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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While speculation swirls about the details of former FBI Director James Comey’s firing, President Donald Trump offered a simple explanation for the termination on Wednesday.

When asked why Comey was fired, Trump told reporters this: “Because he was not doing a good job.”

He offered the succinct explanation during an appearance in the Oval Office with Henry Kissinger. It was not immediately clear why Kissinger was meeting with Trump.

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Former President Jimmy Carter slyly revealed who he voted for in the Democratic primary Monday — and it seems he’s still feeling the Bern.

Carter dropped a mention of his vote to the crowd at the Carter Center, where Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joined him for a discussion about global peace and human rights.

During the lengthy talk, Sanders mentioned the Unites States’ low voter turnout rates and how that tends to swing elections for conservatives. That statement apparently struck a chord with Carter.

“Can y’all see why I voted for him?” Carter said to some laughs from the crowd.

Carter previously stayed mostly mum about the 2016 election, declining to endorse either candidate in the primary and quietly endorsing Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, calling her “unpopular” in his endorsement.

Watch the broadcast below via Facebook:

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Just after ABC News’s Cecilia Vega asked White House press secretary Sean Spicer Monday about Donald Trump’s campaign proposal of a ban on Muslim people traveling to the United States, many went looking for the statement on Trump’s website—and they came up empty-handed.

It appears that statement—as well as the entire “Statements” section, the “Announcements” section, “Endorsements” section and “Ads” section—has been scrubbed from Trump’s campaign site.

That change was noted by Vega as well as several other reporters on Twitter following the press briefing.

It’s not clear why the posts were deleted in masse or if it was done intentionally. The White House did not immediately respond to TPM’s request for clarification.

The statement was brought up during the press briefing because despite the statement’s call “for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives and figure out what is going on,” the Trump administration is now denying that Trump’s executive order banning travel from several predominantly Muslim nations is a Muslim ban. Spicer said during the briefing Monday that the administration’s stance has been the same since day one, and that it is a ban on nations, not on religion.

Trump’s revised executive order, which would temporarily ban travel from six Muslim-majority countries entering the United States, is currently being argued in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and Trump’s campaign statement has become a major talking point.

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Amid a rough few months for the company, Fox News was hit with another accusation of gender discrimination Thursday.

Jessica Golloher, a former correspondent for Fox News radio, filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court, saying that she was told her contract with the company would not be renewed after she contacted the network’s independent investigator about alleged discrimination at the network, The LA Times reported. Golloher had worked for Fox News since 2008 and has been under contract as a full-time employee since 2014.

In a statement, Golloher’s defense team alleged that she was fired in retaliation just 24 hours after contacting the law firm conducting an investigation about allegations against the netowork.

“Acting on the belief that her complaint would be treated with prompt and confidential consideration, Ms. Golloher emailed the Paul Weiss law firm, requesting a meeting,” the statement read. As the lawsuit contends, less than 24 hours after reaching out to the Paul Weiss law firm, Fox terminated Ms. Golloher in retaliation for her complaint.”

She also claims in the suit, according to The LA Times, that she was “marginalized and subjected to discrimination based on her gender” by her supervisors at the station, Mitch Davis and Hank Weinbloom. She was apparently contacting the investigator to discuss these concerns.

Fox denied Golloher’s claims, saying in a statement that “Jessica Golloher’s claims are without merit. Her allegations of discrimination and retaliation are baseless. We will vigorously defend the matter.”

The firm representing Golloher, Wigdor LLP, is the same representing a Class Action Complaint against Fox News, alleging racial discrimination on behalf of 11 former and current employees.

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The head of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) released a statement Thursday upon the passing of the House Republicans’ bill to repeal and replace Obamacare in their chamber, saying that the bill should be amended before it goes to the Senate in order to “protect low- and moderate-income families.”

Marilyn Tavenner released the statement shortly after the bill’s passage in the House of Representatives, urging members of the Senate to work with the organization to better protect those who rely on Medicaid.

“AHIP believes that every American deserves coverage and care that is affordable and accessible, including those with pre-existing conditions,” the statement read. “The American Health Care Act needs important improvements to better protect low- and moderate-income families who rely on Medicaid or buy their own coverage. We stand ready to work with members of the Senate and all policymakers, offering our recommendations for how this bill can be improved to ensure the private market delivers affordable coverage for all Americans.”

The organization urges careful consideration of the most vulnerable Americans in making health care decisions.

“More than 80 million Americans rely on the Medicaid and individual market, and they deserve affordable coverage and access to quality care. AHIP believes that by working together, we can create good private market solutions that improve the health and financial stability of all people,” its statement reads.

The insurance group will likely get its wish because shortly after the House vote, Senate Republicans said they would scrap the House bill and start over.

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Former President Barack Obama formally endorsed French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron Thursday, marking one of his first forays into politics since leaving office.

Obama announced his endorsement in a Twitter video on Macron’s feed, in which he called the centrist candidate someone who “appeals to people’s hopes and not their fears.”

“I have admired the campaign that Emmanuel Macron has run,” Obama said. “He has stood up for liberal values, he put forward a vision for the important role that France plays in Europe and around the world. And he is committed to a better future for the French people. He appeals to people’s hopes and not their fears.”

Macron is currently running against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, a race that has, of course, brought up comparisons to Trump and the 2016 U.S. presidential race.

Obama had supported Macron in the past but had declined to formally endorse him until now. He said in the video that he does not plan on stepping into too many other races, but that the French election was too important not to speak up about.

“I’m not planning to get involved in many elections now that I don’t have to run for office again, but the French election is very important to the future of France and to the values that we care so much about,” Obama said.

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Regardless of how critics are saying he stacks up, President Donald Trump seems pleased as punch about his progress in office so far. On Friday he declared his first 100 days in office “just about the most successful” in history.

In his weekly address to the nation, Trump said that his first few months have brought about “profound change.”

“I truly believe that the first 100 days of my Administration has been just about the most successful in our country’s history,” Trump said. “In just fourteen weeks, my administration has brought profound change to Washington.”

Trump cited “fantastic profits” from US businesses and increased jobs as proof that he has been successful.

“Our companies are doing better –- they just announced fantastic profits -– all because of what’s happened in this rather short period of time,” Trump said. “And that’s just the beginning. We’re putting in a massive tax cut for the middle class and for business. It’s going to have an enormous effect.”

The President said that is biggest accomplishment, though, is something that cannot be measured.

“The greatest change of all is the renewal of the American spirit,” he said. “As long as we have faith in each other, and trust in God, then the sun will always shine on our very Glorious Republic.”

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is back on speaking terms with President Donald Trump but said in an interview with BuzzFeed News published Saturday that the subject of their conversations are not always productive.

“When I talk to him, I try to talk to him about serious issues and he just changes the subject,” Schumer told the site. “I told him we want to work with him where we can work with him, we want to work with him on a big infrastructure bill — America needs to rebuild its infrastructure, haven’t gotten anywhere with him.

“He listens to what I have to say on the important subject of the day and then he talks about what he wants to talk about,” Schumer continued.

Schumer didn’t have many kind words for the President in the interview, saying that Trump’s comments that he thought the presidency would be easier should be a wake-up call.

“Good morning! Mr. President, you’re in the big leagues now,” he told BuzzFeed News. “Of course it’s going to take a lot of work, it’s probably the hardest job in the world.”

He also took jabs at the bill the Trumps are racking up by having First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump stay in Trump Tower. Schumer told BuzzFeed that he thinks New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio should refuse to foot the bill, which the NYPD estimates to be $127,000 to $146,000, according to Fox News.

“[Mayor Bill de Blasio] ought to tell the Congress if we don’t pay for it, New York City cops aren’t guarding it, and let the Feds put more people in,” Schumer said, according to BuzzFeed News. “That’s what I think he should do.”

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Tom Hanks explained Friday why he gifted the White House press corps with a new coffee maker with a simple reason:

“Those poor bastards need coffee. It’s just as simple as that,” he explained on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

Colbert brought up the gift that went viral, and read Hanks’ note that went along with it that said “Keep up the good fight for Truth, Justice, and the American Way. Especially for the Truth part.”

While Colbert said that the current state of the presidency is probably “keeping them up” anyway without that coffee, Hanks joked that his gift may be causing another problem for journalists.

“I have the feeling the problem now is a lot of spit coffee on people’s laps,” he said to laughs from the audience.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said that she decided to attend President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January for motivation to resist his message in the years to come.

In an appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher” Friday night Warren explained that she decided to attend the inauguration, though several of her Democratic colleagues decided to skip it in protest, because she wanted to use it as motivation to keep fighting.

“I went to Trump’s inauguration. I watched. I wanted to see it. I wanted it burned in my eyes,” Warren said. “You know? My view on this was if there was every going to be a moment where I was like, ‘Oh I’m too tired to get up,’ all I had to do is close my eyes and it’s like, ‘Oh god, I’m up. I’m ready. I’m back in the fight.'”

Warren said that her book, “This Fight is Our Fight,” ends on the women’s marches that took place the day after and said that is what will be remembered by history.

“It’s the next day when the world changed,” she said. “When the history of this time is written, sure, it’s going to be about Donald Trump’s election, but you know what it’s going to be about? It’s going to be about the day of the women’s marches. It’s going to be about the day that we made our voices heard.”

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