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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 »

Scaramucci Could Make Bank as 'Sacrificial Lamb'

Ex-WH comms director could kill it on public speaking circuit, at up to $75K per gig: TMZ

(Newser) - After what TMZ calls an "absurdly brief gig" in the White House, Anthony Scaramucci may soon be enjoying big bucks from speaking engagements. Scaramucci, who was a White House fixture for less time than it takes for milk to spoil , could be getting a hefty ROI from his short... More »

Chief of Staff's Next Task: Repairing Ties With Democrats

John Kelly already has reached out to Pelosi and Schumer

(Newser) - New Trump chief of staff John Kelly has won generally rave reviews for setting a more disciplined tone within the White House, a shift that includes the ouster of the volatile Anthony Scaramucci. Now, the Daily Beast reports that he's already begun work on what might be a trickier... 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 »

'Mooch' Will Likely Be Trump's New Communications Director

Full name: Anthony Scaramucci, Wall Street financier and Trump supporter

(Newser) - It's been nearly two months since Mike Dubke left the Trump administration , and his communications director role has remained empty since. That's apparently about to change. Four sources said to be "in and close to the White House" confirm to NBC News an earlier report by Axios... More »

Sessions: I'll Stay 'As Long as That Is Appropriate'

Attorney general addresses Trump's criticism of him

(Newser) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he has no plans to resign in the wake of President Trump's criticism of him, but he seemed to add a qualifier: "We love this job. We love this department, and I plan to continue to do so as long as that... More »

Trump Is 'Silencing Civil Servants, Stifling Science'

'Whistleblower' scientist says he was forced out of Interior Dept. role into 'ill-fitting' job

(Newser) - Joel Clement wants you to know he's not a member of the "deep state," or a representative of Big Government. Instead, call him "a scientist, a policy expert, a civil servant … a worried citizen"—and now, per his opinion piece Wednesday in the Washington ... More »

One Industry That May Be Seeing a 'Trump Bump'

US tourism isn't seeing a slump

(Newser) - Last winter, the US tourism industry fretted that Trump administration policies might lead to a "Trump slump" in travel. But those fears may have been premature. International arrivals and travel-related spending are up in 2017 compared with the same period in 2016. There might even be a "Trump... 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 »

'Wrong Move': China Blasts $1.4B US-Taiwan Arms Deal

The timing is key

(Newser) - The State Department announced Thursday that the US has reached a $1.4 billion arms deal with Taiwan; a source tells CNN it includes the sale of advanced missiles and torpedoes and technical support for early warning radar. Taiwan's Ministry of Defense said Friday it is "sincerely grateful"... More »

Trump Surgeon General Pick Fought Indiana HIV Outbreak

Jerome Adams oversaw needle exchange program

(Newser) - President Trump nominated Indiana's health commissioner to serve as the next US surgeon general on Thursday, selecting an anesthesiologist who promoted needle exchange programs while serving under Vice President Mike Pence. The White House said Trump nominated Dr. Jerome Adams to serve as the nation's chief doctor. Adams... More »

Study's Message to Americans: 'Our Air Is Contaminated'

Relaxing standards will 'kill a lot of people,' experts warn

(Newser) - Just because air pollution falls below legal limits does not mean you're safe. Indeed, there is no "safe" level of air pollution as pollutants cause an increased risk of premature death even when detected at a fraction of the legal limit set by the EPA, a new study... More »

Court Allows Parts of Trump Travel Ban to Take Effect

Supreme Court will hear arguments in the fall

(Newser) - President Trump scored a significant, if partial, victory from the Supreme Court on Monday: The justices agreed to allow a scaled-down version of his travel ban to take effect. The court also agreed to hear the case in the fall, setting the stage for a ruling that could have wide... More »

Here's What Trump Has Planned for Cuba

Tillerson says new policy will pressure Cuba on human rights

(Newser) - The upside to former President Obama's landmark deal to normalize relations with Cuba is that the Cuban people have benefited, says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The downside, he says, is that they haven't benefited enough. While commending the increased commercial activity in Cuba, Tillerson told the Senate... More »

Russians May Get Their US Compounds Back

2 sites were seized in Maryland and New York over hacking allegations

(Newser) - The Trump administration might let Russian officials return to two properties on US soil they were forced to vacate under President Obama, reports the Washington Post . In December, Obama evicted them from the compounds in Maryland and New York amid allegations that Russia interfered in the US election. He asserted... More »

White House Staffer Resigns, 'Killers' May Come Aboard

Mike Dubke, Trump's communications director, is out

(Newser) - Rumors of major restructuring of White House staff have been circulating in recent days, and on Tuesday the first shoe may have dropped in the form of Mike Dubke, President Trump's communications director. Axios reports that Dubke offered Trump his resignation on May 18, though he offered to stay... More »

Democrats Want Kushner's Security Clearance Pulled

He says he'll cooperate with Russia investigation

(Newser) - Jared Kushner will be cooperating with any probe of Russian links to his father-in-law's campaign, a lawyer confirmed Thursday after reports that investigators are focusing on the senior White House adviser surfaced. Attorney Jamie Gorelick said Kushner has already offered to tell Congress all about his meetings with Russian... More »

Lieberman on Dropped FBI Bid: It Would've Looked 'Terrible'

He wants to avoid appearance of conflict of interest

(Newser) - Joe Lieberman, who was at one point considered the front-runner for FBI director, has dropped out of the running. The former senator said he wanted to avoid the "appearance of a conflict of interest" after President Trump hired Marc Kasowitz, who works at the same law firm as Lieberman,... More »

Sources Say Trump's Anger With Comey Was 'White Hot'

As Comey releases a farewell letter to some FBI staff

(Newser) - Fired FBI chief James Comey sent a farewell letter to selected staffers Wednesday and he urged them not to dwell on the reasons for his abrupt departure. "I have long believed that a president can fire an FBI director for any reason, or for no reason at all,"... More »

Ivanka Plans to Be 'Much More Proactive'

She says her role model is Eleanor Roosevelt

(Newser) - Ivanka Trump now has an official government job as well as a White House office—and she may have more influence on President Trump than any other federal employee. In a New York Times profile and interview, the first daughter talks about her agenda as an adviser to the president... More »

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