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Trump Picks Acosta as Labor Secretary

President Trump is set to announce Alexander Acosta as his new pick to head the Department of Labor, NBC News reports. “Acosta served as assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division under President George W. Bush, selected by the [...]

Kremlin Tells Media to Cut Back Coverage of Trump

“The Kremlin ordered state media to cut way back on their fawning coverage of President Donald Trump, reflecting a growing concern among senior Russian officials that the new U.S. administration will be less friendly than first thought,” Bloomberg reports. “The [...]

Trump Resists Efforts to Calm White House

Time: “Little takes place in the White House these days without a complication or contradiction… The result of all the melodrama is a sense of constant chaos for a watchful nation and a crippling anxiety for White House officials. Some [...]

Trump Let Rival CEO Listen In On Call

“Days before taking office, President-elect Donald Trump made two surprise calls to the Air Force general managing the Pentagon’s largest weapons program, the Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 jet. Listening in on one of those calls was Dennis Muilenburg — the [...]

Perdue Nervous About His Nomination

Politico: “Agriculture Department hopeful Sonny Perdue has grown nervous about his own prospects in light of Puzder’s troubles — unable to get access to Priebus for reassurances that the former Georgia governor’s nomination is still backed by the administration, according [...]

Not Even a Goodbye for Puzder

James Hohmann: “Trump’s decision to not release a statement about Puzder’s withdrawal says a lot about his leadership style. He always wants to wash his hands of things that reflect poorly on him. He didn’t even tweet out well wishes. [...]

Kim Jong Un Cements Power

“While much remains mysterious about the assassination of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother in Malaysia this week, this much is clear: Nearly all of the North Korean dictator’s potential rivals are now dead,” Bloomberg reports.

Classified Memo Says to Keep Trump’s Daily Brief Short

“The classified guidance, which was reviewed by Mother Jones, suggests that President Donald Trump’s daily national security briefing contains far less information than the daily reports presented by the intelligence community to past presidents—and about a quarter of the information [...]

Why You’ll Pay Less Attention to Forecasts In 2018

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Carl Bernstein Smells a Cover Up

Famed Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein told CNN the Trump administration is trying to cover up its ties to Russia. Said Bernstein: “There has been a real attempt to stonewall the press, to stonewall the FBI to stonewall congressional investigators. That’s [...]

An Epic Showdown with Intelligence Community

First Read: “Less than a month in office, President Trump has engaged in plenty of fights already — with the courts, Mexico, the media, and even Nordstrom. But his emerging fight with the U.S. intelligence community (over Russia and leaks) [...]

Trump Is Nearly Impossible to Staff

Politico: “His whims, moods and insatiable appetite for TV can throw off plans. Priebus, along with others, often brief him extensively before meetings, telling him about the audience’s makeup and offering guidance for what he should say. Yet Trump has [...]

Who Told Flynn to Call Russia?

Daniel Benjamin: “As official Washington and the press home in on the permanent disarray in the White House, whether the disgraced Flynn broke the law and who will succeed him after his three-week tenure, the key question is getting lost [...]

GOP Senators Wary of Trump’s Ties to Russia

“Senate Republicans are expressing growing concerns about the relationship between the Trump administration and Russia,” The Hill reports. “While Republicans aren’t yet willing to endorse a special investigative committee, GOP senators have indicated that could change.” Politico: “The GOP needs [...]

Donald Trump, Then and Now

“We are in a big, fat, ugly bubble.” — Donald Trump, commenting on the stock market during the presidential debate on September 26, 2016 “Stock market hits new high with longest winning streak in decades. Great level of confidence and [...]

Trump Still Struggles to Fill His Cabinet

Rick Klein: “It’s hard to imagine the ongoing, lengthy fight to fill Donald Trump’s cabinet as a sleeper story, but with the Russia and Flynn stories dominating, it isn’t the number one headline. Yesterday brought the first Trump nominee to [...]

Quote of the Day

“It would be, I think, easier for us to succeed were there fewer daily tweets.” — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), quoted by the Wall Street Journal.

Trump Flip Flops on Leaks

“As a candidate for president, Donald Trump embraced the hackers who had leaked Hillary Clinton’s emails to the press, declaring at a rally in Pennsylvania, ‘I love WikiLeaks!’,” the New York Times reports. “To the cheering throngs that night, Mr. [...]

GOP’s Grand Visions for Congress Fade Away

“Congressional Republicans, who craved unified control of the government to secure their aggressive conservative agenda, have instead found themselves on a legislative elliptical trainer, gliding toward nowhere,” the New York Times reports. “At this point in Barack Obama’s presidency, when [...]

Flynn’s Access to Classified Information Suspended

The Defense Intelligence Agency has suspended the security clearance it granted to former national security adviser Michael Flynn in the latest blow to the embattled retired general, NBC News reports. DIA spokesman James Kudla said, “We thought it was prudent [...]

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