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Sean Spicer Steps Down

Source says he disagrees with Trump's choice for communications director

(Newser) - Sean Spicer has resigned as White House press secretary, the New York Times reports. Per the Times' source, President Trump offered the job of White House communications director to New York financier Anthony Scaramucci at 10am Friday, and Spicer resigned shortly after, telling Trump he "vehemently disagreed" with the... More »

Priebus: No, Trump Didn't Believe Putin

President thinks Russia 'probably' meddled, but wants to move on

(Newser) - President Trump's one-on-one with Vladimir Putin dominated the Sunday talk shows, with Trump's chief of staff providing a blunt assessment of his boss' view on Russian meddling in the election. "The president absolutely did not believe the denial of President Putin," Reince Priebus said on Fox ... More »

'Beyond Stupid': Ad Blitz Against Senator Under Fire

Pro-Trump PAC went after fellow Republican Dean Heller on health care

(Newser) - With the Senate GOP's plan to replace ObamaCare on hold , an ad campaign against one of the drama's high-profile players is drawing scrutiny. A super PAC that supports President Trump unleashed the campaign against Republican Dean Heller of Nevada after he announced that he opposed the measure, reports... More »

Trump Showered With Praise in First Cabinet Meeting

'We've achieved tremendous success,' he says

(Newser) - "We've achieved tremendous success," President Trump declared at his first formal Cabinet meeting on Monday, and he certainly wasn't the only one praising his administration: Asked by Trump to introduce themselves, the group took it in turns to flatter the president before reporters were ushered from... More »

Spicer Says 'Liar' Is Behind New Trump-Priebus Whispers

Politico's sources say president has given his chief of staff a July 4 shakeup deadline

(Newser) - "Liar" was perhaps the word of the week last week, and Sean Spicer used it on Sunday in a fresh context: To slap down a report that President Trump has set a July 4 deadline by which Chief of Staff Reince Priebus needs to shake up the White House... More »

Report: Trump's Staffers Drop Fake News on His Desk

Politico talks to White House officials who describe unconventional 'free flow' of ideas

(Newser) - Politico says there's a "seemingly endless Game of Thrones" taking place inside the West Wing, with aides vying to get information furthering their own agenda in front of President Trump—even if that is an internet hoax, from an iffy source, or "fake news," per... More »

Susan Collins: Senate to Start Health Care 'From Scratch'

Paul Ryan expects Senate 'will complete the job'

(Newser) - Republican moderate Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is continuing to express concerns about the health care bill passed by the House and says she expects the Senate to start "from scratch." Collins says the House bill is hard to assess because it was passed without a fresh Congressional... More »

Reince Priebus Really Needed That Win

Thursday's AHCA vote may have saved the chief of staff's career

(Newser) - Thursday's advancement of the American Health Care Act may not have meant more to anyone than Reince Priebus, the New York Times reports in a lengthy piece on the trials and tribulations of President Trump's chief of staff. It had been a rough first 100 days for Priebus,... More »

Trump Tells Bannon to 'Work This Out' Regarding Kushner

A make-up meeting between Kushner and Bannon was held Friday

(Newser) - "Work this out," the New York Times quotes President Trump as saying to Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus regarding the highly publicized feud between Bannon and Jared Kushner. So on Friday, Priebus oversaw a meeting between Bannon and Kushner at Mar-a-Lago to "smooth things over," Fox... More »

What's a 'Cuck'? A Look at the Bannon-Kushner Fight

In the White House, it's the moderates against the nationalists

(Newser) - Steve Bannon's exit from the National Security Council this week has led to a slew of headlines about a rift in the White House between him and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. One main theme in coverage suggests that Kushner's moderate views are beginning to triumph over Bannon's... More »

Trump Is Hitting Republicans Hard

Blames Freedom Caucus for health failure, tweets plug for Fox host who slams Ryan

(Newser) - President Trump is attacking conservative lawmakers after the Republican bill to replace ObamaCare went down in flames on Friday, reports the AP . Trump tweeted Sunday morning: "Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood... More »

White House Asked FBI to Dispute Russia Reports

Democrats say this is a clear violation of policy

(Newser) - White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official told the AP late Thursday. The official said Priebus' request came after the... More »

Conway: Ban Is 'a Small Price to Pay'

Trump's order sees some pushback from Republicans

(Newser) - Kellyanne Conway says that a federal judge's emergency order late Saturday temporarily barring the US from deporting people from nations subject to President Trump's travel ban "really doesn't affect the executive order at all." Conway says Trump's order is about "preventing, not detaining"... More »

Is the Press Getting Kicked Out of the White House?

Trump rep calls press 'opposition party,' Priebus says it's about space, but no decision

(Newser) - Could reporters covering White House goings-on soon be relegated to standing in front of the fence, much like the New York Times describes reporters in the 1890s? A report published Saturday night by Esquire suggested a move of some sort, with three senior transition team officials telling the magazine discussions... More »

Sanders: 'Would Not Be a Bad Thing' If FBI's Comey Resigns

But Reince Priebus gives signs FBI director isn't going anywhere

(Newser) - James Comey has been receiving renewed scrutiny for releasing letters about Hillary Clinton's email scandal right before Election Day, with both the FBI and the DOJ now under the microscope as part of an official probe into those actions by a DOJ watchdog. But before that investigation is complete,... More »

McConnell on Ethics Tiff: Dems Need to 'Grow Up'

Says opposition to unvetted Cabinet nominees is just 'little procedural complaints'

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Democrats need to "grow up" and "get past" the election. The Kentucky Republican is objecting to concerns raised by Democrats that Congress this week will hold hearings to consider nominees for the incoming administration who haven't completed ethics reviews . The director... More »

RNC: 'New King' Is Jesus, Not Trump

Xmas message sparked social media controversy

(Newser) - Partisanship didn't take a day off for Christmas: After furious discussions on social media, Republican National Comittee spokesman Sean Spicer issued a statement clarifying that a Christmas message referred to Jesus, not Donald Trump, Politico reports. "Merry Christmas to all! Over two millennia ago, a new hope was... More »

Trump, Romney Talk World Affairs Over Frog Legs

Mitt says it was a 'wonderful evening'

(Newser) - Mitt Romney paid another visit to Trump Tower Tuesday night, where he says he discussed world affairs with Donald Trump and chief of staff Reince Priebus at an upscale French restaurant. CNN reports that Romney said he had a "wonderful evening" at Jean-Georges, where the men tucked into dishes... More »

Bernie Sanders: 'Nothing Wrong' With Recount

Though it's not likely to change anything, he says

(Newser) - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says "there's nothing wrong with" pursuing recounts to ensure the legitimacy of President-elect Donald Trump's Nov. 8 victory. The former Democratic presidential candidate addressed the looming recount in Wisconsin—and the prospect of others in Michigan and Pennsylvania—Sunday morning on CNN's... More »

Trump Faces Backlash Over White House Picks

'Trump likes to have his subordinates battle it out—but this is something else'

(Newser) - Analysts wondering what kind of White House Donald Trump is going to run were still scratching their heads Sunday after the announcement that Reince Priebus will be Trump's chief of staff and Steve Bannon his chief strategist . The two men are from radically different wings of the conservative movement... More »

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