Melania leads low-effort battle against the cyber bullies

Slovenian immigrant and reluctant First Lady of the United States Melania Trump is gearing up her long awaited battle against cyberbullying. She's going to hold a meeting where no one expects her to actively do anything. This meeting will be with the leadership of several social media giants, good people to not do much about online bullying with.

Yesterday her husband fired the Secretary of State via a tweet. Looks like she has her work cut out for her.

Via NBC News:

Mrs. Trump plans to ask the tech companies about what efforts they're making to tackle online trolls, bots and other malicious content. They added that they don't expect her to be involved in drafting any potential policy proposals.

Of course, the meeting — if it happens — has the potential to draw attention to calls for Mrs. Trump to end cyberbullying in her own home, starting with getting the president to tone down his tweets.

During a lunch with spouses of governors visiting the White House last month, the first lady called on everyone to practice "positive habits with social media and technology."

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Judge tosses out Hulk Hogan lawyer's suit against Techdirt over that guy who claimed he invented email

Earlier this year Techdirt was sued for $15M by Shiva Ayyadurai, who claims to have invented email in 1978, eight years after Ray Tomlinson sent an email over ARPANET. Ayyadurai was represented by Charles Harder, the lawyer who was paid by Peter Thiel to kill Gawker Media through Hulk Hogan's lawsuit. Read the rest

Laura Benanti’s Melania Trump really doesn’t want to move into the White House

The always hilarious Laura Benanti returns to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to share how Melania Trump is feeling about moving into the White House. Read the rest

Melania rejects Trump's hand once again with new maneuver

Yesterday, when Trump tried to hold Melania's hand on the tarmac in Israel, she was quick to swat it away. Read the rest

Brilliant visual analysis of Melania Trump's 470 Twitter photos

Kate Imbach looked at all of Melania Trump's Twitter photos with her filmmaker's eye, revealing remarkable patterns of Melania's "dark fairytale" life. Read the rest

West Virginia mayor glad to see "ape in heels" Michelle Obama replaced by beautiful Melania Trump

A racist facebook post describing First Lady Michelle Obama as "a Ape in heels" was so satisfying to read it made Clay, W. Va,. mayor Beverly Whaling's day.

Pamela Ramsey Taylor, who runs a local non-profit group in Clay County, referred to the first lady as an "ape".

"It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified first lady in the White House. I'm tired of seeing a Ape in heels," she said.

Local mayor Beverly Whaling responded with "just made my day Pam".

Ms Whaling is mayor of the town of Clay, which has a population of just 491.

It has no African American residents, according to the 2010 census. In Clay County as a whole, more than 98% of its 9,000 residents are white.

Taylor was immediately fired after the exchange was spotted by local newshounds at WBAZ. Taylor says her words could be "interpreted as racist, but in no way was intended to be," and she's going to sue someone over it all for slander. Whaling told the Washington Post that "My comment was not intended to be racist" and apologies for it "getting out of hand." Read the rest

A Surreal Vic Berger Edit of Melania Trump's Charm Offensive with Anderson Cooper on CNN

Here's Vic Berger’s hilarious and disturbing edit of Melania Trump’s interview with Anderson Cooper on the Trump tapes. Read the rest

Melania Trump demands People retract part of accuser's sexual assault story--but not that part

Melania Trump is demanding that People Magazine retract a portion of a story that claims her husband sexually assaulted a reporter. Which part of the story? Not the part about sexual assault. Read the rest

Hulk Hogan's lawyer in Gawker case is helping Melania Trump sue Daily Mail over escort story

In a Maryland Circuit Court today, Melania Trump filed a complaint against the publisher of the Daily Mail tabloid over the August 19 article "Naked photoshoots, and troubling questions about visas that won't go away: The VERY racy past of Donald Trump's Slovenian wife." Read the rest

Melania Trump's convention speech plagiarized from Michelle Obama

The internet is aflame with mirth and wrath: Melania Trump's speech on the first night of the Republican convention in Cleveland contained several lines lifted from a speech delivered by Michelle Obama. Just at the point where her husband, Donald, secures his grasp on the party, they find that the apparent level his campaign operates at is just another false bottom and there is always worse to come.

This side-by-side comparison is particularly damning:

The trending hashtags of the morn all concern this very Sad! moment. #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes

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