From The Reporter's Notebook
TPM's Tierney Megan was on White House pool duty today as President Obama welcomed the US women's soccer team. Obama said the team showed that "to play like a girl means you're a badass."
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From a TPM Prime member: "The funny thing about Wal-Mart was back in the 80s, they were the "anti-KMart", plenty of staff on the floor, nicely run stores. Not exactly Target, but more able to attract "Target customers". At a certain point they decided to go for complete standardization and to basically go for people who had limited options--the poor, the rural, etc. It's not a good strategy for long-term growth. Rural areas often aren't growing. Low to middle income shoppers have been consistently squeezed in terms of disposable income. "
Related: How Wal-Mart became the town square in rural America.
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