Posts tagged with "Associate Press"

Soon, we’ll know Melania ‘like a book’: Unauthorized bio due out in June

April 9, 2020

Get ready for some hot new literature to enliven your shelter-in-place experience. An unauthorized biography of America’s First Lady, entitled “The Art of Her Deal”—which draws upon more than 100 interviews with people who claim to know “the inside dirt”–will be released on June 16 by Simon & Schuster.

The real Melania Trump is far more interesting than the image that many people have of her,” says Mary Jordan, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and national political correspondent for The Washington Post, who just finished the life story of the relatively tight-lipped FLOTUS. .

According to an interview with Jordan posted by USA Today and The Associated Press, the author says the president’s wife is all-in on our husband’s re-election and future legacy. “[Melania] is already gearing up for 2020, and she wants to win as much as her husband does .”

“The picture is one of a woman who is savvy, steely, ambitious, deliberate, and who plays the long game,” according to an announcement on April 8 from the publisher. “With the help of key people who speak publicly for the first time and never-before-seen documents and tapes, ‘The Art of Her Deal’ paints a surprising portrait of a determined immigrant and the life she had before she met Donald Trump.”

Interestingly enough, Jordan began working on the book in 2015, USA Today reports—well before Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the presidential election. She investigated everything from Melania Knauss’ childhood in Slovenia to her years as a model to her relationship with her husband. Jordan said in a statement that she found Melania Trump, often portrayed as a reluctant first lady, far more ambitious politically than commonly believed.

A Simon & Schuster spokesperson told the news outlet that, while Jordan has interviewed Melania Trump in her capacity as a Post reporter, the White House declined her request to speak with her for the book or to respond to written questions.

Research contact: @USATODAY

NBA Commish defends ‘freedom of expression’ after Rockets GM backs Hong Kong protests

October 9, 2019

Commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Adam Silver literally is putting the league’s money where its mouth is. During a press conference prior to the preseason game between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors at Saitama Super Arena on October 8 in Saitama, Japan. Silver sought to quell the boiling emotions sparked by Rockets GM Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of the Hong Kong protests, the Houston Chronicle reported..

The long-held values of the NBA are to support freedom of expression, and certainly freedom of expression by members of the NBA community. And in this case Daryl Morey, as the general manager of the Houston Rockets, enjoys that right as one of our employees,” Silver said in a press conference before the Rockets faced the o Raptors.

 “I understand that there are consequences from that exercise of, in essence, his freedom of speech. We will have to live with those consequences. That’s where we find ourselves, but that as a league, we are not willing to compromise those values. Again, I’m sympathetic to our interests here and to our partners who are upset. I don’t think it’s inconsistent on one hand to be sympathetic to them and at the same time stand by our principles.”

The consequences of Morey’s quickly-deleted tweet continued to mount on Tuesday when CCTV announced that in response to Silver’s support of freedom of speech it would not televise this week’s NBA preseason games in Shanghai and Shenzhen between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers.

“We’re strongly dissatisfied and oppose Adam Silver’s claim to support Morey’s right to freedom of expression,” CCTV said in a statement translated by the Associated Press. “We believe that any remarks that challenge national sovereignty and social stability are not within the scope of freedom of speech.”

The network added that it will “immediately investigate all cooperation and exchanges involving the NBA,” the Chronicle reported.

Silver said he intends to go to Shanghai on Wednesday and hopes to meet with officials and business partners there to try to repair the damage in the NBA’s relationship with China. He did not expect a quick resolution, according to the Houston-based news outlet.

“It’s my hope that when I’m in Shanghai, I can meet with the appropriate officials and discuss where we stand, and again, put those remarks from Daryl Morey and my remarks in an appropriate context of a many-decades-long relationship and see if we can find mutual respect for each other’s political systems and beliefs,” Silver said. “But I’m a realist as well, and I recognize that this issue may not die down so quickly.”

If that were not already clear, He added that Rockets icon Yao Ming, the head of the China Basketball Association, is “extremely upset.”

Research contact: @HoustonChron