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Kristin Salaky

Kristin is the Front Page Editor based in New York City. She is a graduate of Ohio University and her byline has been featured in Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan. Follow her on Twitter @kristinsalaky.

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Ivanka Trump, who is serving as executive assistant to her father, President Donald Trump, has hired a chief-of-staff who has some close ties to George W. Bush’s White House, Politico reported Friday.

Julie Radford, who formerly worked under Bush’s education secretary, Margaret Spelling, will serve as Trump’s chief of staff after being recruited in February by Dina Powell, chief of the personnel office in the Bush White House and current deputy national security adviser, Politico reported.

The hiring comes just before Ivanka Trump will travel to Berlin to take part in a W20 women’s summit put on by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Radford and Powell will accompany Trump on that trip, Politico reported.

It is unclear how many staffers Ivanka Trump will hire.

Pete Souza, the former White House photographer for President Barack Obama, continued his crusade of needling President Donald Trump at every turn Thursday.

Souza shared a photo of Obama and his then-chief of staff Bill Daley under a portrait of President Ronald Reagan with the caption “being respectful.” He posted the photo on the same day former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and musicians Ted Nugent and Kid Rock posted a photo mocking Hillary Clinton’s White House portrait.

 

Souza has made his Instagram account a subtle clap-back machine, posting photos as sly response to Trump, including posting photos of Obama speaking with refugees and a photo of former Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

First daughter and trusted adviser to the President, Ivanka Trump announced Thursday that she is publishing a book about women in the workplace and will set up a charitable fund with part of her advance and book earnings. She said the unpaid part of her advance would be given to charity.

Trump made her announcement of the book, called “Women Who Work,” in a post on her Facebook page. Trump said the book will focus on empowering women in the workplace, though she said she recognized she her experience is not exactly ordinary.

“Like many other professional women, I have juggled the demands that come with growing my family and building my businesses, and I realize that I am more fortunate than most,” she wrote.

Trump said the Ivanka M. Trump Charitable Fund will make donations to The National Urban League and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, non-profits she calls “forward-thinking and innovative.”

Trump said to comply with ethics rules she will not promote her book and said that she wrote it before her father was elected.

“In light of government ethics rules, I want to be clear that this book is a personal project,” she wrote. “I wrote it at a different time in my life, from the perspective of an executive and an entrepreneur, and the manuscript was completed before the election last November. Out of an abundance of caution and to avoid the appearance of using my official role to promote the book, I will not publicize the book through a promotional tour or media appearances.”

Former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin took aim at Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), accusing her of appropriating what she says is her catchphrase, “fight like a girl.”

In an interview with Breitbart, Palin took issue with Warren’s use of the phrase during her book tour, as well as in a photo with the “Fearless Girl” statue currently opposing the Wall Street Bull as a show of female strength.

Palin told the conservative outlet that she finds it funny that Warren, and other left-leaning women, use the phrase because they think that women should “claim victimization.”

“I don’t know. Coming from liberals who urge women to claim victimization, ‘Fight like a girl’ just doesn’t sound the same as when legit fighters for equality say it, mean it, live it, and will never give it up,” she told Breitbart.

Brietbart highlighted several instances in which Palin used the phrase in “more than a mere tweet,” including an anti-uniont even in Wisconsin and a Tea Party event.

The phrase is obviously a popular one, being used for everything from songs to clothing to a foundation fighting breast cancer, with many predating Palin’s political ambitions.

You may remember when, in January, a Twitter account for a national park sent out and then quickly deleted a series of tweets about climate change after President Donald Trump had reportedly muzzled the National Parks Service. Newly released documents show that the tweets were indeed the result of an ex-employee fighting back against a President who’s called climate change a hoax cooked up by the Chinese.

Internal documents related to the dustup that the NPS published last week in response to Freedom of Information Act requests show that an ex-employee, fearing a crackdown against climate change, intentionally tweeted from the account when he discovered he still had access. That individual apparently posted the tweets—then fessed up and apologized to his former employers.

The Badlands National Park account made headlines in January for tweets concerning climate change and the importance of protecting the environment. The tweets stood out in the wake of a wave of reports that the Trump administration had ordered the National Parks Service’s account to cease all activity after it retweeted some unflattering posts about President Trump and the size of his inauguration crowd.

 

The tweets were swiftly deleted after they were posted, however, prompting even greater speculation about what plucky government employee could have been behind them. The NPS eventually released a statement that pinned the blame on an ex-employee not authorized to use the park’s account.

“Fearing a gag order on climate science, I willfully sent out a series of tweets on the subject,” the email from the ex-employee, whose name was redacted, reads:

The ex-employee proceeded to explain that after discovering they remained logged into a tweet scheduling application, Hootsuite, connected to the Badlands account, they posted the tweets.

The ex-employee assured the agency they no longer had access to the account.

“I accept full responsibility for my actions,” the individual wrote.

Correction: The original version of this post misinterpreted the contents of the email from the former NPS parks employee. The ex-employee wrote that he inadvertently remained logged into a tweet scheduling application connected to the Badlands account, not that he accidentally posted the tweets about climate change from that application. We regret the error.

The White House press briefing had a little bit of levity Wednesday, thanks to a member of the New England Patriots, who were at the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski, commonly known simply as “Gronk,” busted into the briefing room for a bit of a joke during White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s remarks.

“Sean, need some help?” he asked, to laughs from reporters.

“I think I got this, but thank you,” Spicer replied. “Maybe. Thanks, man. See you in a minute. Hold on, one second. That was cool. How do you follow that?”

Spicer appeared not to know the gag was coming, but it’s unclear exactly who was in on the joke.

Watch the encounter below via NBC News:

The Murdoch family is reportedly fighting about top Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s future at the network in the wake of accusations of sexual harassment against him, New York Magazine reported Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.

O’Reilly is currently away on vacation, his longest in years, and the family is “leaning toward” announcing he will not be back on air, according to the report. James and Lachlan Murdoch are of the opinion that O’Reilly needs to go, sources apparently told the publication, but their father, Rupert, is not so sure.

“The three are fighting,” an unnamed source told New York Magazine.

Part of the reason Murdoch is resistant is that he doesn’t want it to look like he was “forced into a decision by The New York Times,” the report continued.

This report comes on the heels of dozens of companies pulling out of advertising on O’Reilly’s show after it came to light that several sexual harassment cases against him had been settled. The revenue lost, along with other factors, has made the idea of letting O’Reilly go look better and better, an unnamed source told the publication.

“It’s worse than Glenn Beck,” they reportedly said.

A spokesperson for Fox News did not immediately respond to TPM’s request for comment on the report.

The accusations against O’Reilly have also prompted protests outside the network and petitions to fire him.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio issued a challenge to President Donald Trump and his “Republican enablers” Tuesday, calling on the President to release his tax returns and releasing his own.

De Blasio released his and his wife’s joint 2016 tax return on the day they were due to be filed and published a Medium blog post explaining the importance of paying a fair share of tax and stressing the widening wage gap.



“Tax time also confronts us with the cruel absurdity of what President Trump and his Republican enablers in Congress are doing,” the post read. “They want to slash sensible government investments in education, health care and other key areas that most Americans rely on and use that money to give a massive tax cut to the wealthy — the one segment of Americans who don’t need any help.”

De Blasio blasted Trump’s excuses to not release his tax returns publicly as a decision that makes “zero sense.”

“President Trump’s tax giveaway to the wealthiest among us makes zero sense, as does his decision to break decades of precedent and refuse to share his tax returns with the American people,” he wrote. “We won’t bore you with the endless excuses our president has made. We’ll just say this: No one forces any of us to run for public office, but those in public office must be transparent about our finances.”

De Blasio, of course, is not the first to call on Trump to release his returns. Trump has frequently been asked to release them by everyone from journalists to members of his own party. The decision even prompted massive rallies on Tax Day this past weekend to demand Trump release his return.

Trump has frequently cited an audit as the reason why he won’t release the returns, though the IRS has said that an audit would not prevent him from releasing them.

All eyes are on the Georgia House special election Tuesday, but CNN’s Alisyn Camerota had some burning questions about the leading candidate’s personal life: namely, when he was going to propose to his longtime girlfriend.

During an interview, Camerota pressed Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff on when he would be moving into the district in which he’s running, since he currently doesn’t live there and cannot vote for himself in the race. Ossoff explained that the election was unexpected and that he lives with his girlfriend but would soon be moving back.



“Well, I grew up in this district. I grew up in this community,” he explained. “No one knew there was going to be an election coming. I have been living with Alisha, my girlfriend of 12 years, down by Emory University where she’s a full-time medical student. And as soon as she concludes her medical training, I will be back 10 minutes back up the street into the district where I grew up, but I want to support her and her career and do right by her.”

Camerota then pressed Ossoff on when he’d be popping the question to his girlfriend.

“So when are you going to marry her?” she asked.

“I think I could reasonably say that’s more a personal question,” Ossoff replied with a laugh. “I’ll give you a call when I have something to announce.”

Camerota then offered a suggestion on a proposal idea.

“Please do. Perhaps, say, an election day proposal would be good,” she said.

Watch the clip below via CNN:

An Oregon man named Michael Elliott apparently died at peace on April 6 after his “ex-wife and best friend” told him a little white lie: that President Donald Trump had been impeached.

That’s according to his humorous obituary, posted on OregonLive.com, which included quite a few gems, including that he didn’t know which year he was born (1940 or 1941) and that he “joined a semi-pro basketball team that toured the country playing exhibition games, dressed as women.”



He also was apparently not a fan of Trump, as his ex-wife and best friend, Teresa Elliott, was prompted to put him at peace with the “fake news” that Trump had been kicked out of office.

“The last thing she said to him was ‘Donald Trump has been impeached.'” the obituary reads. “Upon hearing that he took his final, gentle breath, his earthly work concluded.”

Read his whole obituary here.

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