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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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President Donald Trump defended Fox News Host Bill O’Reilly Wednesday against allegations that the TV personality sexually harassed several women, calling him a “good person” and saying that he didn’t do anything wrong.

In an interview with the New York Times in the Oval Office, Trump reportedly praised O’Reilly, saying that O’Reilly adequately covered the story about former Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice. Trump then apparently went on to defend O’Reilly from allegations of sexual harassment.

“I think he’s a person I know well — he is a good person,” Trump said.

O’Reilly made headlines after a New York Times report on Saturday revealed that at least five women took a total of $13 million in settlements from O’Reilly or 21st Century Fox after making allegations of sexual harassment and other behavior against him. Nearly two dozen advertisers have pulled out of his show amid the allegations.

Trump told the Times that he does not think O’Reilly should have settled because he does not think O’Reilly did anything wrong.

“I think he shouldn’t have settled; personally I think he shouldn’t have settled,” said Trump said, according to The New York Times. “Because you should have taken it all the way. I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”

Trump himself is no stranger to settling lawsuits. Though he often boasted on the campaign trail that he doesn’t settle, he most recently settled a suit against his failed business program Trump University to the tune of $25 million.

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Fox New host Bill O’Reilly called out CNN anchor Don Lemon Tuesday, saying that Lemon refused to cover a story regarding former National Security Adviser Susan Rice on his program. Lemon was not having it.

O’Reilly tweeted a video of Lemon, which O’Reilly said showed the CNN host refusing to cover a story about Rice, who has been accused of leaked classified information to the press and made requests to unmask the identities of U.S. persons in intelligence reports for political purposes—both of which Rice has denied.

In the video, Lemon said that he will not “insult the intelligence” of his viewers by repeating baseless allegations that Trump and his team were illegally wiretapped. He did not mention Rice in the clip.

Lemon shot back on Twitter, denying that he refused to cover the story and referencing the multiple women who have accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment.

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For the first time, a majority of Americans support former President Barack Obama’s health care bill, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday.

Fifty-five percent of Americans now support Obamacare, the poll reported. This number is a serious increase from five months ago when 42 percent of people approved of the Affordable Care Act while 53 percent disapproved. This is the first time a majority of Americans have approved of the law since Gallup began polling for it in 2012.

Each group polled—Republicans, Democrats and independents—are all more likely to approve of the ACA now than just after President Donald Trump was elected, according to Gallup.

Despite this news, only 26 percent want to keep Obamacare as it is, according to the poll. Forty percent want to keep the Affordable Care Act but amend it significantly and 30 percent want to repeal and replace the law.

The findings are notable because in March, House Republicans pulled their preferred health care bill after they could not garner enough support for the legislation.

The poll was conducted over the telephone from April 1-2, 2017 with a sample size of 1,023 adults 18 and older. The margin of error is ±4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) announced Friday that she will vote “no” on confirming President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch after publicly voicing her indecision on the subject early this week.

In a Medium post titled “Gorsuch: Good for Corporations, Bad for Working People,” McCaskill voiced her opposition to the nominee and explained why she will vote against him. She attributed her decision not to a party line vote, but one she came to after reviewing Gorsuch’s record, which she says shows a “stunning lack of humanity.”

“I cannot support Judge Gorsuch because a study of his opinions reveal a rigid ideology that always puts the little guy under the boot of corporations,” she said in the post. “He is evasive, but his body of work isn’t. Whether it is a freezing truck driver or an autistic child, he has shown a stunning lack of humanity.”

In the post, McCaskill painted Gorsuch as a champion of corporations and special interests, adding that he would not uphold Trump’s promise to help working people.

“The President who promised working people he would lift them up has nominated a judge who can’t even see them,” she wrote.

McCaskill’s announcement came just one day after two of her Democratic colleagues— Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) — announced separately that they will vote next week to confirm Gorsuch. Many Democrats have publicly said they will vote no, citing either Gorsuch’s record or Republicans’ refusal to give a hearing to former President Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina governor says he signed measure rolling back state’s ‘bathroom bill’ despite criticism from LGBT groups.

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