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Trump’s Coming Staffing Crisis

“The biggest threat to the Trump presidency, the markets and our ability to deal with future crises is the coming staff exodus. We cannot stress enough how many essential staff and officials want out — if not this quarter, then soon after the new year.”

Mike Allen

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13 Federal Agencies Buck Trump Administration on Climate Change

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A draft report by scientists for 13 federal agencies found the average temperature in the U.S. has risen rapidly since 1980 and that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. It contradicts the Trump administration’s rhetoric on the issue, reports the New York Times.

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Taibbi: Administration a Series of ‘Spasmodic Trump Failures’

“Some see in all these maneuverings an effort to purge GOP loyalists like Spicer and Priebus. Others see a Nixonian lunge to hire thugs in a crisis. This to me is all overthinking things. There is no strategy. This White House is just a succession of spasmodic Trump failures, with a growing line of people taking the fall for each of them. You can fall with honor, or without, entertainingly or not. But if you join this White House, fall you will. It’s only a matter of time.”

Matt Taibbi

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Majority Says White House in Chaos

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A new Politico/Morning Consult poll finds 60% of Americans say the Trump administration is running somewhat or very chaotically, compared to only 33% who say it is running well. The survey was conducted entirely prior to the ouster of Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director, and was already in the field when Reince Priebus left the chief of staff position.

Poetic Justice

Too Much ‘Mooch’

So ends the White House career of Anthony Scaramucci,
A communicator who couldn’t keep his mouth shut, could he?
Gone is the polish and the pomade,
Gone are the expletive-laced tirades.
O, misguided little “Mooch,” we hardly knew ye!

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GOP Congressman Doesn’t Care What Trump Administration Does

“I don’t even pay any attention to what is going on with the administration because I don’t care. They’re a distraction. The family is a distraction, the president is a distraction. At first, it was ‘Well yeah, this is the guy we elected. He’ll learn, he’ll learn.’ And you just don’t see that happening.”

— Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), quoted by Politico.

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Trump Orders Government to Stop Work on Y2K Bug, 17 Years Later

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Seventeen years after the Year 2000 bug came and went, the federal government will finally stop preparing for it, Bloomberg reports. The Trump administration announced Thursday that it would eliminate dozens of paperwork requirements for federal agencies, including an obscure rule that requires them to continue providing updates on their preparedness for a bug that afflicted some computers at the turn of the century.

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Bush: ‘Chaos Organizes the Presidency’

“When I ran for office, I said he is a chaos candidate and would be a chaos president. Unfortunately, so far chaos organizes the presidency right now.”

— Jeb Bush, in an interview with CNN.

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There’s No Other Word for Kushner Visa Sale

“This is corruption, pure and simple.”

— Former Bush White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter, quoted by NBC News, on Jared Kushner’s sister promising visas to Chinese investors.

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Trump at 100

“The hundred-day marker is never an entirely reliable indicator of a four-year term, but it’s worth remembering that Franklin Roosevelt and Barack Obama were among those who came to office at a moment of national crisis and had the discipline, the preparation, and the rigor to set an entirely new course. Impulsive, egocentric, and mendacious, Trump has, in the same span, set fire to the integrity of his office.”

David Remnick