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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.

“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.”

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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?”

“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.”

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“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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Here’s the insidious role Sean Hannity played in derailing Al Franken’s political career

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The U.S. Senate lost one of its most prominent liberals when Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, dogged by sexual harassment allegations, announced his resignation in December 2017. Some of Franken’s defenders believed the Democratic Party was too quick to throw him under the bus; other Democrats stressed that in light of the #MeToo movement, his resignation was absolutely necessary. Franken’s political downfall is the subject of an in-depth report by the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, who describes — among many other things — the role that Fox News’ Sean Hannity played in the media firestorm.

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The media got it wrong: There’s no evidence GOP support for Trump improved after his racist outburst

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One of the most popular articles last week involved claims that polls showed Republicans had increased their support of President Trump.  But a closer analysis of the data reveals that any increase in support was within the margin of error.  So the polls couldn’t conclude that GOP support for President Trump had gone up or down.

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I remember the movie “Machete,” where an opportunistic Texas politician fakes his own shooting.  Within five minutes of that story breaking, the news anchor reported that the politician had drastically improved his standing in the polls.  Surveys don’t work that way.

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib defies Trump in NAACP speech: ‘I’m not going nowhere, not until I impeach this president’

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) defiantly insisted on Monday that she would be in Congress until President Donald Trump is impeached.

At the 2019 annual NAACP convention, the announcer noted that Tlaib is a member of the four congresswomen known as The Squad who have recently been told by Trump to "go back" home.

Tlaib began her remarks by alluding to the president's attack.

"I’m not going nowhere, not until I impeach this president," she shouted.

Watch the video below from the NAACP.

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