Ivanka Trump’s Brand Is Actually Selling Like Crazy Right Now

News about Ivanka Trump’s label—who’s dropped it, who’s still selling it, who’s boycotting it—has made pretty consistent appearances in headlines during the past few months. In early February, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus dropped her line; about a week later, Kellyanne Conway, adviser to President Donald Trump, gave it a shoutout on Fox News and encouraged viewers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff.” “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff is what I would tell you,” Conway said. “I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody.”

We’re not saying Conway’s very possibly illegal public endorsement worked—it made a lot of people upset—but last month, Ivanka’s brand sales were up. Way up. The latest figures from market research firm Slice Intelligence show that sales of her products on Amazon were up 332 percent in January and February compared to numbers from those months in 2016. Purchases from her line were also up 148 percent at Macy’s and almost a third at Bloomingdale’s. Lyst, a major fashion e-commerce retailer based in the U.K., also saw a huge shift: in terms of orders, Ivanka’s brand ranking jumped from 550th on the site in January to 11th in February with a 346 percent uptick in sales between the two months.

A spokesperson for Lyst told The Star that jumps like this usually correlated with current events (yep, pantsuit sales spiked—by 460 percent—last year, thanks to a certain female presidential candidate). It makes sense, then, that the beginning of February was a particular highlight, with “some of the best performing weeks in the history of the brand,” said Abigail Klem, president of Ivanka’s brand, in a statement on Friday. In some of its product categories, Klem said, those weeks set records. And among those days of those weeks would be February 9, the day that Conway called out the brand on national TV: Sales jumped 219 percent on Lyst.

Short spikes aside, what might really be helping Ivanka’s label is the fact that it’s pretty adjacent to the White House, which implies a certain sense of glamour, brand expert Eric Schiffer told CNN Money on Friday. (You know, like how whatever Kate Middleton’s wearing pretty much almost immediately sells out). Plus, a lot of women see her as relatable in an aspirational way. “She continues to represent the quintessential American woman that is successful, a mother, and beautiful, and they want that image for themselves,” Schiffer said. “But there’s also a lot of women who see her as tiedfer to someone who wants to take us back to the days of ‘Game of Thrones,’ and they’d rather buy from the devil.”

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GOP House leaders vow input on ObamaCare replacement but know changes could topple effort

Congress is like a computer system. Its constructs are binary — “0” and “1.” Yes and no.

Lawmakers are elected to office. Lawmakers are defeated for office.

Yes and no.

Members of Congress vote yes on a bill. They vote no on a bill.

Measures pass. Measures fail.

There is no middle ground.

And if both houses of Congress voted today, the Republican ObamaCare replacement bill would fail.

Yes and no.

And in this case, no.

That’s why House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is vaulting into the highest-octane sales pitch of his career. The next several weeks could define his speakership.

He must successfully advance a health care package, adopt a budget blueprint and avoid a government shutdown by the end of April. Lurking down the line are fracases over the debt limit and tax reform.

On Thursday morning, it was as though stagehands from the Broadway production of “Hamilton” showed up in the House Radio/TV Gallery studio to prepare for Ryan’s weekly press conference.

Radio/TV Gallery staffer Ryan Dahl ripped his suit jacket detaching and moving the bulky, wooden lectern where lawmakers usually field questions from reporters so Ryan could maneuver about the stage, not tethered to the podium. Other aides wheeled in a TV monitor and synched up cables so the speaker could use a remote clicker for a slide presentation.

Ryan entered, sans jacket, white shirt sleeves rolled up, exposing his forearms.

You know things are getting serious when a politician shows up for a photo-op or press conference with his shirt sleeves rolled up.

Everything went well for the speaker’s multi-media presentation with reporters. Ryan’s kids didn’t bound jauntily into the studio unexpected while he spoke.

His panicked wife didn’t slide across the floor Tom Cruise “Risky Business” style in stocking feet to extract the juvenile interlopers. But whether Ryan successfully marketed the health care bill to fellow conservatives is another story.

Republicans have campaigned on repealing and replacing ObamaCare for seven years. Just the fact that the speaker has to make such a carnival barker pitch to his own members speaks volumes.

“This is the closest we will ever get to repealing and replacing ObamaCare,” he said. “The time is here. The time is now. This is the moment. And this is the closest this will ever happen. It really comes down to a binary choice.”

In other words, yes or no. Lawmakers vote to repeal and replace ObamaCare with the current bill — or they don’t. A binary choice.

Skeptics could use a harsher phrase: “Take it or leave it.”

“Hitting the pause button is like hitting the status quo button,” House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, told Fox News.

President Trump promised at a meeting Friday of key House GOP committee chairmen: “We are going to get it done. … Something is going to happen very shortly.”

But here’s the trouble. When Ryan assumed the speakership, he promised rank-and-file members an open, bottom-up, member-driven process.

Much of the health care bill is codified in Ryan’s “A Better Way” agenda. But that doesn’t mean he has satisfied members who want to alter the bill.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stoked those embers this week when he said “every member of the House and Senate will be able to have their opportunity to have amendments offered through the committee process and on the floor.”

That could translate to what’s called an “open rule” in the House by which any member may offer an amendment at any time. Typically, the powerful House Rules Committee decides what, if any, amendments are in order on a given piece of legislation.

Democrats permitted precisely two amendments when they advanced the first version of ObamaCare in November, 2009.

“I would just point-blank say I would encourage Mr. Spicer, if he thinks he’s going to start talking about my business, give me a darn call,” excoriated House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas. “I try not to get in his business. I don’t appreciate him getting in my business.”

There’s a reason why Ryan doesn’t want much deviation from the original, base bill.

House GOP legislative staff has toiled for weeks to make sure their legislation comports with unique Senate budgetary provisions called “reconciliation.”

Democrats would inevitably filibuster any effort by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to move a health care bill under standard procedures.

But considering a measure under the complicated budget reconciliation process shuts off filibusters. Republicans have no other option than to move the bill via reconciliation.

That creates another set of problems. The Senate mandates that only budgetary-fiscal provisions fall under the reconciliation process. In other words, making some policy changes could be dicey.

Secondly, packages under reconciliation cannot add to the deficit. In other words, Ryan thinks he’s astutely crafted a health care replacement bill that falls narrowly within the reconciliation window.

So major changes could blow that up.

“The last thing we want to do is prevent our ability to actually get law made,” he said. “This reconciliation tool is pretty tight. There’s a lot of stuff we would love to put in the bill, but unfortunately the Senate rules don’t allow us that.”

What stays in or out of the bill is up to Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough. She’s in charge of enforcing what’s called “The Byrd Rule,” named after the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.V.). MacDonough oversees the “Byrd bath.”

This is a process of plucking out any provisions that don’t meet the reconciliation standards. The Senate refers to removed provisions as “Byrd droppings.” The Senate can vote to overrule MacDonough’s decisions — but only with 60 votes.

There are currently 52 Republicans in the Senate.

The idea of sticking to Senate rules infuriates some conservatives.

“I think that’s a problem with this whole Byrd Rule and the way this works that some unelected parliamentarian can do that,” scoffed Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a co-leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

Jordan is a two-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It’s unclear if the congressman would endorse wrestling matches without referees.

But Jordan is incensed that lawmakers may be limited in their opportunities to change the bill.

“God bless the speaker. But that’s not how the legislative process is supposed to work,” said Jordan about Ryan’s push to curb amendments. “It’s not supposed to be closed off.”

House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., harbors the same frustrations as Jordan.

“Somehow ObamaCare made it through reconciliation,” Brat said. “So how did they do that and we can’t?”

The answer is that Democrats advanced some of ObamaCare through budget reconciliation. Not all.

That’s why Ryan wants Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to administratively filet other portions of the law. Ryan also hopes the House and Senate can pass future, additional bills, changing Obamacare.

That could be an issue for members of the Freedom Caucus.

For years under the leadership of former House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, conservatives often bit their tongue and reluctantly voted for a host of emergency bills to fund the government, grapple with tax issues and increase the debt ceiling.

Many believed leadership frequently promised opportunities to “fix” things on future bills, but those tomorrows never came. Thus, Freedom Caucus members are reluctant to buy Ryan’s promise of addressing other parts of ObamaCare down the road.

That’s why Brat suggested Republicans incinerate Senate precedents with what’s sometimes referred to as “the nuclear option.”

Democrats took this extraordinary step to curb filibusters on most executive branch nominees in 2013. Now Brat and others want to lower the bar to break filibusters on legislation to just a simple majority rather than the current 60-vote threshold.

That move would make the reconciliation process a moot point. Republicans could achieve their legislative goals on health care with just 51 yeas — but not have to fit their bill neatly into the special confines of budget reconciliation and comply with the Byrd Rule.

“We just need some action over there,” said Brat of Senate Republicans. “They are hiding under their desks.”

Said Jordan: “I’m for what needs to be done.”

If not the “nuclear option,” some Republicans might back another tactic which would entail a wild, Senate parliamentary high-wire act.

If MacDonough ditches a provision in reconciliation, some conservatives want Vice President Pence to preside over the Senate, ignore her advice and rule the issue in question to be in order.

That gambit would turn the question on its head. Senate Democrats would then have to miraculously muster 60 votes to get the chamber to bounce the provision because it didn’t comply with reconciliation guidelines.

This parliamentary contrivance would entail buy-in from McConnell and Ryan. McConnell is an institutionalist who is very protective of the Senate’s rules and precedents.

Ryan is a former House Budget Committee chairman and is custodial when it comes to respecting the congressional budget process. Getting that duo to go along with such an artifice would take a lot.

Even so, there’s no guarantee that the Senate can even garner 51 votes to pass the replacement bill right now.

Jordan and Freedom Caucus co-leader Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., met one-on-one with Trump and also with other White House officials Thursday. If Republicans lack the votes, it’s unclear what steps Trump may demand congressional Republicans take to replace ObamaCare.

“Despite what you hear in the press, healthcare is coming along great,” the president recently tweeted. “It will end in a beautiful picture.”

Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., is chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the largest bloc of conservatives in the House.

He says group members will likely back the replacement bill if leaders attach two provisions.

One is a proposal from Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., to allow states to mandate work requirements for some people to receive Medicaid. The other plan comes from Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas. He wants the Medicaid expansion frozen at the end of the year.

However, Medicaid expansion is popular among many Republicans.

Ohio is a Medicaid expansion state, and Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman huddled this week with Pence and Price.

“We must provide stability and certainty for individuals and families in Medicaid expansion programs and real flexibility for states,” Portman said.

The key is tweaking the bill — plus allowing in order and adopting amendments — which generates precisely the right number of votes to pass the bill.

“Sometimes when you have pushback on one side and the other side from a political spectrum, you might have found the sweet spot,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

But again, if there are too many changes.

In the summer of 2009, the Democratically-controlled House tried to gin up the votes to approve major environment legislation known as “cap and trade.”

Just before the measure went before the Rules Committee, then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., authorized a middle-of-the-night, 309-page “manager’s amendment.”

The massive amendment was a cavalcade of additions and fixes, all designed to court just the right number of members to pass the 1,200 page bill.

The manager’s amendment proved to be essential. The House OK’d the climate bill 219-212. Switch four votes and the bill would have failed.

Ryan contends Republicans can’t wander too far astray. And a massive, Pelosi-type amendment could upend the bill in reconciliation.

So it’s back to zero and one. Yes and no. They pass the bill or they defeat the bill.

Congress is a computer system. It’s binary.

And if Republicans can’t muster the votes, perhaps the only way to approve the bill may be to hack the system.

JLo and A-Rod Vacation in the Bahamas After Miami Stop


If you’re in Miami anyway, you might as well go to the Bahamas.

That was the likely mantra on the minds of new couple Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, who took their romance south this weekend, a source tells PEOPLE.

Page Six reports that the duo headed to the Bakers Bay Golf & Ocean Club after arriving early Saturday morning. Located on Great Guana Cay about 200 miles off the coast of Florida, the private resort offers club-owned watercraft vehicles, a state-of-the art fitness area, a luxurious spa and much more.

The couple were both in Miami Friday. Lopez, 47, was spotted boarding a plane with her twins Max and Emme, 9, that day, while Rodriguez spoke at the Global Forum Miami event for the Wharton School of Business.

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While no social-media snaps of the couple have surfaced from their respective accounts, Rodriguez — who recently split from Silicon Valley CEO Anne Wojcicki — shared an Instagram photo of himself speaking at the Miami event Friday.

“I enjoyed speaking with my friend Bobby Turner, at the Global Forum Miami event for the Wharton School of Business. Thank you for having me! #GlobalForumMiami,” the retired baseball pro, 41, captioned the shot.

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The romantic jaunt is likely one of many to come, as Rodriguez  — himself a parent of two to daughters Ella Alexander, 8½, and Natasha Alexander, 12 — seems smitten with the actress and singer.

“A-Rod has always been taken with the beauty and personality of Jennifer Lopez,” a source recently told PEOPLE of the Yankees legend. “She is his dream girl.”

Calvin Harris Cusses Out And Congratulates Ed Sheeran In A Single Sentence

People can really go from loving to hating someone on in a matter of seconds, but Calvin Harris managed to bounce between emotions with a few words when Ed Sheeran’s achievement unseated his own at the end of a triumphant week.

Sheeran — whose latest album, ÷, is dominating the U.K. charts following its March 3 release — just took a major title out of Harris’s hands.

Previously, Harris held the distinction of having the most songs from the same album in the top ten slots on the Singles chart. Nine — NINE — of the top ten singles in the U.K. are ÷ tracks, which trounces Harris, who’s held the title since 2013, by a substantial margin. Harris sent his congrats to Sheeran via Twitter and had a little fun with the “Shape of You” singer.

Haaaaaaa. Sheeran took the kind (really!) words in stride, and tweeted a heart at Harris in return.

All’s well that ends well, and what’s a casual “love you/fuck you” between mates, anyway?

Pearl Jam Invite All Five Drummers to Rock Hall Induction

Pearl Jam announced Saturday that they will invite all five of their drummers – Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese, Jack Irons and Matt Cameron – to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

In a handwritten note posted on the band’s Twitter, the group acknowledged that, with the April 7th date approaching, “we do feel fortunate to be recognized and provided the opportunity to reunite with everyone who has been part of the group.”

“Specifically the drummers who all left their distinctive mark on our band in the pre-Matt Cameron years,” they added.

When Pearl Jam’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was revealed, only two of the band’s drummers – Ten drummer Dave Krusen (to his own surprise) and current and longtime drummer Matt Cameron – were named as inductees alongside Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready and Jeff Ament.

The Rock Hall’s omissions especially drew the ire of Abbruzzese, who lobbied Pearl Jam to use their clout and have him inducted for his Vs. and Vitalogy contributions. He later questioned the band’s integrity over the Rock Hall snub.

“The members of Pearl Jam have got to know what’s the right thing to do. They can’t justify ignoring my contributions. Like me or not. If there is still a part of that band that remembers how hard we worked, how much blood and how much sweat,” Abbruzzese wrote on Facebook in October. “They will do the right thing.”

“Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons are each individually great players who gave their all to the early recordings and live gigs,” the band continued in their Saturday statement. “Looking forward to seeing them and all the other musicians on the bill.”

Pearl Jam added that they wished H.R. and Perry Farrell were there to celebrate too, a nod to a hopefully future induction for Bad Brains and Jane’s Addiction after the both bands were nominated in 2016.

Asked whether Abbruzzese, Chamberlain and Irons would be inducted into the Rock Hall, a representative for Pearl Jam said the inductees are solely determined by the Rock Hall and not the band. Following Pearl Jam’s invitation, a rep for the Rock Hall confirmed to Rolling Stone that only Krusen and Cameron would be inducted.

Pearl Jam will be enshrined alongside Journey, Joan Baez, ELO, Yes and Tupac Shakur at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 7th.

I Didn’t Wear a Fat Suit on Show

Mama June Shannon is setting the record straight about rumors that she wore a fat suit before her show Mama June: From Not to Hot premiered earlier this year.

“Definitely did not wear a fat suit,” Shannon said Friday on iHeartRadio’s The Domenick Nati Show. “I was fat.”

The reality star, 37, went on to discuss the plastic surgery she had following her gastric procedure in 2015, which was her first step toward losing the weight. She shares that she has had extra skin removed from her neck and arms, a breast lift, and a tummy tuck.


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“I never had, like, an ideal weight in mind,” said Shannon, whose weight once hit 460 lbs. and who has reportedly gone from a size 18 to a size 4

“I’m pretty much happy where I’m at right now,” she says, adding that she’s maintained her weightloss for “a couple months.”

Shannon says she encourages daughters Alana “Honey Boo Boo”, 11, and Lauryn “Pumpkin”, 17, to lose weight, but “they’re teenagers” so she doesn’t push it.


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As far as her confidence, Shannon admits she’s always looked in the mirror and seen the person on the inside, and that the outside just matches that image now.

“I see myself now as I’ve always seen myself mentally, so for me it’s kind of like everybody’s getting to see my outside body the way I’ve always pictured myself,” she says. “Because when I look back at old pictures, I’ll be like, ‘That’s not me.’ ”

“I’ve always seen myself as being a smaller person,” she adds.

Mama June: From Not to Hot airs Fridays (10 p.m. ET) on WE tv.

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US attorney Bharara is fired after rejecting Sessions’ step-down request

An outspoken Manhattan federal prosecutor known for fighting public corruption was fired Saturday afternoon.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara tweeted that he “did not resign” and added, “Moments ago, I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life.”

It was previously reported by the Associated Press that Bharara was not complying with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ request to resign along with other prosecutors appointed by former President Barack Obama.

A person with knowledge of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s actions said Saturday that he is taking President Donald Trump up on his word that he can remain in his post.

The person said Bharara is remaining in his post after receiving assurances last year from Trump and Sessions that they wanted him to stay on. The person wasn’t authorized to comment publicly on the matter and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Spokespeople for Bharara’s office declined comment after word Friday that Bharara’s name was included on Sessions’ list.

The Justice Department declined comment Saturday.

The department said Friday that some U.S. attorneys, as in prior transitions, already had left the department. Now, “the Attorney General has now asked the remaining 46 presidentially appointed U.S. Attorneys to tender their resignations,” a spokeswoman said.

“Until the new U.S. Attorneys are confirmed, the dedicated career prosecutors in our U.S. Attorney’s Offices will continue the great work of the Department in investigating, prosecuting, and deterring the most violent offenders,” the statement added.

Department of Justice spokesperson Peter Carr told Fox News late Friday night: “The President called Dana Boente and Rod Rosenstein tonight to inform them that he has declined to accept their resignation, and they will remain in their current positions.”

It is customary, though not automatic, for the country’s 93 U.S. attorneys to leave their positions once a new president is in office. Incoming administrations over the past several decades typically have replaced most U.S. attorneys during the first year or two.

The Obama administration allowed political appointees of President George W. Bush to serve until their replacement had been nominated and confirmed. One U.S. attorney appointed by Bush, Rod Rosenstein of Maryland, remained on the job for the entire Obama administration and is the current nominee for deputy attorney general.

But Sessions’ actions are being closely scrutinized by Democrats after a rocky start to the attorney general’s time at the Justice Department.

Weeks after his tight confirmation vote on Feb. 8, it emerged that Sessions had met twice with the Russian ambassador last year — despite testifying during his confirmation hearing he had no communications with the Russians. Sessions later clarified his testimony, while recusing himself from any investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 campaign.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, issued a statement late Friday saying: “I’m surprised to hear that President Trump and Attorney General Sessions have abruptly fired all 46 remaining U.S. attorneys. “

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Sharon Stone Celebrates Birthday with Her Three Sons

Sharon Stone‘s birthday is a family affair.

The actress turned 59 on Friday, marking the occasion with a festive Twitter snap of herself with sons Quinn Kelly, Laird Vonne and Roan Joseph.

“Happiest Birthday!” she wrote, adding a heart emoji, to accompany the shot. The family of four can be seen hanging out on stairs amid a bunch of balloons, with Stone sporting pink glasses and hairpiece.

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Stone hasn’t spoken too much about her boys — whom she adopted in 2000, 2005, and 2006 — but she has admitted in the past that she knew she had a desire for a big brood.

“I always wanted a large family,” Stone told PEOPLE shortly after adopting Laird, then a newborn, in 2005.

Of handling single motherhood, she added candidly, “I multitask … I have more love, help, friendship and kindness than at any other time in my life.”

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Although Stone is a year older, she will likely be sporting a youthful look for a long time. The seemingly ageless star has been snapped countless times looking toned and fresh-faced while rocking bikinis poolside.

“At a certain point you start asking yourself, ‘What really is sexy?’ ” the star of Basic Instinct, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, told Harper’s Bazaar in 2015.

“It’s not just the elevation of your boobs. It’s being present and having fun and liking yourself enough to like the person that’s with you,” she added.

Justin Bieber Thinks That We Should ‘Hug Each Other More’

Justin Bieber is such a champion of positive vibes lately that he has no interest in keeping them to himself — and he wants you to spread the love, too.

Bieber’s Instagram is now a hug feed, basically: The pop star posted a series of photos that feature him hugging his (elated) fans, and he just kept repeating the same sentiment over and over. “Let’s hug each other more.”

Simple enough, and a hard point to contest, really. This is the man who begged you to let him love you, after all.


Hugs are the best!

Let’s just change the verb to “biebing.” Biebing is the new hugging.

Bieber wrapped up the PMA blitz with a photo of one of his “best friends in the world,” and a pensive, zen portrait of himself in the woods.

The moral of the story? Bieber’s new mantra is “when in doubt, hug it out,” apparently, and we’re on board.