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Melania Trump stays seated after husband praises ‘faith and family’ as ‘center of American life’ — and declares ‘in God we trust’

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During Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, the president made a bold claim about the pillars of American democracy. Notably, First Lady Melania Trump did not seem particularly moved by his sentiment.

“In America we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy are the the center of American life,” Trump said during his address. “The motto is: In god we trust.”

Anyone catch this? Melania Trump failed to stand with everyone else when Trump stated:

“In America we know that faith and Family, not government and bureaucracy are the the center of Democracy”#SOTU #StateofOurUnion pic.twitter.com/lrsuVdWD48

— Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) January 31, 2018

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Melania Trump was “furious” with her husband after the Wall Street Journal reported his lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid porn star Stephanie Clifford (whose stage name is Stormy Daniels) $130,000 in 2016 to hide an affair with the president. The First Lady abruptly cancelled a planned trip to Davos and rode separately from the president to the State of the Union.

CNN White House reporter Kate Bennett even related Melania Trump’s white outfit to female Democratic Senators who protested Trump’s election last year.

“You know, she’s wearing a cream-colored suit there, which I find interesting. Remember last year the female Democratic Senators all wore white,” Bennett noted.

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Prosecutors want hearing on revoking Roger Stone’s bail after he posted right-wing propaganda despite gag order

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Roger Stone may have violated his gag order with Instagram postings and federal prosecutors want a hearing for a judge to consider modifying the conditions of his release from jail pending trial.

"On or about June 18 and 19, 2019, the defendant posted to Instagram and Facebook, commenting about this case and inviting news organizations to cover the issue," prosecutors said in a filing the day after the most recent posting.

Stone is a longtime political advisor to Donald Trump.

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Apple says US tariffs on China would backfire

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Apple is warning the US administration that proposed tariffs on Chinese imports would be counterproductive, saying they would hurt the iPhone maker's competitiveness and "tilt the playing field" to non-American rivals.

In comments filed this week to the US Trade Representative, Apple said the tariff proposal by President Donald Trump would hurt Apple's ability to compete and also end up reducing the tech giant's contributions to the US economy in taxes and investments.

The Apple comments dated June 17 noted that the company is the largest US corporate taxpayer and also is on track to invest some $350 billion in the country over five years.

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Prosecutors debunk right-wing conspiracy theory in new legal smackdown of Roger Stone

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Federal prosecutors debunked a conspiracy theory pushed by the far-right in a new legal brief filed on Thursday.

Longtine Donald Trump political advisor Roger Stone had argued federal investigators relied upon a report from the cyber research firm Crowdstrike to conclude that Russia had hacked the Democratic National Committee.

That contention, according to federal prosecutors, is "incorrect."

"While the prosecutors did not go into detail, they noted that the investigators gathered evidence of the Russians’ involvement independently, which led to the indictment last year of 12 Russian military officials in connection with the DNC hack," Politico reported.

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