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Here’s the latest for Monday December 9th: Watchdog report: FBI’s Trump-Russia probe justified, no bias; Impeachment hearing gets testy; Up to 13 feared dead in New Zealand volcanic eruption; and the First Lady hands out toys.

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Donald Trump and First Lady host Halloween celebration at White House | AFP

Donald and Melania Trump hand out candies to children in costumes during a Halloween event on the South Lawn of the White House.

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First Lady Melania Trump opens trading at NYSE

First Lady Melania Trump rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, Monday. The First Lady was accompanied by several students from the United Nations International School. (Sept 23)

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US President and First Lady observe moment of silence for victims of 9/11 | AFP

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hold a moment of silence for the victims of the 9/11 attacks, which took place 18 years ago, on the South Lawn of the White House. IMAGES

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WH clarifies First Lady has not met Kim Jong Un

No, first lady Melania Trump hasn’t had any secret meetings with North Korean’s Kim Jong Un. The White House is clarifying comments made by the president during a news conference in France when he said “the first lady has gotten to know” Kim. (Aug. 26)

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Presidential candidate Torres closes campaign ahead of elections | AFP

Guatemalan presidential candidate and former First Lady, Sandra Torres, closes her campaign ahead of the elections. IMAGES

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President Trump and First Lady receive White House Chrismas tree

President Trump and the First Lady, Melania Trump, welcome the 2018 White House Christmas tree which arrived at the North Portico on a horse drawn carriage.

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President Trump and the First Lady are keeping things sweet this Halloween – they’ve been handing out candy to smiling children at the White House. But, for the grown-ups in America, the power-brokers on Capitol Hill are giving them the shivers.

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President Trump assess damage in Florida following hurricane

President Trump is in Florida assessing the damage following Hurricane Michael, talking with people affected by the storm, distributing water, and meeting search and rescue teams involved in relief efforts. The president and First Lady are touring Lynn Haven, near Panama City, with Governor Rick Scott and FEMA administrator Brock Long.

Why Melania Trump Is An Underrated First Lady

Melania Trump is the subject of numerous rumors, speculations, and criticisms – but does she deserve more credit? Author of “The Vanity Fair Diaries” Tina Brown gives her opinion of the First Lady. 

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Tina Brown: Well, I think Melania’s actually the best aspect, if you like, of the Trump presidency. I mean, as a matter of fact, she’s the only really the member of his entire retinue that seems to be able to comport herself with a certain amount of dignity. She doesn’t leak. She doesn’t gossip. She doesn’t embarrass herself. She simply keeps herself completely private and, hasn’t yet, made the kinds of mistakes pretty much everybody else has made around Trump, and, of course, massively so himself. So actually, Melania, weirdly, is turning out to be, I think, a big asset to Trump in the White House, and probably will be the only one afterwards who’s got a kind of reputation left, in my judgement. I mean, I think she’s quite an interesting figure, actually.

Well, I would actually assign a major reporting piece on Melania. I mean, no one really has done the deep, deep dive into who Melania is and how she has negotiated that spot as Donald Trump’s wife. You know, how does she endure it, and what is the deal she’s made with herself, and what are her plans after the presidency? I mean, that is the piece I’d really love to read.

Maine Community Remembers Barbara Bush

About 200 people gathered on a Maine beach – some with dogs in tow – on Sunday to remember Barbara Bush. The former First Lady, who spent many summers in Maine, died on Tuesday in Houston at the age of 92. (April 23)

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New role for wife of North Korea’s Kim: First Lady

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has given his young, stylish wife the title of First Lady in what analysts say is a major boost to her status ahead of back-to-back summits with South Korea and the United States.

Leslie Odom, Jr ’s $500,000 Gamble That Led To “Hamilton”

Leslie Odom, Jr., Tony Award winner and author of “Failing Up”, risked $500,000 for his role in “Hamilton.” His willingness to fail led to one of his greatest successes.

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Following is a transcript of the video.

Leslie Odom, Jr: The willingness to fail led me to some of my greatest successes.

Leslie Odom, Jr: I was really tired of the rollercoaster. I wanted off and I was looking to transition into another career and Stewart said you can do that but I’d love to see you try first. I’d love to see you try before you quit. And this is after 12 years in the business already. And I looked at him like he was crazy. He said, I think you’re
sitting at home on your couch waiting for the phone to ring. The phone didn’t ring. So what did you do today? You have no control over the incoming call. You have no control over the opportunities that will come to you but you have all the control over how you spend your day and what you put your energy toward.

Odom, Jr:  More often than not, what I’ve found in my particular path is it really was just the willingness to fail. Willingness to fail didn’t actually lead to failure. In some way, it led to these
moments of real change when, oh that’s, I thought the limit of my ability was right here but it’s actually, it’s a lot farther. I didn’t realize that the ceiling was so high. You don’t find that out until you’re willing to fall on your face trying to tap it.

Odom, Jr: What I saw on that last row at Vassar was something daring and fresh, you know, the first eight bars of that show is like some of the best writing for the theater ever. And that was just the first song. The fact that it kept topping itself, that it sustained that level of excellence was astonishing. Three, four months later I got an email from Lin. And he’s getting a group of people together to read through it and because I’d seen it, you know I thought I had
such a leg up, only in that I knew what a wonderful opportunity he was offering me. What seems obvious now, the show’s so ubiquitous and it’s having such a wonderful life, it can seem like, oh that it was a given that it was gonna be successful but all of us, we were turning down work and making ourselves available for this off-Broadway hip-hop musical about the Founding Fathers, people were lookin’ at us like we were crazy. People were lookin’ at us
like we were out of our minds. We happily did it because we believed in it.

Odom, Jr:  The biggest highlight was the White House, for sure. With that President and that First Lady, it meant so much to me and to my castmates. To have 40 minutes of his, their undivided attention is a chance to change the world because we might do something today that lodges somewhere in his heart, her heart, the back of their mind. They might see something today, we might touch them in a way today that affects how they make a decision tomorrow. In this business that is like the highest honor and the greatest platform I’ve ever felt that we’ve had to make a difference.

Odom, Jr:  The thing that I learned the most from that was from that whole Hamilton experience was the importance of the willingness to risk. I walked away from a television show and guaranteed contract for half a million dollars and people thought I was nuts and maybe I was, maybe I was a little crazy but the bigger the risk, sometimes, a lot of times, the bigger the reward.

Here’s why people think Melania Trump was replaced by a body double — and why they’re wrong

A crazy new conspiracy theory about the First Lady has recently gotten the attention of the Internet. Some Facebook and Twitter users seem to think that Melania Trump has been replaced by a body double after a recent TV appearance. The images have sparked a heated debate and, of course, plenty of memes and jokes. Following is a transcript of the video.

There’s a new conspiracy theory about Melania Trump.

People on Twitter think she might have a body double.

Donald Trump: “My wife, Melania, who happens to be right here.”

A woman on Facebook started the debate.

Then a man named Joe Vargas spread it further.

Other people started to chime in on the conspiracy.

Some pointed out a height difference in the photos.

Others thought her face looked different, and the glasses were used as a disguise.

There’s also a Secret Service agent that resembles her.

People think the agent could be the body double.

It quickly turned into a meme, with plenty of jokes.

Ultimately, it’s not true.

A side-by-side comparison shows this is Melania.

Other photos from that day also show it was her.

Here’s a look at Melania without her glasses.

While the theory has been debunked, the meme lives on.


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