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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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President Donald Trump said Friday that his frequent trips to his properties actually don’t cost very much and that he avoids going home to New York City to cut down on costs.

Trump told Fox News during a special airing Friday night that people perceive his frequent weekend trips to Trump resorts and clubs as him playing golf, but he denies that’s what he’s there to do.

“I have a lot of property,” Trump explained. “So if I go to my clubs like in New Jersey, they’ll say, ‘Oh he is going to play golf.’ I am not going to play golf. I couldn’t care less about golf.”

“But I have a place there that costs almost nothing because its hundreds of acres and security and they don’t have to close up streets,” he said.

The New York Times reports that Trump has spent 31 days of the 100 days of his presidency visiting his properties, including 19 visits to his golf clubs.

The President says he returns to these clubs instead of his home at Trump Tower, where the First Lady and his son Barron still live, because it costs too much and he hates to see New York streets closed.

“I love New York, but going back is very expensive for the country because they close up Fifth Avenue and they close up 56th Street and I always feel a little but guilty when I go there,” Trump said.

“I hate to see the New Yorkers with streets closed,” he added.

When Trump is not in New York City, the New York police department estimates that it costs $127,000 to $146,000 a day to protect Melania Trump and Barron Trump, according to Fox News.

He acknowledged that these trips cause some people to view him as “lazy” and someone who takes frequent vacations and said he does not want people to have that perception of him.

“It would be much better if people would understand that I could go other places than I have,” Trump said. “But then they hit me for relaxing. And I don’t want to be known as a person that relaxes because I am working hard and I am working hard for the people and we’re doing a great job.”

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Chobani, of Greek yogurt fame, is suing conspiracy theorist and InfoWars founder Alex Jones for linking the company’s founder, Hamdi Ulukaya, to an assault that happened at an apartment complex in Idaho, the Idaho Statesman reported Monday.

The lawsuit, filed in Idaho District Court, accuses Jones of publishing false information linking Ulukaya to the 2014 incident of three immigrant boys who sexually assaulted a 5-year-old girl in a laundry room. Right-wing sites, including InfoWars, got ahold of the story and included false information in regards to the incident, saying that a rape had occurred and that it was actually a group of men who attacked the girl: the boys were 14, 10 and 7, according to the Idaho Statesman.

InfoWars included Ulukaya in its coverage of the incident, saying that he was importing “migrant rapists” and saying that his practices of hiring refugees brought in high crime and tuberculosis to the area. The suit accuses InfoWars of misrepresenting Chobani’s owner and Chobani’s products.

The suit also claims that Chobani and Ulukaya, who is a Turkish immigrant himself, have asked Jones to take the videos and stories down to no avail.

Chobani is asking for damages in excess of $10,000, according to the suit.

Read the entire suit below via the paper:

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NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Hannity says accusations of sexual harassment from a former Fox News guest are “100% false and a complete fabrication.”

Debbie Schlussel tells Tulsa, Oklahoma, radio station KFAQ that Hannity repeatedly asked her to come to his hotel with him during a book signing event and a broadcast of his show in Detroit. She says Hannity called her after the show and yelled at her. She says “it was made clear to me that I didn’t go back to his hotel with him.”

Hannity responded to the New York Daily News in a statement . He says Schlussel has been lying about him for over a decade “in an effort to slander, smear and besmirch” his reputation.

Schlussel didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Hannity’s statement.

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This story has been corrected to show that Schlussel was a guest on Fox News Channel, not a contributor.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Ivanka Trump, who is serving as executive assistant to her father, President Donald Trump, has hired a chief-of-staff who has some close ties to George W. Bush’s White House, Politico reported Friday.

Julie Radford, who formerly worked under Bush’s education secretary, Margaret Spelling, will serve as Trump’s chief of staff after being recruited in February by Dina Powell, chief of the personnel office in the Bush White House and current deputy national security adviser, Politico reported.

The hiring comes just before Ivanka Trump will travel to Berlin to take part in a W20 women’s summit put on by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Radford and Powell will accompany Trump on that trip, Politico reported.

It is unclear how many staffers Ivanka Trump will hire.

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Pete Souza, the former White House photographer for President Barack Obama, continued his crusade of needling President Donald Trump at every turn Thursday.

Souza shared a photo of Obama and his then-chief of staff Bill Daley under a portrait of President Ronald Reagan with the caption “being respectful.” He posted the photo on the same day former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and musicians Ted Nugent and Kid Rock posted a photo mocking Hillary Clinton’s White House portrait.

 

Souza has made his Instagram account a subtle clap-back machine, posting photos as sly response to Trump, including posting photos of Obama speaking with refugees and a photo of former Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

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First daughter and trusted adviser to the President, Ivanka Trump announced Thursday that she is publishing a book about women in the workplace and will set up a charitable fund with part of her advance and book earnings. She said the unpaid part of her advance would be given to charity.

Trump made her announcement of the book, called “Women Who Work,” in a post on her Facebook page. Trump said the book will focus on empowering women in the workplace, though she said she recognized she her experience is not exactly ordinary.

“Like many other professional women, I have juggled the demands that come with growing my family and building my businesses, and I realize that I am more fortunate than most,” she wrote.

Trump said the Ivanka M. Trump Charitable Fund will make donations to The National Urban League and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, non-profits she calls “forward-thinking and innovative.”

Trump said to comply with ethics rules she will not promote her book and said that she wrote it before her father was elected.

“In light of government ethics rules, I want to be clear that this book is a personal project,” she wrote. “I wrote it at a different time in my life, from the perspective of an executive and an entrepreneur, and the manuscript was completed before the election last November. Out of an abundance of caution and to avoid the appearance of using my official role to promote the book, I will not publicize the book through a promotional tour or media appearances.”

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Former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin took aim at Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), accusing her of appropriating what she says is her catchphrase, “fight like a girl.”

In an interview with Breitbart, Palin took issue with Warren’s use of the phrase during her book tour, as well as in a photo with the “Fearless Girl” statue currently opposing the Wall Street Bull as a show of female strength.

Palin told the conservative outlet that she finds it funny that Warren, and other left-leaning women, use the phrase because they think that women should “claim victimization.”

“I don’t know. Coming from liberals who urge women to claim victimization, ‘Fight like a girl’ just doesn’t sound the same as when legit fighters for equality say it, mean it, live it, and will never give it up,” she told Breitbart.

Brietbart highlighted several instances in which Palin used the phrase in “more than a mere tweet,” including an anti-uniont even in Wisconsin and a Tea Party event.

The phrase is obviously a popular one, being used for everything from songs to clothing to a foundation fighting breast cancer, with many predating Palin’s political ambitions.

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You may remember when, in January, a Twitter account for a national park sent out and then quickly deleted a series of tweets about climate change after President Donald Trump had reportedly muzzled the National Parks Service. Newly released documents show that the tweets were indeed the result of an ex-employee fighting back against a President who’s called climate change a hoax cooked up by the Chinese.

Internal documents related to the dustup that the NPS published last week in response to Freedom of Information Act requests show that an ex-employee, fearing a crackdown against climate change, intentionally tweeted from the account when he discovered he still had access. That individual apparently posted the tweets—then fessed up and apologized to his former employers.

The Badlands National Park account made headlines in January for tweets concerning climate change and the importance of protecting the environment. The tweets stood out in the wake of a wave of reports that the Trump administration had ordered the National Parks Service’s account to cease all activity after it retweeted some unflattering posts about President Trump and the size of his inauguration crowd.

 

The tweets were swiftly deleted after they were posted, however, prompting even greater speculation about what plucky government employee could have been behind them. The NPS eventually released a statement that pinned the blame on an ex-employee not authorized to use the park’s account.

“Fearing a gag order on climate science, I willfully sent out a series of tweets on the subject,” the email from the ex-employee, whose name was redacted, reads:

The ex-employee proceeded to explain that after discovering they remained logged into a tweet scheduling application, Hootsuite, connected to the Badlands account, they posted the tweets.

The ex-employee assured the agency they no longer had access to the account.

“I accept full responsibility for my actions,” the individual wrote.

Correction: The original version of this post misinterpreted the contents of the email from the former NPS parks employee. The ex-employee wrote that he inadvertently remained logged into a tweet scheduling application connected to the Badlands account, not that he accidentally posted the tweets about climate change from that application. We regret the error.

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The White House press briefing had a little bit of levity Wednesday, thanks to a member of the New England Patriots, who were at the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski, commonly known simply as “Gronk,” busted into the briefing room for a bit of a joke during White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s remarks.

“Sean, need some help?” he asked, to laughs from reporters.

“I think I got this, but thank you,” Spicer replied. “Maybe. Thanks, man. See you in a minute. Hold on, one second. That was cool. How do you follow that?”

Spicer appeared not to know the gag was coming, but it’s unclear exactly who was in on the joke.

Watch the encounter below via NBC News:

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The Murdoch family is reportedly fighting about top Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s future at the network in the wake of accusations of sexual harassment against him, New York Magazine reported Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.

O’Reilly is currently away on vacation, his longest in years, and the family is “leaning toward” announcing he will not be back on air, according to the report. James and Lachlan Murdoch are of the opinion that O’Reilly needs to go, sources apparently told the publication, but their father, Rupert, is not so sure.

“The three are fighting,” an unnamed source told New York Magazine.

Part of the reason Murdoch is resistant is that he doesn’t want it to look like he was “forced into a decision by The New York Times,” the report continued.

This report comes on the heels of dozens of companies pulling out of advertising on O’Reilly’s show after it came to light that several sexual harassment cases against him had been settled. The revenue lost, along with other factors, has made the idea of letting O’Reilly go look better and better, an unnamed source told the publication.

“It’s worse than Glenn Beck,” they reportedly said.

A spokesperson for Fox News did not immediately respond to TPM’s request for comment on the report.

The accusations against O’Reilly have also prompted protests outside the network and petitions to fire him.

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