Fashion Notes: Melania Trump Is Holiday Du Jour in Balenciaga Bubble Coat

First Lady Melania Trump is ready for the holiday season, stepping out of the White House in a look straight from the Paris, France runways.
Melania Trump accepted the White House Christmas tree, an 18-feet tall Fraser Fir from West Virginia that will be displayed in the Blue Room, donning a wool houndstooth bubble tie-neck coat by Balenciaga — styled by her personal couturier Hervé Pierre.
The coat, which plays on the Paris fashion house’s signature cocoon shapes, features […]
Fashion Notes: Melania Trump Is Holiday Du Jour in Balenciaga Bubble Coat

First lady Melania Trump accepts 2020 White House Christmas tree

Nov. 23 (UPI) — First lady Melania Trump welcomed the 2020 White House Christmas tree in a brief event Monday afternoon, continuing the tradition despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump did not wear a mask as she accepted the 18 1/2-foot-high Fraser fir from Dan and Bryan Trees on the North Portico of the White House.
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The two coachmen and the horse handler who drove the carriage that delivered the tree wore masks, and the tree farmers did as well initially, but removed them as they […]
First lady Melania Trump accepts 2020 White House Christmas tree

Masks, plexiglass food stations: What Melania Trump is planning for holiday parties amid COVID-19

WASHINGTON – The White House is going ahead with plans to hold holiday parties and receptions at the presidential mansion despite a surge in coronavirus cases and warnings from public health officials to avoid large in-person gatherings.
Invitations for the indoor holiday events, which are scheduled to start next week, already have been sent out. An invitation to a Dec. 1 reception – a copy of which was obtained by USA TODAY – makes no mention of mandatory face masks or social distancing […]
Masks, plexiglass food stations: What Melania Trump is planning for holiday parties amid COVID-19

Laura Benanti Says Goodbye to Melania and Watches ‘Ted Lasso’

The actress may be nearing the end as Melania Trump on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” but she has plenty of other projects and passions to keep her busy.
Laura Benanti is about to lose the job for which she’s best known. And she’s not sad about it.
For four years, the 41-year-old actress with a killer soprano and a nimble wit has been channeling Melania Trump for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” But Benanti knows her run will likely end at the same time as the Trump […]
Laura Benanti Says Goodbye to Melania and Watches ‘Ted Lasso’

Melania Trump Is Getting Roasted on Twitter Over the White House Christmas Tree

Melania Trump will no longer be First Lady come January 20, 2021—but she still has one more holiday season in the White House to oversee. 
On Monday, November 23, this year's official Christmas tree arrived at the White House, where it was greeted by FLOTUS. (Donald Trump did not attend.) “Each year the arrival of the #WHChristmas tree brings a spirit of holiday warmth & tradition to the @WhiteHouse. This year’s tree will continue to bring joy to those who will pass through the […]
Melania Trump Is Getting Roasted on Twitter Over the White House Christmas Tree

UPDATE 1-White House plans holiday parties as Americans urged to stay home

(Adds statement from Melania Trump’s spokeswoman)
WASHINGTON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – The White House plans to hold indoor holiday receptions in the coming weeks despite ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks and the advice of public health professionals urging Americans to sacrifice their normal holiday gatherings to curb the spread of the virus.
U.S. officials have warned against large gatherings on Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday, instead urging Americans to stay home and forgo traveling to see relatives […]
UPDATE 1-White House plans holiday parties as Americans urged to stay home

Trump agrees to begin transition to Biden administration – live

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Mon 23 Nov 2020 22.09 EST

First published on Mon 23 Nov 2020 05.02 EST

Chris Krebs, the former head of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, on Monday reminded Americans that there’s still no evidence of significant voter fraud in the 2020 election.
Trump fired Krebs last week by tweet after the director had pushed back on the president’s baseless claims of voter […]
Trump agrees to begin transition to Biden administration – live

Column: Trump lost and his lawsuits are garbage. But please keep donating! The grift must go on.

He is losing every court case he and his Elite Strike Farce of buffoon-American lawyers present.
His claims of massive voter fraud (there wasn’t any) and a grand conspiracy (there isn’t one) are only slightly less ridiculous than his expressed belief that he won in a landslide (he didn’t, and actual landslides should sue him for damaging their brand).
This remarkable streak of failure might leave some asking: “When does this all become just a bit too embarrassing, even for Trump?”
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Column: Trump lost and his lawsuits are garbage. But please keep donating! The grift must go on.

Will New York's elite give Ivanka and Jared a warm welcome or the cold shoulder?

It looks as though the knives are out for the one-time power couple as they plan a return to their former city. But there may be some surprises yet
In the purgatory of Donald Trump’s unacknowledged election defeat, the knives are out for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump who, like dozens of other lesser-placed Trump acolytes, may be looking to return to New York, a city that the lame-duck president calls an “anarchic jurisdiction”.
The reception they will receive, judging from the city’s […]
Will New York's elite give Ivanka and Jared a warm welcome or the cold shoulder?

White House Holiday Parties To Continue Despite CDC Warnings Against Gatherings

WASHINGTON — As Americans head towards the holidays, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning against travel and large gatherings — both staples of the season.
Despite the CDC’s urgent message, the White House does not appear to be cancelling their upcoming holiday parties. 
According to an invitation obtained by ABC News, the first of the parties will take place the week after Thanksgiving, on Monday, Nov. 30. That party will be hosted by Mrs. Melania Trump, the […]
White House Holiday Parties To Continue Despite CDC Warnings Against Gatherings