How socialist Kshama Sawant triumphed over Amazon in its own backyard | US news

A single step inside the socialist Kshama Sawant’s office on the second floor of City Hall in downtown Seattle and a visitor knows exactly where the newly re-elected city council member stands politically. One wall is plastered with every imaginable poster on policies she’s pushed for, including rent control and $15 an hour minimum wage. […]

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BT Sport retain Champions League TV rights with latest big-money deal

BT Sport retain Champions League TV rights with latest big-money deal

BT Sport are set to retain the Champions League rights for another three years. They are ready to pay in excess of £1.2 billion for a three-year deal starting in 2021 after beating off competition from Sky and ITV, while Amazon were also interested. UEFA are likely to announce the new deal on Friday after […]

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Bribed … the key to gaining coveted ‘Amazon’s Choice’ label | Money

I ordered a key finder from Amazon and found a card in the box offering a $10 voucher in return for a five-star rating provided I did not mention this “rebate activity”! Now I understand why it got such good reviews. AS, France The item was sold by China-based firm Reekede Direct and fulfilled by […]

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Socialist claims victory in Seattle election contested by Amazon-backed challenger

Socialist claims victory in Seattle election contested by Amazon-backed challenger

A socialist politician in Seattle has declared victory, after Jeff Bezos and Amazon poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into a local election to support “business friendly” candidates.   Kshama Sawant, 46, has celebrated with supporters after a late surge saw her pass the person seeking to oust her from Seattle’s city council. That person, […]

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Blow to Amazon as Seattle socialist looks to have triumphed in key vote | US news

In a blow to Amazon, the socialist candidate Kshama Sawant appeared on Saturday to have beaten the business-backed Egan Orion for a seat on Seattle city council, despite an unprecedented financial effort from the tech giant. Amazon is headquartered in the city. It ploughed $1.5m into the city council election through a political action committee […]

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Why did Amazon spend $1.5m in Seattle’s local elections? | Hamilton Nolan | Opinion

In just systems of representative politics, the representatives represent people. All the people. Not just the people with the right bloodlines, as in an aristocracy; not just the people of a certain religion, as in a theocracy; and not artificial lines drawn on a map with no regard for the number of people therein, as […]

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Seattle race between socialist and Amazon-backed candidate too close to call | US news

A Seattle city council race between socialist Kshama Sawant and business-backed Egan Orion that saw unprecedented financial contributions from Amazon and some of its top executives was too close to call on Wednesday – although Orion was ahead in early counting. The tech giant, which is headquartered in the city, funneled $1.5m into the local […]

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Amazon accused of ‘callous disrespect’ to voters for spending $1.5m on local election candidates it favours

Amazon accused of ‘callous disrespect’ to voters for spending $1.5m on local election candidates it favours

Amazon – which pays no federal taxes in the US – has been accused of being “callously disrespectful” to voters in Seattle after it emerged it had spent $1.5m in contributions to local election candidates it considers “pro-business”. The elections for Seattle’s nine-member city council, which has an annual budget of just $5.9bn are usually […]

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Amazon Alexa may have recorded moment woman was killed during row with boyfriend

Amazon Alexa may have recorded moment woman was killed during row with boyfriend

Police believe two Amazon Alexa smart speaker devices may have captured audio of the moment a man killed his girlfriend. Officers in Hallandale Beach in Florida, US, told local media they had received recordings from Amazon after beginning an investigation into Adam Reechard Crespo. The 43-year-old has been charged with murder after the death of […]

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Amazon considering suing over loss of $10bn Pentagon contract, after Trump's attacks on Bezos

Amazon considering suing over loss of $10bn Pentagon contract, after Trump’s attacks on Bezos

If Amazon decides to fight the Pentagon’s decision to award a highly contested $10bn (£7.8bn) cloud computing contract to Microsoft, it could act as early as next week. A challenge to the US Defence Department’s award announced on Friday is widely expected by legal experts, analysts and consultants, especially after Donald Trump publicly derided Amazon’s […]

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