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First Lady Melania Trump

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Melania Trump made disparaging remarks about Ivanka Trump and President Donald Trump's other adult children, a former friend and senior advisor to the First Lady says.

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who produced the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, says she taped Mrs. Trump making the remarks, and is including them in a new book, Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with The First Lady, to be released September 1. Journalist Yashar Ali, who writes for HuffPost and New York magazine, was the first to report the news.

Ali reports that "two sources familiar with the contents of her book confirmed that she reveals the details in her book, including harsh comments about Ivanka Trump."

"Wolkoff was friends with the First Lady for over a decade before Trump ran for president and was the director of special events at Vogue," Ali adds.

"How did Melania react to the Access Hollywood tape and her husband's affair with Stormy Daniels?" a description of the book asks. "Does she get along well with Ivanka? Why did she wear that jacket with 'I really don't care, do u?' printed on the back? Is Melania happy being First Lady? And what really happened with the inauguration's funding of $107 million? Wolkoff has some ideas…"

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Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch

When it rains, pieces of glass, pottery, and metal rise through the mud in the hills surrounding my Maryland home. The other day, I walked outside barefoot to fetch one of my kid's shoes and a pottery shard stabbed me in the heel. Nursing a minor infection, I wondered how long that fragment dated back.

A neighbor of mine found what he said looked like a cartridge case from an old percussion-cap rifle in his pumpkin patch. He told us that the battle of Monocacy had been fought on these grounds in July 1864, with 1,300 Union and 900 Confederate troops killed or wounded here. The stuff that surfaces in my fields when it storms may or may not be battle artifacts, but it does remind me that the past lingers and that modern America was formed in a civil war.

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