Feb 12, 2017

Ivanka Trump sales were plunging when Nordstrom pulled the plug

Ivanka at Trump Tower in November / AP's Evan Vucci

The Wall Street Journal has the the internal Nordstrom documents on sales of Ivanka Trump's fashion line. The bottom line: sales were off 26% year-over-year in Jan. They fell as much as 70% in the weeks before the election.

What Nordstrom said last week: "Over the past year, and particularly in the last half of 2016, sales of the brand have steadily declined to the point where it didn't make good business sense for us to continue with the line for now."

Why this matters: the Trump administration criticized Nordstrom for pulling the line, saying it was politically motivated. Well it was politically motivated: by consumers shunning a brand that had taken on political baggage.

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Debate night: Candidates' last face-off before Super Tuesday

Sanders, Biden, Klobuchar and Steyer in South Carolina on Feb. 25. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to keep his momentum after winning New Hampshire and Nevada, while former Vice President Joe Biden hopes to keep his own campaign alive. The other five candidates are just trying to hang on.

What's happening: Seven contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are in Charleston, South Carolina, for the tenth debate, just days before the South Carolina primary and a week before Super Tuesday. They're talking about health care, Russian interference in the election, the economy and race.

Sanders to Putin: You won't interfere in any more elections if I'm president

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Sen. Bernie Sanders sent a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the debate stage Tuesday, stating, "If I'm president of the United States, trust me, you're not going to interfere in any more American elections."

The big picture: It was unveiled last week that Russia has been interfering to boost Sanders' campaigns in an apparent attempt to strengthen President Trump's bid for reelection. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that "Vladimir Putin thinks that Donald Trump should be president of the United States, and that's why Russia is helping [Sanders] get elected.

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