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‘Fire and Fury’ Author Michael Wolff Not New to Controversy Defends His Book



Michael Wolff, the author of a new book that gives a behind-the-scenes account of the White House, defended his work Friday on “Today”, insisting he spoke with President Donald Trump on the record and calling the commander in chief “a man who has less credibility than, perhaps, anyone who has ever walked on earth.” (Screen-Capture/NBC News).

Michael Wolff, described by many as a man who doesn’t shy away from controversy has a new book out, and President Donald Trump is not a fan.

The book, already on the New York Times’ best selling list before it hit the shelves prompted Trump’s legal team to send cease-and-desist letters to Wolff and his U. S. publisher, Macmillan imprint Henry Holt & Co., in response to the new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

Trump, known for punching back when his character is under attack, is reportedly not happy with the unflattering picture of the White House administration’s first year in office.

The cease and assist letter calls on Henry Holt to halt distribution of the book, publication of which was originally set for Jan. 9 and has now been pushed up to Jan. 5.

In an attempt to silence Wolff, Trump’s legal team alleges that the book is libelous to the president.  The assertion in made because of the implications about the president’s mental health.

Trump’s attorney, Charles J. Harder, sent a similar letter to former White House strategist Steve Bannon, who set the media buzzing with quotes throughout the book peppered with very serious allegations—most notably a comment on a now-notorious meeting between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr. during the 2016 presidential campaign. “Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s**t, and I happen to think it’s all of that,” Bannon purportedly told Wolff, “you should have called the FBI immediately.”

Bannon, who worked as the chief executive of Trump’s campaign and the White House chief strategist before he was fired last summer, is quoted in the book taking shots at Trump and people in his inner circle. Those quotes sparked a fierce response from Trump, who said Wednesday Bannon did not have much influence in the West Wing.

Amid the fall-out from the book, those unfamiliar the “Fire and Fury” author and perhaps cheering him on because he has in a sense, connected a few “political dots” are asking “Who is Michael Wolff?”

Wolff, 64 known throughout the media world, according to a recent “Has led an Internet venture, chronicled the New York media world and told the “inside story” of moguls like Rupert Murdoch — all the while making bold claims that, whether embraced or rejected, were impossible to ignore.”

Michael Wolff a man who doesn’t shy away from the limelight established himself as a no-holds controversial critic of the media culture that he’s immersed in seeming to relish all that comes with his role as a well-known columnist.

Having established himself as a man who takes on media challenges without flinching, it should come as little surprise to those aware of his style—Columnist and author Michael Wolff would ignite a media storm by setting social media abuzz with the leaked excerpts of his forthcoming book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”

Wolff grew up in New Jersey often speaking of a future in media with a humble beginning as a copy boy at the New York Times—moving back and forth between the worlds of media and business.

In the early 1990s, Wolff launched a company structured to provide navigation techniques to the internet.  The guides or manuals initially in book form were later released online. Disputes with his investors, according to a Wired report at the time caused Wolff to resign from the company.

In the years following, Wolff has written about money and power and the intersection of media, specifically among New York’s elite, in four books and as a columnist for New York magazine, the Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, and Newser, the news aggregator site he founded.

In speaking on his unsuccessful attempt to acquire New York magazine — a failed venture for which Wolff states he later felt “immense relief,” in an interview on the forum Big Think.  During the interview, Wolff said he no longer read New York, which could have been construed by some as a taste of “bitter grapes.”

Consistent in his portrayal of the media landscape, Wolff’s peppered words and the portrait of media titans have been unflinching. For example, in one of his interviews, he said New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd was an “angry” writer whose tone might be explained by anger at “her own women-who-love-too-much-weakness.” Not one to filter his words, reportedly when Newsweek was on a downward spiral in 2012, Wolff wrote of its chief, “What will happen to Tina Brown? And should we care?”

Many are wondering how the embattled author gained access to the White House and the president’s inner-circle to gather what detractors of the book are calling “salacious assertions” with little merit. The pressing question how did he do it without someone alerting President Trump?

Michael Wolff reportedly secured access to the White House—conducting more than 200 interviews from willing participants who may feel betrayed by the use of their names in the book.

The author quotes former Trump advisor Stephen K. Bannon as saying a meeting between Trump’s confidants and Kremlin-linked Russians was “treasonous,” and Katie Walsh, the former deputy chief of staff, as saying that working with Trump was like “trying to figure out what a child wants.”

With assertions that Trump’s inner-circle are not as loyal as perhaps the president expects of his team, the fall-out from the damaging information throughout the book—could cause a few heads to roll.

Confronting the issue at hand, Trump seeming cut ties to Bannon on Wednesday, saying he had “lost his mind,” and like clock-work as mention earlier in this report,  giving orders to his lawyers to stop the book’s release.

Meanwhile, Michael Wolff appearing to embrace the notion of having his book plugged across the media in such an extraordinary manner—took to Twitter telling his followers that “Fire and Fury” was No. 1 on Amazon.  He tweeted that he couldn’t be happier with the coverage of “Fire and Fury” in another tweet, giving accolades to John Cassidy with New Yorker.

Michael Wolff is back on the scene making headline news across the with reports and excerpts from his upcoming book — which as he pointed out is already a success on Amazon.

The White House and the president’s legal team are continuing the assault on Wolff’s upcoming book. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the book is “full of tabloid gossip” —noting that Breitbart News should consider firing Steve Bannon over comments he allegedly made in the book.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders conducts the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC. Sanders said on Tuesday that “only if your mind is in the gutter” could you interpret the president’s words as sexual innuendo. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sanders faced an onslaught of questions during Thursday’s press briefing about “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”

“I will not go through every single page of the book, but there are numerous examples of falsehoods that take place in the book,” Sanders said, referencing a claim that President Trump did not know who former House Speaker John Boehner was.

“There are numerous mistakes. But I’m not going to waste my time or the country’s time going page by page and talking about a book that is complete fantasy and just full of tabloid gossip,” she said. “Because it is sad, pathetic. And our administration and focus will be more on moving the country forward.”

It’s not surprising that Trump and his legal team would frown upon the book and discredit Wolff.  Regarding whether Trump really wanted to be president — the Wolff book claims he did not — Sanders wrote that off as another falsehood.

“It is absolutely laughable to think that somebody like this president would run for office with the purpose of losing,” she said. “If you guys know anything, you know that Donald Trump is a winner. And he is not going to do something for the purpose of coming out on top and not coming out as a winner.”

Wolff, in an exclusive interview on “Today,” said that everyone he spoke to for the book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” offered the same description of the president.


@LeNoraMillen           01-05-18

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Oklahoma Teachers Exercise their Voice



Oklahoma Teachers Exercise their VOICE!

Oklahoma public school teachers banded together to strike for supplies and better wages

Have you heard the “tea” on the statewide teacher walk-out in the state of Oklahoma and the ripple effect it’s starting in the country? Well, if you haven’t and you’re the kind of person that need numbers and statics, which are important, don’t get me wrong. I hope that this article encourages you to take a deeper look into this now national situation and also, take a deeper look at your education system in your own backyard. However, in this article, I want to give readers a candid look inside of the protest from the perspective of a now local resident and a first time experience of anything like this.

I originally had no intention of attending the walk-out at the state capital here in Oklahoma City. To keep it all the way real, which I wouldn’t have it another way, I didn’t think it would last more than a day if it happened at all. Now I know, some of you are probably wondering why I’m glad you asked… While I’m not a public educator, I’ve lived in Oklahoma City for 10 years now and have worked closely with the public school system for the majority of my time here. Teachers have been complaining about things like lack of fair pay, little to sometimes no supplies and little to no budget to properly serve those with special needs, to name a few. However, even though this is a real problem, the teachers stay for something much bigger than themselves and their personal needs, they stay for the love of the children and communities they serve. Because, I know first hand of the passion and degree of selflessness it takes to continue to work under certain conditions, I didn’t think they would actually follow through with it.

April 2, 2018, was the first day of the protest and over 35,000 we’re said were in attendance. In my gut, I didn’t think it would last but thought they put forth a gallant effort to get the attention of Governor Mary Fallin and legislators. Day 2 a reported 38,000 was reported to have been in attendance, the people weren’t backing down. In fact, they said they weren’t moving until their voices were heard! I had the exhilarating experience of attending Day 3 of the protest at the capital with, again well over 30,000 people in attendance, standing strong. By this time, teachers from Tulsa Oklahoma banded together to make the 107-mile walk to the capital and the public educators in  Kentucky started a protest of their own. I’ve never actually experienced anything like that in my life and I wanted to give you my raw perspective on what it was like up close and personal.  I’ll start by saying that seeing the coverage is one thing but actually being there has had an entirely different effect and perspective for me as an individual.

On my way to the capital, I didn’t know what to expect, it was bumper to bumper traffic down 23rd street. I saw people walking from as far as three miles back with bright signs, picketing on their way to the capital. I would be lying if I told you I didn’t say a little prayer driving past them, just hoping I had a closer parking place just for me… whoa yes! Keep in mind, I just started doing research that morning and even with that, I didn’t know how deep it would be. I found a spot a little under a mile from the action and for that, I was grateful.

  Upon the first exit of my car, I felt an almost magnetic pull in the atmosphere that drew me towards the masses. It was a surreal feeling as if I couldn’t help it. I don’t think I’ve experienced a situation where I was standing near or in the middle of a crowd of people where most of the attendees stood in agreement of what they saw as the greater good for humanity. Sure, this amount of people fill-up arena venues and stadiums all over the world every day with numbers larger than this. However, this was an entirely different energy that surged among the masses.   

Coming alone to something like this definitely has its pros and cons, but I decided to make the best out of this situation and take it all in. I took my time and literally observed everything before I actually arrived and walked straight into the nucleus of the action. To be honest, my mind was blown before I got there. The first thing I noticed was the amount of school age kids that were there to either stand with their parents or support their teachers. I’m not kidding, there was an almost equal ratio of teens to adults. Most made very creative signs that reflected their personal feelings and viewpoints. People of all races, colors, and creeds stood together in unity, standing for what they believed was right. 

  I was overwhelmed by the number of people that wanted to be a part of my candid coverage for Exposure Magazine. I walked next to different groups of people and gained many different perspectives, from both sides, although mostly from one, how affected the public education community and the children that are in it really are. Because people were literally standing there ALL DAY there were food vendors who volunteered their foods and services to the cause. Other services that we might not think of like water and restrooms were also provided and school-aged kids 18 and under had everything provided for them free of charge, from snacks, water, meals and even some local events were held around the city, and childcare in some places as well.

The photo (on the left) depicts not only the unity but the faith exercised by some of the teens in attendance at the protest rally. However, I must acknowledge some of the views from the opposing side as well. People were concerned that a rally like this could cause an uproar in not only the state of Oklahoma but the country as a whole, which could threaten not only overthrowing the government at a state level but eventually the country. There were also some angry parents across the state that were concerned that, they weren’t properly informed or considered during the uprising in standing against both local and state officials. Parents that are accustomed to their children going to school all day. The walkout could cause other unforeseen charges such as childcare, extra food, and transportation expenses. Some parents are concerned, if this goes on much longer, they too, are at risk of not having a job.  Some people think this entire protest can help create a lose/lose effect on children both home and at school. I completely understand and see this side clearly. Seeing this side so clearly made me want to take a deeper look at another viewpoint, just to even out the playing field so to speak.


As I walked through the massive amounts of people, reading the signs, listening to conversations and observing the different emotions throughout the capital, I found myself almost at the front of the stage which to me, served as the nucleus of the protest. This is where I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing teacher of Del City school district Joy A. Glenn Ahmad. She has been a teacher since 1976 and explained her viewpoint with literal tears in her eyes. Ahmad explained that the teachers demanded 200 million dollars from local and state officials which would cover a $6,000 raise to teachers, some whom haven’t seen a raise for over a decade and some who are only making it with the help of there spouses income to sustain their own family. The rest of the money would be used for much-needed supplies and educational material for the 700,000 students the public school system serves.

Students stand together and pray with teachers during Oklahoma Teacher Walkout 2018

Teachers voices were in fact heard and they were granted 50 million dollars, a quarter of what they were asking, which only would cover the much-needed raises for the teachers. This offer was rejected by the teachers and the strike continued as planned. Teachers claim that this was less about them and more about the students they serve and they refused to take a raise and leave the students needs out. To give me a clear perspective she shared the picture with me you see to the left.

The book cart shared among teachers and students

  I know, it seems like a cart with books on it, what’s the big deal, right? I thought the same thing until she explained to me that this was the cart of books shared between classes for teaching materials for both students and teachers. This cart is the only access to educational materials for the entire high school. I was shocked, to say the least, I couldn’t help but wonder if the parents who are against the protest are aware of the true condition of their children education. Were they aware that this was perhaps the reason for Oklahoma having the lowest test scores and reading scores in the country? Or, does the need to survive and provide for their families now take precedence over the future of their children and possibly the future of the leaders of the state of Oklahoma. This is obviously an “elephant in the room” that couldn’t be ignored anymore. What do you think? Are you aware, truly aware of your education system in your own backyard? This movement that now, has national attention will continue for week 2 in the state Oklahoma. Teachers claim, they will not back down until their voices are heard! This protest has potential to change the education system not only in the state but in the country. Don’t forget to keep up with both local and national news for up close and personal coverage. 



-Deonna Marie


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The Former President Barack Obama Speaks: In your own ability to make a difference in your community and your country.

The Former President Barack Obama Speaks:

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Friend —

A little over a year ago, at my farewell address in Chicago, I asked you to believe. Not in a candidate, or a politician, or a party — in yourself.

In your own ability to make a difference in your community and your country.

For eight years in the White House — and long before that — I’d seen it happen time and time again: ordinary people who got involved, stayed involved, and pushed for a better future for this country we love.

That’s how change happens.

And this November, we have a chance to make that change happen in local and federal elections across the country. We cannot squander it.

Commit to vote in November 2018. Say you’ll fulfill your duty as a citizen, and that you’ll keep pushing for progress.

That faith I placed all those years ago in the power of ordinary Americans to bring about change — that faith has been rewarded in ways I couldn’t possibly have imagined.

In the past year, I saw people like Kim, an OFA volunteer in Virginia, bravely share her story during the health care fight — of how, before Obamacare, her 13-month-old son Isaac was on the verge of being kicked off insurance as he went through surgery after surgery. She spoke up, and helped save health care for Isaac and millions of Americans.

I saw folks in South Carolina identify a problem with their town’s outdated, dangerous school buses — then roll up their sleeves, do some organizing, and get the statehouse to fund new buses for Charleston’s kids.

And I saw a new generation of young leaders grab clipboards, collect signatures, and decide to run for office themselves.

Throughout 2017, I saw Americans all over the country step up, have the tough conversations, and speak out about the issues affecting us all. We have to keep it up in 2018 — because every ballot measure, every election, every conversation on an issue we care about — it all matters.

There are no do-overs.

So right now, I’m asking you to make a commitment: Seize the power you have. Speak up. Make this democracy work. Do not succumb to cynicism. And say you’ll vote in 2018 — there’s too much at stake this year to sit this out.

I’m in

Thank you,

Barack Obama

Reported by Tam Lawrence

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Trump Tweets About an ‘Insecure’ and ‘Biased’ Oprah Winfrey Over Her ’60 Minutes’ Segment



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Oprah Winfrey in a 60 minutes segment with a voter focus group on America’s political divide.  (Photo Courtesy of CBS News).

Donald Trump venting over the FBI and the Russia investigation took to Twitter on Sunday night in a tweetstorm attack on Oprah Winfrey following her “60 Minutes” segment on America’s political divide. Despite his denial of spending time watching television, his response to Winfrey stated otherwise.

“Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes,” tweeted Trump, “The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!”

Winfrey’s report followed up her September segment featuring the same panel of Trump voters and non-Trump voters in the battleground state of Michigan. The goal of the segment was to understand their thoughts on his presidency and direction of the country one year after he took office.

In the wake of Winfrey’s historic #MeToo speech during the Golden Globes in January, an #Oprah2020 movement took root, with many stars – including Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg – calling on Winfrey to consider running. Days later, Trump addressed the speculation, telling the press, “Yeah, I’ll beat Oprah.”

In 1999, Trump thought Winfrey would be a good running mate.  At the time Trump said: “I know her very well. You know, I did one of her last shows. She had Donald Trump – this was before politics – her last week, and she had Donald Trump and my family. It was very nice.”

Oprah Winfrey, despite earlier rumors of a presidential bid, has been clear that she has no intention of running for president.  Making it clear on her intentions she said in a 60 Minutes overtime clip separate from Sunday’s report. “If God actually wanted me to run, wouldn’t God kind of tell me?”

@LeNoraMillen       02-20-18

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