Trump Losing Battle To Hide Financial Records From Congressional Committee

NBC News- A federal judge in Washington D.C. on Monday ruled in favor of the House Oversight Committee's bid to obtain President Donald Trump's financial records from his accounting firm.
   U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta, who also denied Trump's request to stay his decision pending an appeal, said Congress was acting within its broad authority to investigate, rejecting arguments from Trump's attorneys who said the panel's probe, and subsequent document demands, served no legislative purpose.
    "It is simply not fathomable that a Constitution that grants Congress the power to remove a President for reasons including criminal behavior would deny Congress the power to investigate him for unlawful conduct—past or present—even without formally opening an impeachment inquiry," Mehta wrote.

Ford To Cut 7,000 Office & Administrative Jobs
Due To Global Restructioning

New York (CNN Business)-Ford is cutting 7,000 white-collar jobs, or about 10% of its salaried staff worldwide, as part of a cost-cutting effort it says will save the company about $600 million a year.
Ford (F) says workers will begin to be notified of cuts starting Tuesday, and the terminations will be completed by the end of August. About 2,400 of the jobs cuts are in North America, and 1,500 of the positions will be eliminated through a voluntary buyout offer.

Israeli Spacecraft Crashes Into The Moon

(CNN)-On April 11, the Israeli Beresheet spacecraft attempted to land on the moon in the ancient volcanic field called the Sea of Serenity -- but it crashed instead. Now, NASA has released images that helped researchers discover the crash site.

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been orbiting for a decade, passed over the landing site April 22 and took images.
The photos, taken from 56 miles above the surface, feature a telling smudge 32.8 feet wide. There's a halo of lighter, more reflective material around the dark smudge, suggesting that the soil around the landing site smoothed out as it was blown away, the agency said.
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Driver Dies While Driving Tesla On Auto Pilot
New York (CNN)-It's happened again: A Tesla driver turned on the car's Autopilot feature and took his hands off the wheel before a fatal crash.
The crash, which happened March 1 in Florida, left the 50-year-old Tesla driver dead. Authorities revealed new details about the incident on Thursday. The driver turned on Autopilot about 10 seconds before the Model 3 sedan collided with a semi truck, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The Tesla driver's hands were not detected on the steering wheel for less than eight seconds prior. The truck driver was uninjured.
The NTSB's report did not indicate the Tesla driver was at fault and said the investigation is ongoing. But the news raises more questions about Tesla's marketing of Autopilot, the company's semi-autonomous driving software.

Is Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO To Imbitious, Too Soon
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has long promised that full self-driving capability is on the way — but it's not here yet. And critics argue that slapping the "Autopilot" name onto a driver-assistance feature can lull people into a false sense of security, making them less likely to stay fully alert and therefor be more vulnerable to a crash.

Tesla has consistently defended its Autopilot feature.
"Tesla drivers have logged more than one billion miles with Autopilot engaged, and our data shows that, when used properly by an attentive driver who is prepared to take control at all times, drivers supported by Autopilot are safer than those operating without assistance," the company said in a Thursday statement.
A separate vehicle safety report from Tesla shows that in the first quarter of this year there was one accident for every 2.87 million miles driven in which drivers had Autopilot engaged. For those driving a Tesla without Autopilot, there was one accident for every 1.76 million miles driven.
[Tesla hikes prices as it makes autopilot a standard feature on most cars]
Tesla hikes prices as it makes autopilot a standard feature on most cars
Several crashes have occurred in the past while Tesla's Autopilot function was engaged, including a few fatal incidents.
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Rashida Tlaib Becomes First Muslim Woman To Preside House Floor

 Washington (CNN)-Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib notched another historic first on Wednesday afternoon, becoming the first Muslim woman to preside over the House floor.
Her turn on Wednesday leading the proceedings of the House of Representatives came months after she, along with Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, became the first Muslim women to join the US Congress.
Tlaib told CNN ahead of the moment that her family would be tuning into C-SPAN to watch from home.
"I'm excited, my family's excited," Tlaib said.

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TRUMP SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER BANNING TECH POSING A SECURITY RISK

(CBS News)-Investors concerned about U.S.-China trade war
President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday banning the purchase or use of technology that poses a national security risk. The order did not specifically mention any countries or companies, but it would especially affect the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei.

27 Dead, 18 in Critical Condition After Drinking Bleach To Cleanse Them of Their Sins

Does Drinking Bleach Cleanse Out Demons?

Sundiata Post- A section of Men of God have been performing fake miracles in order to attract more numbers of congregates.
   Controversial South African pastor, who has been on the lime light for all bad reason at it again, after he gave his church members JIK bleach to drink during his service.
    Pastor Ruffus Phala, of Ark Centre Ministry in Makgodu Village, Limpopo, South Africa to have changed Jik into the blood of Jesus and gave his followers to cleanse their sins.
    So far 27 of his followers confirmed dead, four in critical condition after drinking ‘Jik’ in church to wash away their sins
According to common sense and science , drinking the undiluted bleach, which is a dilution of about 5.25% sodium hypochlorite in water, causes chemical burns.
    What has surprised many people is that two nurses and 4 teachers are among the dead.

Robert Kennedy Jr. Heads Anti-Vaccine Rallies That Draws Hundreds In New York

 Huff Post- Anti-vaccination rallies in New York this week rallied hundreds of protesters who encouraged the public to safeguard their children from vaccines, even as the state grapples with the largest measles outbreaks in the country.
  At a rally in Monsey, a Rockland County town northwest of New York City, hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews on Monday heard from speakers who shared warnings and conspiracy theories, including that Jewish communities are being intentionally given “bad” doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.
Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty To College Scandal
Does This Mean That Priviledged Students Have To Get In College On Their Own Merits Now?
BOSTON (AP) — “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty Monday in the college admissions bribery scheme, the biggest name to do so in a scandal that has underscored the lengths to which some wealthy parents will go to get their children into top universities.
The Emmy-winning actress, 56, could face prison time after she admitted to participating in the nationwide scam, in which authorities say parents bribed coaches, rigged entrance exams or both to game the admissions system.
Huffman pleaded guilty in federal court to paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor correct her older daughter’s answers on the SAT. She also considered going through with the plan for her younger daughter before ultimately deciding not to, authorities say.
The West Family Welcomes Baby #4
Surrogate Delivers Kim & Kanye West A Bundle of Joy
(CNN)Baby No. 4 has arrived for Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West.
The reality star/mogul tweeted Friday about the 6-pound, 9-ounces arrival.
"He's here and he's perfect!" she wrote.

The pair on Thursday welcomed the baby via surrogate, and he joins sisters North, 5, and Chicago 1, and brother Saint, 3.On "The Ellen Show" Thursday with her nieces and nephews, Kourtney Kardashian said her sister was supposed to join her but couldn't because the surrogate was in labor.
Their mother and family matriarch, Kris Jenner, appeared surprised and said she was not aware labor had started.

The baby's name is sure to be of interest.
In January, Kardashian West said she had been Googling Armenian boys' names in honor of her family's heritage but hadn't found anything.


Steve Harvey's Talk Show Scheduled to Cancel in June

(Fox News)-Steve Harvey’s syndicated daytime talk show “Steve” will end its run in June.
The writing was on the wall for the show last September year when NBC cut a deal with Kelly Clarkson for a talk-variety hour to launch in the fall. “The Kelly Clarkson Show” will move into the prime daytime slots occupied on NBC O&Os by Harvey’s show for the past seven seasons.
“Steve” taped its final episode on Thursday. Originals will air through June and the show will remain on the air in reruns through September.
The demise of “Steve” raises the question of whether Harvey’s show was a casualty of animosity between NBCUniversal and Endeavor’s IMG Original Content over IMG’s takeover of the show two seasons ago.
Mentally-Challenged Young Woman Allegedly Wanted "Off," Delta Plane During Mid-Air Flight.
 A young woman on a Republic Airways-operated Delta flight reportedly became "suicidal" and attempted to open an exit door upon descent into New York’s LaGuardia airport on Friday afternoon, according to a fellow passenger.
The flight, which originated at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport and appeared to be operated by Delta Air Lines, was said to be delayed on the tarmac while passengers provided statements to authorities.
Passenger Stacy Herbert shared news of the incident on Twitter, claiming that the girl’s father was the one who got the young woman away from the door.
“A young woman in perhaps her early twenties became suicidal and tried to open the door of plane as we descended into LGA,” Herbert wrote. “Her father pulled her from door. She was screaming her head off that she needed to open the door and die.”
Herbert added that all passengers were being held on the tarmac while giving their statements to police. She also shared footage of what appeared to be emergency vehicles standing by outside the aircraft.
Another passenger shared a tweet claiming to have seen the same situation unfold on the flight, writing that "all hell broke loose" after the woman went for the door.
 
 

Tyra Banks, 22 Years Later.....Still Got It!!!

Tyra Banks was the first black woman to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 1997 and in 2019 she does it again.  Tyra's timeless beauty is clearly displayed in her 22-year cover comparision photos. 
Tyra was extremely excited to motivate others with her return to modeling by telling her fans on Twitter @TyraBanks: "This is for everybody that has been told that they are not good enough because of their body, their age, their everything. #BanX is here to tell you that you ARE friggin’ fierce no matter what anybody says! Drop mic now!"

"GoFundMe" Border Wall Supporters Want Answers for $20 Million Dollar Donations

Did American's Give Up On Trump's Plan For Mexico To Pay For The Border Wall?

Brian Kolfage's Group's  Facebook Page, "We Build The Wall Inc," Keeps Pushing Back Dates For Border Wall Construction Groundbreaking Ceremony 




   I am very disappointed in you Brian Kolfage, where are the progress photographs?” one woman posted to the We Build The Wall Facebook page.
“Quit talking about it and do it,” another commented.
“I’ve been away for FIVE months,” one person tweeted in April. “When’s the groundbreaking?”
(Washington Post)-A December fundraising campaign brought in more than $20 million over the course of a few weeks, its thousands of donors united by a common goal: the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, oft-promised by President Trump.
Some four months later, a contingent of those supporters is ready to see what their money has built.
The now-famous border wall GoFundMe was conceived by Purple Heart recipient Brian Kolfage, who wrote at the time he was upset by “too many illegals . . . taking advantage of the United States taxpayers,” and the “political games from both parties” when it came to border security. Kolfage, a triple amputee, pressed onward despite falling short of his $1 billion goal — launching a nonprofit to build portions of the wall on private land for a “fraction of what it costs the government.”
 
While the majority of donors continue to believe in Kolfage’s efforts, the nonprofit’s clandestine operations and assurances of progress are insufficient for others. Some have taken to social media, seeking photos, videos — anything — for evidence they aren’t being misled.

Attorney for Alleged Assassin Of Nipsey Hussell Has Withdrawn From Case For Death Threats

Christopher Darden Bowing Out Of 2nd Trial Of The Century?

(CNN)-The attorney representing the suspect in the shooting of rapper and community activist Nipsey Hussle has withdrawn from the case, according to the Los Angeles Superior Court Clerk.
      Christopher Darden, best known as one of the prosecutors in the O.J. Simpson case in the 1990s, had been representing Eric Holder, 29. Holder is charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. He is being held on $5 million bail.
A judge was expected to set a preliminary hearing date for Holder on Friday, but that was delayed until he's assigned a public defender.
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White Supremacy Terrorism On The Rise
But amid the rising number of deadly white supremacist attacks, the officials say that must change. White supremacy must be called terrorism and tackled with the same vigor as ISIS and al Qaeda.
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New York (CNN)-Americans are being killed. Murdered not for what they have done or being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Slaughtered again and again because, whether Jewish, or black, or simply not "pure" white, they are seen as a pestilence to be purged.
Their murderers are followers of a vile and hateful ideology that meets the FBI definition of terrorism. But some top current and former law enforcement officials say that they are not treated as terrorists, because they are American, and they are white.

Trump places a 25% Tariff on China's $200 Billion Dollars Worth of Goods

​​(New York Times)-In a statement on Friday, China’s Ministry of Commerce said that the government “deeply regrets that it will have to take necessary countermeasures.” It didn’t specify what those countermeasures might be.
“It is hoped that the U.S. and Chinese sides will meet each other halfway and work together” to resolve their dispute, the statement added.
Markets in Asia and Europe rose in Friday trading, 
suggesting investors still believe the two sides can reach a deal.
The renewed brinkmanship has plunged the world’s two largest economies back into a trade war that had seemed on the cusp of ending. The United States and China were nearing a trade deal that would lift tariffs, open the Chinese market to American companies and strengthen China’s intellectual property protections. But discussions fell apart last weekend, when China called for substantial changes to the negotiating text that both countries had been using as a blueprint for a sweeping trade pact.
Mr. Trump, angered by what he viewed as an act of defiance, responded on Sunday by threatening to raise existing tariffs to 25 percent and impose new ones on an additional $325 billion worth of products. China has said it is prepared to retaliate should those tariffs go into effect.


China's Exit Ban Violates International Law
The Chinese government regularly applies exit bans against its own citizens, often forbidding activists and liberal intellectuals from leaving the country to attend key international meetings. In November last year, for example, the prominent economist Sheng Hong was blocked from attending a conference at Harvard University marking the 40th anniversary of Reform and Opening in China. Sheng was told by authorities that allowing him to travel to Cambridge for the conference might “endanger national security.”
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China Hold American Siblings On Exit Ban
(CBS News)-Two American siblings trapped in China are making a public plea for help. Cynthia and Victor Liu traveled to the country last year to pay respects to their dying grandmother but have not been allowed to return home to the U.S. because of a so-called "exit ban."
Their estranged father, Liu Changming, is one of China's most wanted fugitives. Liu, who fled the country in 2007, is the former executive of a state-owned bank and is linked to a $1.4 billion fraud case. Their lawyer says the Chinese government is using them to convince their father to return to China even though Cynthia and Victor insist they have no way of contacting him. The Trump administration's National Security Council spokesman told CBS News that Chinese authorities have given no legitimate explanation for refusing to allow Cynthia and Victor Liu to return to the U.S. 
Alyssa Milano's Response to Abortion Laws:
"We're Not Having It!" #Sex Strike

(CNN)-Actress Alyssa Milano called for a sex strike in response to restrictive abortion laws, and many women were quick to call her out.
"Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy," Milano said on Twitter Friday. "JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back."
Our reproductive rights are being erased.

Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy. 

JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back.

I'm calling for a #SexStrike. Pass it on. pic.twitter.com/uOgN4FKwpg
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 11, 2019

Did Georgia Just Criminalize Abortion? 

     Georgia is among 6 of the states to set their sights at the Rowe Vs Wade U.S. Supreme Court ruling.  
     On Tuesday, Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed a “fetal heartbeat” bill that seeks to outlaw abortion after about six weeks. The measure, HB 481, is the most extreme abortion ban in the country—not just because it would impose severe limitations on women’s reproductive rights, but also because it would subject women who get illegal abortions to life imprisonment and the death penalty.
The primary purpose of HB 481 is to prohibit doctors from terminating any pregnancy after they can detect “embryonic or fetal cardiac activity,” which typically occurs at six weeks’ gestation. But the bill does far more than that. In one sweeping provision, it declares that “unborn children are a class of living, distinct person” that deserves “full legal recognition.” Thus, Georgia law must “recognize unborn children as natural persons”—not just for the purposes of abortion, but as a legal rule.
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Uber's First Employee, A Billionaire, Credits His Success To One Tweet

 (Fox Business)-New York
     Ryan Graves tweeted Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick  a "tip" in 2010 — and nearly a decade later, became a billionaire.
The 35-year-old businessman, who's also the founder and CEO of Saltwater, reached out to Kalanick provided his email address after the billionaire businessman said he was looking for potential employees for a start-up company.

Billion Dollar Tweet
"Looking 4 entrepreneurial product mgr/biz-dev killer 4 a location-based service.. pre-launch, BIG equity, big peeps involved--ANY TIPS??" Kalanick asked in January 2010.

Trump to Present Tiger Woods with the Presidental Metal of Freedom for his Suprise Comeback & Most Recent Major Win at the Masters 2019
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Party City Closes 24 Stores Due to Helium Shortage

 
(USA Today)Amid a global helium shortage, Party City announced Thursday it will shutter 45 stores in 2019.
The New Jersey-based party supplies company did not release a list of affected stores but said the closures will take place throughout the year.  
There are 870 Party City stores in the U.S. and Canada and the closures represent about 5% of locations. Local news outlets have so far reported closings in California, Illinois, Connecticut and Washington. 
Party City CEO James Harrison said in a statement Thursday the company typically closes 10 to 15 stores each year.
"This year, after careful consideration and evaluation of our store fleet, we’ve made the decision to close more stores than usual in order to help optimize our market-level performance, focus on the most profitable locations and improve the overall health of our store portfolio,” Harrison said.

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Kodak Black  Does Good in the Hood

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 (TMZ)- Kodak Black has decided to assist 14 year old Paige Cook by donating $12,500 to her cause to raise funds to buy pencils and notebooks for her fellow students in Cleburn School District in Texas.
          The funds raised for the mostly low-income school district successfully helped the student to reach her goal.          
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Well Wishes for founding member of Geto Boys, "Bushwick Bill," in his battle with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer.

Bushwick Bill of the hit group Geto Boys has stated that back in Feburary he went to the doctor several times for tests and after ruling out Diabetes and other illnesses, the tests conclusion was that the mass on his pancreas was indeed cancer.  
   Bushwick Bill has stated that was going to keep his illness private, but decided that he wants his fans to understand that living life to the fullest and leaving a legacy behind is what everyone's focus should be. 
   The Jamacian-American rapper is currently in the studio working on new music, possibly a book and a documentary that will generate income that will directly benefit his children.  
   QMerch wishes Bushwick Bill a long life and may he discover ways to overcome this obstacle he and millions are currently facing. 
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African American female student admitted into 115 colleges & awarded $3.7 million in scholarships.

 
(NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune)-A New Orleans high school student has been accepted to 115 colleges and earned more than $3.7 million in total scholarships, her school says.
Antoinette Love, a senior at International High School of New Orleans, started applying in September, and was soon getting flooded with acceptance letters and scholarship offers, she told NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune.
In a Facebook post sharing the news, her high school congratulated the student.
 

Lil Dicky helps to celebrate Earth Day 2019 with song titled "Earth."

   Lil Dicky released his earth friendly song & star-studded video on April 19, 2019 where all proceeds will go to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
  The song features popular artists as guests such as Lil Jon, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Kevin Hart,  Justin Bieber, Adam Levine and Ariana Grande.
Check out the link below to watch the video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2SMvfGe72U

Pope Francis Requires Clery Women, Men to Report Sexual Abuse to Authorities

Trump Still Separating Migrant Families Despite Federal Judge's Ruling in June 2018 to Stop the Practice

(USA Today)-Amist the public outcry to cease family separation with migrant families, Trump is still continuing to do so. The official government count of 389 families have been separated since the last summer injunction where one fifth of the children are 5 years of age and under. 

Advocates said that border-wide, the number of separated children is much higher. 
Efrén Olivares, racial and economic justice director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, said he realizedthat the government still intended to separate children at the border days after the injunction. Sitting in the federal courtroom in McAllen, he learned of multiple cases of families being separated. One man from Guatemala had his 2-year-old-daughter taken away from him despite having a birth certificate with both their names and no prior criminal record, Olivares said. It took nearly a month to get them back together. 

"We knew then we couldn’t let our guard down," Olivares said. "This was still happening every day."
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan told a congressional panel Tuesday that his department is conducting "less than two" family separations per day, which he described as minor  compared with the 1,600 family units crossing the border each day.
"It's being done very carefully in extraordinarily rare circumstances," McAleenan testified before a House appropriations committee.




Democratic candidates for 2020 presidential election and now Joe Biden 

(BBC)-Former US Vice-President Joe Biden has declared a presidential bid, putting an end to months of speculation.
In a video announcement, Mr Biden argued that the "core values of the nation... our very democracy, everything that has made America America, is at stake".
The 76-year-old, who has already run twice for the presidency, enters a crowded race for the 2020 Democratic nomination.
He is up against 19 other hopefuls.
They include Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders.


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"When I decided to do Coachella, instead of me pulling out my flower crown, it was more important that I brought our culture to Coachella," she said, referring to black American culture, including HBCUs.
"I always dreamed of going to an HBCU," Beyoncé said. "My college was Destiny's Child. My college was traveling around the world, and life was my teacher."

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Both women have a loyal legion of fans, known as the Beyhive and Swifties, respectively, who went on the attack on social media.
Fans of Beyoncé, who did not attend the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, were quick to speculate whether Swift ripped off her April 2018 Coachella set, in which the R&B megastar transformed the stage into a "Homecoming" celebration. Beyoncé was the first black woman to headline the festival.
Beyoncé, in tradition with the culture and pride of historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, was accompanied by uniformed marching drummers, majorette dancers, steppers and other performers. The almost two-hour performance was the subject of a Netflix documentary, "Homecoming," that debuted last month.
In the documentary, Beyoncé explains where she derived inspiration for her show at Coachella.

Was Taylor Swift's performance at the Billboard Awards  a Rip off of Beyonce's "Homecoming" Performance at Coachella? Fans Say Yes!

(NBC News)-Taylor Swift has shook up Beyonce Knowles-Carter's fans, the Beyhive, with her very similar and exact marching band theme Billboard Music Awards performance.  

The pop star's performance Wednesday night at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, in which she incorporated a marching band, has drawn comparisons to Beyoncé's 2018 Coachella festival set — and led some social media users to accuse her of cultural appropriation and being a copycat.
Swift opened a debut performance of her new single "Me!" with a marching band dressed in pink. She then appeared on stage, striking a pose.
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(CBSSports)-Now that Russell Wilson has his new $140 million contract, he's celebrating in the most Seattle way possible: giving his offensive linemen stock in Amazon. The 13 linemen got $156,000 worth of stock, $12,000 each. It's a cool way to thank the players, and with Amazon being headquartered in Seattle it's very on brand.
In a letter published by TMZ, Wilson gave credit to his line.
"Every Sunday we go to battle together," Wilson wrote in the letter. "You sacrifice your physical and mental well-being to protect me, which in turn allows me to provide and care for my family.
"This does not go unnoticed and it is never forgotten."
He added that "when I sat down to think of ways to honor your dedication a dozen different ideas came to mind. Some were flashy, some were cool, but I wanted to give you something that had a lasting impact. Something that would affect the lives of you, your family, and your children."
With Amazon being the conglomerate that it is, the gifts have the potential to keep growing. Amazon shares are currently valued at just under $2,000 ($1,926.29) as of Tuesday morning.
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Russell Wilson gifts 13 teammates of the Seahawks with the gifts that keep on giving