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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ivanka Trump arrived in Berlin on Tuesday morning armed with facts and figures to recite at what was expected to be a highbrow international summit to discuss women's entrepreneurship, alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel. But she was booed and hissed at by the majority-women audience at the conference when she lauded her father for supporting paid-leave policies. "I'm very proud of my father's advocacy," she said, calling him "a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive." ... "You hear the reaction from the audience," [moderator Miriam Merkel] said. "I need to address one more point -- some attitudes toward women your father has displayed might leave one questioning whether he's such an empowerer for women."


White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday insisted to reporters that it did not have a responsibility to provide document used in the hiring of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn because they were filled out in the days before President Donald Trump took office.

At Tuesday's press briefing, Spicer was peppered with questions about why the White House refused to provide documents related to an investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

Spicer told reporters that the documents were filled out "during the Obama administration" and "those are not documents that the White House would ever possess."


Monday, April 24, 2017

President Donald Trump raised more than a few eyebrows during his first visit as president to Walter Reed National Medical Center on Saturday when he awarded the Purple Heart to Army Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos. "When I heard about this, I wanted to do it myself," Trump told Barrientos as he placed the Purple Heart on the soldier's lapel. "Congratulations ... tremendous." The medal is given to service members who were wounded or killed in battle. Many on social media immediately criticized the president's choice of words to the wounded soldier whose leg had to be amputated after he survived an attack in Afghanistan's Helmland province. ... Matthew Chapman tweeted, "It's rather like if Trump signed a condolence card to a widow 'congratulations.' Not everything we do to mark something is a congratulation." read more


Mic: President Donald Trump has taken his chronic obsession with his own television ratings to a new low. On Monday, the Associated Press published its interview with Trump in which the president bragged that he helped give CBS' Sunday show Face the Nation its highest ratings "since the World Trade Center came down." "It's interesting, I have, seem to get very high ratings," Trump told the AP of his role in bringing viewers to television networks. Trump used his boast as an opportunity to take a dig at the CBS show, noting his participation garnered "the highest for Face the Nation or as I call it, 'Deface the Nation.'" read more


Anti-Semitic incidents, from bomb threats and cemetery desecration to assaults and bullying, have surged in the United States since the election of President Donald Trump, and a "heightened political atmosphere" played a role in the rise, the Anti-Defamation League said on Monday.

A sharp increase in the harassment of American Jews, including double the incidents of bullying of schoolchildren and vandalism at non-denominational grade schools, was cited in the ADL's "Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents."


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