Britney Spears: 'You never know who to trust'
- The singer took to Instagram Tuesday night to share some thoughts about them as well as what her life is like in Los Angeles.
- Her boyfriend, model and trainer Sam Asghari, supported her in the comments.
- Spears has been sharing more about her life on social media since May when fans, worried that she was being kept away from the public, started a #FreeBritney campaign.
- In June she and her family were granted a five-year restraining order against her former friend, Sam Lutfi.
Trump said it doesn't matter if the US has a recession because the trade war is more important
- US President Donald Trump on Tuesday described the prospect of the US falling into recession as "irrelevant," and defended his decision to wage a trade war with China.
- Speaking during the visit of the Romanian President Klaus Iohannis to the White House Tuesday, Trump was asked about concerns that his trade war with China is negatively impacting the US economy.
- In remarks to GOP donors at an event in Washington DC Tuesday, Mulvaney said that if the US were to face a recession it would be "moderate and short," Politico reported.
- On Tuesday, Trump said that he does not believe a recession is on its way — but that pay roll tax cuts were among measures being considered should the US economic situation worsen.
- An inverted yield curve has in the past indicated that a recession or economic downturn is on its way.
Economy scares and ISIS resurgence cloud Trump's 2020 pitch
- Washington (CNN) - A sudden cascade of events is challenging President Donald Trump's boasts of an unprecedented American winning streak that is a critical component of his reelection salesmanship.
- Rising fears of a recession, layoffs in steel country and new evidence of the toll on US households of his tariff war are contradicting the President's preferred political narrative.
- Abroad, an ISIS resurgence, China's refusal to bend to Trump's will and North Korea's missile launches are clouding the President's claim that he stamped American authority back on the globe.
- The gathering clouds raise questions about Trump himself and whether he will change course to improve his political prospects -- for instance, on trade wars that may be damaging the global economy.
- The revelation raised the possibility that after claiming former President Barack Obama was the "founder" of ISIS because he had withdrawn prematurely from Iraq, Trump may be repeating his predecessor's history.
Trump evoked anti-Semitic tropes against American Jews while trying to prove how pro-Israel he is
- President Donald Trump on Tuesday said American Jews who vote Democrat display either "a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty," evoking blatant anti-Semitic tropes as he sought to prove how pro-Israel he is.
- But Trump's comments on Tuesday painted Jews as a monolith and a group that should somehow be treated differently than other religious traditions, which is inherently anti-Semitic.
- Omar has also used anti-Semitic tropes — including invoking a "dual loyalty" charge against Jewish-American supporters of Israel.
- While Trump has attacked Omar relentlessly over her comments, he just deployed the very same trope as he pigeonholed an entire religious group in his escalating campaign to make US support for Israel a partisan issue.
- But the president has not relented as he works to paint these lawmakers as the new face of the Democratic Party in an effort to portray the party as anti-Semitic, socialist, and un-American ahead of the 2020 election.
New Epstein accusers say he used his alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell and a 'Massage for Dummies' book to coach girls
- Two of three new lawsuits filed Tuesday revealed several detailed claims about how the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged "madam" Ghislaine Maxwell coached young girls for regular abuse.
- A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court by alleged victim "Priscilla Doe" says the British socialite gave Doe a "step-by-step" tutorial of pleasuring Epstein at his island, Little St. James, in 2006.
- The complaint also alleged that Maxwell made sure Doe and several other young girls were "constantly on call to sexually service" Epstein.
- In a second complaint that was also filed Tuesday, "Lisa Doe" said in a separate complaint that Epstein kept a stack of "Massage for Dummies" books that he handed out to the young women brought to him for massages that turned sexual.
- Priscilla and Lisa were two of the three alleged victims who filed suit against Epstein's estate on Tuesday.
Popeyes is selling out of chicken sandwiches as the frenzy over the new menu item reaches a fever pitch
- Popeyes is facing a chicken sandwich shortage following the rollout of its new menu item.
- Last week, Popeyes added a chicken sandwich to the menu.
- It was an immediate hit, winning over Business Insider's fast-food critic Irene Jiang.
- Fans were quick to crown it the king of chicken sandwiches.
- The debate over the Popeyes' chicken sandwich reached a boiling point this week, as Popeyes feuded with chicken sandwich rivals Chick-fil-A and Wendy's on Twitter.
- The debate seems to be driving sales.
- Dozens of people are complaining on social media about their local Popeyes being sold out of chicken sandwiches.
- Business Insider visited two Popeyes locations in Manhattan early Tuesday afternoon.
- Both were sold out of chicken sandwiches.
- Popeyes didn't immediately provide comment to Business Insider on the sold-out sandwiches.
- Irene Jiang contributed reporting for this piece.
Russian company accused of attempting to interfere in the 2016 election could face trial in April
- Washington (CNN) - Concord Management and Consulting, the Russian company charged with attempting to interfere in the 2016 election, is poised to go to trial in April 2020, a full year after the end of the Mueller investigation.
- The company's defense lawyers and prosecutors from the DC US Attorney's office suggested that date during a court hearing Tuesday morning.
- Eric Dubelier, a defense attorney for Concord, said he hadn't thought through whether the court should use a written questionnaire to suss out potential jurors' biases before they gather for the trial.
- He can't tell if potential jurors will come to court knowing Russia interfered in the 2016 election, or if they have no idea about the Russian interference investigated by Mueller, he said.
Sarepta tumbles after the FDA rejects its muscular dystrophy treatment — a decision that left the CEO 'very surprised'
- Sarepta Therapeutics tanked as much as 18% in early Tuesday trading after the Food and Drug Administration rejected the marketing application for a new drug to treat a muscle-destroying childhood disease.
- The agency's decision is an unusual case when the FDA cited an early indicator in rejecting a company looking to quickly approve a rare-disease drug.
- Fast approvals for such treatments jumped in popularity after the FDA introduced new rules meant to expedite the development of rare-disease medicines.
- Sarepta was "very surprised" to receive the rejection, as the agency "did not raise any issues suggesting the non-approvability" of the drug, CEO Doug Ingram said.
- The company could trade lower to $90 to $100 per share Tuesday, according to the analysts, but the company should recover "if gene therapy is successful." The firm maintained its "overweight" rating.
President Trump isn't the only one who wants a weaker dollar
- What's next: Companies are betting that the dollar will start to weaken as the Federal Reserve moves ahead with more rate cuts and US growth slows.
- Bank of America Merrill Lynch pointed out in a report this week that "the US economy is still comparatively strong." Plus, weak global economic data means other countries are likely to keep cutting rates alongside the Fed. That could keep the dollar strong relative to other currencies.
- Beijing signaled Tuesday that it could take bigger steps to boost China's flagging economy after unveiling what amounted to the slimmest of rate cuts on new loans for companies, per my CNN Business colleague Laura He in Hong Kong.
- "While this should nudge banks to reduce lending rates slightly, the impact on economic activity will be marginal," he said in a report Tuesday.
Workers at Trump's Pennsylvania speech were told they had to attend or use paid time off or receive no pay
- Washington (CNN) - Workers at the Pennsylvania petrochemical plant where President Donald Trump spoke Tuesday were told that if they didn't attend the event, they either had to use paid time off or receive no pay for the day.
- At least some of the workers who attended the speech were instructed not to protest the President, who told the crowd of workers at the Royal Dutch Shell plant he would be imploring their union leaders to support his reelection.
- Smith, the spokesman for Shell, said language in the memo relating to workers' conduct, such as not protesting, did not originate from language passed on by the company.
- Trump told the audience at the plant Tuesday that they should oust their union leaders if they declined to support him.
- Steamfitters Local 449, a union mentioned in the Post-Gazette, also did not respond to CNN's request for comment.