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Thursday Thinkpiece: Trump, Twitter & the Law

Periodically on Thursdays, we present a significant excerpt, usually from a recently published book or journal article. In every case the proper permissions have been obtained. If you are a publisher who would like to participate in this feature, please let us know via the site’s contact form. Trump, Twitter & The Law Author: Sheldon Burshtein ISBN: 978-1-988824-61-1 (Trade Paperback) Publisher: Durvile Page Count: 796 Publication Date: September 1, 2020 Regular Price: $49.95 (Paperback) Excerpt...
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Video highlights Trump's sexual obsession with young girls

You've probably seen some of the clips in this montage of Trump talking about his sexual interest in girls (speculating on the breast size of his infant daughter, bragging about barging into the dressing room of Miss Teen USA, telling a child on an escalator that he'll be dating her in ten years, etc.). But the clip at the end, which shows Ivanka laughing merrily at Howard Stern's accusation that Trump is a sexual predator, is new to me.
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'It'll start getting cooler, you just watch': Trump denies scientific consensus that climate change is supercharging the West's wildfires

U.S. President Trump participates in a briefing on wildfires in McClellan Park in McClellan Park, California REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst President Donald Trump denied that climate change played a factor in the record-setting wildfires ravaging the West Coast. "It'll start getting cooler," Trump said on Monday during a briefing in California on the wildfires. "You just watch." "I wish science agreed with you," California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot responded. The fires have burned ...
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Michael Cohen's daughter calls Ivanka Trump 'phony' and 'gross' in scathing Vanity Fair interview

Craig Ruttle/AP Images Samantha Cohen, Michael Cohen's now 24-year-old daughter, discussed her relationship with the Trump family in a Vanity Fair interview. Samantha called Ivanka Trump "phony" and "gross" because she would ignore her presence and once ratted her out for smoking cigarettes. In hindsight, the Trump family didn't care about the Cohens at all, Samantha said, and viewed them as "collateral damage." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.  Michael Cohen's daughter...
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Toots Hibbert, beloved reggae star and leader of the Maytals, dead at 77

By HILLEL ITALIE NEW YORK (AP) — Toots Hibbert, one of reggae’s founders and most beloved stars who gave the music its name and later helped make it an international movement through such classics as “Pressure Drop,” “Monkey Man” and “Funky Kingston,” has died. He was 77. Hibbert, frontman of Toots & the Maytals, had been in a medically-induced coma at a hospital in Kingston since earlier this month. He was admitted in intensive care after complaints of having breathing difficulties according to...
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Absolutely no one is here for Ivanka’s 9/11 tweet

Today marks the nineteenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks and, of course, Ivanka Trump couldn’t let such a somber day pass without drawing attention to herself. This morning, the first daughter tweeted “Never Forget” along with an American flag and a picture of the Statue of Liberty and the Twin Towers at sunrise. Never Forget. ?? September 11, 2001 pic.twitter.com/xe9HGZzXyS — Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) September 11, 2020 Now, for a normal person, this would be a perfectly ac...
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Trump reportedly called John McCain a 'f---ing loser' and said 'we're not going to support that loser's funeral'

President Donald Trump. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images President Donald Trump referred to two Republican leaders who served in the US military as "losers" because they were shot down by enemies, The Atlantic reported. Trump was referring to the late Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former President George H.W. Bush, both of whom served in the US Navy as fighter pilots, the report said. Trump and McCain were longtime political foes despite both being Republicans, and Trump was repo...
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Report says Trump called John McCain a 'f---ing loser' and said 'we're not going to support that loser's funeral'

President Donald Trump. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images President Donald Trump referred to Sen. John McCain and President George H.W. Bush as "losers" because they were shot down in battle, multiple unnamed sources told The Atlantic in a report published Thursday. Before their lengthy political careers, both McCain and Bush served in the US Navy as fighter pilots. After publicly sparring with McCain until the longtime lawmaker's death in 2018, Trump was said to be angry that McCain was given...
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Melania Trump's former friend says the first lady wore the controversial 'I really don't care, do u?' jacket to the US border to get media attention

Melania Trump and her former friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff are pictured on the left attending an event in New York City in 2006. On the right, the Trump wears a jacket reading "I don't really care, do u?" during a visit to the US-Mexico border in 2018. Getty/Getty Melania Trump's former friend said the first lady wore a jacket with the words "I really don't care, do u?" to visit detained children at the US-Mexico border in June 2018 to get the media's attention.  Stephanie Winston W...
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Melania Trump used private email accounts to conduct official business in the White House, her former adviser says

First Lady Melania Trump. Drew Angerer/Getty Images First Lady Melania Trump used private email accounts to conduct government business, her former adviser told The Washington Post."Melania and I both didn't use White House emails," Stephanie Winston Wolkoff said.Winston Wolkoff shared email exchanges and revealed that she secretly recorded conversations between the two, after the White House denied claims in her new book.The tell-all memoir published on Tuesday describes Winston Wolkoff's ...
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Melania Trump ex-confidante tell-all dishes on 'Princess Ivanka'

A new tell-all describes private chats between the US First Lady and her former longtime friend.
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Melania Trump thinks someone sabotaged her RNC 2016 appearance by giving her a speech to read plagiarized from Michelle Obama, book claims

Melania Trump during her speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention. ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Melania Trump's speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention backfired when people noticed how similar it was to one given by Michelle Obama. Her former friend, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, writes in a new book that Trump was not embarrassed by the scandal. However, Wolkoff says that Trump was suspicious that someone knew the speech was plagiarized and let her give it anyway to make her l...
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Melania Trump thinks someone sabotaged her 2016 RNC appearance by giving her a speech to read that was plagiarized from Michelle Obama, book claims

Melania Trump speaks at the 2016 Republican National Convention. ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Melania Trump's speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention backfired when people noticed how similar it was to one given by Michelle Obama in 2008.Trump's former friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff wrote in a new book that Trump was not embarrassed by the scandal.However, Wolkoff said, Trump suspected someone knew that the speech was plagiarized and let her give it anyway to make her look bad.Visit...
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Trump called his niece who wrote critical book 'unstable,' saying she was 'rightfully shunned, scorned, and mocked' her whole life

President Trump's niece Mary Trump wrote a tell-all book about her uncle and their "toxic" family. AP/Getty On Twitter Saturday, President Trump called his niece "unstable" and "rightfully shunned, scorned, and mocked her entire life." The berating came after his niece, Mary Trump, released new recordings of the president's sister criticizing his children. Mary Trump's book, which came out in July, describes what she views as the president's history of bullying and cheating his way thro...
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New audio recordings reveal aunt's criticisms of Ivanka and Eric Trump

President’s niece reveals more tapes of Maryanne Trump BarryIvanka’s Instagram post mocked as ‘Madonna and child’Mary Trump has revealed more audio recordings she says are of her aunt, Maryanne Trump Barry, that aim pointed criticism at the US president’s children, Ivanka and Eric. Related: Mary Trump’s book: eight of its most shocking claims about the president Continue reading...
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New audio of Trump's sister: Donald is 'besotted' with Ivanka

Maryanne Trump Barry, President Donald Trump's sister, is heard on secret audio recordings made by his niece, Mary Trump, criticizing Ivanka and Eric Trump, describing the former as a "mini-Donald."
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New audio of Trump's sister: Ivanka Trump is a mini-Donald

Maryanne Trump Barry, President Donald Trump's sister, is heard on secret audio recordings made by his niece, Mary Trump, criticizing Ivanka and Eric Trump, describing the former as a "mini-Donald."
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Mary Trump Condemns RNC, Says Trump Will ‘Use Anybody For His Own Purposes’

Mary Trump who authored a bestselling book that featured a stinging critique about her uncle, President Donald Trump, rebuked the President’s abuse of office for his own political objectives, condemning the Republican National Convention that wrapped late Thursday as “a law-breaking enterprise.” “He co-opted or the Republican National Committee co-opted the people’s house for their own political benefit,” Mary Trump told Politico in an interview that was published early Saturday.   Trum...
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Kanye West is suing Wisconsin and Ohio in a last-ditch effort to appear on the ballot

We Kanye West meets with US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, October 11, 2018. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Kanye West's presidential campaign is suing the states of Ohio and Wisconsin after they denied him access to their November ballots.The Wisconsin Election Commission on August 20 said in a 5-1 decision that West missed the deadline to file as a candidate for president by 14 seconds.Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose on August 21 sai...
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Donald Trump plugs Ivanka as the first female president claiming Kamala Harris is 'not competent' enough for the top job

  Ivanka Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention in Washington DC, on August 27, 2020 (L), Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris delivers remarks during a campaign event on August 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Getty Images/Reuters Speaking at a New Hampshire campaign rally on Friday night, President Trump said Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris is "not competent" enough to become the first female president.Trump instead suggested that his daughter, ...
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Trump doesn't want to see Harris as first woman president, claims people are calling for Ivanka Trump instead

After delivering what pundits described as a relatively low-key, or at least boring, acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, President Trump was back to his free-wheeling ways Friday night during a campaign rally in Londonderry, New Hampshire. The president himself acknowledged it was a "different kind of speech" and said he would have been criticized for "being slightly radical" if he adopted the same tone and material during the convention.The New Hampshire speech ...
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President Trump's sister brands Ivanka Trump a 'mini-Donald' and calls Eric 'a moron' in new secret tapes

President Trump's sister, Maryanne Trump (L), Ivanka and Eric Trump (R). Reuters/Getty Images President Trump's sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, called Ivanka Trump a "mini-Donald" in the latest recordings made public by the president's niece, Mary Trump.Barry is heard criticizing Ivanka for posting an Instagram picture of her and one of her children on the same day that the Trump administration reportedly was separating migrant children from their families in 2018.Barry also says Trump's ...
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The President says the senator isn't competent enough to be the vice presidential nominee and suggests his daughter, Ivanka, would be a better candidate

President Donald Trump told supporters at his campaign rally on Friday night that Sen. Kamala Harris isn't competent enough to be the Democrats' vice presidential nominee, suggesting that his daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, would be a better candidate for such a role.
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New audio of Trump's sister: Ivanka is a mini-Donald

Maryanne Trump Barry, President Donald Trump's sister, is heard on secret audio recordings made by his niece, Mary Trump, criticizing Ivanka and Eric Trump, describing the former as a "mini-Donald."
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Trump Says Ivanka Is More Fit to Be First Female President Than Kamala Harris

President Donald Trump tore into Kamala Harris during a New Hampshire campaign rally on Friday night where he deployed his favorite 2016 talking points before hurling insults at his opponents and suggesting the California senator is not the kind of woman who should make history as the first female president. That honor should be reserved for his own daughter, Ivanka Trump, he said.“I want to see the first woman president also, but I don’t want to see the first woman president get into the positi...
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Trump's socialist moment(s)

Hello, everyone! Thanks for reading. A brief note to say that this will be our last edition of "Insider Today" for a while.Our intrepid leader, David Plotz, has concluded his six-month break from entrepreneuring and has settled on his next adventure, which will be launching a cool new podcast company (Details from him soon!). David will continue to host the "Political Gabfest" each week, so you can keep up with his commentary there. Our op-ed columnists Linette Lopez and Anthony Fisher will cont...
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So what's up with Melania Trump's awkward RNC encounter with Ivanka?

Twitter is full of memes and questions after Melania Trump's warm smile at Ivanka Trump instantly turned into a cold stare at the RNC on Thursday night.
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"I recognize that my dad’s communication style is not to everyone’s taste and I know that his tweets can feel a bit unfiltered..."

Said Ivanka Trump, in her convention speech last night. Clearly, she was there to reach out to people who might like some or a lot of what Trump is doing but think there's something brutal and rough about him and nice people don't associate with that.My choice of the word "rough" makes me think of that famous line attributed to George Orwell: "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." But that has nothing to do with how the ...
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Trump Tries To Paint Biden As China’s Choice In Conspiratorial RNC Speech

Midway through his speech at the Republican National Convention Thursday night, with the White House as his backdrop, President Donald Trump said Joe Biden had “cheered the rise of China as a positive development for America and the world.”  Then Trump cocked his head and said, “That’s why China supports Joe Biden and desperately wants him to win — I can tell you that upon very good information.”  The implication that the President was referring to secret intelligence drew laughter from ...
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Ivanka Trump said her son built a Lego replica of the White House for her father. She told a suspiciously similar story about herself 13 years ago.

White House Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump introduces her father U.S. President Donald Trump to deliver his acceptance speech as the 2020 Republican presidential nominee during the final event of the Republican National Convention. REUTERS/Carlos Barria Ivanka Trump told a story in her Republican National Convention speech Thursday night about her son gifting the president a Lego replica of the White House for President Donald Trump.Andrea Bernstein, a WNYC reporter who wrote a book about the ...
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