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‘Melania knew’: NYT’s Charles Blow questions Trump marriage as Stormy Daniels scandal erupts

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New York Times columnist Charles Blow says Melania Trump can’t possibly be shocked by her husband’s alleged extramarital affair with a porn actress.

Blow wrote that the payoff to adult film star Stormy Daniels is “so lewd and tawdry” that it manages to rise above — or sink below — the standard set by President Donald Trump.

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“It’s not even the infidelity that most bothers me,” Blow wrote. “I view that as an issue between spouses and with the other person involved. I contend that we on the outside never really know what understandings may exist in a marriage, unless the two parties within reveal it.”

“In this case, Melania knew exactly the kind of man she was getting,” he added.

Blow recounted that the future president met his future wife at a New York Fashion Week party while on a date with another woman, while in the process of divorcing his second wife, Marla Maples, who had previously been his mistress.

“According to GQ, ‘He sent his companion to the bathroom so he could have a few minutes to chat up the model he’d noticed. But Melania knew of Trump’s reputation — which was immediately confirmed by the fact that he had come to the party with a date and was now asking for her number.”

“That’s right,” Blow wrote. “Melania knew.”

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The columnist said Trump engaged in some of his worst known behavior shortly before and after Melania gave birth to their son, Barron — such as publicly leering at his daughter, Ivanka, bragging about getting away with sexual assault on the “Access Hollywood” tape and allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with Daniels.

“Through it all, Melania has remained,” Blow wrote. “So, that’s their marriage. They clearly have some sort of understanding, some emotional elasticity — or financial dependency — that is beyond my comprehension.”

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Adam Schiff moves to implicate Pence in the Ukraine scandal as Republicans go off the rails

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In the panoply of contradictory and incoherent defenses of Donald Trump, a favorite of Republicans has been to harp on the claim that witnesses to Trump's extortion scheme against Ukraine were all "second-hand" or "third-hand." This has always been confounding, as the official summary readout of the famous phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump clearly conditioning military aid and U.S. support on Zelensky giving a public boost to Trump's conspiracy theories about former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democratic leaders. The witnesses so far have simply affirmed what the written record demonstrates amply.

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Why saying ‘OK boomer’ at work is considered age discrimination – but millennial put-downs aren’t

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The phrase “OK boomer” has become a catch-all put-down that Generation Zers and young millennials have been using to dismiss retrograde arguments made by baby boomers, the generation of Americans who are currently 55 to 73 years old.

Though it originated online and primarily is fueling memes, Twitter feuds and a flurry of commentary, it has begun migrating to real life. Earlier this month, a New Zealand lawmaker lobbed the insult at an older legislator who had dismissed her argument about climate change.

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Republicans are getting scared about Gordon Sondland’s Wednesday impeachment testimony: report

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Ambassador Gordon Sondland may be the most dangerous witness for President Donald Trump in the impeachment hearings so far, and that's in part because he has a lot to lose.

And according to CNN's Shimon Prokuecz, his scheduled testimony for Wednesday morning is making Republicans nervous:

Multiple GOP sources say they are most worried about what Gordon Sondland will do tomorrow - and whether he will turn on the President. The fear, Republicans say, is that he could undercut the last GOP defense. @mkraju

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