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Axios reporter reveals relationship with White House aide

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A journalist for Axios and an aide to President Joe Biden opened up about their romantic relationship in an article published Monday.

Lovebirds Alexi McCammond and TJ Ducklo, a White House deputy press secretary, met on the 2020 campaign trail and began dating in November, PEOPLE magazine reported.

“We both realized we both felt the same way,” said Ducklo, 32. “We’re both really happy, and we wanted to do it the right way.”

McCammond, 27, had covered Biden’s presidential campaign in 2019 and 2020 and got to know Ducklo, the then-candidate’s press secretary.

At the time, McCammond was in a relationship and Ducklo was “super single,” the article said. The two became friends.

When Ducklo was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer in December 2019, McCammond accompanied him to his medical appointments.

The reporter said Ducklo’s diagnosis helped her realize how she truly felt about him.

“When TJ was diagnosed… I had a sense then how much he meant to me,” McCammond said.

“I’m just grateful that I get to be there for him now every step of the way as his partner.” 

The pair said they immediately told their respective bosses about the relationship, with McCammond, a reporter at Axios since 2017, asking to be taken off the Biden beat.

She was reassigned to covering the progressive movement, including lawmakers in Congress, as well as Vice President Kamala Harris, a spokeswoman for the website said.

“Switching beats was an easy decision,” McCammond told the mag.

Sometime after the November election, when both she and Ducklo were less busy, McCammond said it became clear “that our years-long friendship had the potential for something else.”

The couple don’t live together, but Ducklo frequently dog-sits McCammond’s mini-schnauzer, Marlin, the article said.

While the pair worry about how their relationship might be construed due to the nature of their jobs, they said they keep their work and love lives “totally separate.”

“I don’t know what she’s working on and she doesn’t know what I’m working on,” Ducklo said.

“It means a lot of calls in hallways, in bathrooms and while one of us is walking her dog.”

McCammond added that “TJ and I knew full well the unfair criticism our relationship might face.”

“But [we] knew that we weren’t going to let bullies get in the way of our own happiness.”

Ducklo agreed, saying the relationship “has really been the best thing that has ever happened in my personal life.”

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US Park Police names Pamela Smith as first black female chief

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The US Park Police on Thursday named Pamela Smith as its new chief — the first black woman to lead the 230-year-old agency.

Smith, a 23-year veteran of the force, will begin her new role on Sunday.

She announced in a statement that one of her first priorities will be to establish body-worn cameras for the entire Park Police force.

“Body-worn cameras are good for the public and good for our officers, which is why I am prioritizing implementing a body-worn camera program within my first 90 days,” said Smith.

The program will kick off in San Francisco before spreading across the country by the end of the year.

“This is one of the many steps we must take to continue to build trust and credibility with the public we have been entrusted to serve,” said Smith.

The US Park Police oversees national parks and federal property including the National Mall.

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Queen Elizabeth urged her fellow Brits to get the COVID-19 vaccine, saying her experience was smooth and that the shot “didn’t hurt at all.”

The 94-year-old Queen was on a video call with health leaders on Tuesday to discuss the distribution of the vaccine across the UK, and she also stressed the importance of getting the jab, according to the BBC.

“Well, once you’ve had the vaccine you have a feeling of you know, you’re protected, which is I think very important, and as far as I can make out it was quite harmless,” she told the panel.

“It was very quick, and I’ve had lots of letters from people who’ve been very surprised by how easy it was to get the vaccine,” the Queen added. “And the jab, It didn’t hurt at all.”

The monarch said she understood some people might find it “difficult” to get vaccinated but urged the public to “think about other people rather than themselves”.

The Queen and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, received their first doses of the vaccine in January.

Prince Phillip was admitted to London’s King Edward VII’s Hospital last Tuesday where he’s being treated for an infection.

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Peter Gotti, former Gambino crime boss, dead at 81

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Peter Gotti, former Gambino crime boss, dead at 81

Mobster Peter Gotti, the one-time Gambino crime boss and successor to brother John “Dapper Don” Gotti, died in North Carolina where he was serving time in federal prison. He was 81.

Gotti, who had been sentenced to 25 years in jail after being convicted in 2003 on racketeering and other charges, died of natural causes at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, the Associated Press reported.

The Bronx native served more than 17 years behind bars and had been recently seeking an early release because of his poor health.

Gotti had been suffering from thyroid problems, and was blind in one eye, Lewis Kasman, a former mobster and John Gotti confidant, told the AP.

Peter Gotti, a former sanitation worker turned mobster, took over the Gambino crime family after his younger brother John was sent to prison for murder and racketeering.

John Gotti died of cancer in 2002.

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