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Trump Has Spent Millions More of the Public’s Money Golfing in Three Years Than Obama Did in Eight

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Biden Waffles On Potential Senate Subpoena After Saying He’d Defy It

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Former Vice President Joe Biden appeared to — sort of — walk back a statement he made Friday that he would refuse to testify at the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump — even if he was subpoenaed.  

“I would honor whatever the Congress in fact legitimately asked me to do,” Biden told CBS News on Saturday. He said he didn’t expect a subpoena from the Senate, which will hold the trial. But when asked whether he’d challenge an order to testify, Biden said he would “cross that bridge when it comes.”

In a meeting Friday with the editorial board of the Des Moines Register, Biden stood by his earlier promise that he would refuse to comply with such a subpoena.

He told the newspaper that his appearance would be a distraction designed to “take the focus off” Trump.

“This guy violated the Constitution,” he added, referring to Trump pressuring Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son in exchange for military aid, which Trump was withholding at the time. Because of that, Biden said any subpoena would be based on “specious grounds.” 

But in a tweet Saturday, Biden aimed to “clarify” his remarks.

“In my 40 years in public life, I have always complied with a lawful order and in my eight years as VP, my office — unlike Donald Trump and Mike Pence — cooperated with legitimate congressional oversight requests,” he wrote.

But he also suggested that a subpoena from the Senate would not be legal — leaving it unclear whether he would comply or not.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is among Biden’s competitors for the Democratic nomination, told New York Times reporter Astead Herndon that “if there is a lawfully issued order for a subpoena, then [Biden] should comply — and I assume he will.”

Warren added that, for now, the focus should be on the multiple subpoenas that Trump administration officials have ignored.

The Republicans have tried to shift focus away from Trump’s behavior by suggesting that Biden and his son, who served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company while Biden was vice president, committed some sort of wrongdoing. There is no evidence supporting that accusation.

If Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gets his way, it will be a speedy impeachment trial without any witnesses, and a subpoena for Biden to testify would be unlikely. But Democrats are pushing for a full trial with witnesses, including White House officials who know the details of the president’s relationship with Ukraine.

The House earlier this month approved two articles of impeachment against Trump for abusing his power and obstructing Congress after he pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Biden.

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Trump account removes retweet of link to article naming alleged whistleblower

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President Trump’s Twitter account has removed a retweet that contained a link to an article naming the purported Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) whistleblower who helped trigger impeachment proceedings.

The removal comes two days after the retweet generated widespread attention, for essentially referencing a name that has mostly been kept out of congressional hearings and media reports.

The original tweet in question, which remained posted on the “Trump War Room” account as of Friday night, links to a Washington Examiner article from Dec. 3.

BIDEN VOWS TO DEFY ANY SUBPOENA FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SENATE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL

“It’s pretty simple. The CIA ‘whistleblower’ is not a real whistleblower!” the original tweet read. It included a video montage of media figures and politicians discussing the existence of the deep state.

The tweet was a response to the whistleblower’s lawyer, Mark Zaid, who called for his client to be protected by the Senate in the upcoming impeachment trial.

HOUSE VOTES TO IMPEACH TRUMP OVER UKRAINE DEALINGS, AS PELOSI FLOATS HOLDING UP SENATE TRIAL

The House voted Dec. 18 to impeach Trump for “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has yet to send the two articles to the Senate for a trial.

Throughout the impeachment process, speculation about the whistleblower’s identity has continued to grow.

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Trump and key congressional Republicans have reportedly called for the whistleblower to be unmasked, while Democrats have argued against publicizing the whistleblower’s identity for fear of putting their safety in jeopardy.

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Florida veteran gets dying wish to make a snow angel

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Vietnam veteran and Florida resident Albert Septien achieved his dying wish of making a snow angel after he was diagnosed with stage four melanoma, following his exposure to Agent Orange during his service in the Army.

Septien’s cousin, Joe Maestre, asked him what he wanted for Christmas this year following his cancer diagnosis. When Septien said he wanted to make a snow angel, Maestre said: “Well, you got it.”

On Christmas Eve in Tampa, crews worked all morning to shred bags of ice into eight tons of snow so Septien could live out his dream, and the display brought him to tears.

“I don’t think there are words to explain it,” Maestre said. “The look on his face, the feeling in his heart, the tears that he had. This has been the most wonderful day in the last year.”

NAVY SEAL WHO SURVIVED 37 SURGERIES TELLS TALE OF REDEMPTION AND SHARES HOW HE OVERCAME ADVERSITY

Septien, who was diagnosed in May, served in Vietnam for one year and worked to recover bodies after the Tet Offensive ended in 1968, according to Fox 13.

“This year has been hell because I have never been sick in my life and now here I am,” he said.

Septien was born in Cuba and was raised in Connecticut and New York. He grew up with snow as a child but has been without it for years, following his move down south.

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He also said the snow helped soothe the burning sensation he gets from the cancer treatments.

“When I laid down in that snow, it felt really good,” Septien added.

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Leading House Dem claims Senate GOP ‘breaking the rules’ by working with White House on impeachment

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Progressive Caucus co-chair Mark Pocan, D-Wis., accused Senate Republicans of “breaking the rules” on Friday as he discussed their coordination with the White House in planning for a trial following the House’s impeachment vote.

“[Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell already said that he’s working hand-in-hand with the White House on this,” Pocan said. “He’s not an impartial juror. That’s, again, breaking the rules that exist.”

Pocan made the comments to CNN on Friday, this as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., faced criticism over her decision to withhold two articles of impeachment from the Senate.

According to Pocan, Pelosi was “simply trying to get the Senate to follow the rules so that the American people can really see the truth front and center.” He said that Senate Republicans needed to let White House officials testify in a would-be removal trial.

MCCONNELL HIT FOR IMPEACHMENT COORDINATION WITH TRUMP — BUT DEMS DID THE SAME WITH CLINTON

Pocan’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Pocan also took issue with President Trump refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas, something he said was “illegal.”

LEADING HOUSE DEM DEFENDS PELOSI, BLAMES MCCONNELL FOR DELAY IN SENATE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL

McConnell has objected to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s demands for subpoenas, claiming it is not the Senate’s job to collect facts going into an impeachment trial — maintaining that was the role of the House impeachment inquiry.

“What I’ve been advocating to Senator [Chuck] Schumer is exactly the same way we handled the Clinton impeachment 20 years ago, which he [Schumer] voted for,” McConnell previously told Fox News.

During former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, Senate Democrats similarly coordinated with the White House.

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Pelosi’s delay was absurd, McConnell argued.

“She apparently believes she can tell us how to run the trial,” McConnell told “Fox & Friends,” arguing that transmitting articles of impeachment once adopted is mandated by the Constitution.

“We can’t do anything until the speaker sends the papers over, so everybody enjoy the holidays,” he added.

Fox News’ Joshua Nelson and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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Rick McDaniel: We all have regrets – But you can change your life by pursuing your dreams with 2020 vision

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Do you have any regrets about 2019? I think everyone does. You can’t do everything right. We all make mistakes. With more life experience comes greater insight about choices we’ve made or actions we’ve taken.

In the new year we have another opportunity to live with “no regrets.” It’s a mantra I heard many times in my athletic career. It always motivated me. And made me want to give maximum effort. I’ve carried it with me throughout my adult life.

But it turns out that what we regret most is not what we’ve done but what we didn’t do. Cornell University psychologists surveyed hundreds of participants in six studies asking them to name their biggest regret in life. Seventy-six percent said it was not fulfilling their ideal self.

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The researchers identified three elements that make up a person’s sense of self. Your actual self consists of the qualities you believe you possess. Your ought self is the person you feel you should be with your responsibilities and obligations. And your ideal self is made up of the qualities you want to have.

In other words, when it comes to our dreams and aspirations we fail to act on them and then later in life we are filled with regret about it. We are quicker to take steps to rectify failures with our responsibilities and obligations than to fulfill our dreams and goals.

In the short-term we regret our actions more than our inactions but in the long-term it is the inaction that leads to greater regret.

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It’s vital to act on our hopes and dreams. Putting them off indefinitely will positively lead to regret later. This new year provides a clean slate and a marvelous opportunity. Don’t leave it for tomorrow. Act today.

But those pesky responsibilities and obligations can get in the way. The things we “ought” to do keep us from doing what we dream about. The key is a “both/and” versus “either/or” way of thinking.

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It is absolutely possible to take care of your responsibilities and also pursue your dreams. People have done it for centuries. It will take creativity and flexibility but it can be done. And if you don’t you will regret it.

Having a vision for your life is the beginning point. It may be a shameless pun but you need 2020 vision. An excellent definition of vision is seeing the invisible. Unlike physical vision, this vision is something you can see for your life but it is not yet visible in your life.

You have to love the vision, protect the vision and resource the vision. You have to love the vision so much you won’t give up on it, you have to protect the vision so it won’t die and you have to resource the vision or can never be realized. And then you can watch your dreams come true.

When you act on your vision you will experience opposition. People will usually try to hinder your dream through criticism and discouragement. But don’t let it stop you. Your dream may tap into the insecurities of others and they react with words of criticism or take actions to discourage you.

Instead of becoming discouraged – choose courage. Act in spite of the opposition. Let the pursuit of your dream shape you. The pain will make you more compassionate, the struggle will make you more patient, the support will make you humbler.

You will have to resist the temptation to take shortcuts. And be committed for the long haul so you don’t abandon your dream. Too many give up and settle into the drab routine of obligations and responsibilities. And then later they regret it.

Your vision can become reality. Maybe you have experienced some tough times. Your spouse has left you, your child is rebelling, you’ve lost your job. It’s not the end of your dream. You can dream again, you can still live your best life.

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Write the book you’ve been thinking about for years, open the business you’ve always wanted to start, pursue the career that is your true passion. Whatever the vision is for your life – act on it now.

Make 2020 the year. You won’t regret it.

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Four-Star U.S. Army General Slams Trump’s Behavior in Navy SEAL Controversy: If He Was a General, ‘We’d Fire Him’

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Spotify Becomes Latest Tech Company To Hit Pause On Political Ads

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Spotify announced Friday that it will stop the sale of political ads on the streaming platform. The move follows similar decisions by other tech giants, including Twitter and Google.

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Spotify announced on Friday that it will no longer sell political advertisements for its streaming service starting in early 2020, according to Ad Age.

The change will apply to the company’s ad-supported music streaming service and its podcasts. As Ad Age reported, it will only affect the U.S. because it is the only country where the company has sold political ads previously.

This move by Spotify follows similar decisions by Twitter and Google ahead of the 2020 presidential election. In October, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that the social media platform would halt political advertising worldwide.

In November, Google released its own updated policies around political ads, saying they would be allowed, but that advertisers would only be able to target to audiences using general categories of age, gender and postal code.

In Spotify’s statement to Ad Age, the company did not rule out the possibility of running political ads in the future.

“At this point in time, we do not yet have the necessary level of robustness in our process, systems and tools to responsibly validate and review this content,” the company said in a statement. “We will reassess this decision as we continue to evolve our capabilities.”

In contrast, Facebook has said it will continue to allow political ads as it has, despite pressure from lawmakers, civil rights groups and some of the company’s own employees.

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Dan Gainor: 2019 was American journalism’s worst year ever – Here are 7 reasons why

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American journalism experienced its worst year ever in 2019, marked by bias, hatred and incompetence in the left-wing media.

From coverage of the phony Russia collusion narrative, to the hit job on Covington Catholic High School students, to the media-led impeachment fiasco, the year was one of unparalleled bias.

The year was the “Cats” of journalism – filled with stars and promise, but ultimately both creepy and embarrassingly bad. (Those of you who just pictured NBC Political Director Chuck Todd dressed as a cat can thank me for that lasting “Memory.”)

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Unfortunately, we can expect journalism to get even worse in 2020, as the anti-Trump media do whatever they can to keep the president from being reelected.

As we end 2019, we can look back at these seven worst media failures:

Impeachment

President Trump’s impeachment wouldn’t have happened without an activist press leading the way.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said repeatedly she didn’t want to impeach Trump, knowing that the Republican-controlled Senate would never convict him and realizing the pointless exercise would hurt Democrats in the 2020 election.

Bit Democrats bowed to their most-strident supporters – journalists. This is why the news media celebrated the impeachment across nearly all outlets. And the allegedly neutral Washington Post political staff sent out a “Merry Impeachmas” tweet while they sat around with drinks, guacamole and smiles.

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But now even some journalists realize they might have gone too far. Todd told the MSNBC audience that he was worried Trump would get out of jail free, just like O.J. Simpson: “I’m having a quick flashback to the O.J. trial,” he said.

Hatred of Trump

The left-wing media hate Trump more than they hate anyone. It’s the foundation of everything they do, from Twitter snark to promoting the bogus impeachment.

Left-wing journalists have repeatedly compared Trump to the worst people in history.

MSNBC host Donny Deutsch told viewers that Trump had “so many stunning parallels to what Hitler was doing in the early ’30s.” Then he added one of the memorably stupid comments of 2019: “I’m not saying Trump is going to slaughter 6 million Jews, but …”

The media also hate Trump supporters. CNN Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter is one of many journalists who have referred to Trump voters as the “Trump cult.” He even inquired if the president was using “mind control.”

The worst of Times

The New York Times made news the wrong way when the paper ran a legitimate headline about Trump in August. The headline in the print edition of the newspaper was only five words: “TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM.” (Yep, he did.)

Left-wing critics chimed in almost immediately, outraged that the accurate headline didn’t bash the president sufficiently. Everyone from Democratic presidential candidates to radical Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., skewered the paper.

Even its own staff. New York Magazine and HuffPost Contributor Yashar Ali tweeted that Times staffers “feel like their hard work is being sullied by a horrible headline.” They blamed it Executive Editor Dean Baquet.

Baquet caved first on the headline. The Times changed it in later editions to “ASSAILING HATE BUT NOT GUNS.”

Then Baquet tried to mollify his staff by saying that the new narrative at the paper would be to hype racism, which we’ve already seen in the paper’s much-criticized 1619 Project.

Wag the dog

Few incidents show the collapse of journalism ethics more than ABC’s attempt to hype Turkey’s attack on the Kurds in Syria. The goal appeared to be to embarrass President Trump – who had pulled U.S. troops from the Kurdish-controlled portion Syria – and possibly draw the U.S. into war.

ABC’s Tom Llamas told the “ABC World News Tonight” audience that Trump was “effectively abandoning America’s allies in the fight against ISIS.” ABC then broadcast a video that Llamas said appeared to show “Turkey’s military bombing Kurdish civilians in a Syrian border town.”

Only it wasn’t. It was from a nighttime machine gun shoot held by a Kentucky gun range. The president mocked the “FAKE footage.” ABC apologized. But it ran the apology on its website and viewers never knew how badly the network fed them false information.

Teens are off-limits?

The same media pros who freak out when anyone dares criticize teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg were quick to slam an entire high school. Journalists especially blamed student Nicholas Sandmann for a confrontation that happened in January.

The Covington Catholic High School student was confronted by Native American activist Nathan Phillips, who began to beat a drum right in front of the teen’s face.

Several journalists and news outlets blamed Sandmann, even though he did nothing wrong. He was accused of the grand crime of smirking! CNN anchor Chris Cuomo called the Covington students “victims of their own choices.”

The journalistic witch hunt was based on a selectively edited video and the fact that Sandmann was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. The horrendous news coverage spawned multiple, well-deserved defamation lawsuits.

The Resistance

Journalists have elevated anyone who represents The Resistance against Trump. But no one got more star treatment than now-disgraced anti-Trump attorney Michael Avenatti, who represented adult film star Stormy Daniels in her case against Trump.

That all crashed to Earth when Avenatti was charged for attempting “to extort more than $20 million from Nike,” wrote CNN. It was a huge fall from grace for the CNN and MSNBC favorite guest.

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Avenatti appeared on TV news a whopping 254 times in a year  including 121 times on CNN and 108 on MSNBC. In one incredibly embarrassing 2018 interview, CNN’s Stelter even touted Avenatti as possible presidential timber.

Russia collusion

The Russia collusion narrative ran smack dab into reality this year. Journalists who spent at least 2,284 minutes on TV claiming the president was working with or for an American enemy failed to deliver any proof of their ridiculous claims.

As Politico explained: “Media stares down ‘reckoning’ after Mueller report underwhelms.” That was an understatement. It was a complete disaster – so bad that even prominent liberal journalists called out the media.

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The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald summed up the media’s failure: “This was the single biggest story the US media fixated on for *3 years* & got the crux of it totally & completely wrong in a very damaging way.”

Unfortunately, journalists haven’t learned a darn thing. And that summarizes 2019 as well as anything.

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The most viral — and bizarre — social media influencer stories of 2019

If you’re still asking what a social media influencer is in 2019, then you’re probably not alone.

One thing’s for sure: influencers and bloggers keep the Internet talking, and this year was no different. While their job titles may be questionable, their ability to drive “likes” and comments is undeniable.

Take a look back at some of the most viral influencer stories of the year.

Trash-talking mommy blogger

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Clemmie Hooper apologized for creating a fake account on a parenting site, where she trashed fellow influencers and her own husband. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

A popular mommy blogger from the U.K., Clemmie Hooper, made international headlines after she apologized for creating a fake account on a gossip site, where she trashed fellow influencers and even her own husband.

Hooper claimed she created the account to defend herself anonymously against negative comments about her online. The ordeal, however, took on a life of its own.

“It became all-consuming and it grew bigger than I knew how to handle. I regret it all and am deeply sorry — I know this has caused a lot of pain,” she said. “Engaging in this was a huge mistake.”

Vegan blogger goes back to meat

Fans of vegan influencer Alyse Parker were shocked when they learned that she had returned to eating meat and animal products — she even revealed she was healthier because of it.

“I had my own fair share of health struggles and eventually reached a breaking point where I was willing to try anything to function properly again,” she said.

“I swallowed my pride and decided I’d give it a shot,” she added. “Full-on carnivore. I woke up the next morning feeling more mentally clear, focused, wholesome and healthy than I had felt in years.”

Hunter mom decries death threats

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(Lucy Rose Jaine explained that hunting wild meat for food is “ideal, organic and sustainable.”  (Photo: Media Drum World))

Lucy Rose Jaine, a mother of three, went viral after revealing that she received death threats over posts of her posing with the carcasses of animals she hunts herself — also often showing some cleavage herself.

The 29-year-old mom said she and her family eat the animals they hunt because they’re opposed to eating meat from a factory farm.

“It’s free, it’s fun and it helps the farmers,” she said.

Plus-size blogger channels Meghan Markle

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Blogger Katie Sturino recreates Meghan Markle’s most memorable looks to show women they can be stylish in any size. (Photo: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images/Courtesy of Katie Sturino)

What better way to go viral than to recreate popular looks from the world’s most talked-about Royal?

Katie Sturino, a 36-year-old plus-size blogger, did a series of fashion shoots in which she dressed like the Duchess of Sussex.

“Women often feel that celebrity style is inspiring yet unattainable. Quite often because they feel that they need to be a size 0 to pull off the look,” Sturino told Fox News. “I want to show women that style has no size.”

Unfortunately, not everyone loved Sturino’s body-positivity recreations of Markle’s most famous looks. Some commenters made fun of her size and even accused her of promoting unhealthy bodies.

“There is a war on women’s bodies in the media and beyond,” she said to online haters. “It’s scary that a woman who is almost the average size in this country would be regarded with such shock!”

Mommy blogger admits to sex worker past

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A mommy blogger has come clean about her past as a sex worker after it was circulated by someone she said tried to discredit her. (Photo: iStock)

A mommy blogger came clean about her past as a sex worker after it was circulated online by someone she said tried to discredit her.

Candice Brathwaite, a popular U.K. blogger, shared with her followers that six years ago, she participated in a documentary about sex workers because “for a time, I was one myself.”

“It has come to light that something I was hoping, for the sake of my children, not to have to address (until later in my life when they are older), has been shared online and circulated to my professional partners by someone trying to discredit me,” Brathwaite said.

“Life is complicated. I can’t pretend I have all the answers but I am trying to be as transparent in this moment as I possibly can be,” she added. “If what I have done has caused harm and pain than I am truly sorry.”

Instagram star fails to sell T-shirts to millions of followers

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Influencer Arii’s hopes of starting an online fashion brand were dashed when her 2.6 million followers failed to buy the minimum number of T-shirts requisite for starting a collection.

The news sparked a discussion on the power of marketing and branding in the age of digital fame, with one Twitter critic going so far as to wonder if the “influencer bubble is bursting.”

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The 18-year-old social media personality lamented that no one “kept their word” in promising to buy her merchandise, and the clothing company she had worked with pulled their agreement when she wasn’t able to sell at least 36 T-shirts required to launch the line.

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