ways to get cash back on Amazon

For many of us, “holiday shopping” has become “searching Amazon.” Wish lists and automated suggestions make gift-giving a carefree experience. You can conceivably find presents for all your loved ones without stepping outside.

An Amazon Prime membership makes an easy stocking stuffer. Tap or click for 15 perks that come with an Amazon Prime membership.

Combing through the endless product listings can be exhausting. That’s why I’ve done the heavy lifting for you. Tap or click for my trusted product reviews and buying guides on all kinds of tech from smartwatches, phones, laptops, to headphones.

Since you’re shopping on Amazon, you might as well get money back for doing it. Let’s get started.

1. Use the credit card Amazon wants you to use

Amazon often advertises its credit cards, promising cash back. There are a lot of benefits that come with an Amazon card, but they vary by type.

First, there is the Amazon Reward Visa Signature card. With it, you’ll receive 3% back when you shop at Amazon and Whole Foods Markets. You’ll also get 2% back at restaurants, gas stations, and drugstores. Plus, you get 1% back on all other purchases.

The second option is for those who are Prime members: the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature card. With this card, you’ll get 5% back when you shop at Amazon and Whole Food markets, which is 2% more than non-Prime members receive. Just like the card for non-Prime members, this one will also give you 2% back at restaurants, gas stations, and drugstores. All other purchases will earn you 1% back.

Amazon also lets you use your cashback balance on future Amazon purchases. Just link your card to your account, and when you buy stuff on Amazon, it’ll give you an option to apply your cashback balance to the new purchase.

As you shop, Amazon ads may pop up more often than usual. Tap or click here to turn off those nosy advertisements.

2. Other credits cards that offer rewards

There are plenty of other cards out there to choose from that offer rewards on Amazon.

For example, Discover has a cashback offer that will help you save money. You can earn 5% back on up to $1,500 in purchases in various categories throughout the year, along with 1% back on general purchases.

During the holiday shopping season this year, Amazon is one of those qualifying categories. From October through December, you’ll get 5% back on all purchases made through Amazon.

Another is Bank of America’s Cash Rewards Credit Card. You can earn 3% back in the category of your choice. Choose from gas, online shopping, dining, travel, drug stores, and more. If you want to get the 3% back from Amazon, you’ll need to select online shopping as your category. You’ll also get 2% back at grocery stores and wholesale clubs, plus 1% back on all other purchases.

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3. Use a cash back website

Cash back websites are relatively simple. Just sign up for a free account, and when you complete a purchase with any of the site’s participating merchants, you get cash back. It’s just like using a coupon, except you earn money back after the purchase has been successfully completed and tracked.

A key example is TopCashback. You can earn cash back on your purchases. You can browse the TopCashBack site and choose from thousands of retailers, including Amazon, and exclusive cashback offers. Click through to your favorite retailers and shop like normal. The retailer pays TopCashBack a commission for your purchase, and it adds this as cash back to your earnings.

You can earn more by using the TopCashBack app where you’ll find coupons, in-store coupons, and instant account access. The app is available free for both Apple and Android gadgets.

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4. Find rebates on Rakuten

If you’re not familiar with the name Rakuten, you may recognize “Ebates.” When Ebates re-branded, it took on the name Rakuten.

You can sign up free with a Gmail account or link to Facebook. There are typically signup bonuses, such as a free $10 Amazon gift card or similar promotions. Once you’re in, you can shop at over 2,500 stores and earn up to 40% back on your purchases.

Stores pay Rakuten a commission to get eyes on certain items, and Rakuten shares the commission with you in the form of cash. You can also get cash back through Rakuten when you shop Amazon. Tap or click to learn more about Rakuten and other apps that pay you to shop.

There are some special terms to adhere to, including cash back is only available for select departments, and it’s not available on gift cards, Prime memberships, wine, or more.

Bonus Tip: Shop Amazon’s Warehouse Deals

For second-hand goods, Amazon Warehouse stocks lightly used products that are still functional, but don’t qualify as “new.” Conditions range from “Refurbished,” “Like New” and “Very Good,” down to “Acceptable,” and the product information includes notes on what defects or blemishes to expect on a particular item.

As you might expect, you’ll find a treasure trove of electronics from video games and widescreen TVs to smartwatches and Bluetooth speakers.

This marketplace does have its risks. The items aren’t in perfect condition, and most electronics do not come with warranties. Amazon does honor a generous return policy, and you can sometimes procure a warranty or protection plan from SquareTrade, depending on the item.

Tap or click here to see deals on the Amazon warehouse storefront page.

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AOC blasted for ‘misleading’ tweet taking ‘victory lap’ over new Amazon jobs in New York City

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was slammed on Friday night over what critics say is a “misleading” tweet touting a new report about Amazon bringing jobs to New York City.

Last summer, Ocasio-Cortez waged war against Amazon after the retail giant struck a deal with the state of New York to open a second headquarters in New York City, which would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, in exchange for $3 billion in state and local subsidies. Ultimately, Amazon backed out of the deal.

However, it was reported Friday that Amazon was leasing a 335,000-square-foot office space in Manhattan that is set to bring more than 1,500 jobs into the city.

Ocasio-Cortez celebrated the news on Twitter.

“Won’t you look at that: Amazon is coming to NYC anyway – *without* requiring the public to finance shady deals, helipad handouts for Jeff Bezos, & corporate giveaways,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Maybe the Trump admin should focus more on cutting public assistance to billionaires instead of poor families.”

She also posted a picture of herself sitting on the couch with the caption: “Me waiting on the haters to apologize after we were proven right on Amazon and saved the public billions.”

AOC CALLED OUT AFTER CLAIMING TRUMP FOOD-STAMP REVISIONS MIGHT HAVE LEFT HER FAMILY ‘STARVED”

Many took exception to the “victory lap” the freshman congresswoman made and pointed to the math of the jobs that were still lost from her battle with Amazon.

“Another day, another viral misleading tweet from AOC. Amazon is leasing office space in Manhattan for 1,500 employees, which is 6% of the 25,000 jobs its HQ2 in Queens (her district) was supposed to add,” The Daily Caller’s Peter Hasson said.

“AOC could have had 25,000 jobs in her district from Amazon, but now, Amazon is only offering 1,500 jobs using rental space OUTSIDE her district. She’s taking a victory lap for a 94% loss in jobs in NYC and 25,000 job loss in her district. Socialist logic is incredible,” political strategist Caleb Hull wrote.

This isn’t the first controversy Ocasio-Cortez stirred up on Twitter this week.

The Democratic “Squad” member received pushback Thursday after claiming her family “might’ve just starved” had the Trump administration‘s tightened requirements for food stamp recipients been in place when her father died in 2008.

Critics claimed the freshman congresswoman misrepresented the new rule, pointing out that it applies only to childless, able-bodied adults under 50.

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The U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) finalized the first of three proposed rules targeting the Supplemental Nutrition Program, known as SNAP. The plan announced Wednesday will limit states from exempting work-eligible adults from having to maintain steady employment in order to receive benefits.

Ocasio-Cortez, 30, responded to the announcement on Twitter on Thursday.

“My family relied on food stamps (EBT) when my dad died at 48. I was a student. If this happened then, we might’ve just starved. Now, many people will,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It’s shameful how the GOP works overtime to create freebies for the rich while dissolving lifelines of those who need it most.”

The New York Democrat was 19 and about to begin her sophomore year at Boston University when her father, Sergio Ocasio, died of lung cancer. It is likely her mother still would have claimed her as a dependent at that time.

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Several critics challenged the congresswoman, including The Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington-based think tank, writing: “The rule applies to able-bodied adults between the ages of 18 and 49 who do not have dependents. The rule wouldn’t apply to parents with minor children, the elderly, or disabled people.”

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace contributed to this report. 

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AOC blasted for ‘misleading’ tweet taking ‘victory lap’ over new Amazon jobs in New York City

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was slammed on Friday night over what critics say is a “misleading” tweet touting a new report about Amazon bringing jobs to New York City.

Last summer, Ocasio-Cortez waged war against Amazon after the retail giant struck a deal with the state of New York to open a second headquarters in New York City, which would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, in exchange for $3 billion in state and local subsidies. Ultimately, Amazon backed out of the deal.

However, it was reported Friday that Amazon was leasing a 335,000-square-foot office space in Manhattan that is set to bring more than 1,500 jobs into the city.

Ocasio-Cortez celebrated the news on Twitter.

“Won’t you look at that: Amazon is coming to NYC anyway – *without* requiring the public to finance shady deals, helipad handouts for Jeff Bezos, & corporate giveaways,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Maybe the Trump admin should focus more on cutting public assistance to billionaires instead of poor families.”

She also posted a picture of herself sitting on the couch with the caption: “Me waiting on the haters to apologize after we were proven right on Amazon and saved the public billions.”

AOC CALLED OUT AFTER CLAIMING TRUMP FOOD-STAMP REVISIONS MIGHT HAVE LEFT HER FAMILY ‘STARVED”

Many took exception to the “victory lap” the freshman congresswoman made and pointed to the math of the jobs that were still lost from her battle with Amazon.

“Another day, another viral misleading tweet from AOC. Amazon is leasing office space in Manhattan for 1,500 employees, which is 6% of the 25,000 jobs its HQ2 in Queens (her district) was supposed to add,” The Daily Caller’s Peter Hasson said.

“AOC could have had 25,000 jobs in her district from Amazon, but now, Amazon is only offering 1,500 jobs using rental space OUTSIDE her district. She’s taking a victory lap for a 94% loss in jobs in NYC and 25,000 job loss in her district. Socialist logic is incredible,” political strategist Caleb Hull wrote.

This isn’t the first controversy Ocasio-Cortez stirred up on Twitter this week.

The Democratic “Squad” member received pushback Thursday after claiming her family “might’ve just starved” had the Trump administration‘s tightened requirements for food stamp recipients been in place when her father died in 2008.

Critics claimed the freshman congresswoman misrepresented the new rule, pointing out that it applies only to childless, able-bodied adults under 50.

PELOSI SUGGESTS AMID TRUMP IMPEACHMENT, ‘THE ARTS’ WILL HELP HEAL AMERICA

The U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) finalized the first of three proposed rules targeting the Supplemental Nutrition Program, known as SNAP. The plan announced Wednesday will limit states from exempting work-eligible adults from having to maintain steady employment in order to receive benefits.

Ocasio-Cortez, 30, responded to the announcement on Twitter on Thursday.

“My family relied on food stamps (EBT) when my dad died at 48. I was a student. If this happened then, we might’ve just starved. Now, many people will,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It’s shameful how the GOP works overtime to create freebies for the rich while dissolving lifelines of those who need it most.”

The New York Democrat was 19 and about to begin her sophomore year at Boston University when her father, Sergio Ocasio, died of lung cancer. It is likely her mother still would have claimed her as a dependent at that time.

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Several critics challenged the congresswoman, including The Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington-based think tank, writing: “The rule applies to able-bodied adults between the ages of 18 and 49 who do not have dependents. The rule wouldn’t apply to parents with minor children, the elderly, or disabled people.”

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace contributed to this report. 

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