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Recent articles by Maria:

No inaugural balls or gowns? How this change affects Jill Biden's donation to the Smithsonian

Inaugural balls are another casualty of the pandemic-affected Joe Biden inauguration, and thus so are inaugural gowns to the dismay of fashion fans. → Read More

Will Melania Trump invite Jill Biden to tea-and-tour at White House or break tradition?

The decades-old civic ritual of the outgoing FLOTUS inviting her successor to tea and a tour of the White House appears to be off for Melania Trump. → Read More

How conservative media stoked baseless election-fraud claims that motivated D.C. rioters

President Trump has been the biggest, loudest source of false claims about election fraud, but supportive right-wing media have amplified his message. → Read More

Stephanie Grisham, first lady's top aide, former WH press secretary, resigns amid Capitol chaos

First lady Melania Trump's top aide Stephanie Grisham resigned in the wake of the storming of the Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump rioters. → Read More

Famed French designer Pierre Cardin dies at 98

Pierre Cardin, the visionary high-fashion designer who diminished his brand by sticking his name on hundreds of products, has died. → Read More

Prince Harry wins correction, apology from tabloid in latest legal victory over media

Harry and Meghan's legal effort to press the media to apologize for and correct stories the couple considers inaccurate has scored some victories. → Read More

Is Johnny Depp's career kaput? Maybe, but don't underestimate the devotion of his fans

Some fans might assume that actor Johnny Depp's career is in ruins. Not necessarily, say some experts. → Read More

White House to hold indoor holiday parties despite surge in coronavirus cases

The White House is going ahead with plans for a series of holiday parties and receptions despite warnings against large in-person gatherings. → Read More

Duchess Kate video concludes her successful 'Hold Still' pandemic photo project

Duchess Kate's "Hold Still" project, picturing Britain under pandemic lockdown in scores of submitted photos, was a success online and in communities. → Read More

Jill Biden will be historic first lady: Just call her ‘Professor FLOTUS’

Jill Biden promises to be a busy first lady: She plans to keep her day job as a college English professor in northern Virginia. → Read More

Lori Loughlin reports to California prison for 2-month sentence in college admissions case

Lori Loughlin reported to a California prison to begin serving her two-month sentence for her role in the college admissions scandal. → Read More

Melania Trump slashes Dems, media in speech at first solo 2020 rally in Pennsylvania

Melania Trump doesn't give many speeches but she was prepared to unload on Joe Biden, Democrats and the media at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania. → Read More

'This is a global crisis': Harry and Meghan host online conference on creating 'safe' digital world

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are hopeful they can help change the online world for the better, after convening a conference of experts to discuss. → Read More

Trump, Melania deal with COVID-19: How have past first ladies handled health crises?

Past first ladies had to manage their husbands' health crises, too, but Edith Wilson would not be a good model to follow. → Read More

How's Melania? First lady 'feels well' and POTUS is feeling 'great!'

Fans wonder how COVID-19-positive Melania Trump is feeling. She's not saying on Twitter but her chief of staff reports she continues to feel well. → Read More

Melania Trump will 'continue to rest' at White House, thankful for 'prayers & support'

First lady Melania Trump tweeted that she is feeling good and will continue to "rest at home" in the White House. → Read More

Kris Jenner sued by ex-bodyguard who says she sexually harassed him; she 'vehemently' denies it

Kris Jenner's ex-bodyguard is suing her for alleged sexual harassment and violations of state labor codes. She "vehemently" denies it. → Read More

Oops! Hand back that ancient shark tooth, Prince George: It's a Maltese cultural artifact

Did famed naturalist David Attenborough illegally acquire a giant ancient shark tooth in Malta in 1960s? And will Prince George have to return it? → Read More

Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes first woman to lie in state: 8 other strides she made for women

As Ginsburg becomes first woman to lie in state, here are 8 other strides she made for women. → Read More

'The whole world is watching': Britney Spears battles father to open up conservatorship case

Britney Spears says in court documents the "whole world" should be able to see her battle with father over her conservatorship case. → Read More