Meet the "Mooch": What to know about the new White House communications director

Meet the "Mooch": What to know about the new White House communications director

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"?

Report: Sean Spicer resigns from Press Sec. role

Report: Sean Spicer resigns from Press Sec. role

Sean Spicer has officially resigned as press secretary, per the AP. The decision comes in the wake of President Trump's hiring (just hours ago) of a new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci. The president reportedly asked that Spicer remain in in his role, but after advising President Trump that the hiring was a mistake, Spicer announced his resignation soon after.

Spicer made the right choice?

Report: Trump inquires about pardon powers for family, aides, himself

Report: Trump inquires about pardon powers for family, aides, himself

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?

Democrats share slogan for 2020: "A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages"

Democrats share slogan for 2020: "A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages"

The Democratic party has released its slogan for the 2020 campaign: "A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages." Early reviews have criticized the slogan for using a colon, and for recalling a popular Papa John's pitch. It's intention is clear, but its marketing may need some work. The slogan is a mouthful (what does "skills" mean?), but it's a clear sign that the party is embracing the push to make issues like wage stagnation and wealth inequality the centerpiece of their 2020 platform.

Is it a good slogan?

Report: Trump admin. officials interested in supporting Kid Rock's senate run

Report: Trump admin. officials interested in supporting Kid Rock's senate run

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?

$13,000 deductibles featured in Senate health care plan would be illegal, says CBO report

$13,000 deductibles featured in Senate health care plan would be illegal, says CBO report

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?

Mueller probe includes a look at President Trump's business transactions

Mueller probe includes a look at President Trump's business transactions

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia and the Trump campaign has expanded to include a look into President Trump's business dealings. As first reported by Bloomberg News. the transactions in question include "Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008." The report, published today, comes only a day after President Trump told the NYT that a Muller probe into his finances would be considered a "violation."

Is President Trump warning the special counsel?

Sessions: I will remain AG "as long as that is appropriate"

Sessions: I will remain AG "as long as that is appropriate"

In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times, President Trump made a series of disparaging remarks regarding attorney general Jeff Sessions and his recusal from the ongoing Russia investigation Today, the attorney general told reporters he will remain AG "as long as that is appropriate." Pressed on how he can effectively serve if he doesn't have the confidence of the president, Session said that "we're serving right now."

Is Trump calling for Sessions to resign?