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Historians explain how Melania’s Davos cancellation is a ‘subliminal message’ aimed directly at Trump

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Addressing First Lady Melania Trump’s last second cancellation of traveling to the Davos World Economic Forum with her husband, two CNN experts on the history of presidential spouses called it intriguing in light of the weekend revelations Trump had a “romantic affair” with an adult film start after she gave birth to their son.

Speaking with host Wolf Blitzer, CNN White House reporter Kate Bennett cut right to the chase when asked about the abrupt change of plans.

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“She says she is not going because of scheduling and logistical issues,” Blitzer asked. “What does that mean?”

“It means a week she was going and then they did some research into it and now she’s not going,” Bennett glibly replied, adding the first lady’s Davos snub was “raising eyebrows.”

“This is a first lady we don’t know hear much about how she is feeling,” Bennett continued. “So we looked at these non-verbal clues of not going on the trip, with the headlines of the Stormy Daniels story and it is curious timing, and it leads people to reach their own narrative of what may be happening behind the scenes.”

Blitzer then turned to first lady historian Kate Anderson Brower for her take.

“It’s interesting, Kate, that the first lady — the change in plans was announced yesterday which happened to be the 13th wedding anniversary of the Trumps,” host Blitzer suggested. “How unusual, and you’ve covered a lot of this, is it for a first lady to cancel a visit with her husband, the president of the United States, to Davos at the last minute?”

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“It’s pretty unusual, but in modern history we haven’t seen a couple like this,” Brower admitted. “I’m thinking back to Hillary Clinton when she famously went with President Clinton to Martha’s Vineyard at the height of the impeachment, the trial and things around it. It’s a kind of power that a first lady can yield over her husband. And we haven’t had a situation quite as fraught like this since the Clintons, even going back to President Kennedy and his wife when rumors swirled around their relationship.”

“The first lady, on the first anniversary of her husband’s inauguration, she posted a picture that didn’t include a picture of her husband and also said the past year has been filled with many wonderful moments but did not mention the president by name?” Blitzer asked.

“It’s unusual, and I think this goes back to a first lady we don’t hear from a lot,” Bennett contributed. “But she is A-plus in subliminal messaging. Not a mention of her husband, of the thousands of pictures taken of the two of them this last year. interesting that she would pick that picture and it doesn’t mention the president.”

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Julian Assange in UK court outburst over distance from lawyers

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday briefly disrupted his extradition hearing in Britain to complain about being forced to sit away from his lawyers.

The 48-year-old Australian stood up and launched an impromptu courtroom address from inside the glass-panelled dock of the court during the third day of the hearing, being held in southeast London.

"I can't speak to my lawyers with any proper confidentiality," he complained, noting microphones near the dock could pick up conversations.

"I can't ask, I can't instruct them," added Assange, wearing a grey blazer and a sweater over a collared shirt and seated between two guards.

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Google pledges new $10 billion investment in US in 2020

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Google said Wednesday it would invest more than $10 billion in US offices and data centers in 2020, including its new campus planned for New York City and projects in 10 other states.

The pledge comes on top of some $22 billion invested by the US tech giant unit over the past two years.

"These investments will create thousands of jobs -- including roles within Google, construction jobs in data centers and renewable energy facilities, and opportunities in local businesses in surrounding towns and communities," said a blog post by Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google parent Alphabet.

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Devin Nunes’ income called into question as watchdog asks for investigation of his finances

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According to a report from the Fresno Bee,the non-partisan Campaign Legal Center is requesting a federal investigation into whether U.S. Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) is receiving legal services in violation of House ethics rules.

Over the past year, the conservative Republicans has launched a handful of lawsuits against critics -- including the McClatchy newspaper chain and a person on Twitter purporting to be one of his cows.

According to the Bee, "The complaint says Nunes appears to be in 'blatant violation of House rules,' because he would have trouble paying for all these lawsuits solely from his congressional salary of $174,000 per year. The group argues he’d only be able to pay if he received legal services for free, at a discounted rate, or based on a contingency fee, meaning the lawyer would get compensated from Nunes’ winnings if he prevails in his lawsuits."

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