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Justice Dept. sues to seize profits of tell-all Melania Trump book, citing White House nondisclosure pact

In a statement, Wolkoff said she fulfilled the agreement and that its confidentiality provisions ended when the White House terminated it. “The President and First Lady’s use of the US Department of Justice to silence me is a violation of my First Amendment Rights and a blatant abuse of the government to pursue their own personal interests and goals,” Winston Wolkoff said, adding, “I will not be deterred by these bullying tactics.”

Winston Wolkoff, 50, had a ­15-year friendship with Melania Trump before she was ousted in 2018 as an unpaid senior adviser to the first lady in a scandal involving President Trump’s $107 million inauguration. Winston Wolkoff has said she felt “betrayed” when news accounts focused on $26 million paid to her event-planning firm by the inauguration. Most of the money went to pay for events, and she personally retained $484,126, The Washington Post has reported.

In the book,

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Penguin Random House, PEN America team up to Book the Vote

FILE - Anita Hill attends the 10th annual DVF Awards in New York on April 11, 2019. Hill, Neil Gaiman and Ann Patchett will be among the contributors to Book the Vote, an online initiative to provide information on the electoral system, voting registration and civic topics. Book the Vote (bookthevote.com) is a collaboration among Penguin Random House, PEN America, the non-profit organization When We All Vote and the literary retailer Out of Print, which is owned by Penguin Random House. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
FILE – Anita Hill attends the 10th annual DVF Awards in New York on April 11, 2019. Hill, Neil Gaiman and Ann Patchett will be among the contributors to Book the Vote, an online initiative to provide information on the electoral system, voting registration and civic topics. Book the Vote (bookthevote.com) is a collaboration among Penguin Random House, PEN America, the non-profit organization When We All Vote and the literary retailer Out of Print, which is owned by Penguin Random House. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)Andy Kropa/Andy Kropa/Invision/AP

NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Gaiman, Anita Hill and Ann Patchett will be among the contributors to Book the Vote, an online initiative to provide information on the electoral system, voting registration and civic topics.

Book the Vote is a collaboration among Penguin Random House, PEN America, the non-profit organization When We

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Salem Book Store Shuts Doors On Weekends Over Mask Compliance

SALEM, MA — An award-winning bookstore on the Pedestrian Mall is locking its doors on weekends to those who don’t have an appointment due to what it says is a “lack of compliance with mask and hand-sanitizing requirements” associated with the coronavirus health crisis.

Wicked Books, the independent book store on Essex Way, posted on its website that it will be open “by appointment only” during October on Saturdays and Sundays. The store remains open to the public on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The store said the decision to lock up on weekend days that draw large crowds of visitors to Halloween’s unofficial hometown was made because unmasked browsers unwilling to use hand sanitizer were “putting the health of our staff, patrons and community at risk.”

Masks are required in all public locations — both indoors and outdoors — in Salem as part of its mandatory mask

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5 Reasons To Book A Bath Staycation While Lockdown Rules Still Allow It

For the last decade or two, with increasingly reasonable air travel, brilliant house swaps and inventive boutique hotels to be booked at first swipe, Instagram inspo and some of the best city guides ferreting out secret sources of joy and relatively undiscovered charm, travelling the world has become a widely undertaken and easy rite of passage.



a castle on a bridge over a river: Staycationing around the UK has become a lifeline for those who can’t live without a dose of escapism. And, thankfully, some cities remain open to visitors.


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Staycationing around the UK has become a lifeline for those who can’t live without a dose of escapism. And, thankfully, some cities remain open to visitors.

Sadly, the pandemic has brought much of the above to its knees. Long haul travel has quickly become frightening and, in many cases, off-limits. Even short stints across the channel come with fresh disadvantages, such as the chance that the government’s Covid-19 rules will change while you’re abroad, throwing your return (and potential quarantine period) into question.

Luckily, necessity is the master

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Joe Pera Wrote a Book for Your Bathroom Anxiety Attacks

Thank you, Mr. Pera.
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Comedy’s favorite cozy sweater in human form, Joe Pera, has done a lot of work helping us all feel calm and relaxed over the years, and now he’s translating his soothing skills into a new book. The comedian announced on Twitter today that he has written A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping or Peeing But Using the Bathroom As an Escape, which will feature illustrations by Joe Bennett. The title is pretty self-explanatory, but the book’s description is just too entertaining not to share in full:

Joe Pera goes to the bathroom a lot. And his friend, Joe Bennett, does too. They both have small bladders but more often, it’s just to get a moment of quiet, a break from work, or because it’s the only way they know how to politely end conversations.

So they created a

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