Supporting POTUS, 'Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison Blames Obama For All Of His Business Woes

Pawn Stars patriarch, Rick Harrison, took to Fox Business to express his continued support for President Donald Trump. As part of a discussion panel, Harrison was asked how Trump was doing in his first four months in office. The History Channel reality show described business in America as “literally a nightmare.” “It’s death by a thousand cuts — just my pawn business. The Obama administration made it illegal for me to loan any money to anyone in the military. I have one compliance guy just for a pawn shop. It’s everything from Homeland Security, FBI, the local police department, IRS – all these regulations I have to keep an eye on constantly and it’s just overwhelming for a small business.” Harrison mentioned several organizations such as the IRS, FBI, Homeland Security, and others without identifying what the possible compliance problems that Harrison claims the Obama administration could have so adversely changed to complicate his business transactions. So the obvious question may be to ask why can’t the owner of the World Famous Gold And Silver Pawn Shop loan money to anyone in the military? What did the Obama administration do to make it illegal for pawn shop owners like Rick Harrison from lending money to the brave men and women of the United States military? What Rick Harrison appears to be referring to is the Military Lending Act (MLA). This is the bill that was created in 2007, during the George W. Bush administration, stating that anyone in the military cannot be charged an interest rate higher than 36 percent on most types of loans, which means that they cannot pay more than 3 percent a month. Who is included in the MLA? Any active-duty service members, including anyone on active Reserve duty or who are actively serving in the National Guard. According to Experian, this law was created to protect those in the military from lending abuses. This law affects less than 5 million people. Although Harrison was not specific about his unhappiness with MLA, it could be assumed that the percentage rate that a pawn shop charges for money lending are far more than what is allowed under the MLA, thus, this small group of people is not legally allowed to obtain a pawn shop loan from Rick Harrison. Is it fair that Harrison is blaming the Obama administration for his troubles? Having claimed to be a Libertarian, Harrison is not a fan of government interference of any kind, and he told Fox Business that he wants to get rid of regulations and get rid of Obamacare, and “lower my taxes.” “Government’s the problem.” #Obama Created a Nightmare for Business, says ‘Pawn Star’ Rick Harrison https://t.co/DozgHLF9DT — FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) May 19, 2017 But now, Harrison believes that things will change for the better with Trump as president. Why does Harrison believe that? He says it is because of some accounting. “The effect of the eight years of Obama is finally showing up. We had.7 GDP [growth]…in the last quarter and if you figure GDP the way we did four years ago, that would be negative growth. Four years ago…they decided all R&D [suddenly] goes into the plus column instead of the expense column and…it was a way the administration actually boosted up GDP.” What does he realistically think will get done? He thinks that the politicians will get the tax cuts done because they want to be reelected. Rick was asked, “what has changed?” Harrison could not say anything but “At least there’s hope now.” According to Celebrity Net Worth, Chumlee’s boss is worth a cool $8 million. Calling himself a “serial entrepreneur,” Harrison not only owns the pawn shop, Pawn Plaza, where he leases out several shops and has his bar, he also owns a production company, a publishing company, and of course, stars in Pawn Stars. Coming up: @GoldSilverPawn @MorningsMaria @FoxBusiness @dagenmcdowell @robertwolf32 pic.twitter.com/Sf9tafcL0Q — Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) May 19, 2017 Harrison stumped for Trump in October, and was invited, and attended the inauguration in Washington back in January. What are your thoughts about Rick Harrison’s support of President Trump? Do you agree that Harrison is right that the new administration will improve the economy? Or do you think that this is a millionaire complaining about some restrictions to protect people? Please feel free to share your thoughts below. [Featured Image by David Becker/Getty Images]

Kate Middleton Dresses; $2000 'Fresh' Flower Show Dress After 'Matronly' Dress At Pippa Middleton's Wedding

Kate Middleton’s dresses are always exquisitely tasteful and tailor-made to match the occasion, and this weekend saw the Duchess of Cambridge play her part perfectly in two very different styles. Kate covered up to deflect attention at Pippa Middleton’s wedding on Saturday but People shared that she switched it up to “stun” in an eye-catching floral dress at the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday. For Pippa Middleton’s wedding, Kate wore a peach colored, matronly style dress carefully designed to keep the future queen in the shadows while Pippa shone in a lace wedding dress. With long sleeves and a below-the-knee hemline, Kate’s bridesmaid dress didn’t have any of the scintillating “Kate effect” that fans of the Duchess’s wardrobe have grown to love. Kate’s dress for Pippa’s wedding was an unusual choice for her, but along with her low-key, quiet presence, the dress accomplished what it was intended to do. Kate was as much in the background as it’s possible for a future queen to be. Two days later, the older Middleton sister wowed the crowd in an eye-catching dark green dress with a pattern of bright white flowers emblazoned on it. Green can be a difficult color to manage for someone who could easily have been feeling worn out after the Matthews-Middleton wedding. Kate Middleton’s floral green dress was perfect for the Chelsea Flower Show [Image by Ben Stansall/Getty Images] No one would have been surprised if Kate decided to go with a livelier color like pink for the flower show engagement. After all, Pippa Middleton’s wedding was a huge responsibility for Kate as she carried out her promise to keep an eye on the children by managing seven very excited tiny bridesmaids and pageboys. Kate Middleton’s dress at Pippa Middleton’s wedding was an unusually subdued style. [Image by Arthur Edwards/Getty Images] But the Mirror wrote that Middleton appeared “fresh as a daisy” as she arrived at the “prestigious” show only two days after Pippa’s wedding. The Duchess’ dress was deceptively simple-looking but the price tag for the floral masterpiece was over $1900. Of course, the cost of the green Alexander McQueen dress by one of Kate’s favorite designers, Sarah Burton, was still significantly less than the bridesmaid and wedding dresses the Middleton sisters chose. Pippa Middleton’s dress for Kate’s wedding cost over $3,000, Kate’s Kiki McDonough earrings that matched her pale pink dress she wore to Pippa’s wedding cost $15,000, and Pippa’s wedding dress was upwards of $52,000. Kate Middleton quiets the children at Pippa Middleton’s wedding. [Image by Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Images] For fans of the royal family, the cost is worth it. Seeing the Duchess of Cambridge in one of her many gorgeous outfits is almost a hobby in itself for some followers, and Middleton’s dress decisions mean instant success for retailers who carry similar styles. Royal watchers love to get a chance to catch up on what Kate wore at her many official engagements. The Chelsea Flower Show was no exception. With the fascination of Pippa Middleton’s wedding still strong and some leftover “unusual criticism” in the air about Kate Middleton’s old-fashioned dress, her choice for the fashion show was under scrutiny. Honey Nine wrote that the longer tea-length gown at Pippa’s wedding had shades of the eighties in its design and didn’t please many of Kate’s followers. Kate Middleton’s Dress Disappointing & Dowdy Pippa ILBut Royal Fans Say Duchess’ Frock Was Way Too Matronly (PHOTOS) https://t.co/2jclj2owu4 — maggi mercado (@orionmaggi) May 22, 2017
Middleton is far more likely to choose an “elegant and timeless” hemline just above the knee, and she occasionally adds a couple of extra inches for her own unique look. The green dress was the “perfect choice” of color and length for the flowery opening to the spring social season in Britain. That difficult color, green, “is a fashion favorite this season,” and fortunately, the Duchess looks beautiful in green. [Featured Image by Ben Stansall /Getty Images]

Donald Trump Impeachment Chances: Data Expert Nate Silver Reveals Odds Of Early Trump Removal From Office

With the investigation into possible ties between Russia and the Donald Trump presidential campaign accelerating, and Trump himself firing FBI Director James Comey in a move that many on Capitol Hill have deemed an attempt to obstruct justice, talk of Trump’s impeachment has suddenly moved from the fringes of political debate into the mainstream. But what are the real chances that Trump could be impeached — or removed from office through some other legal means — before his first term is up? Political data expert Nate Silver, founded of the highly trafficked political and polling site FiveThirtyEight.com, became perhaps the first journalist to perform an in-depth study on the question of whether Trump will be impeached, and he published his results on the FiveThirtyEight site on Monday. But despite the 39-year-old Silver’s extensive research into data surrounding presidential impeachment, even he was unable to come up with an exact number representing the probability of impeachment — settling instead for a “range” of odds representing the chances that Trump will be removed from office by legal means prior to January 19, 2021, the final full day of his four-year term in office. Read Silver’s full report revealing the odds that Trump will be impeached by visiting this link. Nate Silver, who has calculated a range of odds that Donald Trump will be impeached. (Image by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images) Only two, or 4.5 percent, of the 44 United States presidents prior to Trump have faced impeachment, a process outlined in the Constitution and designed to remove a president, vice-president or other “civil officer” from office in the event of “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” The first was Andrew Johnson, a Democrat, who faced impeachment in 1868. But the attempt to impeach Johnson fell one vote short of the required two-thirds vote in the Senate needed to convict a president and remove him from office. Another 130 years would pass before a second president was impeached. That was Democrat Bill Clinton in 1998. This time, when the Senate voted in early 1999, the numbers feel well short of the two-thirds hurdle and Clinton remained in office to finish out his second term. In 1974, congress was preparing to begin impeachment proceedings against Richard Nixon as a result of the Watergate scandal, but Nixon resigned the presidency rather than face the humiliation of removal by impeachment — becoming the only president ever to leave office without finishing a term for any reason other than death. Silver, however, is not the first to come up with odds on the impeachment of Trump. Legal bookmakers have been taking odds on impeachment for weeks, and those odds rise significantly after Trump fired Comey on May 9 — because the firing appeared to give impeachment advocates a clear reason to file articles of impeachment against Trump, whose campaign remains under investigation by the FBI for suspected collusion with Russia. President Bill Clinton survived an impeachment trial in 1999, the last president to ever be impeached. (Image by Niall Carson/Getty Images) The British bookmaker Ladbrokes has calculated a 55.6 percent probability that Trump will not last out his first term, while the Irish betting firm Paddy Power puts those chances at a whopping 60 percent. U.S. legal bookmakers are prohibited from taking bets on political events, and therefore have not laid odds on Trump’s impeachment. Silver, however, does not see Trump’s impeachment chances as anywhere near as high as the two overseas bookmakers. The primary factors that Silver examined in coming up with his numbers — the factors that he says, historically, offer the best predictors of whether a presidential be removed from office. • Approval ratings: Trump’s nationwide approval rating stands at a disastrous and historically low 38.8 percent after just 123 days in office, according to the FiveThiryEight average of all polls. But as Silver notes, Trump’s approval rating remains relatively healthy, hovering around 50 percent, in many “red” states with Republican senators who would, as a result, face no political pressure to vote against Trump in a Senate impeachment. With Republicans holding 52 Senate seats, 15 Republican votes would be needed to reach the two-thirds requirement of 67. • The Generic Ballot: The “generic ballot” refers to polling that simply asks whether voters plan to support Republican or Democratic candidates in an upcoming election, without naming specific candidates. According to polling averages compiled by Real Clear Politics, Democrats now hold a commanding seven-point generic ballot lead in the 2018 congressional midterm elections. • Special Elections: Are members of the president’s party winning special elections to fill vacant congressional seats? Democrats have so far performed well in the few special elections held since Trump’s inauguration, and polls show Democrat Jon Ossoff tied with his Republican opponent in the heavily Republican Georgia Congressional District Six. So what does it all mean for the chances of Trump’s impeachment? Silver says that he cannot pin down an exact number, but he would be “comfortable” with any percentage between 25 percent in favor of Trump’s impeachment — in other words, 3-1 odds against — or even money, 50-50 either way. In other words, Trump’s opponents hoping to seem impeached face a tough, uphill battle. [Featured Image by Mark Wilson/Getty Images]

Robert Pattinson Back In A Romantic Relationship With 'The Souvenir'

Robert Pattinson will be back in a romantic avatar with The Souvenir. The Twilight actor enjoyed the announcement while grocery shopping with girlfriend FKA Twigs. The announcement of Pattinson’s new film was announced at the recently held 2017 Cannes Film Festival. The film will also star Ariane Labed, Tom Burke and Richard Ayode. Protagonist Pictures is handling the movie’s worldwide sales. The romantic mystery, The Souvenir, will be directed by Joanna Hogg. Hogg said in an interview that she has been working on Robert Pattinson starring movie since last few years. She revealed the interesting way of juggling between fiction and reality that helped her write the film. “This story has been in my head for a few years. After Exhibition, I talked to Martin about what I should do next. I had two ideas: one was a ghost story. The other was this one. I start from autobiography. When I investigate a story I realize what I don’t remember and the demands of fiction take over: that’s the fun part. Reality and fiction are so jumbled up. That blurring is partly what I’m exploring in this story.” The synopsis of the story reads that it will follow a young film student in the decade spanning over 1980s, who was involved in her first serious love affair but struggles to disentangle fact from fiction in a relationship with a deeply untrustworthy man. The film will be in two parts, with the first feature expected to start shooting this summer. The second part of The Souvenir will start shooting in summer 2018. [Image by Chris Jackson/Getty Images] The female lead has not yet been cast but the role is expected to go to a newcomer. Burke will play the “untrustworthy man” in the first film, while Pattinson will take on the lead male role of the second film. Luke Schiller will produce the film, which is being introduced in Cannes by Protagonist. The Souvenir, developed with the BFI and backed by BBC Films, will mark the first project from JWH Films, a production company recently set up by Hogg. Martin Scorsese will executive produce the movie with his Sikelia Productions partner Emma Tillinger Koskoff. Scorsese revealed during his recent interview that The Souvenir came to him by chance. [Image by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images] “The film came my way by chance. I was in London shooting Hugo and someone sent me a DVD of Archipelago. I remember looking at the film on the weekend and being very surprised by it. It was a stunning experience for me. I found it moving and beautiful. I then met Joanna in London.” Pattinson was recently seen in The Lost City of Z with Charlie Hunnam and Queen of the Desert with Nicole Kidman. He also stars in the Safdie brothers’ Good Time, which is playing at the Cannes 2017 festival. The Souvenir will be first franchise film signed by the 31-year-old actor after his blockbuster hit The Twilight Saga. The actor’s Good Time movie’s trailer has definitely impressed critics. The movie is called a bold turning point in the career of Pattinson. Directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, the film unfolds over the course of a single night in New York City, as Pattinson plays a man desperate for cash after a botched robbery sends his brother to jail. The Good Time premieres in the United States’ cinemas on August 11, 2017. A UK release date is yet to be announced. Apart from The Souvenir and Good Time, Robert Pattinson will also be soon seen in Damsel, an upcoming western comedy period film, directed by David Zellner. The movie follows a businessman, who travels West to join his fiancée in the mountains. The fiancée’s role will be played by Mia Wasikowska. The movie does not have a release date yet. [Featured Image by Rich Fury/Getty Images]

Russia's 'Killer Satellites' Reactivated: Awakened And Moving After Year-Long Silence

Three Russian satellites that have been a mystery to observers have begun moving again, apparently being reactivated after orbiting silently for a year. The trio have been in space since the first one launched in 2013 (the last shot off to orbit in 2015), but the purpose for their launching is unknown. Adding to the mystery is the fact that the satellites have collectively made only minimal movements in the past four years, and none in the past year or so. So what are the Russian satellites doing? What is their mission? Although the Russian satellites are moving again, observers are no closer to solving the mystery of their existence. According to the Daily Beast, one of the satellites reportedly dropped hundreds of meters from its previous orbit on April 20 to get within 1,200 meters of what amounts to space junk — a large piece of a now defunct Chinese weather satellite that China itself intentionally damaged in a controversial anti-satellite rocket in 2007. Observers are keeping close watch on the satellite — and its two brethren — but remain puzzled over its actions and its possible objectives. As David Axe, writing for the The Daily Beast, points out: “No one outside of the Russian government — and probably the U.S. military — seems to know for sure what the satellites are for.” Of course, that has not stopped speculation. It has been suggested that the Russian satellites could be technology-demonstrators. Or they might be precursors to orbital weapons on test runs. They could be eavesdropping or hacking satellites that might be able to infiltrate, shadow, copy or interfere with other satellites’ operational programs. They might also be weapons themselves, “killer satellites” that, for whatever reason, have been kept dormant but have the ultimate goal of destroying other satellites. And though it all sounds a bit like science fiction, with satellites zipping around in outer space dogfights and such, the reality exists that several nations — like the United States, China, and Russia — have entered into a space arms race where the spacecraft have the capability to maneuver and perform in military capacities. Back in November, CNN aired “War In Space: The Next Battlefield,” a documentary that presented the ideas of kamikaze, kidnapper, and killer satellites as not only drawing-board ready but, in some cases, operational. The three mystery satellites are code-named Kosmos-2491, Kosmos-2499 and Kosmos-2504. All have moved toward specific targets (once they started maneuvering, that is; the satellites at first were considered orbit-stationary) and considered to be inspection satellites (which are fairly common). One, Kosmos-2491, was launched along with three communications satellites and thought to be a piece of space junk, had observers not detected its maneuverability. (Russia had also announced the launch of the communications satellites, but not Kosmos-2491. Russia acknowledged Kosmos-2491 only after foreign and independent skywatchers detected it moving under its own power.) Among all the debris and space junk, thousands of satellites move in orbit around the Earth. It is not known function all of the satellites serve. [Image by Andrey VP/Shutterstock] Independent expert on Russian spacecraft, Anatoly Zak, has noted that the Russian satellites have the dimensions of known inspection craft. In 2015, he also admitted the military implications. “You can probably equip them with lasers, maybe put some explosives on them,” he said. “If [one] comes very close to some military satellite, it probably can do some harm.” But Russian space agency chief Oleg Ostapenko took no chances with negative media coverage, insisting in a 2014 statement that the trio of maneuverable spacecraft were peaceful in purpose. They were not, as some had fearfully labeled them, “killer satellites.” It has been suggested that the mystery satellites have been dormant because they are stealth weapons, only to be activated when necessary to conduct some heretofore unknown mission. To “awaken” them periodically and have them move about to see if they are still operational only makes sense, Dr. Laura Grego, a space expert with the Massachusetts-based Union of Concerned Scientists, told the The Daily Beast. Still, Brian Weeden, a space expert at the Secure World Foundation in Colorado, warned against assuming that the spacecraft were some sort of “killer satellites.” ‘Killer satellites’ might actually exist, but it is still simpler to blast a satellite out of orbit than to destroy it by stealthy proximity maneuvers, experts say. [Image by edobric/Shutterstock] “In most cases, it’s far easier to jam a satellite’s communications or hit it with a missile than try and do some sort of destructive co-orbital rendezvous,” Weeden told The Daily Beast. “The capability to do rendezvous and proximity operations… has a whole bunch of applications — civil, commercial and military.” But seeming strange behavior tends to prompt speculation. Besides, everyone loves a mystery, especially one that involves Russians and “killer satellites” and is set in outer space. [Featured Image by edobric/Shutterstock]

Michelle Obama Wears Most Revealing Top Yet As She Shows Some Skin In Tuscany

Michelle Obama was spotted wearing her most daring top yet during her visit in Italy. She was seen out and about with Barack Obama in Tuscany when she put on another blouse that’s making headlines. On Sunday Michelle made news for wearing a flirty pink blouse with a pair of white ripped jeans in Montalcino. The blouse was off-the-shoulder and had some mild ruching at the bust and shoulder. Monday’s number was even more of a head-turner. TMZ published photos of Barack and Michelle Obama strolling among locals in Tuscany. Michelle had on a strappy blouse that fell off the shoulders and the straps were loose on her outer arms. It appeared as though it was about to fall off due to the relaxed style. She paired the blouse with high-waist khaki-colored pants and completed the look with a pair of sunglasses and gold accessories. Barack sported a tidy look with a sleek shirt and dark slacks. Michelle Obama dared to bare in a very flirty top while on vacation in Italy https://t.co/UIOesnj8AZ pic.twitter.com/sNppVPhTvB — Daily Mail Femail (@Femail) May 22, 2017 The photos show Barack and Michelle coming out of the Duomo di Siena, the Siena Cathedral, as part of their sightseeing. On Monday, the former president was seen on a bike ride with two members of his security team. At one point he raced them to the top of a hill then they rode together descending back. He’s been getting in several rounds of golf as well. Daily Mail reports that the Obamas flew into Italy Friday on a private plane escorted by six fighter jets and 13-car motorcade. They’re mixing business with pleasure this time around. The former president spoke at the “Seeds & Chips – Global Food Innovation” summit where he talked about climate change and threw an insult towards Donald Trump by saying that people “get the politicians [they] deserve’ when they don’t vote.” Michelle Obama was seen at a summit for the Partnership for a Healthier America in Washington, D.C. last week when she voiced her opposition to the new administration cutting her school lunch program. She argued that it shouldn’t be a partisan issue. On holiday in Montalcino, Italy, @MichelleObama stepped out in a bright vacation look: https://t.co/j9xZcVGhwr — Vogue Runway (@VogueRunway) May 21, 2017 Barack and Michelle Obama are staying five nights at the Borgo Finocchieto, which they will have to themselves at the cost of $15,000 per night. It’s believed that they aren’t paying the steep rate since the villa is owned by John Philips, the former president’s ambassador to Italy. It’s an ideal place for the Obamas to stay because it provides more privacy. A temporary ban on wild boar hunting was implemented during their visit to avoid any possibility of the ex-president being accidentally shot. The couple will also visit Florence and Siena before they depart Italy on May 24. Michelle Obama gets a lot of attention for whatever she wears. Last month the internet went crazy when she was seen in a one-piece swimsuit paddle boarding. Prior to that, a photo of her on vacation last year with her hair worn in natural curls got people talking and sharing the image. What she’ll wear tomorrow could make headlines once again. The Obamas’ popularity hasn’t waned since leaving the White House. It might border on more so with the polarizing effects of the Trump administration. Supporters of the former president and his wife miss them immensely and follow everything they’re doing now. Both are writing books that have garnered a $65 million advance and they continue to stay in the political spotlight in an effort to re-energize the Democratic party. [Featured Image by Scott Olson/Getty Images]

Nicole Kidman Has 4 Films at Cannes; Welcomes Challenges

Nicole Kidman Has 4 Films at Cannes; Welcomes Challenges

“I don’t have to work”.

“At this stage of my life, I’m just trying to stay very bold and open and try things and support film-makers I believe in”, she added. “I am at that point in my life where I am trying to act as though I am 21 and starting my career”.

The star of The Killing of the Sacred Deer, in competition at Cannes, said her young children will be banned from seeing the dark psychological thriller.

There are no Australian films in competition at Cannes, however Jane Campion’s Sydney-based Top of the Lake: China Girl has the unusual honour of being the first television to screen in the festival’s 70-year history.

That certainly applies to “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” in which she plays the mother of children mysteriously struck with paralysis, which director Yorgos Lanthimos says is a comedy, but plays out much more like a horror film.

The dead man’s son then plots revenge years later and tells the surgeon that he must choose a member of his family to kill or they will all suffer an excruciating death. It drew a mix of boos and applause as the curtain fell but strong reviews from leading critics. I don’t have to work.

Lanthimos admitted he was “lucky” to be able to cast major stars who were “ready to jump in and make this kind of film”.

“To have four projects here, that is sort of a confluence of events”, Kidman told reporters at the press conference, according to Vanity Fair.

Still to come this week is her turn as a pent-up governess of a US Civil War-era girls school in Sofia Coppola’s highly touted remake of “The Beguiled“. And Kidman will attend a special screening of her friend Jane Campion’s second season of “Top of the Lake” in which she is nearly unrecognizable as a foil to Elisabeth Moss’s small-town detective.

This story corrects the name of Kidman’s husband to Keith Urban and the name of the HBO miniseries she appears in to “Big Little Lies“. “Nicole has a very refined sense of fashion”, said her stylist, Julia von Boehm. I’m particularly pleased to see Barry Keoghan breakthrough as a major global star to watch and I would like to congratulate Ireland’s Element Pictures, undisputedly now one of the world’s leading production companies, on their return to Competition in Cannes in the space of two years, following the 2015 success of The Lobster and an Oscar nomination for Room in between.

“I love to be asked to be in those things because that’s just where I am”, Kidman said.

The Cannes Market is one of the largest film markets in the world so it is hugely important to the Irish film industry in terms of raising finance for up-and-coming productions and ensuring Irish films sell to worldwide territories across the world.

Tears on last night for Ringling Bros. ‘Greatest Show on Earth’

Tears on last night for Ringling Bros. ‘Greatest Show on Earth’

Clowns, aerialists, Cossack riders, lions, tigers and almost 200 other human and animal performers took their final bows with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus Sunday night at the renovated Nassau Coliseum, bringing the Greatest Show on Earth to a close after 146 years.

Ringling had been targeted by organizations like PETA who consider forcing animals, such as elephants, to perform cruel.

The iconic circus declined in recent years due to high operating costs and long, costly legal battles with animal rights groups, such as the one to eliminate elephant acts.

You can also watch a live stream of the show beginning at 6 pm CST on Ringling.com, Facebook live or YouTube.

Kenneth Feld called Sunday’s final shows “a celebration”.

“We are the bedrock of American pop culture, we have influenced a tremendous amount in society, we’ve added to the vernacular, hold your horses, throw your hat in the ring, the show must go on, jumble, that’s all of us”, said Ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson. People, it seemed, didn’t want to see a circus without elephants.

Officials said more than a quarter of a billion people have seen the “Greatest Show on Earth“.

But it was those animal shows that led to the circus’ eventual demise.

“This was a hard business decision to make, but by ending the circus tours, we will be able to concentrate on the other lines of business within the Feld Entertainment portfolio”, said Juliette Feld, chief operating officer.

The circus announced in January it would close this season after a 146-year run. The Feld family purchased the company for $8 million in 1967 and then sold it to the Mattel Corporation for $40 million in 1971, before buying it back in 1984.

“There’s a lot of mixed emotions, said Rev. George “Jerry” Hogan, Ringling’s circus chaplain”.

Throughout its 146 year history, the massive, traveling circus elated crowds from small towns to big cities across America with its exotic animals, mile-long trains and death-defying feats – but not without courting its fair share of controversy.

Earlier Sunday, a group of retired and former circus performers sat across the street at a hotel bar, laughing and hugging and sharing memories of tours past.

Big cat trainer Alexander Lacey directs one of the lions during the final show of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Uniondale, N.Y. Their other productions – Frozen on Ice, Marvel Live, Supercross, Monster Trucks, Disney on Ice – resonate better with younger generations.

Spirit Realty Capital, Inc (SRC) Stock Rating Lowered by Morgan Stanley

Spirit Realty Capital, Inc (SRC) Stock Rating Lowered by Morgan Stanley

JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut shares of Spirit Realty Capital from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and dropped their target price for the stock from $13.00 to $9.00 in a report on Thursday, May 4th. They presently have a $8.40 target price on the real estate investment trust’s stock, down from their previous target price of $11.50. EPS breaks down the profitability of the company on a single share basis. AMP Capital Investors Ltd now owns 9,618,826 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $128,987,000 after buying an additional 1,891,200 shares during the last quarter. For the next 5 years, Spirit Realty Capital, Inc.is expecting Growth of 37.73% per annum, whereas in the past 5 years the growth was 16.39% per annum.

Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. closed its last trading session at $7.27 with the loss of -0.14%. Presima Inc. increased its stake in Spirit Realty Capital by 5,416.6% in the third quarter. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC bought a new position in shares of Spirit Realty Capital during the first quarter worth about $109,000. ABR value is precisely based on brokerage recommendations, where out of 15 brokerage recommendations 4 rate Spirit Realty Capital, Inc (New) (NYSE:SRC) stock a Strong Buy, 0 rate the stocks of the company a Buy, 8 rate Hold, 1 rate Sell and 2 recommend a Strong Sell.

Shares of Spirit Realty Capital (NYSE:SRC) traded down 0.14% during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $7.26. The company has its outstanding Shares of 484.67 Million. The company has a market capitalization of $3.51 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 40.33 and a beta of 0.52.

Spirit Realty Capital, Inc is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The stock’s current distance from 20-Day Simple Moving Average (SMA20) is -13.34% where SMA50 and SMA200 are -23.21% and -33.17% respectively.

Several analysts have issued reports on SRC shares. These analysts have also projected a Low Estimate of $0.06/share and a High Estimate of $0.08/share.

Spirit Realty Capital (NYSE:SRC) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, May 3rd.

While looking at the Stock’s Performance, Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. now shows a Weekly Performance of -1.89%, where Monthly Performance is -30.53%, Quarterly performance is -31.42%, 6 Months performance is -29.71% and yearly performance percentage is -32.07%.

Receive News & Ratings for Spirit Realty Capital Inc Daily – Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts’ ratings for Spirit Realty Capital Inc and related companies with MarketBeat.com’s FREE daily email newsletter. If you are reading this story on another publication, it was illegally stolen and reposted in violation of global copyright and trademark law. TheStreet downgraded shares of Spirit Realty Capital from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 15th. Tracking ROA value which gives an idea as to how efficient management is at using its assets to generate earnings. If the market is performing well and the stock is over-valued, SRC might be a good investment at this point but if the market is dropping down, you might not consider buying the stock.

Spirit Realty Capital Inc (NYSE:SRC)’s trailing twelve month revenues are $683 Million, whereas its price to sales ratio for the same period is 5.15. Capital Fund Management S.A. now owns 1,239,033 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $16,516,000 after buying an additional 668,051 shares in the last quarter. Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL boosted its position in Spirit Realty Capital by 7.9% in the third quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services lowered shares of Spirit Realty Capital from a buy rating to a neutral rating in a research report on Thursday, May 4th.