Self-Proclaimed First Lady Ivana Trump Unveils Shadow Platform: It's a diet that promises you can eat all the Italian food you want

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
A Capitals fan holds a Washington, D.C., flag with the words "No Taxation Without Representation" at the Stanley Cup rally Tuesday on the National Mall. Credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

D.C. Mayor Gives Statehood Nod: Washington's Muriel Bowser wears "51" jersey to Caps rally

Splitting California: An initiative to make three states gets on ballot

Self-Proclaimed First Lady Ivana Trump Unveils Shadow Platform: It's a diet that promises you can eat all the Italian food you want

Kate Bennett is off. Her section will return this week.

Hunter Schwarz

What Washington Is Talking About:
Sen. Bob Corker, who's pushing to add an amendment to a Senate defense bill that would give Congress more power to block tariffs, criticized his fellow Repubs for being afraid to "poke the bear" and upset President Trump, and said the party is in a "cult-like situation" with Trump. And in the House, moderate and conservative Repubs agreed on a deal to vote on two immigration bills next week, including one on Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

What America Is Talking About:
The United States, Canada and Mexico have been selected to host the 2026 World Cup, Nintendo announced the hit game Fortnite is available on Switch, and the raccoon that was spotted climbing a 25-story building in St. Paul, Minnesota, made it safely to the roof. 🙏

About Last Night's Results:
Some of the winning candidates in yesterday's primaries include Corey Stewart, a Virginia Republican who held rallies in Charlottesville defending a Robert E. Lee monument; Archie Parnell, a South Carolina Democrat who admitted to domestic abuse 45 years ago; and Eric Brakey, a Maine Republican who once filmed an amazing "Harlem Shake" video in his underwear. 

Splitting California:
An initiative that would split California into three states qualified to get on the November ballot. Here are the proposed states:
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Bowser Gives Statehood Nod at Caps Rally:
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser wore a "51" Caps jersey to the Stanley Cup rally Tuesday. Bowser is a proponent of statehood, and told The Washington Post during an Emancipation Day parade last year, "We think that the fact that Washingtonians still don't have equal participation in the nation is something that we should be focusing on." But maybe if California gets split up, she'll need a "53" jersey?
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So Is the US Halting Military Exercises in South Korea, or Nah?:
Trump's assertion that the United States would stop its "war games" on the Korean Peninsula has Washington confused. It was not listed in the document Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un signed, GOP lawmakers said Vice President Mike Pence told them the exercises would continue, and Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farah denied he said that.

AMA Comes Out for Gun Control:
Calling gun violence a disease and public health crisis, the American Medical Association said Tuesday it supports measures including banning guns for those under 21 and requiring training and registration for gun owners.

These Tweets Didn't Age Well:
Some 2016 tweets from White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp critical of President Barack Obama for meeting with Raul Castro resurfaced Tuesday. "Negotiating with a dictator never a good idea," she wrote in one. In another, she wondered if Obama would later shake hands with "Kim Un Jung" [sic]. 🤷‍♂️

Candace Owens Gets "Ratioed" Hard for #MeToo Take:
Owens is facing blowback after she tweeted that the "entire premise of #metoo is that women are stupid, weak & inconsequential." 👀 Her tweet got rated and criticized by conservatives. No word on whether Kanye West likes the way the pundit thinks about this particular topic.

Ivana Trump Is Unveiling her Diet Plan:
The self-proclaimed first lady is launching her shadow platform today in New York. Ivana Trump, the President's ex-wife, said she wants to fight adult obesity, and she's doing it by promoting the Italiano Diet. Gianluca Mech, the diet's founder who's pictured below, has said, "You can eat all the Italian food you like." 
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In a promotional video for the diet, Mech says he was inspired to start it after his father passed away from obesity. The diet includes herbal extracts Mech claims detoxify the body, and his site sells food such as $20 cookies and $14 pasta.
Credit: Italiano Diet

Ivana Trump told the New York Post she's a fan of the Mech's praline cookies and that she's tried to get her ex-husband to eat healthier but to no avail. "I can tell him 100 times, but he does what he wants anyway," she said. "He looks very, very good and is very healthy -- his only weakness is the Big Mac, what can I tell you?"

Trump V. Trump Impersonator 2020?:
Alec Baldwin told Howard Stern if he ran for president he would win (where have we heard that before?). He said he wants to run for office but it "doesn't seem to be practical with my lifestyle and my children," and he said he wants a "healthy Republican Party." "I'd like to think that this thing with Trump is a one-off," he said.

Street Art Sighting:
Melania Trump might have made her public return last week, but there's still reminders of her absence in Washington's Kalorama and Dupont Circle. Posters of the first lady dressed in a Waldo-inspired outfit with the words "Where's Melania?" can be found on utility boxes on Connecticut Avenue.
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If you spot political street art, tweet me @hunterschwarz, tag me on Instagram @hunterschwarz or email me at with your sighting so I can feature it in COVER/LINE.

Jamie Lynn Spears, Britney's younger sister, posted an ad Tuesday on Instagram for Teami Blends, the tea brand Sarah Palin and her daughters have posted about. The post is no longer on her account, but I got a screenshot. Spears gave birth to her second daughter earlier this year.
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