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WH: We'll Make August Health Care Payment to Insurers

But uncertainty still lingers on long-term prospects for cost-sharing subsidies

(Newser) - The government will make this month's payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law that President Trump still wants to repeal and replace, the AP reports. "The August payment will be made," a White House spokesman said Wednesday. Trump has repeatedly threatened to end the payments,... More »

WH Memo: Trump 'Entirely Correct' on Charlottesville

Talking points call on GOP to back what he said about 'both sides' acting 'inappropriately'

(Newser) - Republicans including Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio were quick to speak out against President Trump's comments Tuesday that "both sides" were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. But that wasn't at all what the White House had planned. A memo of talking... More »

Bannon Appears to Be in Trump's Doghouse

CBS says he could be out this week, while NYT says he's in 'internal exile'

(Newser) - "The Mooch" thinks Steve Bannon should be fired, but does President Trump agree? That seems to be a big topic of conversation in DC, and multiple reports suggest that the senior White House adviser may not have much time left in his post. CBS News , for example, reports that... More »

White House Is Getting a Big Upgrade

Workers are busy while president is away

(Newser) - While the president is away , the West Wing isn't exactly playing: It's undergoing a renovation so massive that all staffers not currently with President Trump in New Jersey have been evacuated to an adjacent office building, reports ABC News . Among items on the lengthy punchlist: Replacing the 27-year-old... More »

Trump Chicken Appears Next to White House

'Seriously?' asks Fox anchor

(Newser) - A giant inflatable chicken with President Trump's hairstyle appeared next to the White House Wednesday afternoon, causing squawks of dismay or clucks of approval, depending on political affiliation. The balloon is owned by documentary filmmaker Taran Singh Brar, who says he wanted to make a point about Trump being... More »

'No More Yellow': Inside the $3.4M West Wing Renovation

While Trump works from New Jersey, the White House gets a refresh

(Newser) - "I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off," said Donald Trump in 2015, per NPR . And the White House insists that working is what he'll be doing during his 17-day vacation , which began Friday, at his... More »

Miller Gets 'Hero' Status in West Wing After CNN Clash

And Bret Easton Ellis wants to write a novel about the White House adviser

(Newser) - He's been in the spotlight previously, but White House aide Stephen Miller got perhaps his biggest exposure so far on Wednesday when he briefed reporters on President Trump's new immigration plan and sparred with CNN's Jim Acosta. It even caught the attention of Less Than Zero novelist... More »

Trump Denies Calling White House a 'Dump'

'I love the White House'

(Newser) - President Trump says he loves the White House—and reports that he called it a "real dump" are yet more fake news. "I love the White House, one of the most beautiful buildings (homes) I have ever seen," Trump tweeted late Wednesday. "But Fake News said... More »

Sorry, SNL, Spicer Is Still Leaving

Some wondered if he'd stay after Scaramucci implosion, but WH official says no

(Newser) - With Scaramucci out, is Sean Spicer back in? That question has surfaced after the White House communications director was unceremoniously dumped earlier this week (Scaramucci's hire was the reported reason why press secretary Spicer left in the first place). But a senior White House official tells Reuters that Spicer,... More »

Report: Trump Called the White House a 'Real Dump'

Chelsea Clinton defends former residence

(Newser) - President Trump's new residence in DC apparently doesn't meet the standard of accommodation he is accustomed to. A detailed Golf.com look at Trump and the world of golf found that his handicap is probably a respectable 8 or 9—though he routinely takes "floating mulligans."... More »

Fox News Gets Sued Over Explosive Seth Rich Story

Investigator says network fabricated quotes, worked with White House

(Newser) - Remember the controversy over the death of young Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich? It just took another tangled turn. A private investigator is suing Fox News, alleging that the network made up quotes from him to buttress its allegations that Rich leaked DNC emails and was murdered because of... More »

Mooch's Tenure: 'Minus 16 Days'

'Scaramouche, we hardly knew ye'

(Newser) - The Mooch is out after a tenure as White House communications director that only lasted around 250 hours. Anthony Scaramucci was fired and reportedly escorted off the White House premises Monday, swept away by new broom John Kelly, the retired Marine Corps general expected to bring some military discipline... More »

Email Prankster Fools Scaramucci, Other Officials

Real Mooch had exchange with fake Priebus

(Newser) - Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci wasn't on the job for long —but it was long enough to be taken in by an email prankster who impersonated other officials. In emails to Scaramucci, the prankster pretended to be Reince Priebus and may have escalated tensions between the... More »

Trump Denies Any White House 'Chaos'

He installs new chief of staff John Kelly

(Newser) - President Trump may have shaken up his team last week, but he denies reports of "chaos" as his new chief of staff takes over. "Highest Stock Market EVER, best economic numbers in years, unemployment lowest in 17 years, wages raising, border secure, S.C. : No WH chaos!"... More »

Trump Tweets That He Has a New Chief of Staff

Reince Priebus reportedly resigned

(Newser) - Reince Priebus is out as White House chief of staff, the AP reports, as President Trump announced in a tweet Friday: "I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American...." Trump... More »

It's Been a Busy News Cycle for 'The Mooch'

New communications chief raises tensions with Reince Priebus

(Newser) - Anthony Scaramucci, aka The Mooch, had his biggest day in the spotlight yet, and the end result doesn't appear to be good news for Reince Priebus. The new White House communications chief had a chance to ease tensions with President Trump's chief of staff in a memorable CNN... More »

Scaramucci: Press Briefings Back on Camera

New communications chief changes controversial rule for media

(Newser) - President Donald Trump's new communications chief says television cameras can start rolling again in the White House briefing room, the AP reports. Anthony Scaramucci—the Wall Street financier who joined the administration last week—tweeted on Monday that "the TV Cameras are back on." Under Press Secretary... More »

China: US Has Apologized for White House Gaffe

Release said Xi Jinping was president of Taiwan

(Newser) - The United States has apologized for mistakenly describing Chinese President Xi Jinping as the leader of Taiwan, China said Monday. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China asked the United States for an explanation of the mistake, and the US said it was a technical error. Washington apologized and corrected... More »

Trump White House Salaries Revealed

22 staffers are taking home the max salary of nearly $180K per year

(Newser) - More than 40% of White House staffers are making more than $100,000 per year under President Trump, the AP reports. That includes 22 aides—Sean Spicer, Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, Kellyanne Conway, and Omirosa Manigault, among them—making the max White House salary of $179,700. According to the... More »

Reporters Want to Boycott White House Press Briefings

And more on the changes coming to the communications department

(Newser) - CNN's Jim Acosta went on a rant Monday accusing the White House of "stonewalling the news media," and the Daily Beast says he's not the only reporter who's ticked at how the White House handles the press. Monday was the second time in recent days... More »

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