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The Price is Right…If You’re a Drag Queen

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The decades old game show, The Price Is Right, you know the one – where men dress up as women?

I’ll take what’s behind door number three and that dude in the miniskirt!  

No thanks…  

Next week, a prime-time special version of the iconic game show “The Price Is Right” will air featuring drag queen RuPaul playing to raise money for Planned Parenthood.

The Price Is Right first aired in 1956, hosted by Bill Cullen. In 1972, it was revamped with new host Bob Barker; in 2007 Carey became the new host.

Life News pointed out that in 2017, RuPaul  told Marie Claire magazine that his mother used to work at Planned Parenthood, stating, “Women in our culture have been so marginalized and so really beaten down. We live in a masculine-dominated culture. How dare some man tell a woman what to do with her body. That is outrageous! Outrageous. As a human, that is a big issue for me that really strikes a chord.”

Earlier this year, the NFL’s Super Bowl aired an ad from Sabra that featured two drag queens, Kim Chi and Miz Cracker, from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Jason Levine, chief marketing officer for Sabra, said, “We’re bringing a diverse group of personalities to the table and demonstrating just how incredibly versatile, relevant and relatable hummus is today. We think we’ve got something for everyone,” reported Ad Week.

NBC News spoke to Bob Witeck, a marketing specialist who focuses on reaching LGBTQ audiences; he enthused that the drag queen ad was “revolutionary,” adding, “For queer audiences, it is an art form and an ‘outsiders’ language. Reaching the Super Bowl means taking our language into every home in the nation and millions around the world.”

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The Trump

The White House will not be altering its hardline approach when it comes to pushing for the complete invalidation of the Affordable Care Act, President Trump said Wednesday, amid reports that Attorney General Bill Barr had been urging him to back off and focus instead of specific parts of it.

The fate of the law commonly known as ObamaCare goes into the hands of the Supreme Court in the fall in a case brought by a group of Republican-led states, and the Trump administration had until Wednesday to change its position.

 “We’re not doing anything. In other words, we’re staying with the group,” Trump told reporters Wednesday. “ObamaCare is a disaster, but we’ve run it very well. And we’ve made it barely acceptable. It was a disaster under President [Barack] Obama and it’s very bad health care. What we want to do is terminate it and give great health care.”

The president said he intends “to replace Obamacare with great health care at a lesser price and preexisting conditions will be included, and you won’t have the individual mandate, which was expensive and terrible and very unfair to everybody.”

Addressing a question about Barr urging him to take a more lenient approach, Trump insisted that the two are on the same page.

“I don’t know about that suggestion,” the president said. “I think I’ve spoken a lot about this to Bill Barr and we’re totally in lockstep with all of the many states that want to see much better health care.”

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Market Minders

Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia said on Wednesday that the American economy is “well-positioned” to rebound after the coronavirus-related economic shutdowns are lifted across the country.

“As the president said, we are in a war, a war that has drawn on Americans across the country in a way I don’t think we’ve seen since World War II,” Scalia told “America’s Newsroom.”

Scalia credited the United States’ “incredible productive capacity” for winning two world wars, saying the same type of effort is helping the country turn the corner in slowing the spread of coronavirus.

“Not just what we did at the front lines, but you know, Rosie the Riveter. What we did at home and the ingenuity, the creativity, the energy in the private sector,” Scalia said.

Scalia said that “somewhere near 90 percent of people who have gone on unemployment said that they expect to return to their jobs.”

 “We know that some will be quicker than others. But, we came into this economic downturn very suddenly because of public health measures and that gives me hope that we can come out of it quickly to the very strong economy that we had under the president’s policies just weeks ago.

“I think we are well-positioned,” Scalia added.

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How about this?!

Even though Amazon reported an earnings miss in the first quarter of 2020, its sales grew from 10% last year to 32% this year, as more and more consumers shopped online to avoid physical stores.

But while the online sales giant reported massive growth, it still has to prioritize customer orders with the needs of every day people staying in due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Assets used to deliver Amazon’s wares will be used for essential items first. If your order isn’t some kind of essential item, it may be delayed.

That’s why Amazon needs more delivery assets. And it wants American military veterans to be those assets.

Rather than simply hiring veterans to be part of Amazon delivery systems, the retailer wants to instead train veterans to start their own delivery companies and contract their services out to Amazon.

Amazon’s Delivery Service Partner (DSP) program is designed to help veterans build a delivery service business from the ground up in order to deliver packages in their local areas. Since beginning the program in 2018, the retail giant has trained 800 entrepreneurs who have hired some 75,000 workers.

A full one-third of those business owners are veterans. The investment in veterans has paid off so much for Amazon that the company wants even more veterans running Smile packages in their hometowns. It has set aside $5 million for startup costs and up to $10,000 in reimbursements for veterans looking to start their own companies.

No experience is required. Amazon will help aspiring veterans with that part of the business.

Amazon said each DSP will operate 20-40 vans and hire 40-100 employees to manage the logistics of deliveries 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And Amazon practically does all the leg work of getting set up with a delivery service center. The rest is up to you.

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