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The Trump administration stood firm Tuesday on its decision to rescind an invitation for the Philadelphia Eagles to celebrate its Super Bowl victory at the White House, going on to host an alternative event highlighting why Americans “stand for our national anthem.”
Minutes before the revamped program began, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders accused the team of a “political stunt,” and said the players who planned to boycott the event had chosen to “abandon their fans.”
The Tuesday afternoon event, held on the South Lawn of the White House, was billed as a celebration of the American flag with Eagles fans. It included performances by the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus. [Read More]
Over in the Washington Post, Margaret Sullivan insists First Lady Melania Trump’s “disappearance is a legitimate news story.”
Except that it’s not really a disappearance, since she says in the third paragraph, “until a private appearance Monday night with Gold Star parents, she hadn’t been sighted since — an absence of almost four weeks.”
Actually, back on May 30, CNBC Washington correspondent Eamon Javers wrote “I saw the First Lady walking with her aides in the West Wing yesterday afternoon,” but apparently he’s not a reliable witness or something. More likely, Javers’s account inconveniently disrupts the dramatic “she’s been missing for weeks!” narrative. Come on, White House press corps. She’s not Amelia Earhart, Jimmy Hoffa, or the Mary Celeste. She just stopped doing public appearances for a few weeks. [Read More]
CNN’s Brian Stelter lied to his Reliable Sources audience over the weekend by repeating the false claim that First Lady Melania Trump has disappeared — that she has been “invisible.”
Following a surgical procedure on May 14, less than three weeks ago, the first lady has, understandably, not made any public appearances (she is scheduled to host some Gold Star families at the White House Monday night).
But this is not what the far-left Stelter told his audience. [Read More]
Miss America is scrapping its swimsuit competition and will no longer judge contestants based on physical appearance, the organization announced Tuesday.
“We are no longer a pageant,” Gretchen Carlson, the first former Miss America to be named chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Organization, said on “GMA.” “We are a competition.” [Read More]
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D.) said on Tuesday that he’s more scared now by President Donald Trump than he was in 1968 at the height of Vietnam War.
“I don’t how you can make your case to a child who acts childish, who changes his opinion and his statements every single day and who, frankly, frightens me more than I was frightened in 1968 during the height of the Vietnam War,” Kenney said on CNN. “And the guy is just a scary guy, and I don’t – hopefully, by the time he’s gone, we can recover from this mess, but this is a bad time in our country.”
Kenney’s remarks came during a conversation with CNN host John Berman, who spoke to Kenney following Trump’s decision to cancel the Philadelphia Eagle’s post-Super Bowl win visit to the White House. Berman asked the mayor what about Trump frightens him. [Read More]
My 10-year-old asked for an iPhone for his 11th birthday. Many of his friends have them. He will be starting middle school in the fall and will no longer have just one teacher responsible for handling dismissal changes. He has various activities with various calls on his time (and our transport). There were practical reasons to get him a phone. But since he is the eldest of our four children, my husband and I knew that whatever we decided for him would become our official family “phone policy.”
Which implied that we needed a family phone policy.
Being the diligent parents we are, we decided to hash this out while also evaluating our wider approach to screen time. We have accumulated a surprising number of electronic devices: two TVs, three laptops and three iPhones for the parents’ work (and, okay, some Instagram perusal), one home computer, four Kindles for children’s games and videos (in various states of repair based on who last dropped it or spilled orange juice while watching Pokémon). My husband decided to email friends and family with older children. I poked around online for advice. [Read More]
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