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August 1, 2017

8-1-2017 Political Nuggets….

Today in 5 Lines

President Trump removed Anthony Scaramucci from his role as White House communications director, just 10 days after Scaramucci was brought on staff. The move reportedly came at the behest of John Kelly, who was sworn in as chief of staff earlier in the day. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that “everybody at the White House” will report to Kelly. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster announced that the White House imposed sanctions against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. A federal judge found former Sheriff Joe Arpaio guilty of contempt of court for ignoring a court order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.

Washington Brief

  • Anthony Scaramucci left his post as White House communications director, the same day that former Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly took over as White House chief of staff. Six in 10 registered voters said the White House is in chaos, and a plurality (39 percent) said Scaramucci should go after he made disparaging comments about White House staff last week, according to a new poll. (Morning Consult)
  • Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Jon Tester next year. Rosendale is not the first GOP challenger to enter the race, but he is considered the top pick by Republicans looking for a nominee to unseat Tester. ( Roll Call)
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said 10 Republicans have been in touch with him following his call for a bipartisan health care bill. He said he was “all for” the idea of the House’s bipartisan Problem Solvers caucus to fund federal cost-sharing subsidies for insurance companies. ( Politico)
  • President Donald Trump personally dictated a statement attributed to his son, Donald Trump Jr., that was later shown to be misleading. The statement defended Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, and some advisers are concerned that the president’s role in drafting the statement could put him and some of those close to him in legal jeopardy. (The Washington Post)
  • Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Republican senators are too divided to continue working on health care, despite Trump’s hopes that lawmakers will go continue efforts to overhaul Obamacare. (Reuters)
  • A White House commission on combatting the opioid crisis released an interim report urging Trump to declare a national emergency to address the epidemic. (USA Today)
  • In a book that goes on sale today, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) faults the GOP and Democratic partisanship for contributing to the rise of Trump and the subsequent chaos in the White House. (The Associated Press)

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