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Kim Kardashian: Please Don’t Hate Me for Meeting with Trump!

Earlier this week, Kim Kardashian did a good deed.

And it didn’t have anything to do with gratuitous nudity, believe it or not.

Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump

Nope, while Kim usually brightens the world with selfies or fashion or mindless reality television trash, she used her powers for good by going to the White House to meet with Donald Trump about a woman named Alice Johnson.

You probably know the details on this already — the story and the photo of Kim meeting Trump were pretty widely mocked.

But just in case you missed it, Alice Johnson is a 63-year-old grandma who was sentenced to life in prison without parole for non-violent drug charges — her first arrest, even — all the way back in 1996.

Kim took an interest in Alice, who was obviously unbelievably failed by the justice system, and she used her voice to help take the issue directly to the president.

It worked: Trump granted Alice clemency, and she was released from prison on Wednesday.

After hearing the good news, Kim tweeted that she was “grateful” to Trump, Jared Kushner, and to everyone who helped achieve the goal, because “her commutation is inspirational and gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance.”

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“I hope to continue this important work by working together with organizations who have been fighting this fight for much longer than I have and deserve the recognition,” she added.

So that’s really nice, right?

It was weird to see Kim at the White House with Donald Trump who is somehow still the president, of course, but it’s an undeniably good thing that Alice Johnson was able to be released.

But still, lots and lots of people have been mocking Kim for what happened, and she acknowledges that in a new interview she did with Van Jones.

For one, she admitted she was starstruck — not by Trump, but by the White House itself.

“I never get starstruck,” she said. “I was starstruck over the Oval Office … It really felt powerful, and felt like, you can just feel the history in there.”

“I just took a second to take it all in, and then we talked about it.”

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As for Trump, she explained that he told her that the situation with Alice “just isn’t fair,” and that “he knew that this is the right thing to do, and he said that from the start after he had heard her whole story and situation and he knew it was the right thing to do.”

When it was mentioned to her that many other celebrities have been avoiding the White House these days, she said that “Kanye’s already given him legitimacy … you know, in that way.”

Yeah, he has.

Kim didn’t think she would be “used” in any kind of weird way for her celebrity, but “at the end of the day, he heard me out. We got the job done.”

“I juat have to stay focused, and I have to know that if he is the only person in the world that could have done this for her, why wouldn’t I go talk to that person, if I had the opportunity to?” she asked.

“Forget about my fears. Forget about my life. That was the right thing to do.”

That’s actually pretty admirable, right?

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She’s been open about her dislike of Trump and his platforms and his ideals and pretty much everything he stands for, and we’ve heard several times that she struggles with how much Kanye likes him.

So after all that, she still met with Trump, despite knowing how hard she’d be mocked and ridiculed, because Trump was the person who could help Alice, and she knew that was more important than her own image.

We’re proud of you, Kimmie!

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Chris Evans Melts Hearts With Video Of His First Time Meeting His Rescue Dog!

He’s Captain America. Of course he has a rescue dog!

Chris Evans shared a video for National Pet Day of his dog Dodger — in fact the first video.

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The Avengers: Infinity War star says he “knew right away” Dodger was the one for him, so he decided to film their first time touching. So sweet!!!

See the magical meet-cute (below)!

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Embattled EPA Head Scott Pruitt Fights for His Job in Meeting with President Trump: Report

(WASHINGTON) — Embattled Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt met with President Donald Trump on Friday to lay out his case for why he should remain in his post amid a stream of questions about his ethical standing.

Pruitt visited the White House to discuss his agency’s recent steps to roll back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards for cars, but he also fought for his job in his meeting with the president, according to two administration officials. While White House aides are increasingly fed up with Pruitt and chief of staff John Kelly has advocated firing him, Trump remains less certain. Pruitt is one of the most effective members of his Cabinet in undermining his predecessor’s regulatory agenda, and Trump enjoys his hard-charging style.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe sensitive internal discussions.

Kelly and other White House aides are frustrated by the steady drip of negative press Pruitt is attracting over a seemingly below-market lease on an apartment owned by the wife of a leading lobbyist, reports that he instructed his security detail to use emergency lights and sirens to beat traffic, and the continuing fallout from using private and first-class air travel last year. Pruitt has vigorously denied any wrongdoing and blamed the accusations on political opponents of the policies he is enacting.

Though Pruitt has few allies in the White House, his team has activated a network of conservative activists and lawmakers to rally behind him. Pruitt has also sat for a series of interviews with largely conservative news outlets to defend himself — though even supporters acknowledge he did himself no favors with a Fox News interview this week in which he seemed unable to fend off some of the allegations.

As the White House looks into the claims against Pruitt, administration officials say they have felt blindsided by the news reports, believing Pruitt hasn’t “come clean.” Earlier this week, two administration officials touted a pair of supposedly laudatory calls to Pruitt from Trump and Kelly, including the encouragement that he “keep fighting.” But two other officials said the praise had to do with Pruitt’s work and not the ethical cloud surrounding him — and that Kelly took a far sterner tone with Pruitt than initially reported, warning that the EPA job was in jeopardy if he couldn’t put an end to the distracting coverage.

“We’re continuing to review any of the concerns we have,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She declined to engage on the specific accusations against Pruitt, calling them “hypotheticals.”

“The president feels that the administrator has done a good job at EPA,” she added. “He’s restored it back to its original purpose of protecting the environment. It’s gotten unnecessary regulations out of the way.”

The scrutiny surrounding Pruitt comes just a week after another Cabinet member, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, was ousted amid ethical questions. White House aides believed that Shulkin had misrepresented the coming findings of a critical inspector general report, but an official said that, at least so far, Trump had not equated that with Pruitt’s omissions of his own alleged transgressions.

Several other Trump appointees, including Housing and Urban Development head Ben Carson and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, have also faced questions about their expenditures and behavior.

On Capitol Hill, where some Republican lawmakers have already called for Pruitt’s firing or resignation, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Pruitt must go.

Pruitt’s tenure, she said, has been “part of the Trump administration’s culture of corruption, cronyism and incompetence.”


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