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HC Wake-Up Call: Trump's Ex-Doorman Was Paid $30K for a Story That the President Had a Child With an Employee, Many Americans Don't Know Basic Facts About the Holocaust & Homeless-Shelter Based Girl Scout Troop Hosts Its First Cookie Sale

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Good morning Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

Former Trump Doorman Was Paid $30K for a Story That Trump Had a Child With an Employee

According to investigation by both the Associated Press and The New Yorker, Dino Sajudin, President Trump's former doorman at one of his New York buildings, was paid $30,000 by the National Enquirer for a story that alleged that the president had fathered a child with one of his former employees. When he brought his story to the Enquirer, Sajudin signed a $30,000 contract that prevented him from going public with his story or leaking it to any other publications, the AP reports.

It just so happens that American Media Inc, the parent company of the Enquirer, is the same company that came under fire in 2016 after a Wall Street Journal story revealed that it had paid a former Playboy Playmate $150,000 for her story of her affair with Trump, and used an elaborate coverup system to prevent the story from ever actually being published — all while claiming they didn't run it because they "didn't find it credible." 

It is unclear whether Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime lawyer, may have been involved in any of these payoffs.

Survey Shows Many Americans Don't Know Basic Facts About the Holocaust

According to a survey to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day, many Americans don't know basic facts about the Holocaust — in fact, two-thirds of millennials could not define what Auschwitz was, along with 41 percent of Americans as a whole. As the Huffington Post reports, 11 percent of Americans aren't sure if they've heard of the Holocaust at all, and many greatly underestimated the number of Jewish people that were killed. A majority of Americans also believe something like the Holocaust could happen again.

A Homeless Shelter-Based Girl Scouts Troop Hosted Their First Cookie Sale

Girl Scout troop 6000 is like any other Girl Scout troop in a lot of ways — it has 297 members between the ages of 5 to 17, and it just recently hosted its first cookie sale. However, the troop's members come from 14 different homeless shelters across New York state. As BuzzFeed News reports, the troop was started in February 2017 by Giselle Burgess who, along with her five children, was homeless at the time. Burgess was already working for Girl Scouts of Greater New York, and wanted a way for her daughters to feel less alone in what they were going through.

"Traditionally, Girl Scouts builds community and consistency, it gives girls skills they’ll need in their future, and it empowers young women," Burgess told BuzzFeed. "But the difference I’ve noticed in the Troop 6000 girls is there’s a stronger sisterhood that’s in there that the girls are taking back from this. They don’t feel alone."

This week, Troop 6000 is hosting its first cookie sale in the Kellogg's Cafe in Union Square, New York City, which will continue today from 4–6 p.m, and Saturday from 2–4 p.m.

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