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Biographer: Trump will leave White House to advisors while he bounces ‘on pogo stick watching CNN’

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Donald Trump will leave most of his day-to-day decisions as president to his White House staff while he holds rallies and goofs off, according to his biographers.

Politico gathered a panel of four authors again to discuss Trump after his confounding election win, and they agreed that he simply lacked the attention span and management skills to run his own administration.

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“He’s not going to — he’s going to want to talk about big issues, and there’s so many day-to-day decisions in a White House that have enormous impact that he’s not going to want to be bothered with,” said Wayne Barrett, who has written two biographies of Trump. “His management skills are extremely limited.”

Trump has already said he would delegate presidential responsibilities he found boring, which would leave much of those decisions to his chief of staff, and his biographers agreed he liked holding rallies too much to stop.

“I think when the advisors need him, they’re going to find him in the Rose Garden on a pogo stick, bouncing around, watching CNN on a flat panel,” said Tim O’Brien, author of “Trump Nation.”

The president-elect is reportedly considering Steve Bannon, the executive chairman of the white nationalist website Breitbart News, as his chief of staff — along with RNC chairman Reince Priebus, former campaign managers Corey Lewandowski and Kellyanne Conway, and former Citizens United president David Bossie.

“He’s got the nuclear codes and access to the biggest nuclear arsenal on the planet, and that’s one of my biggest fears as a citizen and as a journalist,” O’Brien said. “It’s a concern because he doesn’t regulate his own emotions, he’s not a disciplined thinker, and I could see him surrounding himself with people that say to him, ‘Oh, North Korea just got a little bit out of the cage there. Let’s just drop a tactical nuclear weapon on them.’ I think that kind of thinking could be very present in his White House, and I think that that’s another huge policy concern with him.”

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His biographers agreed that Trump and his advisors would feather their own nests from the White House, but also they said the real estate developer and former reality TV star had the tools to become a decent president, if he wants.

“I think he does want to be admired, if not beloved, so I think that’s part of him,” Barrett said. “No one has any idea of the enormity of this office and what kind of impact it can have on him. It could — I doubt it seriously — but it could make him a more serious person. The obligations here, the responsibilities here are so enormous. He’s not a fool, and he has to be aware of them.”

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Japan’s prime minister calls for nationwide closure of schools for a month over coronavirus

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday urged schools nationwide to close for several weeks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, as authorities reported the country's fourth death linked to the outbreak.

The move comes as crew members from the Diamond Princess, a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship quarantined off Japan, began leaving the vessel where more than 700 people have tested positive for the disease.

"The government considers the health and safety of children above anything else," Abe said.

"We request all primary, junior high and high schools... across the nation to close temporarily from March 2 next week until their spring break."

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The Constitution prohibits Trump from pardoning Roger Stone: law professor

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President Donald Trump has been dropping hints for a long time that he will pardon ally Roger Stone, the man who lied to Congress and obstructed justice to conceal the truth about his efforts to acquire emails that Russian hackers stole from Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign.

Corey Brettschneider, a professor of political science at Brown University and visiting professor of law at Fordham Law School, argues in an editorial for Politico that the Constitution might prohibit Trump from issuing this particular pardon, despite the fact that the president's clemency powers are generally seen as very broad.

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A historian points out a startling fact about the current racial divisions in the Trump era

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America is a deeply divided nation. That fact may be the only thing that Americans of all racial, ethnic, and political groups can agree about. A Washington Post-University of Maryland poll conducted in late 2017 indicated that 70 percent of the American people think the country is “as divided as during the Vietnam War.”

This division manifests itself in political ways exemplified by the partisan impeachment proceedings and gridlock. The Democratic-led House of Representatives passed 298 bills in 2019, yet the Republican-led Senate refused to consider hardly any of that legislation.

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