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A Christmas Present From Hucky Boo Boo Sanders, She’s Leaving WH The End Of...

Man, I knew that after the midterms things were going to be different, but they must be climbing the rafters and swinging from the chandeliers at the White House. Everybody is eyeing the exits. Now Sarah Hucky Boo Boo Sanders is supposedly leaving the end of the year — the second time this story has surfaced in the past four months. And Raj Shah is going with her, supposedly. The Independent: Ms Sanders and Mr Shah have not responded to a request for comment from The Independent nor any other media outlets. She did tweet on Wednesday evening about an hour after the CBS News report that she “love[s] her job” and accused the media of not speaking with her about her alleged departure. The 35-year-old Ms Sanders did not, however, directly deny that she would be leaving by the end of 2018. CBS News retorted that it had made “repeated requests” for her comment on the matter. David Cay Johnston, author of The Making of Donald Trump, told BBC News: “Her denial is: ‘I don’t know anything about this.’ She doesn’t say: ‘I’m not leaving’. It’s what we call a non-denial denial”. And who’s on board to replace her or Shah? Nobody knows. “Nobody wants to come in,” a source close to the administration told CBS News. “So they’ve gone through two rounds and now they’re at third tier of people who are just lucking out — battlefield promotion ends up promoting people who aren’t qualified for the position”. Maybe seeing her name in the box marked “Defendant” next to Donald Trump’s was a sobering experience. It would be for most people. In any event, if she does leave now, it would be the smartest thing she could do. Like Hope Hicks, she might be able to swing some corporate job at Fox or the like. If she stays on board the Trumptanic, it is only going to get uglier and lying about doctored video tapes will be the least of what she’ll be remembered for. And as for who’s going to replace her? Want my bet? I bet Anthony Scaramucci. After John Kelly leaves, Scaramucci will return to be the press secretary. Trump loves to recycle people, it’ll be Scaramucci or Lewandowski. Or, here’s a completely mad idea — what about Megyn Kelly?
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Trigger-happy Michigan firefighter sentenced for shooting at black teen asking for directions

Seven months after shooting at a teenager seeking directions to school, a former Detroit firefighter was sentenced to a minimum of four years in...
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LA Times: Trump ‘has retreated into a cocoon of bitterness and resentment’ since midterms

Donald Trump has been noticeably, well, aloof the past few days, skipping World War I commemorations and generally Twitter-pouting like a spurned teenage boy. Now,...
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North Korea continues to expand nuclear program while Trump … well, tweets, mostly

Just in case you were wondering about the progress of Donald Trump's plan to denuclearize North Korea via an ambitious plan of lurching from...
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White House In Turmoil, Bolton’s Assistant Fired Due To Melania, Jarvanka Knifes Kelly

Donald Trump crowed at one point that the White House on his watch was, “a finely tuned machine.” Yeah, and so’s a nuclear reactor until you pull the rods out too far. Mira Ricardel, deputy to National Security Adviser John Bolton, evidently got into a cat fight with Melania, over “seating on Air Force one,” if you can believe it, and the allocation of National Security Council resources on her trip to Africa — the same trip where she ran up a bill for $95K one day for a hotel room and never even stayed there. Evidently, when John Kelly and Bolton had their recent set to in the hallway outside the Oval Office, where Kelly purportedly grabbed Bolton by the collar, they were discussing Ricardel. Kelly couldn’t get the job done for Melania, so she went straight to Donald on the French trip and bye bye Mira. The conflicts at this White House are overlapping and labyrinthine, with tempers running hot and everybody at each others’ throats. Wall Street Journal: “This is how the president works,” one White House official said. “He’s doused a bunch of people in gasoline and he’s waiting for someone to light a match.” Bear in mind, that since the inception of this administration it’s been leakier than a bar drain with the beer spigot left on — and everybody has a theory as to who the leaker(s) is, Bolton’s deputy being the current blamee. The first lady’s team told the president that they suspect Ms. Ricardel is behind some negative stories about Mrs. Trump and her staff. The first lady’s office issued a statement on Tuesday calling for Ms. Ricardel to be dismissed. “It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House,” said Stephanie Grisham,  a spokeswoman for Mrs. Trump. The “honor” of indulging Melania’s every whim, perhaps. Kelly didn’t like Ricardel either, nor did Mattis. Ms. Ricardel also repeatedly clashed with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Pentagon team over staffing decisions and policy differences, according to people familiar with the feud. That discord has created a chill in relations between Ms. Ricardel and Defense Department officials wary of her intentions, these people say. […] Mr. Kelly has been looking for ways to force Ms. Ricardel out for weeks. Two weeks ago, Mr. Kelly cited Mrs. Trump’s concerns as he pushed Mr. Bolton to replace her, but Mr. Bolton resisted, officials said. And that’s when Kelly went for Bolton’s throat, literally, while they screamed profanities at one another, because whatever Kelly said about Ricardel, Bolton said about Nielsen — just speculating. Mr. Bolton, meanwhile, has been among those pushing for Ms. Nielsen’s ouster, officials said. The Washington Post reported Mr. Trump’s decision to remove Ms. Nielsen on Monday. Now here’s where it gets good. Among the sources of tension for Mr. Bolton and Ms. Nielsen stemmed from a plan she raised to deal with the migrant caravan heading to the U.S.-Mexico border. Ms. Nielsen raised the possibility of asking the United Nations refugee agency to set up camps on the Mexico side of the U.S.-Mexico border to house the migrants, according to people familiar with the talks. Mr. Bolton pointedly dismissed the idea as unworkable and misguided, a […]
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