This morning President Trump appointed Anthony Scaramucci as the new White House communications director. The appointment was reportedly vehemently opposed by the WH chief of staff (Reince Preibus), and, as of today, ex-press secretary Sean Spicer. But the president is Scaramucci's biggest supporter, and the decision reportedly came down to him alone. "Never bet against the Mooch," said one White House source. But who is the "'Mooch"?
According to a new report, President Trump has asked advisors about presidential pardon powers for aides, family, and the president himself. Lawyers from the president are exploring the possibility, and one aide characterized Trump's inquiry as simply a matter of curiousity: “This is not in the context of, ‘I can’t wait to pardon myself,' said the advisor. President Trump has openly hoped that the Flynn investigation is dropped, admitted to firing the ex-FBI director James Comey in relation to the Russia investigation, and the latest Washington Post report comes as Trump issued something of a warning to special counsel Robert Mueller.
GOP will draw a "red line" if Trump issues pardons?
According to a report from the Independent Journal Review, select officials in the Trump administration are looking for ways to support Kid Rock's candidacy for a Senate seat in his home state of Michigan. That members of the Trump administration would feel a affinity with Kid Rock (née Robert James Ritchie) is perhaps no surprise, considering the musicians support of the Trump candidacy and his recent visit to the White House. But open, public GOP support of Rock's senate run would add new weight to his campaign.
If Kid Rock runs for Senate, should Trump openly endorse him?
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) continues to evaluate the latest version of the GOP health care bill, and lost among the number of would-be uninsured and the intracies of the Cruz amendment is this startling analysis: "Somebody making $11,400 in a state that didn't expand Medicaid would have a *$13,000* deductible under BCRA," said Steven T. Dennis of Bloomberg. The $13,000 deductible under the standard plans would actually violate U.S. law, according to the CBO.
Is the Senate sending mixed messages on health care?