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January 23, 2018

First Lady Melania Trump has backed out of plans to accompany her husband to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he is scheduled to speak on Friday, CNN reports. East Wing communications director Stephanie Grisham said the decision was made due to "scheduling and logistical issues," although the first lady's absence is nevertheless raising eyebrows as it follows reports that President Trump's lawyer supposedly paid adult film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Trump in 2006.

The Trumps did spend the long weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day together in Mar-a-Lago, although Melania Trump was absent from dinners hosted by the president, The Independent reports. Trump's own trip across the Atlantic had been delayed due to the government shutdown, although White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Monday that the U.S. delegation "will leave tomorrow" for Davos, with Trump himself following "later in the week."

A recent poll by The Economist/YouGov found that 48 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Melania Trump, making her the most-liked member of the president's family. Jeva Lange

March 14, 2016

First Lady Michelle Obama gave The Verge her first virtual reality interview, and the topic was appropriately hip — how to be cool on social media. She and Barack, she said, benefit quite a bit from having a couple of young advisers around.

"I've got two Gen Z-ers living under my roof," Obama said. "They don't think we're cool at all. But I know what they're watching on Vine, and I know what they're giggling about."

Obama also walked The Verge through the origin of one of her more iconic social media moments, 2014's #TurnipForWhat Vine. Watch below. Julie Kliegman

December 7, 2015

In 2011, a group of food retailers agreed as part of First Lady Michelle Obama's healthy eating initiative to open or expand 1,500 grocery and convenience stores in food deserts — poor areas with no supermarkets nearby — by 2016. That plan isn't working out too well, The Associated Press found in an analysis published Monday.

Not including dollar stores and 7-Elevens, only 1.4 million people of the 18 million who live in food deserts (based on 2010 USDA numbers) have seen a new supermarket open up within the last four years, AP reports. And of the 10,300 stores food retailers (not just the ones involved in the 2011 pledge) opened in new locations from 2011 through the first quarter of 2015, just over 250 were grocery stores in food deserts that sell fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat.

And according to a 2014 progress report from Partnership for a Healthier America, the group Obama serves as honorary chair of, the food retailers who made the 2011 agreement have not yet reached half of their 1,500-store goal yet.

Read more about AP's findings here. Julie Kliegman

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