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Katrina Pierson to rejoin Trump campaign as a senior adviser

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President Donald Trump has asked his former national campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson to rejoin the Trump Campaign as a senior adviser two weeks after he tapped Brad Parscale, another Texan, to serve as his campaign manager.

Trump formalized the appointment in a news release Tuesday. Pierson will be joined by John McEntee, a former personal aide to Trump during the 2016 campaign, who will serve as a senior adviser for campaign operations.

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The news of Pierson’s role on Trump’s team comes just after the president removed U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a native Texan, from his Cabinet post, replacing him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

“As we build out our operations for the 2018 mid-term elections and the 2020 reelection campaign, we are pleased to welcome back two outstanding members of our 2016 team,” Parscale said in a news release. “We need the help of proven leaders such as Katrina and John to promote the President’s growing portfolio of achievements across the country.”

While Pierson, who hails from the Dallas suburbs, was not overtly vocal on her interest in the role, she was one of Trump’s most visible supporters throughout his 2016 presidential campaign. Pierson was named the campaign’s national spokesperson in November 2015 but had a series of flubs during her tenure. In mid-August, she alleged that the initial U.S. invasion into Afghanistan — which started in 2001 — was started by President Barack Obama. She also blamed Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the death of Capt. Humayun Khan, whose parents were ardent opponents of Trump. Khan died in 2004, however, and neither Clinton or Obama had then assumed their roles in the White House.

“Katrina and John will play pivotal roles on our campaign once again as we develop a winning strategy through 2020 to Keep America Great,” Michael Glassner, chief operating officer of Trump for President, said. “They will also contribute tremendously to our national engagement in the mid-term elections this year. We’re delighted to have them back on the team.”

Before she joined Trump’s presidential campaign, Pierson had been a fixture in Texas Tea Party politics for several years. She was an early backer of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, and in 2014 she unsuccessfully ran against U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions of Dallas in the GOP primary.

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BY ALEX SAMUELS, THE TEXAS TRIBUNE


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American Airlines ordered passengers to stop social distancing — because they hadn’t paid for exit seats

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On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that the flight crew on an American Airlines trip ordered two passengers to stop social distancing and move back to their seats.

The reason? The empty row they moved into cost slightly more.

"On a June 30 flight on American Airlines from Dallas to Newark, Joy Gonzalez, an aviation engineer based in Seattle, found herself seated at a window with two older passengers beside her in the middle and aisle seats," reported Elaine Glusac. "In order to gain more social distance, she and the aisle passenger both moved to seats behind them where two rows were empty. But before takeoff, a flight attendant ordered them back to their assigned seats, telling them they had not paid for those exit row seats, which are more expensive."

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US artist’s holiday park sculpture fetches millions

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A huge sculpture by American artist Alexander Calder sold at auction in Paris on Wednesday for over 4.9 million euros, auctioneers Artcurial said, after nearly six decades on display at a holiday park in southern France.

The influential sculptor is known primarily for his colorful and abstract mobiles, of which he made thousands over the course of his career.

But he also made "stabiles" -- the opposite of mobiles -- one of which remained concealed from the general public in La Colle-sur-Loup village, a few dozen kilometres from the ritzy city Cannes.

The black steel 3,5 meter (11 foot) structure was made by Calder in 1963.

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Joe Shapiro’s wife disputes Mary Trump’s claim her husband took SATs for Trump

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Mary Trump's upcoming tell-all book alleges that President Donald Trump's sister did his homework and friend and fellow University of Pennsylvania graduate, Joe Shapiro, took his SATs for him.

ABC News reported Wednesday that Pam Shriver, Shapiro's widow, said that he would never have done something like that.

"He always did the right thing, and that's why this hurts," said Shriver.

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