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The Quiet Radicalism of Melania Trump

The Quiet Radicalism of Melania Trump

Melania Trump on the South Lawn of the White House in November.CreditAndrew Harrer/Bloomberg


By Kate Andersen Brower
Jan. 25, 2018

On the first anniversary of his inauguration, President Trump spent the day blasting Democrats for the government shutdown, suggesting that women marching in protest of his presidency were somehow celebrating it, and embroiled in allegations that he paid off a porn star to keep her quiet about their relationship. Melania Trump, meanwhile, commemorated the anniversary by tweeting a single photo of herself on Inauguration Day on the arm of a Marine. Her husband was nowhere in sight, and she did not mention his name. A few days later — on what happened to be the Trumps’ 13th wedding anniversary — she canceled her plans to accompany Mr. Trump to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

She may not be progressive. She may not be political. And yet Mrs. Trump may end up doing more than any of her predecessors to upend our expectations of the slavish devotion a first lady must display toward her husband.

Her reasons for doing so, of course, are almost certainly personal. With the exception of the Clintons, there has not been a more complicated first couple in modern history: Mrs. Trump is the third wife of a man who once told the radio host Howard Stern he would “give her a week” to lose the baby weight after their son, Barron, was born. During the 2016 campaign she was put in the position of defending him after a 2005 “Access Hollywood” video showed him bragging about groping women.


Maybe Mrs. Trump is more like Michelle Obama than people think. Though the mutual affection of the Obamas was obvious, Mrs. Obama was also the first first lady to challenge people to accept a woman who refused to play the role of the saccharine, adoring spouse. “I can’t do that,” she said in 2007 Vanity Fair interview. “That’s not me. I love my husband. I think he’s one of the most brilliant men I’ve ever met, and he knows that. But he’s not perfect, and I don’t want the world to want him to be perfect.”

Mrs. Trump is the most reluctant first lady since Bess Truman (who left Washington to return to her home in Independence, Mo., at every opportunity). Her apparent antipathy toward the job has made her more willing to ignore the rules and traditions that govern it. This quiet rebellion started with her decision not to move into the White House until five months after her husband took office. It gathered force when she swatted her husband’s hand away on an airport tarmac in Israel last year. By the time the Trumps leave the White House, Mrs. Trump may have done more to change our notions about this archaic position, which has no job description and no pay, and comes with impossible expectations, than most of her predecessors.

Would it have been beneficial to Donald Trump for his wife to stand beside him in Davos and show a united front, as we have come to expect from first ladies? Absolutely. Does she care? Probably not.

Kate Andersen Brower is a CNN contributor and the author, most recently, of “First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies.”

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9 Explosive Claims from Michael Wolff's Book That the Media Missed


From the KKK to Richard Nixon, a multiplicity of horrifying accounts emerge.
By Chris Sosa / AlterNet
January 24, 2018, 1:32 PM GMT


3. Trump’s preferred health care solution is Medicare-for-all.

The president had to be coached by his right-wing handlers to prevent him from embracing socialized medicine.

“All things considered, he probably preferred the notion of more people having health insurance than fewer people having it. He was even, when push came to shove, rather more for Obamacare than for repealing Obamacare,” Wolff writes.

“As well, he had made a set of rash Obama-like promises, going so far as to say that under a forthcoming Trumpcare plan (he had to be strongly discouraged from using this kind of rebranding—political wise men told him that this was one instance where he might not want to claim ownership with his name), no one would lose their health insurance, and that preexisting conditions would continue to be covered. In fact, he probably favored government-funded health care more than any other Republican.”

While the conclusion is the opinion of the author, a direct quote attributed to Trump is eyebrow-raising. It finds Trump flat-out toying with a health care solution to the left of the traditional Democratic position.

“‘Why can’t Medicare simply cover everybody?’ [Trump] had impatiently wondered aloud during one discussion with aides, all of whom were careful not to react to this heresy,” Wolff writes.


Donut eating champ arrested for breaking into a donut shop

There was a hole in his plan.

Doughnut-Eating Champ Arrested In Doughnut Shop Break-In

Doughnut-Eating Champ Arrested In Doughnut Shop Break-In
By Ed Mazza
Elizabeth City Police Dept
Bradley Hardison was arrested last week in connection with an alleged break-in at a doughnut shop in North Carolina.


There was a hole in his plan.

A former doughnut-eating champion was arrested in North Carolina last week after police said he broke into a Dunkin’ Donuts, the Virginian-Pilot newspaper reported.

Bradley Hardison, now 27, made national news in 2014 when he won a police-sponsored doughnut-eating contest in Elizabeth City, then was arrested days later in connection with a series of break-ins in a neighboring county. Sheriff’s deputies had seen the media reports of his doughnut-eating contest victory and recognized him as their suspect.

Hardison was convicted and received a suspended sentence in connection with those break-ins.

This time, Hardison allegedly broke into a safe at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Elizabeth City in November and took an undisclosed amount of dough, according to WAVY, the NBC station in Portsmouth, Virginia. He’s now facing a series of felony charges, including breaking and entering, larceny, safecracking and probation violations, court records showed.

“That’s unfortunate that he continues to break the law and continue on this path in his lifestyle,” Lt. Max Robeson of the Camden Sheriff’s Office, who arrested Hardison in 2014, told the Daily Advance after learning about his latest run-in with the law.

Michelle Obama just went to the beach and racist Trump fans are livid at her outfit

Michelle Obama just went to the beach and racist Trump fans are livid at her outfit

By Vinnie Longobardo
Published on January 15, 2018


Republicans, trying to change the topic from what a rascist pig they elected President and the impending government shutdown that Trump is causing with his immigration intransigence, attacked former first lady Michelle Obama for wearing beach clothing to the beach. according to a new report on Opposing Views.

Yeah, that’s how Republicans celebrate Martin Luther King Day, making inappropriate accusations towards the first African-American woman to be first lady.

Michelle Obama was in Miami Beach with her daughter Malia when they headed out to the sand wearing an outfit wouldn’t get a second glance, much less blistering internet comments, from any of the other casually dressed tourists and locals present.

Dressed all in white at the beach, with fashionably ripped-denim cut-off shorts, a white blouse, and a black bandana, sunglasses, and hoop earrings, Mrs. Obama looked like she was perfectly dressed for a day at the beach, but Republican trolls were posting comments online like she was a homeless woman crashing a party at a 5 star hotel.

“The ripped white shorts! Hard to believe she was ever a First Lady,”one commenter wrote. “Getting too much inspiration from Beyonce, I think.”

“Totally inappropriate for her age and who she is,” said another. “Her daughter looks embarrassed. Rightly so!”

“Why holes on the white cut offs?.. looks a little trailer trash,” added another person who apparently hasn’t visited a mall in the last 20 years.

“The whole family has no class,” added another user. “Thank god they no longer represent us!”

This last comment is the most unbelievable of all given the current occupants of the White House. With Melania Trump’s past as a nude model, one has to wonder what their definition of “class” could possibly be.

Luckily more intelligent defenders of the former first lady came to the rescue in the comments section.

“I don’t think Michelle needs our approval,” one commenter wrote. “She is a self confident, elegant woman.”

“Former First Lady on holiday. So what?” another user asked. “She was in the public eye for long enough. Now leave her alone.”

“Not a fan but always liked her style. She does look great. So do her kids,” wrote another. “Family should be left out of politics.”

“To the commenters here that are along the lines of ‘And she is still headline news….why?’ I’ll tell you,” one perceptive reader explained. “People are pining for the days when they had a beautiful, intelligent, eloquent first family who had some decency.”

Now that’s an opinion that’s difficult to argue with.

And not any word about the porno star "dating" POTUS.

Non Trump: Obama on Letterman's pod cast - interesting stuff


Obama: Innovations that helped elect me now dividing the country

by Mike Memoli

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama says the same innovations in technology that helped make his historic election possible have now evolved to exacerbate the nation’s political divides, keeping many Americans inside partisan "bubbles" of their own making.


"One of the biggest challenges we have to our democracy is the degree to which we don’t share a common baseline of facts," the 44th president told Letterman for his new Netflix series, "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction."

"What the Russians exploited but it was already here is we are operating in completely different information universes. If you watch Fox News, you are living on a different planet than you are if you listen to NPR," Obama continued.

"That’s what’s happening with these Facebook pages where more and more people are getting their news from. At a certain point you just live in a bubble," he said. "And that’s part of why our politics is so polarized right now. I think it is a solvable problem but it’s one we have to spend a lot of time thinking about."


"We essentially built what ended up being the most effective political campaign in modern history. So I had a pretty optimistic feeling about it," he said. "I think that what we missed was the degree to which people who are in power, special interests, foreign governments, etcetera, can in fact manipulate that and propagandize."


"When you become president and you’re in the Oval Office you feel, ‘OK, now I have to act presidential.’ And we lost track of what had gotten us there, and that was our ability to tell stories and relate to people," Obama said. "In fairness part of it was, the world economy was collapsing and I had two wars that I had to deal with. So that’ll make you kind of serious."


"One of the things that Michelle figured out in some ways faster than I did was, part of your ability to lead the country doesn’t have to do with legislation, it doesn’t have to do with regulations, it has to do with shaping attitudes, shaping culture, increasing awareness," he said. "She’s doing all this cool stuff I’m standing behind a podium and I’m droning on and on about, ‘Well, the legislative strategy for such and such.’ And people are clicking the television trying to find something else."


"I think there was a sense I’d run the race, I’d completed it, I was proud of the work that we had done, and that I was ready for the next stage," he said. "The stereotype of former presidents is you’re sitting around your house waiting for someone to call, lonely."

"No, that’s me," Letterman quipped.

"But the truth is it felt exciting," Obama added.


"We’re the only advanced democracy that deliberately discourages people from voting," he said. "What ends up happening is we have some of the lowest voting rates of any democracy on earth. The truth is that people opt out themselves because they just don’t think anything can happen."


Trump just declared war on the First Amendment in an unhinged cabinet meeting

Trump just declared war on the First Amendment in an unhinged cabinet meeting

By Colin Taylor
Published on January 10, 2018


President Trump delved deeper into the abyss of authoritarianism this morning when he announced that his administration would be looking at opening up the “libel” laws in a full-throated attack on our First Amendment rights and an obvious attempt to muffle the press.


“We are going to take a strong look at our country’s libel laws so that when somebody says something that is false and defamatory about someone, that person will have meaningful recourse in our courts. And if somebody says something that’s totally false and knowingly false, that the person that has been abused, defamed, libeled, will have meaningful recourse.

Our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace and do not represent American values or American fairness. So we’re going to take a strong look at that. We want fairness. You can’t say things that are false, knowingly false and be able to smile as money pours into your bank account. We’re going to take a very, very strong look at that. And I think what the American people want to see is fairness.”


Trump: "We will take a strong look at our country’s libel laws" so people "can’t say things that are false and knowingly false."
That's rich from him. And ignorant: It's a landmark SCOTUS ruling, not law, that set a high bar for public figures to claim libel. Can't change that.

— Jackie Calmes (@jackiekcalmes) January 10, 2018


President Trump: "We are going to take a strong look at our country's libel laws … You can't say things that are false, knowingly false, and be able to smile as money pours into your bank account." pic.twitter.com/FUK7CTxOQb

— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 10, 2018

Steve Earle "Over Yonder" "Billy Austin"

Steve Earle "Over Yonder"

Ohio youth team kicked out of rec league over offensive jerseys

Dan Devine
Yahoo SportsJan 9, 2018, 10:55 AM



Four weeks into the Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League’s season, parents of players on a team from West Clermont, Ohio, saw that the team from Kings Mills, Ohio, against whom their children were playing was named “The Wet Dream Team.” They also noticed that the names on the backs of the high-school-aged boys’ jerseys included phrases like “Knee Grow” and “Coon.”


“By no means are we perfect parents or assume our teenage boys are innocent and don’t speak of things like this, but I could never imagine allowing my teenage son to represent his school and league in this manner, let alone representing our family with such filth,” Rue wrote. “[…] There is enough hate, bullying, and aggressive behavior in the world that these kids, parents, and schools shouldn’t have to deal with bigotry and lewd innuendos on jerseys and in team names in a school district represented recreational basketball league. This isn’t a typo, this isn’t a mistake, these are ideas that were thought of, discussed, agreed upon by adults and kids alike, printed on uniforms, social media accounts registered and manned and no one thought this was a bad idea or inappropriate?”


“CPYBL was developed to provide the best possible basketball experience for the youth of our communities and their families and has always been committed to bringing a positive experience to all of our members,” wrote Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League spokesman Ben Goodyear in a statement to the Enquirer. “Based on the information that we received, the actions and conduct of the team in question did not comply with our stated mission and expected standards and that team has, therefore, been dismissed from our league.”

They’ve also been “restricted from any further use of district facilities,” according to a spokesperson for the Kings Local School District, who emphasized that this team of students and the league in which they were playing isn’t affiliated with the district itself.


The team’s coach, Walt Gill, apologized “to anyone that was offended by the jerseys” in a statement to WLWT. He noted that the team “offered to cover them up or change,” but that the league still chose to eject the team, “and we have accepted that decision.”


“This is a teachable moment for [the teen players] to understand how these words are hurtful,” Cincinnati NAACP first vice president Joe Mallory told Cincinnati Fox affiliate WXIX-TV. “They’re inflammatory, and they’re divisive to the entire community. […] It’s everybody’s problem. It’s everybody’s business that when these things happen we all stand up and speak out on it.”

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Dan Devine is a writer and editor for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@oath.com or follow him on Twitter!
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Parents did this. Kids learn racism and sexism. The parents did this and the kids get the punishment. Why did the league take two quarters to shut it down? Why wasn't the offer to cover up or change the jerseys an acceptable alternantive?
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