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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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.

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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:

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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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You win some, you lose some (hats).

President Donald Trump signed autographs for a crowd at the Easter Egg Roll at the White House on Monday, but at least two people left sans one hat.

In a video posted by Politico, Trump signed two “Make America Great Again” hats handed to him in a crowd. After he signed them, he proceeded to toss them up in the air and into the gathered crowd instead of handing them back.

One person who thanked Trump initially for signing his hat simply said “no!” after Trump tossed his hat in the air.

Watch below via Politico:

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Donald Trump Jr. mocked LGBT students and activists at Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University who oppose the opening of Chick-fil-A restaurant on campus in a tweet Thursday, calling them #triggered.

Trump linked to a Daily Caller article that mocked the students in a similar way for opposing the construction of a Chick-fil-A on campus because their “safe space is at risk.”

While Trump’s tweet references the “yummy sandwiches” at Chick-fil-A, LGBT activists’ problem with the restaurant has nothing to do with poultry. The restaurant’s president, Dan Cathy, came under fire in 2012 for admitting the company had donated to anti-LGBT groups who support “traditional marriage.” Many boycotted the chain after those comments and in turn, many conservatives chose to eat at the chain in support.

Trump’s implication that sandwiches are the only thing LGBT students would need to be concerned about, of course, comes in direct conflict with the fact that LGBT students are more likely to be the victims of sexual assault on college campuses and are more at risk for bullying.

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President Donald Trump painted a bleak picture of U.S.-Russia relations Wednesday, saying that the relationship between the two nations may be at an “all-time low.”

“It would be wonderful, as we were discussing just a little while ago, if NATO and our country could get along with Russia,” Trump said. Right now we’re not getting along with Russia at all. We may be at an all-time low in terms of relationship with Russia. This has built for a long period of time, but we’ll see what happens.”

Trump made the comment during a joint press conference at the White House with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Despite the dreary outlook, Trump said that he heard that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had a positive meeting with Russian officials.

“I’ll be speaking with Rex Tillerson in a little while, calling in. I think he had a very successful meeting in Russia,” Trump said. “We’ll see. We’ll see the end result, which will be in a long period of time perhaps, but the end result is what’s most important, not just talk, and I think that based on everything I’m hearing, things went pretty well. Maybe better than anticipated.”

But, Tillerson echoed Trump’s negative comments during his press conference earlier that day with Russian diplomat Sergei Lavrov.

“I expressed the view that the current state of US-Russian relations is at a low point,” Tillerson said. “The world’s two foremost nuclear powers cannot have this kind of relationship.”

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Riffing off The Washington Post’s new slogan, “Democracy Dies In Darkness,” journalist Michael Wolff asked President Donald Trump’s senior counselor Kellyanne Conway if she takes personally the fact that she is “the darkness.”

“How personal do you take this?” Wolff asked Wednesday during a conversation at the Newseum in Washington D.C.

“How personally do I take what?” Conway asked.

“This coverage of you this ‘Democracy Dies In Darkness” because I’m gonna tell you, when they say ‘Democracy Dies In Darkness’ you’re the darkness,” Wolff said to cheers.

“I’m not the darkness,” Conway shot back.

Wolff clarified that he was not calling Conway “the darkness,” but pointing out that is probably what the Washington Post had in mind. Conway said that just because someone says something, doesn’t make it true.

The comment came in a forum about the press and the presidency, which Conway participated in. Unsurprisingly, most of the questions volleyed at her had to do with the administration’s distrust of the media. At one point, Conway took a shot at television news, saying that anyone can go on TV and say anything, even if it’s not true.

“People literally say things that just aren’t true,” Conway said to laughs from the audience.

Conway has a complicated relationship with television news. Once a frequent face on the air, she has been largely absent following several well-publicized “alternative facts.” It’s not clear if she has removed herself from cable news appearances or if more network shows are following in line with “Morning Joe,” who refuse to have Conway as a guest.

Watch below via NBC News:

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The Daily Mail agreed to pay damages to first lady Melania Trump Tuesday in her defamation suit following a story the publication ran that alleged Trump may have worked as an escort.

The Daily Mail’s parent companies — Associated Newspapers, Ltd. and Mail Media, Inc. –released a joint statement with the first lady, apologizing and retracting its story and agreeing to pay costs and damages, though it did not specify how much. The story had previously been retracted as well.

The statement did not appear to have any quotes or lines indicating they were coming from the first lady, despite being put forward as a joint statement.

“We accept that these allegations about Mrs Trump are not true and we retract and withdraw them,” the statement read. “We apologize to Mrs Trump for any distress that our publication caused her.”

Trump filed the defamation suit after the Daily Mail published an explosive story indicating Trump had worked for an escort service, a claim which the first lady had denied. The suit, filed in New York State Supreme Court, sought compensatory and punitive damages of at least $150 million. Trump indicated in the suit that the story had robbed her of a “unique once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to profit from being first lady.

Trump had previously settled with a Maryland blogger who put forward the same story for a “substantial sum,” according to Variety.

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Rolling Stone Magazine has settled the defamation case filed by a University of Virginia administrator who was named in the publication’s now-debunked story about a gang rape on the university’s campus, BuzzFeed News reported Tuesday.

Details about the settlement are being kept quiet, according to BuzzFeed, but UVA administrator Nicole Eramo filed notice in federal court informing them that she was dropping her lawsuit against Rolling Stone, the magazine’s parent company Wenner Media, and Rolling Stone reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely.

Rolling Stone said in a statement to TPM that the terms of the settlement were confidential.

“Rolling Stone, Sabrina Rubin Erdely and Nicole Eramo have come to an amicable resolution,” the statement said. “The terms are confidential.”

This is most likely the end of a long saga after Rolling Stone published the bombshell story “A Rape On Campus” in 2014. Soon after the story was published, people began poking holes in the account of the protagonist’s — known as Jackie — story about being violently gang raped at a fraternity party. Rolling Stone has since retracted the story and apologized.

Jurors previously awarded Eramo $3 million in November, but the defendants challenged the verdict in December.

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is mulling a run in 2018 to be governor of Maine, The Portland Press Herald first reported Tuesday.

Collins told hosts on WGAN radio that she is “looking into” what position would best serve the people of Maine.

“Let me say that I am looking at where I can do the most good for the people of Maine,” Collins said “In the Senate I now have significant seniority and that allows me to do a lot.”

She said that if she became governor, she could help “bring people back together.” This hypothetical marks the first time Collins has spoken seriously about considering the position.

“Coming to be governor, if I were fortunate enough to be elected, you can work on issues I care a lot of about like economic development, jobs, education. And I would try to heal the state and bring people back together, which I think is important as well,” she said, according to the Herald.

“So, I’m trying to figure out where I can do the most good. I’m being totally honest with you; I truly don’t know. I really don’t, it’s a hard decision,” Collins continued.

If she were to run and be elected, Collins would become the first female governor of Maine. She would also be giving up her Senate seat two years early–a position that current Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R-ME) would need to fill. Collins previously ran for governor in 1994, but was defeated.

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