Category: News Tracking

Forget What You Thought You Knew About the Old First Family Model

Peter Stevenson, Washington Post – December 22, 2016

There’s been plenty of chatter, though few hard details, about the roles that members of President-elect Donald Trump’s family will play in the White House once he takes the oath of office on Jan. 20 — or even whether some immediate family members will make it to the White House at all.

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The Speechwriter Plagiarized by Team Trump

Lauren Gambino, The Guardian – December 20, 2016

Hurwitz has written speeches for every 21st-century Democratic presidential nominee. She started her career in 1998 as an intern for then-vice president Al Gore. She worked on John Kerry’s failed 2004 presidential campaign, and then in 2007, Hurwitz started the election cycle as the chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Hurwitz was behind Clinton’s famous 2008 concession speech, where she thanked her supporters for putting “18m cracks” in the “highest, hardest glass ceiling”.

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What will the White House be Like with First Lady Melania Trump Living in New York?

Krissah Thompson, Washington Post – November 21, 2016

It’s one of the most enduring rituals of the presidential transition: On Inauguration Day, one first family returns to its home town, while the next moves into the White House. But come January, this tradition will be dramatically upended, as Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, plans to continue living in Manhattan with their young son Barron, at least until he completes the school year.

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Melania Trump Modeled in US Prior to Getting Work Visa

Alicia A. Caldwell, Chad Day, & Jake Pearson, Associated Press – November 5, 2016

Melania Trump was paid for 10 modeling jobs in the United States worth $20,056 that occurred in the seven weeks before she had legal permission to work in the country, according to detailed accounting ledgers, contracts and related documents from 20 years ago provided to The Associated Press. The details of Mrs. Trump’s early paid modeling work in the U.S. emerged in the final days of a bitter presidential campaign in which her husband, Donald Trump, has taken a hard line on immigration laws and those who violate them.

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National Enquirer Shielded Donald Trump From Playboy Model’s Affair Allegation

Joe Palazzolo, Michael Rothfeld, & Lukas I. Alpert, Wall Street Journal – November 4, 2016

The company that owns the National Enquirer, a backer of Donald Trump, agreed to pay $150,000 to a former Playboy centerfold model for her story of an affair a decade ago with the Republican presidential nominee, but then didn’t publish it, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal and people familiar with the matter. The tabloid-newspaper publisher reached an agreement in early August with Karen McDougal, the 1998 Playmate of the Year.

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Melania Trump Laments ‘Bad Side’ of Tech in Speech Targeting Pennsylvania Women

Kevin Cirilli & Ben Brody, Bloomberg – November 3, 2016

Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, hit the campaign trail outside Philadelphia on Thursday to call for more civility online, in an appeal to suburban women voters with just five days left until the U.S. presidential election. American “culture has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and teachers,” Melania Trump said in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, lamenting cyber-bullying in particular.

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In the Final Presidential Debate, the Trumps Go Dark

, New York Times – October 20, 2016

Melania, Ivanka and Vanessa Trump — the candidate’s wife, daughter and daughter-in-law — all wore black to the final debate, a departure from the colors they chose for earlier appearances, which tended to the light and bright.

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In Defense of Melania Trump

Morgan Ortagus and Sam Vinograd, Marie Claire – September 7, 2016

It’s true: Melania Trump has been a somewhat easy target this presidential election, between cribbing parts of her RNC speech from Michelle Obama and appearing otherwise aloof to the people and their process. But now, after the hopeful First Lady has filed a libel suit against two media outlets for claiming, with seemingly no proof, that she had been involved with an escort service in the past, we—a Republican and a Democrat—can’t help but come to her defense.

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