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2020 Race Just Got a Venti Jolt

Ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz might run as an independent

(Newser) - Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz gave the 2020 race a jolt Sunday by announcing that he is "seriously considering" running for president as an independent. "Our two parties are more divided than ever," he tweeted . "Let’s discuss how we can come together to create opportunities... More »

Trump Invites Football Champs to White House, Buys Wendy's

'Our nutritionist must be having a fit'

(Newser) - The scent of burgers, fries, and victory wafted through the stately White House on Monday as President Trump saluted college football's Clemson Tigers for winning the national championship. Trump, a fast food lover, said he paid for their meal himself because of the partial government shutdown. He did not... More »

The Shutdown: What Not to Eat

And other ways the partial closure is affecting Americans

(Newser) - Welcome to day 22: Starting Saturday, the partial government shutdown became the longest such closure in American history. About 800,000 federal workers received blank pay statements Friday as politicians in both parties continued to maneuver and consider their options, the AP reports. President Trump pressed Congress to find a... More »

Top White House Aide Planned to 'Hide' With Pay

Seems Zachary Fuentes had a unique view of his job

(Newser) - Anyone seen Zachary Fuentes? The top White House aide was planning to kick back in a nearby building and collect pay for six months until he could claim early retirement, Newsweek reports. With boss John Kelly leaving, the 36-year-old White House deputy chief of staff apparently told colleagues he'd... More »

John Kelly Won't Be Out in 2018 After All

Trump says 'great people' want the job 'badly'

(Newser) - John Kelly won't be leaving the White House in 2018 after all—but he's probably not going to need to put up a 2019 calendar in his office. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said during a Fox appearance Tuesday that the White House chief of staff will remain... More »

Rumored John Kelly Replacement Is Quitting

Nick Ayers won't be chief of staff after all

(Newser) - President Trump's top pick to replace chief of staff John Kelly, Nick Ayers, is no longer expected to fill the role, the AP reports. Ayers, who is chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, was seen as the favorite for the job when Trump announced Saturday that Kelly... More »

President Trump: 'Stop Calling' John Kelly 'for Anything'

The chief of staff is finally departing

(Newser) - It's official: John Kelly is leaving the White House. "John Kelly will be leaving toward the end of the year," said President Trump while heading out for the Army-Navy game Saturday, USA Today reports. Rumors had been swirling after White House sources said Kelly was on his... More »

She Has Made Trump's Bed, and She's Undocumented

'NYT' talks to woman who says she worked as undocumented employee at NJ golf club

(Newser) - Victorina Morales knows she stands a good chance of getting fired, or even deported, after speaking to the New York Times about her time as a housekeeper for President Trump's golf club in Bedminster, NJ. But the Guatemalan native says Trump's comments against Latin American immigrants, as well... More »

Clinton Found This Note When He Took Office

From an outgoing president to an incoming one

(Newser) - It was a grace note for the ages. "Dear Bill," George HW Bush scribbled Jan. 20, 1993, to the Democrat about to succeed him as president, the AP reports. "When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that... More »

Trump Returns to 'Winter White House'

Mar-a-Lago members have near-unimpeded access to president

(Newser) - President Trump is back in his comfort zone at the "winter White House": Mar-a-Lago, where women in furs and men in diamond jewelry and monogrammed slippers mingle with Sylvester Stallone and Fabio at New Year's Eve celebrations and Don King rubs elbows with Cabinet members, could-be ambassadors, and... More »

Ivanka Trump Sent Emails About Government From Private Account

Democrats might launch investigation

(Newser) - Ivanka Trump might not have been paying attention at the numerous rallies where her father denounced Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server for government use. Officials have confirmed that the president's daughter used a personal email account to send hundreds of emails relating to government business... More »

WH Threatens Acosta Press Pass; CNN Seeks Emergency Hearing

White House sent letter saying journo will be suspended again, creating 'paper trail'

(Newser) - The White House is now saying that once a judge's ruling restoring Jim Acosta's press credentials expires at the end of November, it's going to suspend him once again, per the Washington Post . In response to the news, which came via letter from the White House, CNN... More »

White House Aide Gone After Clash With First Lady

Melania's office called for Mira Ricardel firing

(Newser) - Deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel was removed from her post Wednesday—the day after Melania Trump's office released a highly unusual statement calling for her firing . "Mira Ricardel will continue to support the president as she departs the White House to transition to a new role within... More »

Report: Secret Service Had to Break Up West Wing Fight

Chief of staff John Kelly apparently had physical confrontation with Corey Lewandowski

(Newser) - Tempers flare in the current West Wing as in others, but the New York Times reports on a particularly nasty confrontation this year that required the intervention of the Secret Service. By the newspaper's account of the "near brawl," chief of staff John Kelly got physical with... More »

White House Counsel Officially Resigns

Don McGahn reshaped judiciary in less than 2 years

(Newser) - White House counsel Don McGahn has officially quit as expected following the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. His last day was Wednesday, but in less than two years in the job, he left an imprint that will last for decades, NPR reports. He oversaw the selection process... More »

Guess Who Hung This in His Office

President Trump apparently likes 'The Republican Club' by Andy Thomas

(Newser) - Maybe you spotted this in President Trump's 60 Minutes segment? It's a print hanging in his office called "The Republican Club" that depicts Trump fraternizing with other US presidents including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Abe Lincoln in a private club, the Daily Beast reports. The framed... More »

Melania: Some White House Staffers Aren't to Be Trusted

'You always need to watch your back'

(Newser) - Melania Trump has doubts about some of the people who rub elbows with her husband in the West Wing. She thinks there are people there he can't trust, the first lady tells ABC News ' Tom Llamas in a clip from an interview filmed during her trip to Africa.... More »

Trump Fires Back at 'Discredited' Woodward

He accuses journalist of being 'Dem operative'

(Newser) - Bob Woodward might be feeling a sense of deja vu today: An angry Republican president is attacking his credibility and accusing him of being a Democratic operative. President Trump laid into Woodward in a series of tweets Tuesday night after the publication of explosive details from Fear , Woodward's new... More »

So How Did Omarosa Make Her Secret Recordings?

One reporter suggests she used a pen, as White House explores ways to stop more tapes

(Newser) - First she released a recording of White House chief of staff John Kelly firing her. Then she released a recording of President Trump from the next day expressing sympathy to her. Consider that sympathy officially gone: On Monday morning, Trump unloaded on Omarosa Manigault Newman in a three-part tweet:
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Omarosa Releases Tape of Firing by John Kelly

The ex-Trump aide claims she was threatened with damage to her reputation

(Newser) - The saga of Omarosa's departure from the White House and subsequent transformation into a Donald Trump critic continued Sunday as the former Apprentice contestant released what she claims is a secret recording of her being fired by chief of staff John Kelly. Per USA Today , Omarosa claimed on "... More »

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