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First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was asked about a jacket — emblazoned with the word “LOVE” — that many saw as a shot at former First Lady Melania Trump, who infamosly wore a coat that carried a decidedly cooler message.

Mrs. Trump created a furor when she wore a coat with the words “I REALLY DON’T CARE DO U” painted on the back as she visited a child detention center in Texas, convincing some that it was a coded slap at her husband, and others that it was a chilly message to the migrant children she was about to visit.

So when Dr. Biden showed up in St. Ives sporting a black jacket with the word “LOVE” printed on what appeared to be a field of rhinestones, it raised eyebrows with the press and immediately drew comparisons to Mrs. Trump.

A reporter asked about the jacket on Thursday, saying “Can you explain the message on your back, of your jacket, if you’re willing?”

“Oh, the love?” Biden said.

“Yeah,” the reporter replied.

“I think that we’re bringing love from America,” Dr. Biden said. “This is a global conference, and we are trying to bring unity across the globe. And I think that’s important right now, that people feel a sense of unity from all the countries and feel a sense of hope after this year of the pandemic.”

Asked about her husband’s preparations for the trip, Biden said “I think he’s so well prepared. He’s been studying for weeks, working up to today. Of course he knows most of the leaders that‘ll be here. Joe loves foreign policy. This is his forte.”

When asked if the president is prepared for the Putin meeting, she exclaimed “Oh my gosh, he’s over prepared!”

Social media and the press were abuzz about the jacket, which many saw as a contrast to Melania Trump’s, and some saw as a direct shot at her:

The first lady’s “LOVE” jacket stirred sour memories of an infamous fashion choice by the former FLOTUS.

— HuffPost (@HuffPost) June 10, 2021

Melania won’t need sunscreen with all that shade from #FLOTUS. #DrJillBiden #LOVE #Jacket #Overseas #England #UK #Diplomacy

— Crooks and Liars (@crooksandliars) June 10, 2021


First lady Jill Biden wore a “LOVE” blazer Thursday in a fairly obvious diss to former first lady Melania Trump’s 2018 “I really don’t care” jacket.#DemCoalitionDay

— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) June 10, 2021

It’s hard not to read Jill Biden’s blazer as a dig at Melania Trump and her “I really don’t care do u?” jacket from 2018

— The Cut (@TheCut) June 11, 2021

Traveling with President Biden in the UK, Jill Biden wore a jacket on Thursday that read “LOVE” on the back, an echo of Melania Trump’s “I really don’t care, do u?” jacket that she wore in 2018 to visit children separated from their parents at the border.

— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 10, 2021

This is a very interesting choice.

Jill Biden knows a jacket with words on the back will automatically draw comparisons to Melania, so it’s fascinating that she would want a (not subtle) troll move to define one of her highest profile moments in the administration so far.

— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) June 10, 2021

The New York Times even took pains to stir the pot, noting that when asked about the jacket, Dr. Biden did not “say whether her jacket was intended as a rebuke of sorts to Mrs. Trump, or even inspired by the previous incident. Asked about the comparison, her communications director referred to her comments to reporters.”

Shorter answer: she said what she said.

It is worth noting that the then-future first lady wore the same jacket to then-future President Joe Biden’s campaign kickoff speech in Philadelphia in May of 2019, which drew a similar comparison at the time:

Jill Biden’s “LOVE” jacket vs Melania Trump’s famous “I Really Don’t Care – Do You?” jacket

— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) May 18, 2019

Jill Biden just took the stage and the back of her jacket reads “LOVE” ????

— Fabiola Cineas (@FabiolaCineas) May 18, 2019

Watch above via C-Span.

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Governor Whitmer Announces Proposal To Invest In Affordable, High-Quality Child Care For Michigan Families

(CBS DETROIT)- Affordable and adequate child care is in high demand, especially during the pandemic. During a press conference Monday, Governor Whitmer along with Lt. Governor Gilchrist and Oakland County dignitaries, announced a plan that will not only help working families in Michigan, but also childcare providers.

“There’s just not enough quality, affordable child care that can meet the needs of Michigan families and children,” said Governor Whitmer.

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From the play yard of the Babes in Toyland education center in Troy, Governor Whitmer announced a proposal that would invest $1.4 billion in federal child care funding.  She says the funding will make child care more affordable and expands access to high-quality child care statewide.

“Data shows that childcare is the single biggest monthly expense for lower income working families with children,” Whitmer said.

Whitmer says between February and December of 2020, over 130 thousand Michigan women left the workforce due to the cost of childcare during the pandemic. Now that many families are returning to work the need for affordable childcare is critical.

“Governor Whitmer’s plan will not only make childcare more affordable it will bring stability to an industry that has been rocked by a global pandemic” said Danielle Atkinson with Mothering Justice and a mother of 6 children.

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The proposal also includes a 20% pay increase for childcare employees and grants for existing and future childcare facility

According to a press release from the Governor’s office.

The Investment would.

Make child care more affordable for families

  • Increase income eligibility from 150% of the federal poverty level (FPL), $39,300 annually for a family of four, to 200% or $53,000 annually for a family of four from August 1, 2021 – September 30, 2023, making low or no-cost child care available to an estimated 150,000 more children. Thereafter, income eligibility permanently increases to 160% FPL, $41,920 annually for a family of four.
  • Increase access to the child care subsidy for student parents enrolled in Michigan Reconnect and Futures for Frontliners for a 12-month period. Individual student parents will leave the program per the exit requirements.
  • Support for early educators
  • Offer premium pay for child care professionals with stipends paid quarterly from July 2021 – September 2022.
  • Maintain mental health supports provided by infant and early childhood mental health consultants for children enrolled in child care.
  • Stabilize child care businesses
  • Raise child care subsidy rates by 20% for providers to move closer to the market rate for child care.
  • Provide business stimulus grants to all child care providers to help them remain open and serving Michigan families.
  • Expand access to child care
  • Provide grants to new and expanding sites in communities without adequate child care (10% of the ARPA stabilization grants is proposed to be set aside for this purpose).

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