Amazon Will Pay $0 in Taxes Again ; Johnson & Johnson Talc Supplier Seeks Bankruptcy ; and More Picks 2/15

Amazon Will Pay a Whopping $0 in Federal Taxes on $11.2 Billion Profits (Reader Steve)

From Fortune: “According to a report published by the Institute on Taxation and Economic (ITEP) policy Wednesday, the e-tail/retail/tech/entertainment/everything giant won’t have to pay a cent in federal taxes for the second year in a row.”

Jeff Bezos Is No Hero (Russ)

The author writes, “There’s growing tension between Bezos’s role as the savior of one of America’s most important news organizations and his role overseeing an anti-democratic corporate behemoth. Or there should be, anyway.”

Johnson & Johnson Supplier Seeks Bankruptcy Over Talc Suits (Chris)

The author writes, “A key supplier of talc used in Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday in the wake of multibillion-dollar lawsuits alleging its products caused ovarian cancer and asbestos-related mesothelioma.”

The Most Important New Woman in Congress Is Not Who You Think (Gerry)

The author writes, “‘Mikie’ [Sherrill], not ‘AOC,’ is actually more materially the face of the Democrats’ fresh capacity to push legislation and check the agenda of a newly vexed President Donald Trump.”

BBC Producer Expresses Doubts About Assad’s Douma Attack (Dan)

In a series of tweets, BBC’s Syria producer Riam Dalati — agreeing with the Intercept’s James Harkin — has stated that the “Douma hospital scenes were staged” after the town was attacked in 2018. Dalati also maintains that sarin was not used in the attack.