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Ivanka and Jared are too ignorant about how the real world works to realize how incompetent they are: NYT columnist

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In a harsh New York Times opinion piece, columnist Michelle Goldberg used a new book on Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to make the case that they are the privileged children of the rich whose cushy lives never prepared them intellectually for the demands of the jobs handed to them by President Donald Trump.

“Many high achievers, particularly women and people of color, suffer from impostor syndrome, the fear that they don’t belong in the rarefied realm to which they’ve ascended and that they will soon be found out,” Goldberg began while noting that the first daughter and her husband have ever expressed any doubts about being up to the task.

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This led the columnist to ask, “Why don’t they have impostor syndrome, given that their total lack of qualifications for the jobs they are doing makes them actual impostors?”

According to Goldberg, Ivanka and her husband are classic examples of the Dunning-Kruger effect, which states: “People tend to hold overly favorable views of their abilities in many social and intellectual domains. The authors suggest that this overestimation occurs, in part, because people who are unskilled in these domains suffer a dual burden: Not only do these people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it.”

As the columnist puts it, “Partly, the Jared and Ivanka story is about the ‘reality distortion field’ — a term one of [author Vicky] Ward’s sources uses about Kushner — created by great family wealth. She quotes a member of Trump’s legal team saying that the two ‘have no idea how normal people perceive, understand, intuit.’ Privilege, in them, has been raised to the level of near sociopathy.”

“Even if you assume that the couple are amoral climbers, their behavior still doesn’t quite make sense. Ward writes that Ivanka’s chief concern is her personal brand, but that brand has been trashed,” Goldberg explained adding, “A leading real estate developer tells Ward that Kushner, now caught up in multiple state and federal investigations, has become radioactive: ‘No one will want to do business with him’.”

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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